Forrest Simmons

  • Chapel Hill, NC

Physician Assistant Student (PA-S)


Knowledgeable and diligent Physician Assistant Student enthusiastic for peri-operative medicine is seeking a position as an integral member of a surgical service care team. Motivated healthcare professional and Navy Veteran committed to providing exceptional bedside manner and delivering outstanding patient-focused care. Proficient in comprehensive history and physical exams and interpreting clinical data for patient assessment. Built competencies in clinical decision-making and patient management across multiple specialties in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Collaborative and reliable team player skilled in recognizing the need for integrative medicine and referrals for further evaluation and diagnostics. Adaptable learner continuously striving for expansion of medical understanding and abilities.



EBM and ICD-10

Strong evidence based medicine research skills to aide in patient assessment and care. Competent in ICD-10 coding for patient diagnosis and billing.  


Efficient suturing technique in multiple layer closing. Includes vertical and horizontal mattress, deep dermal, running "baseball" stitch, and simple interrupted. 

Minor procedures

Trained in bedside and intraoperative procedures for patient-focused care. Includes NG tube and foley catheter insertion and removal, wound drain placements and changes, and venipunture.


Jan 2011 - Aug 2012

AS in General Science

John A Logan College
  • Presidential Citation
  • CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award

Clinical Rotations

Duke University Medical Center - General Surgery, Blue-2

  • Focus on hepatobiliary, foregut, and GI oncologic surgeries. Pre-rounding with full SOAP note presentations to residents. Independently completed progress notes and discharge summaries. Supported postoperative and follow-up care, referrals, surgical procedures, and suturing.

Charles George VA Medical Center - Cardiothorasic Surgery

  • Assisted endoscopic versus open saphenous vein harvesting and graft preperation, multiple layer suturing, multiple vessel CABG, thoracostomy placement and monitoring, direct postoperative care. 

Duke University Medical Center - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Participated in general, hand, and craniomaxillofacial services. Performed integrate sections of cases under supervision of chief resident such as STSG preperation, placement, and bandaging, drain placement and anchoring, cautery and hemostasis, and multiple layer complex closure. 

Work History

Work History
Jan 2013 - Jan 2014


Heartland Regional Medical Center

Performed scheduled and emergent venipuncture at a 98 bed inpatient facility and 11 bed emergency department. Correctly identified patient, interpreted tests, collected samples in proper vacutainer, labeled appropriately, centrifuged sample if necessary, conducted urine drug screens, packaged samples and mailed to external facility, ordered labs, updated patients EMR with lab results, and performed heel-stick PKU on newborns. 

Sep 2009 - Oct 2010

Oral-Maxillofacial Surgical Technologist 

US Navy - USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN 72, Everett, WA

Managed an Oral-Maxillofacial operating room on board an aircraft carrier overseeing $75,000 in equipment and supplies and participating in over 100 surgical procedures. Mastered dental x-ray by completing over 300 hours hands-on with minimal retakes providing valuable dental care to over 1,000 patients. Experienced in the proper cleaning and sterilization of instruments and equipment in multiple specialties of surgery and capable of properly testing and maintaining 4 different types of sterilizers. 

Aug 2007 - Aug 2009

Surgical Technologist

US Navy - Naval Hospital Naples, Campania, Italy

Effectively trained in multiple surgical specialties and excelled in Orthopedics, General, and Obstetrics cases. Provided technical support for two Orthopedic Surgeons and skillfully managed $150,000 of orthopedic supplies and equipment. Trained 5 junior personnel in Orthopedics and executed over 200 surgical procedures. Created the position of crash cart/code blue drill coordinator and initiated monthly drills to 20 personnel greatly increasing their awareness of supplies and procedures and ability to deliver well-organized patient care in an emergency.

Feb 2005 - Jan 2007

Hospital Corpsman

US Navy - National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

Volunteered for deployment to an expeditionary medical facility in Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa for 6 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Completed SOAP notes and vitals for providers and assisted in room assessments. Volunteered for Civil Assistance Program to Gode, Ethiopia to vaccinate over 1,200 locals for polio and provide proper healthcare. Returned to inpatient Internal Medicine Ward to perform duties equivalent to civilian LPN's in direct patient care.


Jul 2015 - Jul 2017

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

American Heart Association
Apr 2015 - Apr 2017

Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider

American Heart Association
May 2015 - Aug 2016

Student member

American Academy of Physician Assistants
Aug 2016

Eligible for PANCE

National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants