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Student Testimonials

 

Tiffany MillsStephanie Trent Jared Litty
Andrew Williams
Valerie Taylor
Corynn
Haberski
Tiffany Mills
Jordan
Grady
Tiffany Mills
Keith
Groach
Dayne Delabastide
Marla
Eddins
         
Jared Litty
Stephan Simon
Tiffany Mills
Haig
Dodakian
Tiffany Mills
Chris
Cain
Tiffany Mills
Stewart
Harsant
Tiffany Mills
Leslie
Lovette

Tiffany Mills
Cassandra Monto
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Jared Litty
Anastasia Renz
Tiffany Mills
Khaddija Sanyang
Tiffany Mills
Cleatus Steele
Tiffany Mills
Andrea Sumner
Tiffany Mills
Trey
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Stephanie Trent, PA-S

Class of 2013
West Jefferson, NC
UNC at Wilmington

Finding the perfect PA school can be a daunting process. My experience in searching for a school was nothing short of this, until my Methodist PA program interview. The mission statement of the program, paired with emphasizing the quality of a clinical based medical education told me I had chosen the right place. The supportive faculty and staff, technologically advanced cadaver lab, PANCE pass rates, and clinical opportunities were major deciding factors just to name a few.

The faculty is invested in ensuring they provide the most clinically relevant curriculum, and their passion for teaching really manifests in the didactic year. The teaching styles of each faculty member are unique, which fosters and encourages development of our own style of methodologies in practice. The cornerstone to this program truly is the knowledge, experience and driving force that is the faculty. The curriculum is rigorous and challenging to put it meekly, but their influence and continued encouragement make it achievable.

Updated facilities that continuously integrate technology into the curriculum, make access to learning materials effortless. MUPAP's dedication to incorporating technology into teaching medicine, demonstrated to me a good grasp on where technology is taking the medical field. The cadaver lab is unlike any in the nation, and is an experience I will never forget. The opportunity to dissect a cadaver coupled with the curriculum, cemented human anatomy and physiology as an important foundation to my medical education.

The small class size allows for a more individualized education and promotes student interactions. The benefits of a high faculty to student ratio are echoed on the program's PANCE scores. Though I have not yet begun clinical rotations, the reputation of MUPAP in the community, assures me I will be well prepared for my experiences. I look forward to what the next year has in store, and I could not be more satisfied with my decision to attend Methodist.

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Andrew Williams, PA-S

Class of 2013
Springfield, OR
W. Christian College

To move across the country for this program was a no brainer. The MU PAP has a cadaver lab that is unshared by any other program, with access whenever you want, class size is small as to allow personal relationships with professors and faculty, and the program boasts an extremely good PANCE pass rate.

The cadaver lab is large and accommodating. Each individual table is equipped with a computer monitor that can be extended and rotated to show dissection techniques, search for pertinent information, and seen by each member of the group. The computers have the ability to be synced with the instructor's camera that overhangs his cadaver to show technique. The lab is not shared with any other program or students, so I have been able to go in on my own time to do further dissection and visualize how an organ or system sits in relation to an actual human. Working with an actual cadaver allowed me to visualize and conceptualize the orientation of every organ in respect to the rest of the body, something a book with pictures could not do.

It was important for me to find a program that had faculty that cared about my education and was willing to build a relationship with me. Having a small class size has made me more than a face in the crowd to professors. They know me by name, and will stop me outside of class to ask how my grasp with the material is coming or ask how I am doing personally. Having professors that are invested in my learning, wanting to build a relationship with me, teach in a way that allows a large amount of information to be processed quickly, and most importantly believe in and support me.

I did not know how important it was before I got here, how much time a professor puts into preparing for each class. Before coming to MU PAP I had gotten used to generic lectures that had an hour or two of prep time. The lectures in my first semester have been organized and packed with information that is structured so as to get the most out of every day. Each lecture has seen multiple hours of preparation.

