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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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I work hard, caring, able to handle tasks efficently.
 
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I am responsible, laid back, friendly, confident, and not afraid to take charge.
 
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My previous employer would say that I was a hard-working, dependable, and responsible employee. Someone who does what they can for their patients and loves them.
 
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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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The last physician I worked for was named Dr. G and he was the medical director for our paramedic system. He liked to be involved and receive feedback from the medics in the field and was always available for us to refer to when needed.
 
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I worked with a group of physician's who were well rounded, punctual and well educated. They were able to make remarkable decisions on short hand notice and acted responsibly.
 
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He was a great mentor. Medically, I experienced so many diverse procedures and gained a great deal of knowledge. However, there were times when I noticed a lack of relationship between him and the patients.
 
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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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I work best with team players, people who try to get along with others and ultimately those who have the same goals as mine, which is helping the pts. I find that when you are united by a common goal, the disagreements can kind of fall by the wayside because everyone has the same or similar outcome or desired result in mind.
 
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Friendly, honest, respectable.
 
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To be honest, I work best with a lot of different people. I tend to have an easy-going personality, and I find myself able to relate to and be considerate of different needs and personalities.
 
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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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Well, undergrad was less than stellar, but I think I have a proven post-baccalaureate (SP) record.
 
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I would say that it is pretty well.
 
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I believe that I tried my best and did okay in regards to my academic performance. I might have been able to do better if I were to take another year and spread my classes out more towards the end. However, in haste of graduating on time, I crammed most of my classes together and my grades may not have been as high as they could have been.
 
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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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By thinking ahead and staying very organized. I have had alot of practice with this. In my senior year at high school I was president of the student council/ general organazation and was responsible for two to three school wide events. Projects weekly. It was very busy but I managed to pull off a fantastic year and excel in my school work at the same time graduating as valadictorian. Now in college I am in school full time and I work part and keep up with everything I am super proactive and motivated. It also helps that I love what I do.
 
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I managed my time by writing everything down that I knew had to be done. I prioritized things that either had earlier deadlines or tasks that would take longer to accomplish such as delegating time everyday for two weeks, for example, to study for a midterm examination, rather than putting study time off until the last few days just because there were other tasks that had earlier deadlines.
 
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I work best by writing things down and scheduling myself. I made sure to have "open" areas for unexpected things.
 
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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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I do well with it, the only issue I've ever had was with my own family.
 
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By wearing protective equipment.
 
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The first time I am exposed to it, it is a shocking at first but you get used to it and get over it.
 
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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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The people I find most difficult to work with are those who are not focused or dedicated to the specific task or goal that needs to be achieved. I am more willing to work with someone who does not have much experience or knowledge on the subject but is dedicated to learning and wants to help rather than someone with more expertise who does not show the same type of dedication.
 
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Hard to talk to, bad communicators. Not willing to help or pull their fair share.
 
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I find it difficult to work with people that complain all the time but do nothing to fix the problem.
 
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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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I had experience with research during my undergraduate career. Although I did enjoy the challenge that research posed mentally I felt I was missing something. I chose becoming a PA over doing research because of the direct patient interaction.
 
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I want to practice medicine and be able to interact with pts on a daily basis. I want to be able to help pts who come in sick and make them healthy again.
 
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Research is an important field in medicine, but it is not the type of career I would want to pursue. I want to be involved with patients directly and be able to treat and take care of them effectively through the medical model.
 
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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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I'd say a negative aspect would be the lack of knowledge or confidence that some patients have in the training and autonomy of physician assistants. It would be tough to help a patient when they are not buying into what you are saying simply because they are putting down or do not have any knowledge on your profession.
 
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I'm sure there will a few times when I have to cancel plans because I get stuck at work, but that happens at almost any job. The only negative I think of involves insurance, but not necessarily being a PA
 
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The negative aspects of being a Physician Assistant could be being looked down upon by a doctor or being looked at as not as important by patients.
 
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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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Yes, they think it is a great idea.
 
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I have the best support team at home. My parents especially have always told me to follow my dreams and nothing was impossible. I believe that even when times get tough, my family will be there to help keep my dreams in check and help me get through it all.
 
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Family is 100% behind me in my goal of becoming PA
 
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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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I am a list maker. I work until the job is done.
 
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I am a hard worker and will do anything is placed before me.
 
