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PAI08: The PA/MD Relationship

The podcast is back this month to get to the bottom of a question we get all the time: Just what is the relationship like between a PA and his/her supervising physician?  Enjoy.   Continue Reading…

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PA Student Interview: Beata

If you've been missing our articles, have no fear -- we're preparing for a major site update, but in the meantime, I thought I would bring you another PA student interview. Meet Beata. She has now graduated from UC Davis' PA program, but before she did, this summer I took a few minutes to talk Continue Reading…

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Our New Interviewing Ebook is Here!

Our new ebook has been published and is now available on Amazon.com! The Physician Assistant School Interview: Essential Strategies to Blow 'Em Away and Claim Your Seat in Class launched on Tuesday, November 3rd, just in time for the PA school interview season.  So far, it's getting excellent reviews Continue Reading…

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Paul’s Desk 01: The Fat Man

Today is the start of an article series about what I do.  Not about being a PA so much as about me being a PA.  (Hey, I can't be anybody else).Calling it "Paul's Desk" is an inside joke, because at my clinic, I have no desk.  In fact, I have no office!  What I do Continue Reading…

After logging five decades of high-quality, cost-effective care, physician assistants are gearing up for their time in the spotlight. The stage is set: fewer physicians are entering primary care, older family practice physicians are retiring, and the U.S. population is growing, aging and — thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (Obamacare) — Continue Reading…

Let's talk about the BIG PICTURE of your PA school application essay.  Students struggle when it comes time to write their essay because most of the their application is pretty much fill-in-the-blanks.  Then they get to the essay section and see a giant empty page/screen.  For CASPA, the question is (intentionally) vague: In the space Continue Reading…

Ever wonder if you have the right personality for physician assistant medicine --  if the "fit" of PA is right for you?  With some help from Holland's Personal Interest Inventory, you can find out just that. A few weeks after I started PA school at U.C. Davis, I noticed just how much I liked everyone Continue Reading…

If you applied to PA programs and didn't get in, you face a tough question: "What do I do now?"  Maybe you were really counting on being in a program this fall.  Instead, your future course is now totally uncertain.  It can feel a little like you're hanging from a bunch of helium balloons, wondering Continue Reading…

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11 Misconceptions About Physician Assistants

The newness of their field naturally leads to a number of misconceptions about physician assistants.  If you’ve never met a PA or been treated by one, you’re left to guess what it is that PA's do, and sometimes these guesses (though understandable), are just plain wrong.  Hoping to dispel some of these, I’ve made up Continue Reading…

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Is Medicine For Me?

Dear Paul, I am in an interesting situation.  After working in several non-medical areas, I am looking at going back to school to do something different.   My problem is I have never worked or volunteered in the medical field and don’t really have a lot of time while supporting my family to go shadow someone.  Continue Reading…

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PA Student Interviews: Josh

It's time to hear from the ones in the trenches -- the physician assistant students.  Today I interviewed Josh about his 27 months as a PA student which will soon be ending with his graduation.  His strategy for getting into a PA program is very interesting, and proves that there are things that make up Continue Reading…