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How Do PA Schools Judge Applicants?

Do you know what PA programs look for when judging their potential students? Knowing what each program looks for and how they’ll be assessing both your interview performance and application materials are crucial in determining your success.  Think of it this way: its much easier to get a high score on a test if you know how you’re being scored.  The same concept rings true for your acceptance into a PA program.

There are three main scoring criteria all programs use when judging their candidates; cognitive and verbal abilities, motivations, and interpersonal skills.  By keeping these three main scoring criteria in mind, you’ll have a much easier time writing your personal narratives and conducting yourself during your interviews.

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Get Stressed Easily? Try the STAR Technique To Reduce Stress!

STAR technique to reduce stressNothing reduces stress like being well prepared ahead of time- there’s just no replacement for this.  That being said, stressful situations can affect even the most prepared person.  If you’re easily susceptible to stress or have a hard time getting control of your nerves, the STAR technique can help.  When used properly, this simple technique can target the root of your stress and obliterate it. Read more »

What Can The Pre Physician Assistant Clerkship Program Offer You?

If you’re interested in our Pre Physician Assistant Clerkship, you’ve probably already read our basic breakdown of the program.  Between the 200 hours of real-life patient experience, patient advocacy experience, the mentorship portion, online coursework, and mock interviews, you’ll be learning and growing rapidly over the course of this 16-week program, but do you have a good sense of what particular skills you’ll be developing?

Here’s a quick breakdown of our PA Clerkship program AND all of the great benefits each component provides!

Patent Advocacy Experience

  • What You Do
    • Act as a patient liaison, quality assurance team member, and healthcare team member
    • Deliver quality of life patient survey
    • Attend weekly directors meetings
  • How You Benefit
    • Develop skills in bedside manner
    • Develop patient interaction/interviewing skills
    • Gain real life experience in detecting and resolving patient quality of life issues
    • Earn hands-on experience as liaison between patients and staff
    • Gain experience creating plans of action and following through on them
    • Learn how to function as part of healthcare team

Physician Assistant Mentorship

  • What You Do
    • Shadow and be mentored by a working Physician Assistant
  • How You Benefit
    • Learn about the PA profession through direct observation
    • Observe interactions between a PA and their patients
    • Observe the collaboration between a PA and Physicians
    • Directly observe PA medical practice

Online Coursework

  • What You Do
    • 36 Didactic training modules in written communication and one on one verbal communication.
  • How You Benefit
    • Huge boost in communication skills for interacting with coworkers
    • Opportunity to hone communication skills with patients (aka your bedside manner)

Mock Interviews

  • What You Do
    • Participate in two videotaped mock interviews
    • Have your strengths and weaknesses evaluated by our interview panel
  • How You Benefit
    • Increased self-assessment skills
    • Highly develop your communication and critical thinking skills
    • Improved self confidence

Graduate Project

    • What You Do
      • Administer and assess Quality of Life Patient Survey
      • Present Plan of Action to faculty and administration
    • How You Benefit
      • Gain a sense of contribution to quality improvement
      • Improve presentation skills

Those are just a few of the benefits you’ll gain from choosing the Excell Pre PA Clerkship and Mentorship Program.  No matter what level you may be starting from, the program is guaranteed to improve your confidence as well as the basic skills needed to ace any PA program interview.  Still not convinced?  Take a look at some of the testimonials from past Excell program graduates.

How to Make a Great First Impression at Your PA School Interview

Its human nature to quickly form first impressions, like judging a book by its cover or a restaurant by the pictures on its menu.   People often judge each other immediately upon meeting, so it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be judged as an applicant the moment you walk into the interview room.  To help maximize your first impression, you’ll want to have a game plan.

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Tips for Choosing the Best Physician Assistant Program for You

Choosing the best PA program for you can be difficult. There are plenty of websites that list the “top 10 PA programs”, but a good fit is based on more than price and acceptance rate.  You should be looking for the right school that fits your needs.  If you’re too focused on being a perfect applicant, you may end up applying to a program that doesn’t end up serving your best interests and may end up getting less out of your time in school.

When searching for programs, try to focus on the following:

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The Top 5 Reasons to Become a Physician Assistant

When considering a career in healthcare, there are plenty of options to choose from. The general population assumes that becoming a doctor is the best option for working in medicine purely based on their high rate of pay, but this simply isn’t true. If that logic were applied to other fields of work, we’d have a surplus of architects and no carpenters, or an abundance of chefs and no farmers.

Becoming a PA is a rewarding way to provide hands on patient care without many of the barriers MDs face along the way. Don’t believe us? Here are just 5 of the countless reasons why becoming a PA could be a great fit for you.

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Gain Interview Confidence Through the Excell Pre PA Clerkship Program

During your time in the EXCELL program, you’ll have a huge advantage of participating in not one but two mock interviews. You’ll be able to practice your communication skills, put what you’ve learned to the test, and get a better sense for what to expect come interview day. Your interviews will be taped and critiqued by our interview panel to help evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

During these mock interviews, its common for students to passively mention the EXCELL program to interviewers without expanding on exactly how EXCELL has helped to make them a better candidate for PA school. One of the great benefits of EXCELL (besides the 97% PA school acceptance rate) is the ability to confidently communicate what you can contribute as a student and future PA as a direct result of what you learned and experienced through the program.

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