About me: My name is Christina Basham and I graduated from Cal State Fullerton in May 2010. I was first introduced to the PA profession through a guest speaker in one of my health science courses. I was intrigued by the close working relationship between a doctor and PA. I learned that while PA’s practice under the supervision of a doctor, who can provide support and guidance, they are also able to examine and treat patients on their own with relative autonomy. I felt the PA profession was a perfect match for my personality and immediately started creating a plan to get into PA school. The Health Professions Advising office helped me organize and prepare during the PA application process. I became actively involved with various health clubs on campus including SHPA, Health Science Honors Society, Peer Health University Network and Flying Samaritans. I also volunteered in the hospital setting through the Clinical Care Extender Program at Hoag hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
In order to be a competitive applicant for PA school I spent a lot of my time at the hospital, studied numerous hours on weekends for exams and was chronically tired. Looking back as a first year PA student, every minute of dedication was well worth it. For all the students who are currently in the process of applying to professional school and feeling overwhelmed, your hard work will pay off! The hurdles you face getting into professional school might seem impossible at times, but do not give up. Keep pushing for your dream because the ability to heal patients in the future is such an amazing gift.
I want to thank the Health Professions Advising Office for helping me get into PA school. Their guidance and support exceeded my expectations. I recommend every student who is applying to professional school to utilize their services.