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  1. If you’re willing to look over my PS and give me some feedback, I would appreciate it so much!!!
  2. Hi! I finished a draft of my personal statement and would be very appreciative if someone could critique it.
  3. I am looking to submit by tonight and would appreciate the help. I would prefer if you are a PA, work at the pa school, admissions, or something of this sort but all help is definitely welcome. Please PM me if you can provide some assistance cMore
  4. I spent the day writing my personal statement. I feel like it's not complete but I'm well over the 5000 character mark. It's around 7000, I believe. If anyone would like to see it and possibly critique it/make edits, I'll appreciate any advice. I could have talked more about other things, like taking care of my grandfather for three years after his heart surgery and all, but this seemed more relevant towards approaching healthcare as a team. I've been looking at it too long, though. A fresh pair of eyes would help, thanks. PA personal statement.docx
  5. Help! This is my second time applying and due to family stuff I am applying later than I wanted to. If anyone is willing to edit my personal statement I would greatly appreciate it. Sending good vibes, Tegest :)
  6. I would be willing to exchange statements for editing/critiquing or would like to send mine to someone open to helping me!
  7. First Rounds (FR) — news written by students, for students — is seeking a motivated PA student to serve as the Assistant Editor for 2017-2018. The Assistant Editor position is a 2-year commitment; the student will then become Editor when his/her predecessor graduates. The duties of the Assistant Editor include, but are not limited to: Collaborate with AAPA editorial director and FR editor to develop quarterly themes. Respond to inquires and revise article submissions. Assemble the final selection of articles, photos, and photo release documentation. Edit and prepare a minimum of one article every two months for publication on AAPA’s PAs Connect news feed. Commit to the role of Assistant Editor March 2016-2017 and the editor position in March 2017. Be flexible with scheduling, be adaptable, and communicate effectively with the entire First Rounds team. Assist with promotion and advertising of First Rounds to PA programs nationwide via social media. Organize and maintain contact databases, articles, and emails. In addition, the Assistant Editor and editor will both receive a $500 stipend to attend AAPA Conference 2017 in Las Vegas to promote and advocate for First Rounds. If you are a proactive, current PA student with a strong interest in writing and editing opportunities, please send a resume or CV with your name, PA program, graduation date, and a short summary of why you would be a great FR Assistant Editor to FirstRoundsSubmission@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is March 30, 2017. Phone interviews will be held the first week of April. Requirements: Must be a current PA student in good standing with an ARC-PA accredited PA program Must be a current member of AAPA The selected candidate must have at least one year remaining in school as of December 2017. (i.e. graduation date of December 2018 or later) Those with prior writing or editing experience will be given preference, but it is not required. For more information, please contact Editor Mia McDonald at FirstRoundsSubmission@gmail.com. https://www.aapa.org/pas-connect/2017/02/wanted-assistant-editor-first-rounds/
  8. I've been getting a fair amount of questions lately. Just to clarify: YES. I will help you with your personal statement. No need to ask! No I wasn't an english major, and nor have I been on an ad comm or anything (hopefully I will be one day in the future). I am simply a PA-S with UNTHSC class of 2018 (woot!), and I have no problem reaching out to PA hopefuls and future colleagues. Plus I'm a total nerd and don't mind doing this type of thing. Please note: I will give honest criticism. It may come across as harsh or brutal, but my intention is not to insult anyone. I will reply fairly quickly - within a few days, for sure. If it takes a while, don't be insulted. I might be stumped on what pointers to give you. Or swamped with personal statements? (I'm not sure how many of you are interested in my feedback.) If you want me to read other drafts as you continue to make changes and get feedback, I can glance over those too. You could post it on here if you're not shy, or just let me know if you've posted it already on the forum and I'll find it. Or if you prefer, you can PM me. Oh, this is a limited time offer, btw!!! I start school on July 20th. So I'll probably only accept new edits until July 18th, so I can get them done before school starts.
