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.
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.