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  1. Anyone else heard back regarding interviews? I know they said November in the supplemental receipt response, but does anyone know more specific dates?
  2. Does anyone have any suggestions for the newest version? Is it a much better direction?
  3. Cordelia, is this in response to the revision or the original post?
  4. Alright so I have completely changed my essay about 3 times now, and I think this one has been the best version. Please give me your honest opinions. Thanks! As a child I watched my mother work with patients of all different backgrounds. As a physical therapist, she treated adults, teenagers, and toddlers who simply needed assistance in finding their motor skills. Her work was so intriguing to me that I would find myself trying to be involved in her visits. I would often watch her and think, "I want to help those who can't help themselves", but I didn't quite understand what career path I wanted to follow. My own personal experience with healthcare is one of many which helped me find my career path. As a child I encountered many Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners whom I always thought were Physicians. Through these experiences the PAs treated me with a wealth of knowledge and connected with me on a personal level, opening my eyes to the PA career. The teamwork that they demonstrated with a supervising physician really attracted me to the profession because I felt especially cared for knowing that a team of providers was working to better my health. I became envious of the PA profession and the immense amount of medical knowledge they demonstrated, and my shadowing experience with Breathe America only exemplified that. Throughout my journey in preparing for a career in healthcare, I had many opportunities which reaffirmed my decision to become a PA. The most important in cementing this decision has been my work as a clinical research assistant. I have had the opportunity to work with patients before, but only in a volunteer setting. Assisting in the emergency room helped me experience a busy healthcare setting, but it did not help me much with patient care. As a clinical research assistant I have had my first opportunity to see patients everyday, and be highly involved in their care. Clinical trial patients are a unique group of people. Many have chronic conditions for which there is no ideal therapy. As a research assistant, I am at the front lines for getting those patients a new treatment which may not only benefit them, but also the future of patients in similar situations. In this environment, I work with a team to help my patients. I work with a variety of practitioners in managing their care during trials, and that relationship has mimicked that of a PA and MD. I enjoy the autonomy I have in patient visits, but I thrive from the interaction with my supervising physician in making decisions regarding their health. Furthering my education is the exciting next step in being able to provide complete care for my patients, and providing care in my under served community. Having a dynamic career in the healthcare field has been my goal for a long time, since witnessing my mother's patience as a PT. I have sought professional opportunities which aided in the development of transferable skills and I have observed health care practitioners which have further clarified my goals. While these experiences have been instrumental in my decision, I believe my own passion and dedication is what will make me a promising addition to a Physician Assistant Program. Doing so will give me the ultimate gratification because there is no better feeling than the one received while healing others.
  5. So I have gone back to my previous essay and used it to incorporate my new experiences and reasons for wanting to become a PA. I do think this is a much better version than my last one, but I'm sure it still needs to work. Please let me know what you think! As a child I watched my mother work with patients of all different backgrounds. As a physical therapist, she treated adults, teenagers, and toddlers who simply needed assistance in finding their motor skills. Her work was so intriguing to me that I would find myself trying to be involved in her visits. I would often watch her and think, "I want to help those who can't help themselves", but I didn't quite understand what career path I wanted to follow. My own personal experience with healthcare is one of many which helped me find my career path. As a child I encountered many Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners whom I always thought were Physicians. Through these experiences the PAs treated me with a wealth of knowledge and connected with me on a personal level, opening my eyes to the PA career. The teamwork that they demonstrated with a supervising physician really attracted me to the profession because I felt especially cared for knowing that a team of providers was working to better my health. I became envious of the PA profession and the immense amount of medical knowledge they demonstrated, and my shadowing experience with Breathe America only exemplified that. Throughout my journey in preparing for a career in healthcare, I had many opportunities which reaffirmed my decision to become a PA. The most important in cementing this decision has been my work as a clinical research assistant. I have had the opportunity to work with patients before, but only in a volunteer setting. Assisting in the emergency room helped me experience a busy healthcare setting, but it did not help me much with patient care. As a clinical research assistant I have had my first opportunity to see patients everyday, and be highly involved in their care. Clinical trial patients are a unique group of people. Many have chronic conditions for which there is no ideal therapy. As a research assistant, I am at the front lines for getting those patients a new treatment which may not only benefit them, but also the future of patients in similar situations. In this environment, I work with a team to help my patients. I work with a variety of practitioners in managing their care during trials, and that relationship has mimicked that of a PA and MD. I enjoy the autonomy I have in patient visits, but I thrive from the interaction with my supervising physician in making decisions regarding their health. Furthering my education is the exciting next step in being able to provide complete care for my patients, and providing care in my underserved community. Having a dynamic career in the healthcare field has been my goal for a long time, since witnessing my mother's patience as a PT. I have sought professional opportunities which aided in the development of transferable skills and I have observed health care practitioners which have further clarified my goals. While these experiences have been instrumental in my decision, I believe my own passion and dedication is what will make me a promising addition to a Physician Assistant Program. Doing so will give me the ultimate gratification because there is no better feeling than the one received while healing others.