Being part of the MU PAP has been challenging, rewarding, and allowed for a sense of camaraderie among my fellow students. I wouldn't change being here for anything.

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Corynn Haberski, PA-S

Class of 2013
Hickory, NC
UNC at Chapel Hill

As I considered my decision to attend Methodist University there were several distinguishing elements that made this an exceptional program. As I went through the interview process it was evident to me the strong passion and dedication the faculty and staff have for their profession. All instructors actively practice medicine within the community allowing them to incorporate firsthand clinical experience while providing a strong foundation of knowledge. Lectures are dynamic and challenging and are designed to encourage group discussions and innovative thinking. The faculty's enthusiasm, commitment, and rapport provide me with a confident feeling that this is the best education available. It is evident their mission is to cultivate that same sense of passion, integrity, and respect in future health care providers and it is evident to me that their interest is in my success!

The program's unrivaled medical facilities and technology were another distinguishing factor that helped in my decision. State-of-the-art equipment provides learning opportunities that strengthen our knowledge and hands-on experience. Not only do we have full access to resources for studying but we also utilize laboratory time where we expand on concepts presented in lecture. In cadaver lab we collaborate in small groups of four students as we explore, research, and discover the human body. Individual computer monitors allow us to reference medical journals, online texts, and laboratory manuals. Through the use of high definition cameras we can observe the instructor's station and learn valuable techniques. My learning experience in the anatomy lab proved to be far superior than what is offered in similar PA programs and the impact it has made to my understanding of the science of medicine is profound.

As a biology major from UNC-Chapel Hill, I experienced large lecture classes and a distance between educators and their students. While I received an exceptional education and a large campus experience, I desired a more intimate and personal approach to my graduate school studies. Methodist's small class size fosters the development of dynamic relationships and an environment of teamwork. Instead of a competitive environment where students' success is measured by division we have developed a tight-knit community of support and a sense of camaraderie. Our goal as a class is to become competent and compassionate health care providers and our philosophy is "we're going to achieve our goal together!" I am now living the challenge, the success, and the accomplishments of my decision and I look forward to the day that I can say I am a graduate of the program!

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Jordan Grady, PA-S

Class of 2013
Erwin, NC
Methodist University

When I first came to Methodist as an undergraduate student I quickly realized this was the perfect place for me. The preparation for PA school seemed overwhelming at times, but my professors in the MU Biology program were always available to quickly answer my questions and help me with anything. The administrative staff in the PA program led me step by step though the application process and promptly answered any of my concerns.

Once in the program, I realized the faculty were the number one strength of the program. Students recognize from the first week how rigorous the course load can be, but each of us was reassured by the faculty they were here to help us succeed. Having professors who push you to your limit, while ensuring your success, is critical to your development and growth in PA school. Furthermore, the main goal of our faculty is to teach relevant, clinical medicine so we can become the best clinician possible. Our program strives to create an enjoyable, non-competitive learning environment that encourages teamwork with your classmates. This teamwork concept translates well in our clinical year, but is most evident in the abilities of our graduates. They have been prepared to enter into their careers and surpass expectations not only in their knowledge of medicine, but in their abilities to work cohesively along side other health care providers.

Many of the faculty were founders and/or graduates of the program. They and the university's administration take great pride in Methodist University and our program. This passion is apparent in the facilities that have been provided. Our new lecture hall and cadaver lab are equipped with state-of- the-art technology that rivals or exceeds most medical schools. My class was the first to experience cadaver dissection in the new anatomy lab and I cannot imagine learning clinical oriented human anatomy without these opportunities.

I feel very honored to be a part of this program and to be taught by such a dynamic group of physicians and PAs. The Methodist University PA program was the perfect choice for me not only because of its high academic standards and expectations, but because the faculty strive to make you the best health care provider. I could not imagine another program I would rather be in than the Methodist University Physician Assistant program. It's a great day to be a Monarch!

