I must say that one of my favorite experiences was when I spent one January term as a full-time volunteer at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. My favorite things that I did during this month included: visiting with children in the units, putting together “comfort kits” for kids with cancer, shadowing a physician assistant, and being surrounded by wonderful people who truly care about the livelihood of others. My shadowing experience involved learning the day-to-day tasks of a PA while visiting with patients, working with staff from other specialties (OT/PT), and sitting in on meetings. I couldn’t be more grateful for the variety of opportunities; they allowed me to gain direct patient contact experience, form lasting relationships, and showed me how my presence positively impacted the life of someone else.
Ultimately, my shadow experience provided me with direction for my future goals. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in May 2010 with a B.A. in Biology and Neuroscience, I decided that I wanted to pursue my master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. During this last year, I’ve been busy with applications and gaining clinical experience by working at a group home. In just two short weeks, I will be starting classes in the Physician Assistant graduate program at UW-Madison! I am eager to embrace the challenging future ahead of me, and will always remember and be thankful to those who helped me get to where I am now.”
Thank you, Chelsea, for taking the time to share your experiences…and best of luck with your PA career!