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    Hey guys! My name is Kristin Kingery. I wanted to start this thread to allow us all to communicate and learn a little bit about each other as well as discuss or ask any questions about the upcoming cycle! This is the forum for anyone applying in 2019, hoping to begin PA school in January 2020! The application cycle starts soon so I wanted to go ahead and get a group started! If anyone wants to talk or get to know each other, my email is kristinkingery1@gmail.com. I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you guys soon!
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    This is perfect advice. I don't think you're going to have a problem getting interviews/acceptances. However, you might start hearing more about this once you start didactic. The majority of our class is straight from undergrad (meaning high GPAs, lower end of PCE), and they have had to be told MANY times "STOP TRYING TO GET ALL A's!" - because in PA school it's impossible and you'll really kill yourself if you try to keep on pushing for that 4.0 in PA school. There are so many exams and so much information in PA school. So understanding early on that you WILL fail some things and you don't need to get straight As on everything is soo important. That said, be proud of what you've accomplished, go in to those interviews confident, and remember that once you start didactic the emphasis needs to be on really understanding the material so that you can treat patients well and pass the PANCE - the emphasis does not need to be on maintaining perfect grades.
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    As far as I know all programs are 'pay as you go' i.e you pay each semester at that start of the semester. I guess I fail to see how that's relevant. You can either work your butt off and pull up your GPA or drop out and likely never be a PA. You would be hard pressed to find a program willing to accept you after A: having a low GPA and B: giving up. Plenty of students get put on academic probation. Put in the work, get better grades, and move on. All who pass PANCE are PA-C's regardless of how they got there.
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    Minimal chance on getting deployed from a OCONUS clinic. Japan is a great time. Enjoy the travel opportunities and exploring a new home!
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    Potentially Abolished. There ya go. Call us that, and you get to keep your PA letters. Yea for us. Medical Practitioners. It's not cute, it's accurate. Full stop.
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    You always have to take the big swing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. perhaps this will make bigger changes next year easier.
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    You'd be making ~$40/hr. I know a nurse who was offered a position for $47/hr in Michigan. If you make at least $50/hr 45 hrs/week, you would be making $108k. A normal rate of 2 pts/hour is pretty good if you ask me, so maybe that's why the pay is low. Salary and CME are very low. Try to negotiate at least $97k, but that would still put you at only ~$44/hr. CME should be much higher, I hear the norm is $2k-$3k. If you can get the salary and CME up, the offer doesn't seem bad especially since the doctor is understanding and very willing to teach
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    I have significant hearing loss and wear hearing aids. My previous employer made a contract that I had to use an electronic/amplified stethoscope at work. I thought that was reasonable but they wouldn't reimburse me for it. It was just for formality I think so they can cover their butts if I miss something on exam. Who knows? I also am a disabled vet with multiple MSK issues. This I have not disclosed to any employers. They see me limping everyday though lol. My hearing loss is due to an Autoimmune inner ear issue so I get flare ups every so often of my vertigo (severe) I have an FMLA in place from my physician for this though so it can cover my butt when I have flare ups. Sad thing is Kaiser only covers it for 6 mos and I would have to Re apply q 6 mos. And Kaiser's paperwork system is like the DMV. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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    Unless you are Mother Theresa and are doing this for the greater good, this is one of the worst offers I have seen. It is lacking in every category except for health benefits.
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    This guy must be a troll. Is it possible to delete this thread before outsiders get a hold of this? If you define yourself as a physician, you are a detriment to our profession and you will only add more strife between us and physicians. No one cares about what the dictionary defines a physician as. Our society deems a physician as an MD/DO and that's how it should be. Do we need a name change? Sure, but you are a few cents short of a dollar
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    You're right literally/technically, just not figuratively. Doctor, and physician doesn't necessarily mean MD/DO, however, in practice we know what physician or doctor means. This is as simple as it becoming common use after really what was a hijacking of a somewhat general term. It would have probably been more correct that they call themselves MD's, or DO's all this time, or some other proprietary term, rather than a general term, but that's where we are at. In appealing to tradition, but really, just to avoid confusion among patients I don't think we should start using the term, even if it is technically true. As a huge addendum to this, it really calls into question the name of our profession. If the previous is true, then why is Physician's Assistant not accurate? Why do we get so up in arms about the possessive s? Does Physician assistant imply that we are indeed physicians, just assistant physicians? If this is true, then we definitely need a name change by MD/DO's logic that we are "non-physician providers". And if the prior is true, that we are actually just Physician's Assistants, then that is simply inaccurate by virtue of our job description, or at least many of ours. In conclusion, while we should respect the term physician, we shouldn't be afraid of any of the kickback in pursuing the name change. We also shouldn't be afraid of any kickback of the term 'provider' 'clinician' 'medical practitioner', etc. It's ridiculous that any name besides assistant is unacceptable to many in the physician community. Nurse's don't have this same problem; nowhere in their title is the word assistant. We need to find our identity as a field, and that is not as assistants. Medical assistants already have that identity.
