Gtgt I was your typical high school student that really didn’t know what they wanted to do. Senior year rolled around and it was like, man, I better figure something out. College is approaching quickly. I knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field. You know, I just really liked working with people. gtgt Hello, Mark! How’s it going gtgt I’m Matt, I’m a PA student that’s working here at the urgicenter. Is it okay if I talk with you for a little bit gtgt Yes. gtgt Okay, sounds good.
Gtgt I’ve always been someone that likes building relationships and connecting with people, and working as a PA I have that privilege and the honor of working with people on a daily basis. I get to build relationships, establish rapport, things like that. With what I had done through my research about physician assistants, it certainly seemed like it would be a good choice. It’s a rapidly growing field, it’s a field where you can make a decent salary, a decent living, and it just really it just feels right for me.
Also, you know, with being a PA, you’re always challenged. Science and medicine, it’s a very challenging field. There’s a ton of information out there, and I feel that that’s important to challenge yourself on a daily basis. A lot of people don’t actually know what a PA is. It’s actually a healthcare provider that has a lot of responsibility and is able to do a lot in medical field, and they practice medicine under the guidance of a supervising physician. gtgt I was talking to a 9yearold named Zachia She came in, she’s complaining of some left eye,.
Sort of itching, pink eye. It’s been going on for two gtgt The program itself requires two years of prerequisite work. Then you have to get a certain amount of medical exposure hours. So those would be the first two years, is just getting all that prerequisite stuff done, and getting your interview, getting accepted into the program. Once you’re in the program you have the junior year, which consists of just a lot of inclass work as well as lab work and working the cadaver lab. It’s three semesters, high credit loads and long hours.
And a lot of studying, but it’s certainly worth it. You learn a lot during that junior year, which certainly helps you in your senior year during your clinical rotations. It’s important to sort of integrate what you see clinically as well as with the book work, because what you do in the book isn’t necessarily what you’re going to be doing in the clinic, and it’s important to sort of make those connections. gtgt It’s in the back of your knee Like gtgt It feels like a Charley horse. gtgt The senior year is nine clinical rotations.
You have family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, OBGYN, and psychiatry, surgery, emergency medicine. primary care, and you also get to choose an elective. You can choose a specialty that you like and go spend a month there, see if that’s what you actually like, if you’re not interested in one of the other areas. I’m very grateful for the education that Penn College has provided for me. They have given me a very strong foundation in medicine, and it’s something that I’m going to have for the rest of my life.