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Top 30 Physician Assistant Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
What will you do if you have a client that refuses to take care of their health?
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Question 2 of 30
What would your last employer say about you?
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"My employer would say that I came to work and gave 100% each day. My last employer would say that I was consistent, dependable and driven."
"I think my last employer would say that I was a valuable member of the team. I was promoted twice while working at the hospital and I am grateful for the growth opportunities they provided me. I worked well as a team member but I was also accountable for my individual work. I am looking forward to working with another extraordinary patient care team."
The interviewer is asking this question to see what type of employee you might be. Bonus points if you can answer this question and follow it up by stating that you had a letter of recommendation from your future employer highlighting your characteristics and work ethic.
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Question 3 of 30
How are your administrative skills?
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"Whenever I get some downtime I like to work with the administrative team at the front desk. I help them answer phones, pull charts and enter notes. I've found that when we all work together the day goes much smoother."
For some, administrative duties are the boring part of the job. Complete notes, update charts and organized paperwork will make your day go so much smoother. Let the interviewer know that you are an organized person that excels at administrative duties. An added bonus to this answer would be to mention that you enjoy supporting your administrative staff when they need assistance. Always a great idea to show you're a team player. Here's a sample answer: "Whenever I get some downtime I like to work with the administrative team at the front desk. I help them answer phones, pull charts and enter notes. I've found that when we all work together the day goes much smoother."
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Question 4 of 30
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
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"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I got rear-ended one time on the way to work. I called my boss immediately and then called one of my co-workers to see if they could fill in for me for the first couple hours of my shift."
Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your attendance at work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. Most likely one of these issues has affected you before. How did you handle it? It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.
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Question 5 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 6 of 30
What are some of the challenges of working as a physician assistant?
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Question 7 of 30
Who is your mentor?
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Question 8 of 30
Describe your work ethic.
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Question 9 of 30
What is a dependent practitioner, and how do you feel about practicing as one?
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Question 10 of 30
What department of the healthcare field most interests you?
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Question 11 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 12 of 30
How many patients is a full workload for you?
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Question 13 of 30
How would coworkers describe you?
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Question 14 of 30
How do you minimize potential spread of infectious diseases when working with patients?
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Question 15 of 30
How do you feel when a physician criticizes your work?
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Question 16 of 30
What are your weaknesses?
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Question 17 of 30
Tell me about an important lesson you learned during your clinical rotations.
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Question 18 of 30
What questions do you have for us?
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Question 19 of 30
How will you manage your stress and while handling patients with care and integrity?
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Question 20 of 30
What qualities does a great leader have? Which do you possess?
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Question 21 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 22 of 30
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good physician assistant?
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Question 23 of 30
How would you rate your communications skills?
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Question 24 of 30
What are some highlights from your clinical rotations?
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Question 25 of 30
What are your strengths?
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Question 26 of 30
What is an issue in the current healthcare system that you would like to see change?
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Question 27 of 30
Are you available to work nights?
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Question 28 of 30
What do you like about being a Physician Assistant?
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Question 29 of 30
How do you manage your work stress?
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Question 30 of 30
Why are you leaving your current position?
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Question 1 of 30
What will you do if you have a client that refuses to take care of their health?
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1.
Keep educating and doing my best to set goals with this individual and reach these goals. I feel that it is my job as a provider to really help patients understand their pathologies and want to do something about them.
2.
First assess for other affecting factors - language barrier, lack of resources, lack of access to care, lack of family/community support. Other than that - don't give up and do your best.
3.
If I had a client who was noncompliant I would try to continue informing them how important it is to attend to their health care. It is important to me to stay strong to my morals and ensure they are receiving the best possible care they will allow.
4.
The best thing one can do in this situation is show the patient you are concerned for his or her health, give them reasons to care, and counsel them in ways they can improve their health.
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Express to them the importance of why they should on a biological level and what there future holds to if they do not. Also, encourage them using thier future goals and family members.
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Do my best to explain the reason why.
