די פערזענלעכע סטאַטעמענט ביישפילןזענען זייער טייַער צו געפֿינען אויף די אינטערנעט, דאָ זענען 15 פערזענלעכע סטאַטעמענט ביישפילןאיר קענען אראפקאפיע און מאַכן עס פּאַסיק לויט דיין פאָדערונג.

פערזענלעכע סטאַטעמענט ביישפילן #1

מייַן אינטערעס אין וויסנשאַפֿט איז צוריק צו מיין יאָרן אין מיטלשול, ווו איך יקסעליד אין פיזיק, כעמיע און מאטעמאטיק. ווען איך בין געווען עלטער, האָב איך גענומען אַ ערשט-יאָר קאַלקולוס קורס אין אַ היגע קאָלעגע (אַזאַ אַ אַוואַנסירטע מדרגה קלאַס איז געווען ניט בנימצא אין הויך שולע) און ערנד אַן א. עס איז געווען בלויז לאַדזשיקאַל אַז איך נאָכגיין אַ קאַריערע אין עלעקטריקאַל אינזשעניריע.

ווען איך אנגעהויבן מיין ונדערגראַדואַטע קאַריערע, איך געהאט די געלעגנהייט צו זיין יקספּאָוזד צו די פול קייט פון ינזשעניעריע קאָרסאַז, וואָס אַלע טענדיד צו פאַרשטאַרקן און פאַרשטאַרקן מיין טיף אינטערעס אין ינזשעניעריע. איך האב אויך געהאט די געלעגנהייט צו שטודירן א צאָל טעמעס אין די הומאַניטיעס, און זיי זענען געווען סיי ענדזשויאַבאַל און ענלייטערינג, מיר געבן אַ נייַע און אַנדערש פּערספּעקטיוו אויף דער וועלט אין וואָס מיר לעבן.

אין די מעלוכע פון ​​ינזשעניעריע, איך האָבן דעוועלאָפּעד אַ ספּעציעל אינטערעס אין די פעלד פון לאַזער טעכנאָלאָגיע און האָבן אפילו גענומען אַ גראַדזשאַוואַט קורס אין קוואַנטום עלעקטראָניק. צווישן די 25 אָדער אַזוי סטודענטן אין דעם קורס, איך בין דער איינציקער ונדערגראַדואַטע. אן אנדער באַזונדער אינטערעס פון מיר איז ילעקטראָומאַגנעטיק, און לעצטע זומער, ווען איך איז געווען אַ טעכניש אַסיסטאַנט אין אַ וועלט-באַרימט היגע לאַב, איך געלערנט וועגן זייַן פילע פּראַקטיש אַפּלאַקיישאַנז, ספּעציעל אין באַציונג צו מיקראָסטריפּ און אַנטענע פּלאַן. די פאַרוואַלטונג אין דעם לאַבאָראַטאָריע איז געווען גענוג ימפּרעסט מיט מיין אַרבעט צו פרעגן אַז איך וועל צוריקקומען ווען איך גראַדזשאַוואַט. פון קורס, מיין פּלאַנז נאָך קאַמפּלישאַן פון מיין קראַנט שטודיום זענען צו מאַך גלייך אין גראַדזשאַוואַט אַרבעט צו מיין מאַסטערי אין וויסנשאַפֿט. נאָך איך פאַרדינען מיין מאַסטער 'ס גראַד, איך בדעה צו אָנהייבן אַרבעטן אויף מיין Ph.D. אין עלעקטריקאַל אינזשעניריע. שפּעטער איך וואָלט ווי צו אַרבעטן אין דער געגנט פון פאָרשונג און אַנטוויקלונג פֿאַר די פּריוואַט אינדוסטריע. עס איז אין ר & די אַז איך גלויבן איך קענען מאַכן די גרעסטע צושטייַער, ניצן מיין טעאָרעטיש הינטערגרונט און שעפֿערישקייט ווי אַ געלערנטער.

איך בין זייער אַווער פון די פּרעכטיק שעם פון דיין שולע, און מיין שמועסן מיט עטלעכע פון ​​דיין אַלאַמניי האָבן געדינט צו דיפּאַן מיין אינטערעס אין אַטענדינג. איך וויסן אַז, אין אַדישאַן צו דיין ויסגעצייכנט פיייקייַט, דיין קאָמפּיוטער פאַסילאַטיז זענען צווישן די בעסטער אין דער שטאַט. איך האף איר וועט געבן מיר די פּריווילעגיע צו פאָרזעצן מיין שטודיום אין דיין פייַן ינסטיטושאַן.

פערזענלעכע סטאַטעמענט ביישפילן #2

איך האָב זיך מאַדזשאָרירט אין ליטעראַרישע שטודיעס (וועלט־ליטעראַטור) ווי אַן אַנדערגראַדזשאַוואַט, וואָלט איך איצט געוואָלט זיך קאָנצענטרירן אויף ענגליש און אַמעריקאַנער ליטעראַטור.

ספּעציעל פֿאַראינטערעסירט מיך אין ליטעראַטור פֿון 19טן יאָרהונדערט, פֿרויען־ליטעראַטור, אַנגלאָ־סאַקסישער פּאָעזיע, פֿאָלקלאָר און פֿאָלקס־ליטעראַטור. מיינע פערזענליכע ליטערארישע פראיעקטן האבן אריינגערעכנט א געוויסע קאָמבינאַציע פון ​​די דאזיקע טעמעס. פֿאַר די מויל אָפּטיילונג פון מיין פולשטענדיק יגזאַמז, איך ספּעשאַלייזד אין 19-יאָרהונדערט ראָמאַנז פון און וועגן פרויען. די באַציִונג צווישן "הויך" און פֿאָלקס־ליטעראַטור איז געוואָרן דער טעמע פֿאַר מײַן כּבֿוד־עסיי, וואָס האָט אונטערזוכט טאָני מאָריסאָנס באַנוץ פֿון קלאַסישע, ביבלישע, אפריקאנער און אַפראָ-אַמעריקאַנער פֿאָלקסטראַדיציע אין איר ראָמאַן. איך פלאן צו ארבעטן ווייטער אויף דעם עסיי, באהאנדלען מאָריסאָנס אַנדערע ראָמאַנען און אפשר גרייטן אַ צייטונג וואָס איז פּאַסיק פֿאַר ארויסגעבן.

אין מײַנע שטודיעס צו אַ דאָקטאָראַט, האָף איך צו ונטערזוכן מער די באַציִונגען צווישן הויכע און פֿאָלקס־ליטעראַטור. מײַן יינגער יאָר און פּריוואַטע שטודיעס פֿון דער אַנגלאָ־סאַקסישער שפּראַך און ליטעראַטור האָבן מיר געבראַכט צו באַטראַכטן די פֿראַגע, וווּ ליגן די אָפּטיילן צווישן פֿאָלקלאָר, פֿאָלקס־ליטעראַטור און הויכער ליטעראַטור. זאָל איך זיך באַטייליקן אין דײַן שול, וואָלט איך געוואָלט ווידער אויפֿנעמען מײַנע שטודיעס פֿון דער אַנגלאָ־סאַקסישער פּאָעזיע, מיט ספּעציעל אַכטונג צו אירע פֿאָלקס־עלעמענטן.

שרייבן פּאָעזיע איז אויך באַוווסט אין מיין אַקאַדעמיק און פאַכמאַן צילן. איך האָב נאָר אָנגעהויבן פאָרלייגן צו די קלענערע זשורנאַלן מיט אַ געוויסער דערפאָלג און בויען ביסלעכווייַז אַ ארבעטן מאַנוסקריפּט פֿאַר אַ זאַמלונג. די דאָמינאַנטע טעמע פֿון דער זאַמלונג איז פֿאַרלאָזט אויף לידער, וואָס שטאַמען פֿון קלאַסישע, ביבלישע און פֿאָלקס־טראַדיציעס, ווי אויך פֿון די וואָכעדיקע דערפאַרונג, כּדי צו פֿײַערן דעם פּראָצעס פֿון געבן און נעמען לעבן, צי ליטעראַל אָדער פֿיגוראַטיוו. מײַן פּאָעזיע ציט זיך פֿון און באַווירקט מײַנע אַקאַדעמישע שטודיעס. פיל פון וואָס איך לייענען און די לערנען געפינט אַ פּלאַץ אין מיין שעפעריש אַרבעט ווי די טעמע. אין דער זעלביקער צייט, איך לערנען די קונסט פון ליטעראַטור דורך נעמען אָנטייל אין די שעפעריש פּראָצעס, עקספּערימענטינג מיט די מכשירים געניצט דורך אנדערע מחברים אין דער פאַרגאַנגענהייט.

