Answers to Pre-PA Questions #2By
Here is one of my most recent questions.
i am a sophomore and aspiring to become a PA. I speak Spanish fairly well. I have been thinking about what to do for my 1000+ hours of hands on patient care… ultimately if i become a PA i want to do medical missions in other countries. i was wondering what you think of the idea of after getting by undergraduate degree, working with a medical missions team in a hospital in a Hispanic country for a year to achieve 1000+ patient care hours?
Here is what I believe. This could be a great idea! If you do direct patient care – taking blood pressures, translating for providers, working as an aid are all great ideas. While you are doing this, you need to get some experience with PA’s so you understand their role on a medical team and how they function in the USA. You need to know these things when you apply.
If you are a PA reading this or are a PA student we want to know what you advise. In your experience, is this a good plan for this college sophomore? I say, it could be but we want to hear what you think. Leave us a comment at the end of this post.