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  1. Going onto a physician assistant interview would it be okay to say "we" versus "they" when we would be asked about PA associated topics. For example, what kind of stressors do you see as a physician assistant? As a physician assistant we (not they to embody the role) see many stressors such as..... I just kind of like to have a personal touch on many different factors. Thanks you
  2. Good evening, So I just have a very simple question and because you are an admissions director I feel that you are best qualified to answer this question. So I recently obtained two interviews from PA programs. I was wondering, but how many students per seat do you normally interview for and was is the acceptance rate of the interviewed applicants. I know that more interviews obtained increases the success rate...
  3. What is the acceptance rate once you have obtained the interview. I have done some research and found that about 5 interviews are held per seat at most schools. but from probation criteria I would honestly guess 3ppl per seat. Anybody have any clue or rough idea?
  4. I am thankful that the class is only about 50% full because I have an interview coming up in less then 2 months. I sent out my applications like a few days before some of these individuals was declined due to full interview seats and only to find out as I was registering for interviews that there were like 40-60 seats left for interviews. If u received a declination email, I suggest you to stay strong, stay motivated and just reapply next year while continuing with your life. The lack of motivation can be such a huge toll on you more so compared to a letter of declination and can easily be shown in your essay and application. Even though this is my first time applying and I had the notation that I was going to receive rejections from all schools that I have applied, but it turned out I was either waitlisted on some or received an interview. Before applying to schools, think of what can you offer the school as a whole and the population of the community and write about that passively in your essay. For instance, I am a minority and already achieved a master degree with an high achievement record. Just do your homework with a little of research and above all, remain motivated.
  5. If you think about it, it is not really that much. The program allows you to take classes all the way up till the spring before the program officially starts. And i am pretty sure that you could probably knock out the smaller classes like psychology, nutrition, or med term during a winter break. If you want it than it's your for the taking.
  6. I had the same questions as well. Yes the BA-PA is now a MSPA program. I called the office and they stated that you need to fill out a general application of undergraduate studies for general entrance. The CASPA application is to get into the program. Also, GRE scores are not required for Howard University. Lastly, I suggest to increase your chances of acceptance, just take some undergraduate classes at a community college...this really did boost my undergraduate GPA up alot ever since receiving my MPH also, if your not accepted this year at least you will have a major boost for the coming year. Hope this was helpful. My last key advice is to once you graduate don't stop and be sedentary keep taking science classes until you get in to increase chances.
  7. @katiewinfrey While reading your summary, honestly everything sounds amazing. Very strong GPA, GRE would not hold you back from schools that do not need them. Te only flaw I found in your application was your LORs. You stated that you had 2 from professors and one from a supervisor. I recently applied to PA programs about a week and half ago and most of the research I found and schools I applied to requested at least 1-2 letters from clinically practicing PAs, NPs, MDs, very few RNs. Hope everything works out well...
  8. Thank you, I really do appreciate the feedback. I honestly had a great way with words thanks to Toastmasters (speak well write well), but never had a keen eye for identifying unnecessary words. @jlumsden, i don't mean to pry but i was reading one of your posts and I see that you are currently working international. I'm just curious to know if you have an MPH just because only PAs with MPHs can join doctors without borders and that was one of the reasons why I choose to complete my MPH before and separate to a PA degree to get the full meaning without being bias to just healthcare alone. If not, than what organization are you operating under? Thanks once again for the feedback...
