Begin thinking about your application as early as possible! By this, I don’t mean that you need to start writing essays long before you apply, but rather work to identify areas that you believe make you a strong applicant and elaborate on why these areas are strong. For example, I work in a busy emergency room as an ER Tech / Nursing support. This experience sounds neat, but what skills did I learn? How has this experience shaped me? How did this experience help me decide to become a PA? Beginning to think in this mindset will help SO much when it comes time to actually write / speak about your experiences
It is also important to identify areas that you may not be as strong in. This can be challenging, but will truly help your application & allow you to grow. As I began to think about my application in my third year of university, I realized that I seriously lacked hands-on HCE. Based on this information, I applied to my school’s internship program and was able to secure a placement in a family medicine clinic. This information also helped me to realize that taking a gap year would be beneficial!
Finally, look at your application as a whole – not just as multiple pieces that you have to check off. I believe that admission committees want to see the individual, their story and proof as to why you want to pursue a career as a PA. Be yourself & advocate for yourself by talking up your experiences and skills! (think of it as practice to advocate for your future patients!) ❤️