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I would make sure to any answer any and all questions they may have. At times, refusal to care for health comes with not knowing what to do and what options there are. I would make sure my patient fully understands the pros and cons of any decision they make. I would make sure to tell them verbally and have it all written down in case they want to go over it on their own. I would try to reach out to the patient's family as well.
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I will inform them of the consequences of their decision and let them know I strongly urge them to reconsider. I cannot force anyone to do something he or she does not want to do, however I will let him or her know I am here for him or her if he or she changes his or her mind.
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Reiterate the importance of proper healthcare.
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As a provider all I can do is educate and advise those in my care. As adults our health is in our own hands. The only time further intervention is needed is in the case of those who cannot care for themselves.
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Give them the options and speak frank to them.
12.
My job would entitle me to take care of the clients health as well as make sure they have a plan to take control of their own health as well. I would persuade the client that it is important to take care of their health by explaining risks, ways they could do such, open myself up to any questions thhey may have, and provide them with a plan.
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I would try to do my best to persuade the patient otherwise by enlightening them with some of the risks if they don't and the benefits if they do. However, ultimately it is the patient's right to make their own decision regarding their life and if so choose not to take care of their health, it is their choice. I would give them some preventative information and other helpful resources should they change their mind at some point and ensure them that they are welcome to return if they are interested in discussing things further.
14.
Explain the effect of not having the care needed and if still refused care I would ask a consent of withdrawal of care to be sighned.
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I would first try to understand their reasoning behind their refusal to take care of their health. Than, I would try and suggest alternative options that can perhaps make it easier for the client to careof his health. Maybe proppose a step by step plan. Tackle the ultimate goal in a different angle.
Question 2 of 30
What would your last employer say about you?
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What should a quality child care center provide for children.
2.
I think my last employer would say that I am patient. I was a TA for a physiology class and held my own office hours for students to come in and ask questions. Sometimes it took many different explanations for a student to understand the concept, and I did not become frustrated when one of them (or some of them) did not understand.
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Hardworking, dependable.
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He'd say it was excellent.
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My last employer would say that I am patient oriented, reliable, compassionate, hard working, a great team player, who is great with kids.
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My previous employer would say that I was a hard working, focused individual. I always strive to get the task assigned done in a quick, orderly fashion.
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My last employer would say I was very patient oriented, caring, compassionate, and always gave 100% of myself.
8.
Can you work under pressure?
9.
My last employer always complimented me on my telephone skills with not only customers, but also when I had to speak with doctors to confirm the prescriptions they wrote. The pharmacists also commented on my ability to teach customers about their medications and to handle their questions and the questions of my co-workers with ease. I gave 100%, but also knew when to defer to others if I was to frazzled to be able to work with a smile.
10.
I was a great role model to new employees and I played a vital role in the workplace. I was reliable and one of her hardest working employees.
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Shy and push myself too hard.
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My employer would say that I am a very dedicated individual with a great work ethic. He would discuss my willingness to provide and cooperation with those who need my assistance. In addition to my work, he would also praise my overall great personality.
13.
My last employer would say that I am a hard working individual who looks for opportunities to help others.
14.
Dr. Gordon would say I was a skilled member of the team that worked well with others. I was lucky to find a position that required a breadth of skills and allowed me to integrate into many positions. I do not think this was all luck, though, because I believe employers become confident in my abilities in practice and with patients.
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She is an enthusiastic, hard-worker who easily connects to patients and families. Her patient care is outstanding.
Question 3 of 30
How are your administrative skills?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
5.
I never worked directly under a Physician but I shadowed for one. I would describe him as a humble individual who made sure that each patient was seen and given attention at all times. Whether it was asking about their personal lives and making sure that they were staying healthy at every aspect. He made sure that they always understood how to be healthier and to make sure that they were comfortable the whole time.
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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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The physician I followed was a very bright and articulate individual who knew she had found her calling. She developed a trusting relationship with her clients and educated each one of them about their ailments. I could tell that every one of them was happy with the services they received.
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Dr. Karasek at the San Antonio Spine and Pain Center was a great physician who was very knowledegable and friendly. His patients loved him and he had very loyal and happy patientss.
