PA STUDENTS • WITH ERIC

Accepted!  McMaster PA Student Eric (@ericthepa)

Eric is an incoming McMaster PA Student. You can follow his journey at @ericthepa.

Eric’s Pre-PA Stats

Accepted: 

  • McMaster PA Education Program

GPA:

  1. 3.84 out of 4.0 on OMSAS

Education:

  •  Specialized Honours in Biomedical Sciences @ York University

Fun Facts about Eric:

  • Favourite class in undergrad: Organic Chemistry
  • Favourite Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • Favourite Sports: Biking, Mixed Martial Arts, Basketball, Swimming
  • Medical Specialties of Interest: Plastics/Dermatology and Emergency Medicine
  • No Health care experience

Why I decided to pursue the PA profession

Below are a few of the reasons I chose to become a PA (this list isn’t exhaustive):

Life-long Learning: As a PA, you are constantly learning new things whether from work, self-study, CME, or colleagues. This provides endless opportunities for professional development. As someone who loves learning and being challenged, this aspect of the profession is appealing.

Lateral Mobility: Medicine is a broad field. The PA profession allows one to practice in different clinical settings and medical specialties without the need for additional training. Having the ability to seamlessly transition between medical specialties was a major draw for me.

Flexibility: There is a ton of flexibility within the PA profession. This includes different types of work schedules such as FT, PT, Per Diem, etc. There is also a great degree of geographic flexibility and this will only increase as more provinces and territories embrace the PA profession.

Employability & Positive Career Outlook: With the growing shortage of HCPs, ageing population, and low risk of automation, I think we’ll see an increasing demand for PAs in the future.

Building Relationship with Patients: Being a PA allows you to form meaningful connections with your patients.

Increasing access to quality care: PAs help increase access to care by reducing wait times, decreasing physician burnout, working with underserved communities, and reducing healthcare costs, among other things.

My tips for Canadian Pre-PA Applicants

The best advice I can give for admissions is, to be honest, and open about who you are and what motivated you to choose PA. Moreover, it’s important to be knowledgeable about what’s going on in healthcare and how PAs fit into that.

You must be able to articulate to the admissions committee that you understand the role of a PA.

Lastly, this goes without saying but practice makes perfect. When writing your personal statement or preparing for interviews practice and revision are your best friends.

There are a lot of fantastic online pre-PA resources (Youtube, blogs, forums, books, articles) out there. Utilize them and do so often!

“Getting into PA school is an arduous journey and things may not work out the first time around but as the saying goes “Nothing good comes easy”. Success is not linear!”

You can follow my journey through PA school on instagram 🙂 (@ericthepa).

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Now its your turn!

Thank you Eric for sharing your incredible journey to gaining acceptance into PA School!

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