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Physician Assistant Medical

Westborough, Massachusetts, United States
September 17, 2018

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Cathern Zweifel, PA-S

907-***-**** 33125 Vinewood Lane, Seward, AK

September 17th, 2018

Cathern Zweifel

***** ******** ****

Seward, AK 99664

Dear Hiring Committee,

This letter expresses my interest in the Pediatric Physician Assistant position. I am a Physician Assistant student currently in my clinical year of training and will be graduating December 19th, 2018. I will be eligible to take the PANCE in the beginning of January 2019, which I plan to do. This position will be the start of my professional career and I would feel privileged to do so serving the patients of North Carolina. During my clinical year, my pediatric rotation was with North Providence Pediatrics. This is where my passion for pediatric medicine began. I loved being the point of care for the patients while developing connections and seeing the trust that parents put into their pediatrician. I appreciated the compassion and high standards Dr. Ciancaglini practiced with. It inspired me to have that with my future patients. Due to PA school having the primary focus on adult medicine, I arranged to have my elective rotation in the NICU at the University of Kentucky to gain as much experience in a variety of pediatric settings. I felt it was important to experience what a NICU stay could entail not only for the baby but the family as well. In addition, my primary care rotation was with Foley Family Practice, a privately-owned clinic which practiced using the patient-centered medical home model. Having never heard of this model before, I was intrigued to learn more. This model encompasses the principles I hold as standards for myself and I feel lucky to be able to train under a physician who believed in those as well.

Although my experience in medicine is growing, I bring a strong enthusiasm and passion for my career goal of being a Pediatric Physician Assistant. I found joy in my pediatric and NICU rotations and looked forward to every day I had during them. My interest in pediatric medicine is multifactorial and after completing rotations throughout the year, it strengthened my resolve about working in this setting to provide patient-centered care. Again, I will be PANCE eligible after completing my rotations this December. My training has prepared me for success. I feel that my strong desire to work in pediatric medicine and ability to connect with patients while providing compassionate care would help augment an already exceptional organization. I would consider it a privilege to be part of the future of this office.

Enclosed is my resume for your consideration. I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you personally my skills and experience and how I can contribute to the already outstanding reputation of your organization. I want to thank you for taking the time to review my application.


Cathern Zweifel PA-S

Cathern Zweifel, PA-S

907-***-**** 33125 Vinewood Lane, Seward, AK Education

Masters of Physician Assistant Studies, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA Graduating December 2018 GPA: 3.5

Bachelors of Science, University of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO Graduated May 2016 Helen Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science – Nutrition Option GPA: 3.5

Mountain Lion Honors Society


PANCE Eligible January 2019

Advance Cardiac Life Support, AHA– Expires June 2019 Basic Life Support, AHA – Expires January 2020

Clinical Training Experience – 5 Week Clinical Rotations January 2018 – December 2019 Pediatrics North Providence Pediatrics Providence, RI

• Saw a variety of issues from acute to chronic follow-up visits as well as routine wellness checks on all ages

• Assessed and scored M-CHAT, ASQ, and PHQ-9 questionnaires

• Averaged between 12-15 patients a day

NICU University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital Lexington, KY

• Assisted in procedures, discussed and formulated plans with NICU team, presented research to NICU team

• Assisted in NRP and attended births requiring a wide variety of NRP efforts

• Level IV, 70 bed NICU

Primary Care Foley Family Practice Athol, MA

• Averaged between 20-35 patients a day

• Dr. Foley practiced with and taught students using a patient-centered medical home model Internal Medicine – Hospitalist Saint Vincent Hospital Worcester, MA Emergency Medicine Harrington Healthcare System Southbridge, MA Gastroenterology VA Healthcare System Boston, MA

Women’s Health Reliant Medical Group Worcester, MA Psychology Worcester Recovery Center Worcester, MA General Surgery Saint Vincent Hospital Worcester, MA Pertinent Clinical Skills

• Trained in providing compassionate patient centered care while gaining knowledge in a broad variety of healthcare settings

• Obtained patient histories, performed physicals examinations, ordered and interpreted diagnostic studies, formulated differential diagnoses, and implemented management plans for adult and pediatric patients

• Wrote notes for annual wellness visits, acute care visits, daily progress, hospital admissions, procedures and discharge instructions

• Collaborated with members of the healthcare team including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, and multidisciplinary team to provide efficient and quality patient care

• Presented patient cases and treatment plans on rounds to the attending physician in the NICU and general medicine inpatient settings

• Experience using the following EHR services including ChartPerfect, Medhost, AthenaHealth, Epic, Meditech, and Sunrise Clinical Manager

Work Experience

Optometric Technician, Dr. Lloyd McAllister and Associates, Colorado Springs, CO May 2014 – May 2016

• Obtained patient histories and prescreened for routine eye exams and emergency cases

• Scheduled appointments, billed insurances and other office duties

• Learned patient care, time management and communication skills Observation Experience

Orthopedic Surgery/On-Call, UC Health Memorial Hospital Central, Colorado Springs, CO Summer 2015

• 50 shadowing hours

• Observed inpatient rounding, surgeries and emergency consults Professional Organizations

American Academy of Physician Assistant – Expires January 2019 Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics

Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants

Campus Leadership

Fundraising Chairperson, SAAAPA, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA January 2017 – March 2018 Community Involvement

Student Volunteer, Martha Rosenau, RD March 2013 – May 2016 Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, Colorado Springs, CO May 2015 – May 2016 Scholarships/Awards

UCCS Honors Program Scholarship, Mountain Lion Honors, UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO August 2013 – May 2016 Freshman Merit Honors Scholarship, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY August 2012 – May 2013 Dean’s List Award, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Recognition of Achievement in Education, State of Alaska, Juneau, AK May 2012

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