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  1. Hi Christopher!

    Excited to see your posts, as I just started my first year of PA school. Good info and tips. Hope all is well with you currently going into 2nd year!

    – Luke

  2. Hi Marisa!
    I’m interested in the PA Program and I was looking into the University of Portland to start my undergrad. Does UP have a good program to prepare me to get into a PA program? What was your experience like? Thank you!

  3. Thank you for sharing. It has warmed my heart to understand and know how respectful Team Ruthie was towards this very generous woman.

  4. Nicely said. I paused while reading your post as I recalled experiencing similar lessons learned as a member of Class One! This new found wisdom will serve you well in your PA future–recall these times frequently and use the lessons learned often.

  5. Such good advice, Marisa! I wish I had written a letter to the “Future Me” as I know my perspective changed tremendously from student to professional status – and not always for the better. this is a good reminder to stay true to yourself and the patient’s best care.

  6. Hi Adalie!

    I’m super stoked about my interview next week and cannot wait until I can be where you are.

    I know each student is different, but how much “free time” does the typical PA student have to “drink beer and laugh” with classmates or engage in other activities. I’m an avid runner and cyclist and part of what attracts me to attending school at OHSU is the countless scenic trails etc.

  7. Hi Joseph,

    Great post…reading it has made me want to attend OHSU even more. I am really inspired by the university’s commitment to serving rural/disadvantaged communities.

    I’m a prospective PA student and was wondering if you would be able to tell me about the selection process for the rural campuses. I recently applied for the SHOI scholarship-are selections based on recipients or are the two unrelated?

  8. Very insightful Marisa!

    I have an upcoming interview for the PA program at OHSU and wanted to ask you a few questions based on your post…

    How close/far are clinical rotations from the campus. Is a vehicle needed for most? Are the majority of rotations in rural/underserved communities or do many assignments occur within OHSU facilities?

    P.S. I work as a scribe at an urgent care clinic and we all got a kick out of the “struck by duck” Dx code. :-)


  9. Thank you all for the comments! I appreciate the feedback and accolades. But really, all the thanks should go to the providers to the providers who are out there in the community. There are a lot of caring people out in Coos Bay and other communities and they definitely made us feel welcomed and appreciated. A note for Tami: I didn’t see any pediatric patients as my rotation was in internal medicine but Dr. McKelvey or Dr. Deleon would be good resources from North Bend Medical Center to talk to about pediatric rural health. All the best, ~Joseph

  10. I would love to hear about any of your experiences with pediatric patients, if any, and also any strengths or assets you noted in the community.

  11. Joseph – your eloquent description of your experiences with the rural community and interprofessional teams moved me. You are a wonderful ambassador for meeting patients where they are, and recognizing that while we can’t “fix” everything, we can do our best to make things better. Thanks for sharing this!

  12. Thank you for an honest reflection of your experience and thank you for caring for our rural communities.

  13. What a wonderful post! Thank you for your work and contribution to our community.

  14. What an wonderful story! I am new to OHSU, and when I hear a story such as this, it fills me with such gratefulness to be part of an organization that is doing such amazing things to reach those that are in need. Thank you for sharing your experience Joseph, and I wish you continued success!

  15. Great perspective! I plan to quote you and use that term – “hyperlipitensabetes”
    And I hope we can bring you to Klamath sometime!

  16. This is a great story and makes me smile. Sounds like a very successful start!

  17. Fantastic, Joseph! So great to hear about the experiences you and your student colleagues are having. It sounds wonderful, enriching, and humbling.

  18. Hi Adalie, Congrats on your journey at OHSU. I am a current applicant and have been invited to interview at OHSU. Do you have any advice and share your process for preparing for your interview at OHSU. Thanks, Cierra

  19. Nicely done, Lauren!

  20. Great snapshot of your trip. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Chris, thank you for your practical, helpful thoughts. As a pen and paper PA, I am glad to see you embracing the positive side of technology!

  22. Lauren, thank you for your wonderful summary of what it is like to be in your shoes. I know that “imposter syndrome” is inevitable in self-aware practice, but I am not at all surprised to hear you had a very successful mentoring session. Keep up the great work!

  23. Hi!
    Thanks for the advice!
    Will you be sitting down with more applicants this Friday the 23rd?? I would love to pick your brain in person! Let me know and if not maybe I can pick your brain via good ol’ email. Can’t wait to be where you are, on the other side of the interviews 😉

  24. OneNote is my precioussss . . . .

  25. Well put, Madame Le Bling!

  26. Great advice, Chris!

  27. What a cool trip! Jealous of the owl cafe. Now /that/ seems like a neat place to hang out.

  28. Adalie,
    Great to see your thoughts in print.I appreciate your sense of humor and positive attitude. It will get you and your classmates far!

  29. What a great post. Thanks for sharing your experiences. -Kathleen

  30. I know exactly where you were since I just did my first PA rotation there. An amazing experience and I too felt a kinship with the town folk immediately. I wanted to have an hour to talk to some of the patients about their very interesting lives. I admired how the medical providers knew their patients so well and their entire families. And as rural as it was it still had the modern tools and abilities to properly take care of almost any situation. My whole experience was a snapshot example of what rural medicine can be. I miss that place to this day!

  31. I’m glad you enjoyed my hometown as much as I do. – Emily Med19

  32. Hi David,

    Welcome to my world! I have been a solo family doc for over 30 years now. The relationships you develop with your patients are priceless. I am a dinosaur in today’s world of high tech and EMRs. I still have paper charts and I actually look my pts. in the eye when they are talking to me. I am NOT focused on the computer screen entering my notes. Continue to enjoy your rural experience.

  33. Hi Marisa!

    I am applying to PA schools this cycle, and I have been working in Women’s Health as a Medical Assistant, and would like to continue working in that field after becoming a PA. I am interested in OHSU, and was wondering if you could give me some insight into the program and student life. Thank you!


  34. I am a current paramedic considering becoming a PA. I really liked this post, lots of wisdom and insight into the life of a PA student. Keep trecking on kind sir.


  35. Great article.

  36. Well, I can’t disagree.

  37. Josh: this was a great read. Thank you. The impact of Match Day is far and wide.

  38. Nicely said, all of it. Although I no longer work in research or hard science, I get angry and feel hopeless when I hear these stories. Your dying plant analogy is apt, and I hope that we can revive it somehow.

  39. Thank you for writing this.

  40. Thank you so much for writing about this topic. It’s great to hear an opinion on these scandals from OHSU students.

  41. Really enjoyable commentary I loved it, thank you for talking about this very important subject! Keep it up

  42. Thank you for this thoughtful article! You brought in so many of the big examples that have hit home for me, but the most painful experiences are the personal ones that women in science encounter routienly. They may not be as blatant as a Nobel laureate’s comments on an international stage, but they lay the insidious foundation for deep inequity. I am proud that you are one of our graduate students, and that you are challenging the narrative.

  43. Thank you for putting this into words! And congratulations on your publication in Nature!!

  44. Further and equally as remarkable is the fact that male scientists hire “good looking” females in their labs. Actually heard a PI state that he prefers the good looking ones and for this person it is a prerequisite for hiring.

    You are correct that this is an illness and getting rid of the symptoms does not cure. I think it will take a few more generations and a lot of language and attitude training before this is ‘healed’.

  45. Very well written. I liked how you played around with crying! Great thoughts about perception of women.

  46. Incredibly well stated, Christie! Thank you.

  47. Great essay.

  48. Great article, Christie — kept me laughing. You are a very entertaining writer — would like to hear you present someday!

  49. Simply brilliant! On behalf of all (women) scientists, THANK YOU!

  50. Bravo!



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