What is your advice for prospective students?
Don’t stress out too much; whether you’re coming to interview or you’re starting school soon. If you are a hard working motivated person it will show. School is hard and busy but definitely doable. Enjoy the fact that you are starting a path to an awesome career!
Why do you want to be a PA?
I have two passions in this life, health care and my family. Being a PA was a perfect fit for both. I get to treat and diagnose patients and I get to have time for my family. The more I learned about PA s the more I wanted to be one.
What are your career objectives?
Right now I’m still open to the opportunities. I am leaning towards orthopedic surgery because I like surgery and sports medicine. Family medicine is also really intriguing because of the wide range of patients I would be working with.
What do you do when you’re not studying?
I spend all my free time with my wife and kid and friends I have made here in the PA program. We’ve visited many areas in Iowa and neighboring states. But mainly doing anything that gives my brain a break is always fun.
What is a typical day like as a student at DMU?
I wake up a 6 a.m. study until 7 a.m. I get ready for school and leave at 7:15 a.m. Arrive at 7:45ish and settle in for lecture from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with a one hour break for lunch at noon). Go home and eat dinner and hang out with the family until 8 p.m. From 8 p.m. to 10 I study some more and then I go to bed and dream of bacterial infections or whatever I’ve been studying that day.
Why did you select DMU?
I loved what I saw when I interviewed here. The faculty was welcoming and nice. Compared to the other places I interviewed I felt the most relaxed here. The resources they have here are really nice. The anatomy lab, Sim lab, and surgical skills lab were all very impressive. I felt I could get the best education here. I also felt it was a good place to bring my family.
Were you surprised by anything in the program?
The fact that 50 strangers can come together and form a unified goal to graduate has been pretty surprising. My whole professional education has been competitive. But here we all want to survive PA school together. Everyone is will to give a helping hand to make sure the other person succeeds. That is really cool.