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. Who or what has influenced you in this decision?
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The biggest influence I have had in deciding to become a physician assistant is Mark Hyde. He is a physician assistant who gave me the opportunity to shadow him and assist him in writing a medical research paper for the journal of dermatology for physician assistants. The medical paper was on treatment options available for patients with Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. Not only did I learn to love medicine by writing this paper but after being able to sped time with patients with the disease I learned the importance of physician assistant work.
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I was influenced to pursue this career by discussing with other students who were pursuing a career in Physician Assistant and then observing a Physician Assistant in their work environment. Their passions sparked my interest and then my motivation and love for the career grew as I researched the job and other alternative options. I always knew I wanted to work in a field where I would be helping others (which involves many different fields), but the aspect of medicine and teamwork drew me in and has made me passionate about the PA profession ever since I began my research.
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My grandmother and my mother have greatly influenced me in making this decision. My mother has always encourgaged me to get an education. She grew up in poverty and never had the opportunity to do so. Even when coming the the US she had to work to earn money to send my grandmother over. She supported my decision of being a PA from the beginning. My grandmother has been my rock from day one through the good and bad times.
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My past work experience as a duty medical officer.
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Each preceptor I have had has added a little something to my education and I have learned from each of them what I want as a practitioner of the future.
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During my childhood, I had a lot of injuries due to an older brother and a few visits to the local ER. Since then I had always wanted to become one.
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Who I would have to say a dear friend Erica Ricker. She was the first person I ever talked to about become a PA. Also my college advisor he has always been supportive and a positive influence on my life. These people have helped me come to this point in my life and I am still sure that I want to become a PA. Also have a very supportive family and as ana athlete I have alway found the body to be extraordinary
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All the PAS I have worked with , shadowed and observed.
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My family and my past experiences; especially the civil war and all the obstacles and challenges I had to overcome.
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2. When did your interest in medicine first arise?
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I have always been interested in medicine since the age of 15 years old.
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At a young age through many procedures and doctor visits.
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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.
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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.
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3. Does your family support your decisions?
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Yes my family are very supportive of my decisions.
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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.
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yes. Very much so.
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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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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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5. Describe the people you work with best.
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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.
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Registered Nurses
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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.
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Energetic and fun. Hardworking people who you always feel comfortable communicating with.
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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.
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I work best with people who are determined and liked to complete tasks.
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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.
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wwant to know how we can face the PA interview.
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The people I work best with are the ones that are goal oriented. It takes multiple.
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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.
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6. Describe the people you find most difficult to work with.
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The people that are most difficult for me to work with are those who refuse to do their share of the work. I prefer working with people who have integrity in their work and perform tasks even when they think no one is looking. For me, it is frustrating and difficult to work with someone who dislikes team effort and doing their part.
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I find people who are narrow-minded the most difficult to work with. they have their mind set on one way of thinking and cannot manage to see a situation for another persons prospective. Being a PA means having to see things from your patients point of view as well. There is not always one correct way to acess a situation. Each individual needs to be handled differently. That is why it is important to know your patients and be open minded.
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People that have little compassion and empathy for patients struggling with medical challenges. It is hard enough to work with people that do not have motivation, are lazy and self centered, but individuals that have no empathy should not even be practicing medicine.
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I find it the most difficult to work with closed minded, and arrogant people. It makes everyone around them afraid to participate and feel part of a collaborative group when someone isn't willing to take into account that they're part of a team.
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Where are you mostly?
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I find people who are arrogant very hard to work with, like those who do not hear everyone's suggestions and take their comments into consideration.
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People not practicing team work, no respectful of other opinion.
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7. Describe to me the practice you observed.
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Primary care.
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What kind of practice are you in?
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I was in a small practice with one Dermatologist and his Physician Assistant. Both the doctor and PA performed procedures, treated a variety of skin conditions, and offered cosmetic procedures as well. We worked with a diverse population, and in my time there I learned the necessary skills to perform autonomously those same procedures.
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8. Favorite thing you observed or highlights of your observation experience?
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The highlight of my shadowing experience with a Physician Assistant was when I was allowed to do hands on observation. I was able to listen to lung sounds of patients with pneumonia, heart sounds of a patient with a mechanical valve, along with many other interesting experiences.
