Today’s Spotlight is on Amanda Yassin, an NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant at the young age of 24. By day, Amanda helps mothers deliver their beautiful babies, and by night she works in the emergency room! A really busy Latina!
Country of Origin or Family Heritage: My mom is from Dominican Republic and my father is from Guyana. I was born and raised in Queens, NY. I have been living in the same house since I was 6 months old.
Growing up being bi-cultural was something I was always proud of. Of course as a child, kids would always have things to say like “So what do you eat for dinner? Arroz con pollo with curry chicken?”. I laugh now because honestly there were many nights where my parents merged their cultural dishes.
I’m grateful to have parents who are still married and who very much respect each other. I come from two strong vibrant cultures. Both cultures were equally apart of my growing up. It puts a smile on my face when people ask me “Are you more Hispanic or more West Indian?”. Proudly I respond, I’m both.
Don’t get me wrong, being bi-cultural has its faults as well. Growing up there was always a sense of not being Hispanic enough or West Indian enough. I would hear things like, “If you can’t speak fluent Spanish then you’re not Dominican”. They would also say, “You’re not Guyanese if you can’t handle spicy food”. Now I can shrug my shoulders and shake my head but looking back as a young girl , it was confusing at times.
Career and Professional Information: I hold a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, NCCPA Board Certified. I am a full time- Obstetric and Gynecology physician assistant and also a per-diem emergency department physician assistant.
I am a recent graduate of The Sophie Davis Biomedical School Physician Assistant Program. In early March, I sat for my 6 hour national board examination. The very next day, marked the happiest day of my entire life thus far, as I notified that I had passed my boards and was certified to practice medicine. That very same day I had my first interview, at the full time position I currently have now. And in December 2012, I started my second job working in North Brooklyn in the acute adult ER.
Professional/Social Achievements: By far, my proudest moment was finally walking down the PA graduation aisle. PA school was such a rough journey for me, and at times I thought I would never see the light at the other side of the tunnel. The sense of accomplishment I felt on that day will never leave me. I felt proud because I had worked so hard to get there and I was able to prove and show my family, who supported me throughout it all, that I could do it.
The second proudest moment was when I became board certified. That accomplishment was not for anyone but for myself. It was the day I gained confidence and believed more than ever that when you want something and you work hard for it, you will get it. I also learned that you can’t be too hard on yourself and you have to believe in paciencia y fe.
Who Has Always Inspired You to Be Your Best? Honestly, I would have to say me. I am my worst critic. I am always pushing myself to be and do better. I am constantly thinking about what’s next. My parents are also my inspiration, even though they would always tell me (and still do), “Why are you studying so hard? Take a break. Come watch a movie with us”.
Your Favorite Magazine? With the amount of studying I was doing, the last thing I wanted to do was pick up was another handheld paper with writing and pictures on it. I currently don’t have a favorite magazine. I hope to change that soon.
Your Favorite TV show? My favorite show is Friends.
Stilettos or Flat shoes? It depends on my energy and how tired I am. I absolutely love flats, they are so comfortable. However, there is nothing like a good pair of stilettos to make you feel like a lady after a hard day at work.
Countries You Have Visited and Your Favorite One: I have visited Canada, Jamaica and Dominican Republic, that was my favorite.
Describe a Perfect Day Off From Work: A perfect day off from work could be waking up on your own without an alarm, a rainy or cold day outside, an empty house with Thanksgiving leftovers or a pile of new dvd movies to watch all day in bed under the covers.
What Has Been Your Biggest Challenge in Life? The biggest challenge in life has been remaining stress and worry free.
What is Your Next Big Dream? Getting married and buying my own home are my next big dreams.