אין טערמינען פון אַ קאַריערע, איך זען זיך לערנען ליטעראַטור, שרייבן קריטיק און גיין אין רעדאַגירן אָדער ארויסגעבן פּאָעזיע. דאָקטאָראַל שטודיום וואָלט זיין ווערטפול פֿאַר מיר אין עטלעכע וועגן. ערשטער, דיין לערנען אַסיסטאַנט שיף פּראָגראַם וואָלט צושטעלן מיר די פּראַקטיש לערנען דערפאַרונג איך בין לאָעט צו קריגן. ווייַטער, ערנינג אַ Ph.D. אין ענגליש און אמעריקאנער ליטעראַטור וואָלט שטייַגן מיין אנדערע צוויי קאַריערע גאָולז דורך אַדינג צו מיין סקילז, ביידע קריטיש און שעפעריש, אין ארבעטן מיט שפּראַך. צום סוף, אָבער, איך זען די Ph.D. ווי אַ ציל פֿאַר זיך, ווי אויך אַ פאַכמאַן טרעפּ שטיין; איך האָב הנאה פון לערנען ליטעראַטור צוליב זיין אייגענער צוועק און וואָלט ווי צו פאָרזעצן מיין שטודיום אויף דער מדרגה וואָס די דאָקטאָראַט פארלאנגט. פּראָגראַם.

פערזענלעכע סטאַטעמענט ביישפילן #3

װע ן ד י זו ן אי ז געגאנגע ן אונטער , הא ט דע ר רעג ן אנגעהויב ן פאלן . בײ ם װע ג זײנע ן געשטאנע ן סירענע ן או ן פלאצקנדיק ע ליכט ן נעב ן א שװארצ ן פארמיטל ; ע ס אי ז געװע ן אינגאנצ ן פארניכטעט . איך איז געווען פאַרכאַלעשט, סטאַק ין די פאָרמיטל. EMS האָט מיך אַרויסגערופן און מיר טראַנספּאָרטאַד צו די שפּיטאָל.
ערשט דעם אנדערן טאג בין איך ענדליך אויפגעשטאנען און געפרואווט זיך אויפהויבן פון בעט; דער ווייטיק וואָס איך פּעלץ געפֿירט מיר צו שרייַען, "מאָם!" מייַן מוטער ראַשט אין די צימער, "אַשלי, האַלטן זיך אַרום, איר וועט נאָר מאַכן עס מער ווייטיקדיק," זי געזאגט. דער אויסדרוק אויף מיין פּנים האָט ניט געוויזן מער ווי אַ גאַנץ פּוסט. "וואָס איז געשען, און וואָס איז אַ וואַרפלקע אויף מיר?"

דער אַמבולאַנס גענומען מיר צו די שפּיטאָל אין אונדזער היים שטאָט, און נאָך שעה דורכגעגאנגען דורך זיי דערציילט מיין מוטער אַז מיין סקאַנז און טעסץ געקומען צוריק גוט, שטעלן אַ וואַרפלקע אויף מיר, און געשיקט מיר היים ... בשעת נאָך נישט גאָר באַוווסטזיניק. דעם טאָג נאָך, איך געהאט נאָכפאָלגן וויזיץ אין דער ווייַטער שטאָט איבער מיט גאָר פאַרשידענע רופאים. עס האָט זיך אַרויסגעוויזן אַז די מאָס פון מיין ינדזשעריז זענען ערגער ווי מיר זענען געזאָגט, און האט צו האָבן כירורגיע מיד. ליידן פון קאַמפּלאַקיישאַנז נאָך דעם צופאַל איז געווען אַ שטערונג, אָבער די זאָרג באקומען אין דער צייט און איבער די ווייַטער ביסל יאָרן בעשאַס אָפּזוך האט מיר פֿאַרשטיין די וויכטיקייט פון באָקע רופאים און דאָקטער אַסיסטאַנץ (פּאַ).

אין די לעצטע יאָר, איך בין געוואקסן און געלערנט אפילו מער ווי איך געדאַנק איך קען אין מיין קראַנט שטעלע ווי אַ מעדיציניש אַסיסטאַנט אין די נעוראָ-אָטאָלאָגי ספּעציאַליטעט. ארבעטן ווי אַ מעדיציניש אַסיסטאַנט פֿאַר די לעצטע צוויי יאָר איז געווען אַ ריוואָרדינג לערנען דערפאַרונג. איינער פון די הויפּט פּרייאָראַטיז פון מיין שטעלע איז צו נעמען אַ זייער דיטיילד באַשרייַבונג פון די פּאַציענט 'ס צושטאַנד / הויפּט קלאָג פון זייער וויזיט. טאן דעם האט דערלויבט מיר צו באַקומען אַ ברייט סומע פון ​​וויסן אויף די ינער אויער און וועסטיבולאַר סיסטעם, און אויף ווי זיי ביידע אַרבעט אין קאַנדזשאַנגקשאַן מיט איין אנדערן. דורך מיין אַרבעט איך בין ביכולת צו העלפן פּאַטיענץ און די געפיל אין צוריקקומען איז אַן גלייבן סענטימענט. א ביסל נאָך איך אנגעהויבן ארבעטן אין דער קליניק, איך איז געווען אַוואָרדיד אַ גרעסערע ראָלע דורך לערנען ווי צו פאַרענדיקן די קאַנאַליטה ריפּאַזישאַן מאַנוווער אויף פּאַטיענץ וואָס ליידן פון גוט פּאַראָקסיסמאַל פּאָסיטיאָנאַל ווערטיגאָ. נאָך מצליח אַפּלאַקיישאַנז פון די פּראָוסידזשערז, עס איז קלאָר פון זייער ימאָושאַנז אַז איך מאַכן positive ימפּאַקץ אויף די פּאַציענט 'ס טעגלעך לעבן. דער פריילעכער שמייכל אויף זייערע פנימער גלײַך ליכטיק מיין גאנצן טאג.

פרייַוויליקער השתדלות, שאַדאָוינג, און פּאָסטן אוניווערסיטעט מעדיציניש דערפאַרונג סאַלווד אַז עס איז קיין אנדערע פאַך איך געוואלט מער. וויטנאַסינג די מאַנשאַפֿט פון אַ דאָקטער און פּאַ אַרבעט צוזאַמען אין Moffitt Cancer Center האָט געצויגן מיין יקסייטמאַנט פון די שטעלע. איך איז געווען קאַפּטיווייטיד דורך זייער שוטפעס און די פיייקייט פון PA צו סיימאַלטייניאַסלי אַרבעטן ינדיפּענדאַנטלי. די פּאַ האָט גערעדט וועגן די געלעגנהייט צו לערנען און פיר עטלעכע ספּעשאַלטיז. דורך אַלע מיין לערנען און דערפאַרונג עס איז געווען פארגעקומען צו מיר אַז מיין ליבע פֿאַר מעדיצין איז אַזוי ברייט, אַז עס וואָלט זיין אוממעגלעך פֿאַר מיר צו פאָקוס אויף איין אַספּעקט פון מעדיצין. וויסן אַז איך האָבן די אָפּציע צו דערפאַרונג כּמעט קיין ספּעציאַליטעט ינטייס מיר, און די געלעגנהייט צו מייַכל און דיאַגנאָזירן פּאַטיענץ אַנשטאָט פון שטייענדיק אין דער הינטערגרונט אַבזערווינג וואָלט געבן מיר גרויס פאַרגעניגן.

בשעת קאַנטיניואַסלי באַטלינג די סעטבאַקס פון מיין צופאַל, די סאָסיאָ-עקאָנאָמיש סטאַטוס געצווונגען אויף מיר די אַרבעט פון אַ פול צייט אַרבעט בשעת טריינג צו באַקומען אַ בילדונג. דער רעזולטאַט פון די שוועריקייטן געפירט צו סאַבסטאַנדערד גראַדעס אין מיין פרעשמאַן און צווייטער יאָרן. אַמאָל אנגענומען אין אוניווערסיטעט פון דרום פלאָרידאַ, איך סאַקסידאַד אין קאַמפּליטינג אַלע PA רעקווירעמענץ מיט אַ וואַסט פֿאַרבעסערונג אין מיין אַקאַדעמיקס קריייטינג אַן אַרוף גאַנג אין גפּאַ דורך גראַדזשאַוויישאַן. ווי אַ רעזולטאַט פון מיין הצלחה, איך איינגעזען איך האט אריבערגעפארן פאָרויס פון וואָס איך געדאַנק וואָלט האַלטן מיר צוריק אויף אייביק; מיין צופאַל איז איצט נאָר אַ מאָטיוואַטאָר פֿאַר צוקונפֿט מניעות.

מיט אַ קאַריערע ווי אַ פּאַ, איך וויסן מיין ענטפער צו "ווי איז געווען דיין טאָג" וועט שטענדיק זיין, "לעבן טשאַנגינג." אין מיין אַרבעט איך בין מאַזלדיק גענוג צו טוישן לעבן אין ענלעך וועגן ווי די פּאַ איך שטרעבן צו זיין, וואָס איז וואָס דרייווז מיר. איך בין באשלאסן און וועל קיינמאָל פאַרלאָזן דעם חלום, ציל און לעבן ציל. אויסער מיין קוואַלאַפאַקיישאַנז אויף פּאַפּיר, איך האָבן געזאָגט אַז איך בין אַ ראַכמאָנעסדיק, פרייַנדלעך און אַ שטאַרק פרוי. יאָרן פון הייַנט, דורך מיין וווּקס און דערפאַרונג ווי אַ פּאַ, איך וועט יוואַלוו צו זיין אַ ראָלע מאָדעל פֿאַר עמעצער מיט די זעלבע קוואַלאַטיז און פאַכמאַן אַבדזשעקטיווז ווי איך האָבן הייַנט. איך אויסדערוויילט PA ווייַל איך ליבע ארבעטן ווי אַ קאָלעקטיוו. העלפּינג אנדערע מאכט מיר פילן ווי איך האָבן אַ ציל, און עס איז קיין אנדערע פאַך וואָס איך וואָלט אלא זיין אין. אַרייַנטרעטן צו אַ רעספּעקטאַבאַל פּראָגראַם איז נישט דער אָנהייב אָדער דער סוף ... עס איז דער ווייַטער שריט פון מיין רייזע צו ווערן אַ אָפּשפּיגלונג פון וועמען איך באַווונדערן.

