LucidEyes Posted August 20, 2012 Share Posted August 20, 2012 Please help me with my rough draft. I feel like I have a good beginning and end but I know the middle needs some work on the wording. Should I include an explaination of my work in delivering meals to elderly, working with mentally handicapped or working in an oncology clinic where I drew blood and performed bleeding times for patients? I didn't do these things for a really long time (over 6 months) but they are a part of my past which helped shape my motivations. Although I included these experiences in the CASPA application, I can't make my essay too long so I left it out. Here it is: While many essays may state that they have a passion for the medical industry and science, I believe my goal to become a Physician Assistant (PA) is more than just passion. It is an industry that I have had both the educational and workforce background to handle, while still maintaining the love and commitment to helping others as I had from day one. I have extended these skills from not only the hospital but as well to those who serve our country, as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. I do these things not only for the passion and not just for the recognition from both myself and my peers, but for the people I impact and help along the way. In 2006, I was first introduced to the profession of a PA when I had an unfortunate car wreck that put myself in the hospital. I was seen first by a PA and I was able to observe her interactions with other patients. I thought how wonderful and meaningful her job was, to be able to affect so many lives, while maintaining a fast pace. She was also able to educate and help each patient very effectively. This was my first exposure to witnessing a PA in action. Her broad knowledge and understanding of people and the human body was inspiring. I decided then that this was a career I would pursue. I then had the opportunity to shadow various PAs at our local military medical hospital in internal medicine and cardiology. Seeing how PAs can be utilized in diverse settings further solidified my pursuit in becoming a PA. I was always an inquisitive child and till this day I strive to learn all the details of patient conditions before making a judgment. It was from this curiosity that drove me to become fascinated with the human body at a young age. First, I began my medical education by attending Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation I worked part time as a Veterinary Technician where I gained hands on experience in many diverse medical procedures. While the patients were not human, their owners cared about their animals as if they were children. This gave me my first experiences with helping others and was very fulfilling. During this time, I also attended college at University of Texas in Health Sciences and earned a degree in Clinical Lab Science which gave me a strong scientific background in medical diagnostics. After graduation I have worked in various sections of the lab as a generalist in different hospitals, clinics, and systems. Giving a diverse background on how several teams and systems operated. In 2010, I began working in a specialty hematology section called flow cytometry. In this department I assist on bone marrow collection procedures and have the opportunity to follow the progress of each patient and learn about their medical conditions. I have expanded my knowledge in hematologic and oncologic disorders while being able to assist the physician, PA, or nurse practitioner in performing these procedures which are important in monitoring their progress. This has strengthened my love and admiration for the work that is done through our facility to specifically help oncology patients. I love the beneficial information the testing I perform gives, but I really want to make more of an impact in people's lives. In addition, I have joined the US Army Reserves as a Clinical Lab Officer, something I have had a desire to do for a long time. I feel proud and fulfilled to serve a purpose as a soldier helping fellow soldiers and my country. It would only bring me greater pride to one day serve as a PA in the US military as well as in the cities of our country. Though passion is crucial in any profession, I believe my wish to become a PA is far greater than this word. It is the combination of the pride I will gain within myself and my peers. Also, it is the duty I feel to my country as I serve in a fuller capacity as a PA in the United States Army. But most of all it is the admiration and thankfulness of those I assist as patients, working in a team to help cure illness and heal wounds in our community. It is a culmination of all these things in why I seek to become a Physician Assistant. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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