On Becoming is an essential programme for you as a Physician Associate. Why? Because all the training you have done so far is only part of what you need to be optimally effective as a PA.
Who you are and how you are is signaled in every conversation you have throughout the day. It is what determines your effectiveness. Your 'self' is a primary tool of your work. For you, self-development and professional development are conjoined. Self-knowledge, personal authority, what you notice (or don't), how well you communicate empathy and compassion, how present you are to yourself and others, how you handle conflict, how successfully you influence and negotiate - these are the fundamentals of best PA practice.
You need to know what it's like to be on the receiving end of you.
You need to know what people say about you when you leave the room.
You need to learn to translate the spontaneous judgements you make into curiosity. You need to embody your healing and model your human wisdom.
You need to be able to celebrate being you with confidence and humility.
As a self-development programme of empowerment, On Becoming will equip you for the daily interpersonal relationships at the core of your work. This development ensures your care will be felt and expressed. Yours will be a practice that empowers patients to care for themselves. You personally will inspire more prevention.
On Becoming will help you become the best Physician Associate you can be.
It will surround you with care for you as you. It will challenge you to discover what you don't know you don't know.
It will stimulate your creativity and imagination, essential resources for the intractable issues you face.
You will become part of a praxis group that will support you, stretch you and give you a professional home base.
As a PA you are pioneering a new profession for patients and citizens in our NHS. There are risks. There are challenges. It is vital that you are both empowered as an individual and become part of a thriving, robust, resilient and politically impactful community of practice.
We look forward to meeting you and working with you On Becoming.