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Pacific University Physician Assistant

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At Pacific University we want students who have a true passion for medicine. What appeals to you most, about working in the medical field?
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The interviewers would like to understand what drives your pursuit of a career in the medical field. Your core passion is what will keep you going on the toughest of days at Pacific University. For the interviewers to understand how to motivate you, they need to know what fires you up!

It is okay to share a personal story when answering this question. Perhaps you can discuss what initiated your interested in becoming a physician's assistant to begin with. Whatever drives you, make sure the interviewers can feel your passion!
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At Pacific University we want students who have a true passion for medicine. What appeals to you most, about working in the medical field?
The interviewers would like to understand what drives your pursuit of a career in the medical field. Your core passion is what will keep you going on the toughest of days at Pacific University. For the interviewers to understand how to motivate you, they need to know what fires you up!

It is okay to share a personal story when answering this question. Perhaps you can discuss what initiated your interested in becoming a physician's assistant to begin with. Whatever drives you, make sure the interviewers can feel your passion!

Rachelle's Answer
"There are a number of factors that drive my passion for a career in medicine. If I had to pinpoint one main driver, I would say that improving the health and well being of others, every day, is the most significant for me. Everyone deserves great health care and I plan to live that mantra by being the best at what I do, and giving my all to my patients, every day."
2.
In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing the medical industry today?
Being an aspiring physician's assistant means that you need to take a keen interest in current events by closely following the challenges the medical industry faces. The interviewers want to see that your interest is deep and that you spend time learning, and understanding, the challenges you will face in your future career as a physician's assistant.

Discuss what you feel to be a primary concerning issue, and be sure to ask the interviewers what they personally see as the most concerning issue in the medical field today. This is an opportunity to start a very insightful conversation.

Rachelle's Answer
"I feel that the most concerning issue in the medical industry is the continual rise of drug prices. The best medications should be accessible to anyone, regardless of their financial or social status, and there has been a rising concern with big pharma creating drugs and then pricing them so high that they are unattainable to most. What do you feel are the most concerning issues facing the medical industry today?"
3.
Tell us about your overall academic performance, so far. Where have you excelled, and where could you improve?
The interviewers want to know how your undergraduate program has prepared you for attending your final years of school at Pacific University. Discuss what interested you the most, and where you had the biggest challenges, while earning your Bachelor's degree. While attending undergraduate studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to your time at Pacific University.

Think about what you learned:

- Time Management
- Creative Thinking
- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research
- Self-Motivation

Rachelle's Answer
"I am very proud of my achievements during my undergrad education. Those courses added so much value that I will bring to my graduate program. My best courses included X, Y, and Z. I feel that I excelled in these because they are related to the area of medicine I plan to end up in as a physician's assistant. As far as areas of improvement, I think that I can better myself in terms of time management. I overextended myself last semester with volunteer opportunities and my study time suffered slightly. Now that I have identified the reason behind my time management challenges, I will only see improvement, moving forward."
4.
Why should we accept you over another student with the same qualifications?
The interviewers are looking for unique qualities and statements that make you stand out from the other students wishing to attend Pacific University.

Put yourself in their position. You are looking at multiple talented candidates, all have stellar grades, all have drive, and all have potential to be renowned Pacific University alumni. What would be the primary reason to choose YOU over everyone else?

Some things that make you a stand out candidate:

- Recent volunteer work
- An existing connection to the faculty or facility
- A memorable and personal story of struggle and triumph
- An unusual skill such as speaking multiple languages, or knowing sign language
- An additional degree, diploma, or certification
- Proof that you continually focus on personal and professional development

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe I am the strongest student for your physician's assistant program because I am incredibly dedicated to my professional and personal development. Since beginning my Bachelor' degree, I have committed to taking a personal development workshop twice per year. The topics have included communication, person-ability, multi-tasking, organization, and even persuasive writing. I plan to take these skills and apply them to my graduate studies as well."
5.
What do you feel is the single most important quality a Physician's Assistant should possess?
The interviewer wants to see that you have some insight into the desired qualities and characteristics of a physician's assistant. This is an opportunity to give a unique answer so try to dig deeper than 'good bedside manner' or 'strong attention to detail'.

Some ideas for you:

- Unrelenting drive
- Desire for improvement
- Accountability
- Patience and Fortitude
- Integrity
- Optimism
- Self Confidence

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe that the most important quality for a physician's assistant to possess is integrity. A physician's assistant with integrity is one who will always put their patients first. They will treat all attending staff with respect and they will be dedicated to bettering themselves in their career. Integrity is a very important quality to me."
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