  9. It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child, but the same is true in the case of providing quality patient care and rehabilitation. Although any one person is capable of providing exceptional care to a patient, I have seen patient outcomes to be drastically improved when the healthcare providers work cohesively as a team. From patient care technicians to nurses to physician assistants, each and every person that participates in a person’s medical care serves a vital role that is complemented by the others they are working alongside. This model of collaborative medicine is something that physician assistants encourage and one of the major reasons I am motivated to follow this career path. Through my work as a patient care technician in the rehabilitation department of St. David’s Medical Center, I have been exposed to a broad spectrum of patients requiring a team approach to their care. From traumatic brain injury to stroke patients, the staff sees a large variance in patient capabilities at admission and end results upon discharge. The goal of rehabilitation is always to decrease the length of patient stay at the hospital, as well as to improve the outcome once the patient is discharged, which is only accomplished through a cohesive rehabilitation unit. I have seen some patients regain the ability to speak when they were previously limited to incoherent syllables and others rediscover the ability to move a limb that had suddenly become foreign and unresponsive secondary to their medical affliction. And yet I know that none of that progress would be possible without the medical community coming together as a team to support the patient in their recovery. One instance in which the community aspect of healthcare was especially vital was with a patient who had been involved in a bad car accident, resulting in debilitating headaches, lowered mental acuity, and impaired safety awareness. Though he was making strides in his recovery, he was still unable to consistently speak and function in a way deemed appropriate for medical release. One day, this patient was consistently and increasingly lethargic, contrary to his behavior in the previous shifts I had been paired with him. I notified his nurse who contacted his physician assistant to ensure that all members of his medical team were kept abreast on this patient’s progress. The physician assistant requested that we observe the patient for the remainder of the day and alert him to any further changes in his condition. Late in the day the patient presented with decorticate posturing secondary to what I believed to be a possible brain bleed causing a midline shift. Quick action was taken on behalf of myself, his nurse, and the rest of the medical team and he was rushed to the attached intensive care unit where they were able to perform a partial craniectomy to relieve the pressure on his brain. The ability of the staff to work as a team and recognize signs and symptoms of a complication from his accident prevented this patient from incurring any further brain damage. Too often in medicine the presence of complete autonomy can motivate healthcare providers to believe they are an island with no support system. Not only does this lead to a narrowed line of thinking, but it also decreases a healthcare provider’s accountability, which can result in a lowered quality of care. The increasing implementation of physician assistants into the healthcare system, however, is allowing the medical community to come together to increase an exchange of ideas and ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. Though every member of the healthcare team is able to affect a patient’s progress, I find myself searching for the ability to make a larger impact in my patients’ lives, something I believe I can accomplish by becoming a physician assistant.
  10. First time applying, submitting my application soon... Wish me luck! Don't be gentle, tear it to shreds. Life can be summed into a succession of moments that shape us into the type of person we are today. Some people would have you believe that only the momentous, earth-shattering experiences shape who we are and how we view the world, but I disagree. I believe we are molded more by the strength it takes to face seemingly trivial daily troubles, and the unwavering empathy and support we provide for those in need. The latter is something I have seen from numerous physician assistants, and is the quality of care I strive to show my patients every day. In the rehabilitation group at St. David’s Medical Center, we primarily take on those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke and work tirelessly to restore their cognitive and motor functions. As a result of their condition, many of these patients have a difficult time processing where they are and what they are going through. This is especially true for those who are predisposed to anxiety, as they have been removed from the familiarity of their homes and routines and thrust into the hustle and bustle of a hospital environment. In the absence of family, these patients will sometimes slip into a downward spiral of negative thoughts that make it difficult for them to get out of bed, and even more so to complete their everyday therapy. Some cases like this are more extreme than others; one patient on the floor suffered daily – sometimes hourly – anxiety attacks, resulting in panicked phone calls to her husband filled with her desperate pleas for him to come back and spend the day with her. On a particularly busy day, this patient’s husband had finally returned to work in an attempt to move toward normalcy in his life, which meant he wouldn’t be back until well after five that evening. To say it was trying for her would be a vast understatement. I was assigned to a different group of patients on the floor that day, but no matter where I was on the unit I could still hear her pleading for someone to bring her husband back. Her patient care technician was running behind, and as such, her needs began to fall by the wayside. She was not assigned to me that day, but I had worked with her many times before, so I went to see if there was anything I could do for her. When I entered her room she was clearly distressed, rocking incessantly in her bed, eyes wide in panic. In an effort to help soothe her, I turned her lights down and pulled a chair up to her bed so we could talk. She immediately snatched up my hand and pulled it close to her chest like a child would with a doll. In a small voice she asked me to rub her back so she could take a nap, and after about fifteen minutes I could feel her relax into her first calm sleep of the day. “Is there anything I can do for you? I have the time.” Just a few simple words are sometimes enough to brighten a patient’s day. Sometimes it’s just offering a hand to hold, or a back rub. I have seen physician’s assistants do this time and time again; they go out of their way to make their patients’ lives a little easier in whatever ways they can, even if it is just retrieving some ice, or a snack for the patient. It is small gestures like these and the extra time they give to their patients that have motivated me to follow the same path toward becoming a physician assistant.
