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  1. So excited to be posting this! Undergrad School: University of Maryland Baltimore County, BS in Biology CASPA Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.26 CASPA Cumulative Science GPA: 2.89 CASPA Cumulative Science GPA after Post-Bacc (2 classes at a CC): 3.02 CASPA Verification: Submitted to most on May 25th, was verified pretty shortly after Age at time of application: 25 GRE: V 156 (71%), Q 148 (32%), W 4.5 (80%) HCE: 2484 as an ER tech (at time of application, still accruing hours), 1044 as a med/surg tech, 300 hours as a volunteer EMT-Basic, 70 hours from clinical sites for my CNA/EMT certs (some places accepted this as HCE) Other experiences: 96 hours as a vet assistant Shadowing: around 100 hours total shadowing ER PA's, a pediatric ER PA, ICU/IMC PA's, a Gyn Pa, and a surgical PA. Research: none Volunteer: 120 hours as a volunteer in a trauma unit, 60 hours in an animal shelter LORs: ER PA, Charge ER RN, Biology professor from college Awards: 2 scholarships from high school Schools applied to: Anne Arundel Community College, Towson/Essex, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Arcadia, PCOM, Rocky Mountain College, Arizona School of Health Sciences, UDavis, Penn State Hershey, Kings College, MCPHS University, Saint Francis Interviews: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Anne Arundel Community College, Rocky Mountain College Waitlist: Anne Arundel Rejected: Towson/Essex, Arcadia, UDavis, Kings College, MCPHS University, Saint Francis, Rocky Mountain College after interview (have not heard back from Penn State, Arizona or PCOM or USciences after interview) Accepted: Anne Arundel after getting off the wait list! Attending: Anne Arundel!! Attempt: 1st I wanted to write this to give hope to those of you with lower GPAs and those that are wait-listed. I honestly didn't think I'd get any interview invites but I got 3. I think what helped me was applying early, acquiring direct patient care hours, applying broadly, and working in a well-known hospital where I could work directly with PAs. I also prepared a lot for my interviews. I bought two books, wrote answers to practice questions, had people mock interview me, practiced in front of a mirror and filmed myself lol. I also talked to PAs and PA students I worked with for tips. The more you interview the better. Don't give up and apply early!! And you can get in off the wait-list!! Good luck to everyone.
  2. wow, wish I had something like that near me-it was pretty hard to find PAs to shadow
  3. Has anyone been rejected pre-interview yet? I submitted my supplemental for the Philly campus on July 10th but haven't heard anything back yet, I know they interview until January right?
  4. Any tips on how to combat nervousness??
  5. I know people say to not be political during your interviews. But how can you not be political if they ask you your thoughts about abortion or the ACA/healthcare reform? I understand there's a diplomatic way of answering these questions but I guess I'm just wondering how much to delve into these questions. Also, what is the best way to discuss a bad grade? If they ask you for something you found challenging should you bring it up then? Should you only bring it up if they ask you specifically about it? I'm struggling to come up with a good answer to this question as I did pretty poorly in Orgo two times and it's a required pre-req class of the school I have an interview for.
  6. Has anyone heard anything yet? Today is the deadline...
  7. Hello, I was wondering if for the work/volunteer experiences if it matters if we list our duties in like a resume or have a paragraph describing what we did? Also for the PA shadowing experiences how specific should our description of the experience be? Thank you!
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