Who I Am?

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My name is Andrea Benedict and I am a Physician Assistant in pediatric critical care.  I have practicing for eight years and love everything about being a PA.  I attended the University of Delaware (go Blue Hens!) obtaining my Bachelors degree in Neuroscience.  Immediately following college I was accepted to the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Physician Assistant program which was a two year masters program.  After graduating from this amazing program I left Pennsylvania and travelled across the country to check out the beautiful mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah while starting my first job in Family Practice and Cosmetic Medicine.  After 8 months I realized my heart was set on inpatient medicine so I accepted a position in Stem Cell Transplant and Acute Leukemia.  This was the most amazing job I have ever had and I still think about my patient’s to this day, but after four wonderful years I decided warmer weather was calling my name so I set my sights on Austin, TX where I accepted my current position which I love in the Pediatric ICU and have been here for four and a half years.  I have a great schedule, amazing coworkers, extensive PTO, and get to work beside some of the best and brightest critical care physicians in the world.  It’s been a truly awe inspiring ride and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I have a deep fascination with social media and marketing and love incorporating it into healthcare in unique ways. In my free time you’ll find me planning my next adventure, whether it be an exotic vacation, swimming with sharks, or bungee jumping. Want to know more? Check out my Medelita HIP profile!

What is Life as a PA?

‘Life as a PA’ is a platform I created to harness the powers of social media and Youtube to bring public awareness to the PA profession and to provide a resource for students interested in medicine to learn more about careers in healthcare.  I host frequent Q&A sessions and make it a point to respond to all emails, comments, and questions.


  1. Hello! I just wanted to say a short thank you for going out of your way and creating this website! I am a junior in college studying health science to pursue a career as a PA. 🙂 I’m excited to read/watch more of your behind the scenes posts!

  2. I also enjoyed reading this blog/post. I work as a PA in Hem/Onc and see many patients with acute leukemia. It’s an incredibly rewarding career and I love hearing fellow PA stories : )


  3. Hello, I’m currently a senior in high school interested in the physician assistant program. My main concern is whether I would be considered a competitive candidate if I pursue a career as a pct,phlebotomist,or ekg tech as HCE. Also what did you do as hce? Thanks so much

  4. Hi! I am a senior in college right now and am so glad I came across your blog– I have been working on my pros and cons list for ditching my original medical school plans for my now PA school plan! I have loved all the things I’ve heard about it so far, and have even shadowed a PA last year in Houston. Ever since, my heart seems to be pulling me in that direction. Anyhow, just added you on Snapchat and I can’t wait to read more from you! Thanks for doing this!

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