Scott Reifschneider

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

What advice would you like to share with prospective students?

Ask lots of questions! Try to take advantage of the time you spend getting your healthcare experience hours. The doctors, nurses, and other ancillary staff really gave me good advice that helps in school and in the real world after graduation.

Why do you want to be a PA?

I was a Paramedic before starting the DMU Program. The time I spent with emergent patients was important, but very brief. I really wanted a deeper involvement in healthcare application, and a Physician Assistant career is just that.

What are your extracurricular activities?

I have to do something physical after sitting in a lecture hall all day. I hit the Wellness Center with several classmates every day, we have a group to play Ultimate Frisbee every week. In other areas, I am the class Vice President, active in the student government, and would really like to travel with the overseas Medical Outreach Programs.

Why did you choose DMU?

The culture at DMU was the strongest factor for me. The campus was easy to navigate, the professors are available if you ever need help, and Des Moines always has something going on when you get the chance to go have some fun.

What are your career objectives?

Family Practice gives the most variety and has the greatest need. My sights are there for now, but I am staying open minded in case clinical rotations show me something that really clicks with me.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

I really like the Downtown Farmer’s Market. You can find everything from fresh tomatoes, to home-style BBQ, to wheatgrass shots.

Were you surprised by anything in the program?

The pace of the material is the toughest part. The best analogy I’ve heard came from Dr. Baldus, “Med School is like drinking form a fire-hose!” They weren’t kidding either, but you’re given the tools to get through it.