Physician Assistant
Interview

A physician assistant or physician associate (PA) is a healthcare professional licensed to practice medicine with supervision of a licensed physician. A physician assistant is concerned with preventing, maintaining, and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services that are traditionally performed by a physician. Physician assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist...

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Career Field
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
Health
90%
Easy
Provided
Three Weeks
45 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

Physician assistants typically need a masterís degree from an accredited educational program. Earning that degree usually takes at least 2 years of full-time postgraduate study. Most applicants to physician assistant education programs already have a bachelorís degree and some healthcare-related work experience. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.

Work Environment

Physician assistant work can be both physically and emotionally demanding. Physician assistants spend much of their time on their feet, making rounds and evaluating patients. Physician assistants who work in operating rooms often stand for extended periods. Although the work can be stressful, helping patients can be rewarding.

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Pros in Physician Assistant

As a PA, you have a lot of versatility because you can go into any field that you fit well into, but you are not locked into a specialty. If you decide to change specialties, you are able to do so. Additionally, you spend less time in school and thus have more time for your family. You have a supervising doctor available to assist you if needed, but you can function autonomously without him or her, so you can assist patients in the same capacity.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:42 am

1. Privilege to practice medicine after comparatively short educational time (contrary to MD) 2. More flexibility in changing specialty/setting (comparing to MD) 3. Less extra responsibilities than MD (on call schedule, running practice and etc.)

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:43 am

As a physician assistant I can work autonomously, but also consult with the doctor if necessary. There are also many fields to specialize in and as a pa i would not need to retrain to change specialties since i will be cross trained

Submitted On: October 31, 2012, 10:48 pm

Great hours and schedule. Less school than a physician.

Submitted On: April 2, 2014, 3:47 am
Physician Assistant Interview Questions and Answers
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1. Trace why you wanted to be a PA from your freshman year of college until now.
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I did not even know what I wanted to be as a freshman in college. Toward the end of the year, I started to realize how much the science courses appealed to me, as they always had in high school. At the beginning of my sophomore year, I became more educated about the Pre-Health professions and heard a lot about a Physician's Assistant. Being a P.A. came from taking my science courses and doing personal research on the career.
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I am a very caring and passionate person. i love to help others and a career as a physicians assistant will allow me to help others in my community.
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I want to enjoy interacting with patients and working together with physicians and other health care professionals and gaining knowledge about medical conditions and treatment.
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2. What do you have to offer our school?
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I believe I offer a lot to this school. Primarily, I am interested, engaged, and eager to learn everything I can about this profession and medicine. I also offer a wealth of experience with both acute and long term care as well as patients from young to old, which I feel is very valuable. Finally, I feel as though I offer the skills such as teamwork and time management that make a person successful both in the classroom and in workplace environments.
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I offer dedication and commitment to this school. I always put my all into everything I do and do not plan on stopping now. I take education seriously and am eager to learn new skills and knowledge. i want to absord everything that is thrown at me. I know that my experience while working with all ages from children to the elderly will benefit me greatly.I listen attentively, am punctual and able to work with abroad range of people.
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Maturity and diversity. i would actively participate in community service programs offered by the school as health awareness and preventive programs.
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My eagerness, devotion to medicine and the desire to be the best I can be. I also feel like my willingness to help others also plays an important role where I may be able to help someone that is struggling with a topic that I may have an easier time with.
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People describe me as a very positive, hard-working, passionate person. By applying my natural abilities with a hard-work ethic, I believe that I can offer your school one of the most dedicated students it has ever seen.
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I offer hard work, determination and pure passion about wanting to become a PA. Through my experiences being a college athlete, I have developed great time management skills and I have a strong ability to handle stress. I am an excellent team player with a thorough understanding of the PA profession. My grades demonstrate my ability to handle a rigorous program and ultimately, this is the program I feel most strongly about and this is the progrom where I want to be.
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I am disciplined, I have great interpersonal and leadership skills, and I am highly motivated.
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I am extremely passionate about the profession and would bring this.
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I would be beneficial to your school because I have a background working with the underserved communities. I would continue on to improve access to the underserved, and providing the highest quality care. I am very passionate about helping people and making their quality of life improved.
