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PA Personal Statement
“Looks like she is gone guys,” my professor said somberly as he laid the limp body of the Sprague Dawley rat back onto the surgical tray, “She was likely under for too long.” “Is there anyway to resuscitate it Dr. Basham,” I asked, unable to move my gaze from the unmoving animal my partner and I had spend half a semester of work on. Dr. Basham handed me a small plastic syringe-like tube, but by his expression, I figured the prognosis wasn’t good. “Use two fingers and pump his chest twice every few seconds and in between compressions, hold this tube to his mouth and give her some air,” he instructed. We quickly began CPR on this dying half-pound rat in a desperate attempt to save our experiment. A minute passed, no change in its black lifeless eyes. Two minutes, nothing changed. My professor had since left our side to assist our fellow colleagues. By the third minute, our hopes were rapidly approaching room temperature just like our rat. Suddenly, the chest cavity of the half pound animal jumped and within ten seconds, we were scrambling to catch the panicking creature before it escaped the tray. If you had told me five years ago that my latter years of college would be spent training rats, performing brain surgery on them, then administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on one, I’d likely have questioned your sanity. But it was these unexpected detours that helped me become the man I am today with the ambition to pursue a career as a physician assistant.
It was my fascination with the human body that first drew me towards medicine as a potential career choice, but I didn’t know exactly where my niche was in healthcare. So entering Regis University, it was a goal of mine to discover if my future would lay in medicine and where would my talents be best served. To tackle this question, I joined my university’s chapter of AED. In this organization, I was given the opportunity to hear from a multitude of different healthcare professionals and to volunteer with local organizations. AED helped direct me to Exempla Lutheran hospital, where I began volunteering in the ER. I first encountered PAs during my time at Lutheran, though I knew little of the profession at the time. I was surprised by their large scope of practice, autonomy, and yet despite their work, the amount of time they were able to dedicate to their patients. I wouldn’t say this immediately inspired me to become a PA though, but it gave me the initial interest to learn more about their role in healthcare.
Neuroscience wasn’t the major I intended to study. Chemistry was my major originally, but having previously studied the topic, I wished to find a science that I was unfamiliar with and try something new. After sitting in on a few neuroscience classes, I took a leap of faith and switched my major. That was probably the best decision I made in my undergraduate career. Neuroscience ended up capturing my passion to learn not only how the human body works, but how people grow, learn, and think. The independence our professors gave us in our labs and classwork also fostered a drive to learn for ourselves. While this brought medical school into consideration as a career option, I found that PAs had the advantage of being able to switch their specialties without an additional residency. I consider myself to be a lifetime learner. Every opportunity to learn is another opportunity to grow. That is what prompted me to switch my majors and in the future, I can see myself switching specialties as an opportunity for new growth and to broaden my medical experience.
As I neared the end of my college career, I began seeking experience beyond volunteer work in different healthcare fields. On top of my academic coursework, work-study job, and extracurricular activities, I began working as a forensic autopsy technician at Denver Health. While this proved challenging in more ways than one, the experience was unforgettable. I was given the chance to not only perform full autopsies under supervision of the medical examiner, but also insightful advice about their own experiences in healthcare. Though many of the physicians I worked with enjoyed practicing as an M.D, some expressed regrets about not giving enough consideration to PAs and NPs before entering medical school. Their reasonings varied, but the potential growth and development of the PA profession was recurring theme. With the paradigm of healthcare shifting from illness care to preventative care, PAs and NPs will both have a larger role to play in healthcare, but unlike NPs, PAs will still focus on pathological aspects of health. My passion for biology and other health sciences attracts me to this facet of medicine and drives me towards the position of a PA.
Since I finished my undergraduate program, I’ve spent my time employed as a nursing aide at Mapleton Care Center. This work was new ground for me as I was able to provide care directly to patients in both an autonomous role and while beneath a supervising nurse. At one moment I could be assisting a resident with their daily needs or providing them with emotional comfort and the next could be a race to help the nurse stabilize a fallen resident. I excelled in this high-pressure environment and it forced me to adapt my time management and observational skills, but there is no room for a lone-wolf in healthcare. I quickly learnt that if I was to provide the best possible care to the people I serve, that I needed to be able to rely and be relied upon by my colleagues. Through my work at Mapleton, I have learnt what it means to be a care provider for patients and how to function as a part of a team. As a PA I hope to work in a similar manner, working independently with my patients, while also functioning as part of a larger whole.
I may have never imagined where my passion for medicine would take me these past few years, but I will never regret the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve had the opportunity to meet. Every resident I made smile, every challenge I’ve overcome, and even that rat I revived have all contributed to the person I’ve become. Though my path could hardly be called straight and narrow, I know that it has prepared me for success as a physician assistant.