Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Before starting PA school, I considered a number of career paths within the medical field. It wasn’t until after undergrad that I really learned what a PA can do. I got my clinical hours by working as an MA at an orthopedic practice for a team of PAs, physicians, PTs, and nurses. It was the ultimate experience for someone still on the fence about a future in healthcare. The way the PAs I worked with built such strong rapport with their patients while working alongside doctors to diagnose and treat convinced me to apply to PA school.
My path to MU was about as winding as my path to the PA profession. I had lived in Virginia my whole life and graduated from a very large high school and college (Go Hokies). I had heard of Methodist University through friends, and applied kind of on a whim. The idea of moving to a new state to be part of a smaller program for the first time was exciting. I am so glad that I did because I was blown away at the interview by the professionalism and success of the program.
What makes MU unique are the strong relationships within the cohort and between faculty. The faculty teach us as future colleagues, with the goal of leading us to success as real-life PAs. The size of our cohort allows us to get to know the faculty and our fellow classmates on an individual level. No matter where you go, PA school is hard. Having classmates and faculty that have my back makes a world of difference.