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Born and raised in a village in India with less exposure to medical facilities and education has always attracted my focus to enter healthcare and pursue it as career. The path was never easy for me. Struggles began as a three-year-old kid (when I started school) with my two siblings who used to take a bus at 5 am to reach school at 8:00 am. Juggling between studies and lack of facilities always affected my studies. My grandfather died due to the absence of treatment. He was suffering from heart disease, but due to lack of medical facilities in the area, he was not given required treatment. That was the first time I felt helpless. Being a team member of our school basketball team had the opportunity to play in championships. The coach of the different team started feeling pain in this left arm. She took painkillers and kept her arm unchecked for certain days. One day at the match she fainted, and her heartbeat slowed down.
My friend’s father who is a physician was present there and helped the coach. I was allured by the service provided by him in the emergency situation. That even made my decision definite to enter the medical field. I have had the opportunity to work and volunteer in local medical clinics and with local communities. The first time I volunteered was when I was 17 and attended a medical camp in our village. Since then I have participated in many medical and dental camps. Every encounter with healthcare provider made my decision more definite to study medicine and treat people. In India I got the opportunity to enter dental school and due to financial and residential reasons I could not enter medical school. I worked with many patients and did dental procedures in school and in job for one and a half years. When I met my fiance in 2015, I discussed about my passion for medicine. He introduced me to the physician assistant role. With immerse research I was assured to start this career after coming to USA. Soon I started my job as a Medical Assistant in India as it was a job on training, so it was very beneficial for me. I learned a lot of new things and started doing minor medical procedures and assisting the doctor in other procedures.
When I came to United States in 2016, I shadowed a physician assistant in the hospital. This gave me the opportunity to interact with other PA’s and physicians. My admiration for PA profession grew stronger. They work autonomously and collaboratively with physicians. Their role in interacting with patients and in operation theatres gave me a direct insight about the PA. The shadowing experience truly made me clear the importance of PA in a heath care. I enrolled in a college to do my prerequisites and completed 44 credits in two semesters with 4.0 grade point average. I was top of my class in all subjects and teachers appreciated me. I received Presidential award from Fayetteville technical community college for my excellent work in academics. The PA school requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Excelling in my prerequisites made it clear for me that I can achieve this dedication in PA school as well.
Working as a medical assistant in a clinic in Fayetteville, North Carolina gave me an opportunity to interact more with patients and physicians. I have had the privilege of working with different types of patients from dental to medical in India and the United States. Working both as a dentist and medical assistant I have seen patients with different kinds of injuries, medical conditions and personalities. I have got the privilege to treat and interact with patients and physicians for many years which taught me that it requires a comprehensive approach to understand patient’s life and medical conditions. Due to working with different physicians and dentists I have always understood how the relationship of patient and provider affect the treatment. Over the last one and half years of working and shadowing PA’s in several settings gave me an insight of their intense role. Their ability to work collaboratively with physicians and other health care employees and their skills to develop a plan that works effectively for the patient. I believe these are the skills I can excel at. I have been a part of heath care from ten years now and my experiences have confirmed that this career is the right choice for me.
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