Why I switched from Pre-Med to Pre-PA

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Hi there!

Today I am going to share why I switched from being Pre-Med to Pre-PA (Physician Assistant). If you have been following my blog for the past year, you would know that I was applying to medical schools last summer and submitted my application in mid-June/July. After submitting my application, there was something that did not settle right. I began to reflect on if the additional years of schooling, loans, time being away from family and friends was what I wanted. Of course, becoming a physician is a fantastic occupation, but with these second thoughts in mind, something was telling me that this is not the route for me. At the same time, I was beginning to learn more about the PA profession and wholly guacamole was I so disappointed in myself for not looking into this a long time ago!

After speaking with friends who were applying to PA schools at the time, I began to learn more about the profession and decided to switch over for these primary reasons:

  1. Shortened amount of schooling (PA programs are typically 2.5 years in length, although some programs differ).
  2. Being able to work right away after schooling.
  3. Lateral mobility in changing specialties.
  4. Working more within a “teamwork” environment.
  5. Work-life balance.
  6. More time with patients.
  7. Job opportunities.
  8. Less debt.

Although these are a few reasons, I believe the PA profession is unique in that it is a growing profession that has the potential into expanding the healthcare field as we know it and overall improving quality of patient care. I remember having one physician that I scribed for telling me to consider the PA route since it provides the same amount of gratitude without the years of residency, etc. I reflected on this conversation for a bit and knew that all I wanted in life was to be a healthcare provider that is compassionate, caring, and attentive despite the title that follows the end of my name. So after making my decision, I told my mom and friends and received nothing but positive words on my choice.

All in all, if I can give any advice to a high school student or incoming freshman for college, I would say to truly explore all of your options and shadow, shadow, shadow! Shadow multiple MD/DO/NP/PA/RN’s and more until you’re set on your life-long dream. Although I do wish I would’ve made the decision earlier, I am grateful for the trials I endured as a Pre-Med of taking the scary MCAT, and additional sciences courses because it taught me more about resilience and how to continue moving forward when roadblocks arise. Now that I’ve graduated college, I am taking Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology at my local CC, scribing, shadowing, volunteering, and studying for the GRE to apply to PA school in 2020. Life sure is something, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision!

Thanks for reading,

Ari

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20 Fun Facts About ME!

Get to know me.

Hey y’all!

I’ve been on a blogging frenzy recently and thought it’ll be nice to share a little more about myself. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to blog my ideas and experiences and wanted to give some background of who I am by sharing 20 facts about myself.

So without further ado, let’s jump into this!

Travel Tuesday: Japan

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Happy Travel Tuesday!

Today I have a run-down of my favorite spots/foods in Japan from my trip 2 years ago! During this time, I got to taste the most wonderful food, visit amazing places and created new memories with my family.

Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful and unique places that I’ve visited and I highly recommend for anyone to go if they have the opportunity. The Japanese culture is very inviting and all the people are so kind and sweet. Never have I been treated with so much respect and kindness until I’ve visited here!

Here’s my Japan itinerary and I hope you enjoy! 🙂

My first time Medical Scribing.

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Hello friends!

I hope all is well. Life has been moving so quickly, and it’s just crazy to think that it’s already May. I’ve been working as a Medical Scribe for the past two months now at a Pediatric office, and I wanted to share my experience with those who are considering to become a scribe, etc. But first off, what even is a scribe? A scribe relieves practitioners of secretarial duties by allowing them to focus directly on clinical care. Scribes are limited to documentation duties for the practitioner. Therefore, it is a great way to understand the clinical care process and documentation.

I knew that I wanted to be a scribe because it would provide me the opportunity to gain healthcare experience and learn medical terminology. Also, getting paid at the same time! (Gotta pay for those medical school applications somehow ;)). I wanted to share my initial impressions of the position to those who are looking for further healthcare opportunities. So without further ado, let’s get started!

Advice for the MCAT

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Hello everyone!

It’s me, I’m back! I apologize for being M.I.A. and let me just tell you… it’s been CRAZY. The MCAT is now over, I can finally breathe a lot more, and I’m excited to begin fun projects on the blog! I have a lot of new content coming and I’m positive y’all are going to love it. (Hint hint: guest writers, potential e-books).

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Me “studying” during Spring break!

When Self-Doubt floods in.

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Hi friends,

So lately I’ve been experiencing quite the amount of self-doubt and possibly burn out. I’m currently in my Spring semester of Junior year and planning to take the MCAT in only 2 more months away (more like a month and a half – yikes). My mind has just been filled with to-do lists that seem like they are never-ending and seem to weigh on my shoulders forever. On top of ‘trying’ to study for the MCAT, I’ve been attempting to stay afloat on my classes so I can really begin off strong since midterms are already near. Also, trying to be a good friend, peer, daughter, girlfriend and etc. for those in my life.

Why YOU should volunteer abroad!

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Happy Wednesday friends!

Today I wanted to share my Clinical Medicine experience in Peru from June-July of 2016 with Vive Peru. This was my first time ever traveling out of the country without family, and practicing medicine as well so I was eager to explore and learn about the different healthcare system outside of the U.S. In addition, global health is very important to me because within today’s society it’s crucial to understand the processes of health, illness and healing across the globe.