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  1. Piku was born when I was preparing for med school in India,He use to live with his mother and father and two siblings(Thts what I figured).Our backyard was full of jasmine,bougenvilia and crusanthymum plants.I could listen the cuckoo of a koyal every morning.This family was of a very common bird in India,a house sparrow.Me and my sister were obgyn when piku came out of a cracked egg.With tiniest limbs and completely dependent on his mother,it was the most beautiful feeling to take him in my hands.Only after few weeks,when flight muscles,haven't yet developed,piku tried to fly and hurt himself.I use to console him and treat him with the homemade remedies. As I was preparing for my med school,the zeal to fly,the zeal to succeed,the zeal to change the world,like piku was there in my eyes.Slowly,time passed,it seemed like it was crawling,I couldn't wait to here,after three rigorous years of preparation and intensive coaching,that I was accepted in medical school.When I got the news Iwas jumping with joy.It seemed I also developed wings an was flying with my little friend. Only after few weeks of me getting into medical school,I came to know something which had shaken my foundation.It was extremely hard breaking to know that my parents were having problems in their marriage,they were at the verge of separating,suddenly the perfect image of life shattered.Even though my siblings could accept the fact in more mature way,for me it was like a sudden blow on my head.A trait of looking for perfectionism,in everything,being a Virgo,began to haunt me,of which I was proud of before. While I was experiencing bitter taste of life,real flavor of medicine was yet to be tasted.I remember it was my first day of clinical rotation,and it was in intensive care unit,for Patients who were struggling last moments of their life.As soon as I started the day,we were instructed to perform CPR.That was first time I was doing to save a life.Until lunch time We did five CPRs,but unfortunately we could not save anybody.That means in no time I witnessed five deaths.My supervisor gave me responsibility to inform families of two patients about the demise.I was stunned.How was I going to do?First of all it was difficult to digest that I have witnessed five deaths in few hours,and now "how in any world could I inform them?"That was my reaction.My heart raced as I took each step towards the corridor.It felt my mouth was sealed,When I looked in their eyes,there was hope.I could never forget.But I had to.With keeping mumb,my body numb,tears rolled from my eyes.They got it.I could see there world broken.I could not take it and ran into my room and sobbed. As days passed,more and more cases I saw of deaths,demises,deceased.In someway or other it decreased my grievance for life.It gave me a new direction.During the whole year of my clinical internship,I learned to give people hope and strength,even when you have your own shortcomings.The more I gave a person suffering strength,I added a brick to my foundation again.And in a year of time I could stand again on pillars built on compassion,dedication,patience and perseverance. After graduating from medical school,I worked as a duty medical officer,in a well known medical centre in India.During which Happen to work general ward,admitting and following up with patients,taking case histories and prescribing drugs.A duty medical officer is someone who works under a supervising physician,reports to him if any complexities,otherwise can make diagnosis and plan a treatment.Working under a physician,gave me support as well as strength.I really enjoyed the mutual trust between me and my physician.His trust and appreciation,as well as patients satisfaction of our work,gave me confidence. With boosting confidence,I came to United States,but in no time was wiggling about my career.when I was waggling around through all possibilities of working with patients,PA profession was introduced to me by my brother in law.To get more knowledge,I shadowed a PA,Mr.jonathan Newman.He was easy going and made me comfortable from beginning.He made an effort to introduce me to staff and to every patient he saw.He was also director for the clinic,he was working in.Staff members looked upto him for both clinical and administrative stuff.I saw him dealing with each patient carefully.Sometimes he compared the elderly patient to his father and other times he shared his recent marriage with them.All in all he made the environment endearing for anyone associated with his clinic.He really inspired me not only to be a PA,but also to be compassionate towards fellow worker.To get more experience in hospital setting,I have applied to volunteer in emergency department at newyork presbytarian/queens hospital,from September onwards.Im hoping to get insight into Health care system along with some experience. I aim to be like my little friend piku,whose aim was only to fly,no matter whether it rains or storms or if he gets hurt.
  2. I'm considering applying to the PA program at Western. Does anyone know if their program has a medical spanish component, and if so, for how long? I looked on the website and couldn't seem to find it. Thank you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I've been accepted at Emory and George Washington University. I already put a deposit down on Emory and the $1000 deposit for GWU (and decision) is due on Friday. I'm having a hard time deciding which school to choose. Both are ranked #4 by US News & World Report and are older, well-established programs. I'm running out of time to make my decision! Emory: - 29 months, starting in August - slightly cheaper tuition than GWU - all classes taught separately from med students - had a wonderful interview experience, very impressed with faculty, students, and support staff - located in Atlanta (lower cost of living) GWU: - 24 months, starting in May - have heard rumblings of problems within the program (professor fired after a semester of absenteeism) - some classes taught in conjunction with med students (but PA students given different exams) - used MMI, interview experience felt very impersonal - located in DC, a city that I know and love, also have several friends in DC - would graduate/become a PA 8 months sooner (due to program start date and shorter program length Any advice would be much appreciated. I am leaning towards Emory, based on my interview experience and information from Emory PA alumni.
  4. Just curious, who's interviewing in Seattle on the 25th?! There are threads for the other locations but none for this interview session so I thought I'd start one. I'll be there! Flying in from Utah and pretty excited to see what Washington has to offer!
  5. Hi everyone, just seeing who has been accepted to class of 2013 and what will your housing/ living arrangements be? I have been accepted and will be attending this fall and would possibly like to room up with another PA student. Congratulations to all those that have been accepted, see you in the fall!
  6. For anyone interested in the PA MPH program, I started a blog about my experiences as a PA MPH student (I am currently in my second semester). I really enjoyed reading PA student blogs when I was applying to PA schools I felt they gave a perspective into a program you really couldn't find elsewhere. However, I didn't find any pertaining to any PA MPH programs, so I started my own. Maybe you'll it useful if you're considering applying for, or accepting a spot in a dual degree program. The URL is included in my signature below.
  7. Got my phone call this morning!!! Now I can start worrying about other things :P Hope to see more of the people from my interview group again. Good luck to the rest of you!
  8. Saw this article on my News homepage this morning and was shocked that it was a PA professor and Program Director that was involved. Hopefully this sort of publicity doesn't negatively effect the PA profession's reputation in the national mind. Definitely interested in how GWU will be responding to this situation as I am interviewing there in two weeks for their PA/MPH program. What do you all think about the situation? Should I consider the school differently considering these allegations? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/campus-overload/post/gwu-professor-resigns-accused-of-not-teaching/2011/11/08/gIQASJQt0M_blog.html
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