The Physician Assistant Life

Episode 41: The Audio PANCE and PANRE Board Review Podcast

The Audio PANCE and PANRE Episode 41Welcome to episode 41 of the FREE Audio PANCE and PANRE Physician Assistant Board Review Podcast.

Join me as I cover 10 PANCE and PANRE board review questions from the Academy course content following the NCCPA™ content blueprint.

This week we will be taking a break from topic specific board review and covering 10 general board review questions.

Below you will find an interactive exam to complement the podcast.

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Episode 41 PANCE and PANRE Podcast Quiz

1. A mother brings her 6-year-old boy for evaluation of school behavior problems. She says the teacher told her that the boy does not pay attention in class, that he gets up and runs around the room when the rest of the children are listening to a story, and that he seems to be easily distracted by events outside or in the hall. He refuses to remain in his seat during class, and occasionally sits under his desk or crawls around under a table. The teacher told the mother this behavior is interfering with the child's ability to function in the classroom and to learn. The mother states that she has noticed some of these behaviors at home, including his inability to watch his favorite cartoon program all the way through. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

  1. Antisocial disorder
  2. Dysthymic mood disorder
  3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  4. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
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2. Which of the following is the treatment of choice for a torus (buckle) fracture involving the distal radius?

A. Open reduction and internal fixation
B. Ace wrap or anterior splinting
C. Closed reduction and casting
D. Corticosteroid injection followed by splinting

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3. Which of the following can be used to treat chronic bacterial prostatitis?

A. Penicillin
B. Cephalexin (Keflex)
C. Nitrofurantoin (Macrobid)
D. Levofloxacin (Levaquin)

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4. A 25 year-old male with history of syncope presents for evaluation. The patient admits to intermittent episodes of rapid heart beating that resolve spontaneously. 12 Lead EKG shows delta waves and a short PR interval. Which of the following is the treatment of choice in this patient?

A. Radiofrequency catheter ablation
B. Verapamil (Calan)
C. Percutaneous coronary intervention
D. Digoxin (Lanoxin)

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5. Which of the following pathophysiological processes is associated with chronic bronchitis?

A. Destruction of the lung parenchyma
B. Mucous gland enlargement and goblet cell hyperplasia
C. Smooth muscle hypertrophy in the large airways
D. Increased mucus adhesion secondary to reduction in the salt and water content of the mucus

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6. Which of the following dietary substances interact with monoamine oxidase-inhibitor antidepressant drugs?

A. Lysine
B. Glycine
C. Tyramine
D. Phenylalanine

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7. Gallstones usually result in biliary symptoms by causing inflammation or obstruction following migration into the common bile duct or

A. cystic duct
B. pancreatic duct
C. duodenal ampulla
D. common hepatic duct

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8. An elderly patient with poorly-controlled Type 2 diabetes and renal disease develops a fever of 102°F orally, productive cough, and dyspnea. Physical examination demonstrates a respiratory rate of 32/min, labored breathing, and rales at the left base. Pulse oximetry is 90%. Which of the following is the next appropriate step in the management of this patient?

A. Administer nebulized corticosteroids
B. Admit to the hospital
C. Oral antimicrobial therapy
D. Endotracheal intubation

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9. A 53 year-old female who is well known to the practice presents to the office complaining of increasing fatigue, constipation, and a weight gain of 10 lb (4.5 kg) over the past year. She also states others have noticed a recent hoarseness to her voice, and she is bothered by "charley horses" in her legs that wake her up at night. Her past medical history is unremarkable except for a history of hyperthyroidism treated by radioactive iodine 5 years ago. She is currently taking no medications and has no known drug allergies. Which of the following is the most likely cause of the patient's symptoms?

A. Hypothyroidism
B. Hypoparathyroidism
C. Vocal cord paralysis
D. Radiation thyroiditis

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10. Which of the following is most frequently associated with bladder cancer?

A. Hematuria
B. Dysuria
C. Urgency
D. Frequency

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Reproductive System 1: The Audio PANCE and PANRE Board Review Podcast Topic Specific Review Episode 39

Reproductive System Board Review PodcastWelcome to episode 39 of the FREE Audio PANCE and PANRE Physician Assistant Board Review Podcast.

Join me as I continue to cover topic specific PANCE and PANRE review from the Academy course content following the NCCPA™ content blueprint.

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This week we will be covering 10 topic specific OBGYN/reproductive board review questions.

The reproductive system accounts for 8% of your PANCE/PANRE board exam.  

Below you will find an interactive exam to complement the podcast.

I hope you enjoy this free audio component to the examination portion of this site. The full reproductive review includes over 107 reproductive system content blueprint specific questions and is available to all members of the PANCE and PANRE Academy or my new site SMARTY PANCE!!

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What are the Best PA Schools? Physician Assistant School Rankings

PA School Rankings - The Physician Assistant Life

Does the PA school you attend really make a difference?

When it comes to finding a job, probably not so much, but when it comes to obtaining superb clinical experience along with solid faculty, excellent academics, and a top rate student body - then yes, the PA school you attend does matter.

Below is a list of the very best (Duke University and University of Iowa) and worst physician assistant schools based on a survey of academics at peer institutions.

This table is updated annually to reflect the most recent PA school ranking data and populated from the latest US News and World Report annual summary.

Physician Assistant School Rankings

Last updated 05/09/2016

RANK SCHOOL NAME
#1 Duke University
Durham, NC
#2 University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
#3 Tie Emory University
Atlanta, GA
#3 Tie George Washington University
Washington, DC
#5 Tie Oregon Health and Sciences University
Portland, OR
#5 Tie Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT
#5 Tie University of Colorado
Aurora, CO
#5 Tie University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
#9 Tie University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
#9 Tie Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
#11 Tie Interservice Physician Assistant Program
Fort Sam Houston, TX
#11 Tie University of Washington
Seattle, WA
#13 Tie Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
#13 Tie Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
#15 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
#16 Tie Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Piscataway, NJ
#16 Tie Shenandoah University
Winchester, VA
#16 Tie Stony Brook University—SUNY
Stony Brook, NY
#16 Tie University of Alabama—Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
#20 Tie Midwestern University
Downers Grove, IL
#20 Tie Midwestern University
Glendale, AZ
#20 Tie Northeastern University
Boston, MA
#20 Tie Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
North Chicago, IL
#20 Tie University of Southern California (Keck)
Alhambra, CA
#20 Tie Yale University
New Haven, CT
#26 Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA
#27 Tie Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA
#27 Tie Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
#27 Tie Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ
#27 Tie St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO
#27 Tie University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
#27 Tie University of Wisconsin—Madison
Madison, WI
#33 Tie Cornell University
New York, NY
#33 Tie Philadelphia University
Philadelphia, PA
#33 Tie Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
#33 Tie St. Francis University
Loretto, PA
#33 Tie University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
#33 Tie University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth, TX
#33 Tie University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX
#40 Tie Arizona School of Health Sciences
Mesa, AZ
#40 Tie Augsburg College
Minneapolis, MN
#40 Tie Butler University
Indianapolis, IN
#40 Tie DeSales University
Center Valley, PA
#40 Tie Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
#40 Tie New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, NY
#40 Tie Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL
#40 Tie Pacific University
Hillsboro, OR
#40 Tie Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
#40 Tie Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY
#40 Tie Rush University
Chicago, IL
#40 Tie Touro University—California College of Health Sciences
Vallejo, CA
#40 Tie University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
#40 Tie University of Oklahoma—Tulsa
Tulsa, OK
#40 Tie University of Wisconsin—La Crosse-Gunderson
LaCrosse, WI
#40 Tie Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
#40 Tie Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
#57 Tie Augusta University
Augusta, GA
#57 Tie Daemen College
Amherst, NY
#57 Tie Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI
#57 Tie Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
#57 Tie Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Lock Haven, PA
#57 Tie Mercer University
Atlanta, GA
#57 Tie Mississippi College
Clinton, MS
#57 Tie Pace University
New York, NY
#57 Tie University of California—Davis
Sacramento, CA
#57 Tie University of Mount Union
Alliance, OH
#57 Tie University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
#57 Tie University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston
Galveston, TX
#57 Tie Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
#70 Tie Arcadia University
Glenside, PA
#70 Tie East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
#70 Tie Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
#70 Tie James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
#70 Tie Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Roanoke, VA
#70 Tie Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
#70 Tie Seton Hill University
Greensburg, PA
#70 Tie Springfield College - Baystate Health System
Springfield, MA
#70 Tie SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY
#70 Tie University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL
#70 Tie University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD
#81 Tie Albany Medical College
Albany, NY
#81 Tie Anne Arundel Community College
#81 Tie Barry University
Miami Shores, FL
#81 Tie Chatham University
Pittsburgh, PA
#81 Tie Des Moines University
Des Moines, IA
#81 Tie Gannon University
Erie, PA
#81 Tie Missouri State University
Springfield, MO
#81 Tie Nova Southeastern University—Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL
#81 Tie Nova Southeastern University—Southwest Florida
Fort Myers, FL
#81 Tie Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL
#81 Tie SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Syracuse, NY
#81 Tie University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI
#81 Tie University of Saint Francis
Fort Wayne, IN
#81 Tie University of Texas—Pan American
Edinburg, TX
#81 Tie Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA
#96 Tie Howard University
Washington, DC
#96 Tie Kettering College of Medical Arts
Kettering, OH
#96 Tie King's College
Wilkes-Barre, PA
#96 Tie MCPHS University—Boston
Boston, MA
#96 Tie Red Rocks Community College
Lakewood, CO
#96 Tie South University
Savannah, GA
#96 Tie University of New England
Biddeford, ME
#96 Tie University of Toledo
Toledo, OH
#104 Tie D'Youville College
Buffalo, NY
#104 Tie Harding University
Searcy, AR
#104 Tie Le Moyne College
Syracuse, NY
#104 Tie Louisiana State University—Shreveport
Shreveport, LA
#104 Tie Marietta College
Marietta, OH
#104 Tie Methodist University
Fayetteville, NC
#104 Tie Samuel Merritt University
Oakland, CA
#104 Tie Touro University—Nevada
Henderson, NV
#104 Tie Wagner College - Staten Island University Hospital
Staten Island, NY
#113 Tie Campbell University
Buies Creek, NC
#113 Tie CUNY Medical School—Harlem Hospital
New York, NY
#113 Tie CUNY—York College
Jamaica, NY
#113 Tie Franklin Pierce University
West Lebanon, NH
#113 Tie LIU Brooklyn Hospital Center
Brooklyn, NY
#113 Tie St. John's University
Queens, NY
#113 Tie Touro College—Bay Shore
Bay Shore, NY
#113 Tie University of St. Francis
Albuquerque, NM
#121 Tie Cuyahoga Community College - Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
#121 Tie Keiser University
Fort Lauderdale, FL
#121 Tie Marywood University
Scranton, PA
#121 Tie South College
Knoxville, TN
#121 Tie South University
Tampa, FL
#121 Tie Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, TN
#121 Tie University of Findlay
Findlay, OH
#121 Tie University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
#121 Tie Wingate University
Wingate, NC
#130 Tie Alderson Broaddus University
Philippi, WV
#130 Tie Indiana State University
#130 Tie Lincoln Memorial University
Harrogate, TN
#130 Tie MCPHS University—Manchester
Manchester, NH
#130 Tie Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY
#130 Tie Miami-Dade College
Miami, FL
#130 Tie Pennsylvania College of Technology
Williamsport, PA
#130 Tie Union College
Lincoln, NE
#130 Tie University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT
#139 Tie Bethel College
Paris, TN
#139 Tie Carroll University
Waukesha, WI
#141 Rocky Mountain College
Billings, MT
RNP Our Lady of the Lake College
Baton Rouge, LA
Unranked Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Unranked Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Unranked Moreno Valley College
Moreno Valley, CA
Unranked Nova Southeastern University—Orlando
Orlando, FL
Unranked Salus University
Elkins Park, PA
Unranked San Joaquin Valley College
Visalia, CA
Unranked Texas Tech University
Midland, TX
Unranked Touro College—Manhattan
New York, NY
Unranked Towson University - Community College of Baltimore County Essex
Unranked University of Maryland—Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD
Unranked University of Missouri—Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Unranked University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK

 

Made by PA: Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant

Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant SmallMy Name is Sean Conroy, I am a Physician Assistant, and I wrote a book.

The question I encounter the most is “What inspired you to write a book?”

The answer is not straightforward.

As PAs we all have experiences that change us, some touching, some devastating, some hilarious.

I don’t claim that mine are any greater than anyone else’s, or that I was moved in a way different from anyone else.

The only answer I have offered so far is that one patient moved me more than any of the rest. His story stayed in my mind, begging to be told.

In my introduction I discuss how this patient inspired me: a war veteran facing his approaching death from pancreatic cancer, in a way only a hardened soldier could.

Stoic, with resolve, and with as much strength as he could, muster, not only for himself, but for his family as they suffered helplessly alongside him.

The more I thought about his story, and yearned to share it, the more other stories also leapt to mind, begging to be shared as well.

It was in 2011, while in my first position in Kansas City, that I decided it would be best to just start from day one on my rotations, and jot down some stories. I would work my way up to the Internal Medicine rotation featuring my pancreatic cancer patient, then move on to the final, and greatest chapter: ED/Trauma.

Getting Started

For years this word document was titled simply “Book Idea.” Little by little it grew, a paragraph here, sometimes pages at a time.

I likely could have made an entire book out of my final rotation. After almost a year of seeing patients, and one of just about everything, not a day went by without a new surprise.

I enjoyed this rotation the most, saw the widest variety of patients, and had the most extreme emotional roller-coaster ride of any I experienced in PA school.

That being said, I did not want half the book to be all emergency medicine, so though it runs the longest, I tried to keep it reasonable.

My PA program (Union College, Lincoln Nebraska) did ask to review the manuscript early, to make certain it was HIPAA kosher, and quickly signed off on the project. I think that is another part of the answer to the original question: I had so much support from my wife, family, colleagues, and PA program that I kept moving forward, even after growing weary about a year after I initially began.

There were so many people who believed in me, so it was easy to believe in myself and push forward after this brief pause in momentum.

After about three years the manuscript was complete, and with prodding from my wife I began the process of inquiry to publishers with hopes of my book being delivered into the world. I counted my rejection letters, just for fun, hoping that in the end I had at least one acceptance letter.

Dealing with Rejection

Fifty-three rejection letters, spread out over a year; followed by two letters of acceptance in the same week (then five more rejections.)

