Episode 37: Instagram Live FAQ from 10/17

Today's episode is a throwback to an FAQ from @thePAplatform on Instagram Live! Lots of great questions answered and addressed. 

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Episode 36: Interview with Onyi - Urgent Care PA, Mom, and Blogger

Onyi's bio on Instagram says, "Just call me Superwoman," and that is so accurate for her! We talk about lateral mobility and how Onyi has been able to switch specialties as a PA, how she balances being a mom to 2 precious boys, and running a blog! She seriously does it all. 

Instagram - @sincerelyonyi

Website - http://www.sincerelyonyi.com 

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Episode 35: Interview with Gaby from @healthymode.pa - Soon to be UDM PA Student

Gaby has such a great story! She is originally from Venezuela, but now lives in Michigan and works as a dietician. Not for long though because she is starting PA school at University of Detroit Mercy in the fall! Gaby was accepted on her first attempt after applying to only 2 schools. We discuss what influenced her decision to switch from being a dietician to PA, the TOEFL exam, and what made her stand out during the application process. 

Instagram - @healthymode.pa 

To hear from a current UDM student, check out Episode #16 with Jamie. 

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Episode 34: CASPA Tips

Since the 2018-2019 cycle of CASPA is now open, let's dive into some tips to make sure you know what you're doing. It can be a stressful process, but the more information you have the better. We'll address how to enter information and mistakes you want to avoid making if possible. Here are some CASPA resources to help as well:

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Episode 33: Interview with PA Student and Soon-To-Be PA Erin Rachel from @stethoscopeandsparkle

Erin Rachel has a month to go of PA school at GWU, and then once she passes boards, she will be an official physician assistant! She shares her journey to PA school, why she chose a program far away from home, and what's next for her after PA school. She also discusses what inspired her to start her blog Stethoscope and Sparkle - http://stethoscopeandsparkle.com/ 

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Episode 32: Interview with Hannah from @palindrome_pa (PA student + Reapplicant)

Huge thanks to Hanna from @palindrome_pa on Instagram for coming on the podcast for an interview about her experience with getting into PA school and her journey so far. Hannah shares insights on being a reapplicant and how to overcome fears to pursue medicine. 

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Episode 31: Mock Interview with @jamienicole_pa.s

Hey guys! In honor of the release of the Physician Assistant School Interview Guide (https://amzn.to/2GZR7Uz - affiliate link), I teamed up with Jamie, who you may remember from Episode #16 to do a live mock interview on Instagram. We recorded it to be a podcast episode so you could refer to it when needed. 

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Episode 30: Interview with PA Student Skyler - @pa.skyler

Huge thanks to Skyler, who is a current PA student in Savannah, GA. He shares his journey to PA school and has some great advice for anyone interested in becoming a PA. 

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Episode 29: Interview with Paul from Dose of PA

Today, Paul from Dose of PA is joining me to discuss his journey to becoming a PA, and what he's doing now as a PA working with Pediatric Epilepsy patients. - https://doseofpa.blogspot.com/

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Episode 28: Interview with PA and Medelita Founder - Lara Francisco

In today's episode, we spend some time with Medelita creator, Lara Francisco. From PA to CEO, Lara has an amazing story and great advice for anyone interested in becoming a PA and pursuing other passions. 

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How to Survive Match Day (from a Spouse's Perspective) - https://www.medelita.com/blog/how-to-survive-match-from-significant-other/
What I've Learned from International Medical Missions - https://www.medelita.com/blog/thepaplatform-medical-missions-abroad/
What I Learned About Medicine from a Rotation with a Breast Surgeon - https://www.medelita.com/blog/pa-rotation-breast-cancer-awareness-month/
Medelita M3 Ellody Lab Coat Review - http://www.thepaplatform.com/blog-2/jc5d5bkektkfzzxzbkannlpcjxknxd
Medelita + ERKA Stethoscope Review - http://www.thepaplatform.com/blog-2/d3rlxg5h9tnzgp4td6yw226wazxte4

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Episode 27: Interview with Amber from @studyinginscrubs - Nontraditional USC PA Student

Check out today's interview with Amber from @studyinginscrubs on Instagram. She started as a Political Science major and ended up in PA school at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. There's bonus content at the end where we discuss thoughts on the new PANCE recertification options. 

