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  1. I am the author of The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School (McGraw-Hill, 3rd Ed.) and I am seeking 10 essays from students who are currently enrolled in one of the following programs: Duke, University of Iowa, University of Utah, Emory, George Washington, Baylor, Oregon, UMDNJ, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, and University of Washington. <O:p</O:p The essays will be published in my new book, Essays That Worked For Physician Assistant School Students. I will pay $250 for each essay and you will be required to sign a release for use of the essay. I only need one essay from each program and the fee includes a copy of your supplemental narrative as well. Your name will be published along with your essay, unless you’d like to remain anonymous. First come, first served..please hurry. <O:p</O:p Please email me at info@andrewrodican.com if you would like to participate. Payment will be made promptly upon receiving your essay and the essay release form. You can also visit my web site at www.AndrewRodican.com
  2. PA Students: As author of the book, "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School" (McGraw-Hill, 3rd Ed.), I recently finished my second book, "How to Ace the Physician Assistant School Interview" and I am in the process of writing my 3rd book, "Essays that Worked for Physician Assistant School Applicants" I need 50 essays! (including supplemental application essays) As a successful PA school applicant, you appreciate how difficult it can be to write a strong essay. Some great applicants, who have excellent GPA's, test scores, and health care experience, struggle with the essay. In fact, a poorly written essay may be the reason an otherwise highly qualified candidate gets denied an interview. I am looking for PA students who would like to submit their essay for publication in this new manuscript. You will be compensated for your submission and your name will be mentioned in the book (optional). If you have an interest, please email me at info@andrewrodican.com , submit your essay and I will email back an "essay release" form and discuss the compensation. Thank you, Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C
  3. Monniw, it's really simple, PA stands for physician assistant, not physician's assistant! Using physician's assistant in incorrect. I recently corrected a nurse on the proper terminology and she was grateful for the correction. It's not an ego thing, it's simply a matter of using the correct name. I would also argue that PAs are not "assistants" to MDs; we are health care professionals who work in collaboration with MDs, similar to NPs. This is why there has been a movement to change our name to physician associates, and I concur. I graduated from the Yale physician associate program. Hope that clears things up.
  4. CASPA automatically performs the following steps when calculating GPAs. This process is NOT done manually. 1) Multiply the grade value of the course by semester hours for that course. The product of this multiplication will be the "Quality Points." Example: If you receive a grade of 4.0 (A) in a 3 credit course, the calculation is 4X3=12 "Quality Points" 2) Divide the cumulative "Quality Points" by the cumulative attempted hours. Example: If you have have the following grades in a semester: 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, 4.0 and 3.0 for 5 courses that are all 3 credit courses, the "quality points" received will be 16X3=48, and the GPA calcualtion will be 48 (quality points) /15 (attempted hours) =3.2 All courses entered will be considered in the calculation of GPAs. For more information on CASPA and other information relevant to the PA school application process (essays, interviews, letters of recommendation) visit www.AndrewRodican.com
  5. Here are (just) four things every PA school applicant should know: 1. Know the history of the PA profession 2. Know the difference between a PA and a nurse practitioner 3. Know how to make yourself "stand out" as a PA school applicant 4. Know that a physician assistant is NOT a "physician's assistant" Number four is a personal "pet peeve" of mine. When I was on the admissions committee at Yale, I would cringe when I saw "physician's assistant" on an essay or application. Even in practice today I find myself correcting other health care professionals on this matter. You wouldn't call a nurse practitioner a "nurse's practitioner" would you? For more helpful tips on the PA school admissions process, visit www.AndrewRodican.com
  6. I can recommend a quick relaxation technique that can be done right before you walk into the interview. The technique was developed by Dr Eva Selhub, who wrote "The Love Response" The acronym is S.H.I.E.L.D. Think about it, when you are anxious, or in fight or flight mode, your body physiology changes as follows: Your heart rate increases, your breathing becomes shallow, your pupils dilate and your brain shuts down! (Not exactly a good time to do your taxes when a lion is chasing you..."fight or flight") When this happens, as it may during the interview, put up your SHIELD S stands for Stop H stands for honor the feeling ("I'm really stressed about this interview") I stands for inhale and E stands for exhale (inhale and exhale 10 times DEEPLY) By now your physiology will change so that your heart rate slows and your brain is now engaged to think. The next step is L or listen to what your brain is telling you "I'm really nervous and I hope I don't blow this interview" the D decide to do something different other than panic; move a muscle change a thought. This technique really works. I use it with my weight loss patients for stress eating, or "mindless" eating. Remember if we're in "fight or flight" mode we don't (can't) think, we just react by eating mindlessly. I also use another technique called "kill the ants" or Automatic Negative Thoughts ANT. I teach this in my PA school coaching program and it's a great technique to use BEFORE you get to the interview. Hope that helps, Andrew J Rodican, PA -C Author of "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School" http://www.AndrewRodican.com
  7. "Failue to prepare, is preparing to fail" In addition to the SAAPA interview questions, applicants must be able to answer the "toughest" behavioral questions, like: "Describe a stressful situation you've encountered and how you dealt with it" or "Tell me about your most memorable patient and why that experience made an impression on you" Notice that behavioral questions (more commonly used now) are much more difficult to answer than "How do you handle stress?" The latter question is easy, "I exercise, meditate, etc..", the former questions are not so easy. However, there is a formula you can use to answer behavioral questions with ease. To learn more, visit my website at www.AndrewRodican.com and sign up for one of my free webinars. Hope this helps! Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C Author of "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School" (McGraw-Hill)