Some rejections were very impersonal “Dear Author,..”, others stinging with criticism I certainly needed as I entered the world of publication with no guidance. It was due to the assistance in learning the ropes, as well as the faith they expressed in the book moving forward that led me to select Open Books Press out of the two publishers who accepted the manuscript.

I have to admit that it has been a wonderful experience, and very fulfilling. I have had a few colleagues tell me that the book would be perfect for pre-PA, and PA students to read prior to PA school and rotations, respectively.

If I had not become a PA I might have gone into education, likely at the college level. Thus, I am very flattered by this assessment, and the idea that my book might become part of the PA curriculum, much like The House of God has been for medicine in general for decades now.

For the time being though, I am happy to just sit back and look forward to the release of the book in May. I do hope it succeeds, but already feel like I have accomplished a great deal just in seeing it to publication.

About the Book

Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant

Sean Conroy started his career in the lab, but had a burning desire to enter the clinical side of medicine as a physician assistant.

Through-the-Eyes-of-a-Young-Physician-AssistantAfter completing the first two years of book work, he spent a year learning from doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others on the front lines of medicine in hospitals and clinics across the state of Nebraska. He entered his first family practice rotation as a well-spoken but inexperienced PA student, and in under a year was bedside with severely ill and injured patients in one of Nebraska’s busiest level-one trauma centers.

This memoir follows Conroy around the state, from one rotation to another, as he grows in knowledge and maturity. It tells the tales (some humorous, some harrowing, and occasionally heartbreaking) of patient encounters in wide variety of settings with individuals from all walks of life.

From the delivery of a newborn, to the terminally ill at the end of their lives, and many in between, Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant will leave you laughing and crying and with a deeper appreciation of PAs.

The book is now available for pre-order through Amazon.

About the Author 

Sean-Conroy

Sean Conroy PA-C was born and raised in McCook, Nebraska. He matriculated first from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska with a bachelor’s in biology (human biology option), then the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska with a bachelor’s in clinical laboratory science.

He concluded his studies with a master’s in physician assistant studies from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has practiced medicine in Kansas in primary care, including family practice and emergency medicine, since 2010 and a physician assistant at Manhattan Urgent Care in Manhattan, Kansas.

Connect with Sean on his website, Facebook or Twitter

Made by PA

Note: This is the first post in a series I am calling "Made by PA" which features PAs who inspire us through their work and their creations. This post is by physician assistant extraordinaire and first-time author Sean Conroy PA-C.. If you or someone you know is a PA and is making the world a better place through their creations I would love to feature your work here on the blog. Just drop me a line and send me the details.

Genitourinary 1: The Audio PANCE and PANRE Board Review Podcast Topic Specific Review Episode 35

The Audio PANCE and PANRE Genitourinary Review 1Welcome to episode 35 of the FREE Audio PANCE and PANRE Physician Assistant Board Review Podcast.

Join me as I continue to cover topic specific PANCE and PANRE review from the Academy course content following the NCCPA™ content blueprint.

This week we will be covering 10 topic specific Genitourinary board review questions.

GU accounts for 6% of your PANCE/PANRE board exam.  

Below you will find an interactive exam to complement the podcast.

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How to Survive PA School as a Dad: Advice from a PA School Parent

How to Survive PA School as a Dad

My name is William Seibt and I was a PA student and a dad.

We moved out to Miami from Phoenix to attend PA school when my son was 9 months old.

"One of my son's first semi full sentences was, “You have to study?” I imagine it will be the same when I have to finish up notes at home from work… “You have to work?” - William Seibt PA-S

We arrived in Miami in a Penske truck the evening before classes started and stayed with my sister-in-law for the first week.

The first weekend of school, we moved into our new place where we still live today.  I have to give my wife the credit for setting up the house and taking care of our son while we started our new journey.

The first year of PA school was the toughest;  I wasn't able to spend a lot of time with my family, and my wife bore the burden of taking care of our son on her own.  I was either at school or studying at the library.

I knew that finding balance between life and school was important, but this was a difficult transition.  I didn’t always feel that I could afford the time away from the books and still pass;  the workload was just too great at some intervals.

Looking back on it, I feel that I just sort of popped in on the family every once in a while, either for dinner or just before going to bed.

I made every attempt to spend time with my family for the last hour of the evening, but that didn’t always work out. 

I made it a point to be available on the weekends and my wife was wonderful at planning events and finding activities to do.

I often loaded slide show presentations and books onto my phone and would sit on the bench at the park or in the mall. I would review lectures or topics while my wife and son played.

There were some events, such as my son’s first birthday or Halloween night,  where I made it a point to put the books away for the evening (not the whole day though). I got to enjoy seeing my son dressed up as a dragon and learn how to try to say “trick-or-treat”.  But even then, my wife made all the arrangements and preparations without me.

The second year was clinical rotations and the workload finally lightened up; this is in contrast of course to the first year.  I was able to spend more time with the family, but I found I was actually lost about what to do around the house to help.  Ever since we moved into our place I had my nose buried in the computer studying.

My wife laughs because for the longest time, I didn’t even know where we kept the toilet paper.

My school was a 2 ½ year program, so studying for the PANCE didn’t officially start for me in the second year.  The second year, we enjoyed going to the beach on weekends and doing events around the city.  It was the best year of PA school.

Then the third year started… it was all classroom time again.  It was also time to start focusing on the PANCE.  Once again, my nose was buried in the computer and there was time away from the family.  The same routine started again.  The final semester was much shorter than the other semesters for my program so it wasn’t as bad to go through.

My son was a little older and had learned how to speak a few words and sentences by this time.  He was also more insistent on spending  more time with me.

That was the toughest part, having to tell my son “no, I can’t spend time with you.  I have to study”  while trying to get out the door. 

A 2-year-old doesn’t understand this and they will ask repeatedly to play and I found it a little heart breaking.  One of my son's first semi full sentences was, “You have to study?”  I imagine it will be the same when I have to finish up notes at home from work… “You have to work?”

A recurring theme in PA school, is that of my wife taking on the responsibilities of most everything while I went to school. This includes raising our son pretty much on her own.

We were fortunate that our son was young when I started PA school. He is two years older now and I am looking for my first job, he needs my attention and I’m happy to not have to say no all the time.

My advice to anyone with kids or planning on having kids while in school…

  1. Before you start school, discuss the lifestyle with your partner.  I don’t know anyone who would say that PA school was easy.  You will both be going through this trial together and with a family, it is a team effort.
  2. If you can, live near extended family.  We lived near my wife’s sister, and I think this helped.
  3. Once you’re in school, do not study at home.  You will need time to focus on you studying without distractions.  If you stay at home, your family will need your attention or you will want to give it to them.  Either way, remove that distraction.
  4. Be sure to give your family some of your time.  Either for dinner, at the end of the day, and/or on the weekend.  This requires some flexibility and will depend on your testing schedule.  Most of your hard-core studying will be dependent on what tests you have that week.

For the bigger occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, school events), take a chunk of the day off if you can afford to.

During the semester breaks, make that time count.  I knew some fellow students that actually took mini vacations or "staycations".  We couldn’t afford that on our budget, but if you can afford it, do it.

Finally, show your better half your appreciation for supporting you

Buy flowers and/or cards every once in a while.  I went through one semester where I left my wife little notes for her to find in the mornings when she woke up.   At the end of each semester or rotation, I would buy her flowers.  I tried to let her know that I still noticed her and thought of her and my son.

William-Seibt-PA-School-RecollectionThis was a guest post by William Seibt, William joined the Air Force in 1992 and left active duty in 1998. He attended Arizona State University in 2000 where he received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and where he met his wife.  His son was born in 2012, they moved to Miami in 2013 for PA school, and graduated in December of 2015.

Married with Children in PA School: How This Mom Makes it Work

Married with Children in PA School - How This Mom Makes it WorkMy name is Nikki, and I am a mother of two boys, 2 and 6 years old.

I am also a PA student.

For me, it was a long and difficult journey to get into PA school. I applied three consecutive years before finally getting accepted to a PA school in San Antonio, which is about a 3-hour drive from where I live.

Although I was excited to finally be accepted, it was a difficult decision for me and my family because it meant I had to move out to San Antonio while my family stayed behind.

I knew it would be hard, but I could not lose this opportunity. I was one of the 45 students accepted out of 1,800 applicants and I needed to figure out how to make it work.

I Couldn't do it Alone

My husband and my mom are very supportive and I would not be able to do it without them.

My mom decided to move in with us and help us to take care of the kids. The most difficult part for me at the beginning was to help my mom and my husband to get along. They are both great but it is hard for them to work well together because they both have very strong personalities. However, it seems to be getting better so I can’t complain now.

I go home to see my children over the weekends and try to communicate on Skype almost every day. It has been six months since I started PA school and it has gone by really fast since I am so busy.

My 6-year-old was getting into trouble in school and a couple of times I had to drive back and forth from San Antonio to be able to attend his class and the meetings with his teachers.

I used to overreact to his “bad behavior” but it only made things worse. I don't like to feel like I have no control in raising my children, so sometimes I get too emotional. I appreciate it when my husband or my mom do exactly what I ask them to do regarding the kids because it makes me feel like I can contribute to their life the way I think is the best for them.

I know it sounds silly and not very reasonable but I want to feel like I am still a big part of making decisions for my kids.

Finding Time to Study

I really need my weekends to study so when I come home to see my family I try to spend one full day and night with them and then go back to studying.

I do miss my family and some weekends I cannot come to see them, especially when we have finals or too many tests at once. On these occasions, we found a bus that my mom can take and bring the kids with her. I love it when this happens because I get to see them and will not waste 6 hours driving back and forth when I can spend this time studying.

The PA program in San Antonio is far more advanced than I expected. I have never studied so hard in my life even though I have two degrees. We already had some people that had to leave the program because they did not make it through the first semester. I know I have to be diligent and manage my schedule the best I can.

I don't think I have a typical situation since I do not really live with my family at the moment but I am sure there are people who are in my shoes or will be.

PA schools are very competitive and it is becoming harder and harder to get in. Unfortunately, you will not always be accepted at the PA school of your choice (or maybe fortunately because I love my school now).

I think the benefit of my situation is that I can actually study at home anytime and not feel anxious to go home and see my kids every day since they are not here.

I do miss them and love them very much but I keep reminding myself of my goals and sacrifices. I explain to my 6-year-old son that I study now so I can help people to be healthier and so we can afford to travel.

He is excited about this and sometimes says he wants to go to my school instead of his.

Advice to PA School Parents

If I were to give advice to future PA school students with children I would say stay focused on your main goal and know why you are doing this.

I do have my moments when I cry and get emotional but I talk to my kids, my husband, and my mom and they make me feel better. I remind myself that time goes by fast and I am pursuing my dream that will not only benefit me but my family and many other families in the future.

I would encourage you to connect with people in your class and make good friends. It has helped me to stay positive through difficult times. You have to develop inner strength that will carry you through any personal problems and still allow you to focus on studying. Otherwise, it will not be possible to make it.

We have a great tradition in our school. The class that was before us assigned each one of the new students a “Big person”. They just matched one person with another one according to some similarities. My “Big” has two children and they live with her. She was really helpful and supportive throughout my first semester. She made me feel more "normal” on several occasions when I did not know what to do.

She gave me advice on how to cope with problems and how to best address my needs along with those of my family throughout PA school.

I have two more years to go and I know they will go fast. I am enjoying my journey but I can’t wait to go back to my family and be there with them and for them.

All I can say is to get your support system together, make sure you have reliable people who can help you throughout the whole program and you can definitely make it through.

Best of luck pursuing your dreams!

This is a guest post by current PA student extraordinaire Nikki Clark

Nikki has been a licensed acupuncturist for 9 years. When a PA saved her son’s life it triggered her to choose a path of becoming a PA. She is pursuing her dreams to become a PA and to be able to educate people on prevention and treatment of illnesses and diseases. She has two sons and a supportive family that inspires her to be a better person and to stay strong and positive.

Also, in case you were curious, I asked Nikki about her mom, her husband's feelings about her moving to San Antonio to attend PA school and why they chose to live separately during her time as a student. Here is her answer:

I am originally from Ukraine and then lived in Houston since 2006.  My mom was living in Ukraine and had to make a big move for me. I really admire my mom. I do not think I could have been where I am today without her love and support. My husband's job keeps him in Houston so moving for him was out of the question.

My husband was supportive but truly very sad about me moving away. However, since it is only a 3 hour drive it does not seem too bad. I think the worst part for him is dealing with my mom and  trying to have his life arranged completely differently. But he has been with me throughout the whole process and is still there for me. We try to make date nights whenever we can and communicate over the phone every day. He sends me pictures of the kids and comes here whenever he can.

*If you or anyone you know is interested in submitting a guest post to the blog just drop me a line at stephen@thepalife.com - if your article is accepted you will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or a free 1 year subscription to the PANCE and PANRE Academy (your choice). Stay tuned our next PA parenting article will be from a father of two!

5 Tips to Get you Started on Your Personal Essay (and why you should do it now)

5 Tips to Getting Started on Your PA School Personal Essay and Why You Should Start Now!

Hey, procrastinators!

You know who you are — squeaking under deadlines by a nanosecond, feeling compelled to vacuum, or worse (when truly in the grips of avoidance), deciding to clean the toilet rather than tackle that pesky research paper.

Believe me, as a recovering procrastinator, I can relate.

When I was in college a gajillion years ago, my friends gave me a t-shirt that read, “I was going to join the Procrastinator’s Club, but never got around to it.”

Maybe putting things off works for you most of the time (there is some reward from the relief that comes from beating that deadline), but it won’t serve you well when it comes to writing your personal statement. After all, it’s likely the one thing that will make the difference between getting that all-important interview and losing that opportunity to someone else with similar grades and experience.

When I interviewed a dozen Admissions Directors and faculty from top PA programs across the country for our book, “How to Write Your Physician Assistant Personal Statement,” they said the essay needs to make them stop and think, “This is someone I want to know better.”

You see why your personal statement is not something to rush through just to get it done. It requires careful consideration, much thought and many revisions. To help you get going, follow these simple tips.

1. Put your butt in the chair in front of the computer at a specific time every single day.

This is a favorite trick of writers, especially when we’re suffering from writer’s block. As I’ve discovered, you won’t get anything written if you’re cleaning the toilet. It doesn’t have to be for long, 15 minutes will work. On most days, you’ll be surprised to find an hour has passed.

