As the sound of the saw cut through the room, I sat wide-eyed staring in disbelief at the technician removing my hot pink cast. Though this was not the first wrist break, nor would it be the last, that sound and memory is something that has forever stayed with me. It was from a young age that I realized hospitals were a neat, organized, well-oiled machine and I wanted to be a part of one. Growing up, my mom and I would watch the television show House, and even though it was a fictional portrayal of a not-your-typical doctor type, it caught my interest early on. Throughout my education, the idea of a career in the medical field fascinated me - until I was a junior in high-school. During that summer, I was outside with my mom doing yard work when she dropped a pole on her foot and cut it open. The cut was no more than an inch wide, but deep enough to see the bone; I thought I was going to pass out! After that incident, I felt less confident in my ability to pursue medicine. Admittedly, I was afraid.
Beginning college, I changed directions and pursued a degree in Forensic Chemistry - still giving me the ability to pursue medicine if I wanted, but, from a pharmaceutical/laboratory standpoint. During this time, I was also on the college’s women's golf team traveling every semester while maintaining class attendance and GPA standing. The experience of playing an individual/team based sport brought me out of my shell, as I had always been considered an extremely shy person. It was not until I was in my last few semesters, I realized I was not interested in forensics and that I yearned for more than monotonous lab work. I realized that I desired the human interaction of helping someone. Once I graduated, I took a year off to figure out what I wanted as a career. I spoke with many people in the medical field and spent some time doing my own research on different programs/careers; I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies. I researched program requirements and enrolled as a post-baccalaureate student in order to complete prerequisites needed to apply. I decided this was the field for me because the PAs purpose in healthcare was what I had been dreaming of all this time. The realization that as a PA, I would have the ability to bridge the gap between patients and doctors by ensuring that patient care is the utmost importance, being there to speak with the patient directly about their symptoms and assist them through their situations. For a long time, I have known that I want to do more than just figure out what brings a patient in for care; I want the ability to treat, care for, and diagnosis a person, especially those that have been turned away for care in the past or have not found the right diagnosis for a persistent problem.
Currently, I work as an ophthalmic assistant/medical scribe at an Ophthalmologist owned practice. I thoroughly enjoy working in the field, being that I have learned a great amount and continue to be curious each day. The best part is that every patient brings in something new: a new symptom for the same diagnosis, a new symptom that is not noted in their history, new terms and diagnoses that have not been present in prior cases. As well as working alongside doctors, I have had the opportunity to shadow cataract surgery and clinic days following a PA in Dermatology. Both of these experiences have solidified my choice of pursuing this degree; although completely different, watching the level of care provided to the patient during each procedure is the exact reason I became fascinated with the medical field many years ago. I can say I do not have a specific field/practice in mind, but I do find orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, and ophthalmology all very fascinating. While in the program, I am looking forward to clinical rotations and getting a chance to experience many different fields, in the hope that they will assist me in finding the right path. In closing, I respectfully request your serious consideration of my application.
I just received an email that I was being extended an interview that was about 3 weeks out from the current date.
I responded around 4 hours after I received the email to accept the interview, but I received an email a couple hours later that they were going to have to reschedule and that “they would email me when another date opens up”.
Has this happened to anyone else??
Should I be worried? Or do they send out more interview invites than spots that they have open for the day because they know that some people may decline?
HI! I am a current student looking to gain clinical experience as a medical scribe but am not sure where to start! I have tried to do my own research but every site I find seems to offer jobs once I am certified ( which I am not) . I want to make sure I take the correct steps and having someone I could come to with questions would be extremely helpful! thanks in advance !
I was just accepted to West Virginia University’s PA program (class of 2022) and I am planning on attending. We have a short amount of time to figure out living arrangements, as classes begin in early January 2020. Has anyone else been accepted and would like to chat about finding roommates or would just like to get to know other students in the program?