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  1. Also, what kind of HCE, scores, etc. did you apply with? I talked to one girl who had the bare minimum as far as GRE and HCE and she got accepted to Shreveport a couple of years ago.
  2. Did you go to an information session? I went to the NOLA program already, but I didn't really like it.
  3. I know I am way ahead of the system being that the 2015-2016 cycle is still underway, but I'd like to get an idea from those applying currently what to expect and what is has been like with CASPA.
  4. I'd say finish it out and maybe even work as a nurse for a little while saving some money before going to PA school if you should choose that over the NP route. PA school at its longest would be 3 years. I'll be in my mid 20s when I finally start. Not starting PA school right away after undergraduate is not a big deal.
  5. I guess it also depends which schools you are applying to. If you are trying to get into the top programs in the nation, yeah it might be tough. But, I've come across many people who had the bare minimum requirements, if that, and got in. The only thing that I would even offer to say would hold you back is GPA. Did you take the GRE? Your academic trend and a decent GRE could probably put you in, at the very least, a position for interviews.
  6. See, I was always told that being a pharm tech wasn't "hands on" enough experience. While it is experience no doubt, schools really like the direct interacting with patients (i.e. medical assistant, EMT, etc.). You didn't mention if you tried taking the GRE yet. It looks like you may have a bit of classes to take to meet most prerequisite standards. The schools I'm applying to require at minimum a 3.0 sciences GPA. If you already took A&P 1 and 2, I wouldn't take another anatomy class and focus on the other classes that you need or if nothing more take upper level BIO classes like genetics, immunology, parasitology, etc. Get a lists of several schools and make sure when applying that your criteria fits them all, unless you are dead set on Utah and have no doubt that you will get in.
  7. That it could. But, this was geared more towards my organizational skills and the way I approached shadowing. I took notes so that I could look up different diseases and terminology that I came across. Many of the people that I've seen shadowing are just there to wander around with the the doctor or PA not taking notes or anything. I'm actually a pretty likable person, however biased that may sound. My decision was more on the fence because I was worried about getting bored or dissatisfied when I feel like I've reached a max height of what I could reach. But, the more I weigh my decision the more at peace I feel with choosing PA over MD. There are aspects to both routes that I like and that I dislike, but at the end of the day I have to accept my decision when it is all said and done.
  8. I think that is the beauty in the PA profession in that respect. As a medical oncologist, if you get burnt out on oncology you either fall back to your internal medicine residency that you have completed or be prepared to undertake another residency. As a PA, if you get burnt out, you can rotate out of that field for a while and then always go back. To be an oncologist as a MD/DO, including med school, it is roughly 10 years. I'm still in the process of deciding MD or PA for oncology and realizing that definitely affects your thoughts when weighing the options.
  9. I think with anything it all depends on the school you apply to and the competition that you are up against. While the GPA is on the lower side, like medical schools, they look for trends and relevant courses. HCE has a major role too in making your application more desirable. Sometimes, even with C's, I've had advisers say don't retake those and continue to take other classes (genetics, parasitology, immunology, etc.). Make sure you get a decent GRE. From what I gathered, anything above 300 with a decent portfolio is usually sufficient. Keep taking the classes and raising the GPA. If you get to that 2.8 like you anticipate and have all the other stuff included, you still have a decent shot. It mostly depends on what your program's minimums will be when you apply and how strict they are about them. The one's I am looking at require at least a 3.0 undergrad, but some programs don't have a GPA listed at all.
  10. I actually spoke to a PA in oncology at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. What she described sounded great as her doctor, who is now more comfortable with her, gives her a lot of autonomy in being a part of surgeries, having clinic time ranging from going over diagnosis to discussing treatment plans. It sounds like what I would want should I go that route, but as with any PA job, a lot of it is contingent on the MD/DO that is over you. However, at MDA, the PA and the NP are viewed as the same. MDA employs some of the most PAs of all places in the country. They are at the higher end of the pay scale, good benefits, and flexible schedules. Definitely worth a look if in the area. She did mention that they are slow when hiring so apply at least 3 months in advance. MDA also doesn't require initial experience to work there. They have the only oncology residency for PAs in the country. I asked her about that and she said she applied but wasn't accepted because they are looking for PAs to do that who have many years of experience. It almost makes you wonder if it is worth it, besides maybe getting more, to have years experience and then go back to a residency.
  11. Glorious_Ignoramus that was great! I don't have to decide one way or the other yet and the schools I'd be applying to both medical and PA have basically the same pre-reqs. I would have to take the MCAT next year, however, so by December, I will need to say which way to go. I'm talking to an oncology PA today to get the last bit of information I feel like I lack in making my decision. So until December, I'll be taking classes, working as a nurse assistant, and mulling over my decision.
  12. I'm actually in the process of going into oncology down the road. What do you think of your experience thus far? Like you said, it is hard to find PAs in oncology because of its sub-specialty.
  13. Thank you everyone for the responses! I really appreciate thought out statements from people who have actually been there and not just someone throwing in their thoughts.
  14. I maybe should have elaborated more on what the doctors see in me. I've heard from them that they see how detail oriented I am and my thirst for knowledge on all things medical. I've shadowed both doctors and PAs and not every doctor has gone out of their way to tell me anything about it, so when I had some do, I did pay attention to that in choosing which path to consider. I don't necessarily have to be the "CEO" per say, but once I know what I am doing and feel very confident in my work, I don't want someone else nitpicking everything I do. I can be a number two or even three, but with that contingency of course. I don't have to choose today, but since I would lack the MCAT if I went the MD route, in December, I really need to decide which way I am going. I know for sure that I want to be in medicine, this I am certain. Choosing how to be in medicine though is turning out to be a tougher choice than I had anticipated. I like aspects of both PAs and of MDs and there are also negatives of both PAs and MDs. I also plan on working in Oncology either route I choose.
  15. In short, I graduated 2 years ago in construction management and after a battle with cancer, I have decided to return to school so that I can work with cancer patients. Originally, I was dead set on doing it the MD way. I stumbled across the PA route when my girlfriend's friend mentioned that she was looking into it. When I read into it, I thought that is what I want to do and started forming my future class schedule to handle the pre-reqs and I took the GRE. The more I think about it though, I keep feeling in the back of my mind that I will regret not going the full distance. I'm going to be 25 in the fall and me and my girlfriend (future wife) have no kids and it will just be the two of us and she finishes grad school a year before I would start either. I've watched the videos with Sundance and I have shadowed both doctors and PAs but am still at crossing point. I have had two doctors encourage me to pursue med school because they say they see potential and doctor qualities in me in how I carry myself. Ultimately, I know I must decide for myself. If it was just me and I had no one, I would do the MD route. I know some will argue that that is how you should approach the decision anyway, but I can't be that selfish and not consider my future wife. She has told me that she is on board with whatever I decide and although the med school route will be tough, that she supports me. So I have teetered and tottered and I don't have to make any concrete decisions today, but I can't stand not having a definite plan. Based on what I have said, what do you think?
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