Flexibility in the PA Profession: What Every PA School Applicant Should Know

Flexibility in the PA Profession: What Every PA School Applicant Should Know

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation     Approximately half of all PAs will change specialities during their career By Alyson Rockhold, PA-C, MPH Do you want to know my favorite part about being a PA? It’s the flexibility! Over the last 10 years, I’ve worked in 4 different areas of medicine. Switching specialties keeps me on my toes and provides lots of excitement. I’ve gone from delivering babies to talking to patients with schizophrenia to scrubbing in for surgery. Each new job has stretched me as a PA and given me the opportunity to explore my variable interests. Sometimes, I switched specialties out of necessity. For example, one time I moved to a new location and there were no job openings in my field. I was grateful for the flexibility to apply to many different PA jobs instead of just one specialty. Being able to cast a wider net made it easier for me to find a job. The flexibility of the PA profession has given me an enviable career. Will it do the same for you? Let’s look at some common questions about PA’s professional flexibility. Perhaps these answers will help you decide if being a PA is right for you: How common is it for PAs to change specialties?  Here’s the basic answer: The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) says that 50% of PAs will change specialties during their career. And, according to the AAPA’s 2019 Salary Report, roughly seven percent of PAs change specialties each year. So, if you become a PA, there’s a good chance you’ll take advantage...
The Strongest Asset in a Dental School Application is Authenticity

The Strongest Asset in a Dental School Application is Authenticity

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation     By Joseph Yim Preparation of the dental school application is likely one of the most time-intensive, stressful, and ambiguous endeavors that an applicant will embark on, particularly because there is no one way to get into dental school. Because each and every student will have a different journey into a career in dentistry, it is crucial that we highlight the essential “checkboxes” for each student to have as general guidelines in preparation of their application. These are:  Good GPAHigh DAT scoreExtracurricular activitiesVolunteer hoursShadowing hoursStrong personal statement As a pre-dental student or prospective applicant, satisfying these criteria is often the easiest way to ensure that you are on the right track. However, equally important is understanding how to be a dental school applicant. That is, the focus of your application should be “being” rather than “doing.” As any good writer or artist would vouch that showing is a stronger form of communication than telling. How, then, can you show and not tell as you prepare for your dental school application? This brings us to your greatest asset as a dental school applicant: authenticity.  Authenticity is an area of your application that is scarcely mentioned. After all, as long as you look like a strong applicant on paper you will be happy, successful, and admitted to a dental school, right? Surveys amongst dental students tell a different story. In an article published by the American Student Dental Association, Dr. Juliette Daniels of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Dr. Daniels cites a “prevailing sense, among a...