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  2. Hi, Thank you for your advice. I’ve been through intense medical programs before, I was in a physical therapy doctorate before PA school so I know that I can be a good provider once I better manage my anxiety. Letting it go is such good advice, my program faculty actually told me the same when they said that they noticed I’m one of the people who obsess over exams/results rather than moving on and focusing on the next one. In my time off I’m going to seek out treatment and also work on building better test taking skills.
  3. Did she ever send an email about the realtor most students use? I seem to remember her mentioning something about that at my interview??
  4. Most likely you’ll be alongside the provider interacting with the patient. You don’t know how the electronic health record works, or even how to get any information from it, so as dramatic as it may seem, you are basically shadowing in such a way that they can get a sense of how personable you are. It’s an uncomfortable situation if you don’t know how to talk to people and adapt to the fact that it’s a test. I think maybe because you are a new grad, they want to know you aren’t going to make them look bad. This may be controversial from here forward, but personally, I think that’s strange for them to ask you to do that. I don’t know if it’s a reflection of where the world has come to for them to feel like they have to screen folks like that, or if it’s disrespectful that they would feel they are so special that they need to test you. It might even be that they are so incompetent that they cant get a sense of you from an interview. Whatever the case may be, it doesn’t reflect well on them as a good clinic to be at. I’d go in and knock their socks off with my great demeanor, and then after they made an offer, I’d turn them down. I may be alone in this. Maybe it’s the new normal to dance for your potential employer. When I was in NP school, I had a potential preceptor who owned his clinic. I was setting up my clinical and looking for hours with them. The owner had me come in and they gave me a little brain teaser test within the interview. Asked me questions like google does... like “solve the riddle, we want to see how you think, not try to find the right answer.” I gave them a great answer that they loved. They were excited also because they thought possibly they would hire me after I graduated and make money off me. I never called them back after I left, and blocked the number. I passed their test. They failed mine. Found rotations with a place that immediately recognized me for what I am, which is a good, disciplined hire that presents well in person, and is respectful. That’s the kind of place I would be willing to work: for adults who recognize adults who can perform well. I had a job offer from every place I did my clinical training at, and offers at every location I applied to beyond my clinical sites. None of them tried that crap.
  5. Does anyone know when this program will send out interview invites? Best of luck!!!!
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  7. So from what I understand is that they calculate their own separate Math/Science GPA outside of CASPA using only 6 classes (Anatomy & Physiology, Gen Chem 1&2 w lab, microbiology and stats) it’s in their FAQ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I submitted my application on 6/1 and it still says Applied. Anybody else on the same boat? Should I contact the university?
  9. My pizza box tonight says Domino's is hiring at 15/hr. About as good as a 1099 in some cases.
  10. I think this topic has been milked for all it's worth elsewhere on this forum: https://www.physicianassistantforum.com/topic/47576-non-clinical-pa-jobs/ https://www.physicianassistantforum.com/topic/43138-non-clinical-jobs-for-pas/ https://www.physicianassistantforum.com/topic/13473-non-clinical-pa-jobs/ The list goes on...
  11. Oh ok, so you haven’t sent anything directly to them, right? They’ll retrieve everything from caspa and there is no further action needed from us?
  12. I was told to email updated transcript to CASPA and upon acceptance they would download from there.
  13. Hmm interesting. I’ll mail another official transcript to be on the safe side. you mailed or emailed them?
  14. For those that had the interview on July 18th.. please share your experiences!! what was it like? what kind of questions did they ask?