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Integrity, sense of responsibility, team work, quality assurance, discipline.
 
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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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I will practice general surgery. I want to learn as much as I can about the feild.
 
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All aspects of medicine since pa course deals with all aspect.
 
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I am most interested in primary care, as it allows you to see patients.
 
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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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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 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 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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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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Uncooperaative.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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Humor has always played a big role in my life, I find that I am able to laugh at myself daily. No one is perfect and I find that I am able to laugh at life's little imperfections. I also find that smiling and laughing makes life 100% more enjoyable and can bring a little sparkle to even someones worst day.
 
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Humor is very important to me. Sometimes for comic relief and other times to deal with stress. I can laugh at myself most days and for most situations.
 
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Humor is my co-pilot. If you can laugh at yourself, odds are you stress and worry less and will have better health. There are times that will definitely demand seriousness, but when you learn to love yourself enough to laugh at yourself, you've made real progress.
 
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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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Father of two, husband who enjoys playing sports and works at a major hospital.
 
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I'm a graduate from michigan state university, majoring in kinesiology. currently working in an optometry office as an optometric technician, but I have also worked in a home health aide setting with special needs children.
 
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I am a senior biology major. I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, attending our couple's small group through our church, and working on house renovations. My major educational aspiration is to gain acceptance into graduate school to become a physician assistant. I am looking forward to learning more about science, the human body, diseases, clinical tests and procedures, and treating patients.
 
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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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My friends would describe me as a hard working person who cares about their work and the people that I am with. I am dedicated and will work hard to make sure that work is done correctly and fully.
 
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Intelligent, responsible, friendly, determined, compassionate.
 
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My friends would describe me as someone who is determined, driven, and passionate. Someone who always provides a helping hand and who always look out for the best interest of everyone.
 
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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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No I am not worried about infections because I will use proper sanitations and precautions to prohibit infections to cause any harm to me.
 
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I will receive vaccinations and from working in the American Red Cross I have learned that risk of infection can be reduced by taking standard precautions such as a clean work environment, covering all open wounds, and receiving the appropriate vaccinations.
 
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When working with patients i will make a strong effort towards maintaing as sterile an environment as possible with my equipment and surroundings. That being said infections should always be in the back of the providers mind.
 
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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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1) perfectionist, i am very hard on myself when i am not perfect 2) impatient
 
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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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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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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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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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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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The last two non-academic books I have read was the Giver and the short story, the yellow wall paper. I enjoy to read short stories rather than a book. I find them to be more interesting and keep my attention more.
 
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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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Test.
 
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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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Humanityexperience in diagnostic imaging.
 
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I bring 10 years of experience in health and wellness that being accepted to PA school can only strengthen. The US is in a health crisis and my current training, along with a solid physician assistant education will provide with the tools I need to help people lead healthier lifestyles.
 
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The desire to succeed and work at the best of my ability. I also have a strong desire to make sure that I encourage others that follow me to succeed and live up to their ability.
 
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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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I think that one major ethical issue facing the medical field is the ethics behind HMOs and PPOs. This take away from.
 
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Insurance and future healthcare cost.
 
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* Matters related to infertility or any reproductive health related issue. Surrogacy is one good example of this field. * Experimentation with genes. Cloning could be cited as one of the medical ethical issues that is debated upon quite a lot. * Children health care also is one of the big medical ethical issues that comes with legal medical issues too. * Dealing with terminal illness, which has triggered the famous (or infamous) e
 
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What are some highlights from your clinical rotations?
 
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The autonomy Pas had , working in team with doctors.
 
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One of my favorite things that I have observed was an open heart surgery. This was my first time observing any type of procedure in the operating room and to get to see an open heart surgery was definatly an amazing experience!
 
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Ok.
 
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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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Interaction between physician assistants and patients, getting to interact with and treat patients myself.
 
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What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good physician assistant?
 
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Being respective and understanding to others as they work in the team. Being sharp in observation and friendly to carry out the conversation with pts.
 
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Good listener.
 
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Patients care.
 
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Being able to handle stress, communicate,
 
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TEAMWORK, TEAMWORK, TEAMWORK - PA is part of a team (at least until you graduate. lol ).You have to be a good teamplayer, have good interpersonal skills;Then CRITICAL THINKING to diagnose and find the best treatment;TIME MANAGEMENT as someone said its accelerated program ORGANIZED and DETAIL-ORIENTED will save you from medical error in the future.
 
