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Feb
19

Know the Enemy before you go to War

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Who is going to interview you? What are they likely to ask? How can you be prepared? Here are a few tips about knowing who and what to know about them. I would love to hear your questions and requests for information. Need one on one help? Use the contact me form and tell me what you think or what you need.

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Feb
12

Your Visual Impact Plan

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How you look, act and speak in the first 5 minutes creates an impression. The impression for the interviewer is either, “This was a wasted invitation.” or “We want to get this person in our program.” Everything after that reinforces the initial impression. Here are some tips on what to do to create the impression that says “I am the person you want.” Do you find this helpful? What else would you like to hear about? What are your question? Go to contact me page and send me your comments and questions.

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This is a video I posted to YouTube. It is shot with a selfie stick on my phone during an NFL playoff game. I was using notes but got distracted – you see the corrections appear on screen.
I promise some other videos on related topics. They will only appear here. Some of them will be behind a wall that is open when you subscribe to an email list created just for those pieces of information. About 15-20 more 5 minute videos. Watch this site during February to get more info. Thanks for your support. (on some videos I mention Squidoo. It no longer exists. The info there is now on hubpages)

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Here is a two minute endorsement of Rodican’s book. I used to recommend it on my Squidoo lens but that was before Squidoo was shut down. I posted this to YouTube. If you use the link I will post below, Amazon will give me a tiny percentage of the $19 purchase price. Here is my critique.

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School, Third Edition

Categories : Pre-PA HS, Pre-PA Univ
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May
08

How to select a PA Program Comments

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Please leave your comments and questions below. I am interested to know where you are having trouble in this part of the process or any part for that matter. Share this information with friends and have them sign up for this weekly email. Where in the process of getting into PA school to you think you will have trouble? Grades? Application? Essays? Interview? Gaining experience? Getting good References? Please leave me or others in this stream a comment or two down below. Be gentle with others. I have thick skin. They may not and it is an act of courage for some to ask something they think makes them look dumb. Really the only dumb question is the one not asked.

Categories : Pre-PA HS, Pre-PA Univ
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I am not sure there is a best major. There are prerequisites. These usually include having a BS or BA degree from a 4 year college that teaches science majors. Most schools have courses that they require. Anatomy and Physiology separately or combined for two semesters. Several hours of chemistry including general, organic and biochemistry. Statistics and usually another math course. They like their students to have classes in Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology with a lab, embryology and epidemiology. You have to get these courses in, get a cumulative 3.0 and usually better if you want to go to a top 25 school. What major is best?

I you are like me, you need to focus. I needed to only focus on the courses I needed. I am not one who could major in a humanity and take all those courses on the side. I know great students who did just that and got 4.0 averages and are now great PA’s. I personally don’t look good in spandex or a cape. I focused on what I needed so I majored in a program – Applied Biology – that was intended to take you to grad school. All you could do when you graduated was take an entry position in a lab somewhere – probably processing stool specimens for parasites on the night shift. A dream job! But is was a good major if you wanted a PhD or to go to Medical, Dental or professional school in the sciences like PA school or similar medical career.

The video below is one I made earlier in 2012 while driving to work on a holiday. It addresses the issue of “What major is best if you want to be a PA?”
What should you do about it? Well the advice is general and not tailored to you. Consider it. If you really need help in your quest to become a PA
think about using me as your coach. Best wishes to you all on your PA Path.

Categories : Pre-PA HS
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Jul
17

Are You a Strong Candidate for PA school

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I have created several audio podcasts on this topic. The first one is embedded within this post. It is a raw file, unedited, but it is free. You get my thoughts I recorded on one of my many trips to work. These are one hour commutes. I hook up my microphone and recorder, tape my notes to the steering wheel and talk. Part one is about the GPA. I compare two programs in NC that are representative of all programs – Duke the national program and Wingate the local program drawing mainly from a 200 mile radius. Are you a strong Candidate? I will post these every week or two and you can leave me questions and discussion points in the comments section below. If you find these helpful you should sign up for my video series. It is free also but the cost is getting on my email list and getting a few extra emails from me. Also free is your ability to leave this link on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter or share it on your favorite social media site. Ultimately, I want you to hire me as a coach. See the link above for details.

Here is the first audio podcast in this series.


Here is a link to download it and listen off line.



 

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Oct
31

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Oct
26

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Oct
26

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