Campus: Old Westbury Major: Physician Assistant Studies, M.S.
Graduate scholar award recipient Carey Szymczak is a student representative for the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA). She is the third NYIT student since 2002 to be elected to a position in this national organization.
Because of the prestigious academic curriculum of NYIT's program in physician assistant (PA) studies, the impressive PANCE passing rates (board certification exam for PAs), the didactic year layout, and the world-renowned health care system of New York City and Long Island. After just one campus visit, I knew that NYIT would exceed my expectations and be the perfect match for me while I pursued a master's degree.
As an AASPA student representative, I will participate in monthly conference calls with the association's board of directors and attend a January 2013 board of directors meeting in Orlando, Fla. I will also contribute to the bimonthly AASPA journal, the Sutureline.
In addition, I'm a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants.
Best NYIT Experience
Dissecting a cadaver body in my anatomy lab. This class resulted in a more three-dimensional learning environment, as I was able to apply knowledge from the lab to other classes. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to dissect an entire body, especially knowing that other schools are only supplied with limbs to be used as learning tools.
The diversity of job settings available to PAs is what most attracted me to the field. Once a PA is board certified, he or she can work in almost any area of health care and move from one area to another throughout his or her career. I have so many interests and want to be able to help people in different medical fields. My passion has always been to make a difference in the lives of others. As a PA, I will be able to fulfill this dream and truly lead a happy life.
Because I am so petite (5-feet, 2-inches tall), many are surprised to know that I played Junior Olympic volleyball for six years. I also rode horses and was a junior champion in western Pennsylvania.
My mentors at NYIT are my professors. They are all wonderful examples of excellent PAs and have a passion for medicine. My role models outside of NYIT are my mom and dad. My mom is one of the most brilliant people I know. She has always taught me to be my best, do my best, and never give up. My dad is the most honest, hardworking, intelligent man. He has shown me that no obstacle is unsurpassable. My parents have always supported me, and I credit them for the young woman I am today.
The hope that we can continue to evolve medicine, discover new vaccines, and find cures to diseases.
Hang out with friends and family, explore New York City, practice yoga, shop, and try new restaurants.