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    Wanna be a physician? Go to medical school.
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    I have severe UC and I would never list that as a disability. I do get IV infusions every couple weeks and I have to take off that day. I am rapidly approaching a colectomy and trying to get my affairs in order for that. But my group has been more than understanding. As long as you are good at your job and don't make excuses when you are there, most reasonable people won't mind if you need a couple minor considerations.
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    I hate when reality intrudes on ideal. My wife recently had to get hearing aids. Her work started a big push about vital signs (she works in psych) so she told them she would need a special stethoscope so she could take vitals while wearing hearing aids. No more conversations about getting everyone stethoscopes...and that day position you were next in line for? We think you are better suited to the night shift. I'm ready to lawyer up. She is afraid of getting fired which would just bolster the claim. Life... what are you gonna do?
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    I don't consider Crohn's and an ileostomy a disability. You have patina in my opinion. We all have something. I have 2 autoimmune diseases, a hx of migraines and I am fluffy. Makes me human. Doesn't affect my ability to work - migraines decreased with each decade after 35 and (knock wood) haven't had one in almost 3 yrs now. Our humanity contributes to our empathy and willingness to investigate, diagnose and treat. I can relate to my patients. Very sorry to hear about the renal failure, dialysis and dissections though - those will reduce professional TIME but I don't think it makes you a lesser provider. That said - if the ADA exists for these issues in other industries - they exist for us. We have to do what it takes to preserve our own health and sanity - if it gets even one of us protection while we heal or adapt - then so be it. Not a weakness - a tool. I don't have FMLA for any of my conditions as they don't really interfere with my work - not a reason I have to call out sick. If one does have a condition that would require intermittent appts, therapy, dialysis, treatment or possible flares that would cause time away from work - then fill out the FMLA form just like you do for others. Only HR and perhaps a direct superior need to know. I have met more PAs over the years who are honest about their medical conditions and how it is an asset to their abilities. We are seasoned and most of us have worked as something else prior to PA - we tend to come with more life experience than a career student track. I firmly believe it makes us better providers. Take care of yourself, ask for help when needed - back each other up. Take care everyone!!
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    You really need local data about what a primary care PA makes. That feels low, but I work in SW Ohio. My classmates who started in primary care 5 years ago were making in the mid 90's to start.
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    Find something that helps you and stick with it because in my experience, that feeling does not go away when you're in school. I even know brand new PAs who felt the same way in their first job after school. I've had similar experiences at work in the ER. One night I was able to straight stick a tiny old lady with no veins perfectly the first time and the next night I missed on a young patient who had legitimate pipes in his arm and my only thought was.....what is wrong with me? I try to make a mental list of things I am good at and remind myself when I feel like a failure. I'm way better in our combination sessions where we do case studies than tests. I'm sure you will make friends once classes start and you start going into diagnostic methods because we have a few classmates with similar past experience and they have some great insight! And keep in mind, you're not supposed to know everything yet. You won't even know everything once you are done with class! Sometimes being aware that you don't know everything gives you a healthy level of humility and prevents your ego from getting in the way. Just do your best to apply yourself and learn and be kind to yourself if you don't do as well as you expect. PA school is hard. Even straight A students struggle and that's completely normal.
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    Hi everyone, I'm here asking for some advice. I am currently in my first year of didactic year. While I am passing my exams, I'm afraid I am not retaining information as well as I should. I am beyond worried because I start rotations in just a few months. At times, I see myself studying like I did in undergraduate where I learn it for the exam. I know this isn't how it should be done - I just don't know how to study differently that way I can commit it for long term memory. Any suggestions on how to study and retain info more efficiently? Is this the general feeling before going onto rotations? If you're currently in rotations, how do you think you could have studied more effectively during didactic year?
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    Just got accepted from the waitlist today!