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Interaction between physician assistants and patients, getting to interact with and treat patients myself.
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When i was able to get hands on, take blood pressure, feel edema on skin, help in minor surgeries.
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Ok.
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The autonomy Pas had , working in team with doctors.
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9. Do you have specific interests related to medical practice?
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I have been working as an emergency medical technician since the age of 19 and would like to continue to pursue that knowledge working in an ER setting.
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Family practice.
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Yes, cardiology.
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I like neuro. I am facinated with how there is a central center of control concerning every decision, movement, sense, etc.
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I would like to pursue regular medical missions in underserved countries, such as the Philippines where I was born.
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I love babies and would love to explore the OB/GYN field
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I am very interested in infectious disease and different pathologies.
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10. 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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11. 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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General medicine for now. After, I will specialize in something that I find myself passionate about.
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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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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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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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Cardiac.
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I plan on going into orthopedic surgery.
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interna; medicine
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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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12. What are your 2 weakest points?
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I am a perfectionist and too nice.
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My first weakest point is my age. I am fairly young, and in my work experience, patient's sometimes make comments about how I am too young to care for people. I combat that with my wealth of experience, since I have been involved with various types of healthcare for years. The second weak point is that I have difficulty being confrontational. Much of my healthcare experience has been in a caring role; however, I am aware that as a provider, I will have to be more assertive and I am confident that I can accomplish that when the time comes.
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I can be a perfectionist another I planned everything.
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Timeliness, I'm not a morning person. sometimes I don't effectively lead the interview and give patients too much attention.
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I am deadline driven so when there is not a set due date, I tend to put that project on the back burner. I have learned to give myself mini deadline or set a time limit. Since patients often schedule appointments that will help keep me on track. Also, I have a hard time letting go of control. To combat that, I try to accept their is often more than one way to do somthing.
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Overly focused.
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Care for others more than myself.
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Perfectionist overwork.
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Taking time to communicate with people in everyday life and underestimating my abilities when i know i can do well.
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Sometimes I find myself spending extra time with my patients and being very thorough that causes me to get slightly behind schedule.
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Hard on myself and overly caring.
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My weakest point is trying to get a positive result at a first attempt. I'm also a 'perfectionist'
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My number one weakness is my inability to speak up and my second weakness is that I need to be a bit more assertive. Both of which I've been working on a lot with my two jobs.
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I'm not a morning person. I need my alarm clock or I'm in trouble. Sometimes I spend too much time listening to patients when I know it won't add to the visit any more.
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1) perfectionist, i am very hard on myself when i am not perfect 2) impatient
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13. If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
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If time permitted me to, I would complete my Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of toronto.
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I would have double-majored in Biology and Athletic Training if I had known about Athletic Training earlier. I also would have made more of an effort to get medically-related experience sooner.
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If i were to change anything in my education, i would have taken more liberal arts classes. I am not the most knowledgeable about history or current events and i think i would benefit from knowing more.
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If I could do anything different in my education I would have minored in something outside of the science field. It is extremely important to have a broad range of knowledge. I would have perhaps minored in a language. Although I speak Portuguese fluently, and am able to communicate in both French and Spanish I would like to become fluent in another language as well to communicate efficiently to patients.
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I would focus more on the beginning of undergrad.
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I would work in violence prevention.
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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 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.
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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.
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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..
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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.
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I like to party.
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15. Are you using this as a stepping stone to your M.D.?
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No.
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No if I wanted to be an MD I would work hard and apply to medical school.
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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.
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No, I have always wanted to be a physician assistant.
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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.
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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.
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16. Describe your 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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17. Why did you choose PA over a doctor?
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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.
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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.
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I want the flexibility that comes with being a PA while still giving excellent care for my patients.
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+ / -
-90.5%
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.
+95.5%
95%
+ / -
-90.9%
5.
I feelwith the fiannacial burden that comes with med school i would not be able to practice primary care.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
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%
89%
+ / -
-80%
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.
+88.9%
88%
+ / -
-77.8%
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
+88.9%
88%
+ / -
-77.8%
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.
+42.1%
39%
+ / -
-36.8%
10.
I didn't get into medical school.