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Keith Groach, PA-S

Class of 2013
Germantown, Ohio
Wake Forest University

If you find yourself reading this testimonial, you are probably in one of three categories: 1) researching schools for a relative, 2) researching your program's "competition", or 3) you're a student digging through volumes of information trying to find the one thing about a PA program that makes it the right choice for you. I was in the third, and to be brutally honest, Methodist University's PA program made the first cut because it was south of the Mason-Dixon line, and I was tired of winter weather!

All joking aside, there are hundreds of PA programs in the US to apply to, and several in North Carolina, each with the same end product - graduating as a certified Physician Assistant. So what's so important about the school you choose if you will end up with the same letters after your last name as the next person graduating from PA school? In this case, the importance is not the destination...it's the journey.

Sure, Methodist University boasts small class sizes and PANCE passing rates that rival the top-ranked schools. And since you are reading this testimonial, you probably already know about the state-of-the-art lecture hall and human anatomy lab (with a surgical camera/computer system that interfaces with more than 12 different computers at separate dissection stations). But did you know the facilities are so top-notch that other medical schools and physician assistant schools frequently take tours to learn how to improve their program?

Despite the brand new buildings, and the outstanding PANCE scores (five perfect scores from the class of 2011) - it would make little difference if it were not for the faculty making it all possible. The program ensures each faculty member and class lecturer is still medically practicing so they teach real-world clinical medicine. And each of those instructors is available (phone, email, in person) on a regular basis to answer questions and provide advice - trust me, if you do not ask them questions, they will ask you questions just to check up. This is a group of people who care for the whole student - not just your grade in class or a future PASS/FAIL statistic.

So I have talked you into applying, right? Now, here's what to expect in the future. When you get to the interview, be prepared. They will provide you breakfast and make sure you stay well-caffeinated with plenty of coffee, while they answer all of your anxious questions, talk to you one-on-one, and introduce you to current students (whom you will likely forget). Then you will tour the campus with those students (my favorite part of the interview), discuss a hypothetical situation with your fellow interviewees, and interview with faculty who are interested in what makes you, you.

Once you are accepted, it continues to improve. The same faculty who interviewed you, teach you in class; the same students who answered your questions will see you regularly at school; and you will learn (and retain) more medical information in the first semester than you will have learned in all the time leading up to PA school. And the best part is still the fun we have inside and outside of class, with each other and with instructors, while we are busy becoming the best PA program in North Carolina.

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Marla Eddins, PA-S

Class of 2013
Chesterfield, SC
University of South Carolina at Columbia

Choosing a school that offers a program as demanding as the physician assistant one, is not an easy chore. However, I feel that I made the best decision of my life when I chose Methodist University. Coming from a small town, I wanted to attend a huge university in the city. I chose to attend undergrad at the University of South Carolina. The student body at USC was approximately 30,000 students. I never had many opportunities to talk with my professors when most of my classes were 300+ students. When applying to PA schools, I did not want to attend a program with a large class size.

I believe that a program as important as the PA one, you should have multiple opportunities for one-on-one interaction with professors and not feel intimidated by the classes. Coming to Methodist gave me this opportunity. The class sizes are small and the faculty members are very open to helping students. I was amazed at how comfortable I felt talking to all of the professors and faculty at MUPAP. Comparing Methodist to other programs that I applied for, I could not have found a better staff that was willing to help you and return answers to my questions as promptly as they have.

Not only does MUPAP have the best faculty and staff, they also offer state-of-the-art facilities. MUPAP has the most up-to-date technology in the classrooms and anatomy cadaver lab. Some PA programs do not offer the experience of a cadaver lab or they are second-hand to the medical students and other programs at their schools. At Methodist, you do not have to compete with medical students or any other programs over facilities or clinical sites. Additionally, MUPAP has one of the best passing rates on the PANCE in the nation. The MUPAP prepares you with a clinical based approach to medicine and this is significantly helpful on the PANCE and in real world medicine.