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    General comments (don't take these too harshly/personally, just trying to make it better): You're PS is too unfocused, and talks about way too many things in your life. Because of this, it doesn't really have a clear theme and is hard to follow You talk about: 1) an ER encounter you had, 2) being disgruntled working at a job, 3) how you got initially interested in medicine, 4) your volunteer opportunity at Habitat for Humanity, 5) an excruciating long story about Valerie and her son, 6) how you had no idea what you were doing in college, 7) how deciding on pursuing the PA profession made you excel in your academics and your PCE/volunteering/jobs, 8 ) getting your EMT license, 9) how you felt limited by just being an EMT 10) experiences with PAs, 11) how you want to give better care for your patients which is why you want to become a PA, 12) a random last sentence about Valerie and how it sort of relates to your motivations for becoming a PA Honestly no one is going to remember or have time to dissect all of these different directions that your PS is taking us. Furthermore, none of these elements connect at all in any way and it seems like they are sort of just "empty" words that don't have much meaning/weight. With that being said, it do If your life story was a whole pie, only serve a slice of that pie, and only serve the slice of that pie that is relevant towards describing 1) why you want to become a PA specifically, and 2) why you would be an excellent PA. You wrote all of these words and I still have no idea why you are pursuing the PA profession specifically, as opposed to any other healthcare position (MD/DO/RN/NP/DNP/PT/OT) where you can also help patients. Critical error: DO NOT USE CONTRACTIONS (I'm, wasn't). This is a professional piece of writing that is going to be read by professionals. Critical error: DO NOT CALL THE PROFESSION "Physician's Assistant", also DO NOT CAPITALIZE IT ALSO. It is physician assistant. You will get auto-rejected for this mistake/severely judged. Generally it is just not a well-written personal statement and needs revision and more focus and needs to stick to the prompt (why you want to become a PA and why you would become a fantastic PA). That is all that matters. No one is going to care about some ER encounter/your volunteer experiences/your trials and tribulations/basically anything you write about if they have nothing to do with why you want to pursue the PA profession and how your past experiences have shaped you into becoming a fantastic future PA. Note: this is not me saying that these personal experiences you have written aren't important in your journey to becoming a PA, I am just saying that at its current state, your writing does not exemplify/demonstrate why you want to become a PA and why you would become a fantastic PA. More specific comments (let me dissect your essay): "Suddenly, I’m enveloped into an embrace with an elderly woman; we maintain our stance for several minutes without parting. When we finally divide, I am held at arm’s length. The remnant of tears trace down the side of her cheeks as she speaks softly. “It will be okay, thank you.” Her words are reassuring, although I am unsure if they are truly allocated for me. We had attempted to resuscitate her husband in the emergency room for an hour without success. It wasn’t the sudden loss of life that caught me off guard, but the magnitude of the heartbreak I felt for the woman’s family that continues to resonate with me. This experience is part of what has made me realize that providing care within my community drives my passion to become a PA." -Not impressed by the hook/story. Does not relate to anything else you said in your PS. Do not use contractions. Very cliche. "This experience is part of what has made me realize that providing care within my community drives my passion to become a PA." -So non-specific and cliche, especially when this statement could have been applied to any other healthcare profession (MD/DO/RN/NP/PT/OT/etc.) You can provide care within your community by doing any of these jobs. So why PA specifically? "After six years of climbing the corporate ladder I came to the realization that I was spending the majority of my day agonizing about a bottom line rather than truly serving our clients." -Do not put any type of negativity in your essay. It just sounds like you hated your previous job. There are more tactful ways of addressing issues/difficulties you've faced in other professions. "My position required hours of analyzing medical records in preparation for trial. I would become engrossed during my review researching patients’ diagnosis and treatment options." -Sounds like you are copying parts of your résumé/CV, which is inappropriate for the personal statement, especially when it does not relate to why you want to be a PA "I received the privileged, behind-the-curtain, opportunity to discuss their plans of care directly with physicians during depositions. This experience made me interested in medicine." -Also part of your job description/résumé. Why specifically was this important besides that it got you interested in medicine? "During this time, I also began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, which is where I had the experience that inspired me to change career paths altogether.  