Ariana Tsalamandris

Ariana Tsalamandris

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Upon completing my undergraduate degree in 2016 from UNC-Chapel Hill, I began researching job opportunities to enhance my clinical experience. My initial plan was to attend medical school prior to knowing about the Physician Assistant career. I began working as a medical scribe within underserved communities and ultimately became Chief Scribe in one of the local emergency departments. There I learned all about the PA’s role and immediately knew that this was the career for me. I mostly worked alongside MD’s and residents but the few PA’s that I encountered really made me fall in love with the job. It was inspiring to recognize their devotion and knowledge. I aspired to be in their shoes one day soon.

I made the decision to begin applying to PA school after four years of working as a scribe. I knew I wanted to stay in North Carolina but also knew I wanted to find a PA program that had a similar passion for medically underserved areas like where I grew up. The first interview was with Methodist and it immediately became my first choice. I knew then that if I were accepted, I would not have to stress over interviews any longer. The faculty and staff were welcoming and made me feel like home on the day of the interview. The interactions between PA students, faculty, and staff really brought it home for me and I knew then that this is where I belong. Methodist’s obvious passion for fostering compassionate PA’s to work within medically underserved areas and their welcoming faculty/staff was all I needed!