Why Mount Union
The reason I chose Mount Union was the personal interview process. I felt like the faculty and staff members were interested in who I was as a person and were committed to my growth and development in the journey of becoming a physician assistant.
Not Just a Number
I applied to 10 PA programs and visited several of the schools. It was evident from the interview process at Mount Union that I wasn’t going to be a number, but an individual in the program with the opportunity to have individualized attention if needed. The facilities were among the best that I had seen.
Professor Betsy Ekey. She taught many of our classes including Clinical Medicine, which was my favorite class. She is an exceptional person who went above and beyond to provide us with the tools to succeed. She was the consistent calming force in a storm of papers, exams and practical exams.
We had a lot of hands-on experience in both phases of the program. During the didactic year, we practiced history taking and physical exam skills on each other. We also went to the Cleveland Free Clinic to work with real patients. We had a skills lab during which we practiced suturing, airway intubation and lumbar puncture along with many other skills.
The clinical rotation year exposed us to many different specialties and sub-specialties while allowing us to refine and develop our clinical skills that we learned in the didactic year.
Asking for Help
One of the most helpful experiences in school was after a difficult exam that did not go as planned. I reached out to my classmates and faculty members to see what I could be doing differently. Afterward, I excelled on the exams and realized that it’s okay to ask for help!
What Sets Mount Union Apart
Mount Union has a beautiful campus, state-of-the-art facilities for the PA program and an excellent support staff, helping to make the PA program a wonderful environment in which to learn and prepare for the future.
Being on your own after school can be stressful. My education and training at Mount Union gave me the confidence to go into my career ready to take on new challenges and continue my education on the job. The program prepared me to pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) and gave me the foundation to excel in my career after school. The education that you get in school is only the beginning of a lifelong dedication to staying current and well informed. Mount Union helped give me the tools needed to compete and excel in a challenging and rewarding work environment.
I love coming back to Mount Union and interacting with the students. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to become a physician assistant and that drives my desire to give back to the current students. I do my best to help by giving lectures in gastroenterology, helping with student Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and grading capstone projects. I am currently working on a doctorate in education to better prepare me to educate the future of medicine.
One goal that serves as my mission is to give back. I have been blessed to be able to work in a career that I love and with a great family and friends.