The Physician Assistant Life

Stephen Pasquini PA-C

hi-that-is-me"To fight passionately for what we believe, but remain open to learning and growing. To be committed to helping people grow, deepen and behave more effectively in the world. This is the PA Life! "

- Stephen Pasquini PA-C

Those of us who choose to study medicine are privileged folk.

We are privileged because we have the ability to study hard and apply ourselves to a chosen field, often to serve others.

We have an inherent duty to act responsibly in supporting our patients medical needs in their particular aspect of care.

Even as a child, I was sensitive to the idea of human suffering. Though I grew up with access to the best health care, my parents, educators who got their start working in the inner city, made sure I was aware of the discrepancies that existed in the world around me.

I always knew I wanted to help people by working in the medical field.

Though I’ve always wanted to practice medicine, it wasn’t until my junior year at the University of Washington that I decided to become a physician assistant (PA).

The high cost of health care and lack of insurance limits access to care for many Americans.

I wanted to become part of the solution to this problem. It’s why I went into medicine and the reason I love going to work every day.

Becoming a PA is the single best decision I ever made!


I applied to become an NHSC Scholar during my second year at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers PA Program).

Though I was turned down for the NHSC scholarship the first time, I applied again during my third year and was accepted.

Words cannot describe how excited I was to be part of the NHSC and fulfill my dream of practicing medicine in an underserved community. After completing my two-year service commitment, I spent another eight years working at The Greenfield Mee Memorial Clinic. I loved every single day of that job.

The majority of my patients were Hispanic and didn't speak much English. When I started at the Greenfield clinic, I didn’t speak a lick of Spanish. But my patients helped me. Now I am proud to say I almost always work without a translator.

Working in a community with limited access to health care keeps me grounded. It reminds me every day why I went into medicine. It makes me a better person, community member and father.

For the past 7 months I have worked as part of an integrative pain medicine specialty clinic in my community. Our goal is to treat the full spectrum of pain, addressing both the physical and psychosocial needs of our patients without defaulting to opioid medicines.


I am grateful to have the opportunity to wake up every day and do something I love.

It’s so rewarding to be a physician assistant because I know this work helps people. For me, there is no better path to personal fulfillment and happiness.

Here is me interviewing myself 🙂

Why did you start this blog

How did you build this blog aren't you a PA?

What do you love most about being a PA?

What is your biggest pet peeve about being a PA?

Any big goals for 2014?

What do you like to do on your free time?

Are you single?

I Appreciate You!

I just wanted to finish by saying that I’m here for you, not only as a guide while you begin or continue your education career but also as a friend.

I do my best to respond to all emails (it’s getting tougher as this blog gains in popularity, but I will always do my best to respond!). And I don’t hold myself above anybody. I’m not special; I’m just a guy who likes to work hard, work smart, and use the influence I have online to make the world (and hopefully the PA profession) a better place.

Thank you so much for your support. And if you’ve made it this far, I’d love for you to come say hi to me on my Facebook Page. I’ll definitely respond, and I look forward to meeting you! Cheers!


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