In my life and pursuit of happiness I have learned the road to success is not necessarily straight or paved. I have also learned; however, that success is following your heart no matter how daunting. The challenges I have overcome which have led me to apply to Physician Assistant programs has required great sacrifice, hard work, determination, and motivation.
My professional work as a mental health therapist also offered innumerable experiences to drive me to become a Physician Assistant. The most memorable was with a fifteen-year-old female patient who struggled when discovering she would be prescribed medication to treat depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She was frustrated to find herself requiring medical attention for her mental health diagnoses. At this moment, I had such a strong desire to help this patient medically understand the necessity for these medications. However, this was also presently out of the range of my professional practices.
I have spent a great deal of time speaking with professionals to understand their role in the medical field. I consulted Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Surgical Technicians, Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists. The healthcare professional I want to become corresponds greatly with the educational and training model Physician Assistant programs follow.
I am dedicated, determined, and self-motivated. I have incredible drive to pursue and achieve my goals, and refuse to stop until I reach success. Previous academic success demonstrates my ability to be successful in a post secondary education program. Furthermore, passing the National Counselor Examination on my first opportunity exemplifies me as a candidate who will apply the educational and clinical knowledge gained in your program to become a nationally certified Physician Assistant.
Lastly, your closing statement. Tell them about whatever your hopes are for attending their program and then continuing on to pursue your career, in whatever words work for you. Tid Bits of Importance:
- Do NOT say you want to be a PA because you want to practice medicine. I cannot emphasize this enough.
- Make sure your essay is error free.
- Put several different sets of eyes on your statement. I had a friend who is a high school english teacher read it, current PA student and a friend who was a practicing PA. They all offered a unique perspective. I also offer services to help with Personal Statements (see below)
- Make it a point somewhere in your essay to tell them that you are both prepared for the workload that is about to hit you and that you are willing to make PA school your number one priority. If you aren’t, you shouldn’t be applying–point blank. 🙂
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