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  1. Hello all! I figured I'd fire up a thread for Utah students attending the St. George campus this coming spring (2018). Congrats to all- I'm super excited to meet everyone! Feel free to drop a line and introduce yourself. A little on me- I work full-time in residential treatment and part-time as an Orderly in surgery. I also play music and love the southern Utah landscape. I currently live in SLC but can't wait to be a part of the St. George class. Also I welcome any recommendations or leads on living situations since I'll be moving in late April/early May... any ideal areas to live?
  2. Hey hey! Fellow St. George student here! We'll all have to coordinate... I'm guessing they'll put together a Facebook group once they have the roster finalized? I put down my deposit already. Are you currently living in SLC or from St. George?
  3. Since you're a teacher it sounds like you're already interested in working with and helping people. Awesome! I'm applying this coming spring for the 2016 incoming PA classes. I first became interested in healthcare through work with the University of Utah Burn unit. From there I looked at Nursing for a bit, but was more intrigued and passionate about moving in the PA direction. I got my EMT last year and work at a treatment facility, dealing with substance addiction recovery, trauma, etc. From the shadowing I've done and current students I've spoken with, it seems like a very rew
  4. Good luck with your choice! I don't know where you are planning to apply, but I'm doing my pre-PA academic work in Utah and can tell you that the Utah PA school (well-respected) puts a lot of emphasis on working with underserved populations. It seems like the prison work fits that bill nicely. But ultimately it's important to consider what you're more passionate about as well. I also got my EMT; did the January-to-April course like it sounds like you're doing. You may be able to do some part-time or even volunteer work with that; I've gotten the impression that PA programs are interest
  5. Keep up the good work. Although I can't speak to your research experience, I got my EMT cert in the spring and have done volunteer work since then as my schedule allows (my primary source of HCE is my full-time job). I really enjoyed the class and found it to be a crash course in anatomy that has helped me a bit in academia. Plus, the PA I shadow started as an EMT. If you're on the fence, as a fellow aspiring PA I'd say go for it! Ridealongs (required for your cert) are great hands-on experience and it can be a personal gauge for your own desire to get into medicine. Good luck!
  6. I'm a soon-to-be applicant, applying this coming Spring/Summer (2015). I'm finishing pre-reqs at the University of Utah, where the PA program has put on some great informational sessions. The PAs and PA students have been gracious with their time and knowledge- at the last event I attended we actually got to do mock interviews with current students. I'm throwing a few of those questions up here; some you may have seen before, others perhaps not. At any rate hopefully they help- cheers and good luck to everyone! "Why do you want to be a PA instead of a [med student/pharmacist/nurse prac
  7. Wow, honestly the 'you catch your co-worker stealing drugs' question wouldn't have been one of the first I'd anticipate on an interview- thanks for offering your take on this. Seems like a tough question, tough topic. Would welcome any feedback you have on any other tough questions you've encountered or anticipate... thanks Mable!
  8. Impressed with your credentials, Kade. Good luck with your applications! I'm probably a year behind you in the process; finishing up pre-reqs at the U and will apply to a number of programs in the spring. For what it's worth, I come from a similar HCE background in that I work at a residential treatment center. I also got my EMT and have done some ambulance time and volunteering to try to round myself out as an applicant. From speaking with Doris, head of admissions at the U, I've learned they're very interested in what degree of autonomy you have with your patients. I know the U is
  9. Hi Karebear, I'm actually a member of the University of Utah Pre-Physician Assistant Student Organization and they've put on some great clinics, mock interviews, and events like that. Really informative and helpful. One of the factors they've really emphasized to us is demonstrating service to underserved populations... this doesn't even have to be medical in nature necessarily, it can be volunteering as a mentor to underprivileged youth. I'm in the same boat as you- finishing up science pre-reqs and applying in the spring. Also trying to stay active in this forum and network! Th
  10. Question for @paadmissions, recognizing you're swamped with questions- I work at a residential treatment center for teens- we deal primarily with trauma, addiction recovery, and adoption issues. This is more of a mental health focus. Does mental health categorization of HCE carry more or less weight depending on program or desired area of focus? I continue to make myself more well-rounded with EMT hours, but the bulk of my HCE (about 5000 hours as of now) will come from the mental health/therapeutic field. Welcome feedback. Thank you!
  11. Cool, thanks to both of your for your responses. EMEDPA, do you see a strong correlation between quality of program and specificity of required HCE?
  12. Hello all, Pre-PA student currently knocking out pre-reqs and looking forward to applying this coming spring (2015). I do part-time EMT work, but the bulk of my HCE hours will come from my full-time job at a treatment center dealing in addiction recovery and trauma. This is more of a mental health focus. I'd welcome thoughts and feedback on what weight different types of experience carry (emergency medicine versus mental health, etc.) as well as stories of success (or failure) in how you used your hours to best and most accurately present yourself to the interviewers and admissions
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