פערזענלעכע סטאַטעמענט ביישפילן #4

A three year old boy has severe sinusitis that has caused the eyelids of his right eye to swell and his fever to spike. His mother is beginning to worry because every specialist she has visited has not been able to alleviate her child’s symptoms. It has been three days and she is at another hospital waiting to see yet another specialist. While the mother is sitting in the waiting room a passing doctor takes notice of her son and exclaims to her, “I can help this boy.” After a brief examination, the doctor informs the mother that her son has an infected sinus. The boy’s sinus is drained and he is given antibiotics to treat the infection. The mother breathes a sigh of relief; her son’s symptoms are finally mitigated.

איך בין געווען דער קראַנק קינד אין דער געשיכטע. דאס איז איינע פון ​​מיינע ערשטע זכרונות; עס איז געווען פון דער צייט ווען איך געלעבט אין אוקריינא. איך ווונדער נאָך ווי אַזוי אַזאַ פּשוט דיאַגנאָסיס איז געווען אָוווערלוקט דורך עטלעכע רופאים; טאָמער דאָס איז געווען אַ ביישפּיל פון די ינאַדאַקוואַט טריינינג כעלטקער פּראָפעססיאָנאַלס באקומען אין אוקריינא נאָך די קאלטקייט מלחמה. די סיבה איך נאָך געדענקען אַז טרעפן איז די ווייטיק און ומבאַקוועמקייַט פון ווייל מיין סינוס ויסגעשעפּט. איך איז געווען באַוווסטזיניק בעשאַס די פּראָצעדור און מיין מוטער האט צו האַלטן מיר בשעת דער דאָקטער ויסגעשעפּט מיין סינוס. איך געדענק אז מיין סינוס איז געווען אַזוי יקסקריסיייטינג אַז איך דערציילט דעם דאָקטער, "ווען איך וואַקסן אַרויף, איך וועל ווערן אַ דאָקטער אַזוי איך קענען טאָן דאָס צו איר!" ווען איך דערמאָנונג וועגן דער דערפאַרונג איך נאָך זאָגן זיך אַז איך וואָלט ווי צו אַרבעטן אין געזונט זאָרגן, אָבער מיין ינטענטשאַנז זענען ניט מער נעקאָמע.

נאָך ריסערטשינג פאַרשידן געזונט זאָרגן פּראַפעשאַנז איך איינגעזען אַז דאָקטער אַסיסטאַנט איז דער איינער פֿאַר מיר. איך האָבן עטלעכע סיבות פֿאַר פּערסוינג אַ קאַריערע ווי אַ פּאַ. ערשטער, די פּאַ פאַך האט אַ העל צוקונפֿט; לויט די ביוראָו פון לייבער סטאַטיסטיק, די באַשעפטיקונג פֿאַר דאָקטער אַסיסטאַנץ איז פּראַדזשעקטאַד צו וואַקסן 38 פּראָצענט פון 2022 צו 2022. צווייטנס, די בייגיקייט פון די פּאַ פון די פאַך איז אַפּילינג צו מיר; איך וואָלט ווי צו בויען אַן יקלעקטיק רעפּערטואַר פון יקספּיריאַנסיז און סקילז ווען עס קומט צו צושטעלן מעדיציניש זאָרג. דריטנס, איך וואָלט קענען צו אַרבעטן אָטאַנאַמאַסלי און קאַלאַבערייטיוו מיט אַ געזונט זאָרגן מאַנשאַפֿט צו דיאַגנאָזירן און מייַכל מענטשן. די פערטע און מערסט וויכטיק סיבה איז אַז איך וואָלט קענען צו גלייך השפּעה מענטשן אויף אַ positive וועג. איך האָב עטלעכע מענטשן געזאָגט אין ארבעטן פֿאַר כאָומקאַרע באַדינונגס מיר האָבן געזאָגט אַז זיי בעסער וועלן פּאַס איבער רופאים, ווייַל דאָקטער אַסיסטאַנץ קענען נעמען זייער צייט צו יפעקטיוולי יבערגעבן מיט זייער פּאַטיענץ.

איך וויסן אַז צו ווערן אַ דאָקטער אַסיסטאַנט אַקאַדעמיק עקסאַלאַנס איז ימפּעראַטיוו, אַזוי איך וואָלט ווי צו נעמען די צייט צו דערקלערן די דיסקרעפּאַנסיז אין מיין טראַנסקריפּט. בעשאַס מיין פרעשמאַן און צווייט יאָר מיין גראַדעס זענען נישט גרויס און עס איז קיין אַנטשולדיקן פֿאַר וואָס. אין מיין ערשטער צוויי יאָר פון קאָלעגע איך איז געווען מער זארגן מיט סאָושאַלייזינג ווי איך איז געווען מיט אַקאַדעמיע. איך האב אויסדערוויילט צו פאַרברענגען רובֿ פון מיין צייט צו גיין צו פּאַרטיעס און ווייַל פון דעם מיין גראַדעס געליטן. כאָטש איך האָב אַ פּלאַץ פון שפּאַס, איך געקומען צו דער מעקייַעם אַז דער שפּאַס וועט נישט דויערן אויף אייביק. איך געוואוסט אַז צו דערפילן מיין חלום פון ארבעטן אין געזונט זאָרגן איך וואָלט האָבן צו טוישן מיין וועגן. סטאַרטינג מיט מיין יינגער יאָר איך געמאכט שולע מיין בילכערקייַט און מיין גראַדעס ימפּרוווד שטארק. מייַן גראַדעס אין די רגע צוויי יאָר פון מיין קאָלעגע קאַריערע זענען אַ אָפּשפּיגלונג פון מיר ווי אַ פאַרקנאַסט תּלמיד. איך וועל פאָרזעצן צו שטרעבן צו דערגרייכן מיין וואָקזאַל ציל צו ווערן אַ דאָקטער אַסיסטאַנט, ווייַל איך קוק פאָרויס צו די ערשטער מאָל אַ באַזאָרגט מוטער קומט צו די שפּיטאָל מיט איר קראַנק קינד און איך וועל קענען זאָגן, "איך קענען העלפן דעם יינגל!"

פערזענלעכע סטאַטעמענט ביישפילן #5

גאָר ריעדיטיד מיין פּס. דעם פּלאַן פילז פיל שטארקער. ביטע לאָזן מיר וויסן וואָס איר טראַכטן. א דאנק.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why”. This quote from Mark Twain comes to mind when describing why I aspire to become a Physician Assistant. The journey to finding one’s professional “why” can be tough, it can sometimes force one to settle and give up on the journey altogether but in other cases, cases of so many who have genuine love in what they do, it requires constant self-reflection, faith and unyielding determination to continue on. Early on in my academic career I lacked the maturity to grasp this concept, I wasn’t committed to the process of learning and was without intrinsic motivation to dedicate myself to it. I knew I wanted a career in medicine but when asked difficult questions of why, I could only give the generic answer, “Because I want to help people”. That reason wasn’t enough, I needed something more, something that could drive me to work night shifts and head to school immediately after, something that could push me to retake courses and pursue a Masters degree. To find this “why” I became child-like, asking many questions, majority of them beginning with why. Why was it important for me to help people through medicine? Why not a trainer, a physician or a nurse? Why not anything else?