  11. While I put on my isolation gown, I wondered why the Pediatric Department requested me to volunteer a few additional hours for them. My two assigned departments included the Pediatric Diabetes Center and the Emergency Department so this was unusual. A nurse directed me to a patient’s room that seemed to be occupied by a small six-month-old baby girl. “Here is your patient for today. She is a 2-year-old abused and undernourished little girl. She cannot talk yet or stand up on her own. Just keep her company.” I was astounded that a 2-year-old was this small and fragile. As I gently held her in my arms, she looked up at me with me with her big, beautiful, blue eyes. Holding her in my arms was the first time I saw her look comfortable and safe. Only two people made this tiny girl tremendously ill but an entire team was assembled to assist in her recovery. Numerous people came into the room including physicians and their assistants, nurses, and social workers. At this moment, I realized that the all of these people were not only helping heal this child but also advocating in her behalf, showing her compassion, and giving her a better life. They were working as a well-collaborated team to save their patient’s lives. This is one team that I wanted a lifetime membership to. The hospital was my home during the roughest times of my life. Throughout my childhood, I lived every day in fear of my own father. Each day prior to his arrival from work, my mother and I ran through the house making certain there was not a speck of dust in sight. If his inspection did not pass we were reminded that we were “worthless and lazy,” to put it nicely. My life was always on the edge. Finally, my parents divorced when I was 13 years old. The fear never ended and the court hearings continue to this day. On my mother’s days off we would still visit the hospital she worked at as a pediatric nurse. As my mother talked to the patient’s parents, I got to bond with the kids. I eventually realized that every time I was there, they smiled and laughed as we played together. The pain left their faces. One girl my age became one of my best friends. She wore my old costumes for Halloween, I brought her Happy Meals from McDonald’s and in return she provided me with friendship. I was never told that she was dying right before my eyes. Eventually, she lost her fight with cystic fibrosis. Her mother talked to me afterward, thanking me for the relief I gave her child. This gave me motivation and ever since, I knew that I wanted to help people just like this amazing girl for the rest of my life. The hospital is a place I know that I am not “worthless.” The lively hospital environment draws me in and helping others get well enough to get back to doing the things they love is rewarding. Since I did not have any training or certification to work at the hospital, I spent time volunteering there. I learned other places in the hospital other than the pediatric floor. I enjoyed the fast pace setting of the emergency department. Typically, this department is known to come with bad news but I learned that for all of the bad news, something good comes along. In one day, I watched someone end their life while I watched a couple bring another one into the world. Each year, I spent hours baking delicious treats for the hospitals bake sale. I even volunteered at the yearly telethon held by OSF St. Francis Children’s Hospital. The medical field also is an unusual job because not only do you learn new information from your co-workers and patients but you also get to be the teacher. My experience in the medical field as a volunteer showed me that being a physician assistant will give me the opportunity to share my compassion, care for others, and work with a medical team to solve problems to the best of my ability all while forever furthering my education. My 18-year old sister, Morgan, who I am now the legal guardian of, along with my mother, has special needs. Her disability never holds her back but others unwilling to understand Autism do. Each day I advocate on her behalf and fight for her rights. Morgan attends a summer camp with other children that have a variety of disabilities. I have had the privilege of working with a diverse group of some of the most special and inspiring people in the world. Almost all of the children, including my sister, had another problem that they often have to visit doctor’s offices and hospitals for. My ability to understand the complexity of their conditions and believing whole-heartedly that they should be treated with respect assures me that I am ready to work with a diverse group of people when I become a physician assistant.
