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  1. Anybody willingly to look at what is possibly my final draft? Preferably PA students or working PAs. I can PM it to you. I'm also willingly to trade statements with any other applicants out there. Thanks!
  2. Is it like this for all specialties or are there certain specialties where the competition is less fierce? I'm hoping to stay in DFW for the foreseeable future and this is kind of disheartening
  3. Yeah I think I maybe have reached that point. Only thing left now are some grammar issues to fix up and maybe reword certain sentences so it flows better.
  4. I've had my personal statement reviewed a couple times and have gotten most of the obvious "main idea" problems fixed. I can certainly do more but at what point do you say "I'm done"? Everyone has different opinions on what details I should elaborate on/ get rid off and I feel like if I were to take everyone's advice than I would be changing too much of my PS. I'm sure there will always be something that someone can critique about my PS and I'm wondering at what point do you stop asking for feedback and just submit it? Thank you all
  5. I do plan on expanding my shadowing examples. I've had a couple other people tell the same thing. Thanks!
  6. Like the title says, my Personal Statement has been through one round of editing so far by an advisor at school. I would appreciate some more feedback before I go through another round. Thanks! When I first entered college I had initially declared myself as a business major. Medicine had always been an interest but I falsely assumed that business would be more enjoyable for me. Just before my junior year, I finally made the decision to forego business and seek becoming a PA. What finally brought me to this decision were my experiences in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, a newfound interest in primary care and a recommitment to my Christian faith. The Corps of Cadets is a leadership organization centered on military-style instruction; much like a military academy. We conduct physical training at 5:30 in the mornings, wear uniforms to class, organize, and partake in various military proficiency events. Learning to balance cadet life and student life for four years was difficult but very worthwhile. It pushed me to improve my work ethic and become better at handling criticism and failure. I also became better at navigating the intricacies of a complex team environment while dealing with many different personalities. As my self-confidence and college career progressed, I began to reconsider pursuing business. Though business was exciting, I found that medicine provided the challenge and fulfillment I had always been looking for. I soon began shadowing and became attracted to primary care, especially the preventative care aspect of it. I learned that the corporatization of healthcare may not always benefit the patient and one of the best ways to save lives is to simply keep them healthy and out of the system . Patient empowerment and education is integral in achieving this and while it occurs in all specialties, it is particularly true of primary care due to the opportunity to form longer lasting relationships. I relate this to my role as an upperclassmen in the Corps. One of my many duties was to teach everything I had learned to the freshmen just joining the Corps. To push them mentally, physically, and academically when they had given up. Part of that process was really getting to know the person and figuring out what motivates them. Likewise, simply knowing a patient a bit more can be highly beneficial in treating them. I could tell with one of the PAs shadowed that the patients she had known for a while really trusted her and were very willing to follow whatever recommendations she suggested. When it came time to convince one of these patients to start a healthier diet, I could tell he took her advice seriously even though it was clear he really didn’t want to. The next day there was a similar patient who was also in need of a diet change as part of his treatment plan. He was a new patient and it was much harder to convince him to stop certain habits. The idea of turning the second patient into the first through a little time and effort is appealing. It makes everyone’s job easier and everyone wins. Though my interest is in primary care I am certainly open to working in other specialties. In our current healthcare system however, physician assistants are poised in a unique position to help alleviate the nation’s primary care shortage and I want to be a part of that. I soon began working as an EMT. Dealing with the stress of not knowing anything, constantly learning new treatments, making mistake , and then slowly becoming confident was very valuable in helping me understand some of the psychological demands of being a provider. The first few times I splinted a broken knee showed this to me. I was constantly fumbling in front patients, trying to figure out which of the many splinting methods I should use and then trying to apply the splint correctly without looking like a fool. Under the guidance of more experienced EMTs I eventually found a splinting method that worked well for me and became much quicker and smoother when applying splints. Although it was tough, it solidified my desire to become a physician assistant. Throughout college, I also found a rededication to my Christian faith. In the future I anticipate splitting my time between working as a PA, attending seminary, and then working part-time in some sort of urban ministry. The ability to provide for the physical needs of my outreach population while also attending to their spiritual needs greatly appeals to me. I foresee my PA and ministry career working in a mutualistic relationship; each endeavor bettering the other. Becoming a PA will allow me a solid base of medical diagnostic skills and the chance to engage in ministry works earlier on in life. Ultimately, I found that the role of a physician assistant aligns with my strengths and personality and I believe it is the best way for me to serve others.
  7. I really don't have another LOR lined up if I don't get one from my boss though. And I honestly think she's reasonable enough to understand my situation and still write one. Plus, I'll be there for about 9 months so it isn't like it's only been a couple weeks. I'll keep your advice in mind
  8. I currently work as an EMT for a large university's on-campus EMS service and I was planning on asking my boss for a letter this April. One of the reasons why I was hired was because of my supposed time commitment to the job. Employee retention is sometimes a problem so they try to avoid hiring students who will quit/leave early after time and money has already been spent on training them. I really emphasized I would be able to stay on for a good amount of time in my interview and in talking with my boss. Plus, a lot of people are already graduating so they really need people to work. However, life plans have changed and I'll be leaving this job at the end of July. I didn't sign any contract but the fact that I'm quitting earlier than I said would may or may not complicate the way she (my boss) views me. I don't want there to be any tension because that may also complicate the quality of the LOR (if she still decides to write one which I think she still will). My plan now is to just go to her directly and explain my situation/letter of recommendation request. Do ya'll have any recommendations in how I should approach this situation? What I should say? How do I not mess up this very important conversation? I appreciate any help.
  9. They'll probably ask though. The best I can do without straight up lying is just being vague about it like enpears said and just say I'm not exactly sure. Plus, if I find a new job they might contact my old one for references. idk
  10. @Ventana, so how do you deal with the negative aspects of primary care? Do you have a really good job? Do you just try to see the positive side of things? Like OP, primary care interests me but I'm worried because of hear so many bad things about it
  11. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/23/the-heroism-of-incremental-care Here's a good article by Atwul Gande, the surgeon who wrote the book Being Mortal. He touts the positive sides of primary care which I found cool
  12. I have a unique situation where I want/need to find a MA job for just 5-6 months after I graduate college before I move back home and can find something more permanent. Has anyone ever worked at a clinic for just 5-6 months before leaving? Are clinics willingly to hire a student for just that long? Any thoughts on this situation is much appreciated! I've heard of some people worked a couple months like this but they agreed to get paid less. (which I am willingly to do since something is better than nothing) thanks for reading
  13. I'm already an EMT so I do have some hours but I wanted to be an MA because I want to eventually focus on primary care in my career. I asked my question mainly to avoid being so negative about possibly not being able to apply sooner.
  14. I can't remember where I read it but it was either some study/poll/discussion where it said that after 5 years of practice, someone with lots of hce vs. someone with only a little are pretty much the same. It also depends on the type of hce obviously but I'm not not sure how accurate this is.
  15. why did you want to be a medic longer? More experience so you could find better jobs when you graduated?
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