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Why did I chose PA? •••
I’m back and ready to chat! After a long week of strenuous midterms I was in dire need of spring break! But now we are back to the grind with an Anatomy test tomorrow! I will be sharing why I chose to become a PA!
I always knew I wanted to work in medicine, my first dream job was becoming a veterinarian. I was so set on it, i decided to become a vegetarian, when I was 7, because “clearly” I couldn’t be eating animals if I wanted to save them. (Fun fact: I have been a vegetarian for 13 years now!!) After that I decided I wanted to go to med school. But one day my mom brought home a book about being a PA. I stearnly told her “I do not want to be an ‘assistant’ to anyone.” Skip forward about a year, and a ton of research and I was dead set on being a PA.
I chose PA because, I knew I wanted to work in medicine, I wanted to have some autonomy. And one of the biggest factors, I knew that at the end of the day I am the type of person that works very well with a team and will sometimes need the feedback of my team to reassure myself I’m making the right decision.
I was extremely drawn to the lateral mobility PAs have. The ability to switch specialities throughout your career is so exciting for me. I have met one PA who respecialized in order to adjust her work life to having a new baby, and I think that is such a unique aspect in healthcare, that is so helpful to our constantly changing lives.
The autonomy! As mentioned in previous posts, the majority of PAs that I have met have a huge level of autonomy, some even being labeled as “indistinguishable from the MD” because they work so closely together and fulfill the role as equals. Obviously every PA’s experience is different, and that is one of the #1 pieces of advice I’ve heard: make sure you pick the right MD for you, to work with.
I would love to hear why everyone else chose their path, MD, PA, NP, RN, etc!!!!🌻🌻
(Ft. This gorgeous view of my bouquet brought to you by my wonderful boyfriend, as a surprise gift😍 @jcliffd)
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