  12. Any and all help will be rewarded with 1000 virutal hugs :) I am a 1st time applicant, so I admittedly have no idea what I'm doing! I know I need to "trim some fat" but I wanted to gauge if I was onto something good, or if I need to make major adjustments. Also, do I have to state anywhere that the names I've used have been changed for HIPAA compliance? THANKS MAJORLY DUDES! ------------ On his better days, Mr. Hughes was one of my favorite patients. He was a middle aged man with a booming voice – I could usually hear him from the elevator before he stepped foot into the office. We would warmly greet each other, and converse jovially about his daughter’s wedding plans while I prepared him for treatment. But this was not one of his better days. On this day, my doctor informed him that he had developed neovascular glaucoma due to his diabetes. Mr. Hughes was completely blind, and there was no chance at recovering his vision. He would not be able to see his daughter get married. My heart broke. Wasn’t there more that could be done? We had collected every test, every blood panel work up, every image – there was just no changing his visual outcome. He would have been able to significantly reduce the risk of losing eyesight if he had better diabetes management, but it was too late. I began to sheepishly apologize, and he stopped me immediately. Tearfully, he said, “Elaine, thank you for your compassionate care. You have no idea how much of a help you have been for me.” Well, to provide compassionate care that made a difference, I would need to be on the diagnostic end of medicine. Encountering patients like Mr. Hughes was not unusual at my practice, but his situation motivated me to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) because I wanted to do more. With proper training and an advanced education, I would be able to help so many patients upstream of their disastrous health outcomes. Since childhood, I have always wanted to be a doctor. I had a strong attraction to science, an investigative personality, and a desire help people - at the time, being a doctor seemed to be the only fitting direction to take. However, upon further research in my undergraduate years, I became disenchanted with the job prospect. As more healthcare policies arise, more changes disturb the traditional physician-patient relationship. Despite their best intentions, many doctors are being increasingly handicapped by paperwork. In order to stay fulfilled, I turned to seek a position that allows me to have more interaction with the most important part of healthcare – the patient. When comparing the profession of a physician vs PA, I recognized one appealing standout difference: PAs often have more time to spend with patients in order to educate them about their health. This distinction is significant, as I believe that the practice of medicine does not equate to the number of medications taken. Holistic health prevention is just as important as any anti-hypertensive or anti-diabetic pill, as these medications are meant to supplement overall lifestyle changes. My curiosity further manifested into deep interest as I discovered the unique perks of a PA. The lateral mobility aspect will permit to me to explore a variety of specialties and avoid complacency in an ever-changing field. Moreover, the independence of a PA ultimately gives me flexible freedom to accomplish both professional and personal goals, which include having a family. Unfortunately, while I was searching for a better occupational fit, my academic performance suffered during my first 2 years of college. I became progressively frustrated as I tried to earn the grades I knew I was capable of, but couldn’t quite achieve. I realized that I was pushing myself to study for the sake of studying, which overshadowed the appeal of the actual subject. My attitude towards school shifted when I began to fall back in love with the content I was being educated about. Studying now became about learning voraciously, and delving into the advanced sciences with increasing interest. More importantly, I now understood that accomplishment is a by-product of passionate learning, not a pre-cursor. With a refreshed approach on scholarship, I started shadowing Theresa (a PA who practices in a primary care clinic dedicated to an underprivileged community). I admired the fluid efficiency of this clinic, which was largely due to the partnership of all the clinicians. Here, I witnessed a number of individuals who were non-English speaking immigrants, and had limited access to healthcare. A majority of these patients simply did not have the proper information and guidance to take care of themselves, but Theresa would firmly counsel them until they understood. Because of her strong personality, she commanded a respect that was admired by both the patients and I. By asking her questions, I was able to grasp and appreciate the fine details of the position. Like Theresa, I work best in a team environment in which I could be a key provider of care. My experience at this clinic was undoubtedly significant in solidifying my decision to pursue this noble profession. There are thousands, millions of patients out there in critical medical situations that require assistance, and I want to make an impactful difference. I’ve been a science nerd, a volunteer, and a medical assistant – all of these experiences have cumulatively edged me forward to declare this vocation as my true passion. I have a good understanding of what being a PA means, and that is the role that I want to assume: a facilitator and practitioner of compassionate care. Because if I had been able to work with Mr. Hughes prior to his ocular complications, I firmly believe he would be watching his daughter say “I do” through tears of joy, instead of indistinct blurry shadows.
