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  1. ^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?
  2. 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!
  3. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a NICU fellowship, so I'm guessing they'd be open to having students rotate through as well!
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. If you're touching patients, it's PCE!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. ^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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 1. You should list what you did. If you shadowed a PA for 10 weeks, write that. If you shadowed for 5, well, that's what what you enter. What looks better is irrelevant. 2. I entered all my non-PA shadowing experiences because I learned why I *didn't* want to do those jobs, and used those experiences to confidently answer "why PA" in my personal statement and interviews. But that decision is entirely up to you.
  14. I'm not trying to be super obnoxious by linking to my own post, but I wrote everything there that I'd say to you now. It sounds like you have reasonable expectations about this cycle. I'd think about taking one or two science classes/semester to raise your GPAs. Good luck!
  15. I would absolutely NOT apply to Albany Medical or Cornell. I had similar academic stats, much higher PCE (~2600 hours EMT/ED tech), got 10 interview invites, and Cornell never even sent me a supplemental. Also Albany Medical auto-rejected me (it seems from their email that their "average" accepted stats are more like soft minimums. I think it would definitely be in your best interest to wait a year. Your ED volunteering most likely isn't PCE (hospital volunteering counts as HCE) so you have 800 true PCE hours with meh GPAs (not trying to be insisting - meh is how I describe mine too!!). Would you rather spend >$1K this year to bite your nails for an acceptance, or wait a year and be far more confident in your application? When you're ready, you'll know.
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