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  2. Congrats @zrader and @ambros29! Thanks for sharing your stats earlier, zrader! Do you mind sharing your stats, ambros29? At least the hours and type of experiences? Currently still waiting to be pulled off from the wait-list from 8/10: nobody had mentioned in this forum that they got accepted from that interview date :/ Hoping for the best! Thanks!!
  3. Good plan. You've got quite a way to go to put a GPA up to at least a 3.0 after an undergrad degree. Some programs look at your last 60 credits or so, so you might tailor your approach to them. Best of luck!
  4. I'm partial towards either taking post-bacc classes (for the sake of bumping up your cumulative to at least a 3.0 to increase the number of programs you can apply to) or entering a science-related graduate program (to show that you can handle graduate-level work). However, I could be wrong in estimating how many credits of A's with the first option you would need to reach a solid 3.0. Have you calculated this? Do you know if you could reach a 3.0 in a year? I would also try my best to really research and apply to more "lesser known" programs to increase your odds of getting in (whether it be due to less number of applicants or having many students ultimately giving up their spot for a different program). Maybe try avoiding wildly popular locations? I personally think your quality of PCE is fine and there's no need to really branch out unless you feel compelled to. If you can't stand the thought of being a nurse and making little income while in nursing school, definitely avoid that route. I'm not seeing anything on your post really detailing the type of applicant you are other than your GPA and PCE. Make sure you really try to compensate for your GPA by being an exemplary candidate in all other aspects (personal statement, letters of rec, GRE, volunteering, leadership, HCE). Play on and really emphasize on your outstanding qualities and apply to programs that are looking for people like you. Like you said, it's still early in the cycle. This advice may (I hope) become totally unnecessary. If it turns out that you need to apply again next cycle, I highly recommend contacting the schools you applied to and getting their input. Some will be happy to help you analyze your application. Also, try attending open houses so program directors can match your face with your name should you apply. AND APPLY VERY EARLY. Good luck!
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  6. Did you guys mail the supplemental with a printed essay or email the essay electronically? Also, how did you guys listed your health care experiences? By recent-old, highest-lowest qualities, or category (shadowing, paid, volunteer, hands-on, etc.)? Thanks :)
  7. Sounds like you are on the right track and being very proactive about improving your chances in the areas that are in your control: getting A's, volunteering, working, etc. The great thing about the PA application process is it is very HOLISTIC. That is why it is not JUST the GPA, but also all the other things that you are actively working on. Hopefully you can get a few more A's to curve your cumulative/science closer to 3.0 or a bit above. If the rest of your application is glowing than you might get a chance. Something I have told myself and I will share with you as well... "Character is proven in adversity" You've proven that...keep grinding. Good luck!
  8. will do, thanx.
  9. When did you interview if you don't mind me asking?
  10. Congrats on the acceptance. Usually the current president of the class will get with the faculty and start a FB page for the class. Maybe @PAzeke can help?
  11. (GA PCOM 2nd year PA-S here) The curriculum is organ/system based, cardiology, endo, pulmonolgy, you move from system to system. During the fall your main classes are A&P (plus a bunch of other little classes), the winter is H&P (plus more little classes), then it becomes all about clinical medicine until you are done with didactic. You also have a separate pharmacology course. Sprinkled into the clinical courses you have specialty courses like surgery, ER, psych, etc. When I went through my didactic the exams weren't always right after you finished covering a topic (sometimes up to 3 weeks after) but that may be fixed by now. It was really annoying because you were expected to continue learning about a different system then be tested in the previous system. There are plenty of organizations to belong to, the PA association is the closest related one, but you also have others like Surgery club, ER club, PCOM Fit, etc. Faculty doesnt recommend jumping on ship with the organizations until you have a feel for how much time you need to spend studying. Some organizations are more relaxed than others. Im part of the ER club and we rarely ever meet. Others meet weekly. The campus has a play room with Xbox, PS4, ping pong tables, and a pool table. Those are all free to use 24/7. Like PAzeke said, chelsea 88 seems to be favored. My suggestion is live as close to the school as you can, you will spend a lot of time there and may need to go in to study or other short-timed activities. The area around the campus is safe, I lived in Lawerenceville (15 mins from campus) and never had a problem. It is suburban Atlanta so anywhere within 15 minutes from campus is fine.
