I find pleasure in what some would consider an arduous task. For instance I love running. I believe my desire to run is similar to my aspirations to become a physician assistant. There is more to running than sheer physical fitness. It is a true test of mind and body. Training for races involves setting long-term goals that are gradually yet persistently worked towards on a daily basis. It involves researching and implementing the most effective workouts through trial and error. Like running, the position of a physician assistant offers daily challenges, requires dedication and research, and provides an outlet to exercise my mind.
Aside from these, my affection for science is a strong motivator in my pursuit to be a PA. I’ll always remember learning about the organ systems in freshman year of college. I was captivated by the lectures and gawp
ed in amazement as I dissected the plumpest rat in the laboratory. I also seized the opportunity to teach anyone who was confused and my enthusiasm quickly caught hold of the class. Later, in my college career I explored my keen interest for science further by working with a professor on kidney research and the
Even when times were rough and finances were tight, my unrelenting ambition to become a physician assistant did not waver. I became an elderly woman’s caretaker and lived in her basement in order to remain in college. I helped her manage her diabetes. She was fairly ill, yet full of zeal, and reminded me of my g
My grandfather, Bill, was my best friend and the most influential person in my life. I was at his side until his last breath, when doctors worked frantically to save him. Their admirable efforts provided him with more time on earth than was originally anticipated. I was extremely grateful and inspired. After this experience, I undoubtedly knew that my goal to be a physician assistant was not only due to my interest in science or the intellectual challenge, but also due to my desire to help people in need and have a positive impact on the lives of others.
To further pursue my interest I shadowed a number of medical professionals
and volunteered extensively. My first experience was in the Emergency Room. I found the environment exhilarating and enjoyed the need for
alacrity in problem solving and decision-making. This experience elicited a desire to expand and explore different healthcare settings.
Next, I shadowed physicians, residents, physician assistants, and nurses in internal medicine at a local hospital. Along with more medical knowledge, I was able to gain an insight into and a deeper understanding of a variety of healthcare professions that further reinforced
my decision to become a PA. My observership inspired me to remain in the hospital and become a volunteer. This enabled me to gain exposure to a variety of specialties while helping through direct patient care. In Labor and Delivery, I helped with the breastfeeding initiative, which educated wome
n on the benefits of breastfeeding and sought to raise the local breastfeeding rates. I really enjoyed watching births and I remember the satisfaction I felt offering a helpful hand to expecting mothers.
After much experience in the hospital I ventured out to private practices. My experience in Labor and Delivery inspired me to shadow Dr. Guirguis,
an OB/GYN. I realized the importance of a
bedside manner as I observed
and emulated the doctor/
patient interactions. Next, I shadowed Dr. LoCicero, a primary care physician in her private practice. I learned that when providing information such as tests results
the delivery was
even more important than the information itself.
I believe I possess the qualities and experience necessary to be great physician assistant. With my motivation and dedication I am fully prepared
to face the challenges of the profession