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What do you think you will dislike the most about being a Physician Assistant?
 
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I think there may be a bit of nostalgia about working "on the streets." Although, I have had vast experience there and I personally feel I have reached a time in my life to move forward and into the clinical world.
 
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The part I will dislike the most about being a PA is when I can no longer help my patient. I hope that I never have to see the day where I diagnose a patient with a disease that is so far along that it has no solution. I have seen this happen before. I know that at times all you can do is make sure your patient is as comfortable as possible. It is important the both the patient and the family understand all diagnoses.
 
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I have no dislikes about being a pa.
 
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The salary.
 
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I dont think there would be anything that I wouldnt like because this is my passion.
 
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If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
 
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I would have learned another language. This would be very helpful in communicating with all patients. Working with the underserved population I have noticed that many people in this category are different ethnicities.
 
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At this point in my life there is nothing that I would change. However, the thing is that I am not done with learning. I plan to continue to learn through research, observations of other physicians, and if there is ever an learning oppurunity I would like to think that I will always have the drive to take advantage of what is provided.
 
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I would work in violence prevention.
 
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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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If time permitted me to, I would complete my Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of toronto.
 
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How will you manage your stress and while handling patients with care and integrity?
 
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I will make sure that my health and family life balance is taken care of outside of the practice. This will allow me to continue to care for patients as I normally do, establishing a good rapport through a good bedside manner, kindness and respect.
 
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I will make sure that my health and family life balance is taken care of outside of the practice. This will allow me to continue to care for patients as I normally do, establishing a good rapport through a good bedside manner, kindness and respect.
 
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In high school I had very bad anxiety. I would stress out over all aspects of school. Through the years I have learned to not let stress take control. If I see that I am about to get stressed I pull away from the situation and take deep breaths. I relax my mind before making any kind of rash decision because I know it will effect not only myself, but my patients as well.
 
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By establishing a good rapport with my patients. i find that patients are very forgiving if you have established a good relationship.
 
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Why do you want this job?
 
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I want this job so that I can assist a rural community in preventative measures and to increase the towns access to medical care. I have always loved working in medicine and by being a physician assistant and working for your town I feel that I can provide great medical care that will benefit every member in the town.
 
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To become a btter clinician.
 
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I want this job because I love medicine and I love working with patients. I am fascinated by the human body and am hungry for knowledge regarding its healing capacity. I have seen how well I operate in a teaching and practitioner mode, and I want to apply that skill to the world of primary care. I want this job because I get to be in service caring for others while feeding my desire to understand the human body completely. I truly want to contrib
 
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This is my dream job. There is nothing I have ever wanted more than to become a PA. I know that all my years of education and experience will make me a well rounded PA who will be attentive, punctual, confident, and skilled in all I do.
 
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I have always aspired to do a job where I have the opportunity to help others. A job as a PA will afford me that opportunity, as I will be able to help others with improving their health.
 
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Tell me about your leadership experience.
 
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No, due to the online nature of my involvement I have not had the opportunity to involve myself in leadership to this time.
 
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Honestly, I have had leadership roles but not in any groups relating to PA.
 
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What do you do in your spare time?
 
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Relax, study, work, spend time with friends/family.
 
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Spend time with family and watch health related news to stay up-to-dated.
 
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In my spare time I am a big family oriented pereson who at any chance takes a trip home to hang out with the family or I am dancing.
 
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I was more interested in the application of research for the care of patients.
 
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I have newly found hiking to be enjoyable. Also, becoming a dog parent means I go out to dog parks and hikes more often so he gets exercise. For indoor activities I like to read and watch Jeapordy! to keep the mind sharp.
 
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What are your strengths?
 
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My first greatest strength is my qualification and second is my life time experience.
 
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I am good at anticipating problems or solving problems. I am also good at managing time and work by priority.
 
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A calm demeanor in stressful situations and a good listener.
 
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I dontgive up.
 
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Determination and self motivated,
 
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What is an issue in the current healthcare system that you would like to see change?
 
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Increase in number of people requires care, not able to put enough time for each patient to be able to see more patients. Also, more non-physician providers are affordable to hire by health care industries.
 
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Some of them.
 
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Yes, I am aware of it
 
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Ethical issues.
 
