Jourdyn… My name Adam Coombs and I am currently a student at the University of California, San Diego. I am studying Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and I am currently a researcher at the Scripps Institute. However, I just had a quick question for you:
I have a true passion for translational science (currently I have my eyes set on an MD/Phd), is there positions available for PA’s that allow them to conduct research and have clinical hours.
Thanks for your time.
PS – I think that it is wonderful that you have taken to a blog to share your stories and experiences with others.
Hey Adam! Thank you so much, I appreciate you checking out the blog! As for your question, the short answer of it is: yes! Long answer: different PA programs emphasize different things, one of them being research. If you choose to go down the PA route, I would look into applying to schools that have that as a priority in their curriculum. As for post-graduation, you may end up doing some more searching to find a work place that strongly emphasizes research, and then finding the right match with a physician that would be willing to bring a PA on board to help with that project. Some workplaces may even let you do your own research, especially if you do a joint-masters program while in PA school. A way to “scout out” these potential workplaces is to work with your clinical coordinator in your program. They have a TON of ties to hospitals and clinics not only around the area, but across the country in some cases. They will be able to point you in the right direction of desirable workplaces, and by doing a clinical in those workplaces you may even get your foot in the door to a job post-graduation! I hope that helps a little bit 🙂