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I offer an eagerness to learn and a dedication to this school. I am committed. I also offer experience in an acute and long term care setting as well as working with patient young to old. I offer diversity so I have the skills to work with a broad range of people.
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3. What type of medicine will you practice?
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I currently work in cardiology. However, I am open to a variety of different areas. I think it will depend upon how my clinical rotations go.
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Family practice is my favorite, no limitations is so broad and challenge you to know your own limits and refers patients to specialties.
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As of this moment, I believe that I would like to work in emergency medicine. However, one of the things that attracted me to this profession was the ease of changing to different branches of medicine. If I find something that I really enjoy during clinical rotations, I am not tied down to emergency medicin and can even switch after I begin working.
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Family practice.
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Family medicine.
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Honestly, I am unsure in what part of medicine I will reside once I am a PA, but that is the amazing opportunity that the profession provides. As a Physician Assistant, I will be able to change the area of medicine I would like to work in easier than that of a Physician. I am hoping to actually work in many different types of medicine to be able to experience many different, interesting parts of the medical field.
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Start off with primary care since it will be most needed and is general overview of the all body systems. In the future I will consider other specialties due to my nature of loving to learn.
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I have an open mind until I go through clinical rotations and have the chance to experience and work in many different fields.
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General medicine for now. After, I will specialize in something that I find myself passionate about.
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Cardiac.
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I plan on going into orthopedic surgery.
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interna; medicine
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I am very fascinated by general practice. It is really rewarding to me to help people who are looking for help with a wide variety of problems. I believe general practice physician assistants have an essential role in bringing healthcare to all people whether they are in a city or in a small town.
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I will practice general surgery. I want to learn as much as I can about the feild.
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I would like to explore my options when gaining more knowledge on each specialty. As of currently I would like to practice in primary care, such as pediatrics or family medicine. I really loved the medical mission in Haiti that I went on and I would like to practice medicine here in the states in a specialty that would be beneficial to treating patients internationally.
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I plan to practice medicine that will benefit others. I plan to be kind and understanding. I will be the best practioner possible.
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I am most interested in primary care, as it allows you to see patients.
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Being a PA I will practice primary care medicine there will be an upcoming need for primary care practitioner with the new health care act.
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I currently work in Psychology. However, I am open to different areas. I have interest in Orthopedic Surgery, but it will depend upon how clinical rotations go. I will specialize in something that I find myself passionate about then.
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All aspects of medicine since pa course deals with all aspect.
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4. How did you manage your time among school, work, and or other activities?
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The strive for balance, I have learned, must be met with support. Juggling school, work and having a young family requires the support of my community of friends and family. We have made the decision to move closer to family to attend physician assistant school for that reason. It's a matter of letting go of perfection and doing your best. I realize that I need to ask for help when I need it and not wait until I'm stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed to admit that I am not SuperWoman. I love being a multi-tasker, I like wearing lots of hats. But in order to do all that well, I have to set up and utilize a strong support system. I feel blessed to have the support in my life that I do.
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Always got my homework done promptly, made schedules up for study and sports and didnt have much time for anything else outside of those things.
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Getting my undergraduate degree, working full time, and being a full time mother of four has taught me a alot about time management.
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I had to develop time management for all of the activities that I participate in. I travel an hour for hockey practices twice a week and am involved in many school clubs so I always took advantage of my study halls and library time and did my work as soon as I could after school in order to get a good nights sleep.
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I have been an athlete for my entire life, so I learned good time managment skills very early on. Being a Division 1 athlete riguires a great amount of time management skills in order to be successful on the court, in the class room and in my personal life. I have developed great study habits that require me to get my work done early and ahead of time. Being an athlete has taught me exceptional time management skills that I know will help me during the rigerous first year of PA school.
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Organization. More productive time.
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I always pride myself on having a good time management skill. I make sure to prioritize my time by giving most of it to activities I value the most, such as school, family, friends, and physical activities. The rest (if any) is used for miscellaneous.
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I have my schedule figured out ahead of time and try to stick to some sort of ritual. I try to take breaks in-between work and studying to keep my brain active and keep my stress levels down.
