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  1. Yes! But only whenever we had pre-ops or if it was a patient with hx of heart conditions.
  2. Thank you for commenting! Are you referring to the opthalmic assistant hours? Why do you think so? I have not asked programs specifically, but I think that the position is a great form of patient care experience. It is like a more specific medical assistant. I'll tell you a little bit about what we did. Let me know what you think! I would get a detailed history of each patient, take their visual acuity, their intraocular pressure, use dilation drops, get their refractions, check for APDs and muscle misalignments. Additionally, I learned how to do diagnostic exams on the patients with top notch technologies. My job was very fast paced, and i worked with only one doctor at a time. When I reached the end of my pregnancy, I was working alone with one MD, and not only did i attend the patients, but I called in meds, answered the phones, did the paperwork for surgeries, and dealt with referrals. It was a lot of independent work, and a lot of deciding without the doctor.
  3. Yes! My husband and I were talking about this. Either I would work part time or volunteer at a clinic to continue getting experience! Thank you!
  4. On the contrary, this is the kind of answer I need! THANK YOU!
  5. If this requisite is for Baylor College of Medicine, my understanding is that they do cut off people who have not met their minimum GRE score. My recommendation is to study hard and retake it! It doesn't hurt! And it will make you a better applicant! Plus, if this is Baylor, their average GRE scores are much higher. Good luck!
  6. Gotcha, I have taken and aced a couple of those courses! I agree that they would make you stand out and prepare you for PA school! Best of luck in your classes!!!
  7. Thank you! They only thing that I would have bare minimum would be the GRE which I am going to retake soon! :)
  8. Thank you for replying! What do you mean by bare minimum prerequisites?
  9. Thank you for replying! I have only applied to two programs since my husband has been working on his master's degree. We do not want to be separate from each other, so my school choice has been limited for now. Frankly, I cannot do PA school without his presence and support. He should be done (or almost done) when PA school begins in summer 2019, so I could apply to other schools. I definitely agree with you, I think that I should be with her as much as I can, and enjoy my family. But do you think I'll have an issue when I go to interviews? Or do you think admissions will be understanding? I just want to know what I am dealing with here.
  10. Thank you for replying! No sir. The first time I applied in 2015, I did not have all my prerequisites or any PCE hours. The second time I applied in 2016, I had few hours, and all my prerequisites completed. I did not apply in 2017 because I got married and later I got pregnant, and my daughter would be born during interview season. It also have me time to retake my courses, and to get more hours.
  11. Hello everyone, 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! GPA: 3.50 sGPA: 3.3 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.
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