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The Physician Assistant Essay and Personal Statement Collaborative

We are the original PA school essay review service and have helped over 900 applicants (see testimonials and comments below). Our current PA school essay review service status: Accepting New Submissions  (Wait-list 24-48 hours for non-priority service)


(Photo: Me circa 1987 just thinking about my future PA School Essay)

  • Are you struggling to write your physician assistant personal statement?
  • Are you out of ideas, or just need a second opinion?
  • Do you want an essay that expresses who you truly are and grabs the readers attention in the required 5,000 character limit?

If so, then we are here to help.

I have written several times on this blog about the importance of your personal statement in the PA school application process. In fact, the personal statement is the single most important aspect of your entire application.

It is your chance to shine, it is what differentiates you from the pack. This is your time to express yourself,  to show your creativity, your skills, background and make a memorable impression in the matter of seconds.

This will be your only chance, so it is extremely important that you get it right the first time.

For some time now I have been dreaming about starting a physician assistant personal statement collaborative.

A place where PA school applicants can post brilliant works of creative literature and receive honest, constructive feedback... as well as an acceptance letter to the PA school of your choice!

I have been reviewing a ton of essays recently, so many in fact that I can no longer do this on my own.

To solve this problem I have assembled a team that worked to revise and perfect my PA school application essay.

Duke-ImageDuke Pasquini - Duke graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in history and sociology. He has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of San Francisco and is a retired principal and educator with over thirty-two years of experience. He's a published author of three books and currently a California State Assessor for new teachers. After retiring from public school teaching and coaching, he worked as an adjunct professor at National University for over ten years. Duke has helped approximately three hundred applicants perfect their personal statements over the course of two years. Many are now practicing medicine or attending PA schools across the country. He is co-author of “How to Write Your Physician Assistant Personal Statement,” for which he wrote the section on how to write your PA essay. as well as the section which includes samples of essays he helped rewrite.

See what Lauren Clewley, PA-S had to say about working with Duke

Sue-JPGSue Edmondson - Sue Edmondson is an award winning freelance writer who has written in Northern Nevada and Northern California since 1999. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Edible Reno-Tahoe, Reno Magazine,, Enjoy, Family Pulse and RLife, and the Reno Gazette Journal and Mountain Echo newspapers. She dabbles in fiction, has sold several children’s short stories and was awarded first place for short fiction by the Reno News and Review. Edmondson is co-author of “How to Write Your Physician Assistant Personal Statement,” for which she interviewed Admissions Directors and faculty from top physician assistant programs across the country. Her other career is as an attorney and judicial officer. After spending several years practicing family law, she spent the next 19 years at the District Attorney’s Office before serving as a family court master for eight years.

Hi Sue! I just wanted to let you know I interviewed and got accepted to my top choice!! Thank you so much for your help with my essay this cycle, it obviously made a huge difference and I am so excited to start this journey. You do a great service and I am so grateful for it!
Sue, I cannot even believe it but they just called me with the acceptance offer to the * program!!! First of all I would like to thank you to help me along my journey!! I could not have done this without your help!
Sue, I just got accepted to one of my top three school choices!
Sue, Just thought I would give you a quick update. I was accepted at * and *. I still have another interview coming up, so not certain just yet where I will be going. The good news is, I AM GOING SOMEWHERE!!!!!! Thank you again for all your help!
Hello Sue, I wanted to let you know how this application season was going for me so far. I’ve had two interviews, still have at least three more scheduled, and I received my first acceptance last week. Thank you again for your help!
Hello Sue, I just wanted to inform you that I got into * Pa program! I will be starting in January. Thanks so much for your help with my essay. Definitely money well spent.
Sue, Wanted to let you know that I just got accepted into my 1st choice PA program. Thank you so much for your help with my essay. I’m sure it made may application stronger and helped me secure one of the seats!

We Work as a Team

Duke is an excellent editor and is wonderful at cutting out the "fluff" that makes an essay lose focus and sets people over the 5,000 character limit.  As a state assessor, his advice is always spot-on.

Sue is an amazing creative writer who will take your "ordinary" and turn it into absolutely extraordinary.

I mean it when I say this service is one-of-a-kind! We have spent hours interviewing PA School admissions directors and faculty from across the country to find out exactly what it is they are looking for in your personal statement.

We even wrote a book about it.

Edit ProcessTo collaborate, we use Google Drive.  Google Drive is free, has an intuitive interface with integrated live comments in the sidebar,  the ability to have real-time chat, to collaborate effortlessly and compare, revise or restore revisions on the fly.  Google Drive also has an excellent mobile app that will allow you to make edits on the go!

Duke, Sue and I have teamed together and worked with hundreds of applicants within the Google Drive environment.  We have had great success and it has been a wonderfully rewarding experience.