  6. Thanks for your input everybody. This was a very rough draft, so sorry for the misuse of PA. I promise you it was done right in the other essays I have submitted. I just wanted to see if this essay was going in the right direction or not, so I haven't gone back to my other essays to double check that part (yet!). Now I think I want to find a way to incorporate my older essays with the experiences outlined in this one, then I will repost. Thank you!
  7. I am now on my third time applying to UNM's PA school (interviewed the last two times), and I want to make sure this application does the trick. Please feel free to critique me as much as I need. I never have been the best writer. Their suggestion to me was to get a full time job working with patients, since I was previously working in a medical laboratory, so now that I am doing so I wanted to highlight that work and new experience within my essay. Thanks in advance for the input! The process of applying to Physician's Assistant programs is grueling. It takes time, commitment, and an incredible amount of preparation. I am grateful for the improvement periods I have been given, and I will be a better Physician's Assistant because of it. It is hard to receive a rejection, and even more difficult to receive it twice. However, it was the push I needed to change my situation. It was the push I needed to strive for more, because responsibility for patients is a necessary attribute to have, and it can't be taught. Working in clinical trials is not something I previously considered. When you have a degree in biology and have barely certified yourself in phlebotomy, the options are limited for where you can be most helpful to patients. Once I was told more about clinical trials and how instrumental they were to the medical community, I was overjoyed to receive an offer to work in such a place. The clinic that hired me taught me about having a lifetime career in medicine. The private clinic/clinical trials office was started by the late Dr. Steven Hsi. His entire family worked in medicine and his legacy has remained through his clinic ever since his passing. Meeting patients who remark on his great skill as a doctor intrigued me, and his wife Beth, now CEO, passed along a book to me which he published near the end of his life. Reading about his struggles as a practitioner turned patient left me with a deep desire to be more for my patients. It introduced me on how to be fully involved in their care, as all Physician's Assistants should. It would prepare me for the important task of treating patients who needed more than the standard treatment in their disease. Clinical trial patients are a unique group of people. Many have chronic conditions for which there is no ideal therapy. Some of my patients suffer through a migraine or more per week, along with that the debilitating effects of nausea, photophobia, and dizziness that knocks them off their feet. Most of my patients still find a way to care for their kids, work full time jobs, or be caretakers for other family members. They are never forced to take a medication and the stipend is only a small fee that they see at most, once or twice a month. Sometimes they have side effects that haven't been heard of before. But they still participate. They know that they are being trailblazers for other patients like themselves. They know how important clinical trials are in creating new treatments for diseases like their own. They are in all honesty, real life heroes, and helping them experience relief is what makes every single day joyful for me. When talking to my coworkers, we often have the same conversation. We are healthcare providers, excited to advance our educations so that we can do more in our field. Clinical Trials would be nothing without the patients, and I want to do be able to do more for them. Working one on one with a Physician's Assistant in caring for our patients has provided such a clarity for the completion of my goals. In doing so I will be able to provide primary care for those just discovering a painful condition, or I can help them manage an already debilitating one. I don't yet know which path I will follow, but as long as I can provide a meaningful environment where my patients feel safe and cared for, then I will have the most fulfilling career a person could ask for.
  8. Won't an MA program run me thousands in tuition and be another full time program? I have a full time job so I can't do a full time program. I feel like it is a lot to do in only a few months....
  9. I completely know how you feel. Maybe they are waiting to produce a wait list until they hear from the accepted students. It is hard to tell though. The only thing I can think to improve at this point is to completely change jobs. Which is difficult because I don't have any certifications other than CPR and doing anything else at this point would take too long before applying again. Does anyone have any suggestions on additional PA's I can shadow, or leads on med tech/MA jobs? I just have no idea what else to do...
  10. Did your letter mention anything about a wait list? Yea I was first on the wait list last year and they basically told me not to change anything because I would be as good as in this time around. So the rejection has pretty much crushed me. Maybe third times a charm...but don't let me discourage you. Congrats to those of you who got in
  11. Emails went out. Guess they did let us know before the holidays. I didn't get in. Did anyone else recieve any notice of acceptance/wait listing?
  12. Yes, just don't remember the exact day because they didn't tell us when to expect it.
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