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  1. I am working on my application in CASPA... and I have a few questions regarding HCE. I know that direct patient care experience would be my job working as a derm medical assistant.. But I have a few things that I am not sure qualify as general health care experience: 1.) Dietary Clerk in a nursing home - I had to create meal plans with the dietitian and residents based off of their meal restrictions, etc. 2.) Residential counselor (senior year of college Practicum for credit) The position was a residential counselor for a group home with people who have dual illness. I had to assis
  2. I am having trouble with starting my personal statement. People keep telling me to start it off with an experience or anecdote to draw the readers in..There is not just ONE experience that sparked my dream of working in the medical field. I feel as though the various experiences I have had collectively have drawn me into the medical field. Here are a few topics I was thinking of starting my personal statement with..Please give me any feedback! (I am interested in specializing in dermatology, but by no means am I committed to this specialty!!) 1.) I currently work as a medical assistant in
  3. I was wondering if anybody had any advice on how to ask a PA to shadow them? Do you keep it simple or go into depth on why you want to shadow them...etc?? I have found a few on PAshadow online website but I was just wondering if anybody had any advice! Also, how long should you typically shadow someone for? Just to avoid "over staying your welcome". Thanks!
  4. Hello, I am trying to find a Physician Assistant to shadow in Massachusetts (preferably central MA, worcester area)... I am having some difficulties finding anyone to shadow. Has anybody else ran into these problems?? How did you find a PA to shadow (without "knowing" anybody)? I've looked on PAshadow.com and there aren't any that are available anywhere near me. Thanks a ton!
  5. Thank you so much for your response! I agree...there isn't any hurry... I will wait to apply until the following year once I boost my GPA and finish the prerequisites. Thank you again, I appreciate your insight!
  6. I am currently a senior in college and will be completing my degree in health sciences in May (2016)... My cumulative GPA is currently a 3.2. One program that I plan to apply to (MCPHS) allows you to apply to the PA program without completing all the prerequisites, as long as they are complete prior to matriculation. I still need three major prerequisites for the school: A&P II, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.... (It is a January start, 24 month program.) I plan on taking A&P II in the spring, and will take Organic Chem/Biochem in the summer of 2016. Applicants are accepted o
  7. Thank you for all of the replies! That experience just sparked the idea in my head of possibly going down the PA route. You wish you had gotten your MPH instead of PA? I am just curious...but why? thanks again for your help everyone!
  8. Hi! I will be going into my senior year of college in the fall as a Public Health major. It need some advice on becoming a PA.... The reason why I want to pursue a career as a PA is because of my experience with one. When I was 18 years old I was diagnosed with melanoma. My usual dermatologist was out one day and I saw the dermatology PA instead...she was even better than my usual doctor...so engaging and personable. Ever since she has sparked the idea in my head of becoming a PA... I am just really curious on current or past PA students experiences getting accepted into school. I
  9. Hi! I will be going into my senior year of college in the fall as a Public Health major. It need some advice on becoming a PA.... The reason why I want to pursue a career as a PA is because of my experience with one. When I was 18 years old I was diagnosed with melanoma. My usual dermatologist was out one day and I saw the dermatology PA instead...she was even better than my usual doctor...so engaging and personable. Ever since she has sparked the idea in my head of becoming a PA... I am just really curious on current or past PA students experiences getting accepted into school. I
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