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Daily Inspiration: Meet Bassam Aysheh, PA-C

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bassam Aysheh, PA-C.

Hi Bassam, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am currently an Aesthetic Injector Physician Assistant. My journey began when I moved from Ocala to Tampa to start my undergrad years at the University of South Florida where I majored in Biomedical Sciences and minored in Public Health.

Upon graduating in 2014, I applied to Physician assistant schools but got denied from every program that I applied to. So I took a gap year and worked as a Medical Assistant and phlebotomist at Urgent Care in Channelside. I applied again the following cycle but was again denied from every program that I applied to. After my 2nd round of denials, I realized I needed to do something different to help boost my chances.

So I applied for and got accepted into the USF Master of Medical Science program in 2016. This was my chance to prove to the physician assistant programs that I was able to handle the rigorous course load that was PA school.

Thankfully, I earned a 3.8 GPA while in the program and then I applied to PA schools for the 3rd time. This time, however, I was able to turn down certain programs after finally getting accepted into my dream program, The University of Florida! After almost three years in the program, I finally graduated in 2020!

Upon graduation, I began my search for employment. I found a clinic in Clearwater that allowed me to begin my career as an Aesthetic Injector. After about two years with that specific clinic, I decided that it was time for a change.

I now work at Bella Excellence Medical Center in the Wesley Chapel and Westchase locations!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It was not a smooth road at all!!

I am a three-time physician assistant applicant. So I have received more than 2 years/cycles worth of denials and heartbreak. When all of my fellow colleagues were getting accepted in their first round, I wasn’t receiving the same luck. I had to watch all of them progress in their success and with their lives while I remained at square 1, it seemed.

Constantly receiving pity from everyone around me and even worse, friends and family constantly called me to ask “what are you even doing with your life?” and “You STILL haven’t gotten accepted? Maybe it’s time you change career paths and pursue something different.”

I was determined to prove everyone wrong. I knew I was destined to become a Physician Assistant and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way!

And when I finally received my acceptance into the University of Florida PA program, I thought it would be smooth sailing from there. But I was wrong. After a very rocky first semester, I was put on academic probation. That means that my progression was constantly being monitored and scrutinized by my faculty. Further adding stress to an already very stressful situation.

I started the program in 2017 and was set to graduate in 2019. But I struggled during the didactic year (year 1) and even during my rotations (year 2). The program thought it was best for me to repeat the entire 2-year program again and start from the very beginning. After putting up a fight, it was agreed to just have me repeat 2nd year and restart my rotations.

Needless to say, I was destroyed by this. The news was delivered to me 4 months before graduation. It crushed me to see all of the friends I’ve made graduate and move on to start their careers. Sitting in class while everyone shared the news of their new employment opportunities, new cities that they’re moving to, and new lives that they’re starting.

But I swallowed my pride and mustered up enough strength to finish what I so desperately wanted in the first place: to become a Physician Assistant! So I ultimately finished my program and am now in year 3 of my career!!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an Aesthetic Injector/Physician Assistant at Bella Excellence Medical Center!! I specialized in neurotoxin (Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport) injections, as well as dermal fillers, like lip/cheek/jawline filler! I also specialize in laser resurfacing and skin tightening procedures.

My goal is to bring the best out of my patients and to have them looking and more importantly, feeling their best. Being able to provide these services to my patients and have them tell me that because of my treatments, they’re now more confident in pursuing their goals, new relationships, and other endeavors will forever be the “why” for doing what I do.

I truly believe the thing that sets me apart from other injectors is my approach and how I speak to my patients. I never upsell treatments to my patients and never recommend treatments unless I truly know they would benefit them. In all honesty, half of my time spent with patients is spent telling them that they in fact DON’T need this or that procedure.

I’ve spent time with other providers throughout my career that only think of the profits and will sell procedures and skin care products just to make a dollar. That’s not the way I practice. And I believe my patients always leave me knowing that they received the best care and treatment!

Aside from the way I practice medicine, I think the thing I’m most known for is my love for funky socks and cool shoes! My patients always love seeing what sock/shoe combination I’m wearing that day! I think it’s a fun way to spice things up.

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
A most important lesson that I’ve learned along my journey is to stay focused on the goal and be persistent. Even if the world tells you NO, that doesn’t mean you’re out of the game.

Push harder on that goal until you succeed! Perseverance will always outlast smarts and any other talent. Even if you fail, as long as you learned something from that lesson and you don’t quit, you will make it through anything!

That’s what I kept reminding myself of throughout my three-year journey of getting into PA school and my three-year journey of making it through PA school.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @Baysheh_PA

Image Credits
Michele Lopez Photography @MicheleLopezPhoto

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