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What is a PA?
A physician assistant is a licensed dependent practitioner and a highly skilled health care professional, trained to provide evaluation including prescribing medication, education, health care services, and can preform surgical procedures. A physicia
**Why do you want to be a PA?
- I enjoy working with others, am a team player.
- I am a life time learner, always intrigued by the modifications always occurring in the medical field.- EDIT THIS
What is the difference between a PA and an NP?
Nurse practitioners, NP's, and physician assistants, PA's, are both valuable healthcare partitioners to the medical team. However, it is my understanding that PA's undergo a broader medical training based on a medical model and are able to work in di
Are you familiar with any national or state level regulations for PA’s?
Before becoming a PA one must pass the physician assistant national certification examination (PANCE). PA's have prescribing privileges in 50 states and PA's can only practice with the guidance of a physician. Also, from my understanding, in Virginia
How many hours a week do you plan on studying?
PA school is a full time job that requires mandatory overtime. I will expect to be in class approximately 40 hours a week and will study as much as needed until mastering the information.
What does a PA do?
A PA's typical tasks include writing referrals, conducting patient rounds, provide follow up care for patients, patient education, recording and updatig chart information, such as patient medical history, and can preform medical and surgical procedur
Tell me what your typical day looks like?
Depending on when I work I will either go to the gym before or after. I am also constantly taking care of animals and that occupies some of my day. After working and the gym I come home and dedicate time to school and enjoy researching about this fie
How many tests and quizzes do expect to take a week and what can you handle?
I would assume the tests and quizzes vary each week. If I had to guess I would say at least on test a week and up to three on other weeks. I consider PA school as a fill time job that requires mandatory overtime. I am driven and willing to study as l
How do you feel about taking call or working 60 or more hours per week as a second-year student?
Knowing full well of what to expect as a PA student, I am completely fine with taking call or working 60 or more hours per week. I will also come home from work and continue study, preparing myself for the next day. I am ready to accept the responsibilities of being a PA student.
Do you have a car, where do you live, what is your social support and are they close?
Yes, I have a car and I live in Yorktown Virginia. My social support are my family and friends and I am very close to them. They help lift my spirits reassuring me I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
How do you plan to pay for your education?
I plan to pay for my education through what I have currently saved through work, I do not plan on working in school. I also plan to pay with student loans, family, and hopefully, scholarships. I have also heard of programs offering to pay for some or
What kind of stress do you see associated with the PA profession?
From my understanding PA's see around 16-18 patients a day and with the affordable health care act this number will only increase. The stress I see associated with the PA profession is worrying about providing quality compassionate care to all of my
**Have you applied to other programs?
What are other programs you applied to?
Eastern Virginia Medical School, NOVA Southeastern University, ADD AND EDIT
What have you done to prepare yourself for this profession?
I prepared myself for this profession by being a dedicated student and working hard for the grades I received in a challenging major, preparing me for the medical field. While enrolled as a full time student I did a lot of volunteer work and learned
Have you done anything to increase your chances of being accepted since applying to the PA program?
I completed microbiology lab, a prerequisite for this program in December and received an A. Out of the schools I applied to Shenandoah is the only school that specifically required abnormal psychology other than 'an advance psychology' as a prerequi
What makes you stand out from the person sitting next to you this morning?
I majored in Human, Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, which is not a common major. This major did not only prepare me for the medical field, but it gave me a unique take on health and well being. I do not think of a PA as a medical practitioner who tre
What is your understanding of what PA’s do?
PA's write referrals, conduct patient rounds, follow up on patient care, provide patient education, update chart information such as patient medical history, and preform medical and surgical procedures.
**Tell us about the role you see the PA playing in the health care system.
.Describe an interaction you have had with a patient that made an impact on you.
As a student athletic trainer I was preforming hands on resistance rehabilitation techniques on a football players ankle, named James. While in the middle of my routine James looked directly into my eyes and asked me "am I getting better, am I gettin
What do you think is the most difficult situation described in the interview scenarios that you completed earlier today? Why?
