I found out how special RMC's PA program was when I came to interview nearly three years ago. I was welcomed with an exceedingly qualified faculty who made me feel like I belonged here. The compassion the faculty had for this program was obvious, and I quickly realized the extent of their commitment to the program's mission of education safe health care providers. I started my didactic year of the MPAS program in July of 2009. The combination of the experienced faculty, small class sizes, interactive learning, and the module style of teaching gave us the essential building blocks to become great health care providers. The faculty challenged us, while providing a support system to give us optimal preparation before starting our clinical year.
The clinical year is the last 12 months of the program. This is when I realized how prepared I really was. RMC's PA program gave me all the necessary tools to be successful throughout each rotation. During the clinical year, comprised of eight 6-week rotations, we traveled around the region and even across the country to get the opportunity to work with fantastic preceptors in all areas of medicine. The physicians, PAs, and nurse practitioners that RMC set me up with were phenomenal, providing an invaluable experience at each location. Every day I came to work excited about what I was doing and my future as a health care provider.
Before starting the program, I would have never imagined how much I would grow as an individual and as a future PA. Opportunities have come up, allowing me to find strengths in myself that I didn't know were there. We were able to become involved in the local community, integrated into the local health care setting, and we attended the American Academy of Physician Assistant annual conference. The faculty at RMC also gave me support and confidence as I applied and became accepted into the Air Force as a PA. I truly believe RMC's PA program shaped the person I am today and gave me the tools to become an outstanding PA.
-Maggie Dutcher, MPAS Class of 2011