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Going to school full time and working two jobs has taught me a lot about prioritizing my time. There was not much room for social activities outside of academics. I learned good time management skills, developed strong study habits allowing me to get my work done promptly, and organization was a key component to all that.
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5. Describe your work ethic.
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Being a Division 1 college athlete has taught me a great deal about work ethic and I find mine to be exceptional. There have been multible times during workouts and games that I have felt like there was no way I could give anymore but have always found a way to push through. Also, traveling to all of our games and missing two to three days of classes a week during season when we are on the road has really taught me good work ethic. With all the distractions that come with traveling on a bus with 15 other girls, I have always worked hard to get my school work done and still maintain above average grades all due to my work ethic.
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I believe I am a very hardworking person. I have a great work ethic that leads me to be proactive to many tasks rather than reactive. I enjoy working hard and feeling as though I have done a good job. It is important for me to feel as though I have completed whatever job is at hand to the best of my ability.
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Professionalism is very important to me. this is a reflection on the physician assistant profession as a whole. In addition being a priofessional earns the respect of of your co workers as well as your paitent.
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I work very hard. I always place my classwork above play, but I also know when I need a stress relief break.
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When it comes to work, any task I take on becomes my priority. I have always been described as very diligent by past work supervisors in that when I take on a task I finish it with precision and attention paid to every detail. I work both well with teams and independently and enjoy the challenge of finishing a task. I also know when to ask for help and believe helping others also allows me to learn.
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I believe I am very hard working. It is important for me to complete the job at hand to the best of my ability.
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6. How would you control the cost of healthcare?
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Not ordering unnecessary tests.
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Control/cap malpractice charges.
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Be smart about what prescriptions I write.
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We need to practice evidence based medicine and be judicious in our decisions of testing, etc. If it is not going change your treatment plan then do not order it.
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I would implement quality initiatives that promote generic prescribing and preventative screenings by prompting physicians to do so in the EHR.
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I would control the costs of health care by having lower wages for those medical professionals who are overpaid as well as monitoring the amount that hte government reimburses to make sure that it is enough for the hospital to continue to function.
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I think it is important for healthcare providers to do everything they can in order to control the cost of healthcare for their patients. One way of doing this would to be not order unnecessary tests. While a test may not seem unnecessary, if it is not going to end up changing the course of treatment, I do not think it would be necessary to have the test performed.
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7. How would friends describe you?
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Intelligent, hard working, task oriented and trustworthy
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Friendly, honest, compassionate, caring, determined, motivated,nice.
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Caring person who always puts everyone else first, a homebody that loves her family.
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They would say that I am a caring and outgoing adventurous person. I am great at planning things and being loyal to my word.
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Honest, diligent and caring. Able to cope with many tasks and makeinformed decisions readily and without hesitation.
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My friends would describe me as dependable, calm, personable and willing to work hard towards my ambitions.
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My friends would probably describe me as passionate, persistent and humorous.
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They would describe me as outgoing and very active. I am always involved in something. They would also probably say I am a little bit of a nerd. I really enjoy reading and learning about different things.
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My friends would describe me as loyal, passionate, determined and hard working. I am extremely passionate about everything that is important to me in my life. I am a hard worker and determined to suceed in whatever I put my mind to, which right now is PA school!
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8. What are the negative aspects of being a Physician Assistant?
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The most negative aspects of being a PA is the stress that comes along with the job. It is important to know patients and their medical history when diagnosing them. Any misdiagnosis will lead to much larger problems as the health field today is full of malpractice charges.
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Disagreeing with the doctor.
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Paperwork sometimes.
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PA is a bad choice for someone with autocratic personality or strong ambitions and EGO, because the supervising MD always has a final word. Also experienced PA functions on MD level, but gets paid much less. Other than that PA as every other medical profession is very pressed by overinflated malpractice charges (or malpractice insurance payments).
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The negative aspects that I have learned about are the fact that there is a lack of preceptors to train PA students to be out in the field. PA's do face a lack of respect and autonomy due to their lack of extensive training and experience. Not only do they experience negative views from other medical personnel but also patients could not respect them for this reason and would rather speak to a physician.
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One negative aspect of being a Physician Assistant is the stress that goes along with it. The medical field is a high stress environment and patients who are ill are always eager to hear answers. Luckily, there are many other people in the health care professions who can provide assistance. Also, it is important to be able to have time management skills.
