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  1. HI guys! Here is my second rough draft! I would love some feedback! Just FYI P.A's in Canada just started to be integrated into healthcare so there wasn't any shadowing to be down with PA's instead it was with Nurse Practitioners which have somewhat the same role I remember the day like it was yesterday. The alarm was ringing and I was rushing through the endless corridors until I reached the Emergency Department of the Alberta Children's Hospital. . It was my second year as a volunteer at the hospital and I had loved every minute of it, and this day definitely reinforced my desire to work in medicine. Code Blue was something I had been trained for but never actually experienced. As a volunteer, I was thrown into different areas of medicine from fragile newborns to the terminally ill children. It was a job that tested my mental awareness and overall attentiveness and this day did exactly that. A drunk driver had hit an oncoming vehicle and caused severe head trauma to a 7-year-old boy. The doctors quickly rushed the child to ICU and I was basically a "gofer" running between doctors, patient and family. Coordinating with all of them was a tall order, but the doctor in charge knew me well and knew that I was up to the challenge. While my volunteer shift usually lasted four hours, that day I stayed close to eight hours to help with what I could. My duties ranged from replacing saline bags to comforting family members and distracting younger siblings - I was hired mostly for the latter. During all this I began to see how immersive and rewarding the field of medicine was. The nurse practitioners were working so fluidly with the physicians, but they were far more patient-centered. I was particularly impressed by one of the nurse practitioners and started following her routine throughout the following week until the little boy was discharged. She was so dedicated and compassionate toward her patient and often worked late - going above and beyond the call of duty. Her empathic demeanour and drive to further improve her patients’ quality of life really inspired me. While researching her profession I came across the role of physician assistant and knew this was my calling. My love of biology started when I was in Junior High battling my first migraines. These were beyond debilitating for a 13 year old, but even then I was ambitious and determined to discover what was causing them. I took on the dual roles of scientist and subject and began doing my own experiments, manipulating different variables of my daily routine and keeping notes recording my symptoms. In university, I took several anatomy and physiology courses to learn more about the incredible processes of the human body A pivotal experience that led to my interest in health care was being hospitalized for four days when I suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. During that stay, I met a number of physicians and caregivers, but it was the nurse practitioners who really impressed me. My days were filled with diagnostic imaging, blood work and cognitive assessments, but amidst all the testing, I looked forward to my time with the nurse practitioners. They came in every day with a great big smile and played cards with me (testing my memory). Knowing my love of medicine, they provided detailed explanations about the investigations and about my medications. The physicians played an important role of course, but it was the nurse practitioners who really cared for me. Their compassion was without parallel. Because I wanted to gain more patient-centered experience, I worked in an optometry clinic for roughly two years during my undergrad, performing preliminary assessments for patients. It was such a great feeling to be helping others and to be able to educate patients on their vision health. When one of our patients arrived with a partially detached retina, we had to act quickly and methodically to help save her vision. The optometrist and I worked together and we succeeded in getting the patient into surgery in very short order. During her weekly follow-up visits with me, I was able to track her progress and eventual full recovery. At her last follow-up appointment she gave me a hug and was tearing up as she thanked me profusely for saving her vision. There is no better feeling than seeing a person crying tears of joy. My desire to help others was reinforced when my aunt was diagnosed with cancer. I am generally a very level-headed individual, (except when rallying my hockey teammates as captain) but when I heard the bad news, I was flooded with a range of emotions. I felt sad, angry and helpless. As a fourth year biology student what could I do? I knew that I could not physically help her, but I knew that I could still make a difference. So I chased down a distinguished researcher at the University of Calgary and offered my time and knowledge as a volunteer in his lab. He was so impressed with my devotion, willingness to learn, maturity and diligent work that he soon offered me a paid position. I worked in his oncology lab as a research student for nine months. While furthering research in the DNA repair response to cancer, I also optimized the protocol for an alpha particle irradiator for human samples. One of its first and perhaps my greatest accomplishment in medicine, so far. I thoroughly enjoyed my work; especially working alongside incredible scientists and participating in cutting-edge research. My work felt very fulfilling: I was furthering research in the ever-growing field of oncology and potentially helping thousands of people. However, it did not completely satisfy my desire to be on the front lines, helping people. After working in medical research, I now know that I am ready to make the leap from "the bench" to the bedside - working in healthcare. I am convinced that I will be an excellent physician assistant. My strong drive to learn and desire to help those in need will translate into a satisfying and successful career in health care. As a physician assistant, my excellent interpersonal and communication skills, along with my ability to work both independently and as part of a team will result in outstanding patient-centered care. I would love the opportunity to work in pediatrics or emergency in under-served areas. I hope that one day I will be able to give my patients the same outstanding care and compassion that I received during my hospitalization.
