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  1. I want to begin by saying how crazy it is has been and I'm sure many of you guys that have made it feel the same. Congratulations to those of us who have been accepted. I cannot be more excited and humbled to join the class of 2019. It is still early in the application but I want to invite everyone including those who are waiting to be interviewed to share their thoughts. For those that have been accepted, let's keep each other in contact until we meet next year. I hope this will serve as a platform to help those who have been accepted and those that are waiting to be accepted. For example, I will need info for housing so if you guys know of a good place to look for housing, please share!
  2. After careful revision, I've rewritten the PS that I posted a few weeks ago. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Standing to the right of the patient, the fabulous Ms. Minerva, I held gauze and scissors, ready to cut the stitch that was being sewn by Denise, the physician assistant at our dermatology clinic. It was an intense moment for me as I watched her stick the suture needle into the patient’s lower eyelid. She was having a dark spot punch biopsied, and although I was doing my best not to show it, I was panicking. “What if the suture pokes out her eyeball? What if when I cut the stitch, I cut off an eyelash?” but all the while, Denise remained strong and cool as the two of them chatted up a storm about her recent trip to Puerto Rico. As I cleaned up the patient and wished her well, she gave me a hug and teased me for being so tense. She said, “I wouldn’t have had that done with anyone else but Denise.” It was because of this encounter that I realized while the skill in performing the procedure was important, the ability to recognize and ease the concerns of a patient were just as imperative. Without the underlying trust between the two, the procedure could’ve gone haywire. That was when I learned that medicine is just as much of an art as it is a science. Denise was the first PA that I had ever worked closely with. I wasn’t sure what to expect but as her assigned medical assistant, I found myself fixating on her habits. I took note of everything she did, from the way she consulted the patients in a nurturing and personable manner, to her note-taking skills and most of all, to the attitude she exhibited to her colleagues and peers. My first experience with medicine occurred when I was six years old. I was involved in a traumatic car accident and suffered a compound skull fracture that caused me to spend the bulk of my childhood with doctors, physical therapists and psychologists. It was a trying time for my family and me, but experiencing such a personal side of healthcare inspired me to give back to those who couldn’t help themselves. As I grew both professionally and academically, I realized which parts of healthcare I enjoyed and identified with the most, and that is being a physician assistant. Knowing that a career that I had always dreamed of was available in a more rewarding and fitting form, I was able to mold myself into a more focused and passionate learner. I have always been a proponent of being a well-rounded person and understanding as much as I can about different parts of life. My marketing major and involvements in my university’s highly regarded sales program are a testament to my desire to learn. Becoming a PA would enable me to satisfy my intellectual curiosity, as the lateral flexibility that the profession allows for is second to none. Being able to change specialties allows PA’s to adapt to changing healthcare needs, and thus increase patient care and quality. Furthermore, the PA’s that I have had the opportunity to work with and shadow routinely display a versatile knowledge of medicine, a skill that I admire. Most importantly, the role a PA plays in a patient’s clinical experience is the driving force behind my career goals. Every PA I have met and shadowed emphasized a holistic model of patient care and focused more on the patient’s well-being. When I think back on my experiences as a patient, what left the most lasting impression was the trust I had in my providers and those who took the time to genuinely care and listen to me. Relationships transcend the period of illness and although patients may be cured, the connection remains forever. The PA profession allows this kind of bond to be possible. Perhaps the defining moment in my quest of becoming a PA was when I was working as an emergency room scribe in a level 3 trauma and psychiatric center. I overheard the page from EMS warning us that they were bringing in a cardiac arrest patient: “63 y/o male, chest compressions started upon arrival, and once absence of pulse was confirmed, patient was intubated and we are en-route to you”. I was excited, as this was the first trauma case I had ever witnessed. EMS rolled the patient inside, and in went the doctor, nurses and respiratory techs. I sheepishly stood in the back and observed what was going on in this busy room - the physician yelling for more epi, the nurse pushing the medicine, a tech doing more chest compressions and another nurse consulting the family. Alas, after shocking the patient twice, the man stabilized and I felt relieved. Nothing could have prepared me for those intense few moments, but I stood in awe as I realized how the beauty of teamwork brought everyone together in the emergency department to accomplish one goal. To make matters even better, a PA was called as the admitting provider. In my pursuit to understand where I fit in this world, I thrive on my time spent with the countless number of PA’s I’ve met and their qualities to becoming an artist of my own. The lessons I’ve learned along with my assorted experiences would make me a versatile provider: one that can think and act quickly, trust her gut and hone teamwork skills, while acknowledging the importance of building and maintaining relationships. I aspire to connect on a deeper level with people and my method to practicing medicine as a physician assistant would be no different. I am earnestly prepared to face the challenges of a PA program and help leave meaningful impacts on other people’s lives.
  3. Just wrapped up my first shift in the ED as a PA-C. Wow...that's all I can say! It was all I thought it would be. I was scared to death going in, and on pins and needles the entire shift. I saw chronic back pain, cholelithiasis, cellulitis from an insect bite with a surprise 600 blood glucose thrown in for good measure, and a fx 5th MTP. I had my first drug seeker, too! The nurses were great with clarifying my orders and communicating the patient complaints. I'm not at all used to the idea of giving orders; I'm going to have to get over that quickly. All in all it was a great first day. I am honored to be among the fold and excited about being in a nurturing teaching environment where I am treated like a clinician and able to do so much.
  4. Has anyone received a letter in the mail saying they were on the waitlist? Hope everyone has a happy holiday!
  5. Does anyone know where to get a free student code for epocrates essential? I heard there were some going around. Starting rotations on Nov 1 :=D: Any help is greatly appreciated.
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