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  1. hmtpnw

    Non-Healthcare Experience

    I think it can be beneficial to list non-healthcare employment for a few reasons. For example, I have experience working in food service, both in management and serving. I learned SO much - how to survive shift work, multitasking, functioning in a fast paced, stressful environment, leadership skills, etc. I have spent a decade dealing with the public in all kinds of crazy scenarios and have really honed my people skills during that time. I have also worked at a few well known places in town that most people have heard of, so that recognition may make my app stick in someone's mind if someone who likes that restaurant comes across it. You never know what about your application will resonate with someone else. Another thing to consider is if you worked while going to school. Listing employment that coincides with your education will show time management skills, especially if you did well in courses. I was a scribe in the ED and served while taking a full load of upper level science courses. I definitely want them to know that not only did I do really well in my classes, but I did well while juggling lots of other moving parts. Obviously I am using myself as an example, but apply this same thought process to your own employment. If you can think of one reason why a work experience made you a better person or better prepared you for PA school then it seems reasonable to add it. Side note: At a recent open house for a school's PA program the director of admissions said to definitely include non-healthcare employment. N=1, but seems worth mentioning.
  2. Hi everyone! Figured it was about time to get this thread rolling! I am wondering if there was anyone around who applied last year who has any insight to provide? Or maybe anyone who attended one of the open houses and learned something interesting? I attended a CPR class yesterday and had a chance to speak with someone who was admitted to this year's class. I picked his brain a bit and got some info about the process. He told me that his application was submitted very late in the cycle and he felt that he barely got an interview but was offered a seat. Hopefully this means that although it's rolling admissions they definitely save spots for good candidates towards the end of the cycle. He said that although the MMI format for the interviews was a bit strange, overall it wasn't as difficult or as overwhelming as he thought it would be. He also mentioned that a lot of the class had diverse clinical experiences and although OHSU emphasizes direct patient care, there seemed to be lots of scribes who were admitted. Excited about that one as about 1500 of my hours come from ER scribing
  3. I think the number of shadowing hours needed can be dependent upon your clinical experience. The idea of shadowing is to ensure that the applicant understands the PA profession, so if you don't regularly work with PAs and providers then shadowing hours will be more important. For example, if you have worked as an RN and regularly interact with PAs, shadowing hours are lower priority. If, like you, clinical experience is mostly prehospital care it's definitely more important. Look into hospital volunteering. Many hospitals have shadowing programs for their volunteers and you can shadow providers after you've done orientation and been HIPAAed. You have to commit to 100 hours of volunteering over the course of a year, which is doable for most people. This may also be a good way to network, meet providers, or connect with people that know providers.
  4. hmtpnw

    Should I retake the GRE? HELP!!

    I would consider retaking it if you think you can get a better score. The rule seems to be > 300 and you're safe. 293 isn't really close to that range, and you're well below average for many of the programs you're applying for.
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    Non resident PA program questions..

    Maybe you're already aware of this, but one thing to be mindful of is a program's preference towards residents. Some schools admit a very high portion of in state residents, so to be competitive as an out of state applicant you need to be much higher stats. Usually private schools are a safe bet for out of state!
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    Submitting a CV/Resume

    Yes, they would ask for it in the documents tab. Or possibly as part of a supplemental application, which may not be on CASPA? Either way it would be explicitly stated. To my knowledge programs that ask for a CV/resume are in the minority.
  7. Hello, I am applying this cycle and am hoping to find some PAs to shadow in June or early July. I work a M - F, 9 - 5 job and am hoping to shadow sometime on the weekends, maybe even in the evenings if necessary. I am thinking that it will likely have to be trauma, EM, critical care, etc. due to scheduling. I live in Portland but have family in Tacoma and am up that way regularly. Would be thrilled to shadow anywhere in the Portland metro area so long as I can get there in 1 - 2 hours. Would also be happy to make the drive up to the Tacoma/Seattle area for the weekend to shadow there. A bit about me: Oregon resident, recent WSU Vancouver graduate Bachelors in neuroscience with a psych minor cGPA: 3.85, sGPA: 3.95, last 45 GPA: 3.95 Clinical experience: 1500 hours of scribing in the ED/peds ED/urgent care, 300+ hours as a physical therapy aide, currently working as a rehabilitation aide accruing hours
  8. hmtpnw

    Submitting a CV/Resume

    If programs requests something then you should certainly submit it.
  9. hmtpnw

    Submitting a CV/Resume

    You do not need to upload additional documents just because there is space! This is only necessary if programs ask for it.
  10. hmtpnw

    Letter of Recommendation? HELP!!!

