I decided to pursue the PA profession based on several factors.
First, as someone who has overcome several health issues, including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, I have learned to appreciate how patient-centred care can truly make a difference for patients and change the trajectory of their illness. From this experience, I have been motivated to become a PA where I will spend the time to actively listen to my patients, to get to know them, and provide individualized treatment plans for their unique concerns.
Next, I value that PAs are trained as general healthcare professionals with the opportunity to switch specialities in the future. I have current interests in psychiatry, orthopaedics, emergency medicine, and radiology, and can definitely see myself working in multiple specialities throughout my career.
Additionally, I am excited to advocate for this new and innovative profession in Canada as well as to advocate for my patient’s needs, especially those underserved in the healthcare system. As I witnessed healthcare disparities due to socio-economic status within my own family, I am passionate about equity and inclusion amongst underrepresented groups in healthcare. As a future PA, I feel privileged to help advocate for the needs and services of others.
Furthermore, as a retired athlete, I thrived under team-based environments where my teammates, coaches, healthcare professionals, and sponsors all worked together towards a common goal. I found working on a team to be motivating and supportive, ultimately allowing us to achieve success. Thus, I was immediately drawn to the PA profession for its collaborative role within the healthcare team.
Last, I feel honoured to be part of a profession that will actively reduce several Canadian healthcare crises such as physician burnout and healthcare. As I value sustainability, I am motivated to join this profession in order to benefit patients, physicians, and the Canadian healthcare system.