5 More Tips To Help You Become A Physician’s Assistant

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1. Double check deadlines and track your progress in a spreadsheet: Create an excel spreadsheet to give yourself a big picture of the application timeline.  List each school and its individual deadline, as well as the dates that you submit materials and interview.  This approach will ensure that you don’t get lost in the excitement and details of the application process.

2. Emphasize your ability to collaborate and work in teams through your activities/essays: As a PA, you will be expected to serve as a powerful member of a healthcare team.  Demonstrating your ability to successfully collaborate with others will give your application an edge.

3. Gain direct exposure to the field by volunteering or working with a PA: In order to convince the selection committee that you know what you are getting yourself into, get experience working directly with a PA.  The more that you can showcase your knowledge of the field and how you will excel within this particular role the stronger your application will be.

4. Since CASPA does not notify you that materials are missing from your application, be proactive and contact them directly to confirm that all materials have been received: Most applicants don’t realize that CASPA does not notify them if materials are missing.  Submit materials early and call/email to confirm that all materials have been received.  Advocate for yourself!  This is too important to let slide.

5. Participate in mock interviews to prepare for your PA interviews:  One of my clients last year completed six mock interviews with me because English was her second language and she wanted to practice to improve her confidence.  She gave an amazing interview and was accepted into the program.  It’s no accident that she did well, because she put all her effort into the preparation.

If you focus on the aspects of the application that you have control over, as outlined above, you will improve your chances of success.  When it comes to the parts of the application that you have no control over, you can be more relaxed because you’ve done your best on the rest.

Be thoughtful with your essays and words and carefully explain your background and reasons for applying.  For assistance in these areas, contact me or my colleagues at accepted.com.

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Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted.com advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs.

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Attn Med Applicants: A Class Is Matriculated Every Single Year

Listen to the show!If you are a pre-med preparing to take the MCAT or a waitlisted 2014 applicant, you may have something in common: A nagging fear that you just may not make it to medical school.

Enter, Dr. Lina Mehta, Associate Dean for Admissions at Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine, with good news: You can get accepted to med school.

Listen to our advice-packed interview for important tips for applicants at all stages of the medical school admissions process, a word of encouragement, and an inside look at Case Western.

00:02:15 – How Dr. Mehta got involved in admissions and what her job entails.

00:04:16 – The New MCAT’s impact on med school admissions.

00:05:26 – The value (and definition) of “applying early.”

00:09:00 – Is it too late for a student taking the MCAT in July/August to realistically apply to med school this year?

00:11:33 – Whom the adcom is hoping to meet in a personal statement.

00:13:15 – Case Western’s 4 Themes and what they mean for applicants.

00:17:38 – Understanding the “leadership and civic professionalism” themes as Case Western School of Medicine.

00:19:27 – How secondary are secondary essays?

00:20:57 – The true goal of a med school interview.

00:22:30 – If only premeds would understand…. (about med school in general and Case Western Reserve specifically).

00:24:16 – Still on the waitlist: Should a student reapply or wait to hear back?

00:26:12 – Factors that could cause a competitive applicant to be rejected.

00:27:58 – Advice for freshman & sophomore premeds.

Click here to listen to the show!*Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com.

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U.S. News Most Selective Med Schools

U.S. News has released its list of med schools with the smallest acceptance rates – the 10 schools on the list accepted an average of just 2.7 percent of their applicants.

Here’s this year’s list:

10 Most Selective Med Schools
*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of all medical and osteopathic schools

Need Help polishing your applications?  Check out Accepted’s Medical School Application Services.  And may the odds be ever in your favor!

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An Interview With Our Own: Dr. Sheryl Neuman

Learn more on how Sheryl can help you get into med school!Curious about the life and times of our spectacular admissions consultants? Please enjoy our newest blog series in which we interview the fabulous people who make up the Accepted.com staff. Next up is…Sheryl Neuman.

Accepted: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? Do you hold any graduate degrees? Where do you currently live?

Sheryl: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I studied Biology at UCLA and went to medical school there as well. I did an internal medicine residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center followed by a combined General Medicine Fellowship/Preventive Medicine Residency at Cedars and at UCLA, which included getting an MPH at UCLA.

After my training, I worked at Cedars as the Associate Director and later the Director of the Employee Health Service. During that time I also headed the Med-Peds Residency program and was a faculty member in the Internal Medicine Department at Cedars.

Accepted: What’s your favorite book? 

Sheryl: Currently one of my favorite books is Einstein, by Walter Isaacson. I wish I had read this book during my year of physics in college. Isaacson’s talent as a writer got me much more excited about physics than my courses ever did!

Accepted: How have your experiences as a med school student, doctor, and admissions committee member contributed to your talent as an admissions consultant?

Sheryl: Having been through all aspects of the process, I know firsthand what is expected. There is nothing that beats personal experience. As a physician myself, I know what to look for in an applicant.

Accepted: Can you talk about the road that led you to becoming an admissions consultant for Accepted? 

Sheryl: I had not been doing clinical work for several years while raising my family, so when I was approached about the job, I thought it would be a great way to use my experience as a physician to help others applying to medical school. I found it to be very enjoyable.

Accepted: What’s your favorite thing about consulting?

Sheryl: I really enjoy taking a so-so personal statement and helping my clients turn it into something special. Our finished product tells a good story and showcases the applicant in the best possible way. Knowing that the applicant has a much better chance of having their application stand out makes me feel good. I also like helping with interview prep, especially since I have been on both sides of the interview before.

Accepted: What are your top 3 admissions tips?


1. Start early so that you can get your application in at the earliest possible date to maximize your chances of acceptance.

2. Spend the time to get your personal statement sounding crisp and clear, with an interesting opening and a good flow.

3. Take the time to practice interview questions so you will not be caught off guard during the interview.

Learn more about Sheryl and how she can help you get accepted!

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