My name is Alexa Llewellyn and I am a second-year Physician Assistant student from the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently finishing my final clinical rotation and will be taking the PANCE on February 27, 2016. I completed my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Lock Haven University in 2013. Prior to embarking on my journey to becoming a PA, I worked as a nurse aide on a med/surg and orthopedic unit at my hometown medical center.
While providing mentorship to a PA student, I was asked the question if he should initially pursue a primary care job to solidify his medical foundation before entering a specialty field. I found this to be a great question that I’m sure many soon-to-be graduates are pondering. While reflecting on the question, I realized how the flexibility of our profession could feel like both a blessing and burden at times. Bottom line up front: Pursue the specialty you are passionate about.
A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison PA program, emergency medicine PA and former EMT, medical scribe and seventh-grade science teacher, Jimmy Clark Jr., shares some first-hand career advice for first-year PA students.
For Sheri A. Shebairo, MBA, PA-C, getting to the bottom of an issue has been a driving force throughout her professional life. Her first career was as a television news reporter in New York, but she always knew she wanted to have a more personal impact on the lives of others. Shebairo’s curiosity and eagerness to learn led her to make the life changing decision to pursue a career in healthcare.
I’ve been working in family medicine for two years now. Some things we do every day may seem routine, but there is nothing ordinary about how we care for our patients. Here is a recent day at my practice.
The PA profession is growing rapidly. It’s in demand, and it attracts a wide array of individuals with different backgrounds and healthcare experiences. I first learned about the profession from a classmate while I was finishing my senior year in college as a biology major. A year later, I was enrolled in a program.
Here’s some advice on navigating the pre-PA school track based on my experience. There’s more to applying to PA school than you might think.
I enjoy being a physician assistant because my work is challenging, yet very rewarding. I am able to practice medicine within a multidisciplinary team where I consult with my supervising physicians daily. Here’s what a recent day was like for me.
If someone gives you a helping hand, it’s only fitting to pay it forward. Over the past year of clinicals, people have handed me nuggets of wisdom that I use every day. Here is a list of 10 tips for your clinical year.