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  1. I think once you have mastered your job duties/functions you will get more comfortable and be able to come out of your shell more. The first few weeks-months at a new job isn't the ideal time to do self analysis. Everyone is a little awkward and out-of-place right at first. It'll get better!
  2. I am no expert but I think you are a candidate for either. You need to call the specific schools you are applying to and ask them personally. They love people who have had other careers first, and they love people who started off weak and turned it around. Those types of people have strong drive and also are less likely to burn out. Also, let's say you don't get in the first time you apply - more people dont get in than do. The difference is applying again. You have done a lot of cool and unique stuff that separates you from the average joe. Your GPA isn't great but it's not the only thing they care about.
  3. I had this same dilemma and ultimately had to quit my MLS job to work as a scribe. I had to relocate cities and move back in with my parents to do this. So I feel your pain.... Contact each of the programs you plan on applying to. Programs with a minimum # of hours will prob say that your MLS experience, though inherently valuable, does not meet their requirements for PCE. Not every school has requirements, and some may even count it. It never hurts to ask. If you do end up having to leave your lab job, then when you interview, be sure to include the fact that you gave up a comfortable salary to take an entry-level job in order to expand your patient experience. This shows dedication. Good luck to you in whichever you chose!
  4. Scribe!!! Or find someone who will hire you as an MA without certification.
  5. They will definitely not look at this negatively. PA is a demanding career. This shows that you are willing and able to handle the crazy hours that healthcare requires, and also that you will do whatever it takes to get as much experience as possible. Keep working hard, don't burn yourself out.
  6. I would just straight up ask at the beginning of the day if the PA wants you to assist with anything. There's rules, so the last thing you want is to be the guy violating HIPAA or whatever. Keep a notepad with you... the experience is for you not them. Think of valuable questions. I would advise especially taking note and asking questions on details about the day-to-day stuff. Be smart about the things you ask if you are in front of patients or non-staff members. Example: one time I was shadowing in a C-section, and I forgot the patient was awake! I asked a question that really freaked out the patient. It turned out to be fine, but still. Hope you have fun!
  7. Right now I am working as a scribe but I can't afford to live in Dallas on scribe wages so I am getting ready to move home. I'm having a hard time finding a scribe job in my hometown.... I am trained as a MLT (Lab person) and this includes phlebotomy, which pays better than scribe but less contact with Drs and staff. I ran into a Dr. that I used to shadow who told me that her office needs an MA. Same thing, makes more than a scribe but it seems like they don't get the same type of experience out of the patient encounters as the scribes do.... Lastly, I was offered a job as a Clinical Allergy Specialist, which means that I would be performing allergy tests (skin tests) directly on the patients, interpreting the results and explaining them to the patients, and also lots of office work including dealing with insurance companies. This seems like the most well-rounded experience, but I'm afraid the schools won't know what it is, which means that I would have to rely on the right essay questions being asked where I could include information about that job. I don't want to waste a year doing something that's not gonna help me get in. Any thoughts?
  8. Does anyone know if LSU NO or LSU Shreve takes out of state students and what percentage?
  9. Greatest contribution to the class - think about why you would be a good PA and anything you have done that many of your classmates may not have. Everyone has something unique, just take a few days to reflect on this. For example, I have never worked in a hospice center or nursing home, so someone who has can help me understand the needs and life stories of elderly patients. I've been working in the lab for the past 2 years, most people have no idea what labs even are, so I can help them understand how their labs are done and what the values say/mean. Talk about helping your classmates in a constructive way. I think it would work to include your mom's history here. You are probably more sensitive to the plight of those who struggle with addiction and especially with what their families go through. I think your experience is a really good thing to include here. That said, if you want to include it in both of these essay questions, just make sure they're not both ONLY about that. If one is wholly about your experience with addiction, just tie it loosely into the other one, because as big of a deal as that experience is, I also think they want to hear about other life experiences as well. Diversity - I ran into your same problem... Very little experience with diversity, not necessarily because of anything I did or didn't do. Little experience won't disqualify you. 2 big things... you need to A) think of something, ANYTHING, you've done with a population of people who weren't like you in some way. Here I said that I work in a lab with people of varying nationalities, religions, ages and backgrounds. Then 2) you need to explain why diversity enhanced your experience and how your experience better equipped you to work with a diverse set of patients. You can do this! The main thing is, for the next 2 days or so, while you're in the shower, driving, doing the dishes, you need to be thinking about everything you've done for the last 20 something years and think about what experiences fit the criteria for these. There's something... also, remember to focus more on what you got out of it. If you're gonna talk about summer camp in 3rd grade, that's OK, but since its a weak example you need to have strong thoughts about what lasting impact it had on you and how it will help you in your career.
  10. Current MLS. I have been working for 1 year in the blood bank (my first year out of school) before finding that MLS doesn't count as HCE in Texas. I recently became a scribe (significant pay cut) and am getting ready to move back in with my parents as a result. I was told that they don't look as fondly on phlebotomy as they do scribe or MA, which is why I switched. Have yall heard this as well? It would be a lot more financially feasible to work as a phlebotomist... The other thing is, thanks for bringing up the hours done during phlebotomy training, I hadn't considered this... But how did you calculate? I had to do 100 sticks to be certified, is there a way I can estimate how long was spent in each patient's room/time spent in training? Thanks for this post!
  11. Get A's for the rest of Fresh and Soph year. Take hard stuff 3rd and 4th year (micro, bacteriology, pathophys) and focus! You are fine. Most people have a rough time first semester. Another option if you can't pull it up by the end of the 2nd year... consider going into nursing and applying to PA school a few years into your nursing career. You will have your clinical experience hours done and you will have valuable knowledge and experiences that your peers don't have. I know people who did this and they got in with flying colors.
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