Brittney Ellis

Brittney Ellis

University of Mary Washington

A non-traditional student, I spent nearly a decade after undergrad circulating through different career fields and experiencing other facets of life. I found meaningful work the last several years through a series of jobs and volunteer opportunities in the fields of military, emergency, and international medicine that lead me to the physician assistant path and subsequently spent a significant amount of time preparing my application and researching programs to find a best fit.

My initial attractions to Methodist were the small class size, cadaver lab, and impressive PANCE rates. I was also keenly aware that MUPAP graduates have a wonderful reputation in the local healthcare community for being well-educated professionals ready to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation. Once invited to interview, I really appreciated that we were given clear expectations for the day that made it so much less stressful, unlike the interview processes at other programs seemingly designed to intimidate applicants. Throughout the entire process (and even after acceptance) I was thoroughly impressed by the responsiveness and personal interactions with the Admissions Director, Mrs. Mish. As a prospective student, you would be hard-pressed to find that kind of communication at any other program.

As a current MUPAP student, I appreciate the accessibility of the faculty, their candor, and the transparency of expectations and standards set for us. The coursework is challenging but each assignment and assessment strives to reinforce our knowledge and expand our critical thinking skills. As our cohort supports each other throughout the process, we are also very thankful for the encouragement and guidance from the senior cohort (CO’21) that was an unexpected bonus to the culture here at Methodist