rlp14 Posted March 1, 2012 Share Posted March 1, 2012 Perhaps the greatest quest in life is to attain significance, to achieve that which defines the essence of one’s existence. Through this profound introspective journey, an individual is able to identify a way in which they contribute to an honorable cause that is greater than their own singularity. Through their role within this cause they are able to benefit humanity while achieving self-actualization and fulfillment, the intangible rewards that gratify their very soul. Through a journey of my own, one that has penetrated to the core of my psyche, I have indubitably determined that the defining role of my life must be as a Physician Assistant. My desire to be a healthcare professional reaches back throughout my life. I have always enjoyed the friendly, high quality care provided to my family by physicians and PA’s. They have both served my family well in primary care as well as in surgery. While I always knew that there was no better field suited for my talents and interests than medicine, I truly needed to actively seek the best role for myself within that field. Therefore, I became involved with patients and other healthcare providers to not only define a path for myself, but also to manifest my desire to help others in a healthcare setting. I have served as a healthcare provider for many types of patients, from middle aged to elderly, and from healthy patients to those enduring severe neurological conditions. I have also performed a variety of different procedures in these roles. While there has been significant contrast in the patients I have seen, two elements have always remained constant. The first is that I have absolutely loved my patients and am grateful for having the opportunity to serve them. The other constant in my healthcare experience is that I have always yearned to do more for my patients, to have the vast knowledge and skills to attend to all of their medical needs. Thus, I desire to become a PA to significantly increase my scope of practice. Furthermore, the PA profession operates with the unique scope of practice that fits best with my personal traits. While they are entrusted with significant autonomy in their duties, I also find their role as a dependent practitioner highly favorable. They are provided with great opportunities to focus their time on caring for patients and their families as well as being able to consult with physicians for their treatment, and that is precisely the role I seek. In my heart I know that I truly burn to be a PA because I fully understand the immense challenges and responsibilities of the training as well as the profession itself and I wholeheartedly look forward to them. I am fully aware that I may work seventy hours per week during a surgical rotation, that I may not emerge from a hospital to see daylight for days at a time, and that I must master prodigious amounts of medical knowledge in a relatively brief time period. I also understand that for the duration of my career I will be entrusted with the lives of many patients and that I will face times of urgency and tragedy. However, I believe that as healthcare practitioners we must serve as the barrier between health and sickness, and between life and death, and that we must be fearless and endlessly diligent in order to truly fulfill this role. We need to be the uncompromising strength, courage, and compassion that patients and their families can rely on in times of need, and we must always act in their best interest. I fervently await the day that I complete my training to become a PA and be able to serve in this role with honor and expertise. While some may consider my previous unsuccessful attempt at being accepted to a PA program simply failure, I truly uphold it as one of the most positive events in my life. It has tested my mental fortitude as well as my desire and commitment to following this path. It has inspired me to grow, to become a stronger person, and to continue my commitment to healthcare. Furthermore, it reinforced my certainty in dedicating my life to this profession. The sole reason I am writing this is because I did not quit, I did not waiver, and I am following my heart through this journey. It is truly my living dream to become a Physician Assistant, and I will never concede in my own personal quest to achieve it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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