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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2 edition (September 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071421858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071421850
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether you’ve already decided on a certain school or need to compare new and established programs—even if you’re not yet sure you want to be a physician assistant, this book is for you. Andrew Rodican, a Certified Physician Assistant and former Yale University PA admissions committee member, gives you the information and motivation you need to become a student in a physician assistant program anywhere in the country. With a candid and clear writing style, the author describes how to set your goal of becoming a PA, and then how to follow through and succeed. With thorough coverage of PA programs, applications, interviewing, budgeting, and realistic financial aid information, Getting Into the Physician Assistant School of Your Choice is your best resource, whether you are planning a career or are considering a career change.

FEATURES:
*Selecting a PA program
*Setting and achieving your goals
*Complete list of PA program costs in the U.S.
*Expert advice on effective letters of recommendation
*Writing a quality essay—including sample essays that worked
*Successful strategies for that all-important interview —including 60 of the toughest questions, with winning answers
*Advice and contacts for financial aid
*Tips for developing and following a realistic budget while in school

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C, is a former member of the Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program Admission Committee. He has interviewed many PA applicants and read and evaluated hundreds of PA school applications. He is a recipient of the Yale University School of Medicine 1994 Medical Writing Award. He is the developer of the seminar “Getting Into the PA School of Your Choice,” which he delivers to hundreds of people across the country every year. His broad knowledge of the admissions process maximizes your potential for acceptance into the PA school of your choice.

About the Author

Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant who currently manages the Mohegan Sun health station at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Rodican is a 1994 graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program, a recipient of the Yale PA program medical writing award, and a former Yale PA Program admissions committee member (1992-1995).

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I highly recommend this for anyone serious about PA school.
Jennifer
Reading this book prior to the application process was a great help in regards to preparing my personal statement & interviews.
Catholic 4 Life
It has a good amount of information with lots of step by step direction and detail.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Iain Black on November 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a re-applicant I know most of this info. but for someone just beggining the process of trying to get into PA school then this is the only book for you (actually it is the only book on the subject out there). The interview stuff really helps but the essays are too long as CASPA only allows one to have a 500 word limit and Rodican's examples are unrealistic for this applicaiton format.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catholic 4 Life on August 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I absolutely recommend this book without any reservations. Reading this book prior to the application process was a great help in regards to preparing my personal statement & interviews. The author offers great advice & presents it in an organized fashion. Great advice is offered here, so if the PA profession is in your future, read this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela Spence on March 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent resource for those applying to (or considering) PA programs. As an academic advisor, I will recommend this purchase to all of my students. After visiting with recruiters for PA programs, I find that Rodican's book provides the reader with all of the general information he or she needs to apply (history of the profession, how to interview, what to do if you don't get accepted, etc.). The book is written with a positive slant but is very realistic in describing what will be expected in the program and the profession. A must read for any interested student and very affordable!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KS on January 20, 2006
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I found this book to be very helpful for many aspects of the PA program application process. I found the essay section to be very helpful, and read and re-read the interview section. I got into Duke's program, the #1 school in the nation, and I know that this book helped me to fulfill that goal. Thanks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Milewski on January 24, 2007
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This book really helped me prepare for PA school. It gives eveything you need to know, from sample questions, to CASPA, to writing an essay and getting letters of recommendation. Some of the material in the book may be things I had already known, but if you get it just for the sample interview questions, it's well worth it. This was my first "real" interview coming straight from undergrad, so the thought of not getting in made me search for help- and so I found Rodican's book. If you seriously want to get into PA school and be a PA, seriously get this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Thielen on September 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
I found this book very helpful. It started by going through the PA profession, and then got into how to actually go about making this a career. It explains each step of the application process, and gives very helpful tips. Overall, this was a great book. I would highly recommend it for anyone considering entering the PA profession.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 4 Real on March 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book during my 2nd attempt applying to PA schools. I found the advice for the essay very helpful but it was the interview chapters that gave me the biggest help. After applying to 10 PA schools it was just one that gave me an interview and I didnt want to screw it up.
The author is a PA-C and has been on multiple interview committee's so he gives valuable insight into what works and what does not work. The book goes into detail about what an interviewer is "really" asking with a particular question and what the most appropriate answer should be. And not to mention key characteristics that make you stand out from the person sitting next to you. The book also goes over how your interview is being scored and then gives an array of possible interview questions with well-thought-out answers. Of course your answers should be personal to you but it helps to get a feel for what the interviewer is looking for.
The first tip from the book for the interview, have charisma.
And I suggest you look at "Physician Assistant interview tips" on Youtube.

Best of luck.
Sincerely, Jason
"Samuel Merritt class of 2013"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OSUFAN918 on December 27, 2010
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Following this book was the best decision I ever made- I followed it and as a result, I'm going to PA school this summer!
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