Name: Rachel Schulman, PA-C
Title: Physician Assistant
Location: Chicago, IL
School/Program: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Currently Wearing: The Rebecca Slim Fit Lab Coat
Why did you choose your profession?:
I chose medicine because of my desire to help others. I specifically chose a career path as a physician assistant because of the collaborative nature of the profession. I enjoy working as part of a team, but also having the autonomy to see patients and prescribe medications, treat and manage a wide range of chronic conditions, and perform procedures. Additionally, I like the freedom my profession allows, along with the ability to focus on a specialty that I love. Dermatology, in particular, is a highly visual specialty. My days consist of office visits and procedures, and no two days are ever alike. Often, I combine my knowledge of medical dermatology with my creative skills and passion for aesthetic dermatology. This variety and mixture of skills is what I love most about my job.
Who was/is your inspiration?
My family supported me and helped ground me during my schooling and rotations. I honestly could not have gotten through it all without them. My personal dermatologist and dermatology preceptors (all females) set examples on how to be empathetic, intelligent, and diligent providers. Their example helped me stay focused and keep my eye on the prize.
Fun Fact 1:
I have been to six of the seven continents, and have lived in three separate countries.
Fun Fact 2:
My husband and I are passionate about animal rescue, and have now rescued three Siberian huskies.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Before starting school, shadow and volunteer in a variety of settings and specialties to help narrow your interests. Schedule informational interviews with several healthcare providers to get a better gauge on their day to day lives. I did both of these prior to applying to school, and felt the process was easier and more directed because I knew the exact route I wanted to take.
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