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  1. I had to log on to opine. A couple of points I would like to posit. Firstly, I find the anti-affirmative action stance within the Asian community myopic, short-sighted and quite frankly disappointing. As a poc, (non-asian), I've always found the Asian community's lack of sociopolitical involvement/support during racially charged trying times like these glaring. It's as if most live their lives in this perceived bubble; (so long as whatever is going on in the world doesn't directly impact the Asian community.) Secondly, to take a stance against affirmative action is to basically ignore all the people, (black & white), who risked their lives or died fighting for civil rights. These are the same people who created opportunities and opened doors for non-white Americans; (yes, that means Asians too). Affirmative action within the college admissions realm is an extension of those hard fought civil rights to further prevent continued systemic racism for those who are STILL underrepresented. To take that away is to deprive other minority groups who are not up to speed yet in representation, only to satisfy the self-interest needs of another. Rather than taking a stance on rescinding affirmative action entirely, perhaps the solution could've been to revamp/adjust it. Third, this is more of Trump's right-wing hate voodoo, and the Asian community is falling for this racial mascotting tactic. The dichotomy is, Asians are identified as a minority group in America, yet they have a shared goal here with right-wingers/hate mongers, who would btw, be more than delighted to deport non-whites faster than you can say "affirmative action". And I suggest everyone read that vox.com article on this matter. It highlights an important data point: (admissions vs enrollments).
  2. You were WL'd at (3) schools / rejected at (6)...I think one thing everyone failed to ask is, what are your stats? Are your stats strong enough for you to gamble away this opportunity and enter next year's cycle? Aside from scribing + chem class, have you thought about what other adjustments are needed to get into your 1st choice? And are those adjustments reasonably attainable?
  3. Person 1: "We have an ED pt currently in the ED..." Person 2: "wait, where else would an ED pt be other than the ED?" I've actually heard this before in a hospital setting...smh lol
  4. In the Filipino culture, the family has the responsibility of taking care of their elders in the same home. It is normal for parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren (the whole family!) to live together. I have and want that responsibility of taking care of my mom. I don't want her to be alone and isolated if I can help it. Same w/ my culture as well...It's pretty much standard for the family to care for the elder(s) in the household. I have often thought about this in regards to my current Pre-PA pathway. My folks aren't getting any younger, and the sheer thought of tossing my parents into a nursing home after ALL they've done for me and my siblings is out of the question. Here is where the concern lies: I truly do want to be a PA and fortunate to have MEDEX in Seattle, but I'm afraid I may not be representing my desire by applying to only one program. In all honestly, I'm afraid you're not by only applying to one program. Grant it, it's still a chance...just statistically not in your favor. And here's the dichotomy...YOU have to do what's best for YOU. It's very difficult trying to take care of someone (esp sick and/or elderly), when aspiring towards school/career goals. And I know this is Mom, so it's very difficult to process that, but are you prepared to concurrently undertake the overwhelming course load of PA school AND be the primary caregiver to your Mom? I'm not sure of the specifics behind your current situation or your Mother's health, but for now if there's a way for other family members to take most of the responsibilities from you, I would venture to say that's your best recourse. Keep in mind this PA school thing is temporary, but it requires a lot of your attention. I am still in the running and found some reassurance that it's not a linear process, but the thought of not even getting an interview again is leaving a pit in my stomach. No point in stressing what you can't control. You've done what you needed to do this go-around, and now it's out of your hands. Just wait and see...You might get that interview. P.s. Sorry for the long rant, but this hits close to home...and I'm glad someone started a discussion about this.
  5. Actually, I think it depends. If one knows that they're going into the PA profession with an emphasis of family practice/primary care, then I can see the value of IFTs. With IFTs, you really have to interact more with your patients, and care for them differently depending on their condition(s); (e.g. mental, physical, etc). You also have more time to get a glimpse of various diseases and their debilitating effects. Also, you'll start to understand the myriad list of Hx, Tx, and Rx your pt's will have as you will have to review their records while working IFTs. 911/emergency calls on the other hand, there really is no time for that in most scenarios. In an emergency setting, your top priority is making sure your pt's ABCs remain intact...treat, package, and go! 911/emergency calls are awesome, and requires a special skill-set I feel would be beneficial in the long-run as an E-Med PA, critical care, or surgical specialty PA. I see the value in both, and depending where you want to go in your PA career, either can be beneficial.
