Passion for Patients

Tate Storey
Certified Anesthesiologist Assistan
A.A., 2011

Tate Storey enjoyed the research aspect of biotechnology, working on proteases for mass-spectrometry-based proteomics. However, during his internship that Palm Beach State College helped him secure in the chemistry department at The Scripps Research Institute, he realized his passion was in working with patients.

“Doing the internship at Scripps allowed me to meet a lot of influential people — doctors and researchers — who really opened my eyes to the field of benchwork science. I realized it wasn’t the right career choice for me. I wanted to be involved with patient care,’’ Storey said.

After completing his Associate in Arts degree in 2011 and a College Credit Certificate in Biotechnology, Storey transferred to the University of Florida to pursue his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. While at UF, he secured a second internship at Scripps, which allowed him to complete the project he started there and use it as a basis for his 75-page undergraduate thesis. He graduated summa cum laude in 2013 and continued his studies at Nova Southeastern University, earned a Master of Science degree in Anesthesia, also with the highest honors, in 2016 and passed his national certification exam. He immediately went to work at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. as a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA).  

Storey, who began taking college classes in high school as a dual enrollment student, said Palm Beach State provided the foundation to fulfill his educational goals and to discover his passion for the medical field.

“It’s a wonderful place to start college when you are young and unsure of a future career path. I didn’t come from a fortunate family that was able to pay for my education,” he said. “Palm Beach State College gave me the ability to transfer to UF to get my bachelor’s degree, which opened the doors to graduate school and securing my dream of becoming a CAA.”