Always positive and incredibly dedicated, Jonathan is a Physician Assistant Student nearing the end of his program and ready to jump headfirst into his career (despite it being in the middle of a global medical crisis and all). In fact, he’s excited — excited to help, to heal and to share his experiences as he dives in. We’re pretty darn excited for him, too.
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021, I FEEL MOST HOPEFUL ABOUT A WIDELY ACCESSIBLE AND EFFECTIVE COVID-19 VACCINE.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT?
Having always been fascinated by medicine, my decision to become a Physician Assistant actually stemmed from an encounter I had with one while I was a patient. I was a firsthand witness of the integral role that PAs play in the comprehensive care of their patients. After shadowing multiple PAs who all spoke highly of the profession, I knew it was the route for me!
WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR FIELD?
The best part about being a PA is the lateral mobility that the profession provides. The flexibility to delve into different specialties without additional schooling is a huge benefit for providers who are interested in multiple areas of medicine!
WHAT IS A STEREOTYPE THAT IS UNTRUE ABOUT PA’S?
A common misconception about Physician Assistants is that they simply “assist the Physician.” However, this is not the case. PAs are competent health care professionals licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states. While each PA is appointed to a supervising Physician the majority of the care that a PA provides is done autonomously!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF THIS YEAR, AND WHERE HAVE YOU FELT THE MOST POSITIVE GROWTH?
The most inspiring part of this year was the amount of activism and widespread sense of community regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
WHEN YOU LOOK FORWARD TO 2021 WHAT DO YOU FEEL MOST HOPEFUL ABOUT?
Looking forward to 2021, I feel most hopeful about a widely accessible and effective COVID-19 vaccine.