Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

As our current healthcare system is constantly facing new challenges, we must focus on ways to create a framework that best meets the needs of the modern patient. Problems faced by the medical field include shortages of doctors and unequal resource distribution. In addition, rising healthcare costs and limited access to healthcare affects millions of people in the U.S. today. Fortunately, in this evolving world of medicine, physician assistants play an important role in combatting such challenges by making healthcare more cost effective and accessible. For this reason, I am inspired to pursue a graduate degree in PA studies, where I can truly make a difference in the lives of others.

As a current medical assistant for a dermatology practice, I get the opportunity to work with many excellent PAs and doctors. I am exposed to the positive impact that collaborative team-based care can have on our patient's treatment. The PAs in our office help to improve patient flow, but are able to spend more time evaluating each patient. Inspired by those I learn from daily, I plan on following in their footsteps and become a PA that can truly have an impact on the practice of medicine.

To combat challenges regarding access to care, I plan on using my position to advocate and meet the needs of a diverse patient population. Since PAs are generally trained in medicine, with experience in multiple specialties, they are able to fill community needs as well. Evident at a critical time like this, as we experience the challenges of COVID-19 on a healthcare system with limited resources, PA’s are able to step up and fill the vital gaps of service to help those most in need. If it weren’t for the amazing doctors, nurses, and PAs, hospitalized COVID positive patients, such as my mom, would not have gotten through this difficult experience. Whether treating a man with COVID-19 or managing a patient's diabetes, I look forward to being a PA that plays a vital role in keeping America healthy.

Adara from New York
St. John's University