Monday, January 22, 2018

A PA with a Platform – Helping PA Students Push Toward Their Goals

PA Student Interview with Savanna Perry - Graduate of Augusta University

This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Savanna…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? When did you graduate?

Savanna: My name is Savanna Perry, and I was born and raised in Georgia, and that’s where I continue to practice as a physician assistant in dermatology. I graduated with a Biology degree from the University of Georgia in 2012. Go Dawgs!

Accepted: Where did you attend PA school? When did you graduate?

Savanna: I graduated from PA school at Augusta University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) in 2014. I went straight into PA school following undergrad.

Accepted: What inspired you to go to PA school? Did you always aspire to work in the medical field?

Savanna: I knew I wanted to work in healthcare from a young age after watching my sister go through some health issues and spending time in doctor’s offices and hospitals, but I wasn’t sure what profession would fit me best. During my freshman year of high school, I did a ton of research and some soul searching, and I kept coming back to physician assistant. After taking some time to shadow, I was hooked and I just kept pursuing it from there.

Accepted: What was one of the biggest challenges that you faced while applying? How did you overcome it?

Savanna: It’s really easy to feel like you’ll never actually make it and never get that acceptance. I was really tough on myself sometimes and that would just stress me out even more. If I could go back and tell myself one thing, it would be to relax more and not be so anxious about things like chemistry. I think I would have been able to learn the material better and perform better on tests without that pressure from myself.

Accepted: You share your daily happenings on your Instagram, @thepaplatform! What made you want to share your journey with others in the community?

Savanna: A lot of people still don’t know what physician assistants are! They don’t really understand how PAs fit into healthcare and what we’re capable of doing. By sharing my experiences, it helps to raise awareness for PAs, and I like to encourage students who are on the Pre-PA path to keep pushing towards their goals.

Accepted: What do you find are a couple of people’s biggest misconceptions about what it’s like to be a PA?

Savanna: A lot of patients don’t understand what exactly a PA can do or what kind of training we have. I’ve had patients ask if I can write prescriptions or when I’ll be done with medical school because they have never seen a PA. Even though PAs have less training than physicians, we still have very extensive training and we’re able to do a lot of the same things, but the supervising physician is always available if needed.

Accepted: What is it really like to be a PA?

Savanna: In my job, it’s a lot of fun! I get to work with people that I enjoy and help my patients. Working in dermatology, I get to see results when my patients get better. I enjoy the level of autonomy I have, but I still have my supervising physician around to help me continue to learn. It can definitely be hard work at times, but I wouldn’t trade my job for anything.

Accepted: What are three things you wish you would have known before starting PA school?


1. It’s going to be very difficult! It wasn’t as much the material, as the amount of material. There’s a ton of stuff we’re trying to master in a short period of time.

2. Stick to your study methods. If you already know how you study best, PA school is not the time to switch it up and try something new. IF you find your study tactics don’t work, you may have to adjust, but find what works and don’t change it.

3. Have fun! Even though PA school is tough and rigorous, it’s still important to make friends and have fun. Otherwise, you’ll be miserable. Make the most of it while you’re there.

Accepted: Lastly, what are your future plans? Do you have any big goals for your future in medicine?

Savanna: I love my job in dermatology, and I hope to never have to leave it. I’m definitely going to continue writing my blog on The PA Platform and helping Pre-PA students by making sure they have the resources they need to be successful.

You can continue following Savanna’s story on Instagram (@thepaplatform) and on her blog The PA Platform. Thank you Savanna for sharing your story with us, we wish you much success!

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INSEAD MBA Criterion #1: Ability To Contribute

INSEAD- Ability to contribute

This is the first post in a 4-part series that examines INSEAD MBA’s 4 admission criteria.

The adcom gives, as its first admission criterion, “ability to contribute.” I take the liberty to add: ability to contribute as a person of quality and substance. All the criteria involve factors such as insight, growth, connection with people and cross-cultural facility, motivation.

This criterion is based on INSEAD’s culture of interaction: among students (from around the world), between students and alumni, and between students and professors. Therefore, INSEAD seeks students who bring something distinctive and meaningful to the program – it’s not just what you’ve done and plan to do – but what you have to say about it, what you’ve learned from it, how it informs your perspective, and how you may grow in the future – and your willingness to put that learning and growth at the service of your classmates and others.

