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Laura (Physician Associate)

I was part of the first cohort of Physician Associates to graduate from the University of Reading in 201 and I got on the course after graduating from my Access to HE course at Reading College.

I now work in Clinical Haematology at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and as PA Ambassador for Health Education England. My work is outpatient based: running clinics for stable haematology patients, performing bone-marrow aspiration and trephine biopsies, reviewing patients on our day unit and working as part of the research team.

I enjoy the flexibility of my job and continuity of care I am able to offer patients. Every day is slightly different which enables me to maintain my generalist medical knowledge.

I would highly recommend studying the Physician Associate (PA) programme at the University of Reading. The teaching faculty are dedicated and supportive. The course is demanding, however, it’s extremely rewarding and worthwhile.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital is incredibly supportive of the PA role and currently the biggest employer of PAs in our region. This makes students placements valuable as the medical and nursing staff are aware of PA students and how best to support their learning.