2. Let your imagination run wild.

When you’re struggling with what to write it is not the time to actually write. Instead, think about life experiences that brought you to this point and type them up. They don’t have to be in formal sentences or in any order. Just as long as you can go back and remember what the heck you meant when you wrote, “neighbor kid, six-years old, worst day ever.” Most won’t (and shouldn’t) end up in your essay. But you’ll be surprised at the richness of your memories.

3. Decide what’s relevant to your personal statement.

When I’m writing an article, the biggest temptation is to include an amazing anecdote that’s just slightly off topic. When I try to make it fit (and even now I am still guilty of trying), the writing is strained. Ultimately, I’m forced to delete it. Writers call that “killing your darlings,” and it’s one of the best pieces of advice I can give. Sure, it’s touching that you bandaged your puppy’s leg when you were nine, or saved a baby bird by bottle-feeding it, but those aren’t the things Admissions folks want to know. Copy them into a different document — someday you may want to use them for another purpose, in an interview perhaps, when you are an award winning PA.

4. Write a paragraph.

Now, this comes with a caveat — some people prefer to outline, but those generally aren’t procrastinators, who don’t have the time to outline. (Told you I am a recovering procrastinator). So I say, work with your personality instead of against it. Take one of your experiences and put it in paragraph form. Don’t worry about the little things — character and space count, grammar, spelling or transitions, just put your musings into a three or four sentence paragraph.

5. Write your transition sentences.

You’ll need to get your essay from point A to point Z. Again, this isn’t the time to worry about the details. This is just to help you start to tie those random experiences together. Cohesion is one of the biggest gaps I see when editing personal statements. Make it easy on yourself in the long run by getting a jump on tying it all together.

When you do all this a couple of months before your application is due, you’ve bought yourself time to write a polished essay (and have it professionally edited if necessary) that makes the Admissions folks think, “Hmmm, this is someone I’d like to know better.”

- Sue

Sue Edmondson SquareThis was a guest post by Sue Edmondson.

Sue is an award winning freelance writer who has written in Northern Nevada and Northern California since 1999.  She has donated countless hours editing 100's of PA school essays through our free and paid personal essay collaborative.

Her articles have appeared in publications such as Family Pulse, Rlife, Enjoy, Edible Reno-Tahoe and she spent five years as a reporter for the Mountain Echo newspaper. She dabbles in fiction and was awarded first place for short fiction by the Reno News and Review. She’s also sold several short children’s stories. Her other career is as an attorney. You can read her full bio below.

Looking for some more inspiration?

31-Physician-Assistant-School-Essay-and Personal Statement-Examples-and-SamplesTake a look at these 31 sample PA school personal statements shared through members of our community. Use it as a guide to see what works and possibly what doesn't as you sit down to write your 5,000 character CASPA essay.

A Question for Physician Assistants: Why Are You In It?

Why Are You In It? The Physician Assistant Life

Are you looking to make money as a physician assistant or are you looking to make the world a better place with what you do?

It’s an honest question and the two options are very different.

The latter involves being interested in giving value to someone other than yourself. The former involves doing anything and everything to add zeros to your bank account.

Neither option is inherently wrong. The problem is that most PAs begin with a desire to help people and, over time, once fully indoctrinated into the "system" they (we) become fundamentally changed.

If you’re simply looking to make money, the strategy basically comes down to generating as much revenue as you can, while avoiding an unfavorable outcome. Or, as we in the medical field have so humbly named "covering your ass."

Sometimes it’s as simple as showing your boss that you can see 6 or 7 patients in an hour.  Sometimes it’s not speaking up in the face of gross healthcare inequalities.  Sometimes it’s taking the higher paying job in order to please others or prove your self-worth.

The organization you work for, and therefore you, do whatever it takes to maximize profitability.

Success is much easier to measure too—you simply look at how many patients you have churned out, and count how much money you make.

Did it cover costs? Does it cover your livelihood and expenses? Were you able to maximize your retirement accounts? Is your boss happy? Awesome - you win and you’re a success.

If you’re looking to make the world better with what you do, it’s a little more difficult.

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Just because you want to make things better doesn’t mean the universe will align and show you the way.

Making the world a better place through the work you put out into it starts with you and how you answer the tough questions.

Do you actually like the work you’re doing? Does it align with a greater purpose in your life? Is the message behind what you do bigger than what you do? Are you truly stoked to do it?

People are attracted to excitement, so if you’re genuinely excited about something, others will take notice. Real excitement is contagious, like the flu (but with less sniffling).

Though doing something that makes the world better doesn’t stop with you. It also includes being super valuable and in service of others.

What about your work helps your patients? What about your work makes their life better? What about your work makes them truly stoked? Because when they’re excited, others will take notice of that too.

Measuring "Success" 

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Measuring the success of doing work that makes the world better is also a little muddy. There are several key performance indicators (KPIs) involved, each of them based on your own unique purpose and passion.

Sure, patient wait times, satisfaction surveys and money or revenue may be a part of it, but they’re not the only indicators. How much did you enjoy the process, regardless of the bottom line?

How much did your patient benefit from your work, regardless of the volume (as in, maybe you only saw 10 patients today, yet all of them  left healthier, having an experience that positively changed their lives).

In measuring success this way, it’s fairly easy to succeed as well - you get to do work you love that’s lined up with your purpose and valuable to the patients it’s for.

So, did you like doing it and did another person like receiving your care?

Awesome - you win and you’re a success.

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We get caught up and stuck in our thoughts when we change gears in our focus, or when we try to measure success for both types of work for the same outcome.

If you’re in it to make the world better and you only look at money, you’re doing your work and process a horrible disservice.

Similarly, if you’re in it to make money and you feel unexcited or uninspired, you’re also doing that work and yourself a horrible disservice too.

If you're in it to make the world better and you look at the patient sitting in front of you, you’re doing yourself, and your patient a great, and honorable service.

Magically, you're likely to find, the success that drove you to this profession in the first place, will follow.

PS: If you’re stuck before you’ve even started, check out my resources page for some help and inspiration. 

Photo Credits:  From our medical mission trip in and around Port Au Prince Haiti. photos by: Courtney Reese

Do Physician Assistants Get Sued? Medical Malpractice, Liability and Lawsuits – A Guide for PAs

Physician Assistant Malpractice and Liability - How Not to Get Sued

Do physician assistants get sued?

Of course they do, but based on seventeen years of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, nationwide Physician Assistant malpractice demonstrates lower malpractice incidence and average payment amounts compared to MDs and advance practice nurses!

Can I get a whoot whoot for PAs!

Malpractice Incidence

There is one malpractice payment for every 32.5 PAs while there was one for every 2.7 physicians. That is, the composite payment rate for physicians was twelve times that of PAs over the full study period.

Malpractice Amount

PA average and median payments were less than that of physicians and advanced practice nurses (APNs).

  • The average and median APN payments were the highest at $350,540 and $190,898.
  • The average and median physician payments were $301,150 and $150,821
  • The average and median PA payments were $173,128 and $80,003.

The physician adjusted mean payment was 1.74 times higher than PAs but only 0.86 that of APNs. The physician adjusted median payments were 1.89 times that of PAs but only 0.79 that of APNs.

* Why are advance practice nurse malpractice rates higher? Are they reckless practitioners?

It is speculated that advanced practice nurse mean and median payments are higher than that of physicians and PAs because the proportion of APNs who work in the high risk specialties of anesthesia and obstetrics is higher. The proportion of malpractice payments for nurse anesthetists (47%) and nurse midwives (25%) was 72% of total APN payments.

Reasons for Disciplinary Action

The most common reason for disciplinary action by state and federal monitoring bodies was the same for all three provider types. The most common disciplinary action was a licensing action (suspension or termination of license) by licensing authorities and the most common reasons for the licensing action were for unethical conduct and alcohol/substance abuse.

Reasons for Malpractice Claims

The most common reasons for APN malpractice claims were for obstetric and anesthesia errors. This is due to the disproportionate number of APNs who practice in these specialties compared to physicians and PAs. If these are excluded, the top ranking reasons for malpractice payments were the same for PAs and APNs: in order they are errors in diagnosis, treatment, medication and surgery. For physicians they were in order errors in diagnosis, surgery, treatment, obstetrics and medication.

What PAs can do to avoid medical malpractice

Recent research suggests that patient communication, compassion and apologizing for mistakes are major deterrents of malpractice litigation.  So for God's sake be nice to your patients. Take time to listen to and address their concerns.   It's your patient's life, not your license, that should always be the foundation of your decision making . Tweet That!

The following is an excerpt from the book Becoming A Physician Assistant by Jody Tomic PA-C. Download it for free on Kindle Unlimited:

Many lawsuits against mid-level practitioners and their supervising physicians cite the failure of the mid-level to contact the physician.

The mid-level may fail to recognize the significance of a finding on the history and physical examination and not see the need for contact. Comprehensive protocols as well as ongoing education can help minimize this risk.

A Physician Assistant may be apprehensive about disturbing their supervising physician with frequent questions. Both the supervising physician and the PA must cultivate a collaborative relationship so the PA feels comfortable asking any questions necessary to provide excellent patient care and safety.

The PA should always have reliable contact information for the supervising physician.

A preceptor of mine told me about a PA who was monitoring a man hospitalized with the flu. The man complained that he was having trouble breathing, and the PA was afraid to bother her supervising physician at home. It turned out that the man had developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome. GBS often follows a minor illness, such as a lung infection or gastrointestinal infection. Most of the time, signs of the infection have disappeared before the symptoms of GBS begin. It can result in ascending paralysis that may affect the diaphragm, requiring breathing assistance. The patient died, and the PA and physician were sued.

Obviously the physician should encourage communication from his PA because he is liable for their errors. The PA should realize that he or she can also be sued. So, even if the doctor is testy about being called, do it anyway.

If communication with your supervising physician is bad, you should take steps to remedy the situation, including finding a new job. Patients’ lives depend on your communication and teamwork.

Most of the time, doctors cover their PAs under their malpractice insurance. You should definitely have a dialogue to confirm this.

The question also arises whether mid-level practitioners should obtain their own malpractice insurance. When the employer is your only insurer, your best interest may not be your employer's best interest.

With personal malpractice coverage, you have an attorney who represents you, not your employer. Some basic types of malpractice insurance are “Claims Made” and “Occurrence.”

Claims Made insurance covers you for incidents that occur during the term of the insurance, only if they are reported during the coverage period. Occurrence coverage covers you for incidents that occur during the coverage period, regardless of when they are reported. So if a patient sues you one year after the incident occurred and your Claims Made policy has lapsed, you will not be covered. You might want to discuss this with your employer. It’s a good idea to take some continuing education courses on risk management.

Good documentation, excellent communication, and detailed protocols for emergency situations are all important ways to avoid exposure.

Finally, if you feel uncomfortable performing a procedure or prescribing a medication, listen to your intuition and get help. If you aren’t sure about anything, ask. The only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.

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Scholarships, Grants and Loan Repayment Programs for Physician Assistants

How to Bankroll PA School Without Going BrokeIt goes without saying, PA school is expensive.

PA school is also demanding, which means you will have limited time (if any) to work while attending school.

With the average undergraduate education debt prior to PA school at $36,300 and the average anticipated debt load from PA school at $75,000-$124,000, it is important that you have a rock-solid plan for how you are going to pay for your PA school education.

Funding sources vary and federal loan programs will probably form the foundation of your assistance package, many states also offer financial aid funding.

Additionally, there are specialized scholarships, traineeships, and loan programs available. Remember — apply the resources from scholarships and grants before you accept loans. Then, only accept loans that you need.

Work closely with your financial aid department. They will be able to inform you about special loans and scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Federal and State Resources

  • Numerous loans and grants guaranteed by the federal government are available to qualified students. Visit the website for Federal Student Aid sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school.
    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but in this case, the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan.
    • The Federal Perkins Loan Program is a school-based loan program for undergraduates and graduate students with exceptional financial need. Under this program, the school is lender. You must check with your school's financial aid office to see if your school participates in the Federal Perkins Loan Program
    • Federal Stafford Student Loan Program: These loans are offered through your bank, credit union, or other lending institutions. Graduate students may borrow up to $8,500 per year up to a total of $65,000. To qualify for a Stafford loan, you must demonstrate financial need as determined by the CM formula mentioned above. The interest rate varies. These loans are based on need, not creditworthiness. Therefore, no cosigner is necessary.
  • State sources of financial assistance include an agency in each state that guarantees federal student loans. Also, some states offer their own educational assistance programs with loans or grants. Check with your financial aid office to locate the office(s) in your home state.
  • Tax Credits are another option to explore.                                            

Scholarships and Traineeships

  • Americorps is a national network of hundreds of programs throughout the U.S. and is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents aged 17 or older. This program helps pay for education in exchange for a year of service.
  • The Indian Health Service (IHS) scholarship program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaskan Native (federally recognized only) students enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. The IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) was created to support this mission by providing health professionals the financial freedom to fulfill your career goals. The IHS LRP awards up to $20,000 per year for the repayment of your qualified student loans in exchange for an initial two-year service obligation to practice full time at an Indian health program site.
  • The National Health Service Corps Program (NHSC) is a competitive federal program. Students dedicated to practicing primary care in communities of greatest need can compete for educational scholarships. I was a NHSC Scholar and you can read more about that here. They also offer a generous loan repayment program in exchange for 2 years service in a designated healthcare shortage area (see the next section below).
  • The Physician Assistant Foundation offers competitive scholarships for PA students who are currently attending an accredited PA program, are in the professional phase of the program, and are student members of AAPA. Visit the Foundation web pages for a current application or see below.
  • The United States Navy Health Services Collegiate Program is designed to provide financial incentives for college students in designated health care professions while completing baccalaureate degree requirements.
  • The U.S. Army Health Care team, offers a three-year loan repayment program for any PA- C who wants to serve as an Army PA.
  • PAs for Latino Health (PALH), a caucus of the AAPA, offers a $500 scholarship to currently enrolled PA students each year.

