Mason - Physician Assistant Student Ambassador
Hello, My name is Mason Castles and I'm from Columbia, SC. I graduated from Furman University with a degree in Health Sciences. A fun fact about me is that I lived in a tent for month when studying abroad in Botswana, Africa.
This is a place where the administration and the professors really listen to what the students have to say, and we are able to learn in a very supportive environment. Everyone seems to really want us to do well, and all of my classmates are really encouraging and help each other out.
Charleston is a wonderful place to live because you are close to the beach (which is great for study breaks) and there are a ton of amazing restaurants!
Growing up with a pediatrician for a father immersed me in the life of a medical professional. From an early age, I would make hospital rounds with my dad or simply watch him take care of the countless people who would come injured or sick to our house. I have always known that I wanted a job in the medical field, but it was not until right before my junior year in college that I figured out that I wanted to be a physician assistant. I was originally considering medical school, and after shadowing many different doctors and interacting with their PAs, I totally changed my mind! I loved the fact that PAs only had 2 years of school and had such flexibility. I thought that it was awesome that you did not have to specialize but could end up working in many different fields.
I was affirmed of my desire to attend PA school through my clinical hours working as a medical assistant in a pediatric practice. As an MA, I would bring patients back, determine vitals, record medical histories, clean up vomit, and really do anything that the doctors needed. I just loved the hands on aspect of being able to help people and feel like I was making a difference in their lives. Furthermore, because I was working in a pediatrician’s office, I interacted with every age group from newborns to the grandparents who brought their grandchildren. It was through this experience that I realized that I wanted to be a PA that had a lot of interactions with people. I’m not sure what kind of PA that I want to be yet though!
When it came time to apply to schools, I knew that I wanted to go to MUSC because it was in state, but also because I have always wanted to live in Charleston. Additionally, when I came for my interview and tour, I was blown away by how nice everyone was here. I felt right at home and was surrounded by so much encouragement from the very beginning. MUSC is truly an amazing place, and I wish everyone luck with the application process and all of the decision-making that comes with it!
Email me if you have any questions!