Where would you say you are from? San Diego, CA, USA
Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree? University of Arizona
What degree(s) have you completed thus far? Bachelor's degree
How did you hear about CWRU's PA program? Colleagues of mine at work attended CWRU for Medical school and other graduate programs and told me to look into the PA program because of its strong affiliation with the school, community, and local hospital networks.
Why did you choose the PA program? I wanted the opportunity to live in a different part of the country and experience new environments, people, and communities. I had a lot of confidence that Director Professor Cindy Lord was building a terrific program and that my education would be superb. The program's strong ties to Cleveland Clinic and UH were also very reassuring for clinical rotations. The HEC building that was newly constructed was beautiful to tour and I knew how enjoyable it would be learning amongst other health professional students.
What are you looking forward to the most going into your second year in the PA program? As a second-year student, I am looking forward to continuing to represent the PA program throughout clinical rotations in the utmost professional and humble way. Being a role model and leader for younger students and the community will always be a driving force in my everyday work ethic and pursuit for excellence. I also cannot wait to graduate and begin working!
What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs? Getting into PA school is challenging, but if you have a good all-around application there will be many programs interested in interviewing you. PA programs want students who will genuinely fit what they're looking for, so read about each program on their website and truly ask yourself if this is a good fit. Programs will be able to tell. Look at both didactic and clinical curriculums, community involvement, extracurricular expectations, location, class size, faculty, price, and affiliations with medical schools and surrounding hospital networks. Make a chart with the pros and cons of each school, and narrow down your choices so you don't spend wasted money on applications and interviews with programs you're truly not interested in attending. Trust your instincts, believe in yourself, and always continue to push forward. Good luck!