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  1. My application was verified 5/23. I have yet to recieve any email from this program. Should I be worried?
  2. Hello all! I figured I would start a new thread for this years application cycle. I verified 5/23 and have yet to receive an email from Rosalind Franklin about the processing fee. Should I be worried?
  3. My application is verified but I cannot find where the GPAs are. Where should I look in my application?
  4. As a child, I participated in Girl Scouts for twelve years. My troop and I did countless activities to help the community. We volunteered at animal shelters, nursing homes, and hospitals. Volunteering at such a young age instilled in me the importance of helping others. This realization was the driving force in deciding what career path was right for me. Throughout my schooling as a child, I was fascinated by my science classes. My love of science and desire to help others both pointed in the direction of health care. Initially I enrolled at Indiana University planning on becoming an optometrist. However, after shadowing the profession, I realized the field was too limiting; I wanted a wider range of knowledge that focused on more areas of the body than just the eyes. After researching a number of different medical professions, I was most intrigued with the physician assistant career. The privilege of being able to move between specialties as a PA appealed to me the most. This would give me the opportunity to have expertise in multiple areas along with the ability to diagnose and treat my patients. The decision to become a PA was sealed once I began shadowing late in my freshman year. My first experience shadowing a PA was in an emergency unit of a local hospital. It was chaotic, but Lindsey, a PA-C, kept calm as she autonomously moved from room to room assessing each patient. I observed how she often communicated with other colleagues to ensure the best care was given. I soon realized healthcare is a team effort. This exposure to medicine made me motivated to continue on the pre-PA track. Two years later, when I was a junior, I began working at IU Health Bloomington Hospital as a patient-care technician (PCT). It is through this job that I learned the most about health care and work in a team setting in order to give the best patient care. My main responsibility as a PCT is to keep my patients comfortable by adjusting their pillows, bringing them food, and helping them to the bathroom. Working twelve hour shifts, I often get to know my patients well. Many patients have affected my life, but none as much as Edith. I had been working at the hospital for two months when I was assigned a day in oncology. Throughout the day, I learned several things about Edith, from her love of teaching to her love of orange Jell-O. Edith was battling stage IV lymphoma cancer. Edith was kind, high-spirited, and hilarious. It was always enjoyable sitting with Edith and chatting with her about her past. As the weeks went by, her cancer progressed, and Edith became disoriented. It was difficult to see Edith get lost to the disease. The once-spunky woman that I had learned to adore, became weak and reserved. During her final days, Edith confided to me that she was terrified of passing alone, since she had no other living family. Promising Edith she would not have to be alone, I made sure I was always close by. Edith passed away early one morning, and I was able to hold her hand as she passed. Although, it was difficult to lose Edith, I hold some joy in knowing I made her a little more comfortable during the worst part of her life. Being bilingual, I am proficient in understanding and speaking English as well as Spanish. This enabled me to begin volunteering as a translator at a medical clinic in my senior year. Working in the clinic in conjunction with my PCT position, has given me a different perspective of the healthcare field. My first day at the clinic, I was both anxious and excited; I was worried I would not be able to communicate well enough in Spanish. My Spanish-speaking capabilities surprised me, when I assisted one woman named Maria. Maria hesitantly came into the clinic, and speaking Spanish, I welcomed her inside and could immediately see a wave of relief wash over her face. Maria told me the last time she came in, there was no translator, and she could not communicate the symptoms of her illness to Sung, the nurse practitioner (NP). Maria took my hand with both of hers and nodded excitedly when I explained that I could come into the exam room with her and translate. As it turned out, she had had a yeast infection for over a month and was previously given the wrong medication because she could not communicate. After walking Maria to the onsite pharmacy and translating for the pharmacist, I explained to her the importance of taking the antibiotics every day and finishing the prescription. Making sure a translator would be available, I helped Maria schedule her follow-up appointment. That experience was very meaningful to me; I felt like I truly assisted Maria and played a vital role in her health care. As a physician assistant, I would like to work in a similar clinic or in an area with underserved populations. I would also like to use my Spanish in order to treat minorities who otherwise would have a difficult time communicating. Although my Girl Scout days are behind me I am thankful for the skills and values the program has instilled in me. I will take what I have learned as a child and what I’ve learned from shadowing PAs, like Lindsey and working in the healthcare field as I help patients like Edith and Maria in the future as a physician assistant.
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