why do you want to become a pa

Coach Dave,
Your site is a gift from Allah. Seriously. Travelling through this site, and seeing fellow future PA students flocking to your guidance. I have been soul searching throughout my HS Junior/Senior/Frosh in College, whether I wanted to pursue PA or MD. I currently a sophomore Dual Biology/Psychology Major, minoring in Human Services in Touro College NYC. What inspires me is not just ability to help patients, or even the autonomy that comes with being a PA. But is the fact that I can be a part of a team, that cares for the patient and can care for the patient. Another great reason, is the fact that I am able to obtain lots of medical knowledge, and apply it, knowing that someone has my back (The MDs), and when ever the doctors need me, I am there as well. I have great leadership skills, yet life isn t as fulfilling practicing with like minded individuals.


My older sisters are PAs. One is a Surgery PA at Columbia Presbyterian. One is a ER PA at Mount Sinai, and One is a ER PA at NY Methodist. I often listen to their stories, about how exciting the field can be, and how much of an positive impact they make in patients lives. Its a noble field. I am not so worried on the interview I want to make sure I have my pre-reqs in order, my vollie hours, and getting shadow time I just have to rant, after seeing page after page of awesomeness that is THE PA COACH. Thanks for the site. Thank you for being there for us students P. S. Imma holla at you about the platnium special. email and fb page link is there. I stumbled upon the profession by chance. I was a junior in high school when a friend of mine casually brought up the title Physician Assistant. I had no concept of what it meant to be a PA but I was intrigued.


Luckily for me the internet was swarming with information so I quickly learned the vital role PAs play in medicine. Once you graduate from a PA Program and receive your license you can start working in the specialty of your dreams - it seemed unreal. In addition, as a PA you have the autonomy to actively manage patients beside a doctor. Your job description can widely vary depending on the area of medicine which you are employed. Although all PAs require a "supervising physician" in order to practice, this does not mean that a doctor is present during all of your patient interactions. Many PAs actually have their ownschedule of patients they independently care for. Picture this: You see a patient, obtain a history, perform a physical exam and find that they have developed an infection. As a PA you are then able to initiate a treatment plan.


If your plan includes ordering lab tests and writing a prescription for antibiotics, you can make those decisions without having to consult with a doctor. However, if something seems unusual or you are not quite sure how to proceed forward, you have the comfort of asking your supervising physician for guidance. I feel that is actually one of the most comforting aspects of the profession, I am never alone. I always have someone I can bounce ideas off of and to rely on if I hit a crossroad. Another appealing facet of the profession is you can work as little as 3 days a week in some specialties and consider yourself full time! In other words, working as a PA it is possible to establish a great work life balance. In addition, if your ever need to supplement your income there are ample opportunities to pick up extra shifts. I am constantly receiving job opportunities from recruiters for per diem and locum tenens positions.


Working part time or even taking a hiatus from your career is not uncommon. In 2015 the NCCPA found 1,481 PAs were not in clinical practice due to family responsibilities. For example, I am taking time off from my clinical duties to be at home with my newborn daughter. I love having the comfort in knowing that when I am ready to re-enter practice again, I will be able to find a job suitable for me. Duke University established the first PA program in 1965. For a profession that birthed its first three PAs in 1967, PAs have come a long way. At the end of 2014 there were 101,977 board certified PAs in the country. I consider myself lucky to be a part of the movement, and so should you! Charishma Nayyar Mankikar, PA-C, is a plastic surgery physician assistant and the founder of

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