דורך דעם נסיעה איך אנגעהויבן פיר יאר צוריק, איך ווע געלערנט אַז אַ יחיד "פארוואס" איז אַ אָרט ווו איינער ס תאוות און סקילז טרעפן די באדערפענישן פון זייער קהל און ווי איך ווע געווארן יקספּאָוזד צו פילע פאַסאַץ פון געזונט, איך האָבן דיסקאַווערד מיין לייַדנשאַפט פֿאַר טויגיקייט און געזונט איז דער יסוד פון מיין "וואָס". דער טאָג וואָס איך געפֿונען דעם "פארוואס" איז געווען סאַטאַל, פֿון אַ פּשוט אָבער טיף אַרטיקל קלירינג וואָס בלייבט אַרייַנגעשיקט אויף מיין וואַנט הייַנט. א "ווונדער פּיל" ד"ר ראבערט באַטלער דיסקרייבד, וואָס קען פאַרמייַדן און מייַכל פילע חולאתן, אָבער מער ימפּאָרטאַנטלי פאַרלענגערן די לענג און קוואַליטעט פון לעבן. די מעדיצין איז געווען עקסערסייזיז און ווי ער סאַפּרייזד, "אויב עס קען זיין פּאַקט אין אַ פּיל, עס וואָלט זיין די מערסט וויידלי פּריסקרייבד און וווילטויק מעדיצין אין דעם פאָלק." פון די ווערטער מיין "פארוואס" אנגעהויבן צו נעמען פאָרעם, איך אנגעהויבן וואַנדערינג וואָס קען פּאַסירן מיט אונדזער געזונט זאָרגן סיסטעם אויב פאַרהיטונג איז אונטערגעשטראכן און מענטשן זענען געגעבן די אינסטרוקציעס און ינטערווענטשאַנז דארף צו נישט בלויז סאָלווע זייער געזונט ישוז אָבער צו לעבן כעלטיער לעבן. איך געחידושט וואָס איך קען טאָן צו זיין אַ טייל פון דער לייזונג, ווי איך קען שפּילן אַ ראָלע אין דעליווערינג אַ זאָרג וואָס באַטראַכטן קייפל ינפלואַנסיז און קייפל מעטהאָדס פֿאַר טרעאַטינג און פּרעווענטינג חולאתן, און אויך שטיצן אָפּטימאַל געזונט און וווילזייַן.

מיט די לעצטע רעפארמען צו כעלטקער, איך געגלויבט אַז אַ סיסטעם עמפאַסייזינג פאַרהיטונג קען ווערן אַן אַקטואַל און מיט פילע מענטשן געגעבן אַקסעס צו עס, אַ בעסער סאָרט שפּייַזער וואָלט זיין דארף. פּראַוויידערז, אין מיין מיינונג, וואָס פֿאַרשטיין די ראָלעס פון דערנערונג, טויגיקייט און נאַטור מאָדיפיקאַטיאָנס אויף געזונט. פּראַוויידערז וואָס פֿאַרשטיין אַז קיוראַטיוו אָדער פּאַליאַטיוו מעטהאָדס וואָס וואַרטן ביז פּאַטיענץ זענען קראַנק, אין פילע קאַסעס ווייַטער פון פאַרריכטן איידער סטעפּינג אין, קענען ניט מער זיין אַ נאָרמאַל פיר. פון אינטערנעץ מיט טריינערז און וועללנעסס קאָוטשיז אין געזונט סענטערס, צו אַרבעטן מיט נורסעס און טעקניקס אין די שפּיטאָל, צו שאַדאָוינג פּאַז און רופאים בעשאַס ראָונדס אָדער אין אַנדערסערווד קליניקס, איך האָבן נישט בלויז פארדינט ווערטפול יקספּיריאַנסיז, אָבער איך האָבן שוין קענען צו זען פּונקט וואָס מאכט יעדער פאַך גרויס. יעדער פאַך האט אַספּעקץ וואָס אינטערעס מיר, אָבער ווי איך האָבן ריסערטשט און דיססעקטעד יעדער פון די קאַריערע, פּלאַקינג ברעקלעך ווו איך געפֿינען מיין גרעסטע סקילז מיט וואָס איך בין לייַדנשאַפטלעך וועגן, איך געפֿונען זיך אין די דאָאָרסטעפּ פון אַ קאַריערע ווי אַ דאָקטער אַססיסטאַנט.

Working at Florida Hospital, I relish in the team-based effort that I’ve learned is quite necessary in providing quality care. I thoroughly enjoy my interactions with patients and working in communities where English may not be the primary language but forces you to go out and learn to become a better caregiver. I’ve learned exactly where my “why” is. It is in a profession centered on this team-based effort, it focuses on the patient and the trust between the physician and the health care team, not on the insurance, management or the business side of medicine. It is a profession whose purpose comes from improving and expanding our health care system, a field with the ability to not only diagnose and treat diseases but also with the expectation to promote health through education. It is a profession where I can be a lifetime-learner, where stagnation isn’t even a possibility, with many specialties in which I can learn. Most importantly it is a career whose role in this evolving health care system is etched to be on the front line in its delivery, the key to integrating both wellness and medicine to combat and prevent diseases. The journey to this conclusion hasn’t been easy but I am grateful because my“ why” is now simple and unmistakable. I have been placed on this earth to serve, educate and advocate wellness through medicine as a Physician Assistant. In summation, my “why” has become my favorite question.

Personal Statement Examples #6

The easiest decision I ever made was choosing to play soccer when I was seven years old. Fifteen years later, after finishing four years of Division I collegiate soccer, I made the most difficult decision thus far in my life. Knowing that I was not going to play for the U.S. Women’s National Team, I had to pursue a different dream. The summer after my college graduation, I transitioned from playing soccer to coaching, while figuring out a career path to pursue. At one of the first practices I coached, I witnessed a girl get caught up in a net and hit her head on a pole. My instincts told me to run over and help. I advised a parent to call 9-1-1 while I checked to see if the girl was alert. She was in and out of consciousness for about two minutes before she was able to look at me and tell me her name. I talked to her to keep her awake until the paramedics arrived to take over. Even while the paramedics assessed her, she did not want me to leave. I held her hand until it was time for her to be transported. In that moment, it was clear to me that helping others was my calling.

אין דער זעלביקער צייט איך סטאַרטעד קאָוטשינג, איך אנגעהויבן וואָלאַנטירינג אין לאס אנדזשעלעס האַרבאָור-UCLA מעדיקאַל צענטער. איך האָב שאַדאָוד נויטפאַל צימער (ער) דאקטוירים, אָרטאַפּידיק דאקטוירים און אַלגעמיינע פּראַקטישנערז. געוויינטלעך, מיין אַטלעטיק קאַריערע געצויגן מיר צו אָרטהאָפּעדיקס. איך פארבראכט רובֿ פון מיין צייט וואַטשינג ווי דאקטוירים, דאָקטער אַסיסטאַנץ (פּאַ), נורסעס און טעקנישאַנז ינטעראַקטיד מיט פּאַטיענץ. ענלעך צו פוסבאָל, צוזאַמענאַרבעט איז אַ שליסל קאָמפּאָנענט פון פּאַציענט זאָרגן. איך איז געווען דערשטוינט ווי גלאַט דער פּראָצעס איז געווען צו צוגרייטן פֿאַר אַ טראַוומע פּאַציענט אין די ער. עס איז געווען ניט ווי כאַאָטיש ווי איך האט דערוואַרט. דער קאמיוניקאציע צענטער האט אלארמירט די טראומא-מאנשאפט אז א 79 יעריגע פרוי פאציענט מיט קאפ טראומא איז אויפן וועג. פֿון דאָרטן האָט דער טראַוומע מאַנשאַפֿט צוגעגרייט אַ צימער פֿאַרן פּאַציענט. ווען דער פּאַציענט איז אנגעקומען, איז געווען ווי צו זען אַ גוט-רעפּעטיציע פּיעסע. יעדער מאַנשאַפֿט מיטגליד געוואוסט זיין / איר ראָלע און געטאן עס פלאָלאַסלי טראָץ די הויך-דרוק סיטואַציע. אין דעם מאָמענט, איך פּעלץ די זעלבע אַדרענאַלאַן קאַמיש איך גאַט בעשאַס מיין פוסבאָל שפּילערייַ און געוואוסט אַז איך האָבן צו נאָכגיין אַ קאַריערע אין די מעדיציניש פעלד. כאָטש איך איז געווען באַקענענ מיט דער געדאַנק פון ווערן אַ פּאַ, מיין אויגן זענען געווען געשטעלט אויף ווערן אַ דאָקטער. אַזוי איך זיך געווענדט צו מעדיציניש שולע.

נאָך זיין פארווארפן פון מעדיציניש שולע, איך דעבאַטעד אַפּלייינג ווידער. נאָך שאַדאָוינג PAs אין Harbor-UCLA, איך האָב פאָרשונג וועגן ווערן אַ PA. וואָס איז געווען די מערסט פֿאַר מיר איז געווען די בייגיקייט פון אַ פּאַ צו אַרבעטן אין פאַרשידענע מעדיציניש ספּעשאַלטיז. אויך, אין דער אָרטאַפּידיק אָפּטיילונג, איך באמערקט אַז די PAs האָבן מער צייט צו פאַרברענגען מיט פּאַטיענץ צו דיסקוטירן ריכאַבילאַטיישאַן אָפּציעס און ינפעקציע פאַרהיטונג נאָך זייער סערדזשעריז. דער טיפּ פון פּאַציענט זאָרגן איז געווען מער לויט די שורות פון וואָס איך געוואלט צו טאָן. אַזוי, מיין ווייַטער שריט איז געווען צו ווערן אַן עמערגענסי מעדיקאַל טעכניקער (EMT) צו מקיים די אַרבעט דערפאַרונג פאָדערונג פֿאַר מיין פּאַ אַפּלאַקיישאַן.

