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  1. Great responses, I honestly have no interest in buying a house anywhere, ever, so anyway I guess you all answered my questions thanks ?
  2. If I could go back I'd double major biochem and biology, but that's me. If you just want a job then who cares like stated above I don't think pa schools care, I've met a few art major pa's.. And honestly the pre reqs aren't exactly difficult n could easily fit in to any major, so again if u just want a job I'd major in something easy like pre health n just get emt certrd and do that a bunch + community service hours
  3. Hi guys, so like many of the people here I want to move to Cali, I spent a month there last summer and went from the bottom to the top and back down again..zig zagging my way through hitting stuff I wanted to see like yosemite, sequoia, so cal, nappa, pch, tahoe and other stuff. I realize the gas is expensive, the taxes and stuff suck, houses are all expensive and there's a lot of crime. I still want to go though, its the most beautiful state I've ever seen and the food was great, also my dads from LA and I have family all over. I also don't have a family and I don't want a house or much else for that matter... Anyhow I only wrote that simply to dissuade people from posting negative stuff, I'm more after candid answers about how I should possibly go about my move. I live in CT so its no stones throw away, my questions are along the lines of; should I apply to schools out west and hope to get in and start working in Cali after or apply to schools here and try and move out west afterward and get a job? this question is multifaceted in that I wouldn't know if there is bias for accepting out of state students vs in state students?(so should i move there first ...) and if its difficult to get a job out of state after completing a program elsewhere? also if anyone knows good schools in Cali id be happy to hear about them besides Stanford its too expensive.
  4. I work as a PT aide, I doubt I'll continue too long for the reasons listed above but I'm also a CNA atm and I've been told to at least get the EMT cert. But my opinion of PT aide ( which is different than PTA) is it's good PCE because you can potentially learn a lot. For instance my PT who runs the clinic has been practicing for like 40 years and she knows a ton, I sit in with her on evals all the time and shes always teaching me about the nervous system, muscle interactions, bones, joints etc how to do differential diagnoses, how to prescribe different programs and why, how drugs can affect people etc. While working as a CNA you learn very little, but there are plenty of hours to go around. I also already have a background in Kinesiology, either way it can be a really great experience, but I can see why someone would think its not, as the experience can be pretty variable.
  5. ty for the replies, I wasn't considering a graduate degree in lets say molecular bio to strengthen my app, I simply just want to learn more and not waste time just "working" I've never just had a job and then a social life or whatever my whole undergrad I worked 50+ hours a week + social life, if I thought about being a PA it would have been great to be doing pce but the PA decision is relatively recent. I suppose the best advice since I chose this track over med school is to learn a language and just do tons of PCE, which I suppose I'll do. but as for my second question (paragraph) for instance does anyone have anything to offer as advice? that one is important to me as the surgical pa's I shadowed recently all said they wished they had done more research on their programs for those reasons.
  6. I have some questions; For students who crammed throughout college and kept a very high gpa (as a science major) how did your habits change in PA school? For instance obviously studying is going to become a reality, but how much did you feel the need to study vs before and how much different is an upper level A/P at Uni vs what is taught in the grad programs, or biochemistry (if its even taught) etc? What should you look for in a program outside of modular vs traditional and price? For example how do you determine if the clinical rotations are better at program a vs program b? Also for those of you who are already PA's typically what would you have done differently while looking for a program? Also, being interested in research as well, does anyone think it would be worthwhile or detrimental to enroll in a masters program while waiting and working towards getting into PA school? I ask because the application times are variable, I have a great gpa and science bg but my PCE is only around 300 hrs and I feel like that makes me a very weak applicant. I also don't want to waste valuable time waiting to get into a program while I could be learning more and making advances, I feel like if I have to wait a year or two to get my PCE up it might be worthwhile to do another program locally while I make my application stronger.
