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Everything posted by StevenBrule

  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
  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 c
  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 gp
  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 th
  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
  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 wi
  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 thin
  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. ?
  16. Its also relevant to note that the alternative to the medcial model is generally the nursing model--practiced more commonly, of course, in the NP community. In the end, it's a superficial difference between the two, but if want to learn more about the actual differences (emphasis, curriculum, etc.) between the two models, your best bet is a google search. On a PA forum...you might encounter a bit of ingroup bias...
  17. There is a term I learned in Ethics, and I believe it is common practice at most institutions, where essentially two people of equal merit in every respect--GPA, volunteer, work related experience (healthcare related expereince) apply for the position but if the institution has some sort of affirmative action policy in place, the "minority" applicant is given the seat over the "white" applicant. Forgive me I genuinely can't remember the term (it's a form of affirmative action meant to temporarily offset the aftermath of Jim Crow segregation and unofficial racist policies of earlier part of the
  18. Don't worry about the Bs, you won't need to defend them. it wont come up in interview unless you bring it up. 3.5 is a solid cGPA. On a side note, BME is a tough major. You should be proud of that 3.5.
  19. I just think it's best to play it safe and not take any chances on an interview like that but if you can genuinely pull it off, then by all means wear whatever is comfortable. On a side note, if your looking for a decent suit for under $100, I bought one on amazon recently and the fit was surprisingly good. It was completely interview-worthy out of the box (but definitely looked much better after a little tailoring).
  20. This is the correct response. Everyone else will be wearing a suit. You'll look and feel like a fool most likely if you don't...follow suit.
  21. I'm married with two kids and will have about an hour commute to my school as well. Can either take the interstate early in the morning or an alternate route through the country for about the same time. I'm planning on recording lectures and listening to podcasts and enjoying some time to reflect on the day without two psycho kids screaming my head off right away...there's always a silver lining.
  22. I applied to three schools, accepted to two. Seems like A lot of people do it based on your responses. Hone the application, tailor your essays well, and research the program and school's mission thoroughly. Get as much ammo as you can for interviews by researching recent news articles about the school. You aren't casting a net here, you are targeting specific programs so your approach will be a little different than someone who applies to 12 programs. good luck ?
  23. To answer the first part of your question, I completed my undergrad in less than 36 mo and am using the remainder of my bill to supplement federal student loans for my first semester of PA. Currently in the process of applying for Voc rehab which, if granted, would be freaking awesome. initially, I dont see how declaring yourself as a GI Bill user woud improve your chances of acceptance. On the other hand the question of how you plan to fund or commute to PA school often arises during interview. So perhaps you're onto something...idk...Perhaps a former adcom member could chime in. I d
  24. Id also add that it may be beneficial to research recent news articles featuring the school. You can use that info to formulate good followup question(s). ?
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