I have friends that are in PA programs at larger schools and they are amazed when I tell them about the great perks of the program here. I am confident that my decision to attend MUPAP will give me the best opportunity to be one of the most caring and knowledgeable PAs in the medical profession. With the staff, facilities, and clinical approach to learning, this program produces elite PAs that could practice anywhere in the nation. If you are looking for a program that cares about you, our education, and transforming you into an influential PA, look no further, MUPAP is the place for you!

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Stephan Simon, PA-S

Class of 2013
Wilmington, DE
University of Delaware

I initially became interested in the Methodist University PA Program through my relatives. After a bit of research, I learned that there was something special about this program. The PA Program boasts competitive PANCE pass-rates, advanced in-class technology and its own state of the art cadaver lab. While this was impressive for a program of this size, I was not totally convinced this was the right program for me. During my campus interview and tour I realized that the MUPAP's "commitment to care" is the foundation of the program. That commitment, along with leadership and instruction has enabled Methodist graduates to make a difference in health care throughout North Carolina.

As a PA student, I had challenging - yet rewarding first semester. This curriculum commands excellence. The didactic education instills the core values that will distinguish us as sound practitioners. This high caliber of instruction is only matched by the concern and dedication to the community. Instructors bring a wealth of experience, dedication and diversity. The lectures easily demonstrate their strong clinical knowledge, expertise and a unique ability to help us understand the relevance of every topic.

Faculty dedication is unsurpassed, demonstrating extensive and genuine interest in the success of every student.

A supportive faculty and staff, sharing those late night "A-ha" study moments with classmates, and the mentorship of upperclassmen (who take the time to provide their insight while enduring their own PA school stresses) remind me that made the right choice. I chose to come to Methodist for the advanced education but will be taking with me strong friendships, a commitment to care, service and excellence as well as the confidence and knowledge to excel as a clinician.

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Haig Dodakian, PA-S

Class of 2013
Ridgefield, CT
UConn

Deciding what Physician Assistant school you want to attend is a critical factor in your journey to becoming an adept healthcare provider. Methodist University has provided me with a consummate opportunity to further my education, character, and clinical knowledge through this program. Their faculty is top notch, with some of the most brilliant people I have met. They emphasize the clinical importance of what we learn, encouraging us to integrate that information into a practical and real life setting. The utilization of a state-of-the-art cadaver lab is also incorporated to enrich our experience here. The small class size makes everyone feel connected and creates a strong support network to help each other. These were all contributing factors to my decision, but the paramount reason that I knew this was the right choice for me was because I felt at home here. I knew this program instilled the virtue to care for your patients, and I aspire to represent that principle throughout my career.

The staff and faculty are a tremendous and core part of this program. They give their heart and soul to this program, and it undoubtedly shows. They are always available to talk to about whatever concerns we may have. Whether we had problems with the curriculum or our extracurricular lives, they would offer a helping hand to make us feel as if we were part of a big family. They made an effort to be more than just teachers. The faculty members became our friends throughout this process. This ambience made school much easier, just knowing that they were there for the students. The importance of classmates helping each other was heavily impressed upon us, as opposed to a competitive environment that could disrupt our learning. Such a mentality greatly contributed to our education and built strong bonds between classmates. The faculty would bestow clinical relevance to the information we learned via years of their own experiences, which instilled another layer of depth to what was taught. Lastly, I love our faculty because of how interactive they are with the class. They always seek feedback from the students to be able to constantly tend to our needs.

One of the most unique features of our program is the new cadaver lab. Most Physician Assistant Programs either do not have a cadaver lab, or they have a lab where it is shared with other medical students and can only observe the pre-dissected parts. Being part of a cadaver lab, where the students do all of the dissecting, is a humbling experience that augments our education of the human anatomy to much greater lengths than merely reading and observing pictures. It ties a lot of concepts together when you can see them on a real human body.

