Your personal narrative is arguably one of the most important aspects of the entire application process. Without a compelling, unique, and well written personal narrative, you may not even get a shot at interviewing with your potential PA programs. Think of it as the ultimate sales pitch- you want it to be clear, concise, but really drive home the points that argue why you’d be an exceptional PA.
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During your interview process, you’ll undoubtedly be asked behavioral questions. The goal of questions like these is to flesh out examples of skills, characteristics, and experiences that directly relate to your value as a potential PA student. These questions are vital because they give your interviewers clear, concrete examples of who you are as an individual, so you’ll want to make sure your answers are not only full of detail, but clear and concise.
It’s important to note that nothing sets you up for success like prior preparation. Taking the time to go over the most common behavioral questions asked during an interview is a great place to start practicing. On top of prior preparation, you’ll easily be able to answer any behavioral question thrown at you by using the following tricks.
When choosing the best PA program for you, it may be hard to weed through all the choices. The stress of figuring out which programs you’re a strong candidate for may obscure the fact that 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.
If you’re racking your brain to come up with direct patient contact experience, stop for a second and consider all of the direct experience you get just through the Excell Pre PA Assistant Clerkship program!
Not only do you get over 200 hours of real-life patient experience over the course of your clerkship, you’ll come out the other side being able to speak directly to your role as a patient advocate and liaison. By the time you’re done, you’ll have developed skills in bedside manner, gotten direct patient interaction, detected and resolved patient quality of life issues, worked as a liaison between patients and staff, experienced being part of a healthcare team, and more!
As you write your personal narrative, you’ll need to portray yourself as honestly as possible. This means that, while you get to praise yourself by pointing out the key abilities and characteristics that make you a stand-out physician assistant, you may also need to address your weaknesses. While you might be reluctant to pinpoint something that could harm your chances of being the optimal candidate, weaknesses can be an outstanding way to frame your strengths- you just need to know how to present them.
A strong answer to an interview question can take many shapes and forms, but it should always have a significant impact. In most situations, the interview committee is looking for a strong answer rather than an answer that’s necessarily right or wrong (unless the question is purely fact-based, then you’ll want to make sure your answer is correct). Regardless, crafting a strong answer comes from preparation and attentiveness.
“Why do you want to become a physician assistant?” If you’re not sure, you may have some work ahead of you because this question will undoubtedly be asked at your PA school interview. So how do you come up with an outstanding answer to this question without seeming trite or boring?
When considering a career in the medical field, many spend time wondering which specific position they should consider. Many assume that you need to be a Medical Doctor in order to make a great living as a medical professional, but the MD path may not be right for all. Trying to get a sense of which career path would suit you best can be difficult, so we’ve pinpointed the finer points of each profession. Take a look below to see the pros and cons of becoming a Physician Assistant or a Medical Doctor.
Did you know the national acceptance rate to PA schools nationwide is only 6.7%? Compare this to the 97% acceptance rate for EXCELL clerkship graduates and you’ll see exactly what the EXCELL has to offer!
The EXCELL Pre PA clerkship is a fantastic way to secure your future by taking a huge, proactive step towards becoming a PA. Everyone applying to PA school will have shadowing experience, but few will have the experience and mentoring hours you’ll have after completing our program. Read more »
Let’s face it- higher education isn’t cheap.
Finding the funds to cover the cost of PA school may be difficult, but it shouldn’t be a barrier between you and your career aspirations. While the cost of attendance can vary significantly between programs, there are plenty of resources available for students that are in need of some financial assistance- you just need to know where to look! The following tips and resources are great tools to help you finance your PA education.