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9. How would you describe your overall academic performance?
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Good. not excellent, not average, but good.
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My overall academic performance is good. I could have done better in some areas, however i have learned greatly from some of the lower marks.
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A meandering process.
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I would describe my overall academic as overcoming! In undergrad my GPA became low yet I showed an increasing trend as I took on some rigourous courses to better show I can handle harder course work.
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Looking back at mu undergraduate career, I struggled in the beginning lack of good study skills and time management. But as time continued on I was able to establish better study skills and learned how to better manage my time.
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My overall academic performance was excellent since I am academically motivated. I was able to graduate top 1 percent of my class while, balancing work, shadowing, and volunteering.
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Excellent.
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I would describe my overall academic performance as above average. Although high school came easy to me, I worked very hard for my grades and am graduating in the top ten of my class. I studied hard and took as many advanced classes as I could.
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Rewarding. I have always had to work hard for my grades. I am not the type of student that can just show up in class and do good on exams. I have developed great study skills and always put in the study time that is needed in order to make sure I am well prepared for every assignment, quiz or exam. Working hard for the grades that I have received has been a very rewarding experience.
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I struggled a lot in high school as academics were never pushed when I was growing up, when I went back to school for my bachelors I did very well, graduating in the top of my class.
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10. What are the last two non-academic books you have read?
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Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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The Bell Jar (Plath) and The Idiot (Dostoyevsky)
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Lolita and Crime and Punishment.
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Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Burns, and dare I say Fifty Shades of Grey?
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The five people you meet in heaven, and house of spirits in spanish.
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Mountains beyond mountains by Tracey Kidder.
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The bible and walking in my sister shoes.
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Test.
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I like to shut my brain off and read romance novels like Second Nature by Nora Roberts and Demon Rumm by Sandra Brown.
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11. Tell me about the last Physician you worked for.
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The physician i am working for right now has taught me how important it is to actually listen , and how important treatment plans are for the patients.
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The last physician I worked for taught me a great deal about patient care and the context in which one can provide it. His views on wellness and prevention are idealistic, but his practical application of medicine is based on the actual demands of both the patients and the schedule. I do understand that as physicians and physician assistants, we will do the best that we can. That upon entering medicine, we all want to heal every patient, accurately diagnose every single presentation of symptoms, and have plenty of time to make the patient feel good about their visit. But in reality, we have to serve a large number of people. I learned a great deal about the demands of a physician from his patients, from his staff, from his business, his community and his family. I enjoyed working with someone who valued prevention and natural medicine would be delighted to find a physician with a similar philosophy under whom to practice as a PA.
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She was a wonderful PA who tought me by example in her daily work shift the importance to be focus on management plans and treatments.
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He has been a family practice physician for 30 years in the Lafayette area and is highly respected as he has followed in the footsteps of his fathers. He has been a very successful practitioner and is a great teacher for students such as myself.
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12. If their were no need for PAs, what would you do?
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I would work as another health care professional.
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If there were no need for Physician Assistants, I would pursue another health care profession. I would likely aim toward being a physician, as I am interested in being a provider.
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I would have check other health options.
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Something with medical research. Maybe drug development or prosthesis.
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Work in a healthcare field I found I was passionate at.
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I would be a physician.
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13. Why have you chosen to pursue this profession?
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When I see our patients-children with special needs, many of whom come from poverty, are foster children or adopted, live with grandparents and sometimes children of abuse, I want to do more to help them. That desire coupled with my interest in medicine led me to the PA career. Not only can I help direct their healthcare needs but as a mid-level provider, I feel I will have more opportunity to educate their families to help end the cycle of poverty and abuse.
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I choose the Physician Assistant career after an experience I had early on. In high school I had the opportunity to take a course called Health Science Internship, which provided me the chance to shadow various health care professionals including nurses, various doctors, and a physician assistant. The specific experience included shadowing a Surgical Physician Assistant at the local Surgery Center. That was my first time seeing a Physician Assist
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I have chosen to persue this profession because I believe it is perfect for me. Primarily, I am interested in being a provider, rather than working in a more care-oriented role. The medical and scientific aspect of health care is fascinating to me, so I prefer to be more involved with that than physical care of the patients. Also, I love that the Physician Assistant profession offers flexibility in the area of practice. Being allowed to switch what you practice at any time is alluring to me, since I am interested to gain as much knowledge as I can.
