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  1. Why do you want to narrow the list? If you can realistically afford the money and attention to apply to 20 schools, do it. Missions statement, commute time, cost of living, cost of tuition would be my common denominators.
  2. Your GPA will be...OK. Might consider taking a few post bacc science classes to boost your scGPA. The PCE hours you accumulate after completing your caspa and while waiting to matriculate won't count, so it sounds like you're looking at a solid gap year of PCE if you can land a good gig in patient care. Depending on your state, you may be able to apply directly to MA roles that don't require you to be registered or certified. Keep in mind, you are trying to break into pt care so you may need to work towards getting your CNA license or something equivalent. I think all of this is doable given your timeline.
  3. I agree with the above. Provided your GRE goes well, you'll have a strong application next year. ?
  4. Didn't affect the outcome of my interviews...I think as long as you dress and act professionally, tattoos are fine.
  5. Interesting, wonder what the new application costs will be. Don't a lot of European Med Schools offer free or essentially free tuition as well?
  6. Also want to throw in anesthesiology assistant and pathologists assistant. Both pretty competitive. Although I think a ABSN program is a great idea followed shortly after by MSN/NP. Optometry school may be an option as well
  7. As far as researching successful programs and comparing rotations, that's a tough one. I'm sure your answers will vary and I'm genuinely interested to here what others have to say on this topic as well. I researched prominent faculty CV, PANCE pass rates, clinical rotation sites, school location, and curriculum design to help inform my school choices. I was never able to learn the details about rotation sites and quality until interview day. And perhaps this is the normal pattern for the application process--you apply, get the interview, THEN ask your questions about rotations. In my case one of the schools mentioned partnering with several clinics in surrounding states and IHS. Not sure if I should say much more than that, but those facts alone peaked my interest and got me excited.
  8. Following. These are excellent questions. Regarding your last series of questions, the decision to pursue a masters all comes down to how much your'e willing to spend and the expected return on your investment. Pursuing this now could benefit you some and strengthen your app but it could also very well mean nothing and leave you with more student debt. If you want to strengthen your app, consider working towards gaining more PCE or healthcare experience. On a side note, this might sound a little disloyal but your stats and interests seems more geared toward med school--good gpa, research interests, lower PCE, desire to pursue graduate degree...if you just scored decent on the MCAT you could be looking at a decent med school application.
  9. Also apparently...acetamenophen and ibuprofen are somewhat effective as a prophylactic as well. https://www.wemjournal.org/article/S1080-6032(17)30009-1/fulltext Wilderness med live podcast has an episode where they go over this article as well. Fun stuff. ?
  10. Ultimately your chances depend entirely on what programs you applied to. You have a nice, diverse background but the 810 PCE is likely not enough to get you interviews with many programs . With that said, the morgue tech and tissue recovery hours will count very little with most porgrams--perhaps not at all... Your GRE gets you past the cutoff and your GPA is average for many schools so as long as you chose (past tense) the appropriate programs that match your background, skills, etc you should get a few interviews. Wondering why you weren't able to get a LOR from a PA though? Hopefully this was not a requirement at any of the programs you applied. Is this regarding the additional Tissue recovery HCE? Usually your HCE, PCE hours are fixed at the value you reported in CASPA, thus many schools wont consider your ongoing hours. I wouldn't email the school until after interviews. A bit of advice; there still may be a little bit of time for you to apply to a few programs with more accommodating standards. Don't be afraid of inaugural programs as well.
  11. Good point. You face repeat offenders and the drug seeker dilemma in emergent settings as well. The problem seems to stem from letting your opinions influence patient care. No provider should be rationalizing substandard/low-quality care but it happens. Ill seek to be more vigilant about this
  12. Dude...seriously? I think your comments have become less constructive the longer you've followed this thread. Literally, these are insults and seem to be geared more toward a generational shift in political thinking (probably from an unhealthy dose of fox news on your part) and less to do with healthcare. I'm not disputing your seniority here buddy. But seriously, you need to calm down. To get back on topic... I mean...I've rendered care to racists, drug addicts, people actually attempting to do physical harm to me. I've witnessed nurses and doctors alike break down and give up care temporarily or even become equally combative with patients. I've treated alleged murderers (such is the life of a Corpsman). I'm sure to some degree, every single person involved in direct patient care has faced, at some point early on in their career, this dark, sort of, unconscious decision that follows an encounter with a particularly morally repulsive patient. Do I let this person suffer? The answer is no. No matter what. There is never a correct rationale to rendering lesser care to someone you don't like or agree with. HONESTLY, if you ever find yourself trying to rationalize something like this, you need to be in a different job. Our job as providers is to treat indiscriminately and to the best of your ability. You should endeavor to treat someone convicted serial rapist the same as anyone else imo. idk maybe I'm wrong, but this is my philosphy on patient care (largely informed by my own faith and personal beliefs)
  13. ...Look it may not "racism", but the aftermath of historically racist policies has indirectly led this profession as well as others to be underrepresented by certain minorities. Its called structural/systemic racism. Technically, it is everywhere. Now how we go about "fixing" this problem within this profession is the topic of conversation. Using evidence of systemic racism to "lower standards" as some have put it, is obviously not the answer...to me THIS is the real copout. As @EMEDPA and others have mentioned, one solution to the problem of underrepresentation/or lack of diversity within the profession appears to be increasing our presence at inner city schools, raising awareness of what PAs do with high school and college career counseling services, but most importantly, being a mentor to young and passionate minds. The latter is key and something that all should endeavor to practice in some form or another--passing on your knowledge and guiding those individuals who are already highly motivated but due to the circumstances beyond their control, lack the benefits and resources that many of us, unconsciously use to our success.
  14. Are you able to retake any of your prereqs to help boost your GPA? Nail your GRE. Consider some sort of medical assisting gig if your state allows you to work in that capacity without a certification/being registered (sometimes private practices could take you on as a patient-care technician or some similar title). Aside from that, just ensure your letters of recommendation accurately and positively reflect your skills, abilities, and experience. Your personal statement should, of course, be well written and help you stand out amidst a sea of average applicants. As of right now I think your chances are slightly below average. Don't give up! With a little more experience and a slight boost to GPA (if possible) you'll stand a much more reasonable chance ?
  15. No offense to the nurses but...nursing. Look for accelerated programs or BS-RN, BS to BSN programs. Its a solid career path with lots of opportunity to branch out into multiple fields within healthcare and elsewhere. opportunity for upward mobility e.g. NP. Could also look at the paramedic route with your EMT-B license. ?
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