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grow up • physician's • check-up
take out • interns
  1. There are about five at our company this summer.
  2. Where did you ?
  3. I need to make an appointment for a .
  4. Do you have to your stitches?
  5. He has worked as a assistant since he was 25.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.

47 Dream Job

Jessica wants to work in the medical profession. She explains in detail.

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grow up

What do you want to be when you grow up?

We 'grow up' when we change from being children to being adults.  So the example question is asking what occupation you want as an adult.  Notice the following:

  1. When I grow up I want to live in California.
  2. Growing up is fun but not always easy.

physician's assistant

I want to be a physician's assistant.

A 'physician's assistant' is a middle level medical assistant who works to help licensed medical doctors do small medical tasks. Notice the following:

  1. He will graduate as a physician's assistant in a few months.
  2. You will be examined by a physician's assistant.


They give you check-ups when you go to a doctor's office.

A 'check-up' is a medical appointment where the doctor reviews your health.  They usually check your weight, height, ears, throat, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. You will need to come back for a check-up in a few weeks.
  2. I have a medical check-up tomorrow.

take out (stitches)

A physician's assistant does take out stitches, but not surgery.

'Take out' is a phrasal verb that means remove.  Stitches are pieces of string used to close a big cut on the skin.  Notice the following:

  1. The dentist had to take out a few teeth.
  2. When are they going to take out your stitches?


You spend two years at a hospital as an intern.

An 'intern' is a person working as an assistant or trainee in a hospital setting to get experience.  Notice the following:

  1. Do you have any intern positions?
  2. She worked as an intern during the summer before she graduated.