Jill Paulsen

Class: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – Class of 2014

What advice would you like to share with prospective students?

My advice to prospective studies is to shadow as many PAs in as many different specialties as possible.  Being around PAs that love their job and love to teach will help you decide if the PA program is a right fit for you.

Why do you want to be a PA?

I love interacting with people. I want to be a PA because I want to have the opportunity to build relationships with patients and help educate them to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

What are your extracurricular activities?

I am currently a student ambassador, and I plan on becoming involved in the DMU Mobile Clinic.

Why did you choose DMU?

DMU sold me completely in my interview. The atmosphere was so welcoming and I was so impressed with the exceptional facilities. I really like that DMU is a smaller campus and that the entire campus is focused on medicine.

What are your career objectives?

When I finish the PA program, I hope to work in a rural family practice clinic in an area in need in Iowa.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I’m not studying, I make an effort to spend time with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I try to give mind a break at night and leisurely read before going to bed.

Were you surprised by anything in the program?

I was really surprised by how much the PA class works as a team. Everyone is so willing to tutor a struggling student and spend extra time reviewing material. We really want each other to succeed.