We’ve covered a lot of the most common questions that you’ll face during your interview, but one stands out above the rest. Without any doubt, you’ll be asked why you want to become a PA. It makes sense that this is one of the most important questions you’ll need to answer because it gets to the root of who you are, shows what motivates you, and provides a window into the past experiences that have shaped your decision making up until this point in your life.
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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!
“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.
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.
In the US, healthcare is overwhelmingly regarded as a right and has been for a number of years now. The debate between healthcare as an entitlement or a right is a topic all healthcare providers must face over the course of their careers.
During your interview, be prepared to discuss this concept: “is health care a right to all that live in our country?” Keep in mind that your task isn’t to give a convincing, once-and-for-all solution to the “entitlement vs. right” debate. Rather than vehemently taking a stance one way or another, your answer should directly reflect the following: Read more »
When beginning to plan for PA school, many students question which major will help them get into the PA program of their choice. Students that are in the process of completing their undergraduate studies or those who have decided to return to school often think that majoring in biology, pre-med, or even a pre-PA program will give them a competitive advantage. We’re here to tell you that while this may seem like a good idea, these specific pre-physician majors aren’t necessarily your best bet. Read more »
It goes without saying that the more hands-on patient care experience you have, the stronger you’ll be as a candidate when applying to PA programs. In fact, many top-tier PA schools recommend 2,000 hours or roughly 2 years of direct hands-on experience for applicants. Some candidates may be well on their way to this 2,000 hour mark, but chances are they currently have a job where they provide hands on care.
If you’re changing careers or don’t currently work in a position that provides you with patient contact opportunities, don’t fret! There are plenty of options where you can start gaining experience that don’t require additional certifications or an undergraduate degree in a healthcare related field. Read more »