Top 10 Things to Know Before Starting PA School

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 »

Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths for your Personal Narrative

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 »

Picking a Physician Assistant Specialty that Fits Your Personality

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 »

Writing your PA School Personal Narrative: The STAR Technique

STAR technique for writing a PA school personal narrativeDo 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.

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