Name: Anthony Gauthier, PA-C
Title: Physician Assistant
Location: Long Beach, CA
School/Program: Western University of Health Sciences
Currently Wearing: The Men's Apex Scrub Top
Why did you choose your profession?:
I grew up playing sports and became fascinated with how the human body moves and strengthens. As a result of year-round involvement in sports, I sustained some injuries and have witnessed numerous friends get injured. I wanted to work in a profession that allowed me to help others live a healthy life and if injured get back to what they enjoy the most, be it sports-related or not. That why I decided to work as a physician assistant in sports medicine.
Current Passion Project:
I am really passionate about helping aspiring physician assistants reach their goal of getting into PA school. Ten years ago I created Your Journey to PA School an organization that promotes the PA profession to college students and provides networking opportunities via meet-ups and an annual conference to help connect aspiring PAs with practicing PAs and current PA students.
Who was/is your inspiration?
Without a doubt my parents. They inspired me to do something bigger than myself. They motivated me to pursue my passions. They were my biggest cheerleader no matter what goal I was pursuing. And...They let me move back into my old room, so I could save money while attending PA school.
Fun Fact 1:
I strategically picked my course schedule for my freshman year of college so I could surf 3 days a week. And yes, I was able to surf 3 days a week that year.
Fun Fact 2:
I can connect on a personal level with any patient by intertwining these three questions while interacting with a patient. 1. Do you live in _______? (Insert city your clinic or hospital is in). 2. Did you do anything fun this past weekend? 3. Are you planning any vacations this summer? 99% of the time, the answers to these questions have given me enough information about a person's interests that I can find a way to connect with them on a personal level, placing them at ease and building a strong rapport. It takes practice to be able to slip these questions into a conversation and not sound odd or out of place, but once you get the hang of it, patients really remember you.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Your journey to medicine is going to be unique to you. Run your own race and stay focused on doing your best. Don't worry about how fast you perceive others achieving goals. Have you ever seen an Olympic swimmer be focused on all the other swimmers before the race? Never! Stay focused on you and you will be amazed at how fun the journey becomes.