It was a blistering summer day and we were in the final stages of restoring a dilapidated home. My few short months of involvement with Habitat for Humanity were beginning to feel more fulfilling than my corporate. I was wearing a blue hard hat and Habitat shirt which was stained with streaks of grey paint from the day’s work. The home owner, Valerie, waved me over for a cold glass of lemonade which I graciously accepted. As I sat down to enjoy a break from the heat, she relayed the story of how she became the recipient of Habitat’s philanthropic efforts. Valerie, a single mother with two smaller children, described her youngest son’s severe disabilities, which had left him confined to a wheelchair. She discussed the difficulty of maintaining a job while tending to her son’s full time needs. She went on to explain the many hardships the family had as a result of financing his costly medical treatment. The paint brush in my hand almost seemed to shrink in size as I realized how minuscule my contribution to the community actually was. That day, with Valerie’s story burning in my head, I returned home and enrolled in school to become an EMT." -Way too long of a story. Also the story is super cliche and doesn't really get into your specific motivations for pursuing the EMT profession (let also the PA profession, which is what this essay is supposed to be about). This essay is not about Valerie, or her son. This is about WHY YOU WANT TO BECOME A PA AND WHY YOU WOULD BE A FANTASTIC ONE. Make it FOCUSED ON YOU. "I could not have fathomed that I would pursue a career in health care, and it is due to my trials and tribulations since completing my undergraduate work that health care has become an interwoven part of my identity. During my undergraduate program, I became discouraged, pursuing unfulfilling majors in multiple career paths. I lost my way during this time and felt disheartened with my education. Since I ascertained my devotion to become a PA I have excelled in my prerequisite course work and contributed over 1,000 hours to the underserved within my community while maintaining a full-time job. " -Super cliche. Also way too many flowery/emotional/unnecessary words ("could not have fathomed", "trials and tribulations", "interwoven part of my identity", "lost my way", "disheartened", "ascertained my devotion"). Also do not list you worked >1000 hours in an underserved setting, that is very inappropriate for the personal statement. "While volunteering at Puget Sound Christian Clinic I began to realize the restrictions of my EMT license. I lacked the education necessary to fully care for my patients that required ongoing medical treatment." -Just being devil's advocate, but what happens if you are a future PA, and you do not have the education (for example, compared to trained MDs/DOs) to fully care for your patients because they are very critically ill with many complex comorbidities that you have not been accustomed managing as a PA since you've only got 2-3 years of education versus 8+ years as an MD/DO? Would you then go pursue an MD/DO so that you can get the full education/training to fully care for your patients? (I'm just being picky, but just trying to point out the cliche-ness of the whole "lack of adequate training/knowledge" aspect of any job). "I was provided with the opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team and had my first interactions with a PA. My path to becoming a PA was illuminated after observing our PA’s calming demeanor when faced with managing patients chronic medical conditions while navigating difficult language barriers." -You can also manage patients' (this is the appropriate punctuation, not "patients") chronic medical conditions by being an NP/DO/MD. This is not specific to the PA profession at all. You also can navigate through difficult language barriers as an interpreter, so why PA? "Recognizing the limitations of my EMT license, I strive to assist my patients at a higher level of care and offer greater support to the underserved as a PA. I look forward to using what I learn in a Physician’s Assistant program to lessen the burden of health care expenses for individuals like Valerie and continue to connect to their families in my community in their times of hardship." -PAs have limits in patient care as well. You can assist patients in many healthcare roles, so why PA? DO NOT CAPITALIZE physician assistant, and definitely DO NOT CALL US a physician's assistant. You can connect to families in your community in their times of hardship in many other roles besides the PA profession. So I have to keep asking you... why specifically PA? Anyways, hope that me overanalyzing/dissecting your current PS helps you come up with a better essay! Don't take any of these comments personal, they are mainly just thinking points/points of contention that potential readers in any ADCOM would think of when trying to deny you an interview to their program. Remember, they are trying to find any reason to deny giving you an interview, as there are many many competitive applicants! Good luck. Feel free to comment if you need me to elaborate on anything I've said (For reference, I got 9 interviews and I am going to my top choice this year)! (I also hope this helps anyone else trying to write their own PS as I touched on a lot of points that could be applied to other people writing their drafts of their essays).
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    I'm voting Physician Associate. Keep the PA initials. The "PA" profession has been gaining so much traction over the last 5 years and now we want to change the initials --> back to square one. The profession has changed dramatically since its inception. We are no longer "assistants". But we can definitely be associates and keep the PA initials! Sidenote: academically it's the same hierarchy.. Assistant professor, Associate professor, then full-fledged Professor. And just as important, I also believe they should standardize the degree granted. It should be something along the lines of MMS "Master of Medical Sciences". Whereas some schools have an MSPAS, MPA, MHSPAS, MSQWERTY. Therefore, I can introduce myself as "Hello my name is Endeavor your PA/Physician Associate." I have my masters in medicine. (Whereas an MD/DO has a doctorate in medicine). Just my 2 cents..
