Interview Resources

In addition to the interview invitation letter, the following items may be helpful in planning for your interview.

  • Interview Information - Interview format, attire, academic update
  • Portland – Portland International Airport, transportation to/from airport, points of interest, etc.
  • Accommodations – list of hotel/motel option in the Portland area
  • Directions –  parking information, PA Program location, etc.

 We look forward to seeing you at your interview. If you are heading for the airport  directly after your interview and have luggage to store during the day, we can keep it in a secure spot until you're ready to leave.

In the meantime, please be sure to confirm your interview at paprgm@ohsu.edu and let us know if you have questions not answered in your letter or on this webpage.

 OHSU PA Program Admissions Office   
 Colleen Schierholtz, Director of Admissions   
 Jess Pethtel, Admissions Assistant   

Interview Information

The following information is provided to give you an overview of what to expect during the interview day. Specific details will be available when you arrive at your interview.

The OHSU PA Program utilizes a group interview process.  Six to eight candidates are invited to interview each interview day.  The candidates are then divided into two groups of 3-4 interview candidates meeting with five members of the PA Program admissions committee for the group interview.

The admissions committee consists of the following representatives:  PA program director, members of the PA program faculty, members of the OHSU faculty, community PAs and physicians, and one current clinical year student.  The admissions committee members will vary each interview day due to schedule availability and the need for only five members on a particular  day.  Specific names of committee members will be provided at the time of the interview.

The interview day will begin with introductions between committee members and candidates.  Introductions will be followed by the group interview which is scheduled for about 1 hour.  The remainder of the day allows for opportunities to sit in on a class (if the student schedule permits),  a brief campus tour, lunch with current students, and an overview of the curriculum. By the end of the day you will have a very good idea of the OHSU Physician Assistant Program and how it meets your requirements as a prospective student.

Interview Attire

The interview attire is business dress.  Please dress as you would for a professional job interview. In addition, keep in mind there will be some walking during the day. If your interview attire includes shoes that  are not the best for touring around campus, feel free to bring an extra pair of shoes.

Academic Update

As a reminder, if you have any coursework listed on your CASPA application as "In Progress" from summer or fall terms, please be prepared to provide the program with an update of those courses. An update can include transcripts for completed spring/summer courses with final grades listed and/or current progress in courses planned for fall completion.


All about Portland

Portland is a great place to work, live, study and play. It is full of cultural events, outdoor activities and many wonderful food & beverage options.  If you have the opportunity to explore Portland on days before or after your scheduled interview, there are many things for you to do and experience.

Travel Portland - Home

TripAdvisor - Portland

Portland City Maps


Staying in Portland

Portland offers a variety of accommodation options to meet any budget. We have included a list of local resources for you in the PDF document below, but you may find the following website helpful.


Portland Hotels and Motels (pdf)


Getting to and from the airport 

There are several options for getting to downtown Portland from the airport.

OHSU is highly accessible by public transit and we encourage visitors to keep their carbon footprint low. Portland MAX Light-rail runs frequently from the Airport into downtown Portland and takes about 38 minutes. Please visit www.trimet.org to find out more about public transit options.  

Taxi service is available and costs about $35.00 from the airport to downtown locations. 

Getting to OHSU

OHSU is easily accessible by Tri-Met Bus Route #8 that will drop you off directly across the street from Gaines Hall. A more scenic option is to take the streetcar to the base of the Aerial Tram and ride up. Then use the OHSU map to walk from the Tram to Gaines Hall.  Check Tri-Met's website for streetcar routes.