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Shadowing Letter: What Should You Write?

You know shadowing is a crucial part of the PA school applications, but you may have wondered, “Just what do I say in a shadowing letter?”

Shadowing – literally following a PA or physician around for a day – demonstrates to PA schools not only that you have done some research on the profession and understand what it is like in reality, but that after learning about it, you are still interested in a career as a PA.  But how do you introduce yourself and get a PA or physician to let you shadow them? [click to continue…]

What questions should I ask when I shadow a PA?

We get this question all the time, and it’s understandable.  No one wants to look stupid, and no one wants to kill a networking opportunity before it even gets off the ground.  But you won’t learn much if you clam up for fear of putting your foot in your mouth.  Remember: you aren’t interviewing – when you shadow, you’re just checking things out.  Any sane clinician you’re observing will understand that you probably don’t know much, and will likely remember a time when they were in the same boat. [click to continue…]

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Shadow a Physician Assistant the Right Way

We’ve talked about why you need to shadow a physician assistant, and how to find a physician assistant to shadow.  When it’s time to actually shadow a physician assistant, there is definitely a right way to go about it.  First, know the four Cardinal Rules. [click to continue…]

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Finding a Physician Assistant to Shadow

Last week I wrote about why you should shadow a physician assistant if you plan to apply to physician assistant school.  One of our readers emailed me (please do if you have something you’d like to read about) and asked me, “How do you find someone to shadow?”  I gave some ideas off-the-cuff, but I decided a more formal reply was in order… [click to continue…]

If you are planning to apply to PA Training programs, you should definitely shadow a physician assistant.  You may have heard about “Job Shadowing,”  or just shadowing. It’s basically an informal arrangement to observe a professional as they go about their work.  Some PA school applicants don’t think it sounds glamorous or serious or whatever, and they don’t ever do it.  Big mistake. [click to continue…]