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    I think the key would be to never say MP. say, Hi, I'm Jack, I will be your medical provider today
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    Similar situation to my program. Recently when another student was asked why he constantly asks others what grade they got on tests, his response was "it's the only way I can feel good about myself knowing others are doing worse." It's a horrendous attitude. I had a LOT of anxiety first semester, particularly about testing and grades. It's better now - I have found a couple of close friends who don't discuss grades (for the most part), and actually the majority of the class has calmed down quite a bit regarding competition/comparisons, though it still exists and I hate it. I also got on beta blockers to help with the test anxiety. There's not much to be done about it, just keep your head down and see if you can find one or two people who feel the same as you do. You'll get through didactic, it just might be without the support of your cohort, which truly sucks.
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    Hey guys, My name is Logan and I am a new first year at the University of Florida. It wasn't long ago at all that I was sitting where you are sitting, knee deep in the application journey for PA school. I have compiled a list of things which opened my eyes to the application process after having been through it twice, as well as things I wish I had known going into the process which I think would've helped me be better prepared. A little background on me-- I got my degree in Athletic Training at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, where I was SUPER involved in extracurriculars and leadership positions (multiple leadership positions in my fraternity, ATSO, Order of Omega, Up 'Til Dawn, research, etc) plus employed on campus. Because I was so involved, my grades suffered and I ended up graduating with a 3.4 cumulative GPA and a 3.28 science GPA... Not great. Through my undergrad being in a medical field, I also had a bunch of rotation hours to list on my resume. Immediately after graduation I had a bit of an identity crisis not knowing fully yet what I wanted to do "when I grew up", I went straight into paramedic school to gain added experience and buy time to figure out my future. I applied to the CASPA for the first time in 2015 straight out of medic school and, as you probably picked up, didn't get in. As a matter of fact, I didn't even get an interview... anywhere. Devastated, I decided to get a change of pace and uprooted my life to transplant somewhere else and busted ass working. I also identified that a couple of my science classes were a weak spot on my application, so I re-took them. I took a year off from applying and in 2017 I applied to 12 schools, was extended an interview at 9, and accepted at 6. Here is my list of things I have picked up along the way, and tips for you moving forward. When Applying: Apply Early!!! I know everyone says this but trust me, if you can beat the crowd, even if your application is meh, you may still be a shining star out of the small percentage to take this advice. Your chances of getting an interview is significantly higher the earlier you apply, especially if the program has rolling admissions. Get your application busted out literally as soon as possible, spend a short time reviewing everything, and start submitting them quick. If you are reading this now (posted at the end of June) and you haven't started submitting (or are close to submitting save for some last minute tweaking) yet, you are behind the ball. Get on it!! Apply Everywhere Make a list of literally every school (in the WHOLE US) you qualify for by the minimum standards (GPA, GRE scores, Class Prereqs). Yes, this is time intensive but there are books that can help you outline each program and their requirements. Once you have the expansive list of programs which you could theoretically get in to, cross out the ones which you would not accept even if you were given an acceptance. For me, it was anywhere with too cold of a winter (true southerner and have been in Florida for the last 9 years... 60 is chilly for me, lol). Keep narrowing your list till you get to between 10 and 15 schools. Obviously if you are a perfect applicant with a 4.0 GPA, incredible GRE scores, tons of patient contact, and a resume a mile long with achievements; you can have a shorter list... but since most people reading this don't have the "perfect" application, it is better to cast the net wide. Also- Just because a school says it will accept outstanding prereqs, doesn't mean in reality it will. Why should they take 1 incomplete package when they have thousands of others who offer the total package. Save your money and keep looking. Once you decide what schools you are applying to, make a folder on your computer dedicated to just that school. ex- "PA School Applications" > "University of Florida". Inside that folder, have every document pertaining to that school you can get. Any pertinent research you stumble across, all your essays, a copy of your supplemental application, etc.... You will be happy you did that when it is time to research for your interview. Save Up Money It is incredible how expensive the application process is, and not something I expected when I initially applied. The CASPA applications are expensive, especially for as many schools as you should be applying to. Then you have to worry about Secondary applications. Then when you start getting interview invites you need to pay for travel and the hotel, plus food, etc. It all adds up quick, especially if you have multiple interviews back to back in different states. Plan for it financially and it will be a HUGE weight off your shoulders when the time comes. Assuming you get in somewhere, then you have the seat deposit which is usually between $500 and $1000 - some more, some less. Make Sure Your Application is "Perfect" Before Submitting Every applicant gets the same baseline question... "Why Do You Want to be a PA". Every applicant is going to have a