Through interacting with individuals in the local community and instructors in the classroom, I have been pushed to sharpen my critical thinking, clinical decision-making, attention to detail and examination technique.

Michael Speice M '15

Major: Physician Assistant Studies
Hometown: Lakewood, OH

Undergrad schools attended/degrees earned: Miami University/Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Why Mount Union
I first learned about Mount Union in my search for physician assistant programs in Ohio.  It consistently came up as a highly respected and highly effective program. Though the extraordinarily high pass rates for the PA certification exam were certainly enticing, it was my interactions with the PA program staff that solidified my decision to attend Mount Union.They appeared to be truly invested in their students, which is not always common in the world of academia.

Favorite Spot
Most of my time on campus is spent in Bracy Hall where the PA program is located, so it wins by default.  It is convenient, however, to have everything in one place, and we have a great view of the pond from the classroom.

Faculty Student Interaction
There is a closeness among the students and faculty that cannot be matched by larger institutions. Having come from a larger university, it is nice to know more about my professors than just their name and the class they teach. In the PA program especially, the professors are our greatest cheerleaders. They know how to push us, but are never short of advice or motivation when it is needed.

Preparation
Mount Union has been pushing me from the very beginning to stretch my interpersonal and intellectual abilities. Through interacting with individuals in the local community and instructors in the classroom, I have been pushed to sharpen my critical thinking, clinical decision-making, attention to detail and examination technique. As I approach my clinical rotations next year, I am confident that I and all of my classmates will be well equipped to treat the patients entrusted to our care. 

Hands-On Experience
My classmates and I each had an opportunity to sit down with an elderly person living in the Alliance area and ask her (or him) questions about their health history. It was a fantastic opportunity to get to know another person and to sharpen our investigative skills. Interviewing a geriatric patient, in particular, was helpful in understanding the difficulties and health issues of a sizeable portion of the U.S. population.

Skilled Professors
I have enjoyed all of my professors. They truly all bring something important to the table. All of them are highly skilled clinicians and have incredible passion for teaching their trade. Whenever we are in need of motivation or a focus readjustment, the professors are ready to remind us of why we have chosen the PA path and enkindle an excitement about what lies ahead in clinical practice.

Prior Experience
I worked at Fairview Hospital, a branch of the Cleveland Clinic, for five years in a couple of different areas of patient care before attending Mount Union. The hospital administration there was incredibly flexible and allowed me to work during breaks from school. My job in the medical/surgical float pool allowed me to see almost every aspect of healthcare and provided me with a great background for PA school.

Dream Career
I often have to remind myself that I am not dreaming when thinking about the fact that I will be a physician assistant in a few short years. The fact that I am in the Mount Union Physician Assistant Program is very much the starting point to the realization of my dream career.

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