I was really looking for something different. I wanted something that wasn’t an hour commute, and I wanted something that wasn’t full time and would allow me to be home with my kids as much as possible. I didn’t anticipate that was how I was going to feel after having children, but I really felt a pull to be there as much of the time as I could. We all as PAs to work really hard to see our patients.
I felt like if I was my best as a PA in clinical practice that I was not doing my best as a mom and vice versa. I needed to find a way to feel like I was being true to myself and true to my kids as well as true to my career.
I started looking at non-clinical facets to use my knowledge, and it really started by following MDs who have taken a non-clinical path. The first thing you always think of in the non-clinical realm is teaching. I did start getting involved in the McMaster PA program and I really enjoyed my time there. I do that a couple of times per week. I sit in there rooms and help them finding the solutions, and guide them in their cases. And I have a quite a good time with that.
And then as you continue to more things, you find there are these other avenues for non-clinical paths for people with an MD education which would absolutely apply to a PA education as well. Its just that fewer of us have done that.
Medical writing is one of the facets. I would say I am the least educated profession, most people either have their MD, PhD, multiple post-docs. They are very intelligent people who didn’t want to be a lab or clinical practice.
Another avenue is hospital administration. Another avenue Clinical Research Organizations (CROs), where you are being a leader in developing clinical studies, leading trials. There are many options, even with pharmaceutical companies as well. I just looked at all of those and asked, which one of them really best fits me?
And I never thought writing would really fit me, but it has. It has provided me the lifestyle that I really want o have and need to have. I can work from home the majority of time, unless I’m covering a conference. I can bring my kids to school, I can pick them up from school. And I only work during the hours that they are away. I can give my attention fully to them when they around, and I can give my attention fully to work when they are not around. I also still get to interact with the elite of the medical profession, and really enjoy intellectual side as well.