I am a new mom of a beautiful three month old, and I am going to apply to PA school for the third time in April. I am currently debating whether to go back to work to gain more patient care hours, or to stay at home with my daughter until I begin a program. Would this be frowned upon by the admissions committee? I take my goals very seriously, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to succeed once I begin a program. However, I would like to enjoy quality time with my daughter before school begins since I know I will not be able to stay at home with her again in the future. If someone could share their opinion, or if anyone knows of someone in their class who did something similar please let me know.
Also, I am posting my stats so y'all can get the full picture. Please tell me how I can improve. Thank you!
Post Bacc GPA: 3.84
GRE: 150 Verbal, 154 Quant, 3.5 Analytical. I am studying to retake the GRE since my scores are average.
Received C and C+ in organic chemistry 1 and 2 respectively. Currently retaking organic 1. I am not planning to retake organic 2 since it is not a prerequisite for the programs I am applying to. Receive D in comparative anatomy, and retook it with a grade of B+.
Degree: BS in Biology (2015, cum laude). Dean's list 6/8 semesters. Part of one honor society for academic excellence.
Direct patient care: 1300 hours as anopthalmic technician, opthalmic photography assistant, and translator to Spanish.
400 hours as lead opthalmic technician and administrator. I ran a satellite clinic by myself, and worked one on one with MD. This was a very good experience in my opinion since I spoke to all the patients, and had to have a strong relationship with my provider.
A few hours also of taking care of my daughter when she's sick.
Patient care experience: 500 hours of surgery verification and receptionist. 200 hours of volunteering at major hospital.
Shadowing: 100 hours PA (60 primary care, 30 orthopedic oncology, and 10 orthopedics). 20 hours shadowing opthalmologist.
Extracurriculars: campus ministry mass assistant (2 years), student government senator (1.5 years), running club PR officer (1 year), helped in church as translator and responsible for church meeting setup (10 years). Participated in undergraduate research (4 years), and wrote grants to get research funded (and they were granted). Winner of two awards during college, and one being a major University award.