Sunday, June 24, 2018

Why Should You Consider Becoming a PA?

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Why become a PA (physician assistant)?

Most of the clients I work with are dead set on becoming doctors. I believe this mindset exists because doctors have such a visible role in patient care historically, and in the media, are represented as being at the very top of the healthcare hierarchy.

Physician assistants (PAs) are a relatively new member of the healthcare team. The first PA program was started in 1965 at Duke University Medical Center. The Physician Assistant Education Association was created in 1972.

In comparison, there is evidence that the first physicians existed as early as 3000 BCE. The first medical school in the U.S. was established at the University of Pennsylvania for the 13 colonies in 1765. Doctors clearly have been around for a significantly longer period of time and have more visibility and authority than do PAs. However, as hard as I often try to convince students who think they prefer the physician route over that of the PA, there are many advantages to becoming a PA.

I have identified at least nine concrete reasons why you should consider becoming a physician assistant:

1. PAs help meet the need for care

If you do indeed love to help others and want to improve access to healthcare, becoming a PA is a much faster way to do so. PAs graduate in two to three years. Most PA students spend the first year or two—depending on the program—in the classroom and then begin their rotations.

2. PAs focus on developing relationships with patients

PAs often get to spend more time with patients. They can become a patient’s main provider. PAs often have less paperwork and more time to spend providing care. They can also provide continuity of care as the main provider—in building relationships with their patients that can last many years or decades.

3. PAs benefit from a team-based approach

In sharing responsibility for the care and outcomes of your patient population, you can maintain a healthier work-life balance and provide a higher quality of care. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one…and three or more heads will be even that more advantageous!

4. PAs gain access to constant learning opportunities

Healthcare is a dynamic and quickly evolving field. Becoming a PA will allow you to learn from experts from all educational levels—MDs, MD/PhDs, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, hospital techs, patients, and others. Each patient is unique and will present you with the opportunity to meet their needs to the best of your abilities as a person, provider, and scientist.

5. PAs have the opportunity to continue their education

Your education will not end with your PA degree. You will need to maintain your certifications through regular testing and continuing medical education credits (CMEs). Similar to doctors, you will have to meet a required number of CMEs per year or a set period of time. Often, your employers will provide professional development funds to help you cover the cost of additional training.

6. PAs get to be a part of an up and coming profession

PAs are one of the fastest growing branches of medicine. The anticipated growth in this field along with the physician shortage will make PAs all the more valuable and offer unprecedented opportunities for professional growth and development.

7. PAs have the flexibility to explore multiple specialties

Unlike physicians, PAs can move across specialties with ease. It’s as simple as applying for a new job. With a comprehensive educational background, after completing your PA degree, you will be able to pursue any specialty of your interest for any length of time you desire.

8. PAs use the same process of differential diagnosis and diagnosis as physicians

To provide the best possible support to the healthcare team and patients, in PA school you will be trained in the same method of differential diagnosis and diagnosis as physicians. The only limitations to your role as a PA include:

You cannot perform surgery without the supervision of a physician.

There are limitations to what you can prescribe, depending on the state.

9. PAs take on significantly less debt while earning a high income

If you compare the average debt for PA programs to those of MDs, you will be taking on significantly less debt as a PA. Combine that reduced debt with a high potential income—that is continuing to increase— and you could be in a better financial position.

There are many reasons to become a PA. To further explore this option, shadow a PA or schedule an informational interview with one. You can also contact the PA schools in your area or visit their websites to learn if they have any events or informational sessions. Or you can schedule a tour.

For assistance with applying to PA programs, check out Accepted’s PA Admissions Services or contact me or one of my colleagues directly. We’d be delighted to help guide you successfully through the PA application process.

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Related Resources:

Get Your Game On: Prepping For Your Grad School Application, a free guide
A PA’s Positive Outlook: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again, a student interview
10 Reasons to Become a PA

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Michigan Ross MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Michigan Ross 2018-19 MBA essay tips and deadlines

Michigan Ross 2018-19 MBA essay tips and deadlines

The Michigan Ross MBA program is thriving. Its graduates are getting jobs throughout the United States and the world. Here are a few of the stats:

• 97% had at least one job offer within three months of graduation.

• Per Poets & Quants, Amazon is the top employer of Ross grads, and their 2017 Employment Report shows that consulting and tech snagged over 50% of all Ross MBAs.