Working as an EMT turned out to be more meaningful than just being a pre-requisite for PA school. Whether the complaints were medical or traumatic, these patients were meeting me on the worst day of their lives. One call we had was a Spanish-speaking only patient who complained of left knee pain. Since I was the only Spanish speaker on scene, I translated for the paramedics. The medics concluded that the patient could be transported to the hospital code 2, no paramedic follow-up and no lights and sirens necessary, since it appeared to be localized knee pain. En route to the hospital, I noticed a foul smell coming from the patient. Suddenly, the patient became unresponsive so we upgraded our transport and used our lights and sirens to get there faster. Upon our arrival the patient started coming around. The triage nurse approached us and noticed the foul smell as well. The nurse had us put the patient into a bed right away and said that the patient might be septic. I thought, but where? Later that day, we checked up on the patient and found out that she was in the late stages of breast cancer. On scene, she failed to mention the open wounds she thoroughly wrapped up on her breasts because that was not her chief complaint. She also did not mention it as part of her pertinent medical history. Her knee was hurting due to osteoporosis from the cancer cells metastasizing to her bones. This call always stuck with me because it made me realize that I want to be able to diagnose and treat patients. As a PA, I would be able to do both.

All of my life experiences have led me to realize that I want to be a part of a medical team as a physician assistant. To be able to study multiple medical specialties, diagnose, and treat would allow me to come full circle in patient care. As much as I love pre-hospital care, I have always wanted to do more. Given the opportunity, as a PA, I will take on the challenges of patient care in a hospital setting and look forward to being able to follow through with all of my patients to the end of their care.

Personal Statement Examples #7

A young, cheerful volleyball player came to my training room complaining of back pain during her off-season. Two weeks later, she died from Leukemia. Two years later her brother, a former state champion football player, was diagnosed with a different type of Leukemia. He fought hard for a year, but he too succumbed to the same disease that took the life of his baby sister. A girl in her sophomore year of high school sought my advice because she was concerned about a small bump on her back. After a few weeks of observing she returned complaining of back pain along with an increase in the size of the original bump. Recognizing this was beyond my expertise, I referred her to her pediatrician, who then recommended she see another medical specialist. Following extensive testing she was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After recently dealing with the loss of two young athletes, this news was shocking. Fortunately, over the next year and a half, this young lady battled and beat the cancer in time to complete her senior year and walk across the stage at graduation with her classmates. I was elated for her, but began reflecting on the limitations of my position as an athletic trainer. These events also prompted me to evaluate my life, my career, and my goals. I felt compelled to investigate my options. After doing so, I was determined to expand my knowledge and increase my ability to serve others and decided the correct path for me was to become a Physician Assistant.

During my career thus far as an athletic trainer, I have had the privilege of working at a wide variety of locations. These include an acute care in-patient hospital, working with post surgical patients; a family practice and sports medicine office, performing initial evaluations; an outpatient therapy clinic, working with rehab patients; an orthopedic surgeon’s office, shadowing patient visits and surgeries; and many universities and high schools, working with a variety of athletic injuries. My experiences in these diverse settings have shown me the need for all degrees of medical personnel. Each field has its own purpose in the proper care of the patient. As an athletic trainer I have seen a range of injuries that I could diagnose and treat myself. But it has always been the ones that I had to refer to the team doctor that weighed on me, making me feel that I should be able to help even more. As a physician assistant, I would possess the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose and provide the care needed for my patients.

My position as the high school athletic trainer allows me to get acquainted with all of the athletes, however, to be even more effective I get involved in the community of the school and strive to learn more about the people with whom I work. For the last three years I have been a substitute teacher for the junior and senior high school. I have also volunteered for many functions that the school provides for the students including school dances, the community-based alcohol prevention program called Every 15 Minutes, and the annual junior and senior retreat which involves a true bonding experience for all participants. Developing meaningful relationships with the students enhances my effectiveness by opening lines of communication and building trust. It is my firm belief that a patient will only speak openly about a self-perceived flaw including injury with someone he or she feels comfortable. I sincerely want to be that person for my athletes now, and for my patients in the future.

The diverse injuries, illnesses, and diseases I have encountered as athletic trainer have provided me with a variety of wonderful experiences. I have witnessed both tragedy and triumph with my athletes and coaches, on and off of the field or court. Most injuries have been inconsequential in the long term, even to those experiencing the pain in the moment. They know that they will heal and progress in their sport and continue on their journey in life. Fighting for and winning state championships is all well and good, but there are far more important concerns in this life we live. I have witnessed young lives being taken, and those who battled relentlessly to overcome all obstacles, and it is these individuals who have changed how I view medicine, how I view myself, and how I view my future in the world of medicine. These people have enriched my life and have taken ahold of my heart and mind, motivating me to push forward. “Keep going. Keep fighting. Keep battling.” The powerful motto of our basketball coach living with advanced Cystic Fibrosis has been a significant incentive for me. He was told he would live a much shorter and less satisfying life, but he never gave in to his diagnosis. He made his life what he wanted it to be, overcoming many obstacles and living out his dreams. Seeing him fight for each day of his life has had tremendous influence on me. I know it is my time to fight for what I want and keep moving forward.

Personal Statement Examples #8

I would really appreciate if someone could tell me if I’m hitting any of the right points in my essay!

The door flew open and slammed against the adjacent wall. The room was dark and all I could make out were figures and the noise of chatter and children crying. As my eyes adjusted to the sharp contrast in darkness from the blaring sun outside, I made my way to the counter. “Sign in,” said a voice and I looked down to see a chewed up pin and a pile of ripped up pieces of paper, on which I wrote my name and date of birth. The voice came out again “have a seat; we’ll call you when we’re ready.” I turned to see a room, no bigger than a two bedroom apartment, full of young women and children of various ages. I took a seat and waited for my turn to be seen at my local health department.

As an adolescent without health insurance, I have seen first-hand the demand for providers that can offer available healthcare. My experiences at the local health department made me dread going, never knowing if I would see the same provider again. Like many others in my situation, I just stopped going. After these experiences, I knew I wanted to be the stability for the underprivileged and financially burdened.

I began my role in healthcare as a pharmacy technician. It was this job that solidified my interests in the science of medicine. It was also this exposure which showed me that primary care providers play a huge role in the health system. However, it was not until I began working in registration for the Emergency Department of my local hospital that I could see just how important this role is; patients sitting for hours to be seen for a fever and headache because they do not have any other option for healthcare.

These observations pushed me to continue in medicine. After moving home to pursue this career, I climbed my way from a unit secretary to a patient care technician where I had my first hands-on experiences with patients. I remember a particular incident where while I was assisting a patient to the bathroom, she began sweating and complaining of blurred vision. I immediately called for someone to come in so I could check her blood sugar levels; it was 37 mg/Dl. With the nurse by my side, we got Ms. Kay safely to the bed and began treating her with intravenous glucose. I was so excited and proud of myself for recognizing the symptoms and being able to react without hesitation. It is moments like this one that I recognize my desires are not only to treat patients, but also diagnose illnesses.

After working closely with many health providers for nearly ten years, none stood out to me like Mike, a physician assistant on the cardiothoracic surgery unit. I have seen him take the extra time to go over every medication a patient had not only to ensure there was no drug interactions but to explain and write down the uses of each for when they returned home. When this patient needs a refill, instead of asking for “the little blue pill,” they will confidently ask for their blood pressure medication. Understanding these problems and taking the time to address them through patient education and support can greatly improve the quality of life for those in our communities. PAs help to carry out this idea of preventive medicine over episodic care as a team.

A team-based care system is very important to me. I learned the value of a solid support network while struggling after the death of my cousin. The pain of losing my best friend, and the personal disappointment I felt after failing two semesters, made it difficult for me to continue on my career path confidently. However, with the backing and trust of my peers, much like a PA in their practice, I was able to push forward and overcome these trials. I was taught stress-management and determination through these hardships and they will aid me as I endeavor this challenging and evolving career as a PA.

With my professional training in the medical field, I have a good understanding and appreciate everyone’s roles in healthcare. We come from several backgrounds and experiences that allow us to integrate together and ultimately provide better patient care. I am confident in my ability to translate my skills into my studies as well as future practice and become a successful PA. I am also confident in my ability to relate and help close the gap in available healthcare as a primary care provider.

Personal Statement Examples #9

“My chest hurts.” Anyone in the medical field knows this is a statement that cannot simply be brushed off. Mary was a patient we brought to and from dialysis three times a week. At the young age of 88, her mind was starting to go and her history of CVA rendered her hemiplegic, reliant on us for transport. Mary would stare through us and continue conversations with her late husband, insist she was being rained on while in the ambulance, and manipulate us into doing things we would never consider for another patient, i.e. adjust pillows an absurd amount of times, and hold her limp arm in the air for the entirety of the 40 minute transport, leaving you down a full PCR. But, it was Mary, and Mary held a special place in our hearts just out of sheer desire to please her in the slightest- never successfully, might I add. Mary complained about everything, but nothing at the same time. So, that Thursday afternoon when she nonchalantly stated she had chest pain, it raised some red flags. With a trainee on board, the three man crew opted to run the patient to the ER three miles up the road, emergent, rather than waiting for ALS. I ran the call, naturally, it was Mary, and she was my patient. Vitals stable, patient denies breathing difficulty and any other symptoms. During the two minute transport I called in the report over the wail of the sirens, “history of CVA and… CVA. Mary look at me. Increased facial drooping; stoke alert, pulling in now.” Mary always had facial drooping, slurring, and left sided weakness, but it was worse. I’ve taken her every week for six months, but this time I was sitting on her right side. We took her straight to CT, and I have not since seen her. Mary was my patient, and everyone knew it.

