In June, PA school applicants can focus on finalizing their applications, preparing for interviews, and networking with PAs. This checklist outlines the most important tasks to complete in June for a successful PA school application.
Why Our Program? How to Answer This Common Supplemental Essay and Interview Question
Why our program? As you begin your PA school application process, one of the most common supplemental essay and interview questions you may encounter is, “Why our program?” This is an opportunity for you to explain why you are specifically interested in attending that particular college or university and why it is a good fit […]
50 PA School Supplemental Essay Prompts You Need to Know
If you are applying to PA school, you know that writing a strong personal statement is not enough. You also need to craft compelling supplemental essays that showcase your fit for each program and highlight your unique strengths and experiences. Supplemental essays are extra questions asked by individual PA programs to find out more about […]
How to Become a PA for IMGs and International Students
Tips for International Students & International Medical Graduates on Becoming a Physician Assistant in the USA The number of International Medical Graduates (IMG) and International Students (IS) pursuing a career as a physician assistant in the US is on the rise. For PA programs, in general, the requirements and rules are the same for everyone. […]
International Pre-PA Applicant Consultation Service
Our International Pre-PA Applicant Consultation service is designed to help international students and IMGs who are interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant (PA) in the United States. The service includes a comprehensive review of an applicant’s background and qualifications, as well as a personalized consultation with one of our expert advisors. During […]
ChatGPT Answers the Top 46 PA School Applicant Interview Questions
Just be yourself! This is the one piece of interview advice we have all heard a gazillion times. Maybe you heeded this advice but failed to get into PA school. Or, maybe, like many, advice to “just be oneself” while examining one’s greatest weaknesses doesn’t’ bode well for confidence? Be myself? But who’s that exactly? […]
How to Add Virtual Shadowing to Your CASPA Application
In this blog post, I provide tips and resources for finding and completing virtual shadowing experiences and how to effectively include them in your CASPA application for PA school.
How to Cope with PA School Application Rejection
Have you been rejected from PA school? Don’t give up on your dreams! This blog post will provide helpful tips and advice on coping with rejection and staying motivated during the PA school application process.
CASPA Video Tutorial Section Four: Program Materials
Welcome to part four of our five-part CASPA tutorial video series. In this video we’ll go step by step over the last section of your CASPA application: The program materials section.
CASPA Video Tutorial Section Three: Supporting Information
Welcome to part three of a five-part CASPA video series walking you through every step of your CASPA application from start to finish! In this video, we’ll go over the third section of the CASPA application: Supporting Information.
CASPA Video Tutorial Section Two: Academic History
This is part two of a five-part CASPA video series walking you through every step of your CASPA application. This video will cover the second section of your CASPA application: Academic History.
CASPA Video Tutorial Section One: Personal Information
Welcome to part one of a five-part CASPA video series walking you through every step of your CASPA application from start to finish! In this video, we’ll go over the first section of the CASPA application: Personal Information.
How to Bring Your Best on PA School Interview Day
The interview is the last milestone you reach before acceptance. It’s the final opportunity to showcase your best qualities and leave a strong impression on faculty members. With so much hard work leading up to the interview, we all want to be able to put our best face forward and be well-equipped with the tools […]
My PA School Interview Preparation Strategy
Do these 4 things to set yourself up for PA school interview day success! As summer comes to a screeching halt and application deadlines are looming, we are shifting into full-swing interview season. Since many programs adhere to a rolling admissions format, interviews are conducted as early as June and as late as April, right […]
What a REAL PA School Interview Looks Like (in 2022)
This is an email I received from one of our mock interview clients in March 2022. He describes in detail the elements of his PA school interview and how he successfully approached each portion. I am sharing it with you here so you can see firsthand what a PA school interview in 2022/2023 may entail. […]
I got into PA School and So Can You! Top Advice from an Accepted 2022-23 PA School Applicant
“Whether you’re a high school student, thinking about transitioning from another career path or currently interviewing, I hope you learn from the things I wish I knew sooner.” – Arynn Horne PA-S About a month ago, I had my first PA school interview, followed by a week of intense post-interview rumination, and finally, acceptance. Having […]
The Ultimate PA School Applicant Logbook – Track HCE, PCE, Volunteer Hours, Schools, Costs (and more!)
