Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
After my father’s passing, I became close with my uncle who practices as a chiropractor. I spent a lot of time in his office playing with models of joints and spines. Eager to learn more, I asked to sit in on adjustments. The dynamic between my uncle and his patients fascinated me and sparked my interest in health care. I greatly appreciated the time I spent learning from my uncle. However, I repeatedly found myself wanting to know more about his patients’ overall health. I became interested in pursuing a path that would allow me to practice a broader scope of medicine. After researching different careers in health care, physician assistant stood out to me.
In college, I was a home health aide for a woman with cerebral palsy. Although it was difficult to watch her struggle with stiffness and pain, I loved taking her swimming and helping her move in the pool. I could see the relief this provided and how much she enjoyed it, even if it was temporary. I know the difference this made for her, but I felt I had more to give. As a physician assistant, I will have the knowledge and training to make a long-term difference in health of my patients.
After graduating from college, I spent a year working at a family medicine practice. I worked closely with a physician who showed me how to make patients truly feel cared for. Although his patients often had to wait when things go
Danielle from Michigan
Boston University School of Medicine