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Hello everyone! My name is Yanka, I am a rising junior, and I recently decided to pursue a career as a PA-C. I chose this career path because I can study for an additional two years and get out into the real world to practice, I also prefer to study the Medical Model, and the work/life balance is very ideal because I love spending time with my family. I was just wondering if there are any opportunities for online shadowing, or any PA-C’s in Massachusetts or Rhode Island offering opportunities to shadow. Please let me know. Stay safe! Yanka.
Hello my fellow pre-PA shadowing seekers. After experiencing many frustrations finding a PA to shadow, I recently discovered the (rather obvious but quite essential) keys. #1: Finding a PA or PA(s) who will let you shadow is nothing but a numbers game. If you only ask two and they both say no do not just give up in desperation. Just as getting interviews and acceptances is somewhat dependent on how many schools you apply to, you need to ask as many PAs as possible in order to have a better chance that one or more will say yes. #2: Ask them one on one. Stop posting in various online forums (including this one) asking the general online presence of PAs to let you shadow. Very few if any PAs will reply to these because they know that if they did they would be FLOODED by similar requests. I've seen people on this forum reply to pre-PAs' frustration by saying, "It's okay! Go to your state's PA society! Contact your prospective PA schools! Go to pashadowonline.com!" Unfortunately for me, none of these worked. At all. I never got in touch with even one PA through these resources. The best thing that you can do is contact PAs one on one. Whether this is in person, on the phone, through a letter, or through email. If you work in healthcare, contact PAs who work in your system even if you have never met them personally. Use search engines to find where other PAs work in your area, obtain their contact information if possible, and go for it. Be polite and professional and provide a resume of your experience or an explanation of why you want to shadow. If you do #1 and #2 I guarantee that you will find PAs who will let you shadow. Many of them have been in your shoes and are happy to help pre-PAs determine if the profession is for them. Best of luck.