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How To "Ace" The Physician Assistant School Interview: From the author of the best -selling book, The Ultimate Guide to Getting Into Physician Assistant School Paperback – August 30, 2011


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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: AJR Associates (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615480721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615480725
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. In addition to this book, Andrew is the author of "The Ultimate Guide to getting Into Physician Assistant School."

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This book was a great tool to prepare for my PA school interviews.
Jordan Ott
Sample questions and explanations of the best answers were helpful (I do subject you write down your own answers to the questions then read the books best answer).
Gears
Allowed me to better organize things I already knew and take a hard look at myself and make sure I was ready and confident.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By pvfanatic on November 26, 2011
I am so glad I bought this book before I went to my interviews. I am switching careers and as such, do not have as much medical experience as some. This book really helps you get an idea of what is expected during the interview. I really like how Rodican gives an example question and then 3 common types of answers that people use. He then explains why each answer is strong or weak. For me, the ethics section was particularly useful. By the time you finish the book and do his exercises, you should be familiar enough with what makes a "good" answer, that you should be able to answer any question well.

For every question he asked, I wrote my own answer on notebook paper using the techniques he suggests. I tried to mock the structure of the strongest answer.

I power-read through his book in about a week because I had my first interview pop up unexpectedly.

I even went to his website and called in to ask a few questions. I ended up attending his online webinar (which was very useful) and I purchased a practice skype interview session with him. That experience was also invaluable. It is very different practicing with someone other than a friend or family member. Plus, he has been on interview committees, so he gives you really constructive feedback.

I have been to 4 interviews and had offers from all 4 schools. I know his book helped me tremendously and my practice interview gave me confidence. BUY HIS BOOK!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RedTerrier on May 14, 2013
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Like any good coaching book, it's broken down into very short, concise chapters that help you adequately prepare for the road ahead. What sets this book apart is A) it is probably the first of its kind, even if there are a few others popping up, B) it's written by an actual admissions officer, which means you get not only the proper questions but the thought process behind those questions.

I was amazed by how useful and insightful the questions and answers were; I snatched this book 48 hours before my interviews and let me tell you, it saved my bacon. Every conceivable question is covered here, with 3 different answers (good, ok, and bad) so you can compare your thought process with what the admissions committee is looking for. I ran through 90% of the book before my interviews, and I'd say all but one question I was asked was covered by this book. A fantastic tool that you'd be foolish to overlook.

Btw, I did get into school and will be starting in August. Thanks Andrew!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen Beard on December 4, 2013
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If you get nervous.. Get this book. It took me from choking up words to someone that could actually speak coherently about life experiences. You might think you don't need it, but you will change your mind once you get wait listed or rejected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kirst on January 22, 2013
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I'm really glad I bought this book but some of the things he suggests are a little overkill. Like, he says that if you don't get in the first time it'll be really hard to get in at all. Well, I was denied from several schools but I did get accepted to one. Also, I was asked maybe one ethical question out of my five interviews and hardly ever asked behavioral questions except "How do you handle stress?" Also don't be discouraged if you aren't part of the AAPA. He makes it seem like you won't get in if you haven't devoted your life to learning everything there is to know about PAs.
Overall this is a good book that gave me confidence for the interviews and I always left feeling that I had over prepared which is much better than feeling underprepared. I don't know why I didn't get into some of the schools that I interviewed at and followed all his suggestions. It's really tough to get into PA school and I think there are just too many excellent applicants and not enough seats. Don't give up and good luck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AllyBC on November 14, 2013
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While the book provided me with plenty of questions to agonize over for weeks ahead of my interview, and I crafted many great answers, only one was actually asked during my interview.

"Why do you want to be a PA?" You don't need to buy this book to know that question is coming.

I think too many schools are changing their interview style and this book isn't going to be helpful.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Shields on February 21, 2013
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I really like this book, especially since it gives a lot of examples. I am going to use it as a workbook (that is, read the question and write my answer and then compare it to the answers they give so that I can tweak them)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Rosen on April 19, 2013
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I felt very prepared for my PA program interviews after going through this book. I also recommend setting up a mock interview at your college, or practicing with family/friends. I owe it all to this book for doing well on my interviews, I even received two perfect scores (out of 4) from the PA program interviewers from my top choice! Unfortunately I was wait-listed, but I definitely feel more confident in my interviewing skills. I also gave this book to my friend who had an interview for Medical School, and she said it was very helpful. That said, I think this book can pretty much be used for almost any interview, not just for PA schools.
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By Bryana L Park on May 23, 2014
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Highly recommended for anyone embarking on the PA school interview process! This was very helpful in providing insight! Good luck!
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