How do you get into PA school? It’s competitive, and you need to know what you’re doing, or you may be wasting your time.

PA Student Interview: Beata

Today I share with you the video interview I did with second year PA student, Beatta. https://www.youtube.com/cards?v=iy691Wdtfsg She has now graduated from UC Davis' PA program, but before she did, this summer I took a few minutes to talk with her about her experience.  Please excuse the technical issues; there's some distortion of [...]

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. Here's a peek at the Table [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What is an MMI Interview?

Interview season has started at physician assistant schools around the country, and it's becoming increasingly common for interview committees to use Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format.  It's a trend that started in medical schools and that seems to be catching on in other fields as well. MMI interviews make things easier on schools, but unfortunately [...]

GRE: Just How Important Is it?

We've been writing about PA school admissions for more than fouryears now, and we were a little embarrassed to realize the other day that we've never written specifically about the importance of the Graduate Requisite Exam.  So just how important is the GRE?  First, it's important to have a little background. What is the GRE? [...]

Infographic: What you need to get into Physician Assistant School

What does it take to get into PA school?  Wonder no more - Inside PA Training has put together a simple infographic that answers the question.  It's fairly basic, but that's the idea: to keep you focused on the big picture.  Study it, learn it -- heck, print it and post it over your desk [...]

Quick Health Care Experience for PA School?

Dear Paul, I am currently completing my junior year of undergrad as a Biology major and I’m psyched about becoming a Physician Assistant.  The trouble is, after looking at the requirements, it seems that every school wants to see something like 1000 hours of health care experience.  Some schools even want 3000 hours!  You see, I have none.  What is the quickest way to get 1000 hours?  I want to have things ready so I can start PA school in the fall after I graduate.  Any advice?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             –Rebecca Dear Rebecca: First, let me say that I’m psyched that you’re psyched about it – your enthusiasm will take you far.  Some variation of your question has been asked of me many times – enough times that it’s the topic of today’s post.  The answer to “How do I get health care experience for PA school quickly?” is very important to PA school applicant success. […]

Physician Assistant School Essay: What to Write About

Okay, the next video in our series on writing your essay is here, and it’s aim is to help you decide what to actually write about.  How do you choose the subject matter?  How do you answer the question they ask you: “Describe your motivation for becoming a physician assistant”? […]