Amy Parker Class of 2015
After 21 years as a nurse, Amy Parker decided it was time for a career change. Medical school was one option, but the physician assistants she worked with as a nurse intrigued her.
“I saw the difference in care between physician assistants and how the patients responded to them. They played a really important role in the patients’ care,” Parker explained. “The PAs took more time, more patient history, more focus on whole patient care.”
After chatting with a coworker who attended UT Health Science Center San Antonio and attending an open house, she knew the School of Health Professions was her best fit, despite the distance from her home in North Texas.
“The moment I was in the open house, I just felt like it was right, everything felt right: The faculty who were talking about the program, their passion,” she said. “I just knew it was where I was supposed to be.”
Parker can’t wait to begin her work as a PA in the emergency room and meet with patients one-on-one.
"With health care where it is right now, many patients use the emergency room as their primary care provider,” Parker said. “I feel like it is important to meet this particular patient population's needs, due to their limited options.”