I know this is the right place for me because Methodist University prepares you for the reality of healthcare and practicing medicine. This program perpetuates excellence in those who wish for the best in their career, in their lives, and for their patients. I love everything about the program, and could not be happier with my decision!

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Christopher Cain, PA-S

Class of 2014
Raeford, NC
Campbell University

There are several reasons why Methodist University's PA program became my first choice. The decision to attend PA school and work towards my future goals was not easy. I had invested 15 years in the US Army, a job that offered security and a reliable mean to support my family. Since I joined the Army I knew that I wanted to work in the health care field, but the thought of leaving the Army to attend school for 27 months was extremely difficult. I knew that in order to take this risk I would need the best program available. I needed a great education as well as a recognized school to ensure that I would be able to provide for my family in the long term. Taking a close look at Methodist University's PA program's pass rate for the national certification was reassuring. They have a high first time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam, making them one of the best programs in the nation.

When I attended Methodist the day of the interview, it quickly became clear this university would meet all my needs and the needs of my family. I was greeted my senior students who made me feel comfortable and actually prepared me for each of my interviews. They were able to make a stressful situation much easier. They talked to me about my life, future plans, and why I wanted to attend their PA program. In the interviews the instructors were well prepared with tough, but fair questions and able to answer my questions and concerns about attending their school. The interviews were not only about accepting me into their program, but also trying to prove that they were the ones that could be trusted to give me the education and skills to become a great PA.

If I could sum up Methodist University's PA program with one word it would be "family." The people here are always asking how you are doing, how the family is getting along, and if they can help me in any way possible. There is always a staff member available to talk to and they will go above and beyond to ensure our main focus is on becoming the best health care provider possible. The senior class members are willing to sit down and give advice on instructors and classes; sometimes they even help us with studying for exams. The instructors and senior class members are professional and easily seen as role models for the younger class to follow. I am confident that Methodist University's PA program was the best choice for me to realize my long-term goals and aspirations.

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Stewart Harsant, PA-S

Class of 2014
Fayetteville, NC
North Carolina State University

MU PAP produces phenomenal PA-Cs for many reasons: a dedicated faculty, technologically advanced facilities, small class size, and PANCE passing rates that rival the nation's top-ranked schools. These PANCE passing rates speak volumes in themselves. The MU PAP Class of 2012 had a 100% pass rate: everybody passed! As you are exposed to massive amounts of information, you can get overwhelmed, and in those times it's nice to know your program is tried and true.

Every faculty member is a currently practicing physician or PA, so classwork is geared towards making students clinically efficient and aids in a smooth transition into the medical community. MU PAP places a focus on treating the patient as a whole person; knowing the medical condition and projecting the effect it will have emotionally, socially, and financially. This is the most important aspect of the program for me, as medicine is about blending science and humanity. The MUPAP is the perfect place to help sharpen this aspect of the practitioner.

Because many of the current faculty members were founders of the program, they exude a pride and passion for their work that inspires students. The faculty has seen the program grow into one of the most technologically advanced PA programs in the nation that rivals most PA and medical schools' facilities. Our state-of-the-art cadaver lab allows students to dissect the human body while looking at relevant notes and diagrams on a large computer screen that hangs from the ceiling to the side of the dissection table. Anatomy lab learning is extremely dynamic and interactive and is the foundation upon which medical science is built, along with physiology.

Once accepted into the program, these phenomenal professors become your colleagues and mentors and the same students writing these testimonials you will see on a regular basis as you progress and grow into an effective, compassionate medical provider.

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Leslie Lovette, PA-S

Class of 2014
Lumberton, NC
UNC-Pembroke

From the moment I interviewed with Methodist University, I knew their physician assistant program was the one for me. The faculty, staff, and current students created a welcoming environment and really made the interview process a lot less stressful. Everyone acted as if they were just one big family and I have continued to see that throughout my time in the program. I also enjoy the small class size and personal feel that comes along with attending a small private university. The PA program is located beside the main campus, but is close enough for students to be able to use all of the resources the university has to offer. My classmates and I have definitely spent our fair share of time in the library using the private study rooms and free printing.

