Posted By: Paul   |   PA Profession   |   0 Comments

It’s PA Week — WOOT!

PA week every year is a celebration of the profession and a chance to educate the public about all that PAs do.  According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants ( website: Before it was a week-long event, National PA Day was first celebrated on October 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of…

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Posted By: Paul   |   Video   |   0 Comments

Reference Letter: What do writers see?

When you ask a professor or a work supervisor or someone to write a PA school reference letter (a recommendation letter) about your to PA schools, ever wonder what happens? It turns out that the writer receives a email form from CASPA that they are asked to complete about you. Knowing what the reference letter…

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Posted By: Paul   |   Interviews   |   0 Comments

PA Student Interview: Beata

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Posted By: Paul   |   Interviews   |   4 Comments

Our New Interviewing Ebook is Here!

Our new ebook has been published and is now available on! 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. Here’s a peek at the Table…

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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…

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Posted By: Paul   |   PA Profession   |   4 Comments

Physician Assistants Easing the Primary Care Shortage

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) —…

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Posted By: Paul   |   PA School Essays   |   4 Comments

PA School Essay: 3 Things You Must Communicate

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…

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Posted By: Paul   |   PA Profession   |   10 Comments

Do You Have The Physician Assistant Personality?

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…

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Posted By: Paul   |   Getting Into PA School   |   24 Comments

Rejection: 6 Things To Do If You Didn’t Get In

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…

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Posted By: Paul   |   PA Profession   |   76 Comments

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…

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