  8. What do you feel is the most common/damaging mistake on the PA school personal statement/essay?
  9. Mike, congratulations on your clinic. I started a bariatric medicine clinic 4 years ago with a partner who had the money. I had a sp locked in and one day before opening, the doc's attorney said he should get more money. I fired him before we started. He quickly changed his attitude, but it was too late. i was not going to start off my practice with bad blood. long story short, I've fired three Docs because they get greedy once you become successful. I,m in mediation with one of them for stealing my patient, my nurse practitioner and opening up his own clinic. He took all of my intellectual property and opened up 35 miles from my location. We have the top bariatric medicine clinic in CT, seeing 300 to400 patients per week. I have 17 employees and since medical insurance won't cover medical weight loss ( the number one preventable killer in the US) our practice is all cash. We are up 10 percent this year, in spite of the recession. This is the best medicine I've ever practiced! Here's my advice for what it's worth: 1) Get everything in writing 2) hire the best attorneys and accountants you can afford. 3) No partners 4) This is your passion, don't ever give up! 5) Hold on, because you're in for the ride of your life! Best of luck, and contact me if you have any questions. http://WWW.medweightlosscenters.com
  10. Hi, I've owned my own bariatric medicine (medical weight loss) practice in CT (www.MedWeightLossCenters.com) for over 4 years. We see 300-400 patients per year, I have 20 employees: 1 MD, 5 PAs, MAs, and front office staff. Obesity is the #1 cause of preventable death in the US; however, medical insurance won't reimburse for medical weight loss. Therefore, our business is all cash. This is a niche market, and since obesity is projected to double by 2030, there is no end in site. This is also the best medicine I've ever practiced. We get patient's off of medications every day. Many MD's are afraid to take the leap into bariatric medicine as a solo practice. There's a tremendous opportunity for PAs! If anyone would like more info, email me at andrew.rodican@medweightlosscenters.com Hope this helps, Andy
  11. As a former admissions committee member, I found that some great applicants, on paper, did not fair well in the actual interview. Whether it be a "gut feeling", eye contact, anxiety, innapropriate dress/accessories, or simply not answering the questions appropriately. I would be interested to know what other admissions committee members would rank as the #1 reason applicants don't score well on the interview.
  12. What is the number one mistake PA school applicants make on their personal statements?
  13. Hi: I recommend that you visit my web site and perhaps sign up for my free webinar this sunday. Many of your questions will be answered and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions too. I literallt "wrote the book" on getting into PA school and you would benefit from this orientation. The webinar is titled, "The 5 Mistakes You Must Never Make when Applying to PA School" My website is www.AndrewRodican.com I think you will need to focus on your carrer change from Dental school to PA schoo. My webinar will cover everything from applying, CASPA, letters of recommendation, the essay andthe interview. I strongly recommend you attend. Regards, Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C Author of "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into PA School" (McGraw-Hill, 3rd edition)
  14. Check out my blog on behavioral interviewing techniques at http://www.andrewrodican.com/blog/ Behavioral Interview Questions, unlike traditional questions; "How do you handle stress?" are much more difficult to answer and require the applicant to tell a "story" with a beginning, a middle and an end. Knowing how to handle behavioral questions will help you sell yourself to the admissions committee and be better prepared for your interview. A typical behavioral question begins with "Describe a time when..." or "Tell me about a patient..." While on my web site you can also sign up for my free webinar, "The 5 Mistakes You Must Never Make When applying to PA School" Good Luck, Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C Author: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School (McGraw-Hill)
  15. Check out my blog on behavioral interviewing techniques at http://www.andrewrodican.com/blog/ Behavioral Interview Questions, unlike traditional questions; "How do you handle stress?" are much more difficult to answer and require the applicant to tell a "story" with a beginning, a middle and an end. Knowing how to handle behavioral questions will help you sell yourself to the admissions committee and be better prepared for your interview. A typical behavioral question begins with "Describe a time when..." or "Tell me about a patient..." While on my web site you can also sign up for my free webinar, "The 5 Mistakes You Must Never Make When applying to PA School" Good Luck, Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C Author: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School (McGraw-Hill)
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