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  1. This was me last year - GW was my last of 8 interviews, I'd already deposited on my favorite school so far, and I was so sick of the whole application process my SO had to convince me to accept the interview invite. I'm so, so thankful I didn't miss out. I lost a deposit, but it was absolutely worth it. I made my decisions to attend interviews by thinking (okay, overthinking) which school seemed like the best fit for me based on their mission, the curriculum, the extra-curricular opportunities, etc. After the interview, the atmosphere at each program weighed really heavily too. Only you know what you're looking for in a school, so with an acceptance (congratulations!), you can really be selective with which interviews you attend and where you ultimately choose to go. Best of luck!
  2. The problem here is that you aren't digging deeply. These are both extremely surface-level examples of "negative feedback" and don't show that you can genuinely consider critique and respond to it positively. (Grades also are an indication of your work/skill and are not an example of negative feedback.) If I'm remembering correctly, the feedback does not have to be given in the work or school environment. I think I talked about some tough feedback I got from my SO and discussed how I stepped back and made changes based on his thoughts. I'm sure you've received negative feedback from a family member, friend, or someone else that you can draw on to answer this question. One more thing. If you're invited to interview, you aren't such a long shot. My roommate and I were academic long shots and are both currently thriving in our furthest-reach program. Don't sell yourself short!
  3. There is no doubt in my mind that your personal statement is the red flag that's holding you back. It is not very well written (just from a first skim, you should never use contractions like "don't" and there are so many semicolons and random double spaces like this: "I want to be a PA." Attention to detail matters.) Beyond the proofreading, your first paragraph belongs in your job description in the "experiences" section. The second paragraph reads like a research paper on what a PA is and not why you want to be one. The third paragraph jumps back to your job description. At no point do you actually say why you want to be a PA - you say you can see yourself as one and that the team role "fits like a glove", but that's all. To be brutally honest, the whole thing reads like a first draft. A personal statement should be *personal* (and answer the prompt of "why PA) and yours accomplishes neither task. You get closest to beginning to address the prompt with this sentence: "When I face tough obstacles and have to adapt to new situations, I can draw on my past experiences to give me the strength I need to succeed." What past experiences? How have you gained strength through them? These are absolutely crucial questions that I can almost promise you'll be asked at an interview. MT2PA absolutely nailed it (as usual) with the comment about standing out. What makes you different? My roommate and I both got into a great school with mediocre transcripts because we stood out in other ways. Maybe you do too, but you haven't shown me that here. Dig deep and do some serious reflecting on why PA and the experiences that brought you to applying. It will benefit you in interviews and, if you need to reapply, in writing a new personal statement. Good luck!
  4. ^Doesn't matter, you can list shadowing anyone (I shadowed a flight medic and an NP in addition to PAs and MDs). @OP, the double dip just means you can only count those hours once. It sounds like you should list them under shadowing and then subtract those hours from your total MA hours. Make sense?
  5. CASPA will cut you off at 5000 characters. It's not an option to leave it alone. Actually, you'll need to be slightly under 5000 characters because double-spacing between paragraphs in the CASPA form will use characters. Keep working at it!
  6. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a NICU fellowship, so I'm guessing they'd be open to having students rotate through as well!
  7. Yes, stating point blank "and I won't change my mind about that" regarding an ignorant opinion makes you sound stupid. Saying you aren't interested in nursing/NP because its women's work is misogynistic. And no, there aren't. Your original post has zero reactions, positive or negative. Your nurse post has 7 negative, because people on this forum have a view of gender roles that goes beyond 1950. I thought you were off to seek advice from people in the real world...
  8. No, those negative reactions didn't come before you even posted that. We can all see there are 7 downvotes on that specific post. To your confusion, there's a difference between having a tangible reason nursing isn't a good fit for you and dismissing all nurses and NPs (your potential future colleagues) as doing women's work. Saying you won't change your mind about that reeks of stubborn stupidity. And you got an extremely helpful response to your original post - it essentially sums up all the advice anyone else would give. If you want more advice, act like you want it and pipe down with the misogyny.
  9. If you're touching patients, it's PCE!
  10. I changed the names in my PS (without indicating they were changed) and had no issues. Ex: Juan became Ramon. I've also seen quotes: "John" was suffering from chronic emphysema.
  11. I'm an EMT-B starting PA school next month. You record your on-call time - PA schools are very familiar with EMTs and the general proportion of on-call to station time. I would take the GRE. If you did that well on the MCAT, you should be able to destroy the GRE with pretty low effort and it'll really broaden your school choices. Instead of paramedic-ing, try getting a hospital job (I was a critical care technician in pre/post op and an ED technician). Especially in my ED, EMTs had exactly the same job description as the medics and LPNs - we all started IVs and ran fluids, worked in the level 1 trauma bay, did NG/OG tubes and Foley/straight urine caths, responded to any non-patient emergency in the hospital, EKGs, point of care testing, casts and splints, and assisted providers with all kinds of procedures like lumbar punctures, sedated closed fracture reductions, lac repairs, etc. It was fantastic experience that got high praise from interviewers and paid fairly well. I would also recommend shadowing a PA if you haven't already. It sounds like you're on exactly the right path!
  12. My social psychology of kinesiology was verified as "social psych" (non-science) instead of my original kines classification, even after I challenged it. That happened to a few other classes as well (psychopathology was verified as psychology instead of my pathology classification, which was totally fair). Also, any gym courses (I had to take 3 for my degree) will be verified under "phys ed" (a non-science), which took 6 credits of As out of my science GPA. I ended up calculating my sGPA at 3.44 and was verified to a 3.36. Tl;dr: The example classes you gave should count, but just be cautious if you're flirting with any GPA cutoffs.
  13. ^absolutely right. Don't waste a whole paragraph saying "as a PT Aide my responsibilities included..." but definitely *do* talk about the experiences that led you to PA school! I'd encourage you to read examples of personal narratives online (I found PA and medical school essays helpful) and as you read, make a note of what draws you into certain essays. Then you can use those strategies (being careful not to plagiarize) in yours!
  14. It sounds like you 1) don't have any PCE 2) don't have much healthcare experience at all (ER volunteering is good but you're seeing the very tip of the iceberg) 3) haven't had any encounters with a PA. As a result, this reads very hypothetical ("I am confident that by working as an ER Technician or Medical Assistant full-time I will be able to learn about the kind of provider I wish to be" is a great example). Honestly, it sounds like you're trying to apply too early. When you're ready to apply, statements like "my role as an xxx sparked my desire to accomplish x, y, and z as a PA" will come naturally. If I'm wrong, great! But your personal statement needs to reflect your experience with concrete statements about why you want to be a PA *and* the experiences you've had (not the ones you plan to have) that led you toward this career. Good luck!
  15. I was decidedly not a 4.0 student, and after explaining why in interviews, multiple program directors told me they were looking for students who know how it feels not to be successful all the time. Maybe they were just trying to make me feel better, but they put a lot of weight on resilience and how I faced challenges without buckling under the pressure. (I also selectively applied to schools that didn't emphasize an amazing GPA, so take this with a grain of salt.) While a 4.0 is a tremendous achievement and you'll certainly be extremely competitive for PA school, I'd prepare a few interview stories of times when you struggled and what you did you overcome those struggles.
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