Why do you want to be a PA? We have helped 100's of PA school applicants just like you answer this question. We offer affordable, recorded online interviews with an unprecedented chance for self-critique. Our current PA school mock interview status: Accepting Appointments Just as schools are different, so are their interviews. You’re never going … [Read more...] about PA School Mock Interviews: Practice With a Live Video Interview
So, you have an upcoming PA school interview. Congratulations you're almost there. Now, of course, there is another hurdle to cross, and that is sounding as amazing as you appear to be on your CASPA application. This isn’t hard because YOU ARE as amazing as you appear to be on your CASPA application, so the key is to just relax and prepare … [Read more...] about 300 PA School Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer
How to Get Into PA School With a Low GPA PA school administrators from nine top ranking PA programs answer your questions on how to get into PA school with a low GPA. A low GPA is probably the hardest area to improve. This makes sense – it was years in the making, and can’t be undone without time. It can take about a year in advanced level … [Read more...] about Applying to PA School with a Low GPA: Admissions Directors Answer Your Questions
What makes the perfect PA school candidate? Someone with stellar grades from a top university, loads of patient care experience, countless shadowing hours, and a long list of community service endeavors, right? Oh, and Ms. Perfect Candidate probably also speaks four languages fluently, has had her research findings published in peer-reviewed … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Addressing Shortcomings in Your PA School Personal Statement
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right in a World of Increasing Complexity e live in an era of gratuitous inventions and negative improvements. Consider the DaVinci Robo surgeon, for example, a drool-inducing twenty-second-century $1.7 million remote-controlled machine designed to help surgeons do laparoscopic surgery with more … [Read more...] about Book Review: Atul Gawande The Checklist Manifesto
I have a confession to make. For many years I have had a copy of my physician assistant resume posted here on the website, available for download as a guide to help you structure and organize your own physician assistant CV. It has helped 100's (if not 1000's) of practicing and new graduate PAs like yourself hit the ground running. But the … [Read more...] about Use VisualCV to Create a Stunning Physician Assistant Resume
I will be honest; this is not an article I ever thought I’d be writing. I submitted my first physician assistant application after finishing my undergrad in 2014, and here I am three years later preparing to submit my fourth PA application when the cycle starts at the end of the month. The PA application process has been grueling and … [Read more...] about 5 Things I’ve Learned Going Into My Fourth Physician Assistant Application Cycle
You’re slaving away at your personal statement but can’t help wondering if anyone will read past the first line. A troubling thought, isn’t it? A Great Personal Statement Does Matter It’s what makes you different from the millions of other applicants hoping for attention from the Admissions Committee. After all, everyone is cranking out … [Read more...] about 101 PA School Admissions Essays: The Book!
hen I first contemplated a career as a physician assistant I was hard pressed to find a PA to shadow. I was dying to find a PA and pick their brain, learn about what they do, possibly shadow for a day or two. But, the question is where do you start? Every single PA I know would love to be approached by a potential PA school applicant. I … [Read more...] about Finding a Physician Assistant Mentor: The Foolproof PA Shadowing Guide
ince 1998 US News has been publishing the only known ranking of PA programs. Their rankings are based on subjective peer assessment surveys of PA program faculty. These peer assessment surveys are sent to deans, other administrators, and faculty at accredited physician assistant programs. Respondents rate the academic quality of physician … [Read more...] about PA School Ranking by PANCE Pass Rates
Whether we like it or not, other people's opinions matter. A good letter of recommendation can make your day; a great letter of recommendation can change your life. Whether it is a dating review on Tinder, a restaurant recommendation on Yelp, a movie review on Rotten Tomatoes or an open request for holiday vacation recommendations on … [Read more...] about Secrets of Successful PA School Letters of Recommendation
Postgraduate PA School Residency and Fellowship Programs As a new, or even experienced PA, it is normal to feel uncomfortable with the thought of jumping into a medical specialty. Often we have had little more than 30 days of training in a particular field, and we are joining a team of specialists who expect us to perform at the level of … [Read more...] about Physician Assistant Postgraduate Residency and Fellowship Programs: The Ultimate Guide
In 2004 I graduated from the UMDNJ (now Rutgers) PA program. It was a three-year PA program with a nearly 100% PANCE pass rate. At the time, Rutgers was one of the best ranked PA schools in America and they continue to rank among the top 25 PA schools in the country. As an avid practitioner of the confirmation bias I fell victim to the "more … [Read more...] about Does PA Program length matter?
Are you looking to get into PA School fast? Then skip the healthcare experience! Below is a list of 84 PA programs in the United States that do not require patient care experience for PA school admissions. I use "require" lightly because many of these schools which claim no healthcare experience requirement do "strongly recommend" or "prefer" … [Read more...] about No Experience Required! 84 PA Schools That Don’t Require Healthcare Experience
The PA school interview is daunting Be prepared, but not to the point that you sound like a robot. Be relaxed, but not too relaxed as that might give the impression you did not do your research. Inside Two PA School Interviews I interviewed at two PA schools in California in 2016, and they starkly contrasted one another PA School … [Read more...] about A Look Inside Two PA School Interviews