The Physician Assistant Essay and Personal Statement Collaborative

I finally have amazing news. So first of all, in total, I was offered 13 interviews. I was just offered a seat at Nova Orlando! I am finally going to be a PA and a big part of that was from all of your help with my personal statement. So thank you very much for helping me succeed during this round.Jennifer. PA-S
I wanted to give a brief update: I have had 4 interviews, 2 acceptances, 1 wait-list, and waiting on one more. Right now, I have a deposit down at Univ. of Texas Medical Branch. Thanks for all your help. It really did make a difference, and I was even complimented on my narrative during a few interviews.Andrew S. PA-S
I am extremely pleased with this service. It is exactly the kind of constructive criticism I was hoping to receive. I had my essay reviewed by "myparesources" and was not very satisfied with their general comments. Sue put a lot of time and effort and gave me concrete examples of how to change my essay for the better. I WILL recommend this service over all others. Thank you so much!Joe. Pre-PA

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I have never used a service like this before. All I can say is that I wish I had discovered it sooner 😀
Rebecca G. PA-S

I have set up two options that I hope will offer everyone a chance to participate:

  1. Private, paid personal statement review service  
  2. A collaborative free one (in the comments section)


Private, One-On-One Personal Statement Review Service

If you are interested in the paid service you may choose your plan below.

The Personal Statement Review Service will be:

  • Behind closed doors within a private secure network using Google Drive.
  • Completely interactive, meaning we will be able to provide real-time comments and corrections using the Google Drive interface.
  • Telephone consultations are included with all edits above the single edit level.  It's often hard to communicate exactly what you want 100's of miles away; for this reason, we offer the option to edit right along with us over the telephone while sharing in real-time over Google Drive.  This is an option available to all our paid clients who purchase above the single edit level.
  • We provide both revision and editing on all essays. What's the difference? See below
  • We will provide feedback, advice and help with brainstorming and topic creation if you would like.
  • We will help with a "final touch up" before the big day just in case your essay needs a few minor changes.

Why our Service?

  • It's not our opinion that matters. We have gone the extra step and personally interviewed PA school administrators from across the US to find out exactly what they think makes a personal statement exceptional.

  • We are a team of PAs and professional writers having worked over 2 years with PA school applicants like yourself, providing hours of one-on-one service.
  • Our clients receive interviews and the majority go on to receive acceptance into their PA School of choice.

Because we always give 100%, we will open the essay collaborative for a limited number of applicants each month and then close this depending on the amount of editing that needs to be done and the time that is available.

Our goal is not quantity, but quality. We want only serious applicants, who are serious about getting into PA school. 

Writing is not a tool like a piece of software, but more like how a photograph can capture your mood. It’s more like an art. The process of developing a unique, memorable personal statement is time intensive and it takes hours to compose, edit, finalize and personalize an essay.

Antoinette Bosco once said:

Time isn't a commodity, something you pass around like a cake. Time is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give your time, they’re really asking for a chunk of your life.

And this is why I am charging for this service. We love helping people find the stories that define their lives and we love helping people who have the passion to achieve their dreams. It's hard to describe the feeling I get when an applicant writes me back to tell me they were accepted into PA school.

There is no price tag I can place on this, it's the feeling we get when we help another human being, it's just like providing health care. But, this takes time.

Interested? Choose your plan below.

I've been telling everybody that I come into contact with about the incredible value of your service and that I directly attribute your editing as a reason I got into two schools this academic cycle and received 8 invitations to interview. All the best!Jeremy Cohen, PA-S
I just wanted to take the time to comment on the services I received from the PA Life. I was extremely stressed out about writing my personal statement, and finally decided to search the internet for advice and assistance. I came across the statement editing service on the PA Life, and decided to give it a try. I received a response within a day or so, and my stress was instantly relieved. I worked personally with Duke to edit my statement, and he is a phenomenal writer. He didn't change the content of my statement, but rather helped me tell my story in a way that is much more desirable! I cannot recommend this service enough to others seeking help on their personal statement. Duke was friendly, sincere, and definitely experienced! I felt 100% confident in his editing abilities, and we worked together the entire time so that we were both pleased with the results! Thanks again, Duke, for all of your help!Chelsie, K.

Read more client testimonials.

Free Personal Statement Review

We want to make this opportunity open to everyone who would like and that is why we are offering free, limited feedback on the blog.

You post your essay in the comments section and you will get our critique. It is that easy. We will try to give feedback to every single person who posts their COMPLETE essay here on this blog post in the comments section.

Also, by posting your comment, we reserve the right to use your essay

We will provide feedback on essays that are complete and fit the CASPA requirements (View CASPA requirements here). We will not provide feedback on partial essays, or review opening or closing statements. Your essay will be on a public platform, which has both it’s benefits and some obvious drawbacks. The feedback is limited but we will try to help in any way we can.

