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I'm currently in year 11 right now and I just found out about Dermatology Physician assistant and It caught my attention. I really want to be a PA however I don't know what subjects do I need to take if there's any that I need? And is there any advice you would like to share to me to broaden my skills or like ideas to be a physician. I know it seems to early to think about getting this job but just to ensure I will do great in future. I hope any one can help me because I'm kind of confuse how to pursue this job. Thanks 

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1 hour ago, Chel1008 said:

I'm currently in year 11 right now and I just found out about Dermatology Physician assistant and It caught my attention. I really want to be a PA however I don't know what subjects do I need to take if there's any that I need? And is there any advice you would like to share to me to broaden my skills or like ideas to be a physician. I know it seems to early to think about getting this job but just to ensure I will do great in future. I hope any one can help me because I'm kind of confuse how to pursue this job. Thanks 

Step 1.  Be beautiful with flawless complexion.

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Step 2: Do you love rashes? 

Step 3: Study the Pre-PA section of this site, visit the AAPA website, look at PA program requirements for programs you would be interested in, shadow PAs.  Derm is a harder speciality to get into and more likely to require a relocation secondary to the limited jobs.  

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If it's wet, dry it.  If it's dry, wet it.  If they're not on steroids, start them.  If they're on steroids, stop them.  If unsure, biopsy.

 

There you go, you don't need to take any subjects.   Avoid derm, it's so boring.*

 

 

*Don't mind me, I'm only mildly** jealous of my best friend who decided to to do a derm residency, after we were both considering it for a while

 

**Not that mildly.  He hasn't even graduated and he's getting some RIDICULOUS offers

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10 hours ago, lkth487 said:

If it's wet, dry it.  If it's dry, wet it.  If they're not on steroids, start them.  If they're on steroids, stop them.  If unsure, biopsy.

 

There you go, you don't need to take any subjects.   Avoid derm, it's so boring.*

 

 

*Don't mind me, I'm only mildly** jealous of my best friend who decided to to do a derm residency, after we were both considering it for a while

 

**Not that mildly.  He hasn't even graduated and he's getting some RIDICULOUS offers

Lol. Notice that @lkth487 is a physician, not a physician assistant, so his friend’s education and ridiculous derm offers would be significantly different from yours.

Second @DizzyJ’s comment

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You're probably getting ready to apply to colleges so I'll tell you this: 

When choosing a college, it does not have to be super prestigious. At the end of the day, your GPA matters the most. Take a challenge, but know your limits. Do not slack off, but do not put too much on your plate. Take hard classes, but make sure you can get a decent grade. 

Get an A in your prerequisites. Do whatever it takes. Kill. Murder. Steal. DO NOT settle for anything less than an A!!! 

The most important question: why do you want to be a PA and not a physician?

You should do a lot of deep, rigorous analysis on that question (PA vs MD). 

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