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Emma Blair

Emma Blair

Emma Blair, a member of the Honors College from Wheeling, will graduate with a degree in exercise physiology with an emphasis in health professions and a minor in psychology. She serves as a member of the first cohort of Presidential Student Ambassadors and member of the PSA Speakers Bureau and a student ambassador for the School of Medicine and the WVU Honors College.

In addition to her rigorous coursework, Blair is a student in the Honors Experiential and Engaged Learning Program, serves as an undergraduate researcher and volunteers her time for community service including producing and donating more than 700 homemade face masks to local nursing homes and homeless shelters during the pandemic.

Blair describes her Honors EXCEL project, under the guidance of Exercise is Medicine, as one of the most rewarding experiences during her undergraduate studies. Her project aims to reduce the frequency of prescribing and prolonged use of medication by instituting an exercise prescription system.

She leads the initiative to integrate and educate rural physicians on evidence-based exercise treatment plans and works with patients at the WVU Medicine Internal Medicine Clinic to help make physical activity screenings and counseling a priority.

Blair also has honed her clinical skills by serving as a medical scribe with WVU Medicine ENT and clinical associate in the thoracic surgery step-down unit that was transformed into the COVID-19 unit. She reports her experience with COVID-19 patients has solidified her desire to become a compassionate healthcare professional with an instrumental role in patient recovery.

Blair has had the opportunity to travel to Honduras with the WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades and spent a summer studying abroad at Quebec’s Laval University.

Ultimately, she hopes to pursue her doctorate in physician assistant studies advocating for the need for physical activity assessment and referral in clinical settings.