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So You Want to Be a Physician Assistant Paperback – May 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0615283548 ISBN-10: 0615283543

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Beth Grivett (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615283543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615283548
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative book.
eileen mowers
This book gave great insight into the PA profession including what you can expect from school and in the many different specialties.
pre-PA student
Thank you, Beth for sharing your knowledge and experience with the future PA community!
Julia Karnoski

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. McCree on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlyn Weigang on 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 By J.Clemens on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ on October 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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