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Patients and Physicians do not have a good understanding of the rol of physician Assistants, also practices implementing electronic records has been a recent issue that many Physician Assistants are having to do with which directly affects the time spent with patients. and lastly the laws limiting the abilities of PA's practice, for example not reading echos or not being able to sign death certificates , this affects patients perspectives of Pa'
 
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When did you become interested in medicine?
 
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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.
 
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As long as I can remember I wanted to be a doctor, but in high school I lost some motivation due to personal stresses in my life. After a presentation of an EMS explorer academy I was able to get that spark back and become an EMT which seemed much more attainable in my position.
 
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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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At a young age through many procedures and doctor visits.
 
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Describe your favorite type of patient.
 
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My favorite patient is the patient that is engaged in maintaining good health. I enjoy working with teens and female patients.
 
2.
For me there is no favorite type of patient. Each patient deserves to be treated with the same respect and receive equal treatment.
 
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My favorite type of patient is the talkative elderly patient. They are the ones who have taught me the most by being blunt and set in their ways. They bring out the more gentle and patient provider that we can all be.
 
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A patient who is compliant with their follow-up and treatment regimen and is respectful. Sometimes accurate diagnosis and treatment of a condition can be just as frustrating for the practitioner as it is for the patient, but cooperation is key in finding an answer.
 
5.
The one who cooperates.
 
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Why do you want to work for us?
 
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Its mission,university based program and reputation.
 
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Do you have any experiences volunteering in such underserved medical practice areas?
 
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Yes, many of the "Every 15 minute drills" I have participated in are in underserved areas. This allows us to reach out in injury prevention for the community. Mostly, my paid work has involved the underserved.
 
2.
I have not yet started volunteering because of my busy class schedule. But I plan to as soon as my summer break starts!
 
3.
I do work in one.
 
4.
No.
 
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What do you think you will most like about being a physician assistant?
 
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I think the extended patient care window will be the biggest change for me. I already wish I had this opportunity with my patients to explain their current conditions in further detail. Educating patients is part of making sure they have a successful future.
 
2.
I like the interaction with people, both patients and staff.
 
3.
The wide variety of patients that you get to encounter.
 
4.
Interacting with patients and collaborating with my supervisor for the best treatment options.
 
5.
The interaction with a variety of individuals and helping my community.
 
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What do you enjoy most about working with people?
 
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I do enjoy working with my people, in fact, I thrive in it. The collaboration inherent within a close-knit group allows for efficiency and ease of patient care.
 
2.
Yes, but also is important to work with different type of popuations.
 
3.
I think diversity is important in life and it gives you a good opportunity for different types of challenges, so it is always good to work with other people too.
 
4.
I truly enjoy work with people. I am from a big family of seven so I am used to being around people. Also in college I worked in customer service in which I was constantly around people.
 
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Do you feel that the government should be involved with mandating insurance? Subsidizing insurance?
 
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What type of learner are you? What type of setting do you think best supports your learning?
 
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Yes, sometimes it is helpful to work in a group to explain certain topics to each other that we have a better understanding of, or to ask questions of something we need help with.
 
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I believe that I can learn in any setting I am placed in. My experience in community college has been a mass learning opportunity, but my paramedic program was smaller. I have succeeded in both and they each have advantages. My smaller paramedic class provided a unique group cohesion that allowed us to support and supplement each other; making the unit as a whole, successful.
 
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Any team or collaborative effort is the perfect setting for learning.
 
4.
Yes i think this gives an extra opportunity to ask and clearify your doubts as compared to bigger settings where there are chances that you might avoid asking more questions.
 
5.
Yes, many of our projects for PA school were done in a small group setting and I feel that I learned a lot from those experiences and for school they were very successful.
 
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Tell me about your experience working in the healthcare field.
 
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I have had the opportunities to work in several medical practices included the Emergency Room, working on several different inpatient floors, working at a Pediatric Clinic, obtaining my EMT, and working in Costa Rica on a medical service trip.
 
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I worked as a secretary in a doctors office.
 
3.
I have worked as a medical assistant, research assistant, trsveled to China for a medical trip, and worked on clinical rotations as a PA
 
4.
I volunteered in four different settings, a nursing home, hospital in the radiology and emergency departments, a pediatricians office and at a hospital with a surgical PA.
 
5.
10 years in Family Medicine, Nursing home and 1 year in homeless shelter for teens.
 
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