Another aspect of this program that I appreciate is the caring attitude of every faculty and staff member. Even though the coursework is difficult, the instructors try their best to make sure every student succeeds. As long you put forth your best effort, they will go above and beyond to ensure that you do well in the program.

Even though I am just beginning my journey toward becoming a physician assistant, I feel as if I have learned so much already. I truly believe that this program is preparing me to be an excellent healthcare provider and contributing member of the medical field.

 

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Cassandra Montoya, PA-S

Class of 2014
Colorado State University, Undergraduate
Midwestern University-Glendale, AZ Graduate

"Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion."

This is a very exciting time in your life! You are researching schools to attend for a career you are passionate about. Perhaps you love pediatrics or cardiology, maybe you are thinking about emergency medicine or surgery. The options for a physician assistant are unlimited! I loved interviewing, visiting the schools, meeting their faculty, staff, current students, and my peers I interviewed with. I was in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia and North Carolina. People would tell me I would have a feeling about a school, it was true. The feeling I felt at Methodist was unmatched at other schools. The faculty were beyond welcoming and truly genuine. The interviews were not intimidating and they really wanted to know who I was not only as a student but who I am as a person. As everyone else has said the anatomy lab, the lecture hall, and the PANCE pass rate (100% for the class of 2012) was simply icing on the cake.

In this 27-month program we are learning a vast amount of complex material. I can tell you it will be one of the toughest times of your life so get ready to work hard. Being around the right people is key. No matter what program you choose to attend, make sure you know you are supported. At Methodist, I know I can talk to any of my classmates or the faculty and they understand. The faculty have been through this exact program or other medical programs and are empathetic and provide the support we need. We also foster an atmosphere that is non-competitive. This was especially important to me coming from two competitive programs because the person sitting next to me was also applying to PA school. Now, I'm happy to say my classmates are now my colleagues and we are here to help each other become compassionate and competent PA's.

"If you want the most out of life, you have to make the most of it."

The opportunity for leadership and personal growth is another reason I chose to come to Methodist. Last semester I became involved in the North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) to gain a better understanding about our profession at both the state and national level. I was selected as the Student Director for our school. I attend the state board meeting in Durham and love interacting with practicing PA's throughout the state and also the other representatives from the other NC schools. On a national level I applied and was selected as one of fifty-one students that will represent all 18,000 PA students from around the country. While at the national AAPA conference I plan to also run for a national position. The leadership and learning opportunities are available and I'm fortunate to have faculty that support me and my growth as each day I become closer to the career of my dreams! I'm more than willing to accept any other questions you may have by

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Anastasia Renz, PA-S

Class of 2014
Moundsville, WV
Duke University

When I made the decision to apply to PA school, I knew my ultimate selection of a program was of utmost importance. Not only would this program be the critical factor in providing me with the necessary medical knowledge, but also would be able to cultivate me into the best clinician I can possibly be.

Although I had initially applied to MUPAP because of its geographic location and warm weather, my interview day made me quickly realize how unique the program is. Throughout the hours I spent getting to learn about the program and talk with the faculty and students, it was evident how exceptional Methodist is. The school facilities are gorgeous and state of the art, with a brand new medical lecture hall and anatomy lab. The anatomy lab is one of the most technologically advanced labs in the country at any PA school, and an amazing educational opportunity for each student in the program.

Along with the facilities, the faculty and students made a big impression on me. The faculty are all practicing clinicians who take time out of their demanding schedules to instruct the MUPAP students. It is a great advantage to be taught by people who are still taking care of patients, and can impart their medical wisdom to us through their experiences. The Methodist students also left a big imprint on me. Even though they were in the midst of arduous classes, they took the time out to welcome each applicant individually. They answered all my questions, and they even stayed afterwards to ensure I had no lingering inquiries. It was easy to see the caliber of students MUPAP attracts was not just based upon academic excellence, but a compassionate spirit as well. I left that day knowing that MUPAP was the perfect PA program for me.

