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  1. Hello ya'll! I recently decided to become a PA. As I am getting informed about all that is required to be a PA; any extra help is appreciated. Knowledge is power! I know that CASPA is the main application manager but I am little confused on how the application cycle works for PA schools. Little background about me: Currently abroad doing an internship(research) at a Hospital. Coming back to the states August 2017 to resume my last year of undergrad. Graduating May 2018. Currently (3.2GPA - 3.0sGPA) GRE (Pending) Shadowing hours(Pending) What I know: I need to have a decent GPA/sGPA. I need to have shadowing hours. (Expected to start on them when I go back to the states) Suggestion on how many? 3 LOR'S. Good Resume & Personal Statement. What I don't know: - So let's say I graduate May 2018. When are applications due? When do interviews and school start? Mostly likely I will be a year without school - but that's the price I get for studying abroad; which I don't regret :) Can someone explain the cycle please? - I am not familiar of how to get direct patient care hours; if I am still a full-time student? - As stated above I graduate May 2018. I don't think I can turn in application October 2017 since, I won't even have my shadowing hours done nor taken the GRE. What are your suggestions on this scenario? Again, I would deeply appreciate your thoughts/comments/suggestions on this case. Thank you for your time y'all!
  2. I would certainly imagine that being a PA requires the same or close stress level as a physician but what I really meant was that it would be less stressful to me than becoming an MD or dentist. Sorry for the misunderstanding! Is there a sheet on this forum that would review the class data and requirements for each school? I have done some search already; for example USC is out the way because there's no way I could complete extraneous hours of shadowing when I come back. That is one of the main things I am worried about. Thanks for your honesty and response!
  3. Hello forum! Unfortunately, I recently decided that dental school was something I am not willing to do. It is a great career but the main reason I was doing it was because that would make my dad happy. Anyways we had a talk and he was content with my decision. Anyways a little background about me; I am senior undergraduate studying abroad until August 2017. I am intern at a hospital in Madrid working in a schizophrenia research project and part time surgical labatory with rodents. I decided I want to become a physician assistant for many reasons but mainly because it does not require the stress level of a physician has. I will be graduating in May 2018 so even though that is two years from now I am a little behind! I am a biomedical science major and I have an idea of the perquisites to become a PA but I a new to this so all the information is welcomed. The only thing I am really concerned on is shadowing hours. I shadowed my local dentist for about 100 hours but I have no experience with PA shadowing. Coming back to states as a full-time student will make it difficult for me to obtain shadowing experience before application deadlines. Do you any of y´all have any advice for me? It would be reliving if some PA schools didn´t have shadowing hours as a requirement. Anyway, any piece of useful information will be deeply appreciated it! Thanks!
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