Alex Munden

Alex Munden

University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Prior to applying to Methodist University, I had several friends who attended and thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the Methodist University PA Program and thoroughly so MU was always on my list of schools to which I wanted to apply. I was working as the Vice President of a North Carolina-based medical scribe company and had the chance to work with PA students from different programs in the state as I was training scribes in different clinical settings. I was always impressed with the Methodist PA students I met. I only applied to 2 schools- strategically- because I knew I would have the best experience. Needless to say, as a current MUPAP student I am very content with my selection of Methodist as my top school and grateful to be here.

My experience as a MUPAP student has been life-changing. As a non-traditional student returning to academia after 7 years working full-time, I was very anxious about coming back to the classroom. The faculty have been warm, inviting, and genuinely care about my classmates and me. I was easily able to acclimate to being a student again with the support of encouraging teachers. I am also so appreciative of my classmates. The “40 in, 40 out” mentality gets us through our rigorous classes together as a team.  The smaller class size enables me and my classmates to have a closer relationship with our instructors which was really important to me. I know I will leave the program with the knowledge and skills necessary to be an amazing provider to my patients.

Methodist became my absolute first choice the day of my interview. I was shocked at how welcoming each faculty and staff member were. The current PA students seemed genuinely excited about their experience at Methodist. The interactions between the faculty, staff, and current PA students was evidence that Methodist knew their students.

Methodist’s mission aligned with my heart for medically underserved areas. I know firsthand that Methodist is true to their mission statement. They want to foster competent, compassionate PA’s in a supportive and engaging environment!