  6. Round here, we despise folk like you...with your fancy 3.99 c/sGPA, your flashy 4.00 Grad GPA and scant HCE/shadowing hours. Who the heck do you think you are, huh? Give us poor sub 3.7 c/sGPA folk a chance and just apply to med-school for crying out loud lol. No, but seriously, keep us posted and good luck. This makes for an interesting thread. Perhaps we can observe/track shifting trends in terms of GPA vs HCE.
  7. Agreed. Make a good impression with your EMT professor(s) and/or the EMT/EMT-P assistants (usually they come back to help with the psychomotor/practical skills portion of the emt semester). Network with them, ask for references, and inquire about ride-along opportunities. Rev Ronin is right about how opportunities that seemingly once weren't there will suddenly appear. Good luck, learn, and have fun.
  8. Congrats to the OP! I love hearing/reading stories like this...It's reassuring to know that if you truly believe that you can be/do something and you keep at it, chances are that it will happen.
  9. Could you provide a list of these programs? First I've ever heard of this.
  10. I find this thread very telling about some of my personal concerns in regards to income, wealth-perception, and being financially content in life. I'm at a point where, introspectively, I find myself thinking quite often about the long-term ramifications of my less than optimal financial decisions - (e.g. not saving/investing as much, and lack of real estate prowess). I feel like I'm behind the proverbial eight-ball in certain aspects in life. BruceBanner is definitely right...consumerism a disease. Also, WorkHardPlayHard is spot-on about NOT being chained to your job as a means to escape the rat race sooner
  11. Hi famofu, welcome to the forum. I agree with UGoLong - have a backup plan. Life is known for throwing curve balls. Out of curiosity may I ask, after two semesters, what made you come to this realization? How can you be so sure being a PA is not for you without actually having practice yet? From my research, the didactic/clinical experience is vastly different from practicing.
  12. A couple of suggestions/questions: You may want to consider taking some additional science courses in an attempt to increase your sGPA as well as your cGPA in CASPA. In addition to that, email/call the admissions dept asking to review your app as well as what you can do to improve your chances for the 2017 cycle. You may also want to consider revamping your personal statement, or at least have fresh sets of eyes evaluate your personal statement. Also can you give us a glimpse of the number of schools you've applied to this past cycle? Just trying to gauge whether or not you may want to consider casting a wider net for the 2017 cycle.
  13. I concur. Myriad of variables to take into consideration with respect to patients/medicine. However, in my opinion, the medical profession, in large measure, is technology resistant. I work almost exclusively with anesthesiologists in a large top 10 hospital, (not as a PA), and there seems to be an undercurrent of disquiet and resentment when talks of AI come into play; especially amongst physicians. Perhaps, these feelings are predicated on actually feeling expendable for a chance...(e.g. Sedasys Anesthesiology Machine). One doesn't mind the outsourcing of labor, until his/her job gets outsourced - *Although, I recently read that Johnson & Johnson ultimately decided to pull the Sedasys machine as a result of poor sales. But that's not to say the machine itself wasn't successful, it just galvanized enough push-back from anesthesiologists/American Society of Anesthesiologists that hospital admin probably didn't want to deal with. Also, for the most part, I believe that upper echelon hospital admin and their relentless ways of keeping their pockets lined, would love to see procedural AI take off. They would view it as a cost-effective means to generate more revenue...(for them).
  14. This is an interesting point. Quite frankly, I hope Adcoms will eventually stop asking these particular questions in PA interviews; simply ask the applicant, why do you want to become a PA? No need to pursue the rigmarole of explaining why I don't want to be an RN, NP, CRNA, MD, etc. Instead I would much rather expend that same energy explaining my desires in wanting to become a PA during the interview. I have a hard time believing NP applicants get asked why not PA instead? Oh, and I also believe the level of competition within PA schools has plateaued...anything more competitive is just ridiculous. I guess the real question is, are we so caught up with preceding stats/numbers that we are not also looking at resulting data anymore? Specifically, applicants vs matriculants. Many on here have been accepted to PA schools with less than average GPAs and are doing fine...let's not forget about that.
  15. This is an interesting thread. I appreciate the different perspectives thus far.
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