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  1. I feel the exact same way. I am not passionate about helping people, that is not why I went into medicine. I went into medicine because I love medical science. After working in the HC field for 2 years I've realized that day to day medicine actually doesn't utilize that much science at all. The treatments are all very formulaic. I'm working as a medical scribe right now and I've come to the horrifying realization that I actually hate the medical field. However, a whole career revitalization ordeal or trying to pursue something truer to my passions ( PhD for example) seems so not worth it esp.
  2. Hello all, I am applying to PA school this cycle and I'm trying to decide how to best optimize my application. I have around 1800 hrs of clinical experience currently (medical scribe) and around 100 hrs of medical related volunteering (hospice). I was originally planning on sending in my application this month after finishing my last pre-req courses. I've already written all my short answer questions for the school specific supplemental apps and they are all written based on the experience I currently have. However, now I'm faced with a dilemma. I'm going to be starting a new position s
  3. Thanks for the advice everyone! I think I have a better idea of what to do for my patient experience question, still no idea about how to do the contribution one, but I think that is just on me lol. It is so hard to "sell yourself" and not feel like you're being cocky, self-centered etc.. and you have to worry about whether it comes off that way or not. I guess I'll just need to think on that one a little more.
  4. Hi everyone. I'm currently working on my CASPA application and I have found, much to my dismay, that each of the schools require you to answer additional short essay questions on top of the main essay. These questions have been causing me a lot of concern because they're very open ended, and it is not very clear what they are looking for in an answer. I was hoping to post some of these questions here and get some potential perspectives on what they might be looking for in my answer. 1. Describe the details of your patient care experience The page specifies not to write about anything al
  5. Thank you guys so much for taking the time to grant me some more insight. I think you guys have given me the motivation to give MD another shot. I'm going to buy my MCAT prep books this week! Hopefully I can do it :) I finally feel excited for my career life again.
  6. I truly appreciate the amount of time and effort you put into answering this. The responses I've received have given me a lot to think about. Ultimately, the overall theme here is me trying to come to terms with giving up my dreams and convincing myself I'll still be happy being a PA. However with what I'm hearing, I fear I'm trying to convince myself to believe something delusional. From what I'm hearing I don't think PA will challenge me in the way I like to be challenged, I think I'll be wasting my UCSD neuroscience education, and I think ultimately I'll be leading a less satisfactory life.
  7. I'm currently a pre-PA student and I'm planning on applying this upcoming cycle. These past two years I've been struggling to come to terms with my decision to go PA and relinquish my dreams to go to med school. I recently graduated from UCSD with a BS in neuroscience and physiology. I have the lab experience, clinical experience, and GPA to go to med school. However, as wonderful as becoming a MD would be, PA is more lucrative temporally and financially. When considering the amount of time/money you save with PA, it seems worth it to give up the prestige, power and knowledge you obtain as a M
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