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Hey guys! I'm 24 and have recently been accepted into a PA program, but I keep having second thoughts. My whole life I have been interested in medicine and health care. However, I am also a more quiet/introverted/awkward person and deal with social anxiety at times. For patient care hours this past year I became a phlebotomist. Although I loved learning about blood drawing and enjoyed the hands on aspect of it, the actual job itself was very draining for me. I worked at a very busy lab that saw over a 100 patients a day. Having to interact with so many patients left me feeling exhausted once I clocked out. I guess sometimes I wonder if I am making the right choice for myself career wise. I have shadowed many PAs and enjoyed those experiences, but I know shadowing and actually doing it are two different things. I also shadowed a Pathology Assistant, thinking that may be a better fit for me, but found it slightly repetitive and actually a little too isolating. I was wondering if anyone else had similar worries once upon a time? If there are specialties more geared towards introvert/quiet people? Or ones that see a lower volume of patients? Or maybe this isn't the best path for me?
I'm kind of a quiet person. I have no problems talking with patients but when it comes to co-workers and the everyday chatter, I usually have nothing to add. How big of a problem might this be? I've been demoted in past jobs because of my quiet nature even though I was the hardest working and most efficient person there. Unfortunately, the issue of popularity always seems to come into play in the adult-world even though I was told constantly that all of that will cease once high school was over; it hasn't. So, how much time do PAs have to sit around and socialize with each other like I've noticed with the nurses? I'm hoping that we'll usually be so busy that no one will have time to notice my quiet nature.