Thank you for taking the time to review my personal statement on why I have chosen to embark on the journey to become a Physician Assistant. My story started several years ago, more than I care to count, when I stumbled into the health care world as a paramedic in rural Pennsylvanian. While in high school, I became friends with several other students who were actively volunteering with a local fire department. After hearing their stories about the things they were learning and doing I also joined a volunteer fire department, mostly out of curiosity. Over the course of a couple of years I discovered that the challenges that I encountered during training and responding to emergencies had unlocked some unrealized, more like unknown, drive inside …show more content…
I have seen the best and of course the not so stellar examples of how to do things. All of these experiences have impacted me and my abilities. I recall shortly after starting my first job as a paramedic asking a physician at the local emergency room about a medical condition that one of my patients had and that I was not familiar with. He politely smiled, said follow me, and walked over to the physician charting area. He reached up to a shelf of books that was above the desk and pulled down this large, intimidating book with a red and white cover, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine. He quickly flipped through a couple of hundred pages and pointed to a section. He said, read this first and then we will talk about it. This was the start, while I didn’t identify it at the time, of a constant back and forth between me and a couple of emergency medicine physicians who just happened to work in my local small town emergency room. They would not just answer my questions, or just tell me to do this or that, but that they would point me in the right direction to learn on my own and then be there to support me and to answer my questions. It is a practice that I have continued my entire career. Looking, learning, striving to know more, and then seeking out
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Ever wondered what a medical assistant does everyday? Ever thought of going to school and becoming one? Learn about what a medical assistant does, how to become one and why they are so important. Also how to continue to more education and become something even higher! Things like a RN and LPN is higher and can continue from even there. I will also talk about why being a medical assistant is so important and why they are important to other people.
In 1968, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) formerly known as the American Association of Physician Assistants was established in North Carolina by the first graduate students of Duke University Physician Assistant program. Since then PA profession has grown to tremendous heights. The mission statement of the AAPA is, “To ensure the professional growth, personal excellence, and recognition of the physician assistants, and to support their efforts to enable then to improve the quality, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered health care.” The physician assistant profession has shown remarkable growth since its first PAs started practice in 1967.
I admire the mission statement of the PAS program, as I am a firm believer in providing excellent care to all populations. A Physician Assistant, as well as any other medical professional, should provide compassionate care to those needing it, despite their financial status, race, disabilities, and more. As a future PA, I want to advocate for all populations and let their voices be heard, inside and outside of the walls of medicine. One reason I am compassionate about advocating for my patients is because I understand what it is like to be in their shoes.
Having the opportunity to work with underserved populations has sparked my interest in an area of medicine I previously did not know about. As a volunteer, I served as a patient advocate. As part of my responsibilities, I sat with the patients before, during, and after their visit to make sure their needs were met. Not all of these conversations were intense and deep-rooted, but to see the overall impact I was able to have on the patients as a volunteer was what caused me to be enamored with medicine. In addition, being a patient advocate was a great way to provide help to those that needed it the most.
I am pleased to announce the promotion of 8 Physician Assistants to Physician Assistant Coordinator (PAC) roles in the Department of Surgery. The Physician Assistant Coordinator team will have managerial and administrative oversight of the clinical physician assistants within their respective areas, as outlined below, reporting to me. The PACs will collaborate with physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurses, and other members of the clinical and administrative teams to achieve the highest standards of patient care and patient experience.
Choosing a career in the medical field can very be overwhelming, there are a multitude of options. The job that is in demand the most is Registered Nurses. This degree, at the minimum, requires an associate’s degree. By the year 2020, all R.N.’s will need to have a BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing); Bachelor’s degree programs are 4-year programs. But don’t stop there, after 2-3 years of on the job experience, find what area you would like to specialize in, and go on and earn that Physician Assistant degree.
Why do I want to be a physician assistant? I can answer this question in some many ways because I have so many factors that help influence my decision. When I was born to age twelve there was a big hospital on the same street I lived in, I got to see everything from small cuts to pregnant women delivering their child or “accident” victims like my parents called them my entire life. I would sneak into the hospital to see how people who got hurt where been treated, sometimes on little stuff like stitching up a cut, nothing too bizarre, they would let me watch and they would tell me how what they were doing was helped, and I would go home and practice on my brothers or my uncles, basically anyone that would indulge me at that moment.
Through my studies of human expression and its reflection of how people deal with world events in different ways, I developed sensitivity to other worldviews that continues to prove useful through my daily interactions with people of different backgrounds. I have learned that just like art, medicine involves pattern recognition and derives insight from experiences. Similarly, what I especially enjoy about being a medical assistant is interacting with patients on a daily basis and getting to be a part of their medical experiences, even if it is just by lending an ear. The experiences on my path to a career in medicine have made me want to make a real, tangible difference in the lives of those around me – a difference that leaves my patients in a better condition than they were in before I met them.
I want to become a Medical Assistant because I enjoy helping others, and making them feel better. Medical Assistant is not just a career for me, it’s a goal that I will achieve with much pride and honor, and prove wrong those people who keep telling me that I’m not going to make it. I’m not really good in science, but I’m going to push myself to try hard to achieve my goal. Don’t ever let anyone label you, be your own kind of person and make the “impossible” possible. I know that it’s not going to be easy because of all the things you have to learn and memorize to become a Medical Assistant.
Please describe any relevant leadership experience and/or employment history that has prepared you to become a Resident Assistant. Essay responses should be in paragraph form and you should fully articulate your leadership experience and how it has prepared you for the RA role. Having many leadership experiences and serving on multiple committees where working with students and administration is necessary, I believe that I am well prepared to become a Resident Assistant. These committees include my high school’s Discipline Committee, where I worked with administration to provide fair and rehabilitate punitive actions to students, along with the Duke Student Health Advisory Committee, where I work with other students to advise the Student Health office and to develop projects that benefit student health on campus. In addition, I have gained many useful leadership skills from becoming an Eagle Scout, especially after organizing and leading a large
The field of medicine and healthcare has always appealed to me from a young age. Specifically, I became fascinated with the causes of illnesses, an interest that fueled my need to research and satisfy my curiosity. Throughout my academic path, I have focused on getting closer to my goals and have worked diligently. Indeed, my passion for becoming a Physician Assistant (PA) was solidified after I gained experience shadowing a physician and became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). I believe that becoming a PA is the right path for me as it would provide me with the opportunity to serve those in need, and also allow for patient interaction and connection.
Investing my time in the care of my patient gives the opportunity to not only assist them in a difficult situation, but also to learn more about their diagnosis and the treatment, while comparing it to what we have learned in class. For example, I had a patient that suffered from Sickle Cell Disease and came to the ER during a crisis. Correlating this case to the books and the content learned in class, these patients receive at least 1000 mL of fluids, pain medication, and oxygen. Additionally, I had a patient with meningitis. This individual presented with common symptoms such as nuchal rigidity, muscle pain, fever, and chills.
My initial attraction to medicine stemmed from my fascination for the science, which grew upon moving across continents and discovering its universality and subjectivity. It excited me that through medicine, I could interact with people from all walks of life while also pursuing my passion for science. Although the application of science in an ever-expanding field was my initial motivation for wanting to study medicine, my motives expanded as I gained new experiences in the field. These experiences helped me discover the art of medicine and the privilege of connecting with patients, which goes beyond what science can offer. Interacting with patients and hearing different narratives everyday has been a humbling experience that has helped me better understand myself and the world I live in.