This criterion also therefore mentions participation – show how you have been an active member of your various communities: school, work, neighborhood, family, social group, etc., formally and/or informally. INSEAD is interested in long-term contribution, so, if you have already been an active alum for your undergrad (or grad) program, spotlight that participation in the application. Nothing will be more credible than an actual track record of contribution!

Let’s finally examine the list of desired qualities this criterion cites at the end; try to reflect these qualities in your essays and other application elements (some may naturally be more prominent than others):

Mature: You can show maturity in numerous ways: frank self-evaluation, willingness to listen to and acknowledge the validity of opinions you may not agree with, willingness to ask for help, ability to see multiple sides of an issue, acceptance of and ability to handle ambiguity, willingness to resist short-term gratification for longer-term goals, etc.

Energetic: It’s not a matter of running marathons. It’s a matter of being engaged. (A curious person is inherently energetic, mentally and intellectually.) You can exemplify this quality in many ways, e.g. pursuing new learning opportunities (whether or not related to your goals and career), initiating relationships and interactions, asking questions, exploring new ideas, geographic areas, languages, sports, recipes…

Highly motivated: A close cousin of energetic. For those things of interest and/or passion and/or concern and/or curiosity to you, you feel an inherent drive to address, explore, achieve.

Well-rounded: You have a range of interests, skills, acquaintances. You lead a balanced life: aside from your busy job, you socialize, and you engage in activities of interest. You also balance reflection and action. Each well-rounded person reflects this quality in his unique way; there is no one formula for it.

Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills: Without these skills, how can you contribute? These skills are the vehicle for your contribution, nothing less. It is imperative to illustrate your communication and interpersonal skills in your INSEAD application.

I am always thrilled when I get an “I’m in at INSEAD!” email. I welcome the chance to help you show you belong at INSEAD and receive such an email from you in the future.

Looking for more INSEAD info? Register for our upcoming webinar, Get Accepted to INSEAD, airing live on February 7, 2018. For personalized assistance that will help you get accepted to INSEAD, check out our MBA Application Packages

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Related Resources:

• Get Into INSEAD, the International Business School [Podcast Episode]
• INSEAD September 2017 Intake MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines
• 3 Tips for Showing Strengths in Your Application Essays

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

3 Ways to Invest in Your Career This Week

Investing time in your career is like investing money for retirement. If you forget about your career once you clock out, you’re essentially stashing savings under the mattress (there’s little opportunity for growth in either scenario). Commit extra time to it, and, well, you know about the miracle of compound interest. “Seeing [your career] as...

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Tips for Getting Into Medical School When Your Parent is a Doctor

Tips for Getting into Medical School When Your Parent is a Doctor

There has been an interesting shift in medical school admissions for applicants whose parents are doctors. In 1989, these applicants were 15% more likely to get into medical school. When I first became involved in admissions over ten years ago, students who had a physician for a parent were still more likely to get accepted into medical school. Ten years later, the opposite is true. In the last few years especially, I have found that these applicants are less likely to get into medical school. Those who are accepted have some interesting similarities (see below). If you are the child of a physician and are applying to med school, you need to:

1. Demonstrate an independent interest in medicine

Rather than working at your parent’s private practice or exclusively assisting them locally or abroad, you should seek out clinical experiences that you have a genuine interest in and complete on your own.

2. Go above and beyond the average activities required of an applicant

Since you do have an unfair advantage in having access to opportunities that other premed students do not, you can set yourself apart by seeking out leadership, community service, research and clinical activities as early as possible and putting in more time than the average applicant to demonstrate your commitment. You do have something to prove.

3. Clarify your unique career goals and academic interests in your application essays

With a front row seat to your parent’s medical practice, you understand what the profession entails on a daily basis. Having witnessed the hard work and sacrifices that are required, you must articulate how and why you are personally well suited to this profession. The more unique and specific the career goals and academic interests, the better; the details will help you—because they will come across as more authentic.

4. Apply because you genuinely want to become a doctor – not because of family pressure

In essays and interviews, it is fairly easy to identify the applicants who are applying for personal reasons and not family pressure. If you are maintaining a legacy rather than entering medicine because it is your calling, you will inevitably display a lack of motivation, usually throughout each step of the process. These attitudes will reveal themselves in the language you use in your essays and micro expressions given at interviews.