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Episode 26: Interview with Former PA Program Director - Dr. Ken Harbert

Today, I'm joined by someone who I have learned a TON from and I'm excited for him to share his insights. Dr. Ken Harbert has held every position possible within a PA program and helped to start many programs across the nation. As a former PA Program Director, he shares his advice for the application process. If you want to schedule a personal phone consultation with Dr. Harbert to discuss your competitiveness or get some interview help, you can do so at this link  - http://www.thepaplatform.com/services/phoneconsult 

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Episode 25: FAQ: Gap Years? Healthcare Reform? GPA? Experience?

Today, we're answering some questions from Instagram and Facebook. If you have questions, make sure to ask before the next FAQ!  You can even leave a voicemail - https://www.speakpipe.com/ThePAplatform

  • How does healthcare reform affect PAs and their patient populations? 
  • How do you know when to apply? This cycle or next? 
  • What should you do leading up to PA school after you've been accepted? 
  • What struggles did I have during undergrad that impacted my journey to becoming a PA? How do you get experience at the same time? 
  • When should you start preparing for interviews? How to prepare for interviews? 
  • How far in advance can you start CASPA and put in information? 
  • How should I keep track of patient care hours? 
  • If I'm an EMT, should I try to become a paramedic before PA school? 
  • Do patient care hours have to be completed by the time you apply? 
  • Do volunteer hours have to be in a healthcare related field? 
  • In your personal statement, is it okay to mention not wanting to go to medical school because of wanting a family friendly career and not committing to the length of medical school? 
  • Why is it so hard to raise a GPA and so easy to lower it? 

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Episode 24: Interview with PA Student and "Atypical Presentation" Podcast Host Hannah

Hannah reached out to introduce me to her podcast, and we decided to do a double interview! Her journey is interesting because she will soon graduate from a 4-year combined PA program at St. John's University, which means she went straight into PA school after high school. To hear Hannah interview me, head over to her podcast "Atypical Presentation" on Soundcloud - http://bit.ly/2F6bFYj

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Episode 23: International Mission Trips - Interview with Jessy from @skinmadesimple (Derm PA, Entrepreneur PA)

Check out this interview with Jessy (@skinmadesimple on Instagram) about his journey to becoming a dermatology PA and our mission trip to Kenya with Passion to Heal/Me To We. If you work in dermatology or ophthalmology, let me know if you'd like more information on the trip! And to see some pictures, make sure to check out my Instagram (@thePAplatform)! 

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Episode 22: Interview with @medicalmaven - Geriatric PA

Melissa, also known as @medicalmaven on Instagram, was kind enough to join me to discuss our jobs and journeys as PAs! She currently practices as a geriatric physician assistant. Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties and the recording cut off too soon, but I still wanted to share what we got with you guys! Definitely follow Melissa on social media for some great tips. 

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Episode 21: Q&A - PA Mentors, PA Challenges

Micaela's Question - "From a practicing physician assistant, what are some of the greatest difficulties or issues that PAs and the PA profession face today?"

There's been a lot of chatter around "PA Mentors" lately, and I wanted to address this head-on. It's awesome to have someone to help guide you, and I consider myself a mentor, but I want you to be able to identify red flags when you are looking into finding a mentor. We'll tackle:

Should I have a mentor? 
Who should I get to mentor me?
Does it have to be a PA? 
Should I pay for a mentor?
What should I expect from a mentor?

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Episode 20: PT vs PA - Interview with a Physical Therapist - Matt

I'm so happy to bring you this interview with my good friend, Matt, who is currently a traveling physical therapist. We dive into PT vs PA and discuss the differences in school and what it takes to get there. Matt also provides insight into what it's like working as a traveling PT.  

Episode 7: PA vs MD - An Interview with Dr. Ryan Gray from MedicalSchoolHQ http://bit.ly/2DQD8MX
Episode 13: PA vs NP - Interview with a Nurse Practitioner - Monica from @givememoremonica http://bit.ly/2DmrTLf

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Episode 19: Interview with Jourdyn (PA Student) from @thepa_life

Jourdyn is currently a 2nd year PA student on rotations and in this interview she shares her experiences, tips on surviving PA school and managing relationships during school, and her plans for the future. Make sure to follow Jourdyn on Instagram - @thepa_life 

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Episode 18: Interview with Ashley Kay (PA Student) from @withashleykay

Last episode of 2017! Ashley Kay is a current PA student about to start her clinical year. You can find her on Instagram @withashleykay.  We discuss her journey to becoming a PA, her interesting experience as a rep before school, and how it's been so far.  Make sure to check out her blog as well - https://www.withashleykay.com/

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