Jason Thompson, PA-C's Story

Jason Thompson has worked as a physician assistant at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, California, since 2017. He attended Touro University in nearby Vallejo, where he earned a master's of public health and a master's of science in physician assistant studies. His bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison is in neurobiology and neurosciences. 

The joint graduate program at Touro was designed so that students may enter the health care workforce in underserved areas, and that’s what led Jason to Sutter Delta.  “I made it a point to work in an area that is a ‘critical access’ or underserved area—treating people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to health care,” Jason says. During school, Jason picked up experience on the road during rotations in California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas and Arizona. 

He likes working in emergency medicine because of the fast pace and the detailed interactions he gets to have with multiple patients at once. “It’s great to get results in real-time and be able to make decisions that way,” he says. Most of the patients he sees are not in the hospital very long, and Jason make a point to help them navigate the health care system while they’re with him. 

For Jason, a career in healthcare has been a life-long goal. “I’ve always liked the science behind medicine—and getting to learn about your own body,” Jason says. Along the way, he cultivated a more specific interest in pathology.

Jason grew up in Wisconsin. His father worked as a tile setter, and his mother was a braille specialist. Jason has two brothers—one older and one younger. His younger brother is following in his footsteps, currently on track to graduate from nursing school. 

In high school, he worked in a program that taught students the ins and outs of hospital operations. At the same time, still in high school, he earned his Certified Nursing Assistant license and ventured into the early stages of a professional life in health care. 

Outside of work, Jason enjoys the outdoors and the beautiful setting that is California. He got to experience much of the West while working his rotations during school, and he continues to travel often. He recently earned his SCUBA certification in Belize—and has since returned twice. Back home, he makes it a point to get on the water and go paddle boarding.