Why did you become a PA?
I was studying for my MCAT spring of my junior year in college with the career plan of becoming a Medical Examiner. I had to do some shadow hours to apply for medical school, so I used my college alumni resource and was hooked up with Jim Moore, a PA at Reading Hospital and the Co-Director of the Drexel PA program. After shadowing him and another PA, April Reineke, for two days, I was hooked and immediately cancelled my MCAT. I never looked back since.
Pictured L-R: Michelle Sok, Janelle Fabian, Cara Anderson
What is your favorite specimen?
My favorite specimen has to be a colon for cancer - and no I don't love cleaning them out!! I guess I enjoy the lymph node search and the satisfaction of the hunt.
What do you love most about being a PA?
I work at a cancer center, and our surgeons frequently come up to the gross room. That is definitely my favorite part of the job. It's the time that I feel most involved in patient care. I chose this career because while I want to be involved in the patient's treatment, I just can't handle the emotions of it. When I'm working with the surgeons either to orient a specimen, or just figure out what the tumor is and if they have clear margins, I can feel like I am making a difference.