Personal Narrative: A Career As A Physician's Assistant

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A hospital consists of many important jobs and each employee work together to help patients get the proper care they need. One of the jobs in health care I am interested in is a Physician’s Assistant. They can examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the authority of a Physician. Responsibilities of a PA differ based on what specialty they choose and whichever state they get certified in. PAs can work in both private practices and hospitals, normally there is one doctor over several PAs. Roderick Hooker (2012) in The Health Soc Care Community manuscript described PAs as “health professionals that practice medicine in collaboration with doctors through delegated clinical tasks and patient management” (p.20). While working to this career goal, the challenging part of this goal is figuring out what education is needed to obtain a Physician’s Assistant certification. Also, what will this education consist of. …show more content…
There are many to choose from but I also must have the right prerequisites to get accepted into these programs. Some classes that are needed are like chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and many more. In addition to classes I need experience working with patients, many schools require a minimum of 1000 hours of direct patient care. Another prerequisite is shadowing a Physician’s Assistant, this allows the schools to see that you are very interested in becoming a PA and already have an idea of what the job consists of. However, they don’t just look at classes they also like to see what my life behind my classes look like. They want to know if am in involved in different activities and community groups to display that I am a well-rounded student. Now that I understand what it takes to get into a PA program I can begin discussing what the program will consist

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