• Ross broke into the U.S. News Top 10 this year, moving up from #11 to #7.

• The average GMAT score for the entering class of 2017 was 716, climbing significantly from last year’s average of 708.

• Average GPA moved up a notch from 3.44 to 3.46.

Despite these fantastic results, Ross has the highest acceptance rate of any program in the US News Top 10: For the entering class of 2017, 25.3% of applicants were accepted, and in terms of Accepted’s Selectivity Index Ross placed #17. All this means that the Michigan Ross MBA program is a fantastic option that is easier to get into than other top programs.

Michigan Ross 2018-19 MBA Application Tips:

Ross changed certain aspects of its application this year, but kept the same basic structure. It still gives you choice regarding your short answers, but this year you choose from two options for each question as opposed to last year’s three options. Per Ross, “We kept the ones that seemed to provide the best platform for sharing something meaningful and unique about yourselves.”

The short answer questions definitely give you the means to paint a unique, multi-dimensional picture of yourself. Keep that goal in mind as you respond. You don’t have to be something you’re not, but you can certainly use these questions to provide context for events described elsewhere and different perspective on who you really are. Remember, the application is a way for the admissions committee to meet you.

Ross also changed the Essay to focus on short-term goals and your reasons for those goals. Last year’s question was broader and also included a “Why Ross?” component.

Michigan Ross MBA Application Part 1: Short Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group of the three groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).

While I wish Ross would have given you more room to answer these questions, make the most of what you’ve got. The first question you’re going to have to ask yourself is “Which prompts should I respond to?” Answer the question in each group that is easiest for you to answer and that allows you to present events and experiences that complement each other and the information provided in other parts of the application. You want to minimize repetition and overlap.

Ross hasn’t labeled the groups thematically. It seems to me that Group 1 is an opportunity for you to talk about something you’re proud of — a contribution you made or an achievement. Group 2 relates to handling a difficult experience or situation. And Group 3 is about you interacting with others. Again, choose the individual questions that allow you to present yourself best. All three groups ask for a behavioral response, where you discuss one experience or situation and reflect on it. You don’t have room for more.

Think a lot about what you want Ross to know about you as you choose the questions to answer. The question tells you what they want to know. Now answer it in such a way that allows you to tell them what you want them to know.

Group 1

• I want people to know that I:

• I made a difference when I:

Group 2

• I was humbled when:

• I am out of my comfort zone when:

Group 3

• I was aware that I am different when:

• I find it challenging when people:

Given the 100-word limit on each response to these behavioral questions, describe the incident or situation and succinctly analyze it in terms of the prompt. For example, why do you “want them to know” about X (Group 1, #1) or why were you humbled or out of your comfort zone for Group 2.

Michigan Ross MBA Application Part 2: Essay

Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this the right choice for you? (300 words)

Ross is very clear in what it’s asking for: Your short-term career goals and the reasons (and experiences) that make this goal right for you.

The question is pretty straightforward. The word limits, however, will make it difficult to go into any depth. You could start with a “day in the life” that you foresee immediately after your MBA and discuss how you developed this vision for yourself. Given Ross’ strong behavioral approach I’d focus on a pivotal experience that shaped your goals. The experience could also reflect your fitness for your goals once you earn a Ross MBA.

Alternatively, you could start with an achievement or challenge that you faced and how it has influenced your goals. Tell the story of that experience and how it influenced your short-term MBA goals.

Michigan Ross MBA Application Optional Statement

This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.

Use this statement if necessary to provide context surrounding circumstances that affected your performance or that may lead admissions readers to the wrong conclusion about your abilities.

Ross doesn’t provide a word limit, but keep it short.

For expert guidance with your Michigan Ross MBA application, check out Accepted’s MBA Application Packages, which include comprehensive guidance from an experienced admissions consultant. We’ve helped hundreds of applicants get accepted to Michigan Ross’ MBA program and look forward to helping you too!

Michigan Ross 2018-19 Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline Decisions Released
 Round 1 October 1, 2018 December 21, 2018
 Round 2 January 7, 2019 March 15, 2019
 Round 3 March 18, 2019 May 10, 2019

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***

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Linda AbrahamBy Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted and co-author of the definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

Related Resources:

• 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your MBA Application Essays, a free guide
• Make a Difference at Michigan Ross: An Interview with Soojin Kwon, a podcast episode
Writing About Resilience in the Face of Failure

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