Second-year PA student Bassam Aysheh has known his future was in medicine since he was a child, but his path to the physician assistant profession was not a straight one.
“I always thought everyone who worked in a hospital was a doctor or nurse,” he recalls.
However, after speaking with friends and colleagues as an undergraduate student, Aysheh learned about the flexible and fast-paced career of a physician assistant. Ever since, Aysheh has worked hard toward achieving a career that will allow him to explore his diverse interests in both urgent care and dermatology. After Aysheh graduates this spring, he aims to work in emergency medicine at UF Health Shands Hospital.
“I want to give back to the school that gave me the chance to pursue my dreams,” he says.
After that, he plans to return to his hometown of Tampa and open his own practice. Long after he leaves the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies campus, one lesson will remain in Aysheh’s mind.
“Our professors have taught us that even though medicine is something we do daily, our patients aren’t always used to being patients,” he says. “We need to never forget to be mindful, empathetic, understanding and compassionate to provide the best care to our patients.”