Ronald Hijduk

Ronald Hijduk

College of Charleston (B.S.)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.A.)

My background is pretty atypical – theater and French in college and a PSYOP career in the Army.  Although I had no prior medical experience, I discovered that the PA profession was an ideal fit for my goals, interests, and values.  Feedback from several PAs, nurses, and physicians reinforced this conclusion.  I realized the path to this profession wouldn’t be easy, especially with small children; but military service taught me to always confront challenges head on.

I completed prerequisite coursework at Methodist, earning a BS in the process, and gained medical experience as an EMT.  My time at Methodist University bolstered the decision to apply to MUPAP.  I experienced first-hand how invested the faculty and staff of Methodist were in the success of the students here.  Additionally, I heard nothing but positive feedback from PAs and medical professions in the area who were either alumni or who worked with MUPAP graduates.  The outstanding reputation of MUPAP, coupled with my personal ties to Fayetteville, easily made Methodist my first choice for PA school.

During admission interviews, I was impressed by the warm, unintimidating atmosphere.  I could see that the faculty enjoyed meeting us and assessing our suitability for this program and the profession.  Though challenging thus far, the faculty’s desire for our collective success and the camaraderie among classmates and have made the challenge worth it.  I am in great company among intelligent, hard-working classmates and blessed to be a part of Class of 2022.  I look forward to the tremendous growth yet to come and am confident that this program will prepare my classmates and me to be the best PAs we can be.