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My Journey from Undergraduate to the MMI: Persistence, Preparation, and Confidence

Graduating from undergraduate studies is a significant milestone for any student, but for me, it was just the beginning of a new chapter in my educational journey. After completing my undergraduate degree, I set my sights on pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant (PA). In this blog post, I will share my experiences of taking prerequisites for PA school, applying to a program, facing rejection, gaining valuable work experience, and finally achieving success. Through persistence, preparation, and confidence, I was able to turn my dreams into reality.

After completing my undergraduate biology degree, I knew that I needed to fulfill the prerequisites required for PA school. I dedicated the following year to taking the necessary courses, which included subjects like anatomy, physiology I &II, and OChem II lab (eww). This period of intense academic focus laid the foundation for my future success in the field of healthcare. This was such an easy year.

With my prerequisites completed, I eagerly applied to a PA program. I submitted the very last day.. because I'm a terrible procrastinator. I was thrilled to receive an invitation for an interview, which was a major step towards my goal. However, despite my best efforts, I did not secure a spot in the program. uHere is the reason why! I thought I could just breeze right through the MMI. I watched a handful of videos on youtube about it and thought I was ready. I would say I practiced about 5 hours total leading up to the interview. To the point, it was not enough. I was placed on the waiting list but never got a call back. Though initially disheartened, I refused to let this setback deter me from pursuing my dream.

During the year that followed, I decided to gain more practical experience in the medical field while preparing for my next application cycle. I secured a position in a clinical trials lab. This experience not only allowed me to apply my knowledge but also provided invaluable insights into the daily responsibilities of a lab tech. Its a whole world I never knew about. Highly recommend working in a lab so you can actually see what specimens they get and how its really not their fault when results do not go out. Its usually a mislabeled specimen or no name specimen or in the wrong tube... I can go on and on. Anywho, I seized every opportunity to learn, grow, and expand my skillset there.

As I prepared for my second application cycle, I knew that I needed to ace the interview to stand out among other applicants. Determined to leave a lasting impression, I turned to various resources. One of the most influential factors in my preparation was a book I read, which provided valuable insights into the interview process. Amazon affiliate link below. I also practiced extensively in front of the mirror, refining my communication skills and body language. Additionally, I sought the feedback and support of my coworkers, who helped me polish my interview techniques. Through these efforts, I gained the confidence needed to present myself as a capable and aspiring PA.

Armed with newfound confidence and a refined interview approach, I reapplied to the PA program. To my delight, I was invited for an interview once again. This time, however, I performed outstandingly, leaving a lasting impression on the interviewers. There was about 10 MMI doors and the topics ranged from "Whats a PA?", to Ethical clinical situations to filling out an anatomy page! The combination of my academic background, practical experience, and preparation paid off, as I was offered a spot in the PA program. The exhilaration I felt upon receiving the acceptance letter was immeasurable.

My journey from being an undergraduate to becoming a PA student has been one of perseverance, preparation, and self-belief. Despite facing initial rejection, I utilized the year in between to gain valuable work experience and refine my interview skills. By embracing the importance of preparation, practicing diligently, and exuding confidence during the interview, I was able to fulfill my dream of becoming a PA. This experience has taught me the significance of persistence and the power of self-assurance. As I embark on this new chapter in my life, I am confident that my journey will serve as a source of inspiration for others who are pursuing their dreams in the field of healthcare.

Act like you already got in to PA school when you are at the MMI! Confidence is a must!

Happy interviewing!!

The book that got me in. (Shout out to Timmy who recommended it)

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