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The Physician Assistant Insider

Summary: How do you get into physician assistant school? What's it like once you're there? What is physician assistant medicine like as a career? It's a burgeoning field, and this podcast answers all these questions about it, and more.

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 PAI21: What’s Your Story? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:21

The Physician Assistant Insider’s newest episode is out, and it addresses a huge factor in PA school interview success, or lack thereof.  My first guest (ever!), Lisa Walker, PA-C, who has started and run multiple PA programs and interviewed literally thousands of PA hopefuls, joins me to ask you the question: What’s Your Story?   Learning how to share your own story with your interviewer can ignite interest in your as a candidate.  It’s an aspect of the interview that presents an opportunity that many candidates miss, and sometimes even botch completely.  After listening to this podcast, you should have a much better insight into what PA school interviewers look for, what your story is, and how to tell it well. Lisa is Inside PA Training’s newest PA coach, so her insights will help you see how we work, and hopefully make your interview an impressive success!   Click below to listen. The Physician Assistant Insider’s newest episode is out, and it addresses a huge factor in PA school interview success, or lack thereof.  My first guest (ever!), Lisa Walker, PA-C, who has started and run multiple PA programs and interviewed literally thousands of PA hopefuls, joins me to ask you the question: What’s Your Story?   Learning how to share your own story with your interviewer can ignite interest in your as a candidate.  It’s an aspect of the interview that presents an opportunity that many candidates miss, and sometimes even botch completely.  After listening to this podcast, you should have a much better insight into what PA school interviewers look for, what your story is, and how to tell it well. Lisa is Inside PA Training’s newest PA coach, so her insights will help you see how we work, and hopefully make your interview an impressive success!   Click below to listen.

 PAI 20: Rejected by PA Schools! Now What? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:37

Right about now thousands of PA school hopefuls are starting to find out: accepted or rejected.  Sadly, many won’t get the nod. Have you been rejected by PA school?  If so, you’re not alone.  It can be hard to accept, but it’s what you do once you find out that will really determine your future.  In this installment of the Physician Assistant Insider Podcast, Paul talks about how to cope.  How do you decide on your next steps?  If you’ve been rejected, there’s no shame in it.  PA school has become very competitive.  Share your questions and (if you’re willing), your story in the comments section below. Right about now thousands of PA school hopefuls are starting to find out: accepted or rejected.  Sadly, many won’t get the nod. Have you been rejected by PA school?  If so, you’re not alone.  It can be hard to accept, but it’s what you do once you find out that will really determine your future.  In this installment of the Physician Assistant Insider Podcast, Paul talks about how to cope.  How do you decide on your next steps?  If you’ve been rejected, there’s no shame in it.  PA school has become very competitive.  Share your questions and (if you’re willing), your story in the comments section below.

 PAI 19: How to open your PA School Application Essay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:20

You don’t need to be an English major to write a good essay, but you do need a good beginning to get the reader engaged and to tell them some important things about you. Most students do a poor job of starting their PA school essays.  In this episode Paul goes over how to write a strong introduction to your PA school essay. You don’t need to be an English major to write a good essay, but you do need a good beginning to get the reader engaged and to tell them some important things about you. Most students do a poor job of starting their PA school essays.  In this episode Paul goes over how to write a strong introduction to your PA school essay.

 PAI 18: Get Involved! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:43

Enough thinking about it — it’s time to act. If you’re exploring a career as a PA, it’s great to read and listen, but there are plenty of ways to get engaged and actually start DOING.  What better way to learn and show your commitment to the field?  Today Paul talks about how getting involved helps you and your application, and exactly where to start.   Enough thinking about it — it’s time to act. If you’re exploring a career as a PA, it’s great to read and listen, but there are plenty of ways to get engaged and actually start DOING.  What better way to learn and show your commitment to the field?  Today Paul talks about how getting involved helps you and your application, and exactly where to start.  

 PAI 17: Medical Ethics Interview Questions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:54

If you are interviewing for PA school, you can expect questions on ethics.  Medical ethics is the study of right and wrong in the medical setting, and many students stumble on them and show their weakness.  But with some learning and practice, this can be an area of your interview that sets you apart from the masses.  Here Paul talks about what you need to know, how you can prepare, and gives specific strategies for answering ethics questions.   If you are interviewing for PA school, you can expect questions on ethics.  Medical ethics is the study of right and wrong in the medical setting, and many students stumble on them and show their weakness.  But with some learning and practice, this can be an area of your interview that sets you apart from the masses.  Here Paul talks about what you need to know, how you can prepare, and gives specific strategies for answering ethics questions.  

 PAI 16: Difficult Patients | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:06

If you plan on going into medicine, you need to know right now, that not all of your patients will be appreciative, communicative, reasonable, or even NORMAL. Most patients are great, but there are also plenty of odd, demanding, impatient, inappropriate, or otherwise difficult people who it will be your job to help.  Don’t let it scare you — just understand that you’ll need to get good at handling them.  It’s one of Paul’s favorite topics, and stories from his work abound in today’s episode along with a few insights on how to handle them.   If you plan on going into medicine, you need to know right now, that not all of your patients will be appreciative, communicative, reasonable, or even NORMAL. Most patients are great, but there are also plenty of odd, demanding, impatient, inappropriate, or otherwise difficult people who it will be your job to help.  Don’t let it scare you — just understand that you’ll need to get good at handling them.  It’s one of Paul’s favorite topics, and stories from his work abound in today’s episode along with a few insights on how to handle them.  