Loans, Repayment Programs, and Consolidation Services

  • The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program is available to PAs in primary care or current students who plan to become primary care providers after graduation. You must agree to provide primary care services in a priority health professional shortage area for a minimum of two years.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Physician assistants qualify.
    • IMPORTANT: Loan forgiveness is an option after 10 years of payments, but it may not be an option if you refinance your loan during that period. So make sure you read the fine print!
  • Sallie Mae Tuition Pay Plans provide quality, low-cost, innovative solutions to paying for education. Tuition Pay is an interest-free plan that lets you break down the large lump-sum payments due at the beginning of each semester into easy-to-manage installments.
  • Common Bond: Ever wished your student loans could have a positive effect on society? Common Bond seeks to "reimagine finance based on our belief that business has a responsibility to further social good and promote welfare outside of its immediate customer base." Common Bond is unique in that they bring a 1-for-1 model to education through Social Promise. For every fully funded degree on the CommonBond platform, they fund the education of a student in need for one year through the nonprofit Pencils of Promise. They even fund a trip to Ghana with Pencils of Promise so that borrowers (and employees) can go and meet some of the children who the Social Promise has helped to fund.

Insider's tip: Looking to refinance a loan? Magnify Money is a wonderful website that lets you compare and contrast student loan options.  Just beware that if you have federal loans, refinancing to private loans may result in losing protections like special repayment plans (such as the public loan forgiveness program) that can help you in a time of need. Make sure you can comfortably afford your new payments if you refinance. And take the time to get rates from several providers.

AAPA Constituent Organization Scholarships

  • The Physician Assistant Foundation offers competitive scholarships for PA students who are currently attending an accredited PA program, are in the professional phase of the program, and are student members of AAPA. Visit the Foundation website for a current application.  Here are some of their current offerings. The 38 PA students who were awarded scholarships during the 2014 application cycle are listed here.
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb Endowed Scholarship — four $2,500 awards
    • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Endowed Scholarship — six $2,000 awards
    • Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship — six $1,000 awards
    • AAPA Rural Health Caucus Scholarship — two $2,000 awards to students from a rural area, who are committed to serving a rural community.
    • Ron Pace Memorial Scholarship — one $1,000 award to Florida-based students who are veterans and in their second year of PA school. Named in memory of Ron Pace, a Florida Academy of Physician Assistants past president and AAPA Outstanding PA of the Year Award recipient, who served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years.
  • Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology offers a $2,500 award for PA students. The award consists of two parts: $500 to help with travel to AAPA's Annual Conference to receive the award and $2,000 (unrestricted). Apply by March 1st.
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants offers three annual student scholarships for student members. Apply online by December 31.
  • Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Physician Assistant Caucus offers $1,000 grants for two PA students to attend AAPA's Annual Conference to help foster involvement and awareness of the caucus within the AAPA. Apply by January 15.
  • Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants has six annual student leadership scholarships and three scholarships for students who choose to enter the writing competition. Apply online by June 30.
  • Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont offers a scholarship of $1,000 and free attendance at the annual PAAV Winter CME conference for PA students who are residents of Vermont. Apply by June 30.
  • Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery offers one or two $500 scholarships from the Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship Fund, established to encourage young PA students to enter the field of orthopedics. Apply by August 15.
  • The Society of Army Physician Assistants honors the memory of Captain Sean P. Grimes, through the Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Educational Scholarship Award. Apply by February 1st.
  • The AAPA Veterans Caucus Scholarship seeks to recognize the achievements of an outstanding veteran of one of the seven branches of the Uniformed Services who is currently enrolled in a PA program.

Note: Grants are similar to scholarships, and availability is based on resources and financial need. When you submit your FAFSA form, you will be considered for Pell Grants.

Also, check your place of employment, organizations and place of worship for any grants for which you may be eligible.

Scholarships and Grants Awarded by the AAPA

They are all due January 15, 2015.

  • Student Academy Outstanding Student Society
    • Description: This award recognizes three student societies for their outstanding service to the profession.
    • How to apply: Download the Student Academy Outstanding Student Society Award application
    • Award/Prize: $500 for each of the three top placing programs
    • Additional details: All of these student societies documented their work in the following categories: public education and advocacy of the profession, public service and outreach, promotion of the diversity and professional involvement. Seventy-five percent membership is required to participate in this award.
  • Student Academy Travel Grant Awards
    • Description: A $500 grant for AOR student society representatives and Student Academy selected HOD student delegates or alternates to minimize travel expenses to the annual conference.
    • Eligibility Criteria: HOD students must be one of the selected students; all applicants should be members of AAPA
    • How to apply: Download the Student Academy Travel Grant application
  • Student Academy PA Student Mentor Award
    • Description: This award recognizes a PA who has demonstrated exemplary service to PA students and has furthered the leadership, educational, and professional development of PA students.
    • Eligibility Criteria: none specified
    • How to apply or nominate someone: Download the Student Academy PA Student Mentor Award application
  • Student Academy PAragon Student Award
    • Description: This award honors a PA student who has demonstrated exemplary service as a PA student.
    • Eligibility Criteria: Need at least 5 applicants; student should be a member of AAPA
    • How to apply or nominate someone: Download the Student Academy PAragon Student Award application

If you have any questions about these scholarships and grants, you can contact the Student Academy Staff at the following email address: students@aapa.org.

Unites States Military Service and Loan Repayment Programs

  • National Guard Healthcare Bonuses and Loans
    • Physician Assistants and Social Workers:
      • $20,000 per year for a three-year contract
      • $15,000 per year for a two-year contract
      • $10,000 per year for a one-year contract
  • National Guard Student Loan Repayment Program
    • Must have 1 or more qualifying and disbursed Title IV federal loans
    • State and private loans are ineligible for repayment
    • PLUS loans are eligible
    • Loans must be listed on the Department of Education National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) aid summary website
    • Must enlist for a minimum 6 year term of service
    • Must enlist for a critical skills (CS) vacancy in the grade of E-4 or below
    • Information:
      • Payments will not exceed $50,000 with annual repayments not to exceed the maximum amount established by law
      • Must enlist into a qualifying position in an MTOE or Medical TDA unit only
      • Must score a minimum of 50 on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT)
  • Navy Clinical Care Provider
    • To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Physician Assistant in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
      • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
      • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
        Completion of a physician assistant education program approved by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA)
      • Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
      • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
      • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
      • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination
      • General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

Who Gets the Most Financial Aid?

You might think that the families who receive the most financial aid would be the families with the most need. In fact, this is not necessarily true. The people who receive the most aid are the people who best understand the aid process.

Can I afford Not To Go To PA School?

Can I afford to go to PA school? The question you should be asking is: can I afford not to go to PA school? If your goal is to become a PA, then the answer to this question is easy. The worst thing you can do is shy away from applying because you think you won’t be able to afford it, and then live the rest of your life wondering, What if?

When I applied to the Rutgers Physician Assistant Program and spoke with students at the open house, they explained that if I were to be accepted the program would do its best to ensure I got through financially. They were right.

I may have borrowed a little more than I intended, but the money was available and after an initial setback I ended up with a highly coveted NHSC Scholarship.

As you will soon find out, there are plenty of opportunities for loans, grants, scholarships, etc. It does, however, take a little work on your part. But since you have set your goals and you’re focused, you are prepared for anything.

References:

Bonus: The Today Show recently had a very good program about loan refinancing and avoiding debt. Take a look at the video here and review their 7 ways to stop loans from ruining your life.

Physician Assistant Personal Statement Workshop: “To say I was an accident-prone child is an understatement”

The Physician Assistant Personal Statemeent Workshop Essay 8 - To say I was an accident-prone child is an understatement

In this latest installment of the personal statement workshop, we continue to pull essays submitted from the comments section through our free essay submission process and provide you, and our users, with a more detailed analysis of their essays.

This submission is by Katie, whose life experiences combined with a traumatic injury at the age of 13, are what inspired her to want to become a physician assistant.

We will present you with her original essay and our suggestions.

As always, use this as a guide to see where you can improve your own writing, and respect the work of others. It should go without saying this is not your essay, so don’t plagiarize.

Personal Statement Workshop: "To say I was an accident-prone child is an understatement."

By: Katie

100px-Essay.svg“To say I was an accident-prone child is an understatement. I frequented doctors’ offices and emergency rooms for a variety of injuries and ailments. I remember staying home sick from elementary school, curling up on the sofa to watch marathons of “Medical Mysteries” and “Trauma: Life in the ER”. My squeamish parents were somewhat disgusted by my gruesome choice of entertainment and were puzzled by my infatuation with medicine. Even so, my interest and enthusiasm for medical care persisted.

In 2006, after I was involved in a serious golf cart accident, I knew for certain that I would pursue a career in healthcare. I suffered extensive injuries after being ejected from the vehicle, run over, and dragged along the pavement. I remember the rushed atmosphere and commotion of the emergency room as I lay there feeling shocked by the gravity of the situation. Then, Michelle walked in, a smiling brunette clad in a crisp white coat. I assumed she was a physician as she explained the imaging procedures and tests I would soon undergo. She addressed me not as a naïve thirteen-year-old but simply as a concerned patient. She answered all my questions and stayed engaged in our conversation even as she performed an intra-articular injection to determine if my knee joint had been compromised. I was in awe at the combination of her technical proficiency and calm disposition. Not until years later, after attending a physician assistant symposium in college, did I realize Michelle was a physician assistant.

After my accident, my passion for medicine persisted. In high school, I enrolled in Honors Anatomy and Physiology and was fascinated by the field trips to watch an open-heart surgery and visit a cadaver lab. My teachers noted my enthusiasm for the subject and nominated me to attend a medical leadership conference at Georgetown University. When selecting a college major, I chose Nutritional Sciences because of the strong focus on biological science; it also provided a unique perspective on clinical work and emphasized the critical thinking skills necessary in practice. I worked assiduously because I knew exemplary academics were necessary when applying to graduate programs. However, despite struggling with a personal crisis during my sophomore year, I was determined not to let one semester mar the academic record I had worked so hard to achieve. I made significant changes in my life and learned how to maximize my academic potential while managing stress in a healthy way. This experience was a critical point of self-exploration, and I am confident it was an important step in preparing me for the rigors of PA school.

Once I was comfortable managing the challenges of a science-heavy course load, I began to focus on gaining more experience working in healthcare. Although my interest to learn the intricacies of medicine was undeniable, I was still unsure about which career would be the best fit for me. I spoke with doctors, nurses, and PAs to determine the differences between these types of practitioners. While trying to make a decision, I repeatedly thought of Michelle, my earliest inspiration. I saw clearly that compared to other healthcare professionals, PAs have a unique opportunity to build a rapport with their patients by getting to know them on a personal level, which is what I value most.

However, it was not until I became a certified nursing assistant at an assisted living facility that I truly understood how much I valued being a part of someone’s healing process. Initially, I saw the job as an opportunity to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, but I realized quickly the magnitude of this experience was much greater than I anticipated. It is remarkable to watch the aging process unfold and see the devastating progression of diseases. It is my responsibility to not only provide care to the residents, but also to be vigilant about changes in their condition, to be compassionate about the struggles they endure in light of their impending mortality, and to listen to them when nobody else will. These moments make me realize what an honor it is to be a healthcare provider.

Although my academic journey has always been aimed towards a career in medicine, my unique life experiences are what inspired me to become a physician assistant. The PA profession encompasses my passion for scientific knowledge and my desire to build relationships with patients. Pursuing such a fulfilling and exciting career leaves me with a profound sense of purpose and the definitive notion I will be a successful physician assistant.

Suggestions and Revisions

By: Sue Edmondson

Note: These are very brief suggestions and revisions offered through our free submissions process in the comments section. For a full-featured edit of your personal statement, please see our paid service offerings

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Hi Katie,

I like the image of you as a kid watching medical shows on TV, but for purposes of this essay, you’re taking up valuable space that could be used to talk about your healthcare experiences in more detail. When I interviewed Admissions Directors and faculty from across the country, every person said they weren’t interested in hearing childhood experiences. I’d delete the entire first paragraph of your essay.

Your second paragraph is good (skip the brunette in your description of Michelle — it’s a wasted word).

The third paragraph needs editing — it reads well, but it has extra verbiage that has little significance. Remember, the people reading your essay are literally reading more than a thousand so save words where you can. And the word passion is so overused, it’s meaningless. I rarely recommend using it.

This is what I’d do in an edit:

“My interest in medicine persisted. When selecting a college major, I chose Nutritional Sciences because of the strong focus on biological science; it also provided a unique perspective on clinical work and emphasized the critical thinking skills necessary in practice. Despite struggling with a personal crisis during my sophomore year, I was determined not to let one semester mar the academic record I had worked so hard to achieve. I made significant changes and learned how to manage stress in a healthy way. This experience was a critical point of self-exploration, and I am confident it was an important step in preparing me for the rigors of PA school.”

Use the extra space to elaborate a bit more on why you’re choosing to be a PA as opposed to any other health care professional.

Best of luck.

Sue Edmondson Physician Assistant Essay CollaboratveSue Edmondson - editor - the physician assistant personal statement collaborative.

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A Surgeon Speaks: 7 Reasons Why You Should Choose PA Over MD

A Fellowship Trained Surgeon Shares 7 Reasons You Should Choose PA over MD

I am a fellowship-trained surgeon.

Besides the financial aspect, the following 7 points will make your decision of PA vs. MD easy:

1.  It takes on an average at least 15 years (after high school) of head in the sand (books) to complete fellowship and reach the $200,000 debt figure that you are quoting.

2.  A 40-50 hour work week is a dream for most MDs. Most of my colleagues work 60 hrs and some up to 80 hours a week.

3.  Not counting the hours after you go home and come back for ’emergencies’.

4.  Family life is a ‘possibility’ for PAs. Look around and see how many MDs have kids before 30. You will be surprised by the small number.

5.  Most of my PA friends work two jobs (totaling 60-80hrs/week), so their salaries go up accordingly. Ever heard of an MD working two jobs. I guess 120-160 hrs/week is kinda difficult. Huh..

6.  PAs work just as well and earn just as much respect by their patients and colleagues.

7.  The only trajectory this trend is going is upwards. Mid-level providers’ need and utilization has been increasing exponentially.

I am totally happy with what I am doing. But if I were to advise an aspiring student for MD vs. PA, I would totally refer him/her to this post. I think the round 1 showdown is won by PAs, not MDs.

- Dr. S

Dr. S is a fellowship trained surgeon who was kind enough to weigh in on the PA vs. MD debate in the comments section of this blog.

What do you think? Is Dr. S spot on or dead wrong? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.  You probably know where I stand on this debate. 🙂

Who Gets Into PA School? Here’s What You Need to Know

What Does it Take to Get Into PA School? Here's What You Need to KnowLeslie Mean is a 27 year old single white female who presents to the PA school admissions committee on her first attempt to get into PA school.

She has a 3.5 overall GPA and a 3.4 science GPA. She is holding a bachelors of science degree in biochemistry, had an SAT score in the 1000-1100 range and above average GRE scores.