So far, my experiences in the program have been challenging, yet rewarding. Even though it is a grueling program, especially in the first semester, I know the demands of the program are preparing me for life after PA school. I am grateful that it is a rigorous program, because one day I will be entrusted to take care of people's lives. Additionally, the program encourages us to become more involved in the community through various opportunities. It is nice to be reminded that serving our community is one of the most important aspects of being a Physician Assistant.

As students, we are also encouraged to become involved in state and national organizations. I am currently a student member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants, and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. These memberships provide additional educational opportunities, as well as the latest medical news in daily emails, national conferences, and scholarship opportunities. I know it will be an advantage to be involved in these organizations early on in my training.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with my decision to attend Methodist University PA Program. I could not imagine a program better suited for me, and I am looking forward to the day I will be a Methodist University PA Program graduate!

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Khaddija Sanyang, PA-S

Class of 2014
Raleigh, NC
NC Central University

When choosing a Physician Assistant program, one does not really think about sentimental things like a sense of family, or a hometown feel, you get from a particular program, we usually think about tangible things like statistics. As far as statistics go Methodist University has one of the best; we have one of the highest PANCE pass rates in the country, state of the art cadaver lab, and small class sizes, just to name a few. With these high rankings in mind any student will be lucky to go to Methodist University's PA program. However, what if I told you that these were not the main reasons why I chose Methodist University's PA program, as the school, to prepare me, in pursing my career as a physician's Assistant. Of course, all of these reasons were inclusive in my decision making process, I'm a student after all, and therefore I trust numbers. However, my main motivator lies in the sense of family feeling I received from the faculty and staff.

The faculty and staff treated me like a real person during my entire application process and any applicant in this very competitive field knows that, that's a rare trait. Like many students, I applied to many PA programs to broaden my chances of acceptance, however, unlike most students I had problems with my email address and had to change it during this time. Unbeknownst to me, all the schools contacted me through my email, however, one school took the extra step to call me and confirm. That school was Methodist University making it at that point a good choice on my list. When I came for my interview, I was even more impressed with the reception I received from the current students, faculty and staff. My experience that day gave me the validation I now know to be true, that each and every person at Methodist University's PA program is dedicated to my success as a student and a future PA.

The Faculty and staff are all well respected practicing providers in the Fayetteville area and by right, experts in their own particular fields of practice. They will challenge you in every step of the way as you go through the hardest program of your life to this point. They expect a lot of you and they believe it in each fiber of their being that you are very capable. Their enthusiasm in their field guarantees you for a world class education.

At Methodist University's PA program, you truly have the best of both worlds, a state of the art curriculum with a human touch and that is why I am honored to be part of such a program.

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Cleatus Steele, PA-S

Class of 2014
Arlington, TX
Hardin-Simmons University

Choosing a PA program can be a very intimidating decision but after my interview on campus my decision became much simpler. I loved the fact that Methodist PA students had access to a state of the art cadaver lab and lecture hall that would be found at much larger schools but still had small class sizes that allow for the personal attention necessary for a healthy learning environment. On top of the fact that the cadaver lab is state of the art, students don't have to worry about sharing the facilities with other programs as is common at most other PA schools.

All of the faculty, staff, and students that I met during my interview also showed a true interest in who I was as a person while other programs seemed to only be focused on my academics. This continues to be true today and is important to me because I know they truly care that I succeed both professionally and personally.

Because it is a small program focused on the success of its students there is a non-competitive learning environment here that encourages teamwork among classmates to enhance learning. The instructors are among the best in the country and make everything taught clinically relevant. They all continue to practice medicine and are always well versed on the latest medical care. Because of this, they are continually updating their lectures to ensure that all of the material is as up to date as possible and then using their own personal experiences to convey their lessons. Along with continuing to practice, Methodist instructors are also always making themselves available to the students to promote a thorough understanding of all of the information.

