More often than not, applicants tend to focus on their contributions to the application while not paying much attention to their letters of recommendation. An outstanding letter of recommendation could very well be the difference between landing an interview and being passed over by admissions committees.
Writing your PA school Personal Narrative is the ultimate sales pitch. In order to get sales-pitch ready, consider doing some self-assessment to pinpoint your best attributes. If you’re not sure what you should be focusing on or even where to start, you can refer to our list of the most sought after qualities for a PA Candidate below.
If you’ve made the decision to become a Physician Assistant, you’re likely focused on the application process and not what happens afterwards. Once your personal narrative has been written and your interviews are over, you’ll probably spend time celebrating and preparing yourself to turn down all of the offers you’ll get (because trust us, you’ll be getting plenty of acceptance letters if you prepare with Excell!).
Regardless of your academic or personal background, Physician Assistant school will be an entirely different experience. If you want to make the most of your time in school, it helps to know what to expect. You probably already know you’ll be spending a lot of time studying, but there’s much more to doing well in PA school than that. Read more »
When it comes to giving a strong interview answer, there are 5 key elements (and no, we’re not talking about Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and Air). A strong answer should not only address the prompt at hand, but convey your cunning, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.
As you’re developing your personal narrative, you may come across an anecdote or experience where you need to highlight your weaknesses as well as your strengths. You may think to yourself “why would I include my weaknesses if I’m trying to convince the reader that I’m a standout candidate for this program?” The answer is simple: interview committees want well rounded, humble candidates that can honestly speak to their personal growth, not self-acclaimed “superheroes” that refuse to address their own shortcomings. Read more »
As you being your journey towards becoming a PA, you may find that a specific area of expertise calls to you. Some PAs have a good idea of which Physician Assistant specialty is right for them before they’re working in the field, and choose which programs they’re applying to accordingly. Others find out their passion during their time in PA school or working in the field. Read more »
Knowing the foundation and history of your chosen profession is crucial for any occupation. If you’re not familiar with the origins of the physician assistant, you may be caught off-guard come interview day.
Do you have a really great anecdote you want to include in your PA school personal narrative but you’re having a hard time getting in out of your head and onto the page? If you need help taking an experience and turning into a well-crafted, compelling story, look no further than the STAR technique!
The STAR technique can help you hit all of the key points of your story while assuring that the overall message and purpose for including it in the first place shines through. In addition, it’s a great tool to help you hone your interview answers and manage your stress on interview day.
Once you’re done writing and editing your personal narrative, you may feel a large sense of accomplishment. After all, you most likely spent a lot of time brainstorming, drafting, writing, editing, and proofreading. So how would you feel if, after all that work, your admissions committee still didn’t get your message?
It’s hard to think about summer when we’re still in the firm grasp of winter. Still, making plans in advance is the best way to ensure you’re on the right track towards your goal of becoming a Physician Assistant (even if you can’t feel your toes right now). Read more »