Paige Smith, Writing Project Managing Editor / GEMs, PURLs, and CI Project Coordinator / Editor

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What does Paige do for FPIN?

I am FPIN's Writing Project Managing Editor, a Project Coordinator for the Clinical Inquiries (CIs), Priority Updates from the Research Literature (PURLs), and Good Evidence Matters (GEMs) writing projects, and an Editor. As the Writing Project Managing Editor, I oversee the processes and workflows for FPIN's writing projects. As a Project Coordinator, I work in coordination with the Editor-in-Chief of each project to sustain and improve the writing projects. I also strive to ensure all members of these writing projects have an enjoyable experience writing their manuscripts and are satisfied with the resources available to them. I am also an editor for the HelpDesk Answers (HDAs) and GEMs projects. I serve as the MET editor on HDAs ensuring the manuscripts meet technical and quality standards. On the GEMs writing project, I work with the author to edit the manuscript so their GEM accurately dissects their chosen research article.


I graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health from the University of Missouri and I have a great interest in public health research. Throughout undergrad, I worked as a research assistant on a wide variety of research studies ranging from the comorbidities elderly individuals living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa experience to the mental health implications of COVID-19 on college students. I love and value the process of learning and translating it to change in the community. 


When I am not working I can usually be found with my nose in a book or hiking on one of the many trails around Columbia. I rarely find a book that I do not enjoy. I love all sorts of genres such as nonfiction, essays, graphic novels, and thrillers. My favorite book is Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

Unique Skills

When watching a movie or a tv show, I am the first person to recognize an actor’s face or voice and be able to say the other movies or tv shows they have been in.

Fun Facts

When hiking, I frequently pick up rocks along the trail and collect them. I have a rock tumbler which I use to polish them.

What do you love most about FPIN?

I started as an intern at FPIN in 2019 and quickly grew to love the organization. The FPIN staff has created an amazing work culture fostering development and emphasizing the importance of education. I value the physicians who work with FPIN and the dedication and passion they have for educating others on the importance of research in primary care.

Favorite Netflix series or movie and why?

My favorite Netflix series is either New Girl or Community. Every episode of both of these shows always succeeds in making me laugh.