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Natalia - Physician Assistant Student Ambassador

What's Up! My name is Natalia and I'm from Germantown, MD! I attended the University of South Carolina where I got my degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish. I love to run, read, do yoga, spend time with friends and family, and travel and go to the beach. I ran my first marathon last fall, grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C, and went to an all girls highschool! Go Gamecocks, Go Redskins, and Go Capitals!

Grad School is hard, but MUSC provides many ways for you to decompress!  From the SGA events like the fall rave and wine testing at the aquarium, to back to school tailgating lunches and the exercise classes there are plenty of ways to unwind.  There are plenty of opportunities to meet friends from the different programs in the College of Health Professions and in the other schools on campus through the interprofessional classes that we have or during any of these events.

I love living downtown; I pay a little bit more than if I were to live of the peninsula but for me it’s worth it to be able to walk to and from class in minutes and run back home whenever I want to. In my free time, its easy for me to walk to anywhere whether I want to go shopping, out to eat with friends, meet up with anyone for drinks, or get some fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers market on the weekends!  The restaurants downtown are amazing and so varied, and I’ve found that going out to eat with friends during the week or on the weekends is a great way to relax, and during restaurant you can get great deals and go to a really nice restaurant for half of the price as a study break!

I chose the MUSC PA program for a number of reasons. The most important factor in my decision was the atmosphere of the interview and how welcoming the faculty and the students were to the prospective applicants.  When I came to MUSC on my interview day, they were incredibly welcoming and made me feel at ease, which was like nothing I had experienced at any of the other interviews I attended and I immediately felt that it was a supportive atmosphere where I could excel. Other contributing factors in my decision were the fact that the program is well known and highly ranked, has an excellent PANCE pass rate, and is located in the amazing city of Charleston. In addition, MUSC’s program is unique in that we take inter-professional classes, the PA students do their own full cadaver dissections, and all of the lectures are recorded and accessible to the students via Tegrity.  I’m excited to explore many different types of medicine during our clinical year, but as of right now I think I either want to work in pediatrics or a sub specialty of pediatrics.

Email me with any questions!


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