panglossian

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  1. I volunteered for nearly 2 years as a case manager at a health clinic (8-10hrs per week). A majority of the work was helping low-income members of my community access health and social services, but I also made long-term connections with several of my clients and would often just be someone there to support them. I have since moved from that area and now assist the elderly at their doctors appointments by helping them express their health goals and understand their doctor's instructions (medication changes, referrals, etc). Look for opportunities online and get involved in something even if it is just once a month!
  2. HCE

    I was in a very similar situation last year. I scribed for four months while getting my EMT certification and finding a better job. Scribing helped to pay the bills (minimally I might add), made me confident with medical terminology, and helped me get my current job as an ER Tech. I do not regret it at all! I understand working a job for only four months may make you look flakey, however, many programs do not even count scribing as HCE.
  3. I also have an EMT certification and work as an ED tech. The pay is marginally better ($12.70/hr or more if you're willing to work nights or overtime) and I work with PAs, NPs, and MDs. Check out the job sites for local ERs and urgent cares in your area.
  4. I am confused about this statement. If the plasma center is going to hire you as a medical screener only to eventually replace the job, then it does not sound like a good option. I know gaining hours is important, but your GPA is also vital to your application. What classes are you taking? You want to ensure you can put in the time/effort to get As in your coursework while working and not burning out halfway through the semester. The position at Rescare sounds like it might meet both your goals of gaining PCE while having enough time to get good grades.
  5. Pantyhose are a thing of the past. No one will reject you for not wearing them unless they are an old grouch. You will present your best in something professional that fits well and is comfortable for you. Good luck!
  6. First, congrats on your interview! I disagree with the above post completely. Business attire is definitely a must for admissions interviews, but I do not think for females that means a dress or pantyhose (seriously what decade are we in?). Any pregnant woman wearing the clothing in the above stock photo would have swollen feet and an aching back by the end of the day. Wear something you are comfortable and confident in! It is hard to know how casual the sweater top is without seeing a picture. Adding a blazer is your best option to dress up any maternity look. Good luck!
  7. I am sure in addition to the hardships and challenges you have faced you have also made a difference in other people's lives. Talk about positive or inspiring moments from your experience as a medic, when your actions improved a patient's medical condition. Link your time in the military to demonstrating your ability to work as part of a team, communicate well with others, and dedicate yourself. I worked in undergraduate admissions and my favorite interviews were personal, however, that does not mean you need to lay out all the gory details. There are many ways to be memorable and I think your experiences will stand out!
  8. Check out craiglist and other job sites! There is a new trend of private practice MDs using pre-med/-pre-PA students as uncertified medical assistants. Your previous exereince as a personal care aid will aid you in this. Contact any job listing that does not state certification required. You might end up doing some front office stuff, but part of the job could be considered PCE (phlebotomy, vitals, discussing medications/allergies/medical history prior to MD exam, etc). Good luck!
  9. You got this! You worked hard and put in your best effort! Your applications are in the hands of admissions so there's not much else you can do. Focus on enjoying the present and try not to worry too much about the future.
  10. Record a voicemail that lists the best way to contact you (email?) and the dates which you will be unable to receive calls. No need to be too specific about why.
  11. The thread you are looking for is in the [PAST FEATURED] part of this forum. Google "pa interview questions" and you will find a ton of examples. Good luck!
  12. Keep on persevering! You know this application process inside and out. Use that to your advantage! How did you prepare for previous interviews? It is natural to be nervous. I worked in undergraduate admissions and sometimes I was even nervous interviewing prospective students. If anxiety is overtaking you, then be the super confident alter ego of yourself. You got this!
  13. Welcome! 1. Quickest path to take in order to obtain direct patient care hours There are several threads about this topic. I would recommend looking into CNA or EMT-B certification so you can get the job (EMT, ED tech, CNA, etc) you need for PCE and income. 2. Resume builders Continue volunteering! If you are a strong believer in a healthy diet you could definitely make that a part of your application. Also start shadowing PAs in various fields of medicine. 3. Am I at a disadvantage for having a major in dietetics? No. You have a stellar GPA and if you do well in your pre-requisites you will not have any problems academically as an applicant. 4. How possible is it to basically start from where I am and still apply (and get accepted) in the Fall 2018 cycle?! How many pre-requisite courses do you need to take?
  14. The culture of your school sounds different than mine and you should definitely start relationships within the established norms. I would often talk with professors about subjects pertaining to class and then eventually with time be able to speak about more personal topics. Older people love talking about their kids so that is often a subject I bring up if I know they have kids. You are smart to keep the conversation professional, however, there are benefits to gain from becoming friendly with someone, especially professors and managers.
  15. What are your class sizes like? What is the culture of your college like? Your upper-level classes will usually be smaller and thus will allow you to build the relationships required to obtain stellar LORs from professors. You have identified several situations in which you could have interacted differently and I hope in the future you do not fret about wasting a professors time. Instead perhaps consider that they are interested in getting to know their students better as well! Professors are aware you will need LORs to get accepted into any graduate school and many are trying to get to know you so they can write you a good one. I went to a small university and I had very close relationships with several professors, some of whom I did not even take a class with. If you asked, many professors would be happy to meet you in the cafeteria for lunch just to chat. I would stay after class to ask questions, go to office hours regularly, and usually hang out in the chemistry department, often in my academic advisor's office listening to music and doing homework. Not all professors are willing to be so casual, but make it your goal to get to know at least one professor per semester better.