This learning environment has allowed the program to have extremely competitive PANCE pass rates, with perfect scores not being uncommon, and produce PAs who will be able to provide the highest quality of care.

There is a sincere commitment to care among the faculty and staff at Methodist for patients as well as for their students. This commitment to provide an atmosphere of learning gives me confidence in that I will succeed here as a PA student and in the future as a practicing PA after graduation.

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Andrea Sumner, PA-S

Class of 2014
Springfield, VA
Auburn University

From the very beginning of my exposure to Methodist's PA Program, I knew this was the place for me. It began with a simple email asking if I could come for a visit, and I haven't looked back since. The first person I met was our admissions director and from the start she was welcoming, patient with my questions, and her willingness to take the time out of her busy schedule to show me around the program went above and beyond what I expected. The staff here at Methodist is the hardest working, dedicated, and friendliest you'll ever have the privilege to meet. When I left Methodist after my first visit, the feeling I had was this program was a close-knit group of individuals where it's more than just a PA program, but a PA family.

There are many factors that should go into choosing your education, from the facilities, location, faculty, staff, unique opportunities, and the type of graduate you will be when you leave. When I made my decision to come to Methodist I knew without any reservation that I was going to receive one of the best and most challenging educations in the nation. Our faculty is some of the brightest, most experienced, and most supportive that you will ever come across. They have no doubt challenged me beyond what I thought I could do, and continue to strive for more, but they always let us know that they are there if we need anything.

What also enable our faculty to elevate our learning are the facilities we have here at MU. We have a state-of-the-art cadaver lab, a beautiful lecture hall, breakout classrooms that allow my classmates and I to meet and study efficiently, and exam rooms where we can practice our H&P skills. There is only so much that you can learn from a textbook or a power point lecture, but nothing can take the place of hands-on learning. It is without a doubt that the hands on learning, the academic challenges set before us by our faculty, the hardest working staff you'll ever meet, and the being surrounded daily by the smartest and most compassionate classmates that make me very lucky to be a part of this program.

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Trey Winfrey, PA-S

Class of 2014
Peoria, IL
Monmouth College

I was drawn to Methodist initially because of its reputation as a premier PA program and knew that I would be provided with a quality education if I were accepted. My attraction to Methodist only grew after my experience with their interview process. Both the current students and instructors were very warm and inviting, on a level that I had not previously experienced with a PA program interview. In addition to these factors it does not hurt that Methodist boasts a state of the art cadaver lab and an extremely high PANCE pass rate.

More importantly, my initial impression of Methodist was not deceiving. I have greatly enjoyed my time thus far in the program. The classes are, as expected, challenging but by that same token I have learned a great deal and have had instructors and classmates ready to assist me at every turn. I was and am impressed at how my classmates mirror the warmth and genuineness I experienced during my interview process. It seems that Methodist wants to foster an all-around positive learning experience and in this student's opinion they are succeeding.

While it is nice to be comfortable in your surroundings the most important part of a physician assistant education is just that, the education and once again Methodist is impressive in this area. It is easy to see that all of my instructors truly have a passion for educating future health care providers. The majority of them are still practicing in their field of medicine so they are not only experienced; they are able to provide you with the most current information. As a student I consider myself extremely lucky to benefit from their depth of knowledge.

In addition to the atmosphere and teaching localized in the Methodist Program students are provided with multiple opportunities to seek instruction from outside sources. As a member of the AAPA or American Academy of Physician Assistants I have the ability to attend a number of different conferences and look forward to the upcoming IMPACT conference this year in Washington, DC.

Overall my experience at Methodist has been intellectually challenging, but rewarding because of that challenge. I look confidently forward to the day I graduate from Methodist as a PA, knowing that I will be well prepared thanks to the education I am receiving here.

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