Unlike many applicants and practicing PAs, I was never interested in pursuing the traditional MD route. Although I knew I wanted to practice medicine, there were many aspects of becoming a doctor that I found did not fit with my long term goals in terms of lifestyle and flexibility.
As a result, when I was applying to my undergrad I felt a little lost and confused. It seemed like everyone around me had their heart set on a certain career but I struggled to figure out what that would be for me. Since I knew I did not want to take the MD path, I thought maybe pharmacy would be a better fit, and decided to pursue that.
After my first year of undergrad, I randomly stumbled upon the PA profession (through this instagram page actually!).
It immediately caught my attention, and after doing some research and reaching out to some PAs and PA students, I KNEW it was what I wanted to do. I had finally understood what it meant to be pursuing a career I was excited and passionate about.
To me, being a PA was the best of both worlds. It combined everything I loved about medicine, such as continuity of patient centered care, and everything I loved about pharmacy, such as improving accessibility to treatment.
It also emphasized some unique aspects of practice such as lateral mobility and advocacy, resulting in a career that seemed to be perfectly catered to myself and my interests.
That’s what I think is so great about the PA profession – there’s something in it for everyone. The career is so flexible and offers such a wide scope of practice, that really, the opportunities and potential seem to be endless. I think the PA profession does a great job of encompassing such a wide variety of interests and goals that people may have, making it truly such a diverse, dynamic and exciting career to be a part of.