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  1. Only one of my letter writers sent a copy of their letter to me. He started with "Dear Sir/Madam,". I don't know what my other writers used; probably some combination of all of those. Everything turned out fine.
  2. Fellow Vandal here, heading to ISU in August. While I can't speak for the other schools you mentioned applying to, I'd say you have a reasonable chance with ISU. From my understanding, the GPA factors in the most heavily at getting past their first gate, which is the minimum file score they review. The formula for the file score is your prereq GPA + percentiles (as decimals) from your verbal and quantitative GRE scores. Total points possible is six. On average, the last five years the minimum file score has been 4.91 (trending upward; for 2018 it was 4.94) So if you can get an average of around 75th percentile between verbal and quantitative that should put you pretty safely past this first gate for 2019. My prereq GPA was 4.0 but I only had 500 hours as a non-emergency transporter and about 20 hours of shadowing. The vibe I got during the interview was that they wanted to get to know you, your character and your potential for success in a graduate level program. This was the same for the other two schools I interviewed at; more forward-looking than dwelling on the past. I think the reviewers gave me a lot of credit for my previous career where I spent six years in the professional, albeit non-health care, world as well as some volunteer experience. Looking at your PCE and volunteer hours I think as long as you get past the first gate, these things will play a much more important role in your potential acceptance. Even though you won't have entered the internship at the time of application I would still mention it in your personal statement and talk about the attributes, work and qualifications that got you into it and talk about what you plan to learn and take away from it and how it will benefit you as a PA student and PA. As a little bonus, if you make it to the interview, as an Idaho resident you'll get an automatic bump up in your scoring following the interview. Hope this helps; feel free to send me a PM if you want to discuss anything. I'm more than happy to answer any questions and share my application documents if you want them. Several folks did the same for me when I was applying and I'm a firm believer in paying it forward.
  3. Barry, I tried sending you a message through the forum but was unable. I think you may have to adjust your settings to be able to receive messages.
  4. Barry, I wanted to let you know I read your book in about three days. Fantastic read! I wrote down some notes on one of the blank pages near the front and will keep it with me during school. The value of your words goes so far beyond the $13 I spent on it. I've been kind of nervous about starting such a rigorous program but reading your book actually switched me to feeling very excited about the upcoming year. By the way, my former "unrelated career" was as an intelligence officer in the army so we have something in common there with military service. I was at Fort Drum for a couple years about an hour north of your hometown and actually spent some time in Rome near the airfield; we had some soldiers there on a temporary duty assignment and I went down there to check on them a couple times. Anyways, I wanted to thank you for writing the book and taking the time to give advice and insight to the next generation!
  5. Yeah I went with the recert by exam option. About $150 for the exam and a third party online study program to get me back into some NREMT-style questions. Passed it and got the inactive status with no issues! BTW, your book just arrived in the mail yesterday. Looking forward to reading it! I'm 30 (which feels really old to me haha) and also am switching to PA after another completely unrelated career.
  6. Thanks for the input everyone! I have decided to go ahead and renew. This will be an insurance policy for me. It will expire again towards the end of PA school and I'll reevaluate at that time if it's worth renewing again.
  7. Don't overthink the CASPer. 1. Take their practice test, which should include both a video and text based scenario. 2. Read a couple Reddit threads and do some basic Googling on how to answer the questions. The scenarios will always be different but if you apply the same formula to each one you'll be fine. The formula is essentially this; if there is a blatantly obvious right/wrong choice pick the right one regardless of how many coworkers' or friends' lives you ruin. If there is gray area, discuss a couple options and their pros/cons, pick one and justify it. You can always mention that you would seek input from peers, supervisors, etc. before making a decision as healthcare is a collaborative field. 3. Take the test in a quiet area where no one will be trying to talk to you. 4. Try your best to forget about the test. This will keep you from getting irrationally angry that you just spent your hard earned money on a standardized ethics test in addition to the GRE, GRE prep materials, CASPA, school secondaries, etc. A couple other random tips: Take a typing speed test a month or so beforehand and do some practice paragraphs if you need to up your speed. The CASPer claims not evaluate you based on spelling and grammar but better safe than sorry I think. Take full advantage of the breaks offered during the test (get up, stretch, walk around, use the bathroom, get a drink of water). Finally, have some personal anecdotes in mind for when you were presented with frustrating or ethically challenging situations.
  8. I am starting PA school in August and have an AEMT cert that is expiring soon. I have been debating whether or not to renew it. On the one hand, the 300 dollars or so it would take to recertify could be used to help purchase PA books/equipment. Also, once I'm a PA having had an EMT cert will mean next to nothing. On the other hand, I feel it would just be nice to have in case I'm ever involved in any incident as a bystander and getting the cert was my first foray into the medical world so on a personal level it's kind of hard to let go of it. I wanted to get this community's thoughts on the matter as I'm sure some of you have been in a similar situation. (I think this discussion could apply also to CNA, MA, phlebotomist, etc.) Thanks!
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