During her school years, Samantha was interested in biology and the body, deciding to study Biomedical Science as an undergraduate. She was initially interested in the research side of her course, but that soon changed.
"Studying Biomedical Science gave me an understanding of organ systems and how they work, as well as human diseases and treatment. I really took an interest in the medical side of things, and towards the end of my degree I realised I wanted to be a lot more hands-on and patient focused."
Samantha researched the options open to her, and discovered the Physician Associate role. This route would allow her to integrate within a medical team, help diagnose patients and formulate management plans, and ultimately make a real difference in patients' care.
"The PA role is an exciting new way to practise medicine. When I visited the University of Reading, I got a strong sense that the Department understood how to transform a science graduate into a competent healthcare professional. They were really enthusiastic and passionate about this new role in the NHS."