We hear “life is too short” all the time, but how many people have been on scene after a heartbroken mother rolled over on her four-month-old, and you work that child like its your own, knowing she’s been down too long. As a healthcare provider, you have those patients that make it all worth it; That remind you why you keep going back for the MVAs, amputations, overdoses, three year old with fishhook in his eye, 2 year old down a flight of stairs, Alzheimer’s patient who doesn’t understand why they’re being strapped to the stretcher, 302 who pulls a gun, pancreatic cancer patient who vomits blood on you while you’re at the bottom of the stairchair and there’s not a thing you can do about it until you get down two more flights of stairs. My ambulance is my office. EMS has given me more experience, hope and disappointment than I could have ever asked for as an undergraduate. It has done nothing short of fuel my desire for advancement in the medical field.

“The contest is a lion fight. So chin up, put your shoulders back, walk proud, strut a little. Don’t lick your wounds. Celebrate them. The scars you bear are the sign of a competitor. You’re in a lion’s fight. Just because you didn’t win, doesn’t mean you don’t know how to roar.” The countless hours of procrastination watching the medical inaccuracies of Grey’s Anatomy, the breathtaking visuals in House MD, and the thrill of ER, have, if nothing else, given me hope. Hope that someone will see past my mediocre GPA and undergraduate transcript, and afford me the second chance I know I deserve. I proved my capability and motivation in high school and my last two years of college when I refocused my goals and plan. I am ready, prepared, and willing to do whatever it takes to reach my aspiration of providing the highest quality care of which I am capable. If you are not ready at this moment to put faith in me, I will do whatever it takes to get to that point, whether it be retaking classes, or investing another $40,000 in my education to excel in a post-baccalaureate program. After years of dabbling in medical occupations, I have finally found the one I want, and my desire to live and learn has never been stronger.

Personal Statement Examples #10

I have since reworked my essay and would prefer that the second copy be considered if possible. I am about 150 characters over the limit and I am not sure what to cut or where. I also am working on conveying the message of why I want to be a PA and what I can offer that is unique. Any help is greatly appreciated!

I’ve learned a lot of important lessons while shadowing a physician assistant in the emergency room this summer: always clean up your own sharps, communicate with other ER staff members to effectively work as a team, never talk about how “quiet” a day is, and that a warm blanket and a smile go a long way in patient care. Most importantly, I learned how much I love coming in to the hospital each day, excited to interact with a wide variety of patients and have a positive impact, no matter how small, in their healthcare experience. Shadowing in a level II trauma center granted me opportunities to develop my own personal philosophy about patient care, as well as furthered my desire to pursue a career as a PA in this field. My biggest inspiration to become a PA, however, started well before I ever shadowed in a hospital but from something much closer to home.

It was the summer before my final year at Miami when I got the text from my dad. He had been sick for a few weeks and finally went to the hospital for routine blood work. Doctor’s visits used to be rare for him, as he is an ER physician and seemed to never get sick. When the results came in, they immediately admitted him to Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He told me he was fine and not to worry, all while joking about getting a room with the Indians game on, so I believed him. The next morning his tests were back – he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His first thirty days of routine high-volume chemotherapy were cut short when he acquired an infection and spiraled into total organ failure. He was in the ICU for roughly two months, during which time he drifted in and out of comas and had, as he phrased it, “a visit from every specialist except gynecology.” When he finally regained consciousness after two weeks of dialysis, he was so weak he could not sit up unassisted so he spent two more months at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he was finally allowed to come home on Christmas Eve.

It was the best present a girl could ask for, but not without its challenges. He was still very weak and wheelchair-bound. He had to take handfuls of pills several times a day, and needed his blood sugar checked before each meal due to the steroids. The house had to be regularly scrubbed from top to bottom due to his low neutrophil count. When I was younger and my mother suffered two strokes, my father had been the one that had kept our family together. Our upside down world felt like a nightmare. I learned to do fingersticks and insulin injections gently, so as not to bruise his paper-thin skin. I taught him how to flush his PICC line when it became clogged (a trick I learned from my own experience with IV antibiotics to treat osteomyelitis a year prior). When he started walking, I learned to block his knees with my hands so he wouldn’t fall too far forward after he lost most of his proprioception and motor control from peripheral neuropathy.

I had a tough choice to make: return to school and continue pursuing my degree, or stay home and help my mother. I stayed in Cleveland for as long as I could, but eventually went back to school the day before spring semester started. I continued to come home as often as I could. Our schedule wasn’t the only thing that changed – because my father was unable to work, our lifestyle changed considerably due to the financial strain from hospital bills. We now considered ease of access everywhere we travelled to make sure it was safe for his wheelchair. One night, my mother confided that she had never spent so much time with my father in the entirety of their marriage. Cancer is not only a physical fight but a myriad of battles that accompany the diagnosis. Standing strong with my family through all of these hurdles has helped me to develop a comprehensive and unique perspective on the challenges that health issues bring to patients and their families.

My father has since returned to work in the ER, and continues to greet patients with a smile, grateful to be alive and healthy enough to practice medicine. Even before my father got sick, I was in love with medicine, too. From a young age, I questioned the world around me with a thirst for answers that never waned. As I learned body systems in anatomy and physiology, I looked at illness and injury as a puzzle waiting to be solved. When I was taking care of my dad, he told me I should look into PA school. He said “if you love medicine and actually want to spend time with patients, become a Physician Assistant.” In my time shadowing in the Emergency Department, I have found this to be very true. While the doctors intercept phone calls from specialists and chart lengthy notes, the PAs are in the room with patients, performing a review of symptoms or suturing lacerations all while keeping the patient informed and calm to ameliorate stress levels. The positive impact on the patient care experience is palpable. I want to apply the same compassion and understanding that I have acquired during my own family’s experiences and those from shadowing in the emergency room in order to better someone else’s health care experience.

Personal Statement Examples #11

“Whether you know it or not, you do have the power to touch the lives of everyone you encounter and make their day just a little bit better.” I once heard a resident named Mary console her peer who was feeling useless with this small piece of advice. Mary had lived at Lutheran Home for about 5 years. She had the warmest smile that spread across her face and seemed to tell a story. It was a smile that reminded me of the kind smile my grandmother used to have. I remember thinking that this woman truly amazed me and seemed to have an uncanny ability to comfort others. Mary was a selfless, compassionate woman that I admired very much. One day I learned that Mary had fallen while trying to transfer into the shower and had injured her arm and had hit her head. This incident, followed by more health issues, seemed to be the start to her declined orientation and abilities. Mary was put on bed rest, slowly began to lose her appetite and began to have pain. For the next few months, I was happy when I was assigned to care for Mary because the statement I had witnessed truly came to life. Mary was not always well taken care of and had no family visitors in her last days. Many times I would try to check in to ensure her comfort, sit with her in my free time or reproach Mary when she had refused a meal to get her to eat a little more. In the end, small things like holding her had, being there for her and talking to her undoubtedly made her day just a little better. Mary taught me to be patient, respectful and compassionate to each and every person I encounter and I have truly witnessed the improvement that this approach provides in the healing process. I believe that this manner is essential to being a remarkable physician assistant.

I first learned about the Physician Assistant career when I began working at University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, and the model resonated strongly with my life’s motivation. I am passionate about relationship building, quality time with people, and the flexibility to be a lifelong learner. I love the idea of a reduced burden on the PA’s because it allows focus on and development of their strengths. I know in my deepest core that this profession is what I am meant to do. Yes I am hardworking, ambitious and a team player, but what makes me distinctly qualified to pursue a professional degree as a physician assistant is my humanity and kindness that I have learned through my experiences. To me, a physician’s assistant serves her patients, her doctor and her community with respect and compassion.

There are an immeasurable amount of moments that I have experienced in patient care that have inspired my career choice. In memory of Mary, and every patient who has individually touched my everyday life I have found my passion with this humanity. I always take the time to be with my patients, understand their point of view, form a connection with them and give them the best quality care I can possibly provide. I have been involved in direct patient care in different settings for 3 years and find great joy every day I go to work. To be able to influence a person’s everyday life is a blessing and gives me my inner peace. There is no greater reward in life than to share your love and compassion with the world to make everyone else’s life just a little bit better.

Personal Statement Examples #12

My journey to Physician’s Assistant school started three years ago when my life was an utter mess. I was in an unsatisfying relationship, in a career that made me completely miserable, and I suffered from headaches everyday from the stress of dealing with these issues. I knew I was not where I was supposed to be in life.

I freed myself from my unsatisfying relationship. The timing may not have been perfect, as I ended the relationship two months before our wedding, but I know I saved myself years of heartache. Four months after ending my engagement, I was laid off from my job. Shortly after being laid off, I had a seizure due to the headache medicine that I had been taking everyday prior to being laid off. This confirmed to me that I needed a career change.

