Lifelong Learning

In order to evaluate the quality of an information source, it if first important to make sure that the source is unbiased.  For example, when I was writing a research paper on the environmental impacts of fracking, it was important that I used scholarly articles and not information on a petroleum company’s website.  Additionally, it is important to evaluate the sources cited within an article or website, to ensure that the information is coming from quality resources.

It is very important to incorporate new knowledge into my academic work.  After learning about population dynamics in a biological engineering class, I was able to incorporate that information into my research project about endophyte growth in plants grown in the light and dark.

My goal is to be a Physician’s Assistant, so lifelong learning is crucial to ensure the best care for my patients.  It is very important that I continue to learn about new treatment options, methods of care, diagnoses, and procedures in order to guarantee that I am treating my patient’s in the best possible manner.

After graduating with my B.S. in FABE from OSU, I would like to attain my Master of Science in Physician Assistant and then receive my Certification of Physician Assistant and maintain that by completing 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years.  I will also be required to take the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam every 10 years.

In order to provide the best patient care possible, it is vital that I stay up to date on current medical practices by reading technical journals about new treatment and diagnostic methods, as well as attending professional conferences to hear from physician’s around the country.  Whatever hospital or clinic I work for will also likely have conferences and seminars to continue to educate their staff on new medical advances and methods of treatment.