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  1. Consider a recommendation from a science professor that can advocate as to your ability to perform graduate level coursework. That might help offset the GPA factor.
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  3. I hear you. It can be easy to get caught up in what other people around you are doing. We've all been there in one way or another. There's the traditional advice of, "keep working on the application, refine the personal statement, etc." That's all fine and dandy, but it probably puts more pressure on applying than there need be. Instead, I'll suggest something new: look into some outdoor seasonal work. It's a great way to try something new, meet new people, and get some perspective and clarity on things. It need not be medically related. A good place to start. By all means not a comprehensive job board. http://www.backdoorjobs.com/ Food for thought.
  4. Not sure where you work newton but no PAs or MDs start IVs in our ED. Nurses rarely start IVs. It's all techs. Phleb is not a valuable skill. Getting experience reading EKGs is much more valuable. Many a student struggle reading EKGs for the first time as PA students. I did. Much better to start practicing now. I say go EMT if you know you can find work as an EMT in your area. You want to be able to set yourself up to manage patients and give proper assessments.
  5. California is one of the toughest places to crack into. Desirable place to live and overpopulated. Don't get down on yourself. The worst thing that can happen is that you apply again this cycle with a stronger application that before.
  6. Look into CNA work at nursing homes. There's always a demand and they are usually grateful for your time. Plus, there is minimal training, so it's not a huge investment on their part.
  7. There are two main things you need your letter writers to address. 1) Abiltiy to perform graduate level work. 2) Clinical aptitude. So, in reality, a PA you shadowed probably wouldn't be able to say much about either of those things. A professor in a class you absolutely crushed and a clinical supervisor that you have a real relationship with would be ideal. Your nurse supervisor is a good one. Do not get a letter from your friend. Now, if your friend was an outstanding PA student and they happen to drop a line to the director of the program they attended, then it's possible your application will get an extra glance from the admissions committee.
  8. If you're just doing assisted daily living then probably not. It is health care experience not patient care experience.
  9. This. However, I do know plenty of PAs who did go to school straight out of undergrad with so-so HCE and they are very competent providers. Many, however, wish that they had at least traveled somewhere or done something totally unrelated to HCE. It gives perspective. Keep in mind there are new residencies popping up all over place. If this was years ago I would have said gain some more HCE prior. Now I would say consider plowing through PA school and dive into an 18-month residency. You'll get paid better as a resident than you would at almost any other pre-PA job, and it is much better clinical experience because you already are a PA.
  10. Go for it. Your GPA might keep you out of some places but you already know that. You're GRE score, in some way, compensates for the lower GPA because it shows that you can at least do well on a standardized test. At least, I think that's a decent score. Haven't looked at GRE #s in awhile. You could spend a year or two doubling your hours, gaining a new cert, learning some new skill.........or you could apply this round and keep working on those things anyway. Be selective. Find good fits. It's not just a #s game.
  11. It's likely whatever changes that do go in to effect will take years to rollout. I wouldn't stress about it. You can always shop around private insurance companies. You're also in school - with no income - you might qualify for medicaid
  12. Just a note here: the EMT certification doesn't really mean much if you never had any experience as an EMT. Without knowing the other aspects of your application, where you applied, and when you applied, it's hard for us as a community to give solid advice. Feel free to update us so we can better help out!
  13. Anybody know of a complementary map that shows an estimate of % of folks vaccinated by state?
  14. A push toward a 32 hr work week would be ideal! Fat chance in this country, but I dream of the day...
  15. To each his own, my friend. I appreciate your comments and I think this could be an interesting discussion in another, more appropriate thread.
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