  2. Hi guys. I was hoping I could get some good critical feedback regarding my PS. I would appreciate it if you were harsh and picky with your criticism. I know it is a little long and I am planning on cutting back "fluff" and trying to get to the point I really do appreciate the help, you guys are the best and I love all the help this forum has provided. I remember the day like it was yesterday. The alarm is sounding and I am rushing through endless corridors until I reach the Emergency Department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. This was my second year as a volunteer at the hospital and I had loved every moment of it, and this day definitely reinforced my desire to work in medicine. Code Pink or otherwise known as Cardiac Arrest or a Medical Emergency was something I had been trained for but never actually experienced. As a volunteer I was thrown into different areas of medicine from birth to the terminally ill. It was a job that tested my mental psychy and overall attentiveness and this day did exactly that. A drunk driver hit an oncoming vehicle and caused severe head trauma to a 7-year-old boy. The doctors quickly rushed the child to surgery and I was basically a gopher running between doctors, patients and families. Coordinating with them all was a tall order but the doctor in charge knew me well and knew I was more than capable of the challenge. While my volunteer shift usually lasted for 4 hours, today I stayed close to 8 hours to help with what I could. My duties ranged from replacing saline bags to comforting family members and distracting younger siblings - I was hired mostly for the latter. During all this I began to see how immersive and rewarding the field of medicine was. The Nurse Practitioners were working so fluidly with the Doctors, but they were far more patient centered. I became influenced by one of the NR’s and started following her routine throughout the next week until the little boy was discharged. She was so dedicated and compassionate to her patient and would often work late to go above and beyond to call of duty. Her empathetic demeanor and drive to further improve her patients’ quality of life really inspired me. While researching her profession I came across the role of Physician Assistants and knew this was my calling. My love for biology started when I was in Junior High battling my first ever migraine. These were beyond debilitating for a 13 year old, but even then I was ambitious and determined to find the cause of my migraines. I began doing my own experiments, manipulating different variables of my daily routine and keeping notes throughout the day. This was my first experiment where I myself was the test subject and it was incredible. In University I took multiple anatomy and physiology courses to learn more about the human body and the incredible processes that occur throughout my body. It was then that I knew that my passion was biology. A pivotal experience that led me to health care was spending 4 days in the hospital. In my third year of my undergrad I suffered a sub-arachnoid brain hemorrhage while playing basketball and was sidelined from all sports and academia while recovering from severe concussion symptoms. While in the hospital I met a number of physicians and caretakers but it was the Nurse Practitioners that really impressed me. There was a routine to each day, which included CT-scans and bloodwork, but amidst all the testing, my days were always exciting because of the NP’s. They would come in everyday with a great big smile on their face and play cards with me (testing my memory) and knowing my love for medicine would go into great detail explaining the properties of each drug being administered or what they were testing. They had such compassion and although I did see a doctor here and there, it was them that really cared for me. That feeling couldn’t be duplicated. Wanting to gain more patient-centered experience, I worked in an optometry clinic for roughly two years during my undergrad performing preliminary diagnoses and treatment plans for patients. It was such a great feeling helping others in need and being able to educate people on their eye health. I had a patient who had a partially detached retina and we had to act quickly and methodically to help save her vision. The doctor and I worked alongside each other as a team and we were successful in getting the patient into surgery as quickly as possible. The following months she had follow-up visits every week with me and I was able to track her progress and eventual full vision recovery. On her last follow-up appointment she gave me a hug and was tearing up as she thanked me profusely for saving her vision. There was no better feeling than seeing a person so happy that they couldn’t hold back the tears. My desire to help others was compounded by my Aunt being diagnosed with cancer. I am generally a very levelheaded individual, except for when rallying my teammates as hockey captain, but when I heard the news, I was flooded with a range of emotions. I felt angry and helpless. As a third year student in my bachelor’s degree what could I do? I knew that I couldn’t physically help her, but I knew I could still make a difference. So I chased down a distinguished researcher at the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute and offered my time and knowledge as a volunteer in his lab. He was so impressed with my devotion, willingness to learn, maturity and diligent work that he offered me a paid position in his lab as a researcher. I worked in his oncology lab as a research student for 9 months. While furthering research in the DNA repair response to cancer, I also optimized the protocol for an alpha particle irradiator for human samples. One of it’s first. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work; especially working alongside incredible scientists and participating in cutting-edge new research. My job felt very fulfilling helping large masses of people and furthering research in the ever-growing field of oncology. While rewarding, my work did not satisfy my desire to serve people, a service only able to be realized in healthcare. After working in the theory aspect of medical research, I now know that I am destined to work in the practical portion. I thoroughly believe that I will become an excellent physician assistant. My strong desire to learn and unparallel devotion to helping those in need will translate into a successful career in health care. As a PA, my strong interpersonal and communication skills alongside my ability to work independently or collectively as a team will result in outstanding patient-centered care. Upon completion of PA school I would love the opportunity to work in pediatrics or emergency in under-served, deserving areas. I only wish that one day I could give my patients the care and compassion I received when I was in the hospital.
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