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My last Physician that I worked for was in Brooklyn Hospital in the ED Dept as a scribe and I was able to go see patients with him and go over the charts and review the EMR and assist with the attestations which I loved to do because I got to be exposed to a lot.
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As an Emergency Room medical scribe I worked with any of roughly 12 physicians, so one is difficult to pick out. The ones that are most memorable for me though, are the ones who provided each end of the spectrum as far as patient care for me to observe and learn from. There were the jovial and empathetic ones that were truly a joy to scribe for, and then the difficult temperamental ones who didn't seem to remember, or care, that their mood hugely affects their patients experience.
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The last physician that I worked with was in the hospital based setting, who would encourage input from the the Phamacist.
12.
Never worked exclusively with a MD, but worked alongside many in the ER. They are all extremely talented clinicians and great people to work with. I enjoyed working as a part of their team.
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Very respectful and skilled clinician. Helpful in teaching me about healthcare system and interacting with patients.
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In my current position I work for a Physician that has encouraged and added to my aspiration in medicine. He has taken time out of his day to answer any questions I have regarding medical conditions I am unfamiliar with. He has made a point to touch base with me each day and has reminded me that I am going to make a great provider one day.
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I work with an Arnp in family practice but we saw many cases of chronic pain as well as mental illnesses.
Question 4 of 30
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
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I believe I handle blood and gore well. Working as an EMT since the summer before my sophomore year in college, I have seen my share of blood and gore on call and at the hospital. I think I have the ability to maintain composure in these situations, and I have a lot of experience with them.
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Coming from an emergency room I have more than a few experiences with blood and gore. I handle it well and if anything blood and gore increases my concentration. It causes me to have a sense of urgency, that isn't to say that I become hectic in the presence of blood but more methodical and deliberate in my actions.
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As a paramedic for 15 years, I have seen many bloody and gruesome things, I have the ability to not look at those things and actually focus on the tasks needed for the patient.
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I handle blood and gore with ease. The sight or smell does not bother me.
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Honestly, it does not bother me at all. I find it more interesting than gross.
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Describe a time where you had to work within a large group to get a task completed.
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The first time I scrubbed in to the operating room, the first assisting kept a close eye on me. After the first incision I was surprised, but I think more exhilarated than anything else. I visualized adipose tissue, muscles, tendons, and bone in a living person. I find human anatomy fascinating and understand that blood and gore are parts of the human body and am unafraid to interact with it.
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I believe I am able to handle blood and gore pretty well. Working in an urgent care exposes us to a fair amount of blood and gore when people come in for lacerations and abscesses and I have had no problem handling those situations. I have aided physicians and PAs in irrigating wounds and draining abscesses.
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I love it, and I am around it all the time in the emergency room. I think it is something to not be grossed out about but people should be cautious.
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Growing up on a farm, I was exposed to a lot of blood and gore when cattle gave birth or chickens were slaughtered. I also worked as a CNA, so have had to clean up different bodily fluids in additional to having been involved in civil cases where people have died and the evidence contains images or articles of the scene. These experiences have made me extremely tolerant of blood and gore.
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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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With universal precaution.
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Well, I am a phlebotomist and I love drawing blood. I have also observed multiple surgeries and procedures which I found fascinating.
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I don't have a problem. This is what I do everyday. I am use to this since I am a certified medical assistant and phlebotomist and work and in a hospital setting especially working in the ER as a Scribe so you are exposed to blood constantly. However, you have to follow the precautions rules and medical standards in wearing gloves and washing hands before and after handling when exposed to blood. You need to be very careful in protecting yourself at all times.
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I have not found any difficulty thus far with blood and gore since my time as a medical scribe in the Emergency Room. Some quite gruesome things tend to come through those Ambulance Bay doors, and I find that I easily focus on the task at hand and the fact that what is in front of me is "gross" doesn't really even enter my mind. Later, when I remember what happened, it bothers me more at times. But I have been reassured due to this exposure that this will not be a hindrance for me during a medical career.
Question 5 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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I did not choose a career in research because I would prefer to work directly with my patients instead of indirectly which I can do by being a physician assistant.
