Why did you choose your specific health professional career? It was a late decision; I decided when I was a junior in college. Actually the Minority Affairs Office at the University of Arizona College of Medicine introduced me to medicine. Until then, I didn’t think of it as a career. So they kind of exposed me to the idea of a health care career. Eventually, I decided to pursue medicine and to go on to become a physician.
Why did you choose your specific health professional career? I chose to enter the Physician Assistant (PA) field, after contemplating applying for medical school. I decided that medical school would be overbearing for my then 3 year old daughter. PA school, although extremely intense, is only a two year program. Other factors I found inviting were that: there is no residency upon graduation, there is flexibility in switching specialties, and you still have the opportunity to practice autonomously.
Why did you choose your specific health professional career? I have always been a “counselor” and especially enjoyed talks while making art. I had also sustained a spinal cord injury when I was 14, which forced my family to move out of our village and into a city. I remember how I held onto the cultural arts as my way to cope with the separation from our village and our traditions.