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  1. I think I only had 2 rotations where I could actually get out my laptop and use it, do proper study during on-site time, was simply too busy everywhere else. I couldn't even log cases during on-site time at most rotations. So I kept hipaa-compliant notes in a little notebook, and did actual case logging at home at the end of the day. Some preceptors didn't even like that, so I had to wing it from memory afterwards (not recommended). I had anki on my phone, so even during a few minutes of downtime, I could flashcard then. But only after checking with my preceptor first so they didn't think I was on facebook or somesuch nonsense. Two didn't even like that. Just have a chat with your preceptor at the beginning of each rotation to ask what you will have time for and what they are ok with, and so they know what you're doing. thinkertdm's advice is good.
  2. Think this belongs in PA Student General Discussion, not the professional board. Perhaps someone who used handwritten notes could answer for that. I and most of my classmates used digital notes of some sort, which makes it easy to organize by subject matter, and then search by key word or phrase. Particularly when, as during clinical rotations, you are focusing on the EoR blueprints for study. I personally found making flashcards to be very time-consuming, it would have been easy to go overboard... but still helpful in moderation. I used digital flashcards using a program called Anki. It is more than just flashcards though, it uses a system of spaced repetition to time when it shows you the card, and based on patterns of right/wrong, tries to help you cement the information long-term. I think it helped a lot by the time PANCE came, if less so for particular short-term exams like the EoRs. Flashcards, while very helpful for drilling down specific details, are insufficient. Discussing problems with classmates/preceptors, and doing lots of practice problems, were perhaps more important. (There's simply far too much information to flashcard everything, how do you know what is important, much less how or when to apply it? This is how, from more experienced folks telling you, and from problems showing you what you don't know.)
  3. Hi Maine PAs! Got in a discussion with some docs about independent practice for PAs. I have in the past used the following approach with success: "In how many states do PAs have independent practice? 0. If you don't think that's correct, google it and get back to me. In how many states has PA OTP been passed? Many, either in part or in full. OTP isn't independence, it's team practice, we want to be on your team." However, someone responded by linking this: https://www.aapa.org/news-central/2020/03/maine-legislature-fast-tracks-pa-legislation-to-help-combat-covid-19/ I went and looked up the law, frankly the AAPAs report used wording that seems to me a little squirrely. It made it sound like PAs with 4k+ hours get independent practice, but reading the law, I don't think that's what it means, a practice agreement is still required that requires a specific scope of practice and collaboration/consultation with an active physician. But I wanted to check with y'all since it's your state. What does this law mean for PAs? Is it independent practice? If not, why not? Thanks for the help!
  4. If you are a junior you still have a chance to bring up your cGPA and sGPA a little. More to the point, you also have the possibility of obtaining excellent grades that you can point to when asked about your earlier grades. Is it possible? Yes. Is it going to happen? Up to you. I was in a similar position 3 years ago. 2.9 GPA with a 2.8 science GPA. (I dropped out of school for a time after a bad year a while back). I tried to get all A's from that point forward (working full-time, classes part-time), but it just didn't happen, even though my grades did improve. I graduated in Dec with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and science GPA of 3.1. I have over 10,000 hours of quality healthcare/patient care experience, a stellar GRE (323 combined), great LoR's, and volunteering. It's not enough. I was fortunate enough to receive a few interviews in 2 years of applying, but I've been waitlisted and not accepted, and at this point the odds are against my getting in. One of the schools said they liked everything else about me as an applicant, but just couldn't justify accepting me over others with my 3.1 science GPA. I'm telling you this so you understand the gravity of your situation. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? No. And unless your improvement is more significant than mine, it won't happen. The few people I have heard of who have gotten in with a 3.1-3.2 had a 4.0 their last year that they could point to as evidence of recent improvement, and applied to schools that calculated a GPA for the most recent 60 credit hours. I hope this post doesn't sound too pessimistic. I shot for a very high goal. There are only so many spots, and many competitive applicants. The world doesn't owe me anything. I don't hold a grudge. If I don't get in, I will pursue a career elsewhere in healthcare. You still have a chance, but you need to understand what you need to do to get in, how hard it is, and make your peace now for if it doesn't work out. EDIT: I don't know close to graduating you are, but it might be worth it to change your major with the goal of becoming something that can give you better quality HCE, like a surgical tech or better yet a respiratory therapist. Don't think of it as slowing you down... think of it as a chance to extend the time period you have to improve your GPA, a way to get very high-quality hours, and something of a backup plan should you not get in. Rushing to graduate with a poor GPA isn't a good idea. The alternative, as explained by another school to me, is to attend a graduate program or at least take graduate-level science classes and do very well in them, and keep applying.
  5. Maybe. It will probably depend on the quality of your LoR's. Odds go up if you're willing to apply through several cycles, as your PCE will rise. Consider taking the GRE as some schools use a composite GPA/GRE for scoring so a great score can compensate a little. For comparison, I've applied the last two cycles with a 3.2 GPA and 3.1 science. 10k hours PCE, 323 GRE. Currently waitlisted. What I wouldn't give for even a slightly improved GPA... I was even told by one school that was the thing keeping them from directly accepting me. TLDR, it's easier to get more hours if you are willing to wait, than it is to raise GPA after the fact. You have a shot, but also have more to do to make it happen.
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