She has 2 years of hands-on clinical experience working as a CNA and a long history of volunteer work which exemplifies her desire to help her fellow man.

She is kind and considerate and has reference letters which demonstrate her maturity and strong interpersonal skills.

She was accepted into PA school on her first attempt.

Who is Leslie and Why did she get into PA School?

When asking the question: What do I need to do to get into PA school? You would be smart to talk to Leslie.

Leslie is a hypothetical PA school applicant who went on to become a PA school student, a perfectly average PA school student.

She also embodies what PA school's all across the country are looking for at this very moment.

How do I know this?

Because the most recent data from the PAEA semi annual report, representing responses from over 85% of PA programs detailing characteristics of applicants and students enrolled in PA school, show that they are filling their seats with Leslie.

As much as I like to talk about not being average and differentiating yourself from the pack it is good to know what average is. Average provides a baseline by which you can measure your own progress, set goals and develop an application timeline.

Does this mean you have to be just like Leslie to get into PA school?

Absolutely not, first of all, factors such as race, age, ethnicity, etc. are of no importance and you certainly don't have to be female to get into PA school  (I myself am living proof).

But, it is safe to assume that most schools are looking to keep their graduation and certifying exam pass rates high. They have an incentive to take less risks and because of this, anything below average is considered a risk.

Thus, take a good look at Leslie and focus on factors that you can control to differentiate yourself, like your academic standing, your experience, your volunteer activities, your references and your essay.

If you set the bar at Leslie, and end up being a Mother Theresa, I am pretty sure you will be accepted into PA School, although I have no data on religious preference and PA school acceptance rates. 🙂

So what does an average PA school applicant who is admitted to PA school (i.e student) look like?

Let's take a look:

→ The average PA school students age is 27 years old

  • The average age of first-year students ranged between 25 and 28 for all categories
  • The average age at application is 26 years old

Average age of Physician Assistant School Applicant

→ The average PA school student is female

The gender distribution of first-year students has started to stabilize after nearly a 20-year trend of a gradually increasing proportion of females:

  • Female: 72.4%
  • Male: 27.6% (mean)

First Year Enrollment in PA School by Gender

→ The Average PA school applicant has a bachelor’s degree

The majority of PA school applicants hold a baccalaureate degree.

  • No academic degree: 8.1%
  • Certificate: 0.2%
  • Associates Degree: 2.6%
  • Baccalaureate Degree: 70.5%
  • Master’s Degree: 6.6%
  • Doctoral Degree: 0.9%

→ Most students had four years of hands-on clinical experience prior to applying*

PA school applicants come to the table with a variety of medical experience, especially if they are strong applicants. On average, four years of prior experience in one of the following areas is common:

  • Nursing
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Allied Health
    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Registered Radiologic Technologist
    • Athletic Trainer
  • Emergency Services
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    • Paramedic
    • Emergency Room Technician
  • Miscellaneous
    • Phlebotomist (that was me!)
    • Medical Researcher
    • Medical Volunteer

 

Average healthcare experience years and hours of PA School Student or Applicant

* 2015-2016 update: Some recent data suggests HCE hours are significantly declining with a new average of 1.88 years of health care experience among matriculating (accepted) students.

→ SAT/GRE scores of those accepted tend to be in the above-average range

  • GRE Percentile Math: 50%
  • GRE Percentile Verbal: 42%
  • GRE Percentile Analytical: 48%
  • SAT scores are in the 1000-1100 range.

→ The average PA school student has between a 3.36 and 3.47 overall GPA and an undergraduate science GPA between 3.36 and 3.47

  • The average undergraduate overall GPA for PA school applicants who WERE ACCEPTED into PA school was 3.49, undergraduate science GPA was 3.36 and non science GPA was 3.56.
  • The average GPA for students who WERE NOT ACCEPTED into PA school was 3.16

Interesting factoid: As the age of applicants increases, GPA tends to be lower.

Average GPA for PA School Student Undergraduate and Science

→ Most PA school students are White

Skin color has nothing to do with acceptance rates, but it is interesting (and maybe a bit sad) to know that the vast majority of first year students were White (86.5%) followed by Asian (11.1%) and Black or African American 4.1%.

First Year Student PA School By Race and Ethnicity

→ What are your chances of being accepted into PA school?

  1. If you apply to one PA program - you have a 25% chance of getting in
  2. If you apply to 12 programs (or more) - you have a 49% chance of getting acceptance
  3. Average number of PA programs applied to is 8

Interesting factoid: There is no additional benefit for applying to 12 programs or more!

→ Pucker up baby, most PA students are single!

Most students are single (67.7%), though just over a quarter were married (26.4%). A little over two percent were divorced and over one percent were in a domestic partnership/civil union. Most students (85.1%) have no legal dependents. For the nearly 15% of students that reported having legal dependents other than themselves, the average number of dependents was 2.02, with a range of 1 to 7 dependents. Over 30% of respondents said they were considered a dependent of their parents.

→ Most PA students are from "The Burbs"

Half of students reported spending most of their time in a suburban setting. One quarter of respondents reported spending most of their time in a rural environment, followed by 15% in an inner-city setting.

Where do PA School Students Come From

→ PA school students don't smoke pot and are not drug dealers or part of the Italian Mafia

Over three-quarters (82.8%) of programs reported that students were required to have a background check upon matriculation to the program, while 78.7% of responding programs now mandate drug testing.

Some Important Points

It's not Rocket Science: It is important that a candidate demonstrates reasonable aptitude in the hard sciences such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biology. It is more likely that the committee may overlook a grade of C in U.S History or Spanish I. They will be less tolerant of a marginal grade in the sciences.

Show compassion: Your GPA is stellar and you've amassed an impressive amount of medical work experience in the little spare time you have while keeping your grades pristine, but you still get that dreaded rejection letter. Why? You didn't do enough volunteer work. Volunteering exemplifies your desire to help your fellow man—the attribute identified by schools as one of the most integral to becoming a successful PA. "Students who have had experience in working with underserved populations, rural or diverse populations, performing volunteer service or disaster relief, or other experiences that illustrate a drive and compassion for others often stand out to the admissions committee,"

Quote Run of a Ladder Thomas Henry HuxleyIt's an easy race to the bottom, so set your sights at the top: Many people will be set aback when they read that only 25% of applicants will be accepted into PA school on any given year, but this should actually be good news. Being in the top 25% in any field is not nearly as hard as it sounds, simply because the majority of the competition is in the bottom 75% and has bottom 75% qualifications. For example, you have read this entire post so you now know what the average PA school applicant who has had some success looks like. You understand what a top 75 percent applicant looks like. Your goal now is to be better than the average 75% and exceed the top 25%.  If you aim high, you will be competing with a much smaller minority, and your odds of getting an acceptance letter will increase dramatically. It also helps if you apply to 12 programs.  😉

Tables and data were sourced from:

The 28'th and 29'th PAEA Annual Report

An Open Letter to all Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools and Others Interested in PA Programs in the United States

an-open-letter-to-all-graduates-of-foreign-medical-schools-and-others-interested-in-pa-programs-in-the-united-statesAfter reading a number of questions about acceptance into PA programs a prevailing theme has emerged.

Many international physicians stated that their interest in becoming PAs stems from dissatisfaction with the hours or volume of patients they are seeing in their own practices in their native countries.

So, what is my advice?

That you make an honest, soul-searching assessment of what it is you are seeking.

PAs are Not an MD Surrogate

If you have a prevailing feeling that your MD is a superior credential and that you will be functioning as an "MD Surrogate" in the US, then perhaps you don't fully understand the concept of a PA/supervising MD team.

Every good PA knows very well our limits in scope of practice which have served us and our physician mentors very well for over 40 years.

We aren't, and never will be physicians!

Nor will you, if you practice as a PA within your scope of practice.

PAs Don't Always Have Regular, Predictable Hours?

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You may also want to investigate why you believe that coming to the United States to become a PA will ensure that your hours will be regular, predictable and better than what you have now.

Your hours will depend completely on the medical practice or hospital which hires you.

Expecting that as a PA you will have it easier than you have it as an MD may be a false assumption.

Many PAs work very long, grueling hours in emergency rooms, critical care, hospitals, public health facilities, family health care, community clinics and countless other fields in addition to volunteer work on their own time.

The person who inquired about coming to a US PA program because PAs in Canada are still new and not well respected might do well to step back for perspective.

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You Will Listen to Me

PAs in the US are the single most serially tested group of medical providers in the world.

We are currently changing a decades-old requirement for national board certification exams every six years to maintain our treasured "C" on our credential, indicating board certification.

But if you look closely at the environment which mandated our test schedule it reveals that we have been regularly asked to "prove" our knowledge, skills, and trustworthiness for those same decades.

Each of us went through some version of facing the "newness" question about what is a PA and scrutiny and occasional rejection by physicians, nurses, and patients.

And most of us will tell you the struggle to prove ourselves is hard.

And at one time it may have been necessary.

But now, for most situations, when you join a medical practice, your patients already know what a PA is and how we function with their physicians.

In Canada, your PA profession, though in comparative infancy to the US, needs great people to choose it, build its competence and support its growth rather than abandon it and go to already proven territory.

If you believe in rigorous academic and clinical training then wouldn't you want to be in the vanguard in Canada demanding that rigor?

The Good With the Challenging

Physician Assistants Get Respect

I treasure my life and work as a PA in California and Florida.

Anyone fortunate enough to come here as an immigrant looking for an opportunity to serve in the medical corps is warmly welcomed and will be honored by our ranks.

But when you choose this path to PA make sure you are seeing the good with the challenging and accepting that part of being in medical care.

Every place in the world demands a near total commitment of time and the humility to be comfortable caring for impoverished people, people of every cultural and ethnic background, just as you are doing wherever you currently live.

Your challenges are the same as ours in that regard.

The United States PA programs are unparalleled in preparing a workforce to address the overwhelming problem of inadequate access to health care.

But we may not be a panacea for overworked, over-scheduled and feeling unappreciated, at times.

Sincerely, and with good wishes for your success,

- Martie Lynch BS, PA-C

Did You Know
Currently, 165 PA programs accept international students for a complete listing of these PA programs click here.  

The Long Road to Practice

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Today's post comes to us via the comments section and was written by physician assistant Margie Lynch, PA-C .

I receive many comments and emails from internationally trained doctors looking for career options here in the United States.

In fact, as an undergraduate, while working in the campus health clinic, I had the privilege of being trained by a foreign medical doctor from India who had transitioned to a laboratory tech in the United States.

The truth is, in many instances, a foreign medical degree is non-transferable and the barriers to practice prevent many highly skilled, well-intentioned international providers from coming to the United States. And like the MD I worked with, their skills and training may go to waste. This is a shame sad there are many clinics and hospitals in the US that would benefit from culturally competent bilingual practitioners.

And like the MD I worked with, their skills and training may go to waste. This is a shame sad there are many clinics and hospitals in the US that would benefit from culturally competent bilingual practitioners.

This is a shame as there are many clinics and hospitals in the US that would benefit from culturally competent, highly skilled,  bilingual practitioners.

International Barriers to Practice in the United States

According to this NY Times Article, the United States already faces a shortage of physicians in many parts of the country, especially in specialties where foreign-trained physicians are most likely to practice, like primary care. And that shortage has gotten exponentially worse since the passage of the affordable healthcare act in 2014.

For years the United States has been training too few doctors to meet its own needs, in part because of industry-set limits on the number of medical school slots available. Today about one in four physicians practicing in the United States were trained abroad, a figure that includes a substantial number of American citizens who could not get into medical school at home and studied in places like the Caribbean.

But immigrant doctors, no matter how experienced and well trained, must run a long, costly and confusing gantlet before they can actually practice here.

The process usually starts with an application to a private nonprofit organization that verifies medical school transcripts and diplomas. Among other requirements, foreign doctors must prove they speak English; pass three separate steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination; get American recommendation letters, usually obtained after volunteering or working in a hospital, clinic or research organization; and be permanent residents or receive a work visa (which often requires them to return to their home country after their training).

The biggest challenge is that an immigrant physician must win one of the coveted slots in America’s medical residency system, the step that seems to be the tightest bottleneck.

That residency, which typically involves grueling 80-hour workweeks, is required even if a doctor previously did a residency in a country with an advanced medical system, like Britain or Japan. The only exception is for doctors who did their residencies in Canada.

The whole process can consume upward of a decade — for those lucky few who make it through.

Fighting Brain Drain

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The counterargument for making it easier for foreign physicians to practice in the United States — aside from concerns about quality controls — is that doing so will draw more physicians from poor countries. These places often have paid for their doctors’ medical training with public funds, on the assumption that those doctors will stay.

According to one study, about one in 10 doctors trained in India have left that country, and the figure is close to one in three for Ghana. (Many of those moved to Europe or other developed nations other than the United States.)

No one knows exactly how many immigrant doctors are in the United States and not practicing, but some other data points provide a clue. Each year the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a private nonprofit, clears about 8,000 immigrant doctors (not including the American citizens who go to medical school abroad) to apply for the national residency match system. Normally about 3,000 of them successfully match to a residency slot, mostly filling less desired residencies in community hospitals, unpopular locations and in less lucrative specialties like primary care.

In the United States, some foreign doctors work as waiters or taxi drivers while they try to work through the licensing process.

The International Path to PA

Is PA a reasonable alternative to foreign trained medical providers whose skills we desperately need here in the United States?

And just how many PA schools are eagerly opening their doors to these practitioners?

This, my friends, is a topic for another blog post.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section down below.

Warmly,

-Stephen Pasquini PA-C

Are you or someone you know a foreign trained doctor or medical provider looking to practice as a PA in the US? Here are some useful resources from the internets:

80 PA Schools That Don’t Require the GRE

80 PA Programs That Don't Require the GRE For PA School Admissions

Does the thought of studying for the GRE exam make your palms sweat and your heart flutter?

Wouldn't it be great if you could find PA schools that don't require the GRE and simply avoid the GRE exam altogether?

Well, you are in luck!