 PAI 15: Knowing Your Limits as a PA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:27

There comes a time for any practitioner when a patient or problem is beyond you. PAs, just like physicians, are trained to know when that is.  But how do you know?  And what about mistakes and avoiding them?  How does it work when you’re new to the PA scope of practice?  To be a good PA, you need confidence and skill, but you also need to know what and how much you don’t know.  Let’s talk about it!   There comes a time for any practitioner when a patient or problem is beyond you. PAs, just like physicians, are trained to know when that is.  But how do you know?  And what about mistakes and avoiding them?  How does it work when you’re new to the PA scope of practice?  To be a good PA, you need confidence and skill, but you also need to know what and how much you don’t know.  Let’s talk about it!  

 PAI 14: PAs and Continuing Medical Education | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:42

Once you graduate from PA school, the learning isn’t over.  Sure, you learn on the job, but there’s still official learning to do. To maintain your license and national certification, there are specific requirements.  In this episode we cover what you have to do to maintain your license and cert with continuing medical education (CME). Once you graduate from PA school, the learning isn’t over.  Sure, you learn on the job, but there’s still official learning to do. To maintain your license and national certification, there are specific requirements.  In this episode we cover what you have to do to maintain your license and cert with continuing medical education (CME).

 PAI 13: Application Vital Signs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:35

What are the big factors that determine the strength of your application to PA school overall? Probably the most common question we have been asked at Inside PA Training is “What are my chances of getting in?”  Well, you know about vital signs of physical health like blood pressure and pulse, but do you know the vital signs of your application?  Application Vital Signs are the big factors that make up about 75% of an applicant’s chances of success in getting into PA school, and getting familiar with them can help decide how you can improve your chances. What are the big factors that determine the strength of your application to PA school overall? Probably the most common question we have been asked at Inside PA Training is “What are my chances of getting in?”  Well, you know about vital signs of physical health like blood pressure and pulse, but do you know the vital signs of your application?  Application Vital Signs are the big factors that make up about 75% of an applicant’s chances of success in getting into PA school, and getting familiar with them can help decide how you can improve your chances.

 PAI 12: Letters of Reference in PA School Admissions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:47

To get into PA school, you will need letters of reference.  How many do you need?  What kinds of people should you seek out to write for you? There are good ways to go about it and bad ways to go about it.  In this episode Paul shares them and gives several tips that will help you get great letters of reference. To get into PA school, you will need letters of reference.  How many do you need?  What kinds of people should you seek out to write for you? There are good ways to go about it and bad ways to go about it.  In this episode Paul shares them and gives several tips that will help you get great letters of reference.

 PAI 11: Don’t Call Me Doctor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:34

When you’re a PA, what happens when a patient calls you Doctor? Yes, it happens a lot, and it turns out this situation has a lot to say about the profession.  In this episode of the Physician Assistant Insider, Paul shares stories and discusses this issue, including how he handles it. When you’re a PA, what happens when a patient calls you Doctor? Yes, it happens a lot, and it turns out this situation has a lot to say about the profession.  In this episode of the Physician Assistant Insider, Paul shares stories and discusses this issue, including how he handles it.

 PAI 10: Choosing a Specialty | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:55

What could be more fun than thinking about what specific specialty in medicine you might want to work in?   Not all physician assistants work in primary care.  Which specialty is for you? Thinking about it now can save you time and heartache down the line — and it’s fun!  You don’t need to decide until you start practicing, but there are many to choose from and your experience of medicine will be profoundly influenced by what branch of medicine you ultimately choose. In today’s episode Paul discusses what specialties PAs go into and how to start researching them. By the way, in the episode I talk about Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success.  I refer to his premise that it takes 1000 hours of practice to become proficient at a new trade.  I goofed; it’s actually 10,000 hours, which equates to working full time for about 5 years.    What could be more fun than thinking about what specific specialty in medicine you might want to work in?   Not all physician assistants work in primary care.  Which specialty is for you? Thinking about it now can save you time and heartache down the line — and it’s fun!  You don’t need to decide until you start practicing, but there are many to choose from and your experience of medicine will be profoundly influenced by what branch of medicine you ultimately choose. In today’s episode Paul discusses what specialties PAs go into and how to start researching them. By the way, in the episode I talk about Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success.  I refer to his premise that it takes 1000 hours of practice to become proficient at a new trade.  I goofed; it’s actually 10,000 hours, which equates to working full time for about 5 years.   

 PAI 09: Shadowing 101 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:50

Today’s episode of the Physician Assistant Insider covers shadowing — where you actually follow a physician assistant — or possibly an MD — to learn about what they do. Believe it or not, doing at least some shadowing before you apply to PA school is crucial. Here Paul tells you why, and how to get started with it. Today’s episode of the Physician Assistant Insider covers shadowing — where you actually follow a physician assistant — or possibly an MD — to learn about what they do. Believe it or not, doing at least some shadowing before you apply to PA school is crucial. Here Paul tells you why, and how to get started with it.

 PAI08: The PA/MD Relationship | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:31

The podcast is back this month to get to the bottom of a question we get all the time: Just what is the relationship like between a PA and his/her supervising physician?  Enjoy. The podcast is back this month to get to the bottom of a question we get all the time: Just what is the relationship like between a PA and his/her supervising physician?  Enjoy.

 PAI 07: Grade Problems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:08

Okay, so one of the most popular posts we’ve ever done was an article called “Applying to Physician Assistant School With a Low Grade.” It addressed a specific problem, such as what to do if you bombed organic chemistry, or maybe you had a semester when all your grades dipped. Even worse, what if your entire GPA is weak? All is not lost; listen in, and Paul will help you figure out what to do. Okay, so one of the most popular posts we’ve ever done was an article called “Applying to Physician Assistant School With a Low Grade.” It addressed a specific problem, such as what to do if you bombed organic chemistry, or maybe you had a semester when all your grades dipped. Even worse, what if your entire GPA is weak? All is not lost; listen in, and Paul will help you figure out what to do.

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