Dear PA Admissions Director,
Firstly, thank you for this service you provide.
I am almost a 4th year podiatric medical student, and will graduate as a DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) in April 2016. I have fallen in love with Family/Internal Med and am trying to figure out the best way to accomplish my goals. I will be continuing my education and I am considering PA school over DO at this point. I want to treat with a full scope of practice and simply cannot do that with the DPM alone.
B.A Biology 1995 with 3.2ish, while on athletic scholarship. Podiatry school GPA >3.0. Our curriculum is basically identical to MD/DO for the first 2 yrs, very similar 3rd yr for clinical rotations, and we are all podiatry audition rotations our 4th yr.
HCE exclusively as a med student. Direct patient contact in the hospital and clinic setting, performing complete H&P’s, treating the patient, prescribing meds, giving injections, debriding wounds, etc, and subsequently writing SOAP notes. Supervised by physicians or residents, depending on the rotation. I also have significant volunteer experience, as a student doctor, serving the homeless by treating their feet.
Would this HCE be considered acceptable?
My main question is that with someone like me, who has taken the MCAT, succeeded in a very demanding medical program, has old pre-req’s for some schools’ requirements (we don't take O-chem in med school), yet completed over 20 credits a semester consisting of all doctoral level hardcore sciences, passed Boards Part I, and will take one more written Board exam and one Clinical Skills board exam before graduating, am I truly competitive in a GPA/GRE-driven application process? For instance, will the GRE still be an absolute requirement? I would like to think that actually becoming a physician would indicate I do indeed have what it takes to be successful in PA school and in passing boards, but I feel like some programs may need to check off the boxes anyways? I realize you can only speak with regards to your program, so I am curious as to how my situation would be handled in your admissions department? As for LOR’s, I would have excellent ones from the Dean of my school, the Academic Dean, the Clinical Dean, a PA who taught us and I shadowed, and a practicing MD/DO or DPM who is familiar with my clinical ability and work ethic.
I realize my GPA is not exactly competitive compared to many applicants, but it has not hindered my ability to perform well in medical school, even after a huge hiatus from undergrad.
I would be striving for a very competitive PA program, as I not only realize the value of a strong academic and clinical program, but also want the most demanding program that will challenge me on every level. After graduating from PA, I would then make the decision whether to complete a PA or DPM residency.
My goal is to apply this April. Retaking classes is simply not an option at this juncture. I will either matriculate into PA school or begin my 3- year podiatric surgical residency in 2016. I value your thoughts and/or concerns.
Thank you in advance for any assistance; it is most appreciated!
And yes, this girl can fly a jet :)