Nechama Birnbaum: Right Hand Woman
“I love the sciences. Becoming a Physician’s Assistant has been a dream for me since I was young.”
Besides interning in the ER department at Downstate Hospital, Nechama shadows a PA. “Watching her diagnose patients, I’m getting an advanced knowledge of the field before I’m actually in it.” But she’s also a medical assistant twice a week at Pediatrics Associates, where she greets patients, takes their vitals and history, and does odds and ends. “Just typing for the doctor lets me learn a tremendous amount about what typical well visits and sick visits are like.”
FROM Brooklyn, NY
HIGH SCHOOL Masores Bais Yaakov
SEMINARY Bnos Chava
BEHIND THE SCENES
One of the things I’ve learned from my PA is the importance of having a concerned—but not pitying—bedside manner. There’s a very fine line. Also, I love the fact that I can learn about the sciences and anatomy in class, and then see what I learn applied practically—live!—in the hospital and doctor’s office.