  7. I'm trying to figure out just how you go about getting a good LOR from a doctor or PA if you dont work directly with them? I'm going to shadow a pa or doctor soon but its at a hospital that only allows you to do 3 sessions. Im looking to do volunteer work in the summer, maybe that will have me interact more with a PA or MD? what type of shadowing is best, should I be looking to shadow more than 20ish hours? and paying for school, im just curious if the schools work with you on financial aid etc
  8. Hey guys, I'm looking to shadow a PA or doctor in south eastern CT or RI. I'm interested in all aspects of medicine but specifically anything to do with CT, Neuro, Ortho and any type of surgery,
  9. There are so many programs, all seem very similar though some seem to have lower standards..for instance I'm from CT and quinnipiac and sacred heart, Yale etc have high standards.. even others like Boston u etc...I'm confident I can get into most or these schools but I don't like it here and am looking at schools in California some like "uc Davis" or Loma Linda etc etc have seemingly lower requirements..is that indicative of a inferior education? Even contrasting all of that some schools only require 250-500 hours of pce but they have 100% pass rates on your pance... I'm just curious how different programs can really be because the prices vary and if I'm gonna pay the same here as somewhere else I'd rather be and it's all relatively the same programs..then why you to the better schools? The only thing I can think is better job offerings..
  10. im not dismissive, the point was being a CNA doesnt correlate to actually working as a P.A. I'm interested in expanding my knowledge, not finding out about myself, im not a child and have had a lot of real world experience...all over the world. Also im not a complete outsider to the industry, one of my best friends is a doctor, I know many nurses and cnas and a few pt's, but no i havent shadowed... TBH if i wasnt compassionate or didnt want to work directly with people I would just get my phd and go into research, or be a doctor. I'm choosing P.A. because I want to work with people directly, lots of them. I dont care about the money which is relatively meager to what I could make if i felt like it (and already have..) anyway, the feedback from all is appreciated, although its been a little condescending.. I know where my holes are(HCE, shadowing, profanity apparently) and the like, i probably should have been more specific and not so all over the place in my first post but im cramming for finals right now and felt like procrastinating regardless, thank you all so far ;)
  11. Hi everyone, I have some general questions for everyone PA's especially.. A little about me Im still an undergrad...I started school later on in life..not that late but later...and I really only went out of curiousity as I have marketable skills that im passionate about..but anyway, I fell in love with school and learning, I also mainly focused on math/science. My first year was pre-req pretty much to get into other stuff, next two years was bouncing around but finished with a 2 associates in exercise science and science(I was looking to become a PT at one time..). Later i decided against that and decided to change my major to biology 1 because I really like it and two because I decided I wanted t be a Pa. Anyway to make this shorter...I wanna be a PA because I want to help people, Work someplace challenging and dynamic and be interested and do sciencey stuff all day. right now im about a year out from finishing the B.S for bio, my science GPA as I googled to calc it is 3.8 right now( i added quality points and divided by # of credits?) anyway its sound about right i get mostly A's...although Orgo is giving me a lil trouble.. anyway that leads into my direct questions will a b-c in orgo fuck me? I have no HCE but am an incredilby hard worker and Im looking to do pharmacy tech and probably do PT aide too this summer, If I could id do triples every day..I'm leaning towards the pharm tech because they learn a lot about drugs and dosages and side effects etc and it just seems more applicable to being a P.A. than being a CNA where ill just be wiping asses and hading out pills...is it advisable what im looking to do as far as HCE? Im open minded and will probalby end up volunteering a lot too .. thats leads me to shadowing, how much and how important is it? is a LOR from a doctor/P.A. valuable to the schools or would my teachers be adequate? also in general what else should I be to be more competitive..I'm a TA at the university as well as a fulltime student..do they like if I've done research etc? just also any comments on what I should do next or what can I do to be more competitive..should I take the mcats? does anyone care? things like that anything anyone can think of to help me would be appreciated sorry for the lengthy post all!!
  12. hi guys, real quick im just curious, how do i become a medical scribe? ive looked into it a bit and it seems you go through an agency and pay them to "train" you or just pass a course or something? right now i think i fit the reqs im a good student, math and science are pretty easy for me, ive done anat and phys etc i dont have any medical experience.. but also im getting close to the end of my time as an undergrad and i want to start with the medical scribe stuff asap but i also take a lot of courses and doubt i can work full time, right now i work for the school 20 hours a week and thats easy enough, but this summer i really wanna get into the medical field(i usually serve but i want the med experience) so anyway, i know my grammar sucks etc im just curious if anyone knows the quickest and best ways i should go about this.
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