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I did research in my undergraduate career, and decided that I wasn't meant to work behind a desk to discover things to help people. I wanted to be the hands on provider working with people daily and helping them achieve goals.
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I like to work with people. As a PA I can interact with the patients and provide treatment.
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I do enjoy aspects of the research process, including discovering a new approach of solution to a problem, but I am drawn to a career that involves the direct patient contact. In my experience as a technician I have found that I thoroughly enjoy the interactions that I have with the patients and their families. I think there is a lot to be learned and gained from the time spent at the bedside and therefore feel that I would be suited by a primary care career.
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My interest lies in working with and treating patients. While I certainly want to continue to learn more and increase my knowledge base, my main priority is working with patients.
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Because I prefer to work face to face with my patients. I want to be able to see the progression.
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I would like to be interactive between my patients and build a relationship with them.
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I wanted to be able to interact with and directly care for patients.
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I enjoy interacting with people and do not enjoy research.
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I love the analytical aspects of research however, I get the most job satisfaction through direct work with people.
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I feel that I am able to connect more with people than sitting by self in a room doing endless hours of researach.
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As a PA I intend to do research; research that has me at the bedside, not only at the bench-top.
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I believe that I would be happier in a position with patient interaction.
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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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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.
Question 6 of 30
What are some of the challenges of working as a physician assistant?
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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).
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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.
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Paperwork sometimes.
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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.
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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.
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Disagreeing with the doctor.
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The road to becoming a physician assistant is not for the faint of heard. It is an accelerated medical program that asks a lot of the applicants. As for being a PA, interacting with difficult patients and health insurance hurdles will be demanding, but overall it will be worth it if the patient is well taken care of.
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Dont get to fly the plane. Have to learn so much in a short amount of time.
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Not always in control. Have to take a back seat occasionally. Unknown to patient of medical training and capabilities.
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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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PA's do face a lack of respect and autonomy due to their lack of extensive training and experience. In some cases, patients choose not to be seen by PAs simply because they think they're not as qualified as the M.D. To diagnose and treat.
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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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Listening to people complain about pain, when there is no pain.
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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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One negative aspect would be disagreeing with what the physician has chosen to do as a treatment plan.
Question 7 of 30
Who is your mentor?
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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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Family is 100% behind me in my goal of becoming PA
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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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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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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, they think it is a great idea.
Question 8 of 30
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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Being a Division 1 college athlete has taught me a great deal about work ethic and I find mine to be exceptional. There have been multible times during workouts and games that I have felt like there was no way I could give anymore but have always found a way to push through. Also, traveling to all of our games and missing two to three days of classes a week during season when we are on the road has really taught me good work ethic. With all the distractions that come with traveling on a bus with 15 other girls, I have always worked hard to get my school work done and still maintain above average grades all due to my work ethic.
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When it comes to work, any task I take on becomes my priority. I have always been described as very diligent by past work supervisors in that when I take on a task I finish it with precision and attention paid to every detail. I work both well with teams and independently and enjoy the challenge of finishing a task. I also know when to ask for help and believe helping others also allows me to learn.
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I believe I am very hard working. It is important for me to complete the job at hand to the best of my ability.
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I think I have an excellent work ethic. One of my strengths is trying to be as efficient, but thorough, as possible. I work well with both other people and alone.
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My work ethic is second to none. In the last year and a half I have completed seven upper level biology and chemistry courses, while working three part time jobs. I have excelled academically because of my ability to time manage and understand how much work needs to be applied to certain areas. For instance, I was doing poorly my first month of organic chemistry last fall and instead of getting stuck in a rut I put my head down and studied like I never studied before. I outline chapters on weekends, formed a study group, attended office hours and did every homework problem I could get my hands on. While doing that I was able to balance my other class, my job and relationships.
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Hard-earned. I grew up in a small town that valued hard work and your honest word.
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I would describe my work ethic as dedicated and invested. I work hard to make sure that the task at hand is completed on time, correctly and done to the best of my ability. If I do not know how to do the task I research how to complete the task correctly.
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While research is very educational, I enjoy working with people alongside a team of healthcare providers. I enjoy being on the move and learning new things through everyday experiences. Therefore, research does not match my personality.
