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White Coated

I am writing today after completing my first week in PA school at Penn State Hershey. Thus far we have had three days of orientation and two days of class. Nothing major yet. The classes themselves have been introductory. I… Continue Reading →

My CASPA Personal Statement (as an example)

To be a good sport and to help you get into PA school, I have decided to post my own personal statement. It is not my best work, but it served its purpose. I was invited to interview at five… Continue Reading →

Writing the Personal Statement

The CASPA Personal Statement prompt is as follows: “In the space provided write a brief statement expressing your motivation or desire to become a physician assistant.”  (5,000 words) As simple as it sounds, this prompt is actually challenging. For starters,… Continue Reading →

Life as I Prepare for PA School

Life is never uncomplicated. I am learning to accept that. Becoming an adult never gets easier, and the challenges never go away. Every milestone seems like it will bring much needed relief and rest. But instead, each milestone I reach… Continue Reading →

Interview Questions to Practice

Here is my list of PA school interview questions. They are categorized not by type of question but rather by strategy used to prepare for questions. I think this is more useful for the student. Practicing for your interview is… Continue Reading →

Why Do You Want to Become a Physician Assistant?

This is the ONE question that you are sure to be asked by every school. In fact, you will be asked this multiple times and by multiple interviewers. And the way you answer might determine whether or not you are… Continue Reading →

Choosing the Right Program

By now you have already looked at specific PA programs, ranking a few of them in your mind. If you are like me, then you started with the US News & World Report list of the best 100 PA schools… Continue Reading →

Is Your Major Nontraditional?

Deciding what you want to do with your life can be stressful. In college everyone expects you to be thinking about this. Every visit home will be greeted by relatives who pinch your cheeks and ask, “Have you figured it… Continue Reading →

Sharing the Path

Welcome readers to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences in PA school with prospective students so that they can learn from me.  At least that is my altruistic explanation for why I am writing… Continue Reading →

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