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What makes an outstanding PA applicant?

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Any advice on how to achieve this? I really want to get into Duke right out of college!

 

Lots of healthcare experience, scholastic achievement in school; especially in the sciences, a deeper understanding of the PA profession and a PA's roles in the delivery of modern medicine.

 

Read, study, read, study, work, work, work. That will get you where you want to be.

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What makes an outstanding applicant - outside of the things like academics, test scores, and healthcare experience - will really vary by program. Each program has a mission statement in hopes that their applicants - and matriculants - will embody that mission statement. So when you are searching for programs (or if you have already chosen programs), you should pay careful attention to the essence of their program, not talking about the academics here, but what are they really looking for in their applicants who have met their requirements? Is it a provider who has a passion for rural or underserved population care? Is it a student who has a strong background in volunteer work and community service? Look at those types of things above the academics, because if you don't have the academics, it'll be a hard road to get accepted anyway. 

 

While programs do look strongly at academic achievement, that is not the only thing that will get you accepted. Look at what they are looking for outside of good grades, get to understand them as a program and what their mission and purpose is.

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Knowledge of the program's history and mission. Community service is always a plus, as is pre-PA or pre-health clubs involvement especially leadership positions. 

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