It’s easy to apply to physician assistant school, but it’s not as easy to be a 3-dimensional PA school applicant.
3-D movies were all the rage in the 1950’s, and they have returned bigger, louder, and more “live” than ever in recent years. 3-D films have become just one more way that Hollywood can compete with home streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
What do 3-D movies have to do with becoming a physician assistant?
PA school applications are up – way up – and the competition to claim them poses a problem if your application is a little weak in one or two areas. Maybe you struggle with standardized testing; maybe you botched your first year of college before turning things around. So how do you compete for a seat in the physician assistant program of your choice against 500 to 1000 other applicants who have stronger GPAs, more health care experience, and higher GRE scores?
You take a page from Hollywood’s playbook, of course: you go 3-D.
The 2-Dimensional PA School Applicant
Most PA school applicants are 2-D. They have “typical” applications. Their health care experiences are okay. They have a major that fits the traditional model of medical students (Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, etc.) While nothing is wrong with these things, they don’t stand out much at all – just like a 2-dimensional drawing on paper, or a 2-dimensional movie.
The 3-Dimensional PA School Applicant
Unlike 2-D applicants, 3-D applicants to PA school are a special find, few in number, and much sought by admissions committees. Their applications stand out for being “different,” “unusual,” and even “quirky.” Their applications are memorable and give the reader a clear idea who the applicant is. They also get the reader thinking about what type of PA student and PA he or she might become, given the chance. Just like a 3-D movie, 3-D applications are immersive, surprising, and engaging.
Does your application stand out like a 3-D version of a film, full of surround sound and depth that makes you and your story as real as a scene from The Hobbit, Toy Story 3, or How to Train Your Dragon? Here’s how you tell…
Not everyone can major in something sexy. Not everyone writes a unique and engaging essay. And that’s okay – no application is perfect. But give these qualities some thought as you prepare for admission to physician assistant school. They could make the difference.