lot of (boring) similarities in their answer which the AdComm is going to read THOUSANDS of times before the cycle closes. Don't waste your one shot at giving them a glimpse into your personality and a reason to admit you. Show your passion for the profession without being cliche and highlight your achievements without sounding cocky or pretentious. PEER REVIEW THE HELL OUT OF IT. Like literally send it to all your friends who can write well. Send it to your high school or college lit professors. Send it to your career services department. Legitimately send it to anyone who will read it and give you honest feedback. Tell them to rip it apart grammatically, and offer them the option to tell you it sucks or put them to sleep. Kick your feelings and pride out the door for this one, if your essay sucks, you will not get an interview anywhere. Period. Once you have your essay as perfect as you think you can get it, hire a service to review it. I used myPAresource.com for my personal statement which was an incredible resource for the personal statement only. The give you line by line suggestions and edits and are ridiculously thorough. Once I got that back and had the rest of my application completed (all the other tabs on CASPA) I used www.mypatraining.com/applying-pa-school-coaching/ to have Paul rip apart the rest of my application to tweak the other parts (the little details you may have overlooked which could damage the overall application). Both services cost money, but were 10,000,000,000,000% worth it in my opinion. It is an investment in your future -- can you really afford to re-apply (again), and also miss out on another year of PA-C pay? Be Smart About Your References!!! A phenomenal recommendation from a PA-C in a small clinic in a town no one has ever heard of, who you have known for 8 years, ALWAYS trumps a mediocre recommendation from a big name in medicine who doesn't really know you well at all. The recommendation letters are a MAJOR factor in the AdComm's decision making process, and I had my letters mentioned in almost every interview I went to. Pick your people wisely, it really does make all the difference in the world. Pick people who know you well, have history working with you, and who think highly of you. Get Experience Get lots of it. Everywhere you can. Volunteering is YUUUGGEEEE in applications. if you have a lot of it, you will stand out. Do something where you are actually putting hands on patients. Looks better on paper and also helps build your bedside manor. EMT / CNA / Surgical Tech, etc are all great experiences (and extremely easy / short classes). Being a scribe is ookkkkkaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy... but doesn't actually place any responsibility on you except being the provider's lap dog. Once Your Applications Are Submitted: Take a breath, but don't stop being great! The most labor intensive part of applying is done. Now it is just the waiting game which is killer. Use this time to keep bettering your application. Put in OT at work, Volunteer regularly, Re-take classes, etc. Most programs predict your future hour calculations based on the numbers you provide in your applications. You can go back in and add new experiences to your CASPA applications which some programs care about, others don't. When you do major things, shoot the point of contact for the program an e-mail or call the program to update them. Each program gets several thousands of applicants each cycle and although they wish they had a warehouse of people working around the clock to filter through applications and answer questions, most of the time it is just a few people doing everything. DON'T BUG THEM. Imagine if you had 3,000 people constantly e-mailing you and calling you at work... you'd never get anything done... don't be "that guy". Only update for the major things, and save the rest for the interview. DON'T BASE YOUR TIMELINE OFF ANYONE ELSE!!!! This forum is great for getting information... and also for causing anxiety attacks. I applied to UF within the first few weeks of the application being open and interviewed in one of the last groups and was almost immediately accepted following the interview. Don't lose hope till you get that e-mail or letter saying "thank you for applying but kick rocks". Time doesn't always equate to standing in their system. Make sure your contact information on CASPA is correct ***AND PROFESSIONAL****. Should go without saying but having inappropriate e-mails or voicemails may be funny in high school, the person trying to contact you for an interview may not find them as funny. You Get Called for an Interview!! Congrats!! It seems like a dream at first and that euphoric feeling proves all your hard work to that point is worth it. Do your happy dance then get back to business, this is where the intensive work begins. RESEARCH THE SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't put enough emphasis on this. Research the school so well that you and the Dean over the medical programs are practically on a first name basis. Every program has a website where they usually list their achievements, their scores, their faculty / staff, etc. Commit it all to memory. Make a Microsoft Word document dedicated to facts about the school and save it in the folder I mentioned earlier. Include pictures of the faculty and a short bio or things to take notice of. It is okay to creep a little bit (not like looking in their windows, etc)-- but like google their names, get on their Linked-In accounts. Get on the program's Social Media account and creep on that. Look for pictures and clues about the program, its goals and culture, and also about the students and what they are into. What is the mission statement? Does the program do medical missions? To where? Is the program big in the community? Do the students seem like a close knit bunch having a blast or are they indifferent to being there? How involved outside of the classroom are the professors? etc... You can gain a TON of insight by doing a google search of the program and by looking on the program's social media. Use this site and