If you are applying for a combination of reasons, it can help to identify and sort these reasons so that they don’t surprise you later. When we are not aware of our emotions, we can surprise ourselves. In the stress of an application process, surprises can lead to ambivalence or mixed signals that will derail your application. Take some time to examine your motivations and assess whether they are strong enough to see you through a lengthy application process.

Work one-on-one with an expert admissions consultant to help you distinguish yourself from the competition and demonstrate to the adcom that you’re passionate about medicine not because of your parents but because of YOU. For more assistance, you are welcome to contact me or my colleagues at Accepted. Check out our Medical School Application Services here for more information.



Lentz, Bernard F. and Laband, David, N. “Why So Many Children of Doctors Become Doctors: Nepotism v. Human Capital Transfers.” The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 24, No. 3, 1989, pp 396-413.

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Related Resources:

Navigate the Med School Maze: 12 Tips from Start to Acceptance, a free guide
5 Reasons Why Med Applicants Should Volunteer
How to Prove Character Traits in Application Essays

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How Many Business Schools Should You Apply To?

How Many Schools

Figuring Out How Many Schools You Should Apply To

In our Choosing the Best MBA Program for You series, you’ll learn how to create a list of business schools that are the best fit for your educational, social, and professional preferences and how creating this list will boost your chances of getting accepted.

At this point in your school research, you know what you’re looking for in an MBA program, but what’s the magic number? How many is too many and how many is not enough? Deciding how many schools to apply to is another often shortchanged step in the pre-application process. It’s something that people seem to think just happens. And it will just happen, but not necessarily in an advantageous way, unless you take control of the process. Your specific situation and needs should drive your choice of how many schools to apply to – in each category: reasonable reach, on-par, and safety. Having a clear idea before you start your applications of how many schools you’ll be targeting will help you plan and allocate your resources. Please note: By “number” I mean roughly; a short range such as “five or six” is fine.

A “typical” applicant would apply to about five or six programs: 2-3 reasonable reaches, 2-3 on-pars, and 1-2 safeties. The rationale for this scenario is that it yields a decent possibility of acceptance at a reach, likelihood of acceptance at an on-par program, and certainty through the safety.

This typical case doesn’t apply to a lot of people though. Here are some common exceptions:

• You’re on the older side, so getting in this year is essential – next year you will be solidly in EMBA territory. Consider applying to more programs – as many as you can manage.

• You’re fairly young, have a spectacular career and stats, and don’t think it makes sense to take off two years now if it’s not HBS or Stanford. You should apply to those two only, because you can reapply next year if need be without worrying about age.

• The brands you require are all reaches, some reasonable and some almost out of reach. It wouldn’t be worth it to you to attend other programs. Apply to as many as you can that fit your criteria and offer some realistic hope of acceptance to increase the possibility of a hit.

• You are applying with a handicap – a DUI or honor code infraction, were fired for cause, etc. If you write a frank and compelling essay about growing from the situation (and if it didn’t happen yesterday), you should have a shot. But because it’s such an unpredictable factor and adcoms often react defensively, apply to more schools than you otherwise would need to.

• You’re unsettled about geographic region and want to keep options open. Apply to more programs to keep options open.

• You’re pressed for time. Maybe you can’t devote more than two hours a week, or maybe you must have all your apps done by a given deadline. Select a number that will allow you to deliver the strongest quality applications, even if it’s fewer than you would normally do under other circumstances.

Last but not least, this number isn’t written in stone. The application process is dynamic, and you are not closing off opportunities by deciding on a number to target now.

You can significantly increase your chances of getting accepted by applying to the programs that are the best fit for your unique qualifications, goals, and preferences. Our MBA admissions consulting services will provide you with the one-on-one guidance you need to submit the best MBA applications to the best MBA programs for YOU!

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Related Resources:

Navigate the MBA Maze: 9 Tips to Acceptance, a free guide
Should You Apply to a Safety School?
How to Clarify Your Goals for Your MBA – And Beyond

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Mortgage Rates Friday: Rising and There Are Fewer Homes to Buy

Did You Miss Our Med School Interview Webinar?

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Applicants who attended How to Nail Your Medical School Interviews learned crucial strategies to help them get ready for interview day – even how to prepare for difficult questions like the “weakness” one. They’re now armed with proven techniques and strategies for interview success.

If you missed the webinar – or if you’d like to view it again – it’s now available on demand.

Medical school interviews can be brutal. If you’re not well prepared, you won’t stand a chance at standing out from your competition and impressing the adcom. You need the best interview advice out there. Get it now!

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