Arcadia (Cady) Trvalik
PA Student Liason
Arcadia Trvalik, MHS is a second-year PA student at Wake Forest University. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s of Health Science concentrated in Global Health Economics in 2021, completed a Fulbright scholarship in Malaysia in 2020, and completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and Public Health at George Washington University in 2017. At Johns Hopkins, she completed graduate research on the cost-effectiveness of physician assistants and equivalent roles in various country contexts across the world. She has clinical experience in Emergency Medicine as an EMT and Emergency Department Technician prior to PA school. In her past roles, she has co-authored a peer-reviewed research article on Ventricular Assist Devices, taught clinical skills to GW undergraduates, and studied public health in rural Khon Kaen, Thailand. She has also completed internships at the Smithsonian Institution, where she wrote about emerging zoonotic diseases; and Management Sciences for Health, where she engaged members of the U.S. Congress to advocate for global health initiatives.
At the Wake Forest PA program, she is Student Representative to the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, is enrolled in the Global Health Certificate program, volunteers with the Wake Forest Mobile Clinic, and holds a position on the DEAC Free Clinic Outcomes Team. She has clinical interests in women’s health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and neurology. Her research interests are in pediatrics, global health, health equity, and planetary health. In her future career, she hopes to balance her clinical practice with research, advocacy, and educational roles, and to build international partnerships to study the effects of climate change on human health. She is passionate about leadership, diversity, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and health diplomacy. In her free time, she loves to run, travel, hike, volunteer, and practice yoga.