I have never been at a loss for ambition, but my recent experience gave me pause as to the direction I should go. One day a trusted advisor asked me if I had ever thought of becoming a doctor or a physician’s assistant. At first, I dismissed the idea because I knew not only would I have to go back to school, I would have to take challenging classes such as chemistry. The thought of taking chemistry and math-related classes intimidated me. The fear of financial and academic failure made me consider what I needed and wanted. After researching and comparing physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, I felt a genuine interest in the PA field. The length of time in school, the cost of schooling, the level of autonomy, and the ability to explore specialties are a few reasons why becoming a PA is appealing. For a time, I avoided making a decision for fear of making the wrong one. I especially wrestled with knowing that if I went back to school, I’d have to take classes that I took as an undergraduate over twelve years ago. However, indecision due to fear was robbing me of my time and thrusting into me paralyzing thoughts of what may never happen.

In the interest of challenging my fear, I decided to volunteer with a local fire and rescue station to obtain my EMT-B certification. Additionally, I began taking classes that I thought I might struggle with. Logically, I thought, if I could love being in this fast paced healthcare setting and continue to find the motivation to undertake some of the most challenging classes of my college career, I’d be reassured I was on the right path.

Returning to school was not easy. I did have to withdraw from college chemistry my first semester as I was overwhelmed with change. I was a bit rusty and needed to ease into the semester so that I could practice the habits that make me a great student. Once I found my footing, I enrolled in college chemistry again, and I really enjoyed it. I felt as if my mind was expanding and I was learning things that I once thought I could not easily learn. My confidence soared, and I wondered what all my apprehension and anxiety was about.

Obtaining my EMT-Basic certification, volunteering, and returning to school to conquer my most demanding classes to date has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life. Becoming an EMT-B has allowed me to learn fundamental healthcare such as conducting patient assessments and history, understanding anatomy and physiology concepts, and communicating with patients. The EMS field has rendered me more open-minded and tolerant, allowing me to treat people of all different socioeconomic status, education levels, and ethnicities. I have seen a very human side of people I otherwise would not.

I now have a clear picture of what I want, I’m driven and know what I want to achieve. I have grown professionally and personally while providing compassionate care to others and pushing myself to an extent that I did not think was possible. In addition, since returning to school I realize that I enjoy confronting my fears and I am better at challenging myself and learning new things than when I was in my teens and twenties. I am eager to take this desire to the next level, striving ever to enrich my life with the challenges that only a profession in the physician’s assistant field can bring.

Personal Statement Examples #13

My strongest memory of my “abuelita” involves her, in tears, recounting her fathers’ refusal to allow her to study medicine because she was a woman. Perhaps this story remains so clear on account of her dementia driven repetitiveness, but I suspect it was my emotional response of longing for a calling as strong as hers. Where we did share the same love of crossword puzzles and literature, I never felt physician was the right career for me- despite her grandmotherly insistence. Today I am confident that Physician Assistant (PA) is the answer to a question I have been asking myself for a long time now. What will I dedicate my life to? As a student oscillating between a career in medicine and international development it was unclear which path best fit my character and career goals. Following my passions led me to find the PA occupation. It is a combination of everything I am interested in: biology, health education and public service.

My fascination with the human body led me to major in Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This course of study inspired and challenged me as it combined my interest in biology and enthusiasm for problem solving. A Biochemistry course presented more of a challenge than others. I immediately retook the course learning a valuable lesson- that personal growth comes from challenges. With this lesson in mind I decided to enter post graduate life through the toughest challenge I could imagine- volunteering for two years in a third world country.
In an effort to pursue my interest in both health and international development I joined the Peace Corps. Furthermore this allowed me to work for an organization whose philosophy I could believe in. The Peace Corps attempts to make a real difference in the lives of real people. Within months of living in rural Ecuador I took notice and was inspired by the tangible and immediate impact made by medical professionals.

Eager to join them I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with a rural health clinic. Some of my responsibilities included taking patient histories and vital signs, providing hands on assistance to the gynecologist and developing a community health education program. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the research, creativity and problem solving it took to develop and implement health education that would really reach the people I was trying to help. Whether facilitating workshops, consulting in the clinic, or in home visits, I thrived on patient interaction with people from vastly different backgrounds. I found that one thing is universal; everyone wants to feel heard. A good practitioner first needs to be a good listener. I also found that my lack of medical knowledge at times left me feeling helpless like when I was unable to help a woman who approached me after a family planning workshop. We were in a community hours away from medical care. She had persistent vaginal bleeding since giving birth three months prior. It struck me that there was little I could do without a medical degree. This experience, and others like it, inspired me to further my education to become a medical practitioner.

Since my return from the Peace Corps I enthusiastically pursued the PA profession. I completed the remaining pre requisites with high marks, took an accelerated EMT course at UCLA, volunteered in the emergency room (ER) and shadowed a number of PAs. One PA, Jeremy, has been a particularly impactful role model. He maintains strong, trusting relationships with the patients. He is extremely knowledgeable, unhurried, and personable as he meets patient needs. It is no wonder they request him as their primary care practitioner and I hope to practice with the same skill one day. All of my shadowing experiences reaffirmed my career objectives most align with that of a PA, where I can focus on the care and treatment of my patients, without the added responsibility of owning my own business.

Whereas Peace Corps ignited my passion for a career in medicine and shadowing in the family practice opened my eyes to the PA profession, working as an emergency room technician (ER Tech) has cemented my desire to become a PA. In addition to my ER Tech duties I am a certified Spanish interpreter. Every day I am fortunate enough to work closely with a large staff of PAs, physicians and nurses. Often times I interpret for the same patient throughout their entire visit. Through these interactions I have developed a great deal of appreciation for the PAs. As they typically treat less acute patients they can spend more time on patient education. The most meaningful part of my job is ensuring patients receive quality medical care regardless of their language or education. An unexpected benefit has resulted from the doctors, PAs and nurses recognizing my enthusiasm for learning and sharing their medical knowledge to help me realize my dream of one day becoming a PA.

A theme of helping the medically underserved has developed over the course of my adult life. Unequivocally it is my calling to continue this gratifying work as PA in primary care. I am confident I will succeed in your program because of my dedication to finishing everything that I start and desire to learn. I am an exceptional candidate due to my multi-cultural perspective, years of experience in bilingual patient care and commitment to the physician assistant profession. Upon completion of Physician Assistant school I will be the first in my generation of 36 cousins to receive a graduate education. My abuelita would be brimming with pride.

Personal Statement Examples #14

Dirt. Coating the curve of my ear, the lining of my nostrils, and sticking to my overheated, salty skin; it’s present with every inhale of breath. The Mexican sun beats heat upon my sunburnt shoulders. A Spanish-speaking boy pulls me into the dirt to sit cross-legged across from each other while he teaches me a rhythmic hand-slapping game. I notice his leg is angled awkwardly as if he is compensating for a weak spot on his calf. Peering over his lap, I catch a glimpse of a silver dollar sized pus-filled bump. He shies away. Why should he trust a church volunteer building houses in Mexico? I’m powerless to help this young boy, powerless to heal him. I feel helpless.

Ice. Melting and seeping into woolen gloves, encasing my freezing fingers. The wind races across my cheeks, slips in the cracks of my jacket and scarf. I am in Detroit. The man with the bare, wrinkled hand grasps my arm with a crinkly smile. He is a veteran who feels more at home in this dark, concrete corner in downtown Detroit than any hospital. He bends to show me his swelling feet with red whelps racing along his shins. Why does he trust me? I am just a volunteer at a soup kitchen, powerless to heal him. I feel helpless.

Droplets. Clinging and racing down the tip of a large tropical leaf, splashing onto my arm through a rusty metal window. Horns honk. Bells dance. Touts clamor for my attention. Amid the wet, tropical heat, people move in every direction atop a carpet of trash lining the streets. I’m sitting on a crowded, sweltering bus outside Delhi, India. A young beggar drags himself up the metal steps of the bus. One elbow in front of the other, he slowly crawls up the aisle. He attempts to pull himself into my lap, dried blood and dirt matting his head, flies swarming his ears, thigh stumps dangling off the edge of the seat. Although I shouldn’t, I help him over my lap to the seat beside me, tears streaming down my face. Money will not help him. Money would just encourage him to persuade a few coins off the next tourist that comes along. I’m sure he trusts no one even though he pretends to engage me, for he sees me as a target rather than as a backpacker volunteering anywhere an extra set of hands is needed along my travels. I am powerless to heal him. I feel helpless.

All three of these experiences are just snapshots of the times I have felt helpless. Helplessness began as a child and older sister, coming from a single mother family with no health insurance, no college degrees and the emptiest cart in line at the local grocery store; helplessness has ended as I have risen above unlikely odds, returning to college after the experiences of volunteer work locally, across the U.S. and across the globe.

I have had the opportunity to work and volunteer in orphanages and local medical clinics serving the underprivileged within multiple countries. I have had a taste of what it is like to treat wounds, to assist in transporting the wounded, to sit comfortingly beside the bed of a woman with resistant tuberculosis as she took her last breaths. I have worked alongside many health professionals along the way, but the physician assistants stood out to me. They were versatile and compassionate, spending the majority of their time with the patients. Most adapted to every new circumstance and smoothly transitioned between specialties in the field. Every encounter with a patient or a physician assistant has fueled my ambition and fever for more knowledge and skills, leading me back to re-enrolling in college.

