Hey everyone, thought I would share my services in case it could be of use to anyone. I created a guide that initially was intended for applicants to medical school and medical residency that helps with answering common interview questions asked and my personal answers to those questions and strategies on what I felt worked best to attack them. I had a pre PA students also find this guide quite helpful, so I wanted to share in case anyone was interested.
I also offer essay editing and application editing services for your PA school essays!
Thanks again and best of luck in your journey!.
Here is the link to my guide: https://www.fiverr.com/dreyemd/residency-and-medical-school-interview-question-and-answer-guide
Who would be interested in practicing interviewing? After interviewing at my top-choice program this cycle and failing to get accepted or even on the waitlist, I know I need a lot more practice interviewing.
Let's help each other. Let's do 15- to 45-minute virtual interviews. The more we can do, the better.
I spoke with several PAs, did a practice interview through my university's career center, and paid $$$ for professional PA interview help. The practicing PAs knew me and were a relaxed about the process. They told me I had good responses. I think that the interview through my university's career center was the best/most realistic. It was a 30-minute, rapid-fire interview. The person was vaguely familiar with my app/personal statement/resume. The professional help was expensive, we stopped after each question, and I didn't get a sense of where I might stand amongst other applicants.
Practicing with each other has many benefits.
It's free Other applicants are familiar with what programs are looking for (as opposed to your university's career center, where people won't be too familiar with the competitiveness of PA school entrance.) we can get ideas from each other (When I was teaching, I learned a lot from watching other teachers. I'd observe and think, 'I want to incorporate my own version of that', or 'I do that, too, but shouldn't.' Sure, there's a risk of someone copying you, but that person will probably just come off as inauthentic. Plus, you can compare your answers to others' and see where you need to step up your game.)
Any tips for upcoming 2019/2020 interviewers and anything we should be looking out for or common/uncommon questions they asked? Interview structure and any resources that helped you be prepared and confident? Just any advice overall on how to have a successful interview for acceptance into MCPHS Boston!!! Thank you!!!
I was invited for an interview at Rutgers PA program in July. I'm hoping for some advice/information on what to expect.
For example, what sort of questions were asked, what was the writing section about, how many people interviewed you etc?
Thank you very much
I applied to a newly developed local program that will have it's first cohort begin classes Fall 2016. I completed my undergrad in 2012 with a BS in Biological Sciences and a sGPA of 3.2. Since graduation, I have amassed close to 4000 hours of HCE working as an ED medical scribe and later as a behavioral health tech at a local psychiatric hospital. During my time as a scribe, I also acted as in a supervisory role for 20+ other scribes who comprised the staff for the company's contract. In the semester before applying, I enrolled to retake organic chemistry since I fared poorly when I took the course during undergrad. I do have a reckless driving charge visible on my criminal record that occurred 2 years ago, which has been dismissed; no traffic violations or anything of that nature since this incident, and I've completed a defensive driving course since that time.
During my interview, I was interviewed by a young female PA that would be heavily involved with the program's clincical education as well as the course instruction. She was impressed with my clinical experience, especially regarding the work with psychiatric patients, and mentioned that my gpa was in the range they were seeking for prospective applicants. We spoke a bit about my record,which didn't seem to alter her opinion because she believed it to be an isolated incident given my efforts to improve myself and turn that obstacle into a tool to help others. I felt that this interview went particularly well because we spoke for far longer than the allotted interview time at her discretion.
My second interview was with the medical director. His questions during the process were much more personal/work related, and I felt I could use improvement and practice when it comes to discussing my experiences in healthcare, and how they have influenced me up to this point.
I would welcome any advice on how to go about improving myself and/or my approach to the application process and interviewing.
My plan at current is to contact the Dean and other staff who provided their information, and ask about setting up a meeting to discuss suggestions on how to could improve for the upcoming cycle.
Also, if anyone believes they would like to read my personal statement for critiquing purposes, I would be glad to share it through messaging.
Thank you for your help and welcomed advice.