I was pretty nervous about this whole interview in general because Shenandoah is my first choice and I want to be a part of this program badly. Basically, just being here today and facing my nerves is a difficult situation I have completed today. How
Describe the most stressful work or academic situation you have been in, and tell us how you dealt with it.
The most stressful academic situation I have been in was when I was living with my roommate and close friend, Casey, who is diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Casey started experiencing POTS symptoms and panic attacks at
How do you usually deal with stress?
I deal with stress by going to the gym. It is a great stressful reliever to me and it is something I am passionate about. Not only is it something I am passionate about, but I want to be a good role model for my patients. Also, I rely on family and f
What kind of personal stress do you see associated with our PA program?
The didactic period is fast paced and their is a lot of information to learn. The clinical period is working full time with overtime while continuing to further your education. Overall this program will be challenging but it's whats going to get me t
What kind of stress do you see associated with the PA profession?
PA's approximately see 16-18 patients a day and with the affordable health care act that number will only increase. The biggest stress I see associated with this profession is the PA trying to provide quality and compassionate care to all their patie
What do you do outside of work or academic studies?
I volunteer at the Lackey Free Clinic assisting medical professionals in providing patient care. I am constantly pet sitting and occasionally babysitting. I enjoy spending free time at the gym and with my family, friends, and boyfriend.
**Or, What did you mean by __ on your essay?
Your file indicates that you have had difficulty with ____ (the GRE). Would you like to explain this?
My GRE scores are not desirable. The majority of the material covering the GRE is information I learned in high school. I do not think that this test score is an accurate representation of what I have to offer and how I would do in your program. What
What accommodations, if any, do you need to successfully complete this program?
I do not need any accommodations to successfully complete this program. I am only hoping to become close with my class-mates and form study groups because I work well with others.
So, tell us a little about yourself. In other words: Why are you here?
I knew I wanted my career to focus on helping others, that has always ben a requirement, but I was not sure what profession fit me best. I started out working in a veterinary clinic, then shadowed a canine rehabilitation practitioner and realized I d
How do we know you will finish the program if we accept you?
I have never quit anything I have started. I want to be a PA, I am not going to quit.
Why do you think you have not heard from other programs yet? (or NOVA turning you down)?
Eastern Virginia Medical School
What are your strengths as an applicant?
I am a team player and consider myself a great listener. I am a caring and friendly individual, which will help me to put my patients and their families at ease. I think patient education is very important and I have the ability to break down complex
What are your biggest weaknesses as an applicant, and what do you plan to do to correct them?
I would say my biggest weakness as an applicant is that I am a people pleaser and sometimes get taken advantage of however, I am learning to stand up for myself.
Do you have any questions for us?
1. If I enter your program, will a preceptor be found for me, or will I be responsible for finding one myself?2. Do you have job placement assistance for graduating students?
Do you manage your time well?
Yes, I manage my time well. Attending Virginia Tech I was usually taking 17-18 credits a semester and working as a student athletic trainer. Between attending class, working, and studying I had to manage my time well to graduate with honors.
Do you prefer to work with others or by yourself?
I don't mind working by myself, at times it can be nice, but I prefer to work with others because I have always thought two heads are better than one. I am a people person and enjoy communicating, listening, and working with others. I think it is gre
Your supervising MD tells you to do something that you know is dead wrong; what do you do?
If my supervising MD told me something that was dead wrong, I would ask him if he was sure about the statement or decision he was making. I would state my opinion on the matter and pull any evidence I could to support my point. If I knew it would end
What interests you most about our school?
There are a lot of reasons why I want to attend Shenandoah. I would have to say my top three reasons are early primary care exposure, and trips such as the global citizenship project and Nicaragua.
What would be your ideal job as a PA?
I am interested in working in primary care, but am open to other specialities. I plan on getting an idea of what I enjoy during the clinical period of my program.
What did you learn from your internship/experience?
As a student athletic trainer and shadowing a physical therapist I learned how to preform rehabilitation techniques on patients. The coolest thing I saw while shadowing a dentist was a patients teeth before and after invisaline and frame by frame how
What do you want to be doing five years from now?
