Kelly O’Brien graduated from Arcadia
University in 2010. She graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies
as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH). For her MPH she wrote her thesis on
the relationship between stress and infertility. She was also vice president of
her class and spent time working at an HIV clinic in Uganda.
Her first job was in the Emergency Department
for Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey. It was there that she
developed her passion for acute, emergency care. However, after a year and
half, the mountains started calling.
In 2012 she accepted a position in the
Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
and was promoted to Lead Advanced Practice Provider (APP) in 2015. Since being
at UCH she has worked on numerous committees and developed an interest in
education. In 2013 she created a monthly continuing medical education series
for the emergency department APP staff. In 2015 she started working jointly
with the Advanced Practice Fellowship in Hospital Medicine to help develop the
emergency medicine rotation. She has also spent time in Haiti while working
with the University of Colorado Emergency Medicine Caribbean Initiative.