others to figure out what style of interview you are walking into. MMI / Panel / 1 on 1 / Group are all vastly interview styles and require a different preparation. Most of them have a group interview where you are tasked with solving a problem or working as a team on an exercise. Do yourself a favor and stand in the middle of the extremes on this one. This is an exercise to see if you can work and blend in a group setting... Be too aggressive (not knowing when to shut up / interrupting people) and you will be rated as bad as the person who doesn't really contribute anything to the group. Research Yourself!! Intimately know what is on your application and what is on your resume. You are going to get questions drawn directly from your application and resume... be able to recite the major numbers and have the important details readily available. One of the things I goofed pretty bad on in one of my interviews was not reviewing the independent research I had done Freshman and Sophomore year of undergrad... so like 5 years prior to the interview. It was on my application so it was fair game, and when asked about the more intricacies of the study, I blanked... not a good thing to do when sitting in front of the medical director for the program. Re-read your essay and supplemental apps. You may think you know your application pretty well but if you are not fresh on how you phrase things, etc, you may contradict yourself to the person with your essay literally in front of them. Make Smart Travel Plans Murphy's Law is a real thing and is no fun to try to come back from. I suggest always travelling a day in advanced to avoid any last-minute headaches. I was scheduled for an afternoon group on one of my interviews so I figured I would just fly in on the morning of and have like 6 hours to kill before my interview. Save money and time, right?... nope. My 6am flight was delayed due to mechanical failure until 1pm, putting me in the city at 3:30, 30 minutes after my interview was supposed to be. #Stress. It ended up working out okay, the program was understanding and that was one of the programs I ended up getting into... but if you can avoid that situation, save yourself the grey hairs. Go to bed early the night before and try to get good rest. Eat a balanced meal for dinner -- nothing too heavy or greasy. Day of the interview: The Motto of the Day is Calm / Cool / Collected If you let your anxiety get the better of you, you are 100% guaranteed to fail. Breathe... your preparation has done you well. The Morning of the Interview Wake up EARLY... like whatever time you need to get ready and get to the interview site on time (15 - 30 minutes early), wake up an hour before that. Remove any possibility of having to be rushed and your day will start off on the right foot. Eat a [LIGHT] breakfast. This is the food which will be keeping you awake and happy when meeting people, but should not have you in the bathroom every 20 minutes. My usual breakfast was a small amount of scrambled eggs, a small piece of protein (bacon or sausage), toast, and fruit, with water or juice to drink. Avoid dairy or anything too acidic (coffee or orange juice) if you think that will mess up your already anxious stomach. Leave Your Phone in the Car!!! Even checking your phone during the day can indicate boredom or that you are uninterested... appearances are EVERYTHING. If you rest your head, close your eyes, or even glance at your phone you can rest assured that you are on someone's radar for the wrong reasons. When You Get to Campus Everything, I mean EVERYTHING is scrutinized from the moment you get on campus. Your driving through campus to your destination should be impeccable and the second you're out of your vehicle pretend you're on youtube to be watched by the faculty later. Smile and and be literally as friendly as possible without appearing fake. Every interaction is fair game for scrutiny- from the "Good Morning" to the janitor to the conversations with "random" students on campus or your peers... it is all being watched. I know some programs plant people (like cleaning staff, and "random" students) in your path to see how you react around them. I know of other schools who have hidden cameras set up to watch applicants when they are mingling on campus. From the moment you get on campus till the moment you are at home, assume you are being watched and judged. Any "down time" should be spent talking and networking. Get to know your competition, they may soon be your classmates; plus it shows that you are comfortable within a group setting. Also usually helps ease your nerves to be social within a group experiencing the same anxiety you are. During the Interview Have fun with it. You have worked hard to get where you are and this is your chance to shine! Any interview blog you read (and I'm sure you have read most of them to this point) will tell you that body language is BIG... If you are having fun and are relaxed, your body language will show it. Confident but Humble is the name of the game. Own your past mistakes with dignity and be ready to give reasons why they should look past them and see you in a better light Enter the room and greet everyone individually. Firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile. If you know everyone's name that is a big win and can work in your advantage... but if you don't know EVERYONE by name or think you may call someone the wrong name, don't attempt. Make sure to have a couple copies of your resume readily available with you. Most schools wont need or even request it, but it shows you are prepared if you can offer it or produce it on demand. DON'T GET FLUSTERED!!! Some interviewers will ask you questions to try to get under your skin or try to throw you off your game to see how you will react. It is okay to take a moment and think and breathe... they are looking to see you under pressure. Focus on what they are asking and move forward. I once had an interviewer straight up say " I don't think you belong in this program, nothing about you impresses me" as the first thing when I got in the room... She was looking to see