The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School, Third Edition / Edition 3

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School is a unique, step-by-step blueprint for succeeding at every stage of the PA application process. Written by Andrew Rodican, a former member of Yale University School of Medicine's Admissions Committee, this is the best book available on how to maximize your chance of acceptance into the PA school of your choice.

Completely updated to include coverage of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School covers all the essentials - from selecting a program all the way through to acing the interview. Clear and candid, this book provides insights, information, and advice you won't find anyplace else - but may well make the difference between the acceptance or rejection of your application.

Make-or-break advice on:

What PA programs look for in an applicant

Setting goals

Selecting a program Completing the application

Writing a quality essay

Impressing on the interview Getting financial aid

Using the internet for PA School applications

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071639736
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 95,371
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author

Andrew Rodican, PA-C, is Chief Operating Officer and Associate Medical Director of Medical Weight Loss Centers, located in East Haven, CT. A graduate of Yale's PA program, he has served on the school's admissions committee, interviewed PA school applicants, and read and evaluated numerous applications.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 So you Want to be a Physician Assistant 1

Chapter 2 What do PA Programs Look for in Applicants? 7

Chapter 3 Setting Goals 15

Chapter 4 Selecting a Program 27

Chapter 5 Completing the Application 37

Chapter 6 The Essay 51

Chapter 7 The Interview (Part One) 95

Chapter 8 The Interview (Part Two) 109

Chapter 9 The Interview (Part Three) 119

Chapter 10 Financial Aid 135

Chapter 11 The Internet for PA School Applicants 157

Chapter 12 PA Job Descriptions 163

Appendix A What If I Don't Get In? 179

Appendix B Writing an Effective Letter of Recommendation 183

Appendix C Personalized Goal Sheet 187

Appendix D List of Synonyms 189

Appendix E AAPA State Constituent Chapters 191

Appendix F U.S. PA Programs Accredited by ARC-PA 195

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Excellent! Very Accurate, & Full of Helpful Info!

    Can't imagine why anyone gave low ratings!? This book is rare in that it provides readers w/ more descriptive accurate info on PA education, the PA Profession, legal scope of practice, & the variety of ways PAs really function in medical practice. As I've been a PA x12yrs, I'm already familiar w/ this info, however, for those outside the profession, this type of descriptive, detailed info is difficult to find. All one usally finds are quotes/paraphrases of our governing laws along w/ the oft repeated politically correct official version of "What is a PA?" approved by the NCCPA, AAPA, & other governing boards. I do appreciate this information, & understand its necessity to avoid stepping on toes of our medical allies in other professions, however, that overly sanitized stuff is not what those interested in becoming a PA need. So, kudos to this author for putting more of the "real" stuff out there in writting, for those who need, or just want to know more about the PA Profession.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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