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Physician Assistant Interview

25 Physician Assistant Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.

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How do you gain a physician's trust and respect?

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    How do you gain a physician's trust and respect?

      Professional working relationships are essential as a health care provider who regularly works on a multidisciplinary team. You can be specific about your process or stay general by sharing some of your best practices around building trust. If possible, share an example of how you gain trust within the patient care team or how you relate to others.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I find that being a great listener is an important part of gaining trust and respect, especially when it comes to working with busy physicians. Often, I only get a short amount of time to collaborate with the physician, so I like to come to meetings prepared with important questions and then I carefully listen to the answers. From there, I can create my patient care plan and report back to the physician on progress or challenges I may be facing. This partnership and communication help me gain their trust and respect."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that the best way to earn the trust of the physicians is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships have to be built on these principles."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Trust is something you earn over time with people. I will lead by example and be transparent in my communications. Trust happens when people deliver on doing what they say they will do. I take the approach of under promising and over delivering to accelerate the trust process. With strong trust, teams can accomplish great things together."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Trust can be gain over time, and it takes, in my opinion, regular commitment and involvement so that the person you are working with knows that they can rely on you. Trust and respect are earned when you constantly show effort and initiative. As a team having trust and respect in each other, you can accomplish a great deal."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You make some terrific points! I suggest taking this answer from 'You' phrasing to 'I' phrasing. I have offered a suggestion for you below.

      "I gain trust with physicians over time through regular commitment and involvement so that the person I am working with knows that they can rely on me. I earn trust and respect by showing constant effort and initiative. I understand that as a team, it is important to have trust and respect in each other because it allows us to accomplish our goals."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I believe the best way to gain a physician's trust and respect is to display strong dedication and reliability. If a physician is confident that they can rely on you, then you gain their trust. Another way to build trust is to practice an open and honest communication method."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are terrific ways to build trust with the physicians around you. When it comes to your specific experience, it may be a nice touch to tell a brief story of a time when you used these approaches to gain the trust and respect of a physician.

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