Marion native Dustin Washburn worked in commercial construction before entering McDowell Technical Community College’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) programs. He graduated from the College with a paramedic certificate and worked for three years as a full-time paramedic in McDowell County before continuing his studies at Western Carolina University. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biology through Western’s Honors College in 2011 while volunteering for non-profits like Westcare Hospice in Waynesville and Good Samaritan Clinic in Sylva.
Following his graduation from Western Carolina University, Washburn enrolled in medical school at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University where he completed his Doctor of Medicine degree. He is currently a resident in Emergency Medicine with Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital System in Columbia, SC, Class of 2019.
Dr. Washburn is proof that you can get there from here—proof that you can be what you want to be and who you want to be. Be like Dr. Washburn, persevere and excel.
Photo credit: Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital Residency Program