|Daemen College in Amherst, NY|
I will be attending Daemen College's physician assistant program starting this fall. This seems like a good fit for me.
Their reputation in Western New York is excellent. Physician assistants I have shadowed with and their supervising MDs have had only good things to say about Daemen and their graduates. I have attended several WNYPAA meetings and events, met current students and faculty who all seemed like people I would enjoy working and learning with.
I am a non-traditional student with a diverse background in healthcare, education and business. (Some schools seemed to look at my extensive and varied background as an advantage and some as a disadvantage.)
As such, I really worked hard at my application process for a few reasons:
- Firstly, because it was so incredibly important to me that I get into PA school.
- I felt that I needed to level the playing field for myself.
- But I found that the more I worked at it, the more I explored, read, researched and networked with people, the more I learned and became a better candidate.
On my path to PA school, I decided to leave nothing to chance. I made every possible effort to make sure I would be favorably received as a candidate.
I became an avid reader of JAAPA, a student member of AAPA, as well as my state and local PA organizations, attended meetings and generally soaked up everything PA.
Along the way, I found a mentor, new friends and a voice for myself. I learned the value of Twitter. And I even learned some interviewing lessons--see my post on interviewing while sick to follow some of my recent travails.
So, in a way, I am saying good bye to that stage of my process and getting ready to open the door to my new stage -- starting physician assistant school in the fall at Daemen College. Can't wait!