Here is a list of the 80 US Physician Assistant Programs that do not require the GRE for PA school acceptance

80 PA Programs That Don't Require the GRE

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  1. Arizona School Of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  2. Augsburg College Physician Assistant Program
  3. Bay Path University Physician Assistant Program
  4. Bethel University (Minnesota) Physician Assistant Program
  5. CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education Physician Assistant Program
  6. Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program
  7. Concordia University Physician Assistant Program
  8. Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland State University Physician Assistant Program
  9. D’youville College Physician Assistant Program
  10. Daemen College Physician Assistant Program
  11. Drexel University Physician Assistant Program
  12. Duquesne University Physician Assistant Program
  13. Eastern Michigan University Physician Assistant Program
  14. Eastern Virginia Medical School Physician Assistant Program
  15. Franklin College Physician Assistant Program
  16. Franklin Pierce University Physician Assistant Program
  17. Gannon University Physician Assistant Program
  18. Gardner Webb University Physician Assistant Program
  19. Heritage University Physician Assistant Program
  20. Hofstra University Physician Assistant Program
  21. Interservice Physician Assistant Program
  22. King’s College Physician Assistant Program
  23. Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program
  24. Loma Linda University Physician Assistant Program
  25. Marquette University Physician Assistant Program
  26. Marshall B. Ketchum University Physician Assistant Program
  27. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Boston)
  28. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Manchester) New Hampshire
  29. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Worcester) Massachusetts
  30. Mercy College Physician Assistant Program
  31. New York Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program
  32. Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program
  33. Pace University Physician Assistant Program
  34. Pacific University Physician Assistant Program
  35. Pennsylvania College of Technology Physician Assistant Program
  36. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  37. Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Program
  38. Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant Program
  39. Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program
  40. Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program
  41. Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program
  42. Sacred Heart University Physician Assistant Program
  43. Saint Francis University Physician Assistant Program
  44. Saint Louis University Physician Assistant Program
  45. Samuel Merritt University Physician Assistant Program
  46. Seton Hill University Physician Assistant Program
  47. Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program
  48. Southern California University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  49. Springfield College Physician Assistant Program
  50. St. John’s University Physician Assistant Program
  51. Stanford University Physician Assistant Program
  52. Stony Brook University Physician Assistant Program
  53. Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program
  54. SUNY Downstate Medical Center Physician Assistant Program
  55. Thomas Jefferson University Physician Assistant Program
  56. Touro College (Bay Shore) Physician Assistant Program
  57. Touro College (Manhattan) Physician Assistant Program
  58. Touro University (Las Vegas) Physician Assistant Program
  59. Touro University Nevada Physician Assistant Program
  60. Touro University Physician Assistant Program (California)
  61. Towson University CCBC – Essex Physician Assistant Program
  62. Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  63. Union College Physician Assistant Program
  64. University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Program
  65. University of California-Davis Physician Assistant Program
  66. University of Dayton Physician Assistant Program
  67. University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program
  68. University of Incarnate Word Physician Assistant Program
  69. University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program
  70. University of North Dakota Physician Assistant Program
  71. University of Saint Joseph Physician Assistant Program
  72. University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Program
  73. University of the Sciences of Philadelphia Physician Assistant Program
  74. University of Toledo Physician Assistant Program
  75. University of Wisconsin – Madison Physician Assistant Program
  76. Wagner College Physician Assistant Program
  77. West Liberty University Physician Assistant Program
  78. Western University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  79. Wichita State University Physician Assistant Program
  80. Wingate University Physician Assistant Program

13 Provocative PA School Personal Statement Expressions

Thirteen Provocative Personal Statement Expressions - ShadowingHow to Explain Your Shadowing Experience in your CASPA Personal Statement

How do you know you'll be a good PA unless you've seen one in action?

By shadowing - taking the time to follow a physician assistant through her day to observe what her work is really like.

When we interviewed admissions directors for our book "How to Write Your Physician Assistant Personal Statment" one thing was clear - experience and maturity matter.

The essay should show some level of maturity and understanding about the physician-led PA team. Why does the profession apply to this applicant? Most applicants will have worked with or shadowed a PA. Those experiences are the ones to write about.Dennis Brown, PA-C, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, Director of Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University.

Seeing medicine come alive through the example of an experienced practitioner can tell you whether you'll enjoy a medical career, eliminate some of your false assumptions, and perhaps provide you with a mentor or role model you can turn to as your medical education and career begin in earnest.

It will also prove to the admissions committee that you are serious PA school applicant.

13 Personal Statement Expression Examples That Focus on Shadowing

The following phrases provide some variations on the shadowing theme and can be used as a lead in point as you write your physician assistant personal statement.

1. Shoot to Thrill

"Clear the hall!" the nurse shouted as he rushed Xavier, lying pulseless on a stretcher, down the hall to the OR. On only my first day shadowing Dr. Sid Muroda, I watched as a dramatic effort to save a patient's life unfolded. As nurses and clinical technicians prepared the room for Xavier's emergency thoracic surgery, I heard someone shout, "He's been down for nearly three minutes." I looked over at Dr. Muroda, but he just waited calmly for Xavier to be brought to the table.

How to use this in your personal statement:

Have an exciting shadowing experience? Start with an interesting expression, this is a great example, the author begins the statement with "clear the hall" which draws the reader into the story. Don't be afraid to be a little creative. You don't want to be overly dramatic, but a creative use of words can go a long way.

2. Show Insight

"In oncology you lose 50 percent of your patients." That is the hard truth Jason Ram, PA-C has been making sure I understand ever since I began shadowing him in 2016. Which half of those "even" odds would the smiling elderly man before me experience I wondered, as Jason and I entered the Atlanta Health Center exam room last summer."

How to use this in your personal statement:

When you shadow you gain insights into medicine that only comes with experience. "In oncology you lose 50 percent of your patients". Start your expression with a key insight which highlights your medical knowledge and build from there. It can be subtle, this is a great example.

3. Tell and Show

"Through my high school's health professions program, I was able to gain exposure to a different floor of Union Veterans Hospital each week. That was how in late June 2016 I found myself shadowing a physician assistant named Atul Reddy. Responding to an ER call one day, Atul hurriedly invited me to join him. We sprinted into Room B–16 just in time to see a doctor thrust a tube down a frail-looking patient's throat. The lifeless woman had already turned pale blue; the monitor's constant buzz announced she had lost her heartbeat.

How to use this in your personal statement: 

You don't always have to be "showy" with your words to be effective. This author starts with a very straightforward statement "through my high school's health professions program..." Then build with a nice transition. This is a great example of simplicity done well

4. Bring Back The Wonder

I watched fascinated as the PAs we were assigned to examined patients' lymph nodes and administered bone marrow tests to determine which stage their cancers had reached. Although most had already progressed to later stages, the PAs did what they could, assigning the patients who could benefit from it to chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

How to use this in your personal statement:  

Fascinated by medicine? Use a shadowing experience to bring the "wonder" back to the reader.

5. Make the Mundane Meaningful

My career interest in medicine grew out of visits to my family physician and her physician assistant, Thomas Maag. He was always happy to answer my questions about medicine, and with his encouragement I began volunteering at a Boulder-area hospital during my senior year. Knowing I needed to get a better idea of what a physician assistant's career is really like, this past December I asked Thomas if I could shadow him at work. He agreed, and for two weeks I accompanied him on 16-hour days as he treated patients and dealt with the challenges of a physician assistant life. Thomas took time to give me the scoop on PA school, HMOs, and the financial side of the PAs career. More importantly, in everything he did, Thomas showed me the deep satisfaction he gains from his work. He also helped me come to terms with the real side of medicine—human suffering.

How to use this in your personal statement:  

It all started when.... It may seem cliche to begin with this type of a transitional element "My career interest in medicine grew out of..." But in this example we are introduced to Thomas Maag and provided with a straightforward account of how his experience taught the author about both the mundane, "HMOs" and meaningful, "human suffering" sides of medicine.

6. Highlight Your Volunteerism

After my volunteer experiences first sparked my interest in medicine as a career, I explored the profession further by shadowing a neurologist, internist, cardiologist, and radiologist in the Bay Area. I saw the hard work and sacrifice I had expected to see, but I also saw how much patience, compassion, and understanding—traits I had associated with the ministry—defined the healer's role. But it was only when I met Physician Assistant Susan Cornelius, the Klongtuey Center's director, that I realized that choosing between the ministry and medicine was no choice at all...

How to use this in your personal statement:  

Have a lot of volunteer experience? Make it a point to mention this in your essay. It can make a nice transition into your time spent shadowing.

7. Mention a Mentor - and how they changed your perception of medicine

I was floored. During a health-care convention late last year, a Boston physician assistant admitted to me that my psychology professor at the University of Houston, physician assistant Bary Medin, just might have helped more people day to day then most of the doctors in Houston. Doing clinical work with patients in Houston hospitals in addition to his teaching, Bary helped them cope with the psychological effects of their illnesses. Watching him, I learned that when patients master their minds, they can help heal their bodies. He showed me how an understanding of patient depression and the mental stages of illness can help physicians provide treatment that is specific for each patient. To truly understand and treat patients fully, we must also be able to understand not only their physical illness but also their mental perception of themselves. This is the lesson I will always remember Bary for.

How to use this in your personal statement:  

Do you have a PA mentor that has changed your life? "I was floored" is a good place to start. Use power words to begin your sentence from the start to draw readers in.

8. Be an "Insider"

As they made the rounds in Larimer County General's geriatrics ward, the way the PAs I shadowed presented themselves to patients varied widely. One elderly woman suffering from dementia threw baleful stares and some choice obscenities at anyone who entered her room...

How to use this in your personal statement:  

In this example the author demonstrates an "insider's understanding" of medicine when she states "One elderly woman suffering from dementia threw baleful stares and some choice obscenities at anyone who entered the room." We have all been there. Take a common example of something that represents humans - "beautifully flawed and vulnerable" and share this with the admission committee.

9. Highlight International Experience

I gained more clinical insights by shadowing physician assistant Ralph Tehrani, a cardiology physician assistant, for three weeks in Nairobi, Kenya, in the winter of 2016. By observing him, I saw how PAs and patients interact, and I also witnessed the paradoxes of Kenya's health-care system. Ralph Tehrani's patients at Kenyatta National Hospital were the country's more affluent, but he also volunteered at a primary care clinic in Kibera, providing services to Nairobi's destitute. Although he was a pa specializing in cardiology, he was able to generalize his knowledge because it enabled him to serve a larger segment of people in Kenya's health-care system. My experience shadowing Dr. Tehrani crystallized my motivation to become a physician assistant. As a PA, I also intend to find ways to provide my services to all segments of society, including those who need it most but can afford it least.

How to use this in your personal statement:  

Here is a nice transition into a special shadowing experience overseas. The author uses some nice subtle specifics, such as "in the winter of 2016". This can go a long way to bringing life to your writing.

10. Fill them with Kindness

What truly fascinated me about physician assistant Steven Goldberg were the memories of Dr. Hashemian that he revived in me through the compassion and caring he showed his tobacco-addicted patients. Through words of reassurance and patient answers to every kind of question, he tried to make them aware of the harm they were inflicting on themselves, yet without ever sounding judgmental. In other words, Steven was not only trying to heal his patients' physical ailments but, like Dr. Hashemian, trying to educate them with kindness. I began to envision myself as a physician assistant like Steven — a PA not only of the physical heart but the emotional one as well.

How to use this in your personal statement:  

"All you need is love"! We all like to be reminded of why we went into the profession to begin with. Show your best intentions and at the same time explain your shadowing experience. This is nicely done here.

11. Personal Trauma Turned "Insight Out"

Whatever misgivings I had about medicine after my father's death were dispelled during my internship at the cardiology department of Austrian Saint George Hospital in St. Louis Missouri, earlier this year. As I followed Christine Barlow PA-C on her daily rounds, Mr. Demiray's bony body, covered with wires and tubes, always caught my eye. Mr. Demiray suffered from myocardial infarction and a failing respiratory system. He couldn't talk, but from the sound he made when he struggled to breathe and the look of defeat and hopelessness in his eyes, I could almost feel his pain....

How to use this in your personal statement:  

Have you experience a trauma you want to touch upon in your essay. This is a great example. The author speak of his "father's death" and uses this as a very simple and extremely subtle transition into his shadowing experience. Awesome!

12. Parental Advice

My interest in medicine has been profoundly affected by Physician Assistant Patricia Capen. Before I met Patricia, I was pursuing a medical career largely because I wanted to apply science in a "meaningful" way—though I wasn't quite sure I knew what that way was. Although I gleaned some insights into the profession from my father, it wasn't until I spent this past summer making rounds at the University of Minnesota Neurosurgery Clinic that I understood the real reason why Patricia and my father had made such a commitment to medicine: they genuinely love what they do. I realized that I was no longer pursuing a career but a passion. And one reason why a physician assistants work doesn't seem like work is the gratitude patients show compassionate and competent PAs.

How to use this in your personal statement:  

Bring together shared experiences - in this example the author hints at her medical heritage when she says: "I gleaned some insights into the profession from my father", and ties this into her shadowing experience.

13. A Touch of Humor

"Take that to the lab, and let me know what kind of tree it came from!" Physician Assistant Jim Young joked as he handed me a leaf that he had just pulled from the helmet of the motorcyclist lying on the gurney before us. In an instant, the physician assistant jest relaxed everyone in the room, including the patient. I then knew with clarity what being a good PA is all about.

How to use this in your personal statement:  

Humor can be expressed artfully. This is a perfect example!

Time to Review

Take a moment to review these 13 examples and think about how you could implement these techniques into your own essay. Need help? Drop us a line...

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*Adapted from Bodine, Paul. Perfect Phrases Series

2017 Physician Assistant Program Tuition and Cost Comparison Table

2017 Physician Assistant Tuition and Cost Comparison Table

Updated 2017 Physician Assistant Program Tuition and Cost Comparison

Tuition and cost data of resident and nonresident tuition including length/duration of the PA program.

Average Cost of PA School for 2017

  • Average cost of resident tuition for a 27 month physician assistant program is: $71,369
  • Average cost of non-resident tuition for a 27 month physician assistant program is: $89,975
  • Average program length is 27 months

Top 10 Most Expensive PA Schools in 2017

1. Duquesne University Pennsylvania $222,000
2. Gannon University Pennsylvania $176,240
3. University of Southern California California $157,916
4. Medical University of South Carolina South Carolina $128,000
5. Pace University New York $125,000
6. Touro University - California California $124,360
7. MCPHS University (Boston) Massachusetts $122,625
8. MGH Institute of Health Professions Massachusetts $117,236
9. University of Nevada, Reno Nevada $117,220
10. Springfield College Massachusetts $114,158

Top 10 Cheapest PA Schools in 2017

1. Miami-Dade College Florida $25,000
2. Rush University Illinois $26,000
3. University of Texas - SW School of Health Professions Texas $29,570
4. University of Oklahoma Oklahoma $30,000
5. Towson University CCBC - Essex Maryland $31,325
6. Cuyahoga Community College/Cleveland State University Ohio $31,492
7. Wichita State University Kansas $31,616
8. Barry University Florida $32,000
9. SUNY Upstate Medical Center New York $32,150
10. University of North Texas HS Center Ft Worth Texas $33,260

Graph of PA School Tuition - 219 United States PA Programs

Physician Assistant School Tuition and Cost Data 2017

Keep in mind that these are estimated costs and variables such as tuition and fees will vary greatly from year to year.

