Career Resources

Areas of Practice Guide

Explore a new career direction or specialty with this collection of AAPA and partner resources, salary data, and CME on various practice areas, including Administration, Dermatology, Education, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Telemedicine, and Urgent Care.

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Guide: Prepare for In-Depth Interview Questions

In your job interview, be prepared for in-depth questions. This resource can help you anticipate what questions to expect. We’ve provided some space for you to make notes in advance. Remember: You are interviewing because you are a good candidate, so be confident. Most interviewers are more interested in getting to know you as a person.

Guide: Questions for Your Potential Employer

Don’t forget the interview process is two-way. Ask questions and learn whether this is an environment in which you will thrive as a PA, and to determine if this position reflects your interests and desired style of practice.

Guide: Cover Letters

A well-written cover letter is an effective way to introduce yourself and your work to prospective employers and spark their interest in meeting you. Cover letters should be concise, lively, and tailored to each position for which you apply. Cover letters follow a general format. Use our guide and make sure yours gets you the position you want.

Guide: Resumes and CVs

Do you need a résumé or a CV – or both? What should these important documents include? How can you avoid common mistakes? These essential career documents should be straightforward and specific, convey your achievements to potential employers, and show how you fit the role and experience they are seeking in a PA.

Checklist: Leaving a Job

You will no doubt move through a series of positions in your PA career. Here’s how to make a job transition gracefully with professional bridges intact.

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How to Find Your Voice at the Leadership Table

Looking for ways to ensure that your voice is heard at the leadership table? Alisha T. DeTroye, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA, director of PA Services at Wake Forest Baptist Health and president-elect of North Carolina Academy of PAs, shares her tips.

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Find Your Passion at Any Stage of Your PA Career

Whether you are just starting your PA career, are in mid-practice, or near retirement, be cognizant of what drives and ignites you. By taking inventory, considering new initiatives, and talking to other PAs, you can find your passion.

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Hate the Time Spent on EHRs? You’re Not Alone

Despite the promised efficiency of using EHR systems, more than one in four PAs spend at least two hours per day, outside of office hours, documenting clinical care in their EHR system. Here is the good and bad news about EHRs.