I want to be a successful PA who's patients are pleased with my medical care. Overall, I just want to be happy and I know this profession is part of that.
Have you ever seen anyone die?
No, I have not. I have seen animals being put down when working at a veterinary hospital, but I have not seen a person die.
How are you today?
I am happy and nervous. I got an interview at my the PA program of my top choice and am hoping I can attend school here one day, perusing my passion; nervous because I want to make a good impression.
Did you have any trouble finding us?
No, I had attended the open house in October and was able to recall most of the drive from that trip.
My good friend graduated from Shenandoa
What was the last movie you saw?
Frozen, I love disney and pixar movies! I enjoy watching them when babysitting or just with my friends, they are not just for kids! I especially support that these companies have strayed away from the typical fairy tales the past years, like Frozen i
What will you do if you don’t get in this year?
If I don't get in this year I plan on my contacting interviews, thanking them for the opportunity, and asking what I can do to improve my chances of getting in next year. Then, taking that advice and putting it to use and being more prepared for next
Tell us something about yourself.
Why do you want to attend our program?
I want to attend Shenandoah because this school fits me, in education, community and environmental reasons. This program is my first choice. Shenandoah is ranked 22nd in US news and world report and has a PANCE rate of 100%, and first-time taker pass
How would you describe your personality?
I am a caring, friendly, and sincere individual. I have a positive, and optimistic attitude. I posses a strong work ethic and work well with others, I am a team player. I am always striving to help others and to challenge myself.
What are your goals as a PA?
I have short term and long term goals for myself. Right now, I'd like to attend a strong program, gain knowledge and experience, and pass my boards. When I become a PA I would like to gain as much knowledge of medicine as possible and have a good wor
What are the future goals of the ARC-PA?
foster excellence in PA education through the development of uniform national standards for assessing educational effectivenessfoster excellence in PA programs by requiring continuous self-study and reviewassure the general public, as well as profess
What experience do you have that qualifies you to join our program?
What do you know about this program?
Shenandoah is ranged 22nd by US news and world repot. The PANCE rate is 100% with a first time pass rate of 98.2% This program is 30 months long; 18 months are didactic and 12 are clinical. However, this program does have early primary care exposure,
What do you value most in a classmate or co-worker?
What I value most in a classmate or co-worker is support. Everyone is going to come across difficulties once and a while and when those times come that is when we need to rely and depend on someone to help get us back up.
How have you stayed current & informed about the PA profession?
I have stayed current and informed about the PA profession as a member of the EDIT. Recently, I have been doing more research on the profession to prepare for interviews and am a member of forums for PA students.
If I asked your co-workers or fellow students to say three positive things about you, what would they say?
They would say that I am a hard worker, reliable, and a positive thinker.
If it comes down to you and one other applicant, why should we select you?
If I remember one thing about you, what should that be?
Shenandoah is a perfect fit for me. There are a lot of things that interest me in your program as a I previously mentioned and I can see myself making it my home.
What is a ‘dependent’ practitioner?
PAs are dependent practitioners. They are required to work with physician supervision. Although the PA must declare a supervising physician and be registered in the state of employment, he or she also may work autonomously.
Why do you want to change careers?
My current jobs are not a career.
Explain your undergraduate grades.
I worked hard for the grades I received in undergrad. I was taking around 17-18 credits a semester, working as a student athletic trainer, and was constantly supporting and taking care of my roommate, and close friend Casey, who is diagnosed with Pos
If you had a patient with a language barrier, how would you assist that patient?
First, I would try to find a translator. Many hospitals have translators on staff. I would watch nonverbal communication closely and make sure I do not upset the patient. Also, I would take note that this person comes from a different culture and mig
What makes you mad?
I really don't get mad that often, but I do get upset when others are bullied and not treated properly or are fairly. In those situations, I asses whether or not I can try to make a difference, and if I can, I try to facilitate chance. If I can't I t
Tell me something unique about your self that is not in your application?