Alphabetical List of PA Program Tuition

Below you will also find a table sorted by price (from lowest to highest) click here

Make sure to visit the appropriate PA program website for the most up-to-date tuition, estimated costs and fees. You can find detailed information on each school as well as links to its corresponding website on my newly updated companion website at www.paschoolfinder.com.

Click here to explore by PA program resident tuition on PA Schoolfinder.

 Program State Resident Tuition Non Resident Tuition Months
Adventist University of Health Sciences Florida $76,000 $76,000 27
Albany Medical College New York $57,477 $57,477 28
Alderson-Broaddus University West Virginia $82,565 $82,565 27
Anne Arundel Community College Maryland see program site see program site 25
Arcadia University Pennsylvania $83,220 $83,220 24
Arizona School of Health Sciences Arizona $79,617 $79,617 26
Augsburg College Minnesota $84,000 $84,000 31
Augusta University Georgia $48,825 $97,650 27
Baldwin Wallace University Ohio $78,000 $78,000 24
Barry University Florida, Virgin Islands $32,000 $32,000 28
Bay Path College Massachusetts $101,400 $101,400 24
Baylor College of Medicine Texas $69,794 $69,794 30
Bethel University Tennessee Tennessee $75,600 $75,600 27
Bethel University Minnesota Minnesota $86,000 $86,000 27
Boston University Massachusetts $85,800 $85,800 28
Bryant University Rhode Island $90,001 $90,001 27
Butler University Indiana $83,000 $83,000 24
Campbell University North Carolina $73,200 $73,200 28
Carroll University Wisconsin $66,469 $66,469 24
Case Western Reserve University Ohio $85,000 $85,000 27
CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education New York $42,139 $63,364 28
Central Michigan University Michigan $63,050 $99,580 27
Chapman University (California) California $50,000 $50,000 24
Chatham University Pennsylvania $83,000 $83,000 24
Christian Brothers University Tennessee $79,000 $79,000 27
Clarkson University New York $104,485 $104,485 28
College of Saint Joseph Vermont See program website See program website 24
College of Saint Mary Nebraska $75,000 $75,000 24
College of Saint Scholastica Minnesota $88,500 $88,500 24
Concordia University Wisconsin $78,505 $78,505 26
Cornell University New York $81,132 $81,132 26
CUNY York College New York $40,041 $75,290 24
Cuyahoga Community College Ohio $31,492 $55,821 28
D'youville College New York $107,550 $107,550 54
Daemen College New York $93,080 $93,080 33
Des Moines University Iowa $66,420 $66,420 25
Desales University Pennsylvania $63,000 $63,000 24
Drexel University Pennsylvania $79,326 $79,326 27
Duke University Medical Center North Carolina $79,268 $79,268 24
Duquesne University Pennsylvania $222,000 $222,000 27
East Carolina University North Carolina $41,354 $85,461 27
Eastern Michigan University Michigan $70,546 $121,329 24
Eastern Virginia Medical School Virginia $72,863 $83,622 28
Elon University North Carolina $82,782 $82,782 27
Emory University Georgia $99,799 $99,799 29
Emory & Henry College Virginia $76,000 $76,000 27
Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Contact PA Program Contact PA Program 27
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Florida $62,798 $83,203 27
Francis Marion University South Carolina $63,000 $126,000 27
Franklin College Indiana See Program Website See Program Website 27
Franklin Pierce University New Hampshire $90,000 $90,000 27
Gannon University Pennsylvania $176,240 $176,240 24
Gardner Webb University North Carolina $78,308 $78,308 28
George Washington University District of Columbia $86,148 $86,148 24
Grand Valley State University Michigan $65,302 $84,872 28
Hardin-Simmons University Texas $68,000 $68,000 27
Harding University Arkansas $80,989 $80,989 28
Heritage University Washington $78,400 $78,400 24
High Point University North Carolina $83,893 $83,893 27
Hofstra University New York $97,000 $97,000 28
Howard University District of Columbia $67,546 $67,546 33
Idaho State University Idaho $63,990 $105,804 24
Indiana State University Indiana $40,000 $80,000 29
Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Indiana $57,511 $84,575 27
Interservice Texas see site see site 29
James Madison University Virginia $40,016 $86,428 28
Jefferson College of Health Sciences Virginia $78,275 $78,275 27
Johnson & Wales University Rhode Island $90,000 $90,000 24
Keiser University Florida $57,564 $57,564 24
Kettering College Ohio $79,730 $79,730 27
King's College Pennsylvania $40,650 $40,650 24
Lake Erie College Ohio $72,800 $72,800 27
Le Moyne College New York $84,000 $84,000 24
Lenoir-Rhyne University North Carolina $77,000 $77,000 27
Lincoln Memorial Tennessee $97,169 $97,169 27
Lock Haven University Pennsylvania $53,736 $76,874 24
Loma Linda University California $89,100 $89,100 24
Long Island University New York $106,000 $106,000 28
Louisiana State University - New Orleans Louisiana $51,813 $92,321 29
Louisiana State University - Shreveport Louisiana $35,000 $60,000 27
Lynchburg College Virginia $80,092 $80,092 27
Marietta College Ohio $77,162 $77,162 26
Marist College New York $85,500 $85,500 24
Marquette University Wisconsin $114,000 $114,000 33
Marshall B. Ketchum University California $97,625 $97,625 27
Mary Baldwin College Virginia $81,768 $81,768 27
Marywood University Pennsylvania $57,275 $57,275 27
MCPHS University (Boston) Massachusetts $122,625 $122,625 30
MCPHS University (Manchester/Worcester) New Hampshire $87,804 $87,804 24
MCPHS University (Manchester/Worcester) Massachusetts $81,900 $81,900 24
Medical University of South Carolina South Carolina $128,000 $132,000 27
Mercer University Georgia $72,000 $72,000 28
Mercy College New York $83,250 $83,250 27
Mercyhurst University Pennsylvania $83,011 $83,011 24
Methodist University North Carolina $85,976 $85,976 27
MGH Institute of Health Professions Massachusetts $117,236 $117,236 25
Miami-Dade College Florida $25,000 $45,000 27
Midwestern University (Downers Grove) Illinois $99,032 $99,032 27
Midwestern University (Glendale) Arizona $95,193 $95,193 27
Misericordia University Pennsylvania $76,800 $76,800 24
Milligan College Tennessee $81,190 $81,190 28
Mississippi College Mississippi $73,600 $73,600 30
Missouri State University Missouri $39,399 $60,647 24
Monmouth University New Jersey $112,880 $112,880 31
Mount St. Joseph University Ohio $73,150 $73,150 27
New York Institute of Technology New York $113,190 $113,190 30
Northeastern University Massachusetts $69,000 $69,000 24
North Greenville University South Carolina $96,000 $96,000 27
Northeastern State University - OK Oklahoma $ 39,400 $69,400 24
Northern Arizona University Arizona see site see site 24
Northwestern University Illinois $43,309 $43,309 24
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale Florida $74,655 $74,655 27
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Myers Florida $74,665 $74,665 27
Nova Southeastern University, Jacksonville Florida see site see site 27
Nova Southeastern University, Orlando Florida $74,655 $74,655 27
Ohio Dominican University Ohio $75,858 $75,858 27
Ohio University Ohio $58,000 $60,000 27
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma $75,000 $75,000 28
Oregon Health & Science University Oregon $81,162 $81,162 26
Our Lady of the Lake College Louisiana $92,000 $92,000 28
Pace University New York $125,000 $125,000 27
Pacific University Oregon $90,041 $90,041 27
Penn State University Pennsylvania $73,152 $73,152 24
Pennsylvania College of Technology Pennsylvania $56,982 $56,982 24
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Pennsylvania $88,319 $88,319 26
Philadelphia University Pennsylvania $84,990 $84,990 25
Quinnipiac University Connecticut $95,000 $95,000 27
Red Rocks Community College Colorado $47,084 $47,084 25
Riverside Community College California On probation On probation 24
Rochester Institute of Technology New York $76,500 $76,500 30
Rocky Mountain College Montana $93,861 $93,846 26
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Utah $94,000 $94,000 31
Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine Illinois $63,176 $63,176 24
Rush University Illinois $26,000 $26,000 33
Rutgers University New Jersey $71,820 $71,820 30
Sacred Heart University Connecticut $107,040 $107,040 27
Saint Catherine University Minnesota $73,920 $73,920 28
Saint Francis University Pennsylvania $86,900 $86,900 24
Saint Louis University Missouri $80,150 $80,150 27
Salus University Pennsylvania $77,275 $77,275 25
Samuel Merritt College California $88,000 $88,000 27
Seton Hall University New Jersey $108,960 $108,960 33
Seton Hill University Pennsylvania $88,480 $88,480 27
Shenandoah University Virginia $72,756 $72,756 30
Slippery Rock University Pennsylvania $81,000 $81,000 24
South College Tennessee $81,900 $81,900 27
South University (Georgia) Georgia $75,555 $75,555 27
South University (Tampa) Florida $74,000 $74,000 27
South University (West Palm Beach) Florida $75,555 $75,555 27
Southern California University of Health Sciences California $87,344 $87,344 28
Southern Illinois University Illinois $83,000 $149,000 26
Springfield College Massachusetts $114,158 $114,158 27
St. Ambrose University Iowa $87,000 $87,000 29
St. John's University New York $72,900 $72,900 24
Stanford University California $56,097 $70,254 21
Stephens College Missouri $76,000 $76,000 27
Stony Brook University New York $46,000 $114,600 24
Sullivan University Kentucky $72,000 $72,000 24
SUNY Downstate Medical Center New York $39,000 $77,735 27
SUNY Upstate Medical Center New York $32,150 $62,425 27
Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine Pennsylvania $80,000 $84,000 26
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Texas $38,710 $87,439  27
Thomas Jefferson University Pennsylvania $78,000 $78,000 27
Touro College (Bay Shore) New York $80,000 $80,000 24
Touro College (Manhattan) New York $106,000 $106,000 32
Touro University - California California $124,360 $124,360 33
Touro University Las Vegas Nevada $98,000 $98,000 28
Towson University CCBC - Essex Maryland $31,325 $52,026 26
Trevecca Nazarene University Tennessee $92,300 $92,300 27
Trine University Indiana $87,100 $87,100 28
Tufts University School of Medicine Massachusetts $80,000 $80,000 25
Union College Nebraska $108,160 $108,160 33
University of Alabama at Birmingham Alabama $63,275 $121,375 27
University of Arkansas Arkansas $42,000 $70,000 28
University of Bridgeport Connecticut $80,000 $80,000 28
University of California-Davis California see site see site 27
University of Charleston West Virginia $80,024 $80,024 28
University of Colorado Colorado $47,838 $103,582 36
University of Dayton Ohio $77,770 $77,770 27
University of Detroit/Mercy Michigan $93,138 $93,138 24
University of Dubuque Iowa $70,000 $70,000 27
University of Evansville Indiana $84,000 $84,000 29
University of Findlay Ohio $84,000 $84,000 28
University of Florida Florida $55,320 $122,994 24
University of Incarnate Word Texas Developing Developing 27
University of Iowa Iowa $40,315 $84,385 28
University of Kentucky Kentucky $50,000 $100,000 29
University of La Verne California $47,500 $47,500 27
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Maryland Lost accreditation Lost accreditation 28
University of Missouri - Kansas City Missouri $69,556 $82,678 27
University of Mount Union Ohio $70,700 $70,700 27
University of Nebraska Nebraska $35,055 $104,511 28
University of Nevada, Reno Nevada $117,220 $117,220 27
University of New England Maine $88,000 $88,000 24
University of New Mexico New Mexico $48,157 $71,181 27
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill North Carolina $61,000 $105,000 24
University of North Dakota North Dakota $36,630 $36,630 24
University of North Texas HS Center Ft Worth Texas $33,260 $89,285 34
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Oklahoma $30,000 $78,682 30
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Oklahoma $40,958 $78,682 27
University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania $77,288 $89,553 24
University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne) Indiana $96,775 $96,775 27
University of Saint Joseph Connecticut $102,000 $102,000 28
University of South Alabama Alabama $50,336 $100,672 27
University of South Carolina School of Medicine South Carolina $110,472 $150,267 27
University of South Dakota South Dakota $44,604 $86,049 24
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Florida $64,000 $100,000 24
University of Southern California California $157,916 $157,916 33
University of St. Francis New Mexico $79,343 $79,343 27
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Tennessee $100,979 $130,979 24
University of Texas - HS Center at San Antonio Texas $36,000 $76,000 30
University of Texas - Medical Branch at Galveston Texas $36,000 $74,000 25
University of Texas - Pan American Texas $68,000 $96,000 28
University of Texas - SW School of Health Professions Texas $29,57 $70,116 30
University of the Cumberlands Kentucky $81,550 $81,550 27
University of the Pacific California $108,770 $108,770 27
University of the Sciences of Philadelphia Pennsylvania $96,363 $96,363 34
University of Toledo Ohio $110,961 $145,401 27
University of Utah Utah $64,874 $87,970 27
University of Washington Washington $73,861 $73,861 26
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Wisconsin $42,813 $79,671 24
University of Wisconsin - Madison Wisconsin $35,031 $72,000 24
Wagner College New York $93,000 $93,000 24
Wake Forest University North Carolina $85,000 $85,000 24
Wayne State University Michigan $36,000 $72,902 24
West Liberty University West Virginia $50,400 $75,600 24
Western Michigan University Michigan $64,874 $72,902 24
Western University of Health Sciences California $80,000 $80,000 24
Wichita State University Kansas $31,616 $63,543 26
Wingate University North Carolina $75,000 $75,000 27
Yale University School of Medicine Connecticut $83,162 $83,162 27

 