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I lost my mother when I was 5 years old in a car accident. The doctors did not perform proper check on her. She was bleeding internally and they didnt know. She died. I want to help people, I want people to live like I want my mother to be here right now.
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14. Tell me about yourself.
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I am a hardworking and passionate recent graduate from Michigan State University working as a PT aide at a Spinal and Orthopedic Rehabilitation center. I grew up skiing and ski raced as a kid, and in my spare time I love to enjoy the outdoors. I consider myself to be very personable and I knew that healthcare was profession for me when I was able to help patients as a nurse assistant and I gained satisfaction from their appreciation.
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I am a recent graduate from the university of akron with my bachelors in biology. I currently work as a pharmacy technician and a biology tutor at stark state college, both of which have helped me gain better understanding of medicine and the human body.
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I am a senior Health and Human Performance major at Northwestern State University in Louisiana where I am also a member of the volleyball team. I am originally from a small town called Dripping Springs that is south of Austin. While volleyball and school take up the majority of my time, I really enjoying reading and spending time with family and friends during my free time.
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I was born and raised in New Hampshire with my two younger sisters. Directly out of high school I joined the Army as a Combat medic, where I was trained by and worked under PA's. I served five years and deployed to Iraq once. I met and married my husband while serving, and after we got out of the Army, we moved to Florida to live by his family. I am currently persuing a bachelors of Health Science and will graduate in May 2013. In my off time I enjoy playing with my 3 dogs, practice Krav Maga, and help with my husband's grandmother (who has end stage Alzheimers Disease).
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I am an undergraduate student who will be graduating in May from UNH Manchester with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. I believe that I am hardworking and intelligent as well as eager to learn. I have been interested in the medical field since I was very young and am thrilled to be given the chance to interview here to attend the Physician Assistant program here. In my spare time, I like to play and coach volleyball, read and play and teach my nieces and nephews.
+90.9%
90%
+ / -
-81.8%
6.
I can summarize myself in three words, compassionate, driven and determined. I currently work in the physical therapy setting so I know the demands of working in a fast paced career. In the clinic, I am under the supervision of the PT's so I am comfortable taking orders from a higher authority figure. I have a strong passion to be a physician assistant and deliver the best possible patient care that I can to the community.
+81.8%
80%
+ / -
-72.7%
7.
I am a people person, efficient, organized and this helps me get a lot done I am also compassionate to my patients and help them be a team player in their care by engaging them the care plan..
+78.6%
77%
+ / -
-71.4%
8.
I am 25 years old and I have a younger brother who is 16. I enjoy scuba diving, reading, and dancing. I am a compassionate and open minded individual who wants to work with patients in rural communities.
+72.7%
70%
+ / -
-63.6%
9.
I like to party.
+50%
47%
+ / -
-43.8%
15. What would your last employer say about you?
Top Answer
I think my last employer would say that I am patient. I was a TA for a physiology class and held my own office hours for students to come in and ask questions. Sometimes it took many different explanations for a student to understand the concept, and I did not become frustrated when one of them (or some of them) did not understand.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
Second Best
My last employer would say that I am patient oriented, reliable, compassionate, hard working, a great team player, who is great with kids.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
3.
My previous employer would say that I was a hard working, focused individual. I always strive to get the task assigned done in a quick, orderly fashion.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
4.
My last employer would say I was very patient oriented, caring, compassionate, and always gave 100% of myself.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90%
5.
Can you work under pressure?
+100%
100%
+ / -
-97.8%
6.
My last employer always complimented me on my telephone skills with not only customers, but also when I had to speak with doctors to confirm the prescriptions they wrote. The pharmacists also commented on my ability to teach customers about their medications and to handle their questions and the questions of my co-workers with ease. I gave 100%, but also knew when to defer to others if I was to frazzled to be able to work with a smile.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
7.
I was a great role model to new employees and I played a vital role in the workplace. I was reliable and one of her hardest working employees.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
8.
Hardworking, dependable.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
9.
