Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
After shadowing PAs, I knew it was the career for me. One experience highlights many of the reasons I am attracted to this profession. While shadowing a PA in an endocrinology practice, I met a patient who had been vomiting for several days as a result of her body rejecting new medication. I observed as the PA listened and empathized as the patient listed her concerns. The PA explained how the medication’s side effects caused the distress, and they discussed options that might be better suited for her. Afterward, she discussed these changes with a doctor to confirm her treatment plan. Through shadowing, I saw the autonomy of a PA to form relationships with patients, to educate them about their illnesses, treatment options and medications, and empower them to participate in their care decisions, all with the benefit of collaborating with the doctor. Today I am more prepared than ever to take the next step to the profession I know is as right for me as I am for it.
Kala from Pennsylvania