PA Programs Tuition Ordered From Least to Most Expensive

Miami-Dade College Florida $25,000 $45,000 27
Rush University Illinois $26,000 $26,000 33
University of Texas - SW School of Health Professions Texas $29,570 $70,116 30
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Oklahoma $30,000 $78,682 30
Towson University CCBC - Essex Maryland $31,325 $52,026 26
Cuyahoga Community College/Cleveland State University Ohio $31,492 $55,821 28
Wichita State University Kansas $31,616 $63,543 26
Barry University Florida, Virgin Islands $32,000 $32,000 28
SUNY Upstate Medical Center New York $32,150 $62,425 27
University of North Texas HS Center Ft Worth Texas $33,260 $89,285 34
Louisiana State University - Shreveport Louisiana $35,000 $60,000 27
University of Wisconsin - Madison Wisconsin $35,031 $72,000 24
University of Nebraska Nebraska $35,055 $104,511 28
University of Texas - HS Center at San Antonio Texas $36,000 $76,000 30
University of Texas - Medical Branch at Galveston Texas $36,000 $74,000 25
Wayne State University Michigan $36,000 $72,902 24
University of North Dakota North Dakota $36,630 $36,630 24
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Texas $38,710 $87,439  27
SUNY Downstate Medical Center New York $39,000 $77,735 27
Missouri State University Missouri $39,399 $60,647 24
Northeastern State University - OK Oklahoma $39,400 $69,400 24
Indiana State University Indiana $40,000 $80,000 29
James Madison University Virginia $40,016 $86,428 28
CUNY York College New York $40,041 $75,290 24
University of Iowa Iowa $40,315 $84,385 28
King's College Pennsylvania $40,650 $40,650 24
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Oklahoma $40,958 $78,682 27
East Carolina University North Carolina $41,354 $85,461 27
University of Arkansas Arkansas $42,000 $70,000 28
CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education New York $42,139 $63,364 28
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Wisconsin $42,813 $79,671 24
Northwestern University Illinois $43,309 $43,309 24
University of South Dakota South Dakota $44,604 $86,049 24
Stony Brook University New York $46,000 $114,600 24
Red Rocks Community College Colorado $47,084 $47,084 25
University of La Verne California $47,500 $47,500 27
University of Colorado Colorado $47,838 $103,582 36
University of New Mexico New Mexico $48,157 $71,181 27
Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University) Georgia $48,825 $97,650 27
Chapman University (California) California $50,000 $50,000 24
University of Kentucky Kentucky $50,000 $100,000 29
University of South Alabama Alabama $50,336 $100,672 27
West Liberty University West Virginia $50,400 $75,600 24
Louisiana State University - New Orleans Louisiana $51,813 $92,321 29
Lock Haven University Pennsylvania $53,736 $76,874 24
University of Florida Florida $55,320 $122,994 24
Stanford University California $56,097 $70,254 21
Pennsylvania College of Technology Pennsylvania $56,982 $56,982 24
Marywood University Pennsylvania $57,275 $57,275 27
Albany Medical College New York $57,477 $57,477 28
Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Indiana $57,511 $84,575 27
Keiser University Florida $57,564 $57,564 24
Ohio University Ohio $58,000 $60,000 27
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill North Carolina $61,000 $105,000 24
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Florida $62,798 $83,203 27
Desales University Pennsylvania $63,000 $63,000 24
Francis Marion University South Carolina $63,000 $126,000 27
Central Michigan University Michigan $63,050 $99,580 27
Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine Illinois $63,176 $63,176 24
University of Alabama at Birmingham Alabama $63,275 $121,375 27
Idaho State University Idaho $63,990 $105,804 24
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Florida $64,000 $100,000 24
University of Utah Utah $64,874 $87,970 27
Western Michigan University Michigan $64,874 $72,902 24
Grand Valley State University Michigan $65,302 $84,872 28
Des Moines University Iowa $66,420 $66,420 25
Carroll University Wisconsin $66,469 $66,469 24
Howard University District of Columbia $67,546 $67,546 33
Hardin-Simmons University Texas $68,000 $68,000 27
University of Texas - Pan American Texas $68,000 $96,000 28
Northeastern University Massachusetts $69,000 $69,000 24
University of Missouri - Kansas City Missouri $69,556 $82,678 27
Baylor College of Medicine Texas $69,794 $69,794 30
University of Dubuque Iowa $70,000 $70,000 27
Eastern Michigan University Michigan $70,546 $121,329 24
University of Mount Union Ohio $70,700 $70,700 27
Rutgers University New Jersey $71,820 $71,820 30
Mercer University Georgia $72,000 $72,000 28
Sullivan University  Kentucky $72,000 $72,000 24
Shenandoah University Virginia $72,756 $72,756 30
Lake Erie College Ohio $72,800 $72,800 27
Eastern Virginia Medical School Virginia $72,863 $83,622 28
St. John's University New York $72,900 $72,900 24
Mount St. Joseph University Ohio $73,150 $73,150 27
Penn State University Pennsylvania $73,152 $73,152 24
Campbell University North Carolina $73,200 $73,200 28
Mississippi College Mississippi $73,600 $73,600 30
University of Washington Washington $73,861 $73,861 26
Saint Catherine University Minnesota $73,920 $73,920 28
South University (Tampa) Florida $74,000 $74,000 27
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale Florida $74,655 $74,655 27
Nova Southeastern University, Orlando Florida $74,655 $74,655 27
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Myers Florida $74,665 $74,665 27
College of Saint Mary Nebraska $75,000 $75,000 24
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma $75,000 $75,000 28
Wingate University North Carolina $75,000 $75,000 27
South University (Georgia) Georgia $75,555 $75,555 27
South University (West Palm Beach) Florida $75,555 $75,555 27
Bethel University (Tennessee) Tennessee $75,600 $75,600 27
Ohio Dominican University Ohio $75,858 $75,858 27
Adventist University of Health Sciences Florida $76,000 $76,000 27
Emory & Henry College  Virginia $76,000 $76,000 27
Stephens College Missouri $76,000 $76,000 27
Rochester Institute of Technology New York $76,500 $76,500 30
Misericordia University Pennsylvania $76,800 $76,800 24
Lenoir-Rhyne University North Carolina $77,000 $77,000 27
Marietta College Ohio $77,162 $77,162 26
Salus University Pennsylvania $77,275 $77,275 25
University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania $77,288 $89,553 24
University of Dayton Ohio $77,770 $77,770 27
Baldwin Wallace University Ohio $78,000 $78,000 24
Thomas Jefferson University Pennsylvania $78,000 $78,000 27
Jefferson College of Health Sciences Virginia $78,275 $78,275 27
Gardner Webb University North Carolina $78,308 $78,308 28
Heritage University Washington $78,400 $78,400 24
Concordia University Wisconsin $78,505 $78,505 26
Christian Brothers University Tennessee $79,000 $79,000 27
Duke University Medical Center North Carolina $79,268 $79,268 24
Drexel University Pennsylvania $79,326 $79,326 27
University of St. Francis New Mexico $79,343 $79,343 27
Arizona School of Health Sciences Arizona $79,617 $79,617 26
Kettering College Ohio $79,730 $79,730 27
Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine Pennsylvania $80,000 $84,000 26
Touro College (Bay Shore) New York $80,000 $80,000 24
Tufts University School of Medicine Massachusetts $80,000 $80,000 25
University of Bridgeport Connecticut $80,000 $80,000 28
Western University of Health Sciences California $80,000 $80,000 24
University of Charleston West Virginia $80,024 $80,024 28
Lynchburg College Virginia $80,092 $80,092 27
Saint Louis University Missouri $80,150 $80,150 27
Harding University Arkansas $80,989 $80,989 28
Slippery Rock University Pennsylvania $81,000 $81,000 24
Cornell University New York $81,132 $81,132 26
Oregon Health & Science University Oregon $81,162 $81,162 26
Milligan College Tennessee $81,190 $81,190 28
University of the Cumberlands Kentucky $81,550 $81,550 27
Mary Baldwin College Virginia $81,768 $81,768 27
MCPHS University (Manchester/Worcester) Massachusetts $81,900 $81,900 24
South College Tennessee $81,900 $81,900 27
Alderson-Broaddus University West Virginia $82,565 $82,565 27
Elon University North Carolina $82,782 $82,782 27
Butler University Indiana $83,000 $83,000 24
Chatham University Pennsylvania $83,000 $83,000 24
Southern Illinois University Illinois $83,000 $149,000 26
Mercyhurst University Pennsylvania $83,011 $83,011 24
Yale University School of Medicine Connecticut $83,162 $83,162 27
Arcadia University Pennsylvania $83,220 $83,220 24
Mercy College New York $83,250 $83,250 27
High Point University  North Carolina $83,893 $83,893 27
Augsburg College Minnesota $84,000 $84,000 31
Le Moyne College New York $84,000 $84,000 24
University of Evansville Indiana $84,000 $84,000 29
University of Findlay Ohio $84,000 $84,000 28
Philadelphia University Pennsylvania $84,990 $84,990 25
Case Western Reserve University Ohio $85,000 $85,000 27
Wake Forest University North Carolina $85,000 $85,000 24
Marist College New York $85,500 $85,500 24
Boston University Massachusetts $85,800 $85,800 28
Methodist University North Carolina $85,976 $85,976 27
Bethel University (Minnesota) Minnesota $86,000 $86,000 27
George Washington University District of Columbia $86,148 $86,148 24
Saint Francis University Pennsylvania $86,900 $86,900 24
St. Ambrose University Iowa $87,000 $87,000 29
Trine University Indiana $87,100 $87,100 28
Southern California University of Health Sciences California $87,344 $87,344 28
MCPHS University (Manchester/Worcester) New Hampshire $87,804 $87,804 24
Samuel Merritt College California $88,000 $88,000 27
University of New England Maine $88,000 $88,000 24
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Pennsylvania $88,319 $88,319 26
Seton Hill University Pennsylvania $88,480 $88,480 27
College of Saint Scholastica Minnesota $88,500 $88,500 24
Loma Linda University California $89,100 $89,100 24
Franklin Pierce University New Hampshire $90,000 $90,000 27
Johnson & Wales University Rhode Island $90,000 $90,000 24
Bryant University Rhode Island $90,001 $90,001 27
Pacific University Oregon $90,041 $90,041 27
Our Lady of the Lake College Louisiana $92,000 $92,000 28
Trevecca Nazarene University Tennessee $92,300 $92,300 27
Wagner College New York $93,000 $93,000 24
Daemen College New York $93,080 $93,080 33
University of Detroit/Mercy Michigan $93,138 $93,138 24
Rocky Mountain College Montana $93,861 $93,846 26
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Utah $94,000 $94,000 31
Quinnipiac University Connecticut $95,000 $95,000 27
Midwestern University (Glendale) Arizona $95,193 $95,193 27
North Greenville University  South Carolina $96,000 $96,000 27
University of the Sciences of Philadelphia Pennsylvania $96,363 $96,363 34
University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne) Indiana $96,775 $96,775 27
Hofstra University New York $97,000 $97,000 28
Lincoln Memorial Tennessee $97,169 $97,169 27
Marshall B. Ketchum University California $97,625 $97,625 27
Touro University Las Vegas Nevada $98,000 $98,000 28
Midwestern University (Downers Grove) Illinois $99,032 $99,032 27
Emory University Georgia $99,799 $99,799 29
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Tennessee $100,979 $130,979 24
Bay Path College Massachusetts $101,400 $101,400 24
University of Saint Joseph Connecticut $102,000 $102,000 28
Clarkson University New York $104,485 $104,485 28
Long Island University New York $106,000 $106,000 28
Touro College (Manhattan) New York $106,000 $106,000 32
Sacred Heart University Connecticut $107,040 $107,040 27
D'youville College New York $107,550 $107,550 54
Union College Nebraska $108,160 $108,160 33
University of the Pacific California $108,770 $108,770 27
Seton Hall University New Jersey $108,960 $108,960 33
University of South Carolina School of Medicine  South Carolina $110,472 $150,267 27
University of Toledo Ohio $110,961 $145,401 27
Monmouth University New Jersey $112,880 $112,880 31
New York Institute of Technology New York $113,190 $113,190 30
Marquette University Wisconsin $114,000 $114,000 33
Springfield College Massachusetts $114,158 $114,158 27
University of Nevada, Reno Nevada $117,220 $117,220 27
MGH Institute of Health Professions Massachusetts $117,236 $117,236 25
MCPHS University (Boston) Massachusetts $122,625 $122,625 30
Touro University - California California $124,360 $124,360 33
Pace University New York $125,000 $125,000 27
Medical University of South Carolina South Carolina $128,000 $132,000 27
University of Southern California California $157,916 $157,916 33
Gannon University Pennsylvania $176,240 $176,240 24
Duquesne University Pennsylvania $222,000 $222,000 27
Florida Gulf Coast University Florida see site see site 27
University of Incarnate Word Texas Developing Developing 27
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Maryland Lost accreditation Lost accreditation 28
Riverside Community College California On probation On probation 24
Anne Arundel Community College Maryland see site see site 25
College of Saint Joseph Vermont see site see site 24
Franklin College Indiana see site see site 27
Interservice Texas see site see site 29
Northern Arizona University Arizona see site see site 24
Nova Southeastern University, Jacksonville Florida see site see site 27
University of California-Davis California see site see site 27

 

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Brittany-Hogan-PA-SBrittany is a second year PA student at the Yale University Physician Associate Program. She is currently in her clinical year finishing in December. Brittany earned her BS from Fordham University in 2010. At that time, she knew she wanted a career in medicine but had not decided which path to take. She spent a few years working in New York City as an EEG technician and then in Boston as a weight loss coach. After meeting and shadowing PAs during that time, Brittany soon learned that there was no better fit than to become a PA. In her limited free time, Brittany enjoys soccer, running, writing, painting, and cooking. Brittany plans to move to the Boston area after graduating and hopes to work in Dermatology or Plastic Surgery

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Mark-Volpe-PA-CMark is a physician assistant practicing in outpatient internal medicine and urgent care in Connecticut. He graduated from the Yale University Physician Associate Program in 2015 and earned his MPH from Southern Connecticut State University in 2015. He was recognized among his peers at Yale as a Paul Ambrose Scholar and PAEA Future Educator Fellow, and at SCSU where he won the Kay Keiser Valedictorian Award. He also published 3 peer reviewed journal articles while at Yale, one of which determined the knowledge and perceptions of PAs among undergraduate students, and served as the student representative to the Connecticut Association of Physician Assistants from Yale. He enjoys sports, writing, and hiking.

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