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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 am a very compassionate and motivated person and work as hard as I can with the time given to me to do the best for my patients.
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I am a dedicated and caring provider and will take as much time as needed to help my patients.
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Integrity, sense of responsibility, team work, quality assurance, discipline.
Question 9 of 30
What is a dependent practitioner, and how do you feel about practicing as one?
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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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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.
Question 10 of 30
What department of the healthcare field most interests you?
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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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I plan on going into orthopedic surgery.
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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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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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I will practice general surgery. I want to learn as much as I can about the feild.
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I have an open mind until I go through clinical rotations and have the chance to experience and work in many different fields.
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I would like to explore my options when gaining more knowledge on each specialty. As of currently I would like to practice in primary care, such as pediatrics or family medicine. I really loved the medical mission in Haiti that I went on and I would like to practice medicine here in the states in a specialty that would be beneficial to treating patients internationally.
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I plan to practice medicine that will benefit others. I plan to be kind and understanding. I will be the best practioner possible.
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I am most interested in primary care, as it allows you to see patients.
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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 currently work in Psychology. However, I am open to different areas. I have interest in Orthopedic Surgery, but it will depend upon how clinical rotations go. I will specialize in something that I find myself passionate about then.
Question 11 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 senior Health and Human Performance major at Northwestern State University in Louisiana where I am also a member of the volleyball team. I am originally from a small town called Dripping Springs that is south of Austin. While volleyball and school take up the majority of my time, I really enjoying reading and spending time with family and friends during my free time.
Question 12 of 30
How many patients is a full workload for you?
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Patient with contagious disease.
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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.
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A narrow-minded patient who, having diagnosed him or herself expects to be treated accordingly.
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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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Patients that don't care to understand their condition and patients who give up on themselves.
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The patient who refuses to obey clinician recommendations on healthy changes in lifestyle, such as nutritional intake or exercises.
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The one who doesn't recognize that he or she needs help.
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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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One who is not really sick and who is constantly nagging me to tend to them when I have other patients to treat.
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A patient who cannot determine their primary reason for coming in to be seen.
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To me, the most difficult patient to treat is one that is not willing to do what you are asking. It would be frustrating to me to develop a treatment plan for a patient and them not take my advice. It is hard to help someone who is not willing to help themselves. However, I would never give up on a patient and would always keep trying in order to provide them with quality care.
Question 13 of 30
How would coworkers describe you?
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Honest, diligent and caring. Able to cope with many tasks and makeinformed decisions readily and without hesitation.
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Intelligent, hard working, task oriented and trustworthy.
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My friends would describe me as dependable, calm, personable and willing to work hard towards my ambitions.
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Friendly, honest, compassionate, caring, determined, motivated, nice.
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Caring person who always puts everyone else first, a homebody that loves her family.
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My friends would probably describe me as passionate, persistent and humorous.
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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 describe me as loyal, passionate, determined and hard working. I am extremely passionate about everything that is important to me in my life. I am a hard worker and determined to suceed in whatever I put my mind to, which right now is PA school!
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They would say that I am a caring and outgoing adventurous person. I am great at planning things and being loyal to my word.
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My friends would describe me as honest, responsible, and approachable.
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My friends would definitely describe me as cheerful with a large lump of weird mixed in. I have always been an optimistic person and it can be seen when I walk into a room. I have the ability to change the atmosphere with my conversations and relationships.
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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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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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My friends would describe me as very optimistic and happy, always wanting to make the best of a situation and at the same time, they would say I am organized and determined as a student and person to excell at what is put infront of me.
Question 14 of 30
How do you minimize potential spread of infectious diseases when working with patients?
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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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No this is not a problems since I always take precautions depending on the situation at hand.
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Of course there is a risk of infection. I will maintain the universal precautions at all times when treating 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 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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No, my goal is to treat them so I am not worried about contracting anything.
Question 15 of 30
How do you feel when a physician criticizes your work?
