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She believed she could, so she did . By Cherelle Lemons. Who am I?. Ms. Lemons’ sister California State University, Fullerton Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences Minor in Chemistry 6 years Career goal: Physician Assistant

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She believed she could so she did

She believed she could,so she did

By Cherelle Lemons

Who am i
Who am I?

  • Ms. Lemons’ sister

  • California State University, Fullerton

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

    • Minor in Chemistry

    • 6 years

  • Career goal: Physician Assistant

  • Current job: Administrative Specialist II at Kaiser Permanente

Pride and joy
Pride and Joy



How to succeed
How to Succeed

  • Pick a major

    • Picked my favorite subject

  • Seek mentorship

  • Go above and beyond

    • Volunteer work

  • Get good grades

  • Establish great study habits

  • Choose your peers wisely


  • Shadowed nurse at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

  • Community college: ADN

    • RN---Not desired by employers

  • University: Bachelors degree

    • RN-BSN---desired by employers

    • TEAS exam

  • Masters/Doctorate: Nurse Practitioner


  • Any degree from a university

  • Coursework:

    • Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics

  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

  • Residency (3-7 years)

  • Shadowed doctors

    • Private practice, Surgeons: plastic, breast cancer, colorectal

    • Set up a meetings with surgeons and Chief of Surgery

  • Summer research program

    • Presented research in Maryland and St. Louis

Physician assistant
Physician Assistant

  • Any degree from a university

  • Coursework:

    • Same as physician but require Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

  • Clinical Care Extender

  • Requires more clinical experience (~1000 hours)

  • GRE (some programs)

  • Growing field

    • Majority of PAs will retire within the next few years

  • Currently shadowing PAs

    • Western University

Setbacks the struggle is real
Setbacks: The struggle is REAL

  • HATERS #byefelicia

  • Grades

    • Did not pass my first college Chemistry class

    • DO NOT do this!

  • Test anxiety

    • Did not pass my first college Biology class final exam

  • People not believing in you

  • You not believing in yourself

How to stand out
How to stand out


    • Create a professional email account

  • Utilize social networks

    • Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter

    • Screen your profiles (NO HOOCHIE PHOTOS, no photos indicating you are under the influence, no alcohol or drugs)

  • Talk to professors (THEY KNOW PEOPLE)

  • Set up meetings with admissions department

    • Come prepared: bring resume, contact card

  • Follow-up

    • Send thank you note, contact card and CHOCOLATE!

How to stand out1
How to stand out

  • Be persistent/patient

    • First meeting with WesternU: November 2013- April 2014

    • Sometimes stalking is okay LOL

  • Expect 2 weeks for a reply

    • If nothing, then call as a follow-up and remind them of who you are and why you are calling

  • GET GOOD GRADES!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • This is EVERYTHING

    • How schools admit students

Contact information
Contact Information

If you have any questions, concerns or need help, feel free to contact me!

Cherelle Lemons


  • Possible causes?

    • Genetic abnormality

    • Can be caused by injury or disease

  • Treatment

    • Insert shunt system where a tube is inserted, which directs the CSF from the CNS to another area of the body to be drained and absorbed. This system also regulates the CSF flow rate

  • Prognosis

    • If detected early enough and treated, may be able to live a normal life

Berlin heart excor pediatric ventricular device pad
Berlin heart EXCOR Pediatric Ventricular Device (PAD) (PAD)

  • Why use a Berlin?

    • The pediatric patients who have this are on the heart transplant list.

    • Needed to sustain life (temporarily)

  • Prognosis

    • Studies show that 43 of 48 patients survived from either a cardiac transplant or being slowly taken off of the PAD

    • Overtime the ventricles become stronger over time and does not need the assistance of the machine