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  1. YES. This is exactly what happened to me. I hated having "two," gap years (if it was up to me, I'd have liked to start the fall after graduating undergrad) but it really did take that long to accrue PCE and be ready (personal statement in my pocket, LORs, experience, maturity) to apply early (early June, seriously). YAY, fellow Idahoan. How do you feel about working in underserved communities post-graduation? Do you plan to practice in Idaho? Especially rural Idaho? If so, USE this to your advantage as much as you can. Talk about the qualities of the area you grew up in and how this has shaped your passions (sounds funny, but, depending on the school you apply to, having a disadvantaged background can count for a lot). I see that you plan to apply to some schools in the west, but I'm curious as to why you left out OR/WA/NV and the other two in AZ. And, I hate to say it, and I know it's your only option for ID, but I do not think applying to ISU is a good fit for you. Are you familiar with how they review applications? Unless this has changed since I applied a couple of years ago, they add GRE + GPA scores, then review apps from the highest - down. I had a similar sGPA, cGPA of 3.74 and an above average GRE and they didn't even come close to even looking at my application. I am not familiar with the other schools you plan to apply to, but I do have a friend from Idaho currently attending Western. Message me if you'd like. Signed - Idhaoan attending NAU in the fall.
  2. Not a scholar, just a hopeful - but from what I've researched, the stipend changes slightly every year due to funding but usually somewhere between $1,000-1,500/month. Also, the salary would completely depend on where you end up working! From what I've heard, it is usually comparable to other family practice jobs in the area you are placed.
  3. Is Acland also on YouTube? If so, what's the channel name?
  4. Personally, I was pleased with the article until the end where the rep said that he will always see a doctor and so will his kids, and that he thinks autonomy for APPs will create a two-tier system of those who can access doctors and those who can't (unless I'm reading it wrong). Seems to me that he is asserting that he won't end up on the, "lesser," tier, of APPs, which really angers me. I do not think autonomy would have that affect, heck most patients that I've come across don't know the credentials of their PCP and don't really care, but it is something I have never considered.
  5. Yay west coast! That was my focus too. Feel free to message me about AZ/NV/NM/OR/ID. I found out some things the hard way, like UNM only accepts ~5 out of state students a year
  6. A few different thoughts on this - You're right that finding a place to work in as an MA without being certified or having taken a community college course is a good opportunity. There are ways you can get certified without having taken courses. I took the certification test and became a CCMA this way, which gave me way more leverage job hunting. MA turnover is going to be high the majority of places you go. It's the nature of the job. If a place does not have high turnover it is a diamond in the rough. There's always something to learn - maximize your time with patients, ask the providers questions about patients, etc. Even with limited duties, you can make the most out of it. Also, I do not think there is nothing to learn from doing prior auths, referrals, etc. You're learning the way a practice works and I think that'll be very valuable as a provider. As posted above, there are practices that divvy up the admin work better. Like one poster above, by the time I get a telephone encounter it has usually gone through at least two other people before me who have deemed it necessary of medical attention. This filters out a ton of calls. And I do not think PAs should be doing much of this type of work at all. Only the kind that an MA or admin person could not handle, such as answering a couple of specific questions on a prior auth then letting the MA handle the rest. I agree with the poster above on not being ashamed of putting a month of this work down on your application, just emphasize that you left because of the poor environment if asked. Now, on the other hand, I think that the poor environment is absolutely unacceptable. Catty-ness by employees toward each other should be handled immediately and any prejudice or racist behavior should be reported and addressed very seriously. With this in mind, I agree that you should start looking at other positions/certification opportunities. All in my humble opinion!
  7. I like your username Ha. Yes, you'll submit the recommender's (is that a word?) information on CASPA. CASPA then sends them an email with instructions/link to submit their LOR. Is there a reason that you're planning to submit at the end of June? I'd say the earlier (with a thorough app of course) the better. You can ask your recommender to start writing your LOR early (I'd say this is a good idea, maybe a month early) but you can't send them the email from CASPA until the app opens in April. @hmmmm3 No, there aren't any specific questions to answer. They do recommend that you have specific people (a professor, a PA,...) submit an LOR for you, but CASPA doesn't require it. Some of your schools may have specific requirements for LORs though so be aware of that.