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Well, I've lived all over the east coast. Born and raised in Clearwater/Tampa FL, living in NC for undergrad about 6 years, and now grad school in PA. I ran track in college and sports always played a big role in my life. I think I learned a lot about myself as a person through school and being a part of a team. After many rotations I have decided that I love dermatology and this is the career I want.
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Father of two, husband who enjoys playing sports and works at a major hospital.
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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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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 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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I am a hard worker who is dedicated.
Question 16 of 30
What are your weaknesses?
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1) perfectionist, I am very hard on myself when I am not perfect 2) impatient.
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I am a perfectionist and too nice.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Question 17 of 30
Tell me about an important lesson you learned during your clinical rotations.
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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 kind of practice are you in?
Question 18 of 30
What questions do you have for us?
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Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
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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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The Bell Jar (Plath) and The Idiot (Dostoyevsky)
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Lolita and Crime and Punishment.
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Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Burns, and dare I say Fifty Shades of Grey?
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The five people you meet in heaven, and house of spirits in spanish.
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Mountains beyond mountains by Tracey Kidder.
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The bible and walking in my sister shoes.
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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.
Question 19 of 30
How will you manage your stress and while handling patients with care and integrity?
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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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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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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.
Question 20 of 30
What qualities does a great leader have? Which do you possess?
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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 contribute to our better understanding of illness and disease and how our bodies can overcome it.
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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 wanted to help others. I pursued a career as a physician assistant because I thought it would be the most efficient way for me to help others with their health, both in curing illnesses and helping patients take preventative measures in their lives to prevent future illnesses.
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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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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.
Question 21 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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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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As a new graduate from a highly ranked physician assistant program, I feel that at this stage I am very malleable. I will have the ability to work at a practice and learn from my supervising physician how exactly things need to be done as a practitioner.
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Humanityexperience in diagnostic imaging.
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I like people, I will be able to bring my knowledge as a respiratory therapist to the practice I begin my career with. I am able to communicate with people on many levels and seem to find a common ground to open an honest line of communication between them and myself.
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World experience, I have a very creative mind so I might be able to look at a situation differently and come up with a different solution.
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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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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.
Question 22 of 30
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good physician assistant?
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First, a desire to expand your knowledge. Given that PA programs are "accelerated" I think that you should have an attitude of continued education. Second, I believe PAs must be compassionate.
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A PA must be caring and able to perform team work since it is a team work between the physician and the PA.
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Communication, honesty, teamwork.
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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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Being able to handle stress, communicate,
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A good bedside manner and earning the trust of your patient.
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Critical thinking and problem solving skills, empathy, effective communication.
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A physician assistant must have empathy and the ability to understand diversity as it relates to the medical field. physician Assistant will not know everything about medicine when they leave school but if they always have a desire to gain more knowledge so that they can benefit others in there community, than they have the right mindset to practice medicine as a 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.
Question 23 of 30
How would you rate your communications skills?
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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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Insurance and future healthcare cost.
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Abortion will always be an issue, however, a very interesting issue that I have recently come across in practice is that of whether or not to force a religious based hospital to provide medical care such as contraception or procedures for sterility. Another ethical issue I see daily is that of overpriced medications. I have run into this issue daily with the limits our patients put on their own medications only being able to afford generics.
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One ethical issue facing the medical field would have to be the way people and practicioners face terminal illness. There is a large ethical struggle that occurs when patients or families want to continue with care when a person has a terminal illness. It is difficult for health care providers to address this struggle. Another ethical issue is stem cell research, which is currently ongoing to attempt to find cures for certain diseases. Many people reject to this research on a religious level, and it is difficult to see how the medical community will use this therapy when and if it becomes available for public use.
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Health care reform and medicare.
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Abortion and end of life care.
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Pill mills and abortion.
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Doing what the patient needs to get better vs. What the insurance allows.
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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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I think the major ethical problem is with terminal illness and cost of medical treatment.
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Homeopathic methods vs. Traditional medical practices.
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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.
Question 24 of 30
What are some highlights from your clinical rotations?
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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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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!
Question 25 of 30
What are your strengths?
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I have really good reasoning skills- even under pressure and I am hard working.