He'd say it was excellent
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
10.
Shy and push myself too hard.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
11.
what should a quality child care center provide for children
+72%
71%
+ / -
-68%
16. How did you, or do you, handle blood and gore?
Top Answer
Coming from an emergency room I have more than a few experiences with blood and gore. I handle it well and if anything blood and gore increases my concentration. It causes me to have a sense of urgency, that isn't to say that i become hectic in the presence of blood but more methodical and deliberate in my actions.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90.9%
Second Best
As a paramedic for 15 years, I have seen many bloody and gruesome things, I have the ability to not look at those things and actually focus on the tasks needed for the patient.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
3.
I handle blood and gore with ease. The sight or smell does not bother me.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
4.
well
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
5.
well
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
6.
I believe I handle blood and gore well. Working as an EMT since the summer before my sophomore year in college, I have seen my share of blood and gore on call and at the hospital. I think I have the ability to maintain composure in these situations, and I have a lot of experience with them.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
7.
I do well.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
17. A medical practice, acts like a business, do you have any business experience?
Top Answer
I have much experience with customer service. I worked as a cook at a Pizza Hut in college.I taught high school for 12 years and smiled at unhappy parents and tried to get them to partner with me to help their child succeed After I left teaching I worked as Lead pharmacy tech at Rite Aid and as an in-patient pharmacy tech at CHM. Both jobs required following orders quickly and accurately even if doctors, nurses, or patients barked at you
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
Second Best
I definitely have a lot of experience when it comes to the customer service aspect of a business. I have worked in restaurants since I was 16 in addition to preparing for my medical education. I have a lot of experience in selling a product and putting the needs of a customer first.
+98.7%
99%
+ / -
-97.4%
3.
Somewhat, I use to work for a friend who owned a successful bike shop during the summer so he could race in Peru for a month and a half. I was responsible for the upkeep of the business and supervised employees, ordered supplies, keeping track of employee hours.
+92.3%
92%
+ / -
-84.6%
4.
My father is an entrepreneur, and has run his own construction business, John J McCarthy Construction. I have observed how this business runs throughout my life as my mother and father run the business out of our home. I have seen how things can run smoothly, and have gained the knowledge necessary to run a successful business.
+90.9%
90%
+ / -
-81.8%
5.
Yes. My family owned their own business while I was growing up so I saw the amount of time and effort it took to make it productive. My current position requires me to be my own private practionerer. I am responsible for my productivity, time management, patient hours, reputation in the community and supervision of my grad students. I advertise my services and assure patients are happy with the service.
+90.9%
90%
+ / -
-81.8%
6.
No i do not.
+90.9%
90%
+ / -
-81.8%
7.
No, but I like to learn new things and I wouldn't mind learning the business side the medical field.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
8.
I have ample business experience from working in a clinical research laboratory known as the Johns Hopkins Biological Repository service center, providing JHU investigators with variety of lab and repository services for conducting large or small scale epigenetic, natural history, clinical trial, prospective and case/control studies. We provide, on a fee for service basis, a range of lab and repository services.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
9.
I have actually managed a Jack in the Box, listen, respond and follow through with all customers or patients. More closely related to medicine I managed 12 outpatient rehabiliation facilities and have a solid understanding of what goes on after the patient leaves the office, and the billing begins.
+83.3%
80%
+ / -
-66.7%
18. Are you using this as a stepping stone to your M.D.?
Top Answer
No.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90%
Second Best
No if I wanted to be an MD I would work hard and apply to medical school.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
3.
No. I am choosing a career as a physician assistant because I have a love for medicine that I would like to be able to convey to my patients. I do not want to become an MD because I would like to eventually start a family and would like to keep my home life and work life seperate.
+90.9%
90%
+ / -
-81.8%
4.
No, I am not using this as a stepping stone to recieve a M.D. degree. My goal is to become a competent physician assistant.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
5.
Nope i like working as a pa and working as part of a team, i find no need to go to medical school. i wanna work in a field where if after a certain amount of tiime i would like to change specialty i can without having to retrain.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
6.
No, I have always wanted to be a physician assistant.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
7.