    Get a letter from another healthcare professional that knows you and can speak to your strengths. MD/DO/NP/etc. is fine. I am sure that this is really stressful and upsetting, but remember that this is SO much better than her writing you a sub-par letter. A strong letter from another provider is better than a weak, generic letter from this PA. Don't stress it too much! Do you best to get in contact with someone else ASAP.
  11. hmtpnw

    Low GPA

    Recently attended Pacific’s open house, thought I would chime in. I think you would be considered for some programs, but right now I don’t think Pacific is a great fit for you. It was stated that the number one thing that Pacific considers when offering interviews is GPA, specifically BCP GPA and last 45 semester credits. Hard GPA cutoff is 3.0, but soft cutoff is 3.4. Basically if you’re sub 3.4 you’re very likely to get screened out. To be competitive, the two considered GPAs should be averaging out to at least a 3.6. They gave some stats to give us an idea. 2200 applications received, about 2000 verified and complete, and only about 700 are seriously considered. Leah Baldwin, director of admissions, said that the other 1300 or so applicant are rejected quickly, mostly on the basis of GPA. There are LOTS of programs that prefer PCE over really high GPA, but Pacific is not one of them. You may just need to look for programs that are more suited to your background and strengths. Side note, Pacific doesn’t consider the GRE.
  12. hmtpnw

    Submitting a CV/Resume

    No. This is only necessary if requested by a program.
  13. So I went to the open house last night and got a lot of info on the program, some of it surprising. I thought I would summarize things here in case it was helpful to other applicants this cycle. The number one priority at Pacific is GPA. Although their cut off is a 3.0, it was suggested not to apply without at least a 3.4. Of 2200 applications, only about 700 meet their soft GPA requirements and the rest they screen out. Both BCP GPA and last 45 semester credits are weighted equally, and more or less these two number should average to a 3.6 or above to be considered a competitive applicant. They will only read two LORs. It was stressed that they want to see letters from clinicians or supervisors in the medical field. If you have five letters, the two strongest medical letters will be selected and read as part of the application. Even if you have a strong academic letter and two weaker medical letters, they will toss the academic letter. Because they prefer high GPA applicants who are already obviously academically strong, at this point they just want to hear how those in the medical field view your abilities. Once your application is verified and sent over to Pacific, they will not look at updates. After verification your app is printed and it is not revisited. Any updates over the application cycle will not be viewed. Pacific doesn't use rolling admissions. They start offering interviews in September, about two weeks after the deadline. There is supposedly no benefit to early submission and all applicants verified by September 1st are considered for interviews. Interviews are offered on Saturdays in October, November and December. There will be four interview days this year. On each date about a quarter of the class is admitted. You will receive an acceptance email in about 3 - 5 days, usually the Tuesday or Wednesday following your interview day, if you were accepted and likely a phone call as well. Deposit is $1,000 and you have two weeks to accept or decline the offer. Those are the main things that stood out to me! If anyone has specific questions I would be happy to try to answer them. Good luck to everyone this cycle!
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    Will this hurt my chances?

    I actually just went to the PA open house last night and they touched on this a bit. We were told that about 1% of applicants fall into this category and that every year 1 - 3 students without bachelors degrees are accepted into the program. It sounded as if it wouldn’t make you any less competitive to not have one. I really doubt that enrolling in their bachelors program would make a difference either way. You may get questions about it in the interview but I doubt that it comes up. Lots of people drop programs for PA school and I’m sure pacific understands that. If you’re that concerned about it then go to PSU, it’s a quarter of the cost because it’s not private and they have a lot of great programs. One other thing I’ll mention that I was surprised by is how seriously they stress GPA since most programs prioritize PCE. Although their minimum is a 3.0, it was suggested not to apply without a 3.4 as you would likely just get screened out. Of 2200 applications only about 700 meet their soft GPA requirements and the rest they screen out. The first thing pacific considers is GPA and it’s weighted very heavily. Not sure how this applies to your situation, but I figured I would throw it out there. This program feels like the opposite of the MEDEX bachelors program, which seems to consider PCE much more of a priority.
  15. 1. I would not interpret this as resume style. I would explain my day to day duties and add anything about my position that seemed relevant or meaningful, but definitely complete sentences. 2. This question is a little easier to interpret. I think this, and different variations of this question, are asking if you understand their mission and program goals. Read each program's mission and find the clues. Do they emphasize primary care, the medically underserved, rural health, etc.? Focus on those topics. One school I am applying to emphasizes the camaraderie amongst each cohort and the team work in courses - if you find something like this discuss how you would be a great team player, etc.

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