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Jul
21

Applying to PA School

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The Application Process
When you apply to PA school, you will probably use CASPA  or Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants.
You can find this service at www.CASPAonline.org .
You will need to do the following:

●    create a free account on CASPA
●    Review all the information materials as CASPA is very specific in their instructions – like you can’t use your computer back button but instead have to use their navigation in the sidebar.
●    Be sure you know what start time you are applying for. CASPA has a time specified  for you to create and send an application for the next cycle. (the CASPA portal opens in April each year. Application submitted from April until each programs stops accepting applications for that cycle are for starting PA School the following summer or fall. Thus if you apply in April-Nov 2011, you will begin PA School in 2012!)

Check with each program for the earliest time you can submit an application. You have to pay the fees for submission by CASPA to your selected programs.(Fees are reduced if you submit before a date in September each year, check the CASPA site for details) Everything that is needed for your application is submitted through CASPA, including your reference letters and transcripts.(Not your GRE scores, the GRE sends them directly and you will need the code for each program for the GRE to do this.)  You have to factor in the time it will take to get these to CASPA. (CASPA takes 4 weeks to process your application. If something is wrong, they will send it back to you for corrections. It will take another 4 weeks to have it reassessed by CASPA. In another post in the CASPA part of the membership area, I will talk to you about strategy to get CASPA done really early.)  Put these target dates and tasks to complete on your timeline.

Recommendations regarding applying
●    Apply as early as possible. CASPA opens their portal in April each year.

●    PA schools fill their classes as they interview.
The earlier you interview, the more openings available to you.

●    Save your essay to CASPA and the supplemental essays on a flash,
in Google docs or by emailing copies to yourself. ( you want a copy in a folder with for review when you interview.)

●    Save a copy of your CASPA application. If you have to reapply,
it will be very handy.

●    be honest in your essay and application. Interviewers will often ask you about things on your application and you want your answer to be consistent and TRUTHFUL.

●    Get a reference from a PA. They know what it takes to be one and are in the best position to say  whether you possess the skills and ability necessary. (See the section on references to know how you can guarantee you have a good one)

  • Many Schools have a supplemental application also. They all want a second essay. Some of them have you write the essay on your visit for an interview. That is why I do not critique your essay for you. Some PA Admission coaches do this critique,  but I think it is better to have a comprehensive plan for essay writing and interviewing. If you are not outstanding on your GRE writing score, it will not cause you not to get in unless you have one of the most polished essays the admissions committee has ever seen. Then they know you might be fudging and will go fishing for evidence of this. If your interview answers don’t live up to the polish in the essay, that might keep you out! (See the point on honesty above)
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Jul
20

Pance Prep – Exam Masters

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When I was reading responses to a question about PANCE preparation, one person was very strong and positive on Exam Masters. They used the slogan that Exam Masters uses on its site “If you can pass Exam Masters you can pass the Exam”. They prep students for many different tests. In their PA section they had two things to offer I think are really great. First, you can take a 360 question online practice exam for just $20. I don’t know how long you have access to it but based on everything else I would gues-timate 30-60 days. You can also take a 200 question exam, access for 60 days, on Generic/Brand name drugs for just $10. Well worth it! I would take and study that one before I ever went to PA school. I like this and may take the exams here for practice and some CME credit. Here is my 5 minute screen capture video on Exam Masters.



 

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Jul
18

Pance Preparation with Kaplan

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Kaplan has a long history of prepping students for important exams. They have been quite successful. Many PA’s responded to a Q, in the Facebook Physician Assistant group about what they used to prepare for the PANCE. Kaplan books and online was a popular choice. I created this screen shot video 5 minutes in length to show you what Kaplan has to offer. If you have experience with this please tell about your experience with a comment.



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The American Academy of Physician Assistants has a section on its website on exam review materials.  They recommend several books but one is out of print and one was published in 2008 which leaves two, both include about 1000 written questions and a CD of more questions in the computer format. Then there are two review courses totally digital. I have the one from Emory and in this video show a demo of the one from the New Jersey program. I used mine to prepare for the PANRE the last time (6th) I took it and found it very helpful.



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Physician Assistant School is very competitive. Only 5% of applicants get into top 10 schools and around 9% for all programs. You have to separate yourself from the pack. Over on my Squidoo lens I wrote an article of the same title. Here is a audio version of that article.



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How do you answer behavioral interview questions?  With specific examples of what you did in that situation. You need to go to the interview prepared. What skills do PA’s need to have? Think about that, answer me in the comments area and lets have a discussion about  what communication skills are needed. Interviewers are looking for someone who can think on their feet but who are grounded through maturity, experience, and training. These types of questions reveal behavior that is likely to be seen again. That is a reasonable predictor of success in any endeavor. I will be talking about how to answer these questions in a future podcast. Listen to the questions for now.


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Jun
09

Spanish Podcast 3

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The podcast is about Chest Pain

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Jun
09

Spanish Podcast 2

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This podcast covers symptoms like nausea, vomiting, etc…

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Jun
09

Spanish Podcast 1

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This podcast is on Bites and Stings from Animals or Insects

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