GWU Physician Assistant Student Appreciates Caring Faculty

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Rigorous Program Prepares Morgan Warthan (’17) for PA Career

As an undergraduate student, Morgan Warthan shadowed many different healthcare professionals. The physician assistants (PAs) left the greatest impression on her.

“I appreciated the amount of time PAs got to spend with their patients, and they seemed to genuinely love their roles in the ever-changing healthcare world,” Warthan shared. “I truly believe PAs have one of the best roles in the field because of their ability to treat patients and have autonomy while being part of a team.”

She chose the program at Gardner-Webb because of the individual attention the school provided.

“I received a personal phone call with my acceptance to the program, and was given numerous personal phone numbers to call if any problems arose in the process of my move,” she explained. “A general sense of caring about the students attracted me to the program. Also, the small class size was a huge plus, as I knew the faculty would have a more personal connection with the students.”

Other PAs tried to prepare her for the rigor of the didactic portion of the program.

“I spoke with multiple providers who attended PA programs around the country and all of them seemed to tell me the same phrase, ‘it is like drinking water from a firehose.’ I would say this is one of the most true and honest statements I can take away from my experience so far,” she affirmed. “With that being said, the rigor of the program has allowed me to get to know my classmates and professors in a truly unique way. You can learn a lot about someone when spending so much time with them!”

She is grateful she was accepted to the PA program at GWU.

“I have met some of the most genuine people I have ever met and have learned more than I ever thought I could in this amount of time. It could not be a better fit for me,” she concluded. “The class size and individual attention sets the Gardner-Webb program aside from others. For example, last week was one of the more stressful weeks of didactic, and a professor approached me and a fellow classmate and said, ‘It is going to be okay; do your best and it will all be fine. It is beautiful outside, go get some fresh air and come back to re-evaluate the work.’ This is just a small example of the daily love we are given from the program.”