+34.5%
32%
+ / -
-31%
18. Describe to me your worst type of patient.
Top Answer
Pt who is non complaint after all the effort made to educate him/her. If someone doesn't want to help him/herself, there is not a lot you can do. Of course I am not talking about patients with lack of access or resources or patients with language barrier.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
Second Best
Does not care.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
3.
Patients that don't care to understand their condition and patients who give up on themselves.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
4.
The patient who refuses to obey clinician recommendations on healthy changes in lifestyle, such as nutritional intake or exercises.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
5.
The one who doesn't recognize that he or she needs help.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
6.
One who is not really sick and who is constantly nagging me to tend to them when I have other patients to treat.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
7.
A patient who cannot determine their primary reason for coming in to be seen.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
8.
A patient who is non compliant. It's discouraging to me when I tell a patient that it's very important to do something, and they do not follow direction or work with me to help them.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-80%
9.
Uncooperaative.
+87.5%
86%
+ / -
-75%
10.
I don't think I will use that worst word here, the challenge patient will be easy way to go and that is when the patients they can not explains themselves how they feel and you real know that they are uncomfortable.
+87.5%
86%
+ / -
-75%
11.
A narrow-minded patient who, having diagnosed him or herself expects to be treated accordingly.
+77.8%
75%
+ / -
-66.7%
12.
patient with contagious disease
+58.3%
55%
+ / -
-50%
19. How would you control the cost of healthcare?
Top Answer
Not ordering unnecessary tests.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90%
Second Best
Control/cap malpractice charges.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
3.
Be smart about what prescriptions I write.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
4.
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.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
5.
I would implement quality initiatives that promote generic prescribing and preventative screenings by prompting physicians to do so in the EHR.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
6.
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.
+60%
57%
+ / -
-53.3%
20. How would friends describe you?
Top Answer
Honest, diligent and caring. Able to cope with many tasks and makeinformed decisions readily and without hesitation.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90.9%
Second Best
Intelligent, hard working, task oriented and trustworthy
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90.9%
3.
Friendly, honest, compassionate, caring, determined, motivated,nice.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
4.
Caring person who always puts everyone else first, a homebody that loves her family.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
5.
My friends would describe me as dependable, calm, personable and willing to work hard towards my ambitions.
+88.9%
88%
+ / -
-77.8%
6.
My friends would probably describe me as passionate, persistent and humorous.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7.
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.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
21. How would you describe your overall academic performance?
Top Answer
Good. not excellent, not average, but good.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-95.2%
Second Best
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.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
3.
A meandering process.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
4.
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.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
5.
Excellent.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
6.
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.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-93.8%
7.
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.
+80%
78%
+ / -
-70%
8.
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.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
22. What are the negative aspects of being a Physician Assistant?
Top Answer
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).
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
Second Best
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.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
3.
Disagreeing with the doctor.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
4.
Paperwork sometimes.
+95.2%
95%
+ / -
-90.5%
5.
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.
+88.9%
88%
+ / -
-77.8%
6.
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.
+81.8%
80%
+ / -
-72.7%
23. Tell me about the last Physician you worked for.
Best Answer
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.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
2.
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.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
3.
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.
+91.7%
91%
+ / -
-83.3%
4.
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.
+87.5%
86%
+ / -
-75%
24. What are the last two non-academic books you have read?
Top Answer
Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
+100%
100%
+ / -
-88.9%
Second Best
The Bell Jar (Plath) and The Idiot (Dostoyevsky)
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
3.
Lolita and Crime and Punishment.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
4.
Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Burns, and dare I say Fifty Shades of Grey?
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
5.
The five people you meet in heaven, and house of spirits in spanish.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
6.
Mountains beyond mountains by Tracey Kidder.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
7.
The bible and walking in my sister shoes.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%
8.
Test.
+87.5%
86%
+ / -
-75%
9.
I like to shut my brain off and read romance novels like Second Nature by Nora Roberts and Demon Rumm by Sandra Brown.
+80%
78%
+ / -
-70%
25. If their were no need for PAs, what would you do?
Top Answer
I would work as another health care professional.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-90%
Second Best
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.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
3.
I would have check other health options.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
4.
I would be a physician.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
5.
Something with medical research. Maybe drug development or prosthesis.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-85.7%
6.
Work in a healthcare field I found I was passionate at.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-87.5%