  13. Most third degree burns end in skin grafts, but not my grandfather’s. I spent the entire summer prior to entering college performing skin debridements, cleaning wounds, changing bandages, applying creams, and making sure all medications were taken. I had successfully helped heal my diabetic grandfather in, what the UW-Madison Burn Center doctor said was, “one of the best and fastest recoveries they had ever seen.” Through the blood, gore, and tears, I sadly watched my grandfather suffer, but in the end, it was all worth it—for both of us. The huge rush of relief, reward, and the humbling feeling of accomplishment was something I knew I wanted the rest of my life. I entered college knowing that family health was my passion, but I was unsure as to how I could most directly pursue that goal. I began my freshmen year as a nursing major at Viterbo University. I was also on the softball team, held a new secretarial position for the university political club, and I started working as a CNA. Working in the nursing home, I had many patients who were unable to communicate their wants and needs. Instead of letting this frustrate me, I embraced the challenge. I found myself writing, drawing, using gestures, and even employing music therapy as way of communication. Not only did I overcome the obstacle, but I was able to build relationships and appreciate my patients on a new level. I loved the bedside care and relational aspect of my job the most, but I needed something more; I needed a greater challenge. I discovered that I wanted to have a say in the plan of care. I entered my junior year of college eager to learn and gain experience in the hospital setting. I obtained a new CNA job at the Mayo Healthcare System Hospital in La Crosse, where I began working with gastrology, nephrology, respiratory, oncology, and pediatric patients. I assisted doctors, physician assistants (PA), and nurse practitioners. I paid close attention to all providers and asked questions when teaching moments presented themselves. I was most intrigued by the PA position as I watched them collaborate with physicians to improve the care of patients. It was apparent that the physicians were not simply giving orders to PAs. Instead, they were working together to provide the best possible outcome for the patient. This was an enlightening experience, as I got to see the leadership role of the PA along with the teamwork aspect, for which I have always had an affinity. From this experience, I knew I should focus my efforts on becoming a PA. However, at this point in my schooling, I believed it was time for a new endeavor that would still incorporate my passion for helping others. My courses in values, ethics, and servant leadership sparked my interest in volunteering at St. Clare Mission Clinic. Soon after volunteering, I was on my way to the slums of San Jose, Costa Rica, a community where poor hygiene, infectious disease, violence, drug abuse, and sex trafficking of children is considered “normal.” This life-changing experience opened my eyes to the impact of economic disparity in health outcomes and treatment options, but also to the immense responsibilities of a PA in an underserved community. Watching Miss Natalie Fernandez, I was able to learn the importance of patient histories and how to communicate with all types of patients. Yes, the needs in Costa Rica were much different than the United States. Still, I could see her methods as being applicable across all cultures, watching her perform the role of PA as well as mother, mentor, educator, and companion. I remember watching as the sweetest eleven-year old, Maria, not only forgot about her recent HIV diagnosis, but she smiled and laughed with pure joy. She was just happy to be in the presence of people who cared about her. It became clear to me that patients’ emotional comfort and care are as important as their physical health. Both are factors that a PA must consider while providing care. From my experiences, I have developed a unique perspective on the medical field’s multiple faces. Working in medicine, I have also found my interests perfectly entwined with my passions regarding anatomy, pathophysiology, alleviating unnecessary suffering, building relationships, and incessant desire to help others in need. Much like Miss Fernandez, as a PA, I will be more than just my patient’s provider; I will be an educator, a listener, and a shoulder to cry on in the time of need. As much as I enjoyed and both learned and prospered from my time in Costa Rica, I also realized that I do not have to travel far to help those in need. People of all classes and walks of life are present in my own back yard. I can’t think of any place I want to give back to more than the small, one-stoplight town that raised me and made me who I am today.
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