I love dogs and learning about dog breeds. I find it fascinating that you can have an idea of a dog's strengths, weaknesses, history, and personality traits just by looking at the animal. From a medical stand point you can even have an idea of what t
If you could change one thing about the PA profession, as you understand it today, what would you change?
I would increase the number of universities that offer programs or try to increase the seat count of universities that currently have programs. The demand for PA's is high and with the affordable health care act it will only create a need for more pr
What would you like to do outside of school?
Outside of school I like to spend time with family and friends. I am very active and like to be outside. I enjoy running, swimming, snowboarding, and surfing. I know Shenandoah has great hiking trails I would like to experience one day, and I like do
Which field do you see yourself working in after graduation?
Tell me your thoughts about health-care reform.
I personally believe that everyone should have access to quality health care. As far as the means by which we establish this, is more of a political question versus a personal one, for me.
Do you think health-care reform will be positive or negative for physician assistants? Why or why not?
I think the health care reform will be a "positive" for physician assistants. Current plans are to extend health insurance coverage to approximately forty-seven million people, coupled with the current primary-care shortage, PA's will be in more dema
Do you think the physician assistant profession should change its name to physician associate? Why or why not?
I personally feel that PA's should be called physician associates. I have actually done some research on this and in 196, the professions original name was physician associate, the name change occurred only as a result of some concerns with physician
Should all PA programs be master’s-level programs?
Currently, the majority of PA programs are at the master's level. I do believe that a strong case can be made that the rigorous didactic and clinical training in PA school warrants a masters degree.
Do you think HMOs (health maintenance organization) and PPOs (preferred provider organization) are good or bad for the PA pro
I believe HMO's and PPO's are good for the PA profession because PA's are cost effective and yet rank highly in terms of patient satisfaction.
HMO- primary- referral- wherever (not in case of emergency)
PPO- can go anyway with out refferal
Do you think PA's and nurse practitioners are in competition with each other?
No. PA's and nurse are both health care practitioners who fulfill a very important roles in the health-care system. I look at both professions as working in collaboration as opposed to working against one another.
Where do PAs fit on the hierarchy ladder with nurses, MDs and nurse practitioners?
I don't necessarily think in terms of a hierarchy. I see them al on the same medical team. Whether its a nurse, physician, technician, or PA, has their own role and a common responsibility to proved the best care for the patient.
Is it important for PA students to belong to a local, regional, and national PA associations? Why or why not?
Yes. As medical professionals it is important for PA's to remain current and update their knowledge in a constantly changing field at a local
Tell me about a time when you had to overcome obstacles to get your job done?
Tell me about a time when you had to handle a stressful situation?
Tell me about a time when you had to adapt quickly to a change?
Your application states that you are a 'hard worker'. Can you give me an example of a time when you worked hard?
Describe an interaction you've had with a patient that made an impact on you.
Tell me about a time when you had a disagreement or confrontation with a boss or co-worker.
Tell me about a time when your communication skills made a difference?
Give me an example of a time you took initiative.
Have you ever been in a situation, at work or in school, when you felt it was necessary to address an ethical issue? Describe
If you and a colleague had a personality clash, what would you do to make it better?
Do you think it is important to promote team building in an organization? What steps will you take as a PA student to promote
From your perspective, what makes a person 'likeable'?
If you were to choose to give a transplant either to a successful elderly member of the community or a twenty-year-old drug a
A patient of yours was recently diagnosed with HIV, and he demands that you don't tell his wife because he fears she will lea
A patient is admitted with sever coronary artery disease. This patient is a Jehovah's Witness and declares that he cannot rev
You are a PA working in a cardiology practice. Although you attend to the majority of the patients in a typical day, your sup
Do you believe that all individuals have a right to health care in this country?
You catch your colleague staling restricted drugs. She say's, "Please don't tell anyone. I'm doing this to help a friend who
What do you do if you were a PA in the emergency department, and the paramedics wheeled in a patient whom you found out just
How do you fell about abortion? Would you assist a physician in preforming abortions?
What does re-certifying look like for a PA? What is MCE-Pi and MCE-SA?
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