ARU Blogs — Jamie Saunders

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Faculty:Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

Course: MSc Physician Associate

Hi there. I’m Jamie and I’m currently studying on the MSc Physician Associate programme here at the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus.

As a mature student of 25 I have worked full time for the past 4 years, so coming back into full-time study was initially a challenge, especially with the high expectations that the PA course demands. But I am enjoying every minute of it.

I founded the Physician Associate Society (PASOC) here at ARU and am the current President, primarily responsible for organising educational talks and seminars for PA students, which are open to all SU society members. I am also the elected Institutional Representative for the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Prior to starting the course I was (well, still am) a HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer, specialising in interventional cardiology and radiological imaging. Graduating from London in 2012, I have spent the majority of my time working at the Heart Attack Centre here in Essex, with a brief time in a major trauma centre in Oxfordshire. I developed many clinical skills and advanced my practice to levels not previously carried out by Radiographers, often pushing the conventional boundaries of my role. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Radiographer, but am looking forward to having a more direct clinical responsibility for the diagnosis and management of patients as opposed to only imaging them.

I hope my blogs can give you an accurate insight into what life is like in this rapidly developing and highly demanding medical course and inspire many of you to follow in the footsteps of ARU’s first Physician Associate cohort.

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2 August 2016

Year One, Trimester 1 So, the end of first year is nigh. Only two more weeks left before I sit my OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), which tests our ability as practitioners to clinically examine a patient. But I’ll talk more about exams later on in another post… Read more…


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