The day has finally come. Time to put on the long white coat.
To a lot of people, a job is just a job. A way to make money. A necessary part of life.
I’ve held a few jobs in my past, but today I can officially say that I’m starting my career as a PA. A job that I have been working towards since I started college. A job where I will use my knowledge about medical conditions and illnesses and ways to treat them in order to better the lives of patients. A job I’m truly passionate about.
For those of you that have been following along for the past few years, you know that I started this blog to document my time in PA school. You may know that it was stressful, challenging, and gave me some serious anxiety at times, but was all worth it in the end. Medicine was the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do and everything to this point has been a stepping stone to making this dream a reality.
After applying to jobs for months and hearing that some companies “didn’t want to hire new grads,” it was easy to get frustrated. I’m so glad that I went the extra mile to physically mail my resume and cover letters (yes, the old school way) to multiple offices in the area which resulted in a phone call that ultimately led to a job offer. And not just any job, but a job in dermatology, the field I’d only hoped to get into after a couple years of working. Crazy how things work out sometimes.
This next few weeks will be a big transition for me which means I may or may not be able to post as regularly as I’d like. Even though school is over I still have SO much to learn, especially since I’m working in a specialty. I have stacks full of office handbooks, clinical manuals, and procedure protocols to dive into over the next few weeks. And I mean STACKS.
Today it has all come full circle. From learning about the profession in high school to taking prerequisites in college. From working to gain hands-on patient experience to receiving my acceptance letter from Campbell. From my first day of clinicals to receiving my diploma. And now from passing the PANCE to starting my first job, I can only be thankful for the opportunities that have come my way and also proud of myself for working hard and making my dreams happen. So… Here goes nothing. Wish me luck!