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1. What will you do if you have a client that refuses to take care of their health?
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Physician Assistant
February 27th, 2014

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 in surgery, and write prescriptions.
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Physician Assistant Interview Questions
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What would your last employer say about you?
 
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I'm a hard worker and a team player. Even if my work is done, I always look to lift the burden off of another's workload.
 
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Loyal, hard working, thoughtful and helpful.
 
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Tell me about the last Physician you worked for. Describe your relationship.
 
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I have never worked directly for a physician.
 
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The last physician I worked for was admirable. I couldn't stop staring as he was looking over the EKG's he was carefully oserving and reading. He was passionate and careful to ask all questions necessary.
 
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Describe the people you work with best.
 
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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 work best with people who have the same goal in mind as me and that would be to provide the best care possible and to make the patient as pleased as they can be. I work well with those who are also team players.
 
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How would you describe your overall academic performance?
 
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I performed my best while consistently wokring.
 
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I worked and studied hard to obtain a 4.0 GPA and I never had a late assignment.
 
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How did you manage your time between school, work, and other activities?
 
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By having good time management.
 
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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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You may be faced with situations involving blood and other bodily fluids. How will you respond?
 
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With universal precaution.
 
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My first time in the ER, I nearly fainted at the site of blood. Now, I am able to set aside any feelings of fear and focus on assisting the patient.
 
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Describe the people you find most difficult to work with.
 
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Someone who is not a team player and is not invested in the goal of the company or organization.
 
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Lazy, unmotivated, and negative.
 
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Why do you prefer the clinical side over research?
 
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My hands-on experience has taught me that my best work is done in the field. My problem solving strengths have come from various situations where I have had to adapt and overcome in order to succeed. This flexibility lends itself more to direct patient contact work rather than academic research.
 
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I would love to help people to get better.
 
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10 of 25
What are some of the challenges of working as a physician assistant?
 
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One negative aspect would be disagreeing with what the physician has chosen to do as a treatment plan.
 
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I think most people would say having to be a dependent practioner but I think that what I would think one negative aspect of being a pa is the way a pa can viewed by a pt as being less qualified.
 
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How does your family feel about your decision to enter the medical field?
 
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Yes, my parents are very supportive of my decision. My mother works in the medical field as a nurse and was very happy when I told her I wanted to be a part of the medical profession.
 
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Yes, my mom is very supportive of my decision to go back to school and is going to help me where she can.
 
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12 of 25
Describe your work ethic.
 
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My work ethic is centered on patient care. I believe that as a healthcare professional we must make sure that we are prepared to serve the patient with the highest level of care. That spans from the actual patient contact to preparing ourselves prior to patient contact. This means I must have a thorough understanding of my equipment, clear use of my didactic training modalities, and follow local protocol.
 
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I would describe my work ethic as hardworking, organized and efficient.
 
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What is a dependent practitioner, and how do you feel about practicing as one?
 
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A dependent practitioner functions under the supervision of a physician. I currently work under the supervision of my physician, so I am completely fine with it... No ego here.
 
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A dependent practitioner is one who works under supervision. As a PA I would work on a team that is lead by a physician which would provide me the opportunity to learn from the physician.
 
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What department of the healthcare field most interests you?
 
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I have heard this question a lot, both from family, friends, and co-workers, since discussing how I wanted to become a PA. My primary experience is in the ER, and naturally I feel drawn to this because it is the world of medicine that I feel I understand quite well and am comfortable with. However, what the ER does not provide that I miss from patient interactions is continuity of care. The idea of following a patient through a lifetime of medical care is highly appealing to me. However, I don't pretend to understand every facet of medical care as of yet. I believe my response to this question will be developed over the two years that I am in a PA program, and it would be naive of me to settle definitively upon what type of medicine I wish to practice at this present moment in time as a result.
 
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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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Tell me about yourself.
 
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I like to party.
 
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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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Describe to me your worst type of patient.
 
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patient with contagious disease
 
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A narrow-minded patient who, having diagnosed him or herself expects to be treated accordingly.
 
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What role does humor play in your life? Can you laugh at yourself?
 
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Yes, I laugh at myself on a daily basis.
 
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Humor is a huge portion of my life. In my personal time sarcasm has been a great tool within my friendships. It keeps my mind sharp and centers on association of pop culture. I think that without humor my job would be too stressful to bear sanely.
 
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Tell me about yourself.
 
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I am a hard worker who is dedicated.
 
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I was born and raised here in the US, but come from a Chilean family. This has given me the opportunity to travel and appreciate other places. Ironically, to appreciate all I have here despite growing up in some underprivileged areas. I now am married and love to hike with my dog. I try to travel at least once a year and look forward to doing so with my husband.
 
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How would coworkers describe you?
 
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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 probably describe me as passionate, persistent and humorous.
 
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How do you minimize potential spread of infectious diseases when working with patients?
 
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Absolutely, as I have been trained we assume that all patients are infected. This does not mean I will change my patient approach any differently. It simply means adhering to proven PPE standards in order to safeguard my own safety, that of my team, and also of my patient.
 
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No, my goal is to treat them so I am not worried about contracting anything.
 
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What are your weaknesses?
 
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I do my best to not dwell on my weaknesses but instead constatly strive to improve them. However, I would have to say that being inpatient is one of my weak points. Another weakness would be that I am a perfectionist. However, thorugh growing up and maturing, I have learned how to manage these weaknesses and have found in certain situations that they can even prove to be strengths.
 
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I expect too much from people and I like sleep too much!
 
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Tell me about an important lesson you learned during your clinical rotations.
 
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What kind of practice are you in?
 
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Primary care.
 
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What are the last two non-academic books you have read?
 
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We were Liars by E. Lockhart and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson.
 
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Harry Potter and the half blood prince and Harry Potter and the deathly hollows.
 
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Why should I hire you?
 
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Knowledge.
 
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The secret to any successful business is what your customers have to say about you, an PA practice is no different. As a professional we are constantly saling the profession, the institution we wprk for as well as out=r graduating program by how in caring for and interacting with patient . I have experience in the business conduct, I started the soccer group that is still ongoing, I have held leadership positions at my church. I am a father, a high school soccer referee, these are culturally rounded. Experience that require leardship, compassion, maturity people skills, dedication and most of all humility..These are the same asset I will bring into my practice.
 
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What do you think are two major ethical issues facing the medical field today?
 
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Two major ethical issues facing the medical field today would include the choice between life and death situations, and the refusal of treatment due to moral issues.
 
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Two major ethical issues facing the medical field today would include the choice between life and death situations, and the refusal of treatment due to moral issues.
 
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