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  1. I would agree with above. You need a very flexible job and school should come first. I also pick up ED tech shifts at my old shop while in school. Generally those are on breaks or the occasional weekend shift. My program also knows that I do that, as long as it doesn't interfere with my school work they are fine with it.
  2. Honestly there is not a great deal you can do in the next month that will make a significant difference. Having said that I think your application looks good. However, don't stop there, you should have a plan in place to continue to grow your application during the cycle. This should be things outside of working in the field as an ED tech or EMT. Things that stick out to me would be the 3.4 prerequisite gpa, if there is something you can do to fix that then start there. Otherwise take some upper division science classes. I would recommend genetic if you don't already have it, immunology is another good one and pharmacology is super helpful.
  3. 1. You typically need to meet the gpa minimum and the letter grade minimum. If stats is a prereq and you need a B then don’t apply to those schools or retake it. 2. This is school dependent but generally if you physically touched and care for the patient then it is PCE. If you didn’t touch the patient, scribing for example then this typically falls under HCE. if there is any doubt reach out to the schools and make sure it counts and what they would consider it.
  4. My suggestion is likely similar to others, retake science classes to break that 3.0 mark. However I would say that often times the biggest way you can adjust this is retaking any classes where you got a C. The idea here is you get A's and then the GPA for that class will average out at a B, thereby affecting change in you GPA. The other thought here is some programs have a minimum of a C for prerequisite classes, but some will say you must have a B. So not a bad idea to look at that aspect for the specific schools you are looking at. Alternatively you can also take upper division classes in the science category like virology, genetics or immunology, these will help a lot once you are admitted too. If you want another opinion on you personal statement feel free to message me, i'm only to happy to help with that sort of thing.
  5. Agree with above CC classes are fine and cost far less. Often times the class size is smaller as well.
  6. I would say that MA, EMT or Paramedic are the superior routes for hours. They pay a bit better than others and the experience is so valuable once you start school. like others have said don’t waste your time with graduate school unless you are going to use it. My suggestion is to retake any class with a grade lower than a C+ and take upper division science classes while gaming PCE.
  7. Most of my classes were either CC or online. I was also working two jobs at the time so that’s just what I had to do to get it done. At interviews it was never even brought up and am currently attending on of the best programs in the country. So honestly I don’t think the school name much matters. Just get good grades, good experience and a good GRE score and go for it!
  8. I would counter those thoughts above. I’m late twenties, live in a house with one classmate, a Med student and a friend (would have been 2nd classmate but dropped for family reasons). I wouldn’t change it for the world, I like studying in groups though. It is also nice that our house is low stress, some of my other classmates I could see the stress rubbing off. i guess it differs by individual preferences.
  9. I would say our class has a mix, some live together, some with other folks, some just their significant other etc. I personally live with a classmate and I think it is great, you always have someone to bounce things off or ask questions. on the housing situation I think April or May is fine, depends when you plan on moving out I guess. It also depends on where you want to live, there are plenty on complexes that are fine, those typically have leases whenever you want. If you want a house or apartment outside of a complex that may require a little more time to lock down. Once the Facebook page is up in the new year you should be able to find people that want to live with others.
  10. I think Pharm knowledge is super helpful going in. I'm glad that I took college Pharm before starting. Sketchy Pharm is really variable, I don't like how they present information but to each their own. Some folks in my class love it.
  11. Honestly i'm not sure what you really need. All of my interviews I have not needed anything, I brought some CV's to my first interviews but after that, I just brought myself.
  12. Hey all, I'm a current first year. Yes you are correct the facebook page typically gets made in January or so once the class is finalized. Also you will receive newsletters from Kay beginning in the new year. If you have any questions, i'm happy to try and answer them as best I can. Also if anyone has questions on housing etc. I'm happy to answer those as well.
  13. Honestly it sounds like you are on the right track. It sounds like your grades are in the right area, you are gaining experience already and you have a plan to get the required classes taken care of. The other reassuring fact is that you are already in a career that makes a fairly good wage. Many of the issues with people trying to apply to PA school arise from the need for experience. In many cases the only way to do that is to get an entry level position somewhere in healthcare. This then compounds some financial constraints on where and how quickly you may be able to take the required classes. I would say that you need to do some shadowing both in the inpatient and outpatient settings to see if it is actually for you. You can do this while taking the classes you mentioned. Regardless of what field you end up choosing you will likely need to take some classes. I would also like to rebut the comment from winterallsummer. PA school is not a back up for MD/DO school and neither is MD/DO and back up for PA school. I did not apply to PA school because I couldn't get in to medical school, I chose PA specifically. Likewise my medical school friends did not go to medical school because they could not get into PA school.
  14. There is very little you can do that will actually be helpful. My advice, enjoy the time you have until you start school. While I still find I can balance school and personal life easily, things are different once you start school.
  15. I tended to think more about where I came from, who I am and what brought me to this point. Talk about why or how you found your way to medicine. For me that path was a little longer and more convoluted than people coming out of undergrad, but still. Was there a particular experience that made you take a longer look at medicine, was there things from your past that made you not want to explore other professions. I also think that it is important to talk about the things you love outside of medicine. Are you married? Do you have kids? Do you run marathons? Are you really competitive at chess? Talk about the things that interest you and that help you relieve stress. Hope that helps.
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