When where she would get really bad stomach

            When
I was twelve years old, my grandma was living with me and my family for about one
year. There were times where she would get really bad stomach aches and
completely throw up all the food she would eat. She could even drink water and
still throw it up. We did not understand why this was happening and started getting
worried. But apparently she was dealing with this randomly even in Ghana. So we
would rush her to the hospital and just hope there was a solution to what was
going on. She would stay in the hospital for at least a week. The whole time she
was there, all I could think of was how I can help. It made me anxious, sad,
and worried seeing my grandma going through this, but I still remained strong
and would just pray and hope for the best. It seemed to me that those around
me, particularly my family, were more fearful of what might happen than I was. I
trusted the abilities of doctors and that they would take care of her. Now that
I’m older I fear sickness in a more vivid way than I remember seeing it as a
child. My experience as a child sparked a deep interest in how we approach senior
care, especially as it relates to our psychological and emotional support of elderly
facing serious medical conditions. It was then that I experienced first-hand
the power and compassion of medicine, not only in healing but also in bringing
unlikely individuals together, such as adults and children, in uncommon yet
profound ways. It was also then that I began to take seriously the possibility
of becoming a physician assistant.

My interest was sparked even more
when, as an undergraduate, I studied public health. With better medical care
and public health efforts, the rate of individual and population aging has
accelerated in recent years. Therefore, while chronic diseases and illnesses
are more prevalent in older adults, poor health is not an inevitable
consequence of aging. I was honored to learn so much in the public health
field. I am eager to continue this sort of research as I pursue my medical
career. The intersection of medicine, psychology, and socialization or culture is
quite fascinating and is a field that is in need of better research. I feel
there is a still a tendency in medicine to treat diseases the same way no
matter whom the patient is. We are slowly learning that procedures and drugs
are not always universally effective. Not only must we alter our care of
patients depending upon these cultural and social factors, we may also need to
alter our entire emotional and psychological approach to them as well.

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It is for this reason that I’m
applying to the Cooper Medical School Pre Med Post Bac at Rowan University, as
it has one of the top programs for PA in the country. I want to be able to
provide my future patients the care they need. My grandma, who is still alive
today, really inspired me to pursue a career in the health field and has been
the cause of my inspiration that has shaped my life since. I am driven and
passionate. I know that the post-baccalaureate program at Rowan will likely be
one of the biggest challenges I will face in my life, I know that I am up for
it. I am ready to be challenged and prove to myself what I’ve been telling
myself since my grandma’s illness: I will be a physician assistant.