Caitlin Rothman M '14
Major: Physician Assistant Studies
Hometown: Grove City, PA
Undergrad schools attended/degrees earned: Allegheny College/Bachelor of Science degree in Biology
Future Physician Assistant
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I first heard of Mount Union through sports, as I had played Mount's volleyball team as an athlete during my time at Allegheny. However, I learned of their PA Program through the CASPA application process. I loved Mount's program when I came for my interview. The interview at Mount Union was my first one that I had for PA school and I knew I wanted to come here after that first interaction.
Mount Union has fully given me the knowledge, professionalism and interpersonal skills necessary to be successful in rotations, as well as post-graduation. I feel that I have a strong knowledge base that I can utilize in patient care and treatment plans. I believe the program's emphasis on professionalism throughout the didactic and clinical years is of utmost importance and it is what drew me to the program.
Mount Union has a beautiful campus. Throughout my courses here, I have spent the majority of my time in Bracy Hall and at the library. Both buildings offer wonderful views of campus and quiet places to study.
I think the beauty of campus and the small nature of the school sets Mount apart from other universities because they offer a sense of community and a strong alumni connection.
Rotations have definitely been the most exciting hands-on experience. I have done rotations in psychiatric/behavioral medicine, pediatrics, general surgery and emergency medicine. They have been beneficial in increasing my proficiency and knowledge. Through my psychiatric rotation I learned how to interact with a diverse subset of patients and how to retrieve the appropriate information from them. I furthered this knowledge in pediatrics. General surgery allowed for me to put my procedural skills in use as I learned the schedule of the operating room and surgery techniques. Emergency medicine enhanced my procedural skills as I also learned how to quickly evaluate patients and their needs in the emergency department. I look forward to the rotations I have ahead as well. It was with nervousness and excitement that I left the classroom and didactic phase in August. But putting my knowledge base to use and gaining hands-on experience has been more than rewarding.
I have gained something from all of my professors. They all brought a different set of experiences to the table that I think is invaluable. Besides the classical book knowledge they lectured, the clinical pearls they had to offer enhanced the lectures and my knowledge. All of the professors in Mount's PA Program are student advocates and it is obvious that they care about our learning and our success as a whole.
Before Mount Union
To gain patient care experience prior to applying to Mount Union’s PA Program, I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a retirement community in the dependent living section. It was a very demanding job but it offered me valuable patient care experience and was very rewarding as I started my career in healthcare.
My ultimate career dream is to work as a physician assistant in an emergency department. I love the hands-on diagnostic nature of the emergency room. It offers a multitude of patient interactions and the excitement of the unknown.
I believe the program's emphasis on professionalism throughout the didactic and clinical years is of utmost importance and it is what drew me to the program.