Note: Comment Rules: Remember what Fonzie was like? Cool. That’s how we’re gonna be — cool. Critical is fine, but if you’re rude, I will delete your stuff.  Otherwise have fun and thanks for adding to the conversation! And this should go without saying, if you feel the need to plagiarize someone else's content you do not deserve to go to PA school.

* Also, depending on the time of year it may take me several weeks to reply!

We love working with PA school applicants, but don't just take our word for it!

Your editing and suggestions helped me out immensely!!! I cannot thank you enough for spending extra time to help make my essay really standout, but I can tell you that it helped me land an interview with every program that I applied to and I was accepted into my top choice PA program! Jared Shaw, PA-S
I just wanted to reach out to you and say thank you again.  I was offered admissions into my number one school.  Who knows if this could've been possible without your help in revising my personal statement. Ashley, PA-S
Awesome service! Duke did a great job editing my personal statement and his feedback was top notch. For the 2015 cycle, I applied to one school. I was selected for an interview and yesterday I received an offer of admission which I quickly accepted. I know my personal statement played a huge role in my success. I highly recommend this service. Read more client testimonialsNikki Reynolds, PA-S
I am writing this because I wanted to share with you that I have been accepted to the University of Iowa PA program. I would like to once again thank you for your insight and guidance while writing my personal statement, it came at just the right time.Eugene V.PA-S
I have recently been accepted to a program that was one of my top choices, and I also was wait listed with two other schools. I wanted to thank you again for all your help. Not only am I grateful for your knowledge of writing and grammar (which were invaluable), but most importantly your kind words and motivation, which I needed so much at the time. You're a great person!Alex Taylor, PA-S
I worked closely with Duke and Sue for the revisions on my personal statement. They must have edited my original version half a dozen times before they felt it was good enough to send off and never made it seem like an inconvenience. They always responded to my e-mails within a 24-hour time frame but usually got back to me within a few hours. I am very pleased with how my personal statement turned out thanks to all of their time, ideas and direction. The service the PA Life provides is well worth the money spent! Michelle Murphy, Pre-PA
Duke helped me with my personal essay writing for PA school. He was very patient and helpful with me. I made lots of mistake on my essay, but with Duke's help I was able to write a sensible essay which was good enough to get Interview calls. I highly recommend his service.Rajni, Pre-PA
I am very happy with your service and would highly recommend it to any PA applicant. Duke helped me to put my thoughts in order and to make significant changes. My personal statement sounds great and seems easy and interesting to read now.He took a lot of time to explain his way of thinking and to understand what I am trying to say. Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate what you are doing for others.Olga, Pre-PA
I was so glad that I chose to use the personal statement collaborative service.  Duke turned it (my essay) from long, rambling, and scattered to a much more concise, well written essay. I really feel as though it represents me well! Duke always responded quickly and I felt as though I got a lot of value for the money. Thank you! Jennifer, Pre-PA

I was extremely happy with this service and would recommend it to anyone applying for PA school! I am just waiting for the schools I applied to to receive the final pieces of my applications.  Thank you so much for your help! Hailey, Pre-PA


How to submit your essay for the paid service

If you are serious and would like to have real, focused and personalized help writing your personal statement please choose your level of service and submit your payment below.

After you have submitted your payment, you will be redirected to the submissions page where you can send us your essay as well as any special instructions.  We will contact you immediately upon receipt of you payment and essay so we may begin work right away.

Pricing is as follows:

One Time Edit (average 24-28 hour turnaround): $125

One-On-One Editing Service: $325

Choose your plan then click "Buy Now" to submit your essay and we will get started right away!

Every purchase includes a FREE digital copy of our new 100 page ebook "How to Write Your Physician Assistant Personal Statement"  

All payments are processed over PayPal's secure https server. Once your payment is processed you will be immediately redirected back to the essay submission page. There you will submit your essay along with some biographical info and all suggestions and/or comments you choose to provide. You will receive immediate confirmation that your essay has been securely transmitted as well as your personal copy of "How to Write Your Physician Assistant Personal Statement." Contact if you have any questions, comments or problems - I am available 24/7.

Physician Assistant Life Personal Statement Collaborative

The hourly service includes your original edit and one-on-one time over Google Drive, it is simple to add more time if necessary but you may be surprised on what a difference just a single edit can make. We find our four hour service to be the most effective in terms of time for follow-up and full collaboration. We are open to reduced rate add-on's to suit your individual needs.

Writing and Revision

All writing benefits from rewriting when done well.

When you are in the process of writing a draft of an essay, you should be thinking first about revision, not editing.

What's the difference?

Revision refers to substantial changing of text.  For example, it may include re-organizing ideas and paragraphs, providing additional examples or information and rewriting a conclusion for clarity.

Editing, on the other hand, refers to correcting mistakes in spelling, grammar and punctuation.

On all submissions, we perform both, revision and editing.

How to submit your essay for the FREE service

Follow the rules above and get to work below in the comments section. I look forward to reading all your essay submissions.

- Stephen

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