how I responded. Don't let anyone get under your skin and maintain your composure... you can breakdown and analyze once the interview is over and you're at home. When You Leave the Interview Make a mental note about your overall impression of the program, staff, and school... if you didn't get a positive vibe, that will come in to play if you get in to multiple programs. You need to go where feels like "home" because for the next 2- 2.5 years, it will be. Realistically speaking, most people don't get into the first school they interview at because they are walking into it not knowing what to expect and are visibly anxious. Prepare for that ahead of time by doing practice interviews and by getting comfortable talking to strangers and you will be ahead of the curve. Everyone says to send "thank you" e-mails... I disagree with their logic... If there are 200 people who interview at a program, every faculty member who interviews will have 200+ emails all saying the same thing "Thank you for taking the time ...............". I personally would get tired of even opening all those emails, so I didn't send them for the most part. The few that I did send I never got a response back from, which just reaffirmed my theory. Better practice would be (if you have time) to stop by their office at some point either later that day or in the following couple days and thank them in person. That opens the door for a more casual conversation and is more genuine, plus in my experience it went over better in general. Last Words of Advice: If you get in to a school early but it isn't your #1... please dear god put the seat deposit down anyway. That means you can breathe a little easier and are for sure going SOMEWHERE for the following year. Don't hold out for your #1 because you are optimistic and not wanting to possibly eat the money. Again... investment in your future. If you are rejected from a program before the interview, it is okay to ask why and try to get them to reconsider their reason if it is bogus. That shows balls, and also commitment to their program. One of the schools I was accepted to initially rejected me saying they wanted all of the anatomy classes from the same university ( I had 1 formal course from Nova along with a ton of other anatomy-based courses, plus 1 formal course from medic school, and another formal course from a community college from the year after I moved). I popped an e-mail back explaining my situation, the program director sided with me and I was immediately granted an interview. If you get rejected after the interview, some schools will offer advice (if asked) on how to improve for the following year... take them up on that offer!!! Programs LOVE repeat applicants, ESPECIALLY if they see significant improvement from the previous application. Lastly, if you get totally rejected and have to reapply, welcome to the club. The majority of successful applicants have that sobering experience and are accepted the next time around. Don't get discouraged, become inspired. Hopefully at least some of you found this list helpful, I know I could've used some of that when I was applying and stressing out. Don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions! Good Luck and Go Gators!! :) Logan
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    Undergrad Ed School: University of FL.........Major: Health Science Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.38 **upward GPA trend: Junior and Senior Year GPA: 3.9 Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.37 Age at application time: 22 GRE: V 152, Q 153, AW 4.0 Direct Patient Care: 1. Phlebotomist (300 hours) 2. Medical Assistant (800 hours) Extracurricular/Research Activities: 1. Student Pre-Health Organization, served as Fundraising Coordinator and Internal Vice President 2. Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala 3. Volunteering: roughly 150 hours 4. Shadowed several PAs (50 hours) and Internal Medicine MD (50 hours) LOR (4): MD, PA, Professor (who is also my advisor), Faculty Advisor for Student Org (also my research professor) Schools Applied: Barry University (Miami campus), FSU, FIU, NOVA Orlando, Nova Ft. Laud, Methodist, Thomas Jefferson, PCOM (ATL campus), Temple Application Submitted Date: 7/25 Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) it was all scattered, depending on the school. Interview Invites: FSU, Temple, FIU & Barry Declined Interview Invite: FIU & Barry Denied: Thomas Jefferson Withdrew Application: N/A Waitlisted: N/A Accepted: FSU, Temple, NOVA Orlando Attending: Temple!! (1st choice) Attempt: 1st I thought that my application wasn't that stellar but I took a chance and applied anyways and I still got into 3 wonderful schools. It is possible, trust me!!!
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    I'm married with a couple of kids, currently halfway through didactic year. It really, really, really does suck and there's no two ways about it. Rev's advice is golden...it'll probably be tough to adjust your expectations, but just plan on making it through rather than being a superstar student. Having your spouse's complete support will help a lot. If you becoming a PA is a family goal rather than an individual goal, it'll be easier all around. This is probably going to sound corny, but it's not a bad idea to make sure that you have some personal boundaries with fellow students. You'll all be going through something difficult and will be spending a whole lot of time together. And your marriage will be strained to some extent. Just make sure you don't end up doing something dumb and risking your family in the process. Finally, do whatever you have to do to keep perspective. There will be parts of school that max out your ability to cope. When you add on the family pressures and it can get overwhelming in a hurry. Just remember that school is a quick sprint and lots of other people with families have been there and survived. Take a deep breath and press on. Best of luck!
  28. -1 points
    Who was the first physician in history? Was he/she a MD/DO?


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