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  1. I had one of my professors write a letter for me, and he allowed me to read it. The letter is awesome, but his final sentence says something along the lines of "I highly recommend Mimsi for you Medical School". Would this be something I need him to change or remove, or would it be okay to let stand as is? 

  2. 13 hours ago, HollywoodHorse said:

    I’m a recent December graduate with a bachelors in biology and 22. My GPA is 3.38 and my science is about 3.2. I know I want to do something in medicine, but i’m exploring all my options as my recent attempt at MD/DO programs was unsuccessful. My mcat was 495 which I know is not quite competitive. I recently discovered PA and am wondering if this could be a better fit and if I have a better chance in getting into a PA program? I’m also accepted into a masters program in biomedical sciences so I could improvemy gpa for md/do schools, but am wondering if I would need it going the pa route? Finally, i’m consideringtaking a year or more off to gain healthcare experience, such as amedical scribe job i’m applying for and wondering if this would be good for the PA route and what programs acceptmedical scribe jobs as experience.Thank you for any help and advice as i’m a struggling graduate trying to explore all my options.

    First off, Congrats on graduating!

    It looks like to become a competitive applicant for MD/DO schools, you'd need to bring up that MCAT to at least a 505 (And that's pretty much for DO, it'd still be tough for MD). You could squeak by with the GPA, but it'll be tough. It all depends on your other stats - Research, URM, Volunteer, LOR, etc. 

    If you're dedicated towards the Idea of MD/DO, I'd say pursue the masters, bring the GPA up and try to get some research experience in there as well.

    If you're dedicated towards pursuing PA though, I'd say you're fine with the GPA you have. It's a bit under the averages for most of the programs I've looked at, but you can make up for it in other areas of your application; High GRE, PCE hours, LOR, volunteer hours, Research, etc.  

    If you're undecided and can't pinpoint one over the other that you want to pursue, I'd suggest getting into a paid position and shadowing a PA. While I love the idea of a medical scribe, I feel like it's beneficial to have a more hands on experience with patients to understand better what you'll be doing, like an MA or EMT or something along those lines. If you do this, it might be helpful to look at the pre-reqs for PA programs and complete the ones(if any) you haven't taken, as they tend to differ from medical school. 

    I think taking the year after undergrad is extremely beneficial though. It lets you get into the field and really see what you'll be doing. I took a year after my undergrad and my experience working with the PAs, and MD/DOs during this time is really what helped to make my decision to switch from MD/DO to PA. 

    Regardless of the which way you choose to go, it's going to take time to become a strong applicant for either program, and will be tough either way, but is completely doable for you. 

    Hope this helped, and good luck with whichever path you choose to pursue!

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  3. Well, while it seems tempting to apply with just my volunteer PCE, I think I'll stay on the safe side and work a bit before actually applying... 
    Looking into a lot of programs though, it seems like they don't really differentiate between the two, they simply stick with the guideline of about 1000 PCE hours, and don't specify paid or unpaid. 
    At least for Florida anyways, I haven't really looked into any other states. 

  4. Haha, I didn't make the decision completely in the dark. While I was volunteering with the PACU, I worked with several PA's, and was able to talk to them. 

    I would be lying if I said my driving force towards the change wasn't family oriented. I'm in my mid-twenties and my wife and I are looking to have children probably within the next five years or so. I want to be a part of that family, and able to support them as well, thus the PA route trumps the 7+ years of school and double the debt. 

    In terms of actually practicing, the PA's that I spoke to seem pretty happy about their career, and advocated strongly towards the field. Meanwhile, the majority of the Doctor's I've shadowed have discouraged me from pursuing an MD/DO. From my experience it seems like job satisfaction and happiness seems to be significantly higher with PA's. Granted I've only worked with a handful of them though. 

    That and I don't really have any problems about not being a doctor. I just want to practice medicine, and am pushing towards pediatric primary care right now. The lateral mobility of the field seems cool too, but I'm aware that it may be a thing of the past with the increase in PA residencies springing up. 

    Becoming a PA over MD/DO just seems more realistic in terms of what I want out of life. 

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  5. Thanks guys, I had thought that was the way to go but wasn't sure. I was hearing a lot about students going straight from undergrad right into a PA program without much HCE, so was just hoping! From what I hear too, PA Programs normally look for about 1000 hrs, correct? 

  6. I was originally shooting for medical school, but after much thought may have changed my mind to pursuing the PA profession. Unfortunately, because of that, I'm not really sure how I measure up to those who have been shooting for PA schools all along and want to see if I'm in the ballpark with what I have. Basically just seeing if I'm competitive or if there are any areas I need to improve in. 

    - 3.7 cGPA, 3.79 s GPA 

    - 505 MCAT 
    -162Q, 158V, 4.5 GRE 
    -I volunteered for a cancer center for about three years and racked up a little more than 1000 hrs in the PACU with pretty direct patient contact. 
    -Have close to 500 hours of shadowing all sorts of doctors - neurology, cardiology, pulmonologist, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, endocrinology, and urology. (will start shadowing a PA within the next few weeks to really solidify my desire to change paths)
    -Work as a discharge coordinator for a local pediatric clinic, and have about a year in there... I'm not entirely sure if this counts as HCE as I don't really perform any clinical work.. mainly just handle referrals and insurances. 
    -Worked for an Alzheimer's research lab for about a year and a half, unfortunately didn't make it out on a publication though. 
    I'm thinking of getting EMT certified to gain HCE, but am not sure if I could get in with what I have already. 
    Any advice or pointers would be much appreciated. 
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