A Look at American PA admissions


From Anne: I met Christian a while back on an online community. We stayed in touch and it was fascinating to learn she had decided to become a PA! Christian had some health care experience prior to applying to American PA schools. Here Christian outlines her experience with the American PA school system, and I insert (here and there) some commentary about the difference in the Canadian system. How I

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What can I do to strengthen my PA application?


In the long term: Work on developing yourself, achieving good grades in school, expanding your experiences both in and outside the classroom and building confidence in various soft skills (communications, leadership, etc.). I expand on this in the answer to #4 (see below). Sandy Vuong, a current McMaster PA student has a few articles on how to make the most of your pre-PA education. In the short term: I truly believe the more informed, and well-researched

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What courses should I take/extra-curriculars to stand out on PA admissions?


Usually variations of this question go along the lines of: What courses should I take to get into PA school? What kind of extra-curriculars should I be involved in? Or in essence: “What do I need to do to look like the ideal PA candidate?” These are quite subjective questions to ask, so the answers you get will depend on who you ask. Advice I give here is reflective of a personal opinion, and does not

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Pre-PA Communities


PA forums and communities were a valuable resource during my PA Admissions process. However, all resources available to me were American since at the time the 1st PA program in Ontario had not yet graduated the very first class. There are quite a few Pre-PA Communities available on forums, LinkedIn and Facebook. I recently started the Canadian Pre-PA Student Network which I hope you'll join and browse through the questions that

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Applying to PA school after 2 years of undergraduate studies


Here I address a question which essentially asks, "When is a good time to apply to PA school?". When you decide to apply during your career will affect what schools you apply to. McMaster PA Program accepts applications from candidates who have completed a minimum of 2 years of university, with GPA calculated from all undergraduate studies. Minimum 3.0 or higher required on a 4.0 GPA OMSAS scale. In fact, you can be

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How can I excel at the MMI?


Here we’ll cover some strategies to prepare for the MMI, discuss how the MMI works, and some suggested resources (scroll to the bottom). What is the MMI? The Multiple Mini Interview is many short, structured interview stations allowing interviewers to evaluate  soft skills. The MMI was developed by McMaster’s School of Medicine in 2001 to address the concern that traditional interviews did not predict performance in

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Q&A McMaster PA Program


At the end of the McMaster PA Program info night on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, the Assistant Dean Kristen Burrows and Academic Coordinator Nancy Aza fielded questions from the prospective students in the audience. Questions ranged from specific questions about admissions to employment outlook upon graduation. Question and Answer Period Q. What is average GPA of students that get into the program? A. Average GPA of students who were

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Announcing the Launch of “Canadian Pre-PA Student Network” Community!


I'm excited to announce the start of a "Canadian Pre-PA Student Network". Many pre-PA colleagues frequently receive questions from individuals interested in applying to PA programs, whether its about admissions or about the PA profession in general! I thought it would be a great way to crowd source Pre-PA resources from PAs around Canada. Visit: This is open to PAs, PA students and anyone wishing to learn more about the PA profession.

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Highlights of McMaster PA Grads


Kristen Burrows Assistant Dean of the Program who is also a Class of 2010 graduate. Her presentation highlighted achievements of the program - its students and alumni. She also took time with Nancy Aza to field questions from the audience at the end of the presentation. I've summarized Kristen's presentation here in addition to some of the Q&A from the audience. Assistant Dean of the BHScPA program Kristen Burrows presents highlights of McMaster

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McMaster PA Info Night – What is a PA?


Following the presentation on the McMaster PA Program as well as Tips on the Application Process by Nancy Aza, my PA colleague Ohood presented on "What is a Physician Assistant?". Ohood Elzibak, an Orthopaedic Surgery Physician Assistant who is part of the very first class of Physician Assistants to graduate from a civilian program in Ontario (Class of 2010). She was also the recent recipient of the CPAEA PA Educator of the Year and embodies

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