Absolutely not. I have never considered becoming a Doctor and I have no intention to do so. I strongly feel that becoming a PA is my calling and it is the field I plan to stay in.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
19. Describe the people you work with best.
Top Answer
I work best with a diverse group of people that all contribute something special to a practice. I like to work with a highly motivated group of friendly individuals.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
Second Best
Registered Nurses
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
3.
I work the best with people who are knowledgeable in their field and are able to share their knowledge with their peers and coworkers.I enjoy working with people who are professional but know how to bring some joy and relaxation to their work. Being able to work with a reliable person makes the whole experience a great one.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
4.
Energetic and fun. Hardworking people who you always feel comfortable communicating with.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
5.
I work best with a diverse group of people who are willing to bring something special to a practice, i work great with highly motivated people.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90%
6.
I work best with people who are determined and liked to complete tasks.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
7.
I am able to work with a wide variety of different people. However, I think the people I work best with are those who are compassionate and caring toward their patients.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
8.
I work best with highly motivated individuals that are team oriented.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
9.
wwant to know how we can face the PA interview.
+85.7%
85%
+ / -
-78.6%
10.
The people I work best with are the ones that are goal oriented. It takes multiple.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
11.
I feel that I am flexible and can work with a diverse group of colleagues. I do enjoy working with people who are motivated and have a positive attitude. I also appreciate those who are knowledgable in their field and that enjoy working as a part of a team.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
12.
I work best with people who are harding working and motivated. Being these things myself, I find it very difficult to work with people who are not as motivated as myself to get the job done. I always work best with people who have a positive attitude and even keeled. Being around people with continuous negative attitudes is very draining and discouraging. I work best in a team setting with people who are motivated, passionate, driven and have a positive attitude about the job we are trying to complete together.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
20. Why did you choose PA over a doctor?
Top Answer
I chose to be a PA because I like the flexibility the job offers regarding specialties. All medical specialties interest me and the profession would allow me to explore all the options medicine can provide. Also, I really enjoy how PA's have the backbone of the doctor to rely on. Every PA I have shadowed had a relationship with their supervising Physician that allowed them to ask questions if they had any to completely understand and address their patient's needs.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
Second Best
I chose PA over a doctor because I am looking forward to practicing medicine as soon as possible. I have been a clinician for the past six years and love working with my patients. PA training will give me the tools and knowledge to the kind of practitioner I want to be and will allow me to be in service much sooner than that for a physician.
+95.2%
95%
+ / -
-90.5%
3.
I want the flexibility that comes with being a PA while still giving excellent care for my patients.
+95.5%
95%
+ / -
-90.9%
4.
I feel that one of the best things about being a PA is that you don't have to specialize in a particular field. PA's can practice general medicine as well as change specialities throughout their careers. I also think that Pas have the opportunity to spend more time with patients and develop strong relationships.
+95.7%
95%
+ / -
-91.3%
5.
I feelwith the fiannacial burden that comes with med school i would not be able to practice primary care.
+90.9%
90%
+ / -
-81.8%
6.
I have been in the medical field for 17 years, and have workded closely with both PA's and physicians, I think a PA is a better fit for me as it seems you are afforded more time with patients, and even support staff.
+90.9%
90%
+ / -
-81.8%
7.
I decided early on that I wanted a quick program in which I could get out and practice as soon as possible. I also wanted the ability down the road to have a family and be very involved in my families life, and I believe that a PA can work up to that position.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
8.
I chose PA because I will spend more time with my patients and is the training which I will start practice as soon as possible compared to physician
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
9.
From my experience at Moffitt I noticed that in addition to patient care the physicians are required to conduct a large amount of research. This drastically takes away from their time with their patients. This is where the PA comes in to help oversee a patient's care at Moffitt. Although the physician is the patient's primary care provider, they see the PA more often and develop relationships with them.
+45%
42%
+ / -
-40%
10.
I didn't get into medical school.
+35.5%
33%
+ / -
-32.3%
11.
I work great in a team setting so I feel that working with a group of health care providers as a PA is definatly an area I would thrive in. I love that as a PA, you are able to work in numerous different fields and are not tied down to one speciality. I also am drawn to the lenght of PA school because if gives me the chance to start praciticing medicine and be of service to my community more quickly than if I were to attend medical school. Also, PA school will not be as much of a financial burden.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
12.