As applicants to PA school, we have a lot on our plate. Between prerequisite coursework, health care experience requirements, shadowing, volunteering, and more – it’s a lot to keep track of! This is where The Ultimate PA School Applicant Logbook comes in. This logbook was designed by PA school applicants (who know the process intimately!) […]
Start at the End: Advice for your PA School Personal Statement
Not sure what to include in your personal statement? Start at the End! The conclusion should summarize your entire essay. Consider the structure of an elevator pitch to write the conclusion of your PA school essay and guide the content of your personal statement! Hi, I’m Deanna Matzen, an editor at the PA life […]
5 Reasons Every PA School Applicant Needs a LinkedIn Profile
Whether you’re just starting out in your pre-PA school journey or are in the thick of things, having a LinkedIn profile is essential. Here are the top 5 reasons every PA school applicant needs a LinkedIn profile and why you should update yours today.
Webinar Replay: The Ultimate Guide to PA School Supplemental Essays
In this webinar replay, you will discover how to write PA school supplemental essays that will make you stand out from the crowd. Learn what topics to avoid, how to research each program, and how to tailor your answers to their mission and goals.
Mind Mapping: A Tool for Personal Statements, Supplemental Essays, and Interviews
Are you struggling to come up with ideas for your PA school personal statement or supplemental essays? Are you finding it hard to keep your message consistent as you prepare for your PA school interview? Try mind mapping! Mind mapping is a great way to organize your thoughts and produce new ideas. Plus, it’s a lot of fun! I’ll show you how it works.
How to Write Your CASPA COVID-19 Optional Essay
Are you applying to PA school but struggling with your CASPA COVID-19 essay? Here are 4 tips on writing your CASPA Covid-19 essay, including editing resources for you and additional writing help from the PA Life team!
Personal Statement Panel Review (Replay)
We successfully launched our first large group live event on April 28, 2022, to celebrate the opening of CASPA! Just as AdComs are not uniform in how they react to personal statements, neither is our team! In this personal statement panel review, we analyze essays from clients who have been accepted into PA school to illustrate […]
Ratatouille: A Pixar Recipe for PA School Personal Statement Success
Today we continue to explore Pixar’s rules for storytelling and learn how you can apply these rules to draft a winning PA school personal statement. If you’re like most PA hopefuls, you’ve been working on your personal statement for months. But do you know what makes a great PA school personal statement? According to the […]
Inside Out: How to use Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling to Improve your PA Personal Statement
Want a better PA personal statement? Inside Out can help! We explore Pixar’s rules for storytelling and how you can apply them to a strong personal statement. Riley is an 11-year-old girl whose life is turned upside down when her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions try to guide her through this […]
How to Deal with Bad News in Your Personal Statement
Don’t panic. Here’s how to reframe those negatives on your CAPA application as positives. So, your life hit a rough spot or two on the way to this moment in which you find yourself writing a personal statement to get into PA school. Maybe your journey has included a couple of plot twists. You’re wondering […]
PA School Reapplicant Personal Statement Checklist
Are you reapplying to PA school and wondering if you should update or rewrite your PA school essay? There are a few reasons to update your personal statement as a reapplicant. For one, AdComs at the schools where you’ve previously applied can compare your essay with the prior year’s personal statements. Secondly, after a year […]
Don’t Make This Mistake with Your PA Resumé
Why your physician assistant resumé needs a summary section and how to write one Resumé writing is hard, but a good SUMMARY section can do a lot of your work for you. This often overlooked, yet simple-to-add section of your physician assistant/associate resumé can be the difference between getting an interview or never making it […]
How to Write a Personal Statement Intro that Readers Want to Read
You’ve probably heard the advice that you should open your personal statement with a story or anecdote. This story should “grab” your readers’ interest, tell them who you are, and help pivot to the main theme: what brings you to the PA profession. That’s a lot to ask of one anecdote, and choosing the right […]
PA School Reapplicants: How to Rewrite Your PA School Essay for Guaranteed Success
Are you reapplying to PA school after not gaining acceptance last round? What will you do with your old personal statement? Toss it completely? Change a few details and cross your fingers? The answer is somewhere in the middle. What should you do with your original PA school personal statement as a PA school reapplicant? […]