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The Clinician Help Desk

After spending several years in PA academia, we discovered that many students desire help navigating the competitive application process for health science graduate schooling.

Graduate school admissions have become increasingly complex.  With guidance from educators and professionals, through interview practice, personal statement editing & review, and mentoring sessions, the process can be less daunting.  With almost 20 years of experience, we provide proven skills to help you navigate the admission processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will one mock interview be all I need?

While we hope you are able to perfect your interview skills with one mock interview, some people need two or three sessions.  The first session allows us to find small problems and discuss how to improve, and the second and third sessions can allow you to practice new techniques.  We can schedule your second or third mock interviews to be with a different mentor or the same mentor as your first round- just specify your preference when you sign up or email us with your request.

Are the any guarantees offered with your services?

We guarantee you will meet with a professional with admissions and teaching experience that will provide you with valuable advice.  We cannot guarantee that you will be admitted or even offered an interview to a program with our services. 

Do you record your mentoring or mock interview sessions?

Recording is not permitted by our company.  You will be provided with a written summary after your mock interview or mentoring session.  When you request editing, we will provide a one-time, written document with suggestions and recommendations for your submission. 

What should I write about in my personal statement?

Having read hundreds of applicants’ personal statements, we know that there isn’t one formula that will secure an interview spot for anyone.  We recommend being truthful and interesting.  Try to draw the reader in, but don’t be too sensational.  We are happy to help you get started with a mentoring session, and we are happy to review what you have already written with our editing services. 

What is the best area of undergraduate study to prepare me for a graduate medical program?

In our experience with admissions and teaching, we have discovered that several areas of study are great at preparing you for graduate medical programs.  Applicants often choose to focus on biology, chemistry &/or exercise science paths, but that doesn’t mean those are the only options.  There are several applicants each year that matriculate into programs that did not have a degree in one of the previously mentioned areas of study.  It is more important to fulfill all admission requirements and prerequisites for a program rather than selecting a specific area of study.

How many programs should I apply to?

There is no set number that should be considered.  This is a very personal choice.  Some students like having a strong support group, so they choose programs very close to their home.  Some students are very passionate about mission work and only apply to programs that offer mission rotations.  If you would like to discuss this with a professional mentor that specializes in choosing programs, please see our mentoring service for more information.

If I get accepted to multiple programs, how do I pick what school I end up attending?

Please see our mentoring service.  This is one of the areas in which we specialize.  You can meet with a mentor with admissions and teaching experience to guide you through the process of selecting what school you attend.  This can be a very complicated process that would benefit from professional assistance.

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