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Is it OK to abbreviate PA in your personal statement, or do you think you should always spell it out?

 

In a couple instances, I'd like to abbreviate just for flow, but I'm also just barely over the character limit, so this could help with that also.

 

Thoughts?

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Be careful with this since some states require the actual title be spelled out on name badge/labcoat. Texas is one.

 

Is this actually a law? 

It is common for hospitals to require all licensed people to have clear display of what their position is (Acute care nurse practitioner, physician assistant, staff physician, licensed vocational nurse, registered dietitian, etc) but I have never heard of any regulation of lab coats. 

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Is this actually a law?

It is common for hospitals to require all licensed people to have clear display of what their position is (Acute care nurse practitioner, physician assistant, staff physician, licensed vocational nurse, registered dietitian, etc) but I have never heard of any regulation of lab coats.

In statutes. Has been since beginning of dirt. Nothing wrong with identifying self as a PA as long as badge/labcoat have it spelled out.

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Is it OK to abbreviate PA in your personal statement, or do you think you should always spell it out?

 

In a couple instances, I'd like to abbreviate just for flow, but I'm also just barely over the character limit, so this could help with that also.

 

Thoughts?

Law or no law. Just use proper English and you will be fine. Personally, I would abbreviate it.

 

So, as you do for ANY English abbreviation in written form: write it out in long form with parentheses behind it. Ex: Physician Assistant (PA), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). I used to quote CDC a lot in my papers, imagine writing that sucker out every time. Technically, physician assistant should not need to be capitalized but there doesn't appear to be a standard...at least by looking at PA schools and their websites. Some capitalize it and some don't. So, I don't know who to go by. But, it's probably better to err by being too formal than informal.

 

Looking at ARCPA's own website (http://www.arc-pa.org/), it switches between capitalized and not capitalized in the same paragraph on their front page. It looks like you capitalize it when referring to PA as an individual and lower case when referring to the program of study (which is really stupid because you don't do the same for an attorney or medical doctor). If you can't even decide how to address yourself, I am not sure how other people are supposed to either (you, referring to the big whigs in charge of the profession).

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I would like to share my personal statement experience for PA school. I moved to the US 6 years ago and I do not speak English like most applicants do. I had a very hard time preparing my personal statement so I decided to seek help online with PS editing services that are offered. If you are one of those candidates that are looking to purchase PS editing services, please read:
 
I spent a lot of money with DLA editors thinking they will help me write the best personal statement ever. Little did I know, when we were done and I had friends read it everyone said "are you going for Doctor or PA?". Long story short, yes they know what they are doing, BUT NOT FOR PA SCHOOLS. They are clueless of what PA schools look for.
 
Next, I Invested more money in mypapersonalstatement.com ... disaster. They found nothing wrong with my PS. Clueless again.
 
Next, I invested even more money with mypatraining.com to help me with my CASPA application. The gentleman misspelled words. Need I say more?
 
I did so much research and I just couldn't get the service I wanted.
 
I had found myparesource.com and told myself I will save them for last because they seem to know what they are doing. Let me tell you. I applied to 2 programs only. I got interview invitations to BOTH. The Personal Statement EDITING services they have is phenomenal and I recommend to ANYONE who is looking for a little help with theirs. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY PERSONAL STATEMENT and they made it happen. They guided me through it.
 
 
So if you are looking to spend money, be smart and use myparesource.com and do nottttt waste ANY MONEY on all these websites.

 

Spammer. Mods just look at her most recent posts. It's nothing but this posting.

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