  9. My dad knocking at my bedroom door shouting, “we have to go!” turned out to be the most frightening day of my life. The apartment building we were in was engulfed in flames! From previous training as an EMT and Firefighter, my dad displayed an immense amount of courage instructing my brothers and I as we covered our faces and crawled behind each other until eventually we made it slowly outside with second degree burns. This was the day I learned that if one cannot run, than walk, if one cannot walk, than crawl and no matter how long it may take to reach the end it is optimism and determination that will push you through to finish. Thus, my path leading to medicine is distinct from others from previous struggles and experiences, but it is optimism and determination that is pushing me to become a phenomenal Health Practitioner. Following my dad’s footsteps, I became an EMT at the age of sixteen, but it was through unusual circumstances that I knew a career in medicine, specifically preventional medicine. Receiving wisdom from various patients as an EMT, one in particular stood out that I will never forget. This individual was plagued with diabetes at the age of nineteen. Currently, at the age of thirty and unmindful of medication, he one arm and bilateral leg amputations and almost complete blindness in both eyes. While speaking to this patient, I saw myself in his position lying on the stretcher with acute hypoglycemia because just like him, I too am an African American male with parents who suffer from diabetes. This was the moment my path towards medicine officially begun. Thus, from personal experiences I choose to dedicate my educational career around health prevention and understanding various causes that hinders medicine in the underserved and minority communities. I enrolled and graduated from Howard University with a major in Exercise Physiology with the ambition of entering the medical world. During undergraduate studies, I participated in a Summer Medical and Dental Education Program through the school for those interested in the field of medicine. Within this program, I received the experience of a lifetime by shadowing different facets of medicine from a medical director to clinical rotating physician assistants in an underserved environment. Through this program, I learned that everyday lived is a gift presented upon itself to benefit others in various positive and meaningful ways. Following undergraduate studies, I choose to gain a better understanding of the communities that I will one day influence by enrolling and completing a masters level degree in Public Health with an A grade average. Through this program, I gained knowledge and a better understanding of what affects different levels of life ranging from health, behavior, social, income, environment, and the list can go on. Studying within an underserved community, I have seen negative outcomes of racial disparity, such as perceived self-worth and futuristic outcomes. Hence, I eventually would like to alleviate such disparities resembling disproportional communities where I have been educated and grown by educating the community that is both comprehensive and applicable that focuses on the barriers within medicine. Concurrently with graduate studies, I worked as an ER Tech with a phenomenal team consisting of numerous welcoming Physician Assistants. As an ER Tech, I became more aware of the benefits surrounding the role of the PAs and how they support both physicians and patients. With a smaller patient load, PAs are able to provide a more intimate relationship with each patient and spend a greater amount of time understanding their individual needs and circumstances, which is something I truly do value. I have witnessed this directly lead to an increased satisfaction of patients, which I admire with a background as an EMT and in public health. Within these professions, presenting a great amount of empathy and compassion can open up many doors of information that people normally have a difficult time displaying, such as a previous history of drug abuse and sexual victimization. This differs from my experiences I have had when working with physicians when heavy volume of patients are too to allow such relationships. It became too frequent that I was asked to decipher physician's plan of care after the physician performed a rapid assessment in a comprehensive way. This observation allowed me to evolve as an individual to develop effective communicational skills. All-in-all, a career as a PA is ideal for me because compassion and confidence is instilled within every decision. From my past I've learned from my mistakes and as a person I've grown, matured, and have different priorities and skills than when I was 18. I hope that achieving a master degree with a 3.52 with my work history and job roles proves to you what I am truly capable of and what kind of person I am today.
  10. I am applying for my first time to PA school. I am sending out applications to about 10 programs and I am curious (just like everyone else) about my chances of acceptance. I don't have the highest GPA but I have great experiences as a CNA, EMT, and Social Epidemiologist. GPA: 3.21 Science: 3.17 PCE: 8000 Most preReqs that I am looking at is about a 3.2-3.4 gpa. I have experience as a EMT,CNA, and Sexual assault advocate. I graduated from graduate school (MPH) with a 3.52. And basically what is holding my gpa back is physics...unfortunately I have about 8 credits worth of Cs in those courses and I know most places do not do grade forgiveness. Also, I actually did some research in accepted applicants of programs with mediocre GPA and sGPA as well... Any thoughts or tips on my competitiveness and possible schools :)?
  11. That is pretty amazing, on the part of taking a leadership role within the medical field. I honestly, would of not fathomed that a PA could take a position such as that. I honestly have only seen nurses and physicians taking a role such as that. But, I am honestly more curious in leadership positions in the public, such as a medical health officer. I just had a mentor (MD) and I saw him at work and damn that's a dream job where one can affect multiple individuals at the stroke of a pen. I know as an associate director of an ER you can have the same effect as well, but to a limited extent meaning to those that are seeking medical advice and services. I am kind of interested in affecting individuals in a both active and passive kind of sense. FYI, not a PA yet, just one who has a MPH applying to PA school in a few weeks who is also aiming to obtain a DrPH afterwards....
  12. So I was wondering, but are there PAs that operates as a community leader? I usually see MD/DO/RNs working as a community leader in the position as a Health Officer and Medical Officer, but can PAs hold any positions such as Health Officer or Community Leader with such degrees as a MPH and/or DrPH....just curious.
  13. I am currently applying to the 2018 class...sending out applications in about 6 weeks hopefully depending on course evaluation. I was wondering but was you able to find any statistics for entering classes?
  14. What were the average stats for the class?
  15. what were the average stats for your class....im just curious because I currently have a 3.52 MPH degree, with an average of 3.1 undergrad with about 8ooo hce hours, about a 3.25 preReqs and I also work as a social epidemiologist. just curious?
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