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I believe that I am hardworking and patient. I never had to work for anything in high school, but quickly realized in college that that was not going to work! Now I spend a lot of time studying and looking over my class notes. I have greatly changed my study habits from high school to college, and it has paid off well. I am coming off my best semester grades yet! I have learned patience through teaching irish dancing and working as a TA.
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I am tenacious, hard worker and never give up.
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I am hard working person, with positive attitude. I srtongly believe and follow you get what you put it..I have always taken pride in my work and not give up whne things get difficult.
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I am determined to finish my goals, I forgive easily and never give up no matter how tough the situation is.
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My 2 greatest strengths are that I am self motivated and have good people skills.
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I am efficient, organized.
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Determination and interpersonal skills.
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I have excellent interpersonal skills and enjoy solving problems.
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I am a life long learner. I am always reading, watching, attending, listening to anything that might increase my knowlege base. I love implementing my new knowlege into my practice and sharing it with clients. I have good engagement skills and work well with very difficult people. I feel this is one of my best skills because it is helpful when dealing with people in crisis or sharing with them difficult information.
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Multi task and listening.
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Determined and a multitasker.
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Multi tasker and determination.
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Determination and self motivated,
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Determination and hard work.
Question 26 of 30
What is an issue in the current healthcare system that you would like to see change?
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Yes, I am aware of it.
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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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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.
Question 27 of 30
Are you available to work nights?
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My favorite type of patient would be one who wasn't sick! Humor aside, my favorite type of patient would be one who was willing to comply with my recommendations and learn from the information I was providing.
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My favorite patients are those who are willing to do whatever it takes to meet success for whatever their condition may be.
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My favorite type of patient is one who readily offers as much information as they can about their symptoms. Disclosing this information can make it easier to test or treat certain conditions or refer the patient to someone more capable. It is also important to have a patient who is compliant with medications and instructions.
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A healthy one. Actually, I think I like a patient who is proactive about his health.
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The one who cooperates.
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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.
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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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My favorite patient is the patient that is engaged in maintaining good health. I enjoy working with teens and female patients.
Question 28 of 30
What do you like about being a Physician Assistant?
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Interacting with patients and collaborating with my supervisor for the best treatment options.
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The wide variety of patients that you get to encounter.
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Being able to interact with new people on a daily basis and helping them overcome health issues in their lives.
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I like the interaction with people, both patients and staff.
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The interaction with a variety of individuals and helping my community.
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One on one time with my patients.
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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.
Question 29 of 30
How do you manage your work stress?
Question 30 of 30
Why are you leaving your current position?
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Yes, putting more brain power together always helps.
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Yes, different ideas, opinions and personalities can enhance the learning experience.
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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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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.
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I learn best from doing things hands-on. So in a small group, I feel there would be more opportunity to get that hands-on experience and have someone explain concepts to me one-on-one.
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Any team or collaborative effort is the perfect setting for learning.
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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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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.

About Physician Assistant

September 25th, 2017

Physician Assistants are healthcare professionals who are licensed to provide a broad range of healthcare services under the supervision of a licensed physician. Physician Assistants or PAs are licensed to diagnose and treat illnesses, conduct physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and write prescriptions. As a Physician Assistant, you may also assist in surgery, and advise patients on preventive health care measures.
To qualify as a Physician Assistant you must complete a 2-year full-time accredited physician assistant education program. This is after completing a 4-year bachelor's degree and having some work experience related to healthcare such as a registered nurse, paramedic or emergency medical technician. You are typically employed by hospitals, private clinics, outpatient care centers, educational institutions and the government. Depending on the healthcare organization you are employed by, you may also make house calls or treat elderly patients in nursing homes. You have excellent diagnostic, communication, and interpersonal skills. The ability to work as part of a team is a must.
Your interviews are generally conducted by a panel of interviewers. The Hospital Administrator and the Licensed Physician you will be working with will almost certainly be part of this panel. Be prepared for a rigorous interview that tests your knowledge and skills as well as your interest in caring for the sick and the injured. Make sure your answers reflect these qualities. If you are a new graduate, have a few situations from your internship in your back pocket to refer to during the interview.

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