PA is more appealing to me in ways that the PA has more flexibility to switch specialties. The PA has more time to spend with patients and really be able to interact with patients and better understand their concerns.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
21. Does your family support your decisions?
Best Answer
Yes my family are very supportive of my decisions.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90%
2.
Yes, my husband is very supportive of my decision and is excited to help me in my studies and with the children while I attend class.
+88.9%
88%
+ / -
-77.8%
3.
yes. Very much so.
+87.5%
86%
+ / -
-75%
22. Do you have any sales experience?
Best Answer
Aren't we all natural born sellers? When making friends, when seeking a job, when finding a mate, we must actually sell ourselves, be pusuasive, assist others in seeing who you really are and what capabilities, values and solutions you can bring to the table. So yes, I have had sales experience. As a PA I will become a better sales person, invited into the most honorable role of being trusted and providing suitable options and answers.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-91.7%
2.
Aren't we all natural born sellers? When making friends, when seeking a job, when finding a mate, we must actually sell ourselves, be pusuasive, assist others in seeing who you really are and what capabilities, values and solutions you can bring to the table. So yes, I have had sales experience. As a PA I will become a better sales person, invited into the most honorable role of being trusted and providing suitable options and answers.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-91.7%
23. What do you like best about our school?
Best Answer
Its mission,university based program and reputation.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
24. When did your interest in medicine first arise?
Best Answer
I have always been interested in medicine since the age of 15 years old.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90%
2.
At a young age through many procedures and doctor visits.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
3.
I have always been interested in medicine but the first time I assisted in writing a medical article for the journal of dermatology for physician assistance was the first time I fell in love with physician assistant work.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90%
4.
My interest in medicine started by when I was a child in Liberia during the civil war. There were a lot of things I experienced that no one, especially a child should. But through all that ordeal, there was one positive experience that stood out to me; and that wast the treatment and care that the healthcare providers gave to me, my family, and others. The fact that they were willing to risk their lives and care for those in need, really struck a chord with me and I gain a strong sense of respect and gratitude for them. I was then that I knew I wanted to be in healthcare and care for others as they did.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
5.
For as long as I can remember, I have always known I would pursue a career in the medical field. I am innately caring and nuturing so providing care to others has always come naturally to me. I began college pursueing a career as a Physical Therapist. After many trips to a PT as a patient, I realized that although I really respect the job a PT does, I personally wanted to be involved in a more medically focused career. After doing research on various medical fields, I knew a career as a PA was the right fit for me.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
25. What do you know about Physician Assistants?
Top Answer
I know that Physician Assistants work under a phsyician. They can do many things such as diagnose illnesses, perform minor surgeries, perform medical histories and examinations, suture small wounds, cast broken body parts and much more. They may work in many settings from geriatrics, obstetrics, pediatrics and surgery to the emergency room.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
Second Best
Physician assistants are a diverse group of individuals who provide healthcare to their patients. They are under the direct supervision of a physician. Physician assistants are compassionate and caring and work in many diverse settings including: hospitals, physician's offices, their own practices, or even internationally.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
3.
I know that physician assistants are mid-level healthcare providers who are members of the medical team. I also know that they work alongside and under the direction of physicians, but with the a great deal of autonomy, in order to provided treatment and preventative care to patients.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
4.
I know that PAs are medical providers that must work under the direct supervision of a licensed physician. The profession was first created in the 1960s by a group of physicians at Duke university. It was created to educated army corpsman on medical procedures that they may use while out at war. PAs may conduct health assessments. They may order labs and be 1st assists in surgeries. These are just a few things PAs do.
+75%
73%
+ / -
-66.7%
5.
I work with PA-S for 10 years
+75%
73%
+ / -
-66.7%
6.
I know that the physicians assistant profession was first founded in order to utilize highly experienced combat medics returning from vietnam. Also i am aware that they are med-level providers that diagnose and treat patients of various illnesses and injures. They have the ability to practice in a variety of different medical disciplines from surgery to family practice.
+72.7%
70%
+ / -
-63.6%
7.
PA work directly under supervision of physicians, they treat dx prescribe meds. They are first assistant in surgery.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
8.
I know that they have a responsibility which people rely on them for help.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%