On Friday, Dec. 2, the newest group of physician assistants will graduate from the Carver College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Members of the Class of 2022 sat down for a Q&A to reflect on their time in PA school.
“While at the Carver College of Medicine, I had the chance to partake in a variety of extracurricular experiences that really enhanced my educational experience. One of those experiences was serving on PA Student Government as vice president of the PA Class of 2022. As part of that role, I planned and organized events and volunteer activities for PA and medical students and acted as a PA representative in student government. The experience allowed me to bond with my peers, create wonderful memories, and enact changes that I hope will be beneficial for future students!”
“Growing up, I didn’t even know being a physician assistant was an option. I was fortunate that my undergraduate university wanted students to explore their career options and required a Careers in Biological Sciences seminar for all juniors; it was in this seminar that I heard about the PA profession from students and professionals who truly loved the work they did. After speaking with more PA students, and then working with many PAs in the emergency room prior to PA school, I realized what a wonderful fit this career would be. The emphasis on collaboration along with compassionate care aligns well with my ultimate goal of making a positive impact on the community I’m in.”
“One of the more memorable experiences I had was removing an arm cast from a pediatric patient. It can be a frightening experience for the patient, especially if you still have all of your baby teeth. The process involves using an electric, vibrating saw blade to methodically cut and remove the cast. Explaining the procedure and comforting the patient to the point where they found the procedure exciting will always stay with me.”
“As we are nearing graduation, I have recently been reflecting on the fall of 2020, when our class began this journey. That was in the early stages of the pandemic before there was an available vaccine. Our white coat ceremony, usually a symbolic event to share with friends and family, had no guests. We were wearing heavy plastic face shields and masks, and we were each spaced six feet apart, nearly filling the empty auditorium. We have come a long way since then and have learned so much along the way.”