Healthcare: Entitlement or Right?

In an era where the face of healthcare is rapidly changing amidst an affordability crisis, the question on everyone’s mind is simple: is healthcare a right to all that live in our country? This question is difficult and goes into the entitlement vs. right debate. As a future physician assistant, you must bear in mind that it is our obligation as health care providers to provide care to everyone, giving them the best care possible.  That being said, we need to always make sure we act ethically and base our decisions around providing the best possible care without bringing our own biases or morals into play.

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What to Do if you get Rejected from PA School

If you’ve been rejected from PA programs in the past, you know the pain of rejection all too well. It’s entirely understandable to be discouraged, but you shouldn’t give up on your dream of becoming a PA.

If you feel unsure about the future or how to proceed, take some time and let your emotions settle. Give yourself time to decompress, to rest, to accept it, and to adjust. The worst thing you can do after being rejected is to make a rash decision about what to do next.

Once you’ve had time to clear your mind, you’ll be ready to start working on your application and increasing your chances on getting into the PA program of your dreams. Here are a handful of things you can do to help boost your application confidence after an unexpected rejection. Read more »

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Physician Assistant

If you’re considering a career in healthcare, there are plenty of options to choose from. Most people assume that becoming a doctor is the best option when working in the medical field solely based on their notoriously high salaries, but this simply isn’t true. If that logic were applied to other fields of work, we’d have a surplus of architects and no carpenters, or an abundance of chefs and no farmers.

Becoming a PA is a rewarding way to provide hands on patient care without many of the barriers MDs face along the way. It’s also a great way to work as part of a healthcare team- directly alongside MDs. Don’t believe us? Here are just 5 of the countless reasons why becoming a PA could be a great fit for you. Read more »

How to Turn Perfectionism Into a Strength

When faced with the question “what is your greatest weakness”, many people defer to describing themselves as perfectionists, thinking it will give them an easy pass on the question.  They admit their need to always do exceedingly well and their refusal to accept any standard short of perfection as a weakness, but then always subsequently try to spin it as strength.  Truthfully, the perfectionist response is fairly stale and doesn’t actually say anything about you besides “I picked a boiler-plate response to this question.” Read more »

The Key Elements of a Strong Answer to PA School Interview Questions

When it comes to answering an interview question, many will tell you that there is a right and a wrong answer- but what about a strong answer?  A strong answer can take many shapes and forms, but it should always have a significant impact.  Regardless, crafting a strong answer takes hard work and preparation.  By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to formulate strong answers for some of the most common yet difficult questions asked during your interview. Read more »

How to Stand Out During Your PA School Interview

You never get a second chance at making a first impression. Just like judging a book by its cover or a restaurant by its pictures on Yelp, people often judge each other immediately upon meeting.  If we apply this to the PA school application process, this means you’ll be judged as an applicant the moment you walk into the interview room.  To help maximize your first impression, you first need to identify what aspects people focus on when forming an opinion about a person they don’t know.

The following items comprise the Eight Stages of Approach, a foolproof list of attributes we use as the criteria for evaluating another person. To ensure you make a memorable first impression on interview day, you’ll want to focus on each of these items individually before interview day. Read more »

Physician Assistant vs. Medical Doctor- Which is Right for You?

If you’re interested in working in the medical field, you may be overwhelmed with the number of different positions and job titles available.  Many people assume that they 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 everyone. Trying to get a sense of which career path suits you 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 vs. a Medical Doctor. Read more »

Tips for Preparing for PA School

Picture this; you’ve been accepted to your top PA program. Your application and interviews are a distant memory, you’ve celebrated your acceptance, and the reality of starting school is starting to kick in.

Regardless of your previous academic or personal experiences, Physician Assistant school will be a new type of challenge you likely have not faced.  If you want to maximize your PA program experience, familiarize yourself with what you’ll be getting into (just like you did when you were preparing for your interviews). 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 hitting the books.

We’ve compiled the top 10 things pre-PA students should consider before starting their PA school journey. Read more »

How to Find Healthcare Experience Near You

Let’s face it- finding patient contact experience can be hard if you don’t know where to look. Patient contact experience often comes from shadowing working Physician Assistants, so if you don’t already have access to patient contact experience, finding and securing a shadowing opportunity is very important.

As you may know (and will learn soon enough), PAs are very busy, but don’t be discouraged by their intimidating schedule.  The overwhelming majority of PAs really love talking about their profession and answering questions because they love what they do!  The trick to gaining shadowing experience is just finding a time when they can talk and taking it from there.  So how do you go about finding a PA to shadow? Read more »

Make This Summer Count With EXCELL Physician Assistant Shadowing!

Are you finishing up your undergraduate degree and looking to go straight into a PA program? Are you planning on taking some time off to work and boost your resume between finishing your undergraduate degree and starting PA school?  Maybe you’re interesting in switching career paths and need a bit of guidance to start you off on the right track.  No matter what your situation may be, you’ll need to have a solid plan to prepare you for the path ahead. Read more »

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