12 Oct The Cap Times: UW-Madison PAs visit West, help students ‘visualize’ health care career
Madison West High School freshman Erin Tormey leaned over and looked closely through the otoscope, seeing gray in the ear of University of Wisconsin-Madison physician assistant student Violet Weibel.
That was a good sign, Weibel and her classmate Kayla Miller explained — red or pink can mean an ear infection.
Erin, along with dozens of others in the West health science exploration class, got a visit from the PA students as part of National PA Week. It was an opportunity to learn what school is required — four years of undergrad and a two-year master’s program — and try out some of the tools, explained teacher Erin Vera.
“Actually being able to meet real people in the field helps them to really visualize it,” Vera said. “These are students that are maybe only a few years older than they are, so maybe they can connect with it and see themselves.”
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