It's been almost 15 years that I graduated with my Masters of Health Sciences from Duke University. Back then, I could have never predicted that my professional life would have been put on hold to raise a family, but through the support of my dedicated husband, that is exactly what I did. I love being a stay-at-home mom and am grateful every day for the chance I have to be here for my kids. When the time comes to focus on my career once again, my hope is to find a practice that complements my commitments to both career and family.
For those of you not familiar with the role of a Physician Assistant in medical practice, PA's are specially trained, mid-level providers of medical care that are able to diagnose and treat disease, as well as write prescriptions (including controlled substances), order and interpret laboratory studies, and develop and implement patient care plans. They are required to maintain a high level of competency by passing an initial national certification exam, and recertifying every 2 years via the submission of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and every 7 years by the successful completion of a written recertifying examination. PAs can be found in all areas of medicine including, but not limited to Family Practice and Pediatrics. Many of my colleagues from graduate school have in fact chosen a specialty area of practice, such as Orthopedics, Cardiology or Surgery. PAs are recognized as important members of the health care team and are employed in a variety of settings.