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So You Want to Be a Physician Assistant [Paperback]

Beth Grivett , Larry Rosen , Denise Werner
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Beth Grivett (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615283543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615283548
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I received this book yesterday and I finished it before I went to bed. It's pretty different from the other PA books out there. Beth Grivett, PA-C speaks primarily about the profession itself and includes about 40 pages of "day in the life of [PAs in various specialties]," issues facing the profession, the regulatory, billing, and insurance side of the profession, and even a chapter on how to maintain a quality life outside of medicine. She speaks about the AAPA in detail and how to get involved both as a student and as a PA-C. There really isn't much said regarding getting into PA school. Ms. Grivett talks about some of the basics (choosing a program, credentials, PANCE, and residency) which I enjoyed but, don't be mistaken, this is not a PA school guide. It is a guide for the profession as a whole with unique and honest insight and expereinces surrounding each step of the process (student to PA-C) and may certainly open one's eyes to the reality and flexibilty of the PA profession. I think it's a good book to help pre-PA students better articulate ideas regarding the profession to those outside of medicine, increase knowledge in regard to conversations with PAs and medical professionals, and perhaps even provide insight to help with PA school interviews down the road. I would definitely recommend this book and was surprised by its contents. There is not another PA profession guide out there like this one. And, you can't ignore that it is, by far, the most recent publication of the sort, having been released in May 2009.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal look into the career of a PA October 19, 2010
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This book contains so much in depth information about the career of a PA. I bought it to help me prepare for my school interview coming up, and I am so glad that I did! It contains a history of the PA practice, where the career is headed, a comparison between PAs and NPs and PAs and MDs. It tells you from a PAs view what his/her role is in the office/clinic/hospital. It also provides a summary of an "average day" of PAs from all different types of practice - family practice, immunology, cardiovascular surgery, dermatology, plastic surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, psychiatry and more. It really helped me to see that the PA profession is SO diverse, but we still have to practice within our scope. Highly recommend this one! Literally worth every penny for the information and confidence in my career path choice.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and with little unique content September 30, 2010
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The good:
This book feels very conversational and authentic. It's clear that it's written by a real PA who loves her job and cares about the profession. The personal essays from PAs in chapter three are wonderful, engaging, and informative.

The bad:
The content is light, VERY light for the price. 128 nominal pages, but everything after page 109 is content that should easily be found on the internet, such as the PA competencies and web addresses and phone numbers. The margins are generous, type is large, and line spacing is huge--33 lines per page is typical. While the book measures 7"x10", text is only 5"x7.5" I could trim the margins and photocopy two pages at once. At $0.10 per photocopy, that would be $5.50. I may be old fashioned, but when the price of duplication is grossly lower than the suggested retail price ($24.95), I expect the content to be digital, not hardcopy.

This book could have been substantially improved by a ghostwriter or professional editor. There are plenty of grammatical errors, inconsistencies, typos, and unclear passages that I would cringe to include in my personal statement. Consider this passage, which illustrates her conversational style of writing: "So, you didn't get into medical school? Yeah, some of us always thought we would be a doctor. I know I did. Ask my mom - I had a toy microscope in 2nd grade and was dissecting bugs for fun after school in Jr. High!" (p. 2, all errors in original)

The ugly:
Extensive quotes--more than three pages in length in some cases--are presented in indented (leaving only 4" text width) italics, making them difficult to read. This is especially unfortunate, as these quotes are some of the more interesting content.

There are no diagrams, charts, or drawings.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, informative, inspirational... October 12, 2010
I read the review from JC (Wash.) and I have to say - having read the book myself - that if you read informative, well written, fun literature from an anal retentive viewpoint (judging every quote, footnote and italic) well, read the dictionary. I work in the health & social services profession and Beth Grivett's book gave me what few books of this nature do: a great mix of information, inspiration and a feeling through out that I was talking with Beth herself. The former is a talent many authors aspire to but few reach.

Beth is both engaging and charismatic in the stories and teachings she carries out, braiding both her profession and personal life in a way that excites, motivates and educates. If you're looking to become a PA and need a road-map or simply want a tour guide through the profession (and all its details!) Beth's book, So You Want to Be a Physician Assistant, is worth the money, time and book-shelf space. I still refer to it and have personally loaned my copy to two friends, one of whom is now on her way to becoming a PA! I have met Beth at a book signing - loved her charisma and zest for life! Cheers...DJ/Tahoe, Ca.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Great book. Helped me make a big decision. Very informative book. U would recommend to anyone seeking a healthcare job.
Published 9 months ago by eileen mowers
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are on the fence or not sure
I would sooo reccomend this book, so well written, easy to read, concise, and so accurate. I was on the fence about whether I wanted to go this route or not and it gives you all... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I am exploring the PA profession and stumbled upon this book. I highly recommend it. It covers in great detail what it takes to become a PA. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars New Edition
There is a second edition available on Amazon in print and kindle editions - new information and more specialty practices listed. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by B. Grivett
4.0 out of 5 stars Kidney Quilts
Excellent overview. I enjoyed the stories of the PAs in specialties. I have been a PA for 28 years and I still loved the stories. Thanks!
Published on February 22, 2012 by K Quilt
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone considering a career as a physician assistant
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in becoming a PA. It helped me gain a better understanding of the PA profession from both a legal and practical standpoint. Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Julia Karnoski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight!
This book gave great insight into the PA profession including what you can expect from school and in the many different specialties. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by pre-PA student
5.0 out of 5 stars Best PA book out there for the Pre-PA
I found this book the most helpful and informative of all PA books I read. It is very up to date and concise, I read it in less than one day and have read it multiple times since... Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by R. Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place for readers to start their careers
Medicine is a tough career, and even the best people need someone to back them up. "So You Want to Be A Physician Assistant: Your Guide to a New Career" is for those who want to... Read more
Published on November 9, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written
I'm about to apply to various PA programs nation-wide, and this book gave me a deep insight into what a Physician Assistant actually does, and how the PA profession came to be. Read more
Published on October 22, 2009 by Dennis D. Dey
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