This is the question that EVERY future PA asks at one point. How are you supposed to know what you want to do to get experience when so many of you have just started actively pursuing your future career of becoming a physician assistant?
Most schools require or strongly encourage that applicants have PCE. Originally, it started out as a requirement because PA school was so quick when compared to Medical school, and the admissions committee wanted to feel confident that applicants already had some medical knowledge and experience interacting with patients. This has kind of become outdated, but schools do still use it for these purposes!
To help all y’all figure out the best route to take, I’ve put together some information on the most common choices of what people like to do for Patient Care Experience. I even polled my classmates to give y’all an idea of the distribution from my PA school (keep in mind this was application cycle of 2015-2016).
At the end of the day, it is so important that you do your own research to determine what the best route for YOU is!…