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Day Four - It's Physician Assistant Week!

October 2014


MPAS students talk about hearing the news of their acceptance, why they like St. Ambrose — and how some of them "unplug."


Amanda Proczak: 
When I found out I was accepted into the PA program at St. Ambrose I cried right away out of excitement. Then I felt relieved that all of my hard work had finally paid off! I've learned that my classmates are great resources. Each of us has had different experiences and there's so much to learn from everyone. I plan on working in primary care or family medicine in the future.
I go to the dog park every day with my pug, Sebastian. It's a huge stress reliever! 

Courtney Schroeder: Coming into the PA program i was scared to death. All i had heard was how hard PA school is and how much you learn in such a short period of time. But, having gone through a few classes, it's not that scary. We are finally able to learn what we will need for our jobs. We have our classmates, who are going through the same thing and who are there to help out along the way. So far it has been an amazing experience. I am looking forward to next semester when we really get into more clinical work.

Hayley Rutledge: I checked my phone and email everyday to see if SAU contacted me about getting into PA school. It was a typical Wednesday morning at work until I noticed a missed call from Davenport, Iowa. I went into the bathroom and listened to the voicemail informing me that a spot had opened up in the program. I called my parents and then ran up to my boss and co-workers to tell them the good news! I was so excited, I cried. I was showered with hugs and encouraging words; everyone knew how hard and long I'd waited for this day to finally happen! I am truly blessed to be a part of this amazing inaugural class.

Lexi Cessna: I chose St. Ambrose because it felt like home. For my undergraduate studies I attended a small liberal arts college, much like St. Ambrose. When I looked at larger schools I felt out of place, that I would be a number and not a name. When I attended my interview here, I immediately felt at home. The faculty care about each of us and are our cheerleaders. Plus, there is some excitement in being a part of the first class. 
I love to travel and studied abroad in Bangor, Wales. This profession will allow me to have a flexible schedule so that I can see more of the world!

Madeline Schroeder: I choose SAU's PA program because I liked the smaller class size and that SAU's program is a little longer than others, giving us extra time on our clinical rotations. I also liked the emphasis on serving others and respecting the dignity of all people, as I think those are crucial components for being a successful health care provider. I couldn't be happier with my choice to attend SAU. Despite it being a brand-new program, we have wonderful a wonderful facility and faulty/staff. Everyone has been so welcoming and it is very evident that our success is just as important to them as it is to us.

Brittany Birschbach: Upon meeting the faculty of the St. Ambrose MPAS Program I was immediately impressed with their energy and enthusiasm for the program and the success of each student. I also loved that the program had an emphasis on primary care. At this point I am continuing to leave my options open and am not set on any certain field.
I love arts and crafts and in particular, I enjoy creating glass mosaics.

Jena Benik: I plan on going into geriatrics. I've always been an "old soul" and have a connection with the elderly.
I'm a huge old movie and history fan. My favorite timeframe is 1931-1957. I think that film is a unique way of preserving our history and shows how we see ourselves, reflect our interpretation of our history as well as how we want our lives to be to be remembered. Any free time that I have is spent watching old movies with my family.

Amy Dentlinger: Although this is a new program, I knew it was a great choice because of the faculty and the success of the already established health science programs. You could also say I have St. Ambrose in my blood, as both of my parents attended undergrad here, as well as multiple aunts, uncles and cousins. Go Bees!

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