  15. Anyone that had the interview on July 18th care to give any sort of insight? Much appreciated!!
  16. Most college students have that moment in life where they come to a crossroads, not knowing what career path they should choose; I was no exception. After much research and guidance by friends and family, I was introduced to the PA profession. Just a few months after college graduation, I decided to apply. Although I did get a few interviews, I didn’t get accepted my first try. However, this did not deter me; it only fueled my desire to gain even more experience in the medical field. I decided to leave my part time job as an ER scribe and train to become a certified Autotransfusionist (AT). Once completed, I accepted a full-time position under a team of experienced perfusionists. This job in the OR has given me unlimited access to observe multiple surgical PAs and have an active part in many procedures such as liver transplants, open heart surgery, and aortic aneurysms. I can confidently say that my position as an AT has given me a wealth of knowledge and experience that I did not have when I applied last year. My understanding of the role of a PA and how they can be utilized in multiple specialties, can be directly attributed to my experience working in the operating room and my time spent shadowing PAs during surgery and in clinic. The role of a PA is dynamic; they must be able to adapt to the way their supervising physician practices medicine and take on new duties and responsibilities when necessary. By working as a team, the PA and physician can provide much better health care and give patients the one on one interaction that is often necessary or desired. In my shadowing experience, the PA obtains the history and physical from the patient and relays that information to the surgeon, who then goes to the room to discuss his recommendations. Open heart surgery is a complex procedure, so understandably patients can get rather anxious and ask many questions. The surgeon will explain the details of the procedure, the risks that it entails, then usually leaves the room. However, the PA is often still talking to the patient and addressing their many issues and concerns. I have shadowed PAs during clinic for pre op consultations, during open heart surgery, in the ICU, and post op visits for said surgeries; this level of shadowing and exposure mirrors some of the student PA’s surgery rotations. I am fortunate that the PAs and physicians I have shadowed have allowed me to ask questions, take the time to explain things, and even allowed me to take part in minor procedures such as suture removal. The more I shadowed, the more I was able to see myself working as a PA in surgery and interacting with our patients. Being able to truly visualize myself in this role after extensive exposure has given me the reassurance I need to continue to pursue a fulfilling career as a physician assistant. My entry into the medical field started with my first job as an ER scribe, accumulating close to 1500 hours in just over a year. It was the ideal job to get my foot in the door and obtain experience to build on. After working that job for over a year, an amazing opportunity came along to work as an AT in the operating room. An AT operates the cell saver machine; which collects, processes, and re-administers the patient’s own blood that is shed during surgery. This process is more beneficial to the patient and is a much safer and cost-effective alternative than donor blood. As much as I loved my job as a scribe, I knew I could not turn down such an opportunity. I have obtained so much experience over the past 7 months and have overcome many obstacles such as working in a high stress environment like the OR and adapting to new work situations, such as getting called in for a liver transplant in the middle of the night. Recently, I have learned to independently set up the bypass pump for the perfusionists prior to surgery and run intraoperative Istat labs. I truly feel this job has mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared me for PA school. When I face tough obstacles and have to adapt to new situations, I can draw on my past experiences to give me the strength I need to succeed. Although I have and will continue to face many hardships in my journey to become a PA, I believe it’s been necessary for me to grow personally and reach the conclusion that this career was absolutely meant for me. I work well in a team and strive to lift my coworkers up and can say with conviction that working in a collaborative and supportive role fits me like a glove. This career will always mean more to me than just a source of income or having a title behind my name. Knowing I can make a real impact in my patient’s lives and be a part of a close-knit healthcare team is all of the professional and personal fulfillment I could ever need.
  17. @Hmhguy95 nice statement. Some feedback. Why do you want to be a PA? Your statement talks about what you do now and that you DO want to be a PA...but WHY? I think that is missing/lacking. Suggestions: Intro paragraph to introduce yourself and why you want to be a PA... then, 2-3 paragraphs about your experiences (both life and PCE) and how they have helped confirm/shape your decision to be a PA and how those experiences can help you during PA school and as a practicing PA...these can be stories from your PCE or personal life, etc, but I would refrain from getting into too much detail about the specifics of what you did as a scribe or AT as the question is "why do you want to be a PA?" so, instead, match the skills of these jobs with the skills needed to be a PA and discuss how these experiences confirmed your decision to pursue a PA. Conclusion tying together your reasonings for wanting to be a PA, your PCE, and your unique qualities that would make you a good PA candidate. This, I feel, will help your statement flow and actually answer the question. Good luck!
  18. Congrats, can you please share your stats?
  19. In SoCal, my base salary is 5-10 less than yours but I expect to make around 140K this year with bonus factored in.
  20. All the best to all of us! It’s out of our hands! Got to trust the process and believe! Get some sleep!
  21. Dang, congratulations to those who have received recent interview invites!! I was under review 6/12 and I still haven't heard anything and am getting slightly worried, but hopefully they will still be considering for other interview dates too.
  22. hey guys, I was considering applying to MUSC but I am concerned about my gre score holding me back, made a 302 but my quant and writing were low. I do have a good overall gpa though 3.67 and 2600 hours of PCE. Do they place a lot of emphasis on the gre?
  23. I don’t want to ruin your excitement, but this question Is asked about once a week. Loads of non clinical jobs, I saw one today: open interviews tuesdays, 2-4. It was at BK. Pros: probably still get a discount on food. (Technically, “food”, though, amirite?) cons: constant griping about how Mickey Dees is better. It ain’t.
  24. Yes, good luck to everyone! We've all worked so hard. I went to bed super early hoping to sleep through the night but, nope. #teamnosleep One good thing is that EVMS offers more than 80 seats so there's a higher chance for all of us Today is going to be a rough day, ugh! LOL.
  25. When I got my application confirmation the email said: The UTRGV Graduate College staff will retrieve your documents from CASPA including: transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, resume, documentation of shadowing, and completion of prerequisite coursework." However, I emailed them about an update to my transcript (graduation status update) I got the message : "The admission specialist will analyze the information upload to the application. Make sure you send the official and unofficial transcripts." So I sent another transcript anyways.
  26. hey guys! i received an email from MWU saying i was placed on a waitlist for an interview. debating on whether this is better than a rejection or if its false hope. good luck to everyone who has interviews!
  27. Anyone with a non-clinical PA job? I’ve looked into teaching but curious what other roles are out there, and with what companies? Pros, Con? Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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