  8. Agree with the sentiments above that you have a good chance if you apply to schools that favor GPA and have low PCE requirements. Especially if their matriculating classes have low PCE averages. However, not to be negative, and maybe you've thought of this already, but with what you've stated above, I do not see that you would have the experience to back up a convincing personal statement. What I mean by that is, as a reviewer, why would I really believe you that you KNOW you want to be a PA and have the passion for it when the bulk of your experience is in a pharmacy, temple, and lab? My advice to counter that would be, as you are considering options to strengthen your PCE, think about the setting you see yourself in as a PA at the end of all this. Perhaps you're considering being a PA in a private dermatology office. If that's the case, then try to get a job as a medical assistant in a derm office so you can spend time with a PA that has your dream gig and see if it's really for you. Maybe you already know with certainty, and this hypothetical MA position doesn't do anything for you that you didn't already know. Even if that's the case, I still think it would be more convincing to reviewers. Now, I know that with this critique I'm making assumptions (you don't have the experience) that might be wrong (maybe you have spent lots of time with PAs in a professional setting). But if you're looking for new ways to beef up your PCE why not kill two birds with one stone? P.S. Biochem kicked my butt - good on you for that killer GPA with that as your major too!!!
  9. I thought the same when I started studying for the GRE. I think the thing that helped me most was doing practice problems over and over until it began to stick. Try not to be overwhelmed. Take it slow and simple until you start to warm up. Trust me, you will. For me, by the time my test date rolled around I hadn't progressed as far as I wanted, but felt like I had a grasp on most of the simple concepts at least. Hate to say it and risk sounding arrogant, but on test day the questions were much less intimidating than the ones I'd seen in practice books and I did just fine. You're further than most - you have a study schedule, an intended test date and a plan as to how to reach your goal. I think you'll do great.
  10. I agree with @HopeToBePAC; know your strengths and weaknesses. My strategy for my second year applying was to only apply to schools I knew I realistically had a shot at plus one "reach," school. It paid off. Apply to schools that accept scribing hours, ideally have matriculating GPA averages similar to yours, and have the same or similar mission as you. Is there a reason you only have 100 MA hours? Will that be going up by the time you apply? If you can, I'd keep adding to that over these next few months instead of scribing. Awesome job on all the progress you've made
  11. Yeah, I was afraid of this after finding out my school expects all scores to be above average. Pretty much the only reason I retook it but better safe than sorry.
  12. Not an expert, just an accepted student, but I think it depends on the school. From what I've seen, some are GRE/GPA heavy, others are experience heavy. You can usually get a feel for this by looking at their website or talking to current students. For me, my dream school said on their website (I had to do some digging actually. Found this in the FAQ section) that they expect successful applicants to be in the 50th percentile or better for every section. So, even though the general consensus on the forum is that a 300+ score is sufficient, I knew that I still had to get my math score up to feel confident applying to this particular school. Depending on the list of schools you're applying to, I think the time/money/effort could be worth it
  13. @kmelton25 from what I understand, the number of scholarships given depends on how much funding they get from the gov't that particular year. Page 12 of this doc breaks it down by year https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/downloads/scholarships/nhsc-scholarship-application-program-guidance.pdf I heard a rumor that at one point way back in the day they gave it to anyone who applied but now it's obviously way competitive. I'm scared that this year it'll be cut deep
  14. Hi all! Starting this thread because I see some inquiries for the 2019 cycle being tacked on to the 2018 thread so I thought I'd start a new one. I believe applications for those of us starting our programs this year won't open until March and be due in May, but correct me if I'm wrong. Let's do this!! Signed, NHSC hopeful starting her program in AZ in August 2019
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