Elevate Your Personal Statement: Using Bloom’s Taxonomy for Impactful Writing
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by Deanna Matzen (PA School Admissions)
1M ago
Elevate Your Personal Statement: Using Bloom’s Taxonomy for Impactful Writing The most common advice writers often give pre-PAs is to "show, don't tell" in your essays. (Though we like to encourage showing AND telling - just like kindergarten!) One form of showing is telling a story in a narrative form, like a scene in a book. Or it could use specific and descriptive anecdotal examples to illustrate a point.  While that is valuable advice, I recently wondered if we've failed to talk about showing through using higher-order/critical thinking skills. You may not be familiar with Bloom's Tax ..read more
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How to Answer Behavioral Questions in Your PA School Interview
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by Stephen Pasquini PA-C
2M ago
How to Answer Behavioral Questions in Your PA School InterviewEffective Strategies and Real-Life Examples for Mastering Behavioral Interview Questions If you're preparing for a Physician Assistant (PA) school interview, you're likely aware that behavioral interview questions are a critical component. These questions are designed to uncover how you have handled various situations in the past, providing insight into your potential as a future PA. The way you respond to these questions can make a big difference in the success of your interview. This blog post will guide you through strategies to ..read more
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From Mock Interviews to PA Practice: Tolu Fannon Shares Her Journey
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by Stephen Pasquini PA-C
3M ago
From Mock Interviews to PA Practice: Tolu Fannon Shares Her Journey In this virtual shadowing Q&A, Deanna Matson from The PA Life sits down with Tolu Fannin, a practicing physician assistant/associate who has gone from being a pre-PA student utilizing mock interviews to prepare for PA school, to now serving as a mock interviewer herself to help the next generation of aspiring PAs. Tolu openly shares her experiences and advice gained throughout her journey. Key takeaways from the interview include: The importance of gaining quality patient care experience before applying to PA school. Tol ..read more
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The Most Important Reports and Data on Physician Assistants (PAs)
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by Stephen Pasquini PA-C
5M ago
The Most Important Reports and Data on Physician Assistants (PAs) As you conduct a standard search for physician assistant trends, including salary, admissions statistics, required prerequisite coursework, program costs, etc. you will come across various weblogs and resources that contain data and statistics to varying degrees. Finding the most up-to-date statistical information and distinguishing what is and isn't relevant can be challenging. The good news is that the majority of the data you uncover during your search is sourced from only a handful of research articles published on a regula ..read more
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How Much Does it Cost to go to Physician Assistant (PA) School?
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by Stephen Pasquini PA-C
5M ago
How Much Does it Cost to go to Physician Assistant (PA) School? So you are considering PA school? Great, now how are you going to pay for it? With the average undergraduate education debt prior to PA school at $36,300 and the average anticipated debt load from PA school at $112,500, it's probably time to ask the next logical question: How much does PA school cost? Like most college and advanced degree programs in the United States, the price of PA school is rising. Based on current tuition data supplied by PA programs, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), The Physician Ass ..read more
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Generative AI and the PA School Personal Statement
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by Beth Eakman and Stephen Pasquini PA-C
6M ago
Generative AI and the PA School Personal Statement Is it cheating to use AI tools such as Bard, ChatGPT, and Claude.ai to help write your PA School personal statement? Over the past year, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gone from being a subject for science fiction movies to a tool that just about anyone can access. Today, the AI tools that are of critical importance to aspiring PAs are “generative AI” chatbots; the most commonly known and used is OpenAI’s ChatGPT. ChatGPT is officially defined as a “large language model-based chatbot developed by OpenAI….that enables users to refine and ste ..read more
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From Pain Management and Family Practice to Dermatology: Cassie McGee, PA-C Shares Her Journey in Our Latest Virtual Shadowing Session
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by Stephen Pasquini PA-C
7M ago
From Pain Management and Family Practice to Dermatology: Cassie McGee, PA-C Shares Her Journey in Our Latest Virtual Shadowing Session A Career Journey: From Pain Management and Family Practice to Dermatology In this FREE PA Virtual Shadowing session, Cassie McGee, a PA who graduated in 2015 from St. Francis University's PA program, talks about her journey and experiences in different medical fields. After starting in pain management, she spent five years in family practice, gaining a diverse range of skills and knowledge. In May 2022, she transitioned to a dermatology clinic, where she receiv ..read more
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I’ve Been a PA for 18 Years, and Still, Nobody Knows What I Do for a Living
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by Stephen Pasquini PA-C
8M ago
I’ve Been a PA for 18 Years, and Still, Nobody Knows What I Do for a Living Picture this: it's summertime, the sun is shining, the bathing suits are coming out of storage, and it is time to take our annual family vacation. This year, with COVID restrictions waning and my never fading hunger for adventure, I decided to take the family on a ten-day surf trip along the west coast of Costa Rica. We purchased plane tickets, packed our bags, and set out on the open road. It was an epic adventure. Along the way, we met interesting people from all over the world. This is one of my favorite parts of t ..read more
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Everything You Need to Know About Being a PA (and then some)
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by Stephen Pasquini PA-C
10M ago
Everything You Need to Know About Being a PA (and then some) Being a physician Assistant/Associate (PA) is incredible. But there are a number of certifying bodies and critical numbers that will make this process clearer for anyone not familiar with the PA profession or trying to understand the PA marketplace and the players in it. Here is a quick "one-pager" with links to helpful PA Life Resources at the end. Contents: Certifying bodies PA Journals and Forums Practicing PA Data PA School Applicant Data PA Program Data Scholarships, grants, and loan repayment programs The International PA Mar ..read more
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Who Gets Into PA School in 2023? Here’s What You Need to Know
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by Stephen Pasquini PA-C
11M ago
Who Gets Into PA School in 2023? Here’s What You Need to Know Leslie Mean is a 25-year-old single white female who presents to the PA school admissions committee on her second attempt to get into PA school. She has a 3.6 overall GPA and a 3.5 science GPA. She is holding a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, had an SAT score of 1,200, and a GRE score of 303. She has two years of hands-on clinical experience working as a CNA and a long history of volunteer work which exemplifies her desire to help her community. She is kind and considerate and has reference letters that demonstrate her ..read more
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