  12. Anyone else interviewing 9/27 and want to meet up on the 26th?? Can't wait to meet everyone :)
  13. This was funnier than it probably deserved to be. points to gryffindor I do agree with much of what is said above re: debt, but there is all kinds of middle ground here. Debt is a tool, just as a power tool or a firearm is. With proper education and common sense, these can help you out when they are needed. But when they are not truly (TRULY!) needed, they need to be put away. If these items are used improperly or in haste, the results can be disastrous. I personally love ol' Dave Ramsey PA-C, who has chimed in above, and he is doing vitally important work, but I don't agree with absolutely everything he says. Get the books, and you'll take something away from each that will stick with you. For instance, Kiyosaki was clearly made by blind luck, and fabricated great whacks of his personal history (including his military service). But he is completely against the idea that your home (with mortgage) is an asset, and I'll never forget this. Back on subject. High paying / loan repayment new grad jobs might be found in undesirable places - all you have to do is look. Interview with a few and find out how bad they suck. Recruiters - the bane of most of our existence - might come in handy here. They exist to find and hire candidates for hard-to-fill jobs. Your main goal right now is to gain experience - not make the big money. In 18 months or so, you can start considering Alaska oil rig jobs or something. Liking the way you think, but think it through. Having less than a year of experience is a major league bugaboo. Trust me on this. Try not to worry about it. Good luck.
  14. Hey everyone, I have been going through the topics for some time now, and I think I need some tailored advice for my situation. It's a little long, but I would appreciate some help. The primary points are this: I am in undergrad, have a bad GPA, and want to be a PA. Regarding my GPA, I have acknowledged and recognized WHY, and have eliminated all of those negative factors from my life -- this is an important step in both improving, AND in offering an explanation to a PA school application committee. I also want to preface that I'll be offering some of the causal factors involved in my poor academic performance, but I won't be using them as "excuses". First, my background. I started undegrad about 6 years ago, with the intention to pursue something vaguely healthcare-related. I had poor guidance, with no knowledge of where to get advice, and under-performed as a result. About a year and a half in, I got pressured into going for a BioEngineering degree, and got beat up by Physics and Math classes for which I had insufficient interest in to spur good performance. I recognized that my lack of interest in BioEngineering was partly to blame for my poor performance. I determined I would go into healthcare as a PA, when I learned about the profession from a work colleague, as this interested me greatly. When I started down the route for the PA pre-requisites, I started doing better, and found I had a much greater interest in my courses. The only major detriment was Organic Chemistry 1, which was a definite pre-req for PA, as well as for my Biology degree. This class was just so unlike anything I had ever taken, although I eventually passed. I have also worked throughout my entire time as a student, and had a few "house life" issues, although none of those are "excuses"; they're simply obstacles that made it more difficult for me to perform optimally. After that, I knew I had to re-structure myself, and completely turned over a new leaf. Since then, for the past year and a half, I have gotten nothing but A's, taking upper-level advanced science courses and writing-intensives to boost myself. I got a better job, with better pay and better scheduling, and am exhibiting the upward trend that can help lighten poor early academic performance. I put 110% into all of my classwork, I am always one of the top students in the class, have gotten on good terms with all of my professors, and even got a great Letter of Recommendation from one in order to volunteer in the ER at a local hospital (for which I can attain a maximum of 150 Patient Care Hours). My GPA is 2.7. I understand that this is well below the minimum for PA schools, not even mentioning being competitive. I know the reality of the situation -- I would like advice on how I can FIX it. My current Plan of Action is this: -Finish my last two PA-pre-reqs (A&P 1 + 2), and continue taking upper level science courses and getting A's to raise my GPA. -Continue volunteering as much as possible, including shadowing. -Train for and become an EMT-B, in order to meet AND exceed the Patient Care Hours for most PA schools. -Continue obtaining glowing Letters of Recommendation, and write an outstanding Personal Statement/Letter -Eventually apply to MANY PA schools So, there it is. I already went through the period where I felt like trash about my academic performance; I am now focused on fixing it. I am willing to do whatever it takes. Help is greatly appreciated.
  15. Got my first rejection yesterday :( from UTSW. 2 more to go! 🙏🏽 Congrats to everyone that got accepted!
  16. Thank you that is very helpful to know.
  17. @tloik21 let me know when you hear back!
  18. I did as well. Good luck to everyone!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. This also what I heard during an information session. No advantage to an early submission; in fact, I think she mentioned that it was better to make sure everything is perfect and submit right before than rush. Although I'm sure everyone who submitted early made sure their app was perfect.
  21. I had the same comp but a 26th percentile verbal score and still landed interviews
  22. I heard back from Michelle and I am interviewing on oct 14th. I hope everyone is safe at all the campuses.
  23. Which email did you receive? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Our hospital has a simulated care through occupational therapy that tests reaction time, motor skills. Very, very useful. I've found driving evals to be a very touchy subject....not an easy thing to do. On a different note, what are some medical indications to take a license? The obvious ones would be seizure, syncope, etc. Any specific cut off in your state regarding A1C?
  25. Sharing an email for all of you Washington state PAs:
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