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Everything posted by kumbachstrasse1

  1. Thanks! On that note, where are military duties/assignments listed? In "Experiences"? I was under the impression CASPA allowed upload of a resume/CV or at least a DD 214 of military experience.
  2. While training with my unit for an upcoming deployment, I was sent to the Combat Lifesaver Course (CLS) and certified as an additional duty during the. Basically the bridge between buddy-aid and the medics who arrive after help is called. How do I quantify this for CASPA experience entry?? My primary job was quite different, I was a convoy commander during the deployment. Each convoy had to contain at least 1 CLS qualified soldier in the case of IED/enemy contact. So, I was in "standby" status on every convoy. Any suggestions on how to add up that type of hours..? Fortunately, the only time I had to employ these skills was to eval soldiers suspected of heat exhaustion. Thanks!
  3. Spaces....Can I get by single spacing between sentences in personal narrative?
  4. I'm in the same spot, interested in any replies on this post. I shadowed 5 PA's, have numerous HCE listings, etc. I plan on entering them all: I specifically sought out each one in order to build a better understanding of the PA profession. Why would I not put that in my app?
  5. Can "PA" be used in the essay once the full term, physician assistant, has been introduced in the text? Or must it be spelled out in full each time? Thanks!
  6. After shadowing a PA at a fast-paced specialty office, I was offered an MA job working for that PA. I recently finished a local community college CNA program, and that is the highest medical license I currently hold. Will this job be an asset to my HCE for PA school or a grey area of liability..? It seems like the best scenario- working for a PA, skipping the extra schooling for CMA and jumping straight into on the job training as a non-certified MA. From my understanding, MA's are not required to be certified to work in my state. Here's my concern. During my CNA training, we were continuously reminded to not step over the boundary of our license by "performing nursing without a license". Is this applicable to in-house trained non-certified MA's? If I get a PA school interview, will they ask me about this? The job would routinely require me to execute tasks such as electrodessication, suture removal, medication injections, etc. Perhaps I'm worried about nothing and have a gem of an opportunity, but I'd rather thoroughly vet this in terms of legalities before investing a year of working fulltime at this job.
  7. Any tips/advice on how to have my CASPA application ready shortly after the portal reopens next April? I'd like to get a head start on my CASPA application by entering all of my information now, so that I can simply "submit" it when the portal reopens in April 2016. Is this possible? Or will my info be wiped when the new application cycle opens? My content (HCE, personal narrative, transcripts, LOR's, GRE) is all ready to go, but if it's just going to be cleared later then I'd rather save the time for tedious entry work for April.
  8. At some point you'll have to let go of that current job (unless it's related to direct patient care!) and work something else to get your HCE hours. It may be painful financially, but this is where some thorough long-term planning can benefit you. Some people do that concurrently with their prereq's, some "take a year off" after finishing prereq's/graduating to knock out the HCE hours and bag a competitive GRE score. Think about the second and third order benefits associated with accomplishing each metric required for PA school admission, then map that on a timeline to give you the most efficient use of your time. Good luck!
  9. Look at it as an educational "deployment" in terms of living separately. Maybe you two have gone through that together already, my spouse and I have. In my opinion, the long term gains of becoming a PA and working the job I love far outweighs the downside of living separately during the classroom phase of PA school. Approximately one year versus the rest of your career.
  10. I'm coming from a very, very similar background. I have a BA degree and 8 1/2 years in the service, and married w/ young kids. Going back to living like a college student has been an interesting experience. At one point, I was simultaneously pursuing the idea of going for PA, BSN to NP, or CRNA. With all the similarities of requirements, I initially thought I could just apply to each and go to whichever I was accepted into. However, a couple semesters into the journey, I began to really understand the differences in care models, and I decided to pursue the PA goal and nothing else. So, here's how I chose to skin the cat: Classes:Knock out your science pre-req's. Don't use valuable time & money chasing another degree unless you simply have your heart set on it, or unless the PA program you're applying to states you must have a science degree. You already have a degree, now show them through your grades that you can smoke those science courses. The science courses were more difficult than anything from my business degree, but I absolutely loved the content and was happy to finally be learning about what I care about. Some courses were a little rough- I made an A in o-chem and it was a miserable semester (chemistry does not come naturally to me). Just keep in mind, you can endure nearly anything for 3-4 months at a time, and your GPA is forever :-) HCE & PA shadowing: If you set your courses up right, by the time you're done with your AP's I & II, you can take a summer semester course at a local community college and get your CNA license. It's easy, and you'll be done in time to start classes back the next month. Seek out a CNA job at your local hospital, in most states, hospitals do not require nurse aide's to be state certified- so technically you could go ahead and start logging some direct patient care hours (keep a tracker spreadsheet) on weekend or night shifts while you're in school for your pre-req's. Obviously, CNA work is not as glamorous as other ways of gaining HCE.. If you want to "dodge the butts" as others have joked, go with MA or EMT, but it will add another year of coursework. CNA can be achieved quickly. Become a "student volunteer" at your local hospital and log some hours. It's annoying because volunteers are often treated like total crap, but you gain priceless knowledge and learn a little on how the medical field pecking order works. The most tangible value of doing this volunteer work is networking: go to the OR/PACU and scan the board. Get an idea of which surgeon keeps a PA with him, and = there's your mark. Talk to that PA or his surgeon and score some great PA shadowing hours. If they like you, often they'll offer for you to extend your shadowing to their clinic or hospital floor. Everything else is all about reading/reviewing CASPA's FAQ's. Hopefully there aren't too many typo's or word omissions in what I just typed as I don't have time to proof-read. Good luck to you!
  11. I am a non-degree seeking post-bacc pre-PA student. In May, I completed the last prerequisites for my wish list of PA programs. Their prereq's were not extensive, their lists ended with Organic Chemistry I. I scored an A in O-chem I, I'm particularly proud of that grade. Should I continue to take more science courses, such as Organic Chemistry II? What do PA programs look for specifically on transcripts of post-bacc students? I contacted the admissions departments of the programs. They both verbally stated in general terms any courses additional to the prereq's are not needed and don't necessarily make a candidate stand out. I'm having a really hard time believing this as I am surrounded daily by traditional pre-PA undergrads who are incessantly stressed about how many cross-leveled grad science courses they can score prior to applying. So....decision point: I'm nearly finished with my summer CNA certification program, and I'm registered to begin the next wave of science courses back at the university in the fall (O-chem II, Human Pathophysiology, Stat, etc). Should I drop these classes, save months of my GI bill, and begin a full-time HCE job? I have approximately 60 hours of shadowing, 100 hours of hospital volunteering (ER, OR/PACU, L&D), and 70 hours of volunteering at the local free clinic. I was offered a full-time CNA job in the medsurg unit of our local hospital. They are not flexible for students. I am applying to PA schools during next year's application cycle. Thank you for any constructive advice you can send my way!
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