Mary Kathryn Dickson Physician Assistant Student Presbyterian CollegeMary Kathryn Dickson

PA Student
Class of 2022

Presbyterian College ’20, Cum Laude
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry

What activities and organizations were you involved in as an undergraduate?

While working on my undergraduate degree at PC, I was involved in a wide variety of clubs and organizations. I was an at-large Senator for PC’s Student Government Association (SGA), a Student Ambassador where I gave tours to prospective students, a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority where I held leadership positions such as Merchandise Specialist and Wellness Specialist, and I was a member of the Pre-PA club.

What did you do after you graduated?

Prior to graduation, I gained patient care experience at USC Orthopedics as an intern. After graduation, I worked as a nanny and assisted with elderly care until starting PA classes.

If you’ve done any volunteer work, please list what you’ve done and where.

Throughout undergrad I volunteered at Thornwell Children’s Home in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, where I served as a mentor to younger children. I volunteered with the Rise Against Hunger non-profit organization where I packaged meals for countries and areas in need. I was also a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Charities.

What are some of your hobbies or interests?

I love anything outdoors! I spend my free time hiking, boating, playing tennis, and traveling.

Why do you want to be a PA?

I want to become a PA because I have seen firsthand the lasting impact PA’s are able to make in not only their patients’ lives, but also the patients’ family. PA’s typically do not have the time constraints of other healthcare professionals which allows them to develop a relationship with their patients and ensure that they do not feel rushed throughout their visit.

Why did you choose the Presbyterian College PA Program?

Coming back to PC to further my education was a no-brainer! I love the small town and tight-knit community here at PC. I was able to watch the hard work that went into starting this program and I know that the faculty and staff will do everything to help prepare me in this field.