My transcript break between immature teenager and driven adult taught me inalienable concepts such as sacrifice, pain, hard work, appreciation, compassion, integrity and determination. I nurtured my passions and discovered my strengths and weaknesses. Six years after leaving college and four years after returning, I am now the first college graduate in my family, having worked my way through as a restaurant server depending on academic scholarships and tips. On each break in between semesters I have continued my volunteer work locally, in Thailand, and in Haiti. In the upcoming year, I have secured a position as an emergency room technician and will also complete a Pre-PA internship through Gapmedic in Tanzania in the spring to continue to prepare for a Physician Assistant Program.

In the memory of every human connection I have made along my journey, having both been a member of as wells as served the underprivileged, I will continue my drive and ambition toward Physician Assistant Studies in hopes I can continue to become a little less helpless.

Personal Statement Examples #15

When I look back over the last several years of my life, I never foresaw myself considering a second career. However, several exciting and fulfilling experiences that I had over the last few years have led to my decision to pursue dentistry as a career.

A future in the health care field was a natural choice for me, coming from a family of health care workers. I also had a flair for biology right from my school days and my interest in holistic medicine found me choosing a career in homeopathic medicine. I have striven hard to keep myself among the top 10% of the class and my curiosity and interest in the human body and diseases that affect it has grown by leaps and bounds during my years of homeopathic medical training.

The motivation behind me, to become a health care professional was being a victim to see the sufferings faced my Grand Father who was a lung cancer patient (mesothelioma). Since we were residing at a rural area in India, my Grand Father had to travel for more than 2 hours to get medical care. Shortness of breath due to pleural effusion, chest pain and the sufferings after chemotherapy, all these annoying hardship which he suffered motivated me of becoming a health care professional in future.

Moreover the kindness and care the Doctors, and other healthcare professionals showed towards him, made him to overcome the sufferings, had always motivated me to continue being passionate about my healthcare career in spite of all difficulties in this pathway. There was nothing the medicine can do in his late 80s, unless giving him support and joyful time in his remaining days. I still remember the Physician and his assistant who always visited him and advised to be bold and prepared to face everything. He trusted his care group .Their words made his last moments of death a peaceful one. From that day onwards, I had no other thought of what to become in future.

My fiance, a software engineer, had made plans to immigrate to the United States and pursue further training in Java. When I told him about my interest in medical field, he immediately encouraged me to apply to PA school once we reached America. After all, America was the land of opportunity- a place where you could set out to achieve whatever dreams you may have in your heart. During my husband’s training, he mentioned to me that he had several co-workers who were engineers or lawyers, who successfully made medicine their second career. Elated by his encouragement and excited about the prospect of becoming a PA, I planned to complete the prerequisites to PA school with a 4.0 GPA. I learned quickly to manage my time efficiently between taking care of my kids and studying for my course work.
My rotation in the holistic clinic in our final year of homeopathic school has also greatly influenced me. Life stress and unhealthy habits cause most of today’s illnesses. I found that although most physicians do an excellent job of counseling patients on which drugs to take, they spend little time talking about healthy life habits. The prospect of treating the patient as a whole rather than his or her complains alone was, to me, the way to go.

I am especially interested in being a physician assistant in the field of Internal Medicine. The physician assistant, to me, is like a detective, gathering all the clues and arriving at a logical diagnosis. Since it is so broad, and since its sub-specialties are so well developed, I believe that Internal Medicine is the most challenging of all specialties

Charisma is a trait difficult to learn but from my childhood days, I have practiced to gain very quickly the attention, respect and trust of others by a good smile. Being a good team player, excellent communication skills, my passion and my dedication helped me providing good quality care to my patients. The rewards that come from improving the patients’ quality of life have motivated me to become an influential and successful healthcare professional and I assure this would add to my Physician assistant Program as well.

With all these experiences in medical field and my intense desire to continue as a healthcare professional, I hope, specifically, Physician Assistant would be a perfect match. Patience and persistence are essential twins needed in healthcare profession and hope I have achieved it during my clinical experience. Through my healthcare experiences, I have grown not only as healthcare professional, but also an individual. I have become a great listener, an assertive partner, and a positive worker to the patients and healthcare team which are important attributes for a Physician Assistant. Determination, perseverance and hard work have taught me how to succeed throughout life. Along with my passion for medicine and healing people, my desire to provide quality care to underserved communities, my life experiences have shaped my values and beliefs into the person I am today which has motivated me to be an influential and successful Physician Assistant in future.

I am very much attracted to the career of being a Physician Assistant. I want to help as many people as I can. The medical field is not easy in any way; from the vigorous studying to the emotional attachment to a patient. I know that I am prepared, and will be even more equipped once a Physician Assistant. I believe ‘The future should always be seen as bright and optimistic. I always believe in positive thinking. The Power of Positive Thinking, I prefer the positives in my personal and everyday lives. I want to become a Physician Assistant to provide excellent healthcare for my patients. With all my experiences inside and outside of the United States, I strongly believe that I will make a great Physician Assistant.
Having lived and studied in Middle east (Dubai and Abudhabi), India and now in the United States, I can speak Malayalam, Hindi and English and I believe that I can enrich the cultural diversity of the class. To become a Physician Assistant, requires life-long hard work, persistence, patience, dedication and above all, the right kind of right temperament. I believe that my training in homeopathic medicine gives me a unique and different perspective on patient care, that when combined with my training as a Physician Assistant can be invaluable in delivering excellent patient care. I hope to not only treat my patients, but also their family member’s wounded spirits.

I look forward to the next stage in my professional life with great enthusiasm. Thank you for your consideration.

Personal Statement Examples #16

 

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From an older sister caring for seven little sibling to an in-charge paramedic, my life has been full of unique experiences that have molded me into the healthcare provider I am today. I never thought I would seek to further my education past a baccalaureate level, after all, my higher education was supposed to prepare me for an inevitable role as a stay-at-home wife and mother. However, working as a paramedic and earning a degree Emergency Health Sciences has awoken a passion for medicine that drives me forward. As I work on the ambulance I am constantly plagued by my desire to do more for my patients. This insatiable desire to expand my knowledge in order to effectively help the ill and injured provides my motivation for becoming a physician assistant.

As the second oldest in a family of nine children, homeschooled in a small religious subculture, my academic journey has been anything but normal. My parents taught me to be both an independent learner and a teacher to my siblings. Although my parents emphasized rigorous academics, my time as a child was split balancing schoolwork and caring for my younger siblings. I poignantly remember sitting at the kitchen table teaching myself biology late into the evening, tired after a long day of babysitting my siblings. I tried to study earlier, but my mother had been busy, leaving me with little time for school until the children were tucked into bed. As I struggled to stay awake the thought of a career in the medical field seemed like a pipe dream. Little did I know, those days spent studying index cards while cooking dinner and wiping little noses taught me invaluable skills in time management, responsibility, and empathy. These skills have proven to be the key to success in both my education and career as a paramedic.

After I completed my EMT-Basic certification in high school, I knew my future lay in the medical field. In an attempt to follow my parents’ requirement to enter a course of study deemed “appropriate” for a woman, I began pursuing a degree in nursing. During the first semester of my freshman year, my family fell on difficult financial times and I had to develop a backup plan. Feeling the weight of responsibility to ease the financial strain on my family, I utilized credit by exam to test out of my remaining core curriculum and entered a fast-paced paramedic program.

Becoming a paramedic has proven to be the most formative decision in my life thus far. As the youngest in-charge paramedic at my company, I once again felt a heavy weight of responsibility as I stretched my leadership skills to new levels. Not only is the in-charge paramedic responsible for patient care decisions, my EMT partner and local first responders look to me for direction and scene management. The skills I acquired caring for my family have served me well, as I was recently promoted to a field training officer. Not only has my job allowed me to break free from the familial constraints that hindered a career in medicine, it has taught me the true purpose of healthcare. Emergency medicine is not merely a job; it is an opportunity to touch the lives of others during times of pain and suffering. The physical, mental, and emotional stress of being a paramedic pushes me to a critical level where I am forced to overcome these obstacles or fail my patients. Faced with chaos and life and death situations I must garner all my time management and mental capacities to provide rapid, accurate, and empathetic care to my patients. These challenges have sharpened my intellect, but more importantly they have made me a stronger and more compassionate person.

Interacting with individuals of all ages and walks of life has caused my studies to come alive and fuels my desire to continue my education as a physician assistant. Diseases are no longer a list of diagnostic criteria in a textbook; they take on faces and names with tangible struggles and symptoms. These experiences have opened my eyes to a level of suffering too compelling to dismiss. I must be more and know more so that I may do more. Working with these patients, I feel restrained by my knowledge and skill level. I once thought that earning my degree in emergency medicine would serve to break these restraints, but the opposite has occurred. The more I learn the more I realize how vast the study of medicine is, and my ardor to continue my education grows. Becoming a physician assistant is my opportunity to break these restraints and continue onward in a life dedicated to learning and service to the ill and injured.

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