My name is Jessica Maddock and I’m a physician associate. The best part about the job is getting to chat to patients and make a little difference in their lives, even if it’s just they’re nervous at the start before theatre or whatever aspect of hospital that you need them in. Just being able to have that and have them gain that little trust and maybe make them feel that bit more comfortable before going in because nobody likes waiting to hospital. It’s not a fun place to be. So you can offer them a little bit of comfort before then and they can feel like they’ll be ok. I think that that is one of the best aspects of the job; That’s what’s rewarding. From a young age I wanted to work in healthchare. And growing up in America I knew about physician associates and physician assistants. And I thought it was a nice carreer to get into and make a difference in patients’ lives To be a PA student, you really need to be a team player. I think that’s the backbone of being a PA and to be a successful PA student, especially in a small course like ours You’ve gotta get along with your teammates and help each other through because it is a tough two years, but when you get to the other side it’s really worth it. My advice to someone considering this course is really think about it before you commit because it is two full years of study and a real full commitment is needed because you are out in the community with realy patients. It was a nice small programme getting to know my classmates on an individual level And then going out into hospitals with them and the 1-on-1 patient care from the start was a great aspect of the course. We got out into hospitals six months into the programme and really got to know our patients and had great hands-on experience that way. The greatest challenge of the course is it’s a fast-paced course from the start From Day 1, you hit the ground running. I think it stood out to us the most as well because it moved us along quickly and made us the practitioners that we are now.