UCD FNP/PA Program Graduation – The Day Arrives

Posted By: Paul   |   UC Davis   |   15 Comments

Hi, everyone.  Yes, I’m done.

We had a formal commencement ceremony on June 9, 2012 at the UC Davis main campus in Freeborn Hall.  It was beautiful.  My kids were in attendance, and I owe them huge thanks for helping me through the last two years.  As for how we’re doing, the picture above should say it all.  [Pictured: Gabe, Sundance, and Paul]

It was amazing to look back on all we had done and accomplished – it made it clear to us how much we’ve all been through together.  It’s hard to describe the feeling of being done with it all – I’d have to say I haven’t really taken it in yet.  Here’s the video by our Class Historian and dear friend, Marilyse (that’s her in the sweater)…

The whole thing went surprisingly quickly (graduation day, AND the last two years, as I think about it), with most students scattering pretty quickly to private celebrations with family and friends after the ceremony.  I attended Sundance’s “Returning to Society” party, at which her amazing family, neighbors, and friends gave her a well-deserved hoopla, my kids swam, and many stories about our times were shared.  Sunny has taken a job working with a trauma surgery team in Sacramento, and she seems very excited.

Tomorrow and Thursday my class has a PANCE review session at school, which should be strange (being in class but being done).  It will be on by the department faculty as courtesy for graduating students.  Many of us are scheduled to take the PANCE very soon – I will take it on June 26.  I’m nervous, but I think I will be prepared.

In the meantime, job openings continue to be emailed to us by our faculty.  It’s a time of year when many clinics and hospitals actively seek new grads, as PAs (confirmed) really are in the high demand that I’ve been writing about for the last 21 months.  I’ve seen openings for everything from internal medicine to bariatric surgery to psychiatry.  Many of my classmates already have jobs lined up – all they need to do is pass the PANCE and complete the California licensure process.  That’s a lot actually, but it will go very quickly, and before you know it, we’ll have our name on our very own prescription pads.  I haven’t applied for any positions yet, but I’m doing plenty of networking to seek out just the right job.  I’ll have to keep you in suspense for now.

As I said in my previous post, I have plenty more I’d like to accomplish with Inside PA Training.  After I’ve had a brief breather [whew!] and gotten some family commitments taken care of, I’ll have more for you.  Our CASPA essay thread has several new essays that have been posted in hopes of receiving your critique, so if you’re looking for something to read and learn from, that would be a great place to start.  You can visit the CASPA Essays thread on our forum here.

It’s been a wild ride, thank you so much for taking it with me!





  1. TitanEAG June 13, 2012 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Congratulation to you and all of your classmates. Thank you for putting together this wonderful website and sharing your experiences with all of us. I feel more comfortable with the process now that you have given me a glimpse in to the life of a PA student. Looking forward to future articles on the site! I truly hope to be one of your colleagues in the near future! Best of luck!

  2. PAinPA June 13, 2012 at 4:57 am - Reply

    Congratulations! I have been following your blog for some time now and I am very excited for you and your classmates! I am only in the beginning stages of my PA journey, but I look forward to continuing to follow your blog for excellent resources. Good luck with the PANCE!!

  3. Susan June 13, 2012 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Paul: Congratulations! What a wonderful time for you and your family!
    Great work and best of luck on your exam.

    Thank you for all your time and energy put into the podcasts and the blog.

  4. Ayslinn June 13, 2012 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Congratulations Paul! You’ve given a lot to this site and community- take a break, you deserve it! good luck with the PANCE!

  5. Zhanna June 13, 2012 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Well done Paul! Congratulations to you, your family and all of your classmates!

  6. Stacy June 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Paul.
    Your blog has been so helpful. Thank you and good luck!

  7. Laura June 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to you, your classmates, and to your family! The experiences you have shared with us have been invaluable. Good luck on the Pance!

  8. Ashton June 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Congrats as well! I can’t wait to get started in the fall. I am very excited and couldn’t have done it without the advice from everyone who has contributed. Good luck on finding that perfect job. Thanks for helping all the rest of us!

  9. Tam June 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    congrats to you!!! What a blessing!!!! I hope you find the right job for you soon!!!

  10. Sundance June 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Paul, well done! You are a guiding light, Paul. To all those of us who have had the privilege to be by your side, and to all those who you hold a light to that might follow you down this path. Thank you for illuminating your journey, that we may stumble a little less.


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