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  1. This is good to know! I thought they would not be looking at anything due to the holiday weekend
  2. @UGoLong HUGE fan of your book first and foremost. Was a huge help in understanding that I had found my purpose in returning to school for an education in PA. Helped me a great deal also in being kinder to myself during my undergraduate career as there will be more trying times ahead of me in my aspiring career as a PA. Secondly, thanks for responding to @Newleaf's post as I am in a similar boat. Returning to school in my late 20s came at a time where other things culminated as well as far as mental health, personal life, a long with Life and all of its unpredictability. Between the epiphany had by the diagnosis of my learning disability of my own which made a lifelong struggle in academia make sense, and working 14+ hour shifts in the Urgent Cares of NYC during the apex of the COVID-19 pandemic, these things are reflected in my less impressive coursework. While I have gone on to repeat any (C+)> grades to make them A's and B's, CASPAs GPA calculations aren't in my favor and suggest I should improve my GPA. I have already been accepted to a 4 yr school to take more science courses to improve my GPA. However, at the advisement of a professor/PA at this same institution, I am applying for their MS in Biotechnology. I am debating: If accepted to MS program, drop post-bac coursework plan and matriculate to the 30 credit masters program (a year long program). OR if just take any course I can to improve my GPA, (+/-) earn a 2nd BS in Psychology (15 credits more than the MS - a year or longer). That was a lot but I have been looking for all the ears willing to listen and advise me. I know now my purpose in life is to be a Physician Assistant and I am so very thankful that you chronicled your impressive journey to medicine in your book Mr. Brownstein.
  3. Hey everyone, I am putting together my application for the upcoming cycle. I am at the part where I am inputting my transcript and can't figure out how to classify some courses taken as part of my Health Sciences major which kind of 'umbrellas' subjects under health care. The course in question is: Marketing in Healthcare. My dilemma is classifying this under either: Health Science Marketing Health Science Administration Please help
  4. Hey @Hlong24 idk where you’re located but I work at an urgent care in NYC where the MAs do work a variety of shifts of either 6/9/12 hours
  5. 1st gen. American born and college grad here of Dominican parents. It’s wonderful to see the landscape of healthcare provider hopefuls have a sprinkle and a dash of diversity. If there’s something that definitely saddens me is seeing class photos for some programs with a lack of faces that tell stories like ours. Definitely a motivator. #SiSePuede
  6. Idk, other than drawing blood, the medical scribes at my job do just as much or more than the MAs. If anything, the MAs are left with grunt work half of the times (stocking, cleaning, etc).0 Ofcourse, every state/setting has its own scope of practice for those positions so maybe in TX, there are no scribing positions like the one I’m in which render MA as the only viable choice. I’m a medical scribe in NYC and I can say my job has been such a great liaison into hands on medical practice. I take vitals, document HPI/Med hx/ROS, perform CLIA waives rapid tests (strep, mono, flu, UA, UCG), perform EKGs, all whilst working alongside awesome physicians that teach us and expose us to things they find will help us.
  7. Either way, regardless of setting, it’s nice to know they experience will not go in vain! Many of my scribe peers that went on to their respective programs [PA/MD/DO/RN/NP] come back and talk about how they had the upper hand because of the scribing experience.
  8. This is really great, positive reinforcement to this journey of mine! I do think it will be at a loss of schools not accepting students with this kind of experience - I know the scope of the Scribe is very limited depending on the company and setting but when you really outline your duties as a scribe at some places, there is a lot of direct patient contact going on. At my job, sometimes we spend more time with the patients than the physicians themselves!
  9. That's awesome! Congrats. Which location were you from?
  10. @Rodzm Glad you did not give up. How long ago was it since your first application cycle and since your last cycle?
  11. Wanted to talk a little about this form of experience as a Pre-PA. I am an Urgent Care Medical Scribe in NYC for City MD - this position offers such an incredible stepping stone and learning environment which was enough to have me go back to school in hopes of becoming a PA. The title itself is unique but City MD really took it a step further with the clinical exposure of scribes. When I first joined 5 years ago and before wanting to be a PA, the position had only been given to FMGs awaiting residency. As the company grew, it’s now become a coveted position in NYC for health profession hopefuls. Whether you’re looking to get your feet wet after undergrad, gathering experience before or whilst completing PA/MD/DO/RN program applications, awaiting residency, or simply need a job, this company has made this position fully hands on and immersive. I have read a few PA programs who do Not accept medical scribing for patient contact hours. This was quite disheartening as this position lead me to my desired and potential future career in the most organic of ways. Leaving my career in Entertainment and Mass media to pursue this dream as a non-trad applicant. However, I did reach out to schools to ask about this alongside a clear delineation of my duties for them to see that there is direct patient contact and care. Most schools have agreed that this does qualify as patient contact. As a scribe for this urgent care, upon registration I take them into their exam rooms, perform and record vitals, acquires a detailed medical history, as well as the HPI [History of Present Illness], perform a variety of tests accordingly (rapid strep/flu/mono, urinalysis [UA], urine pregnancy, glucose measuring finger sticks, and EKGs), present the case in a resident-like manner to the physicians and confer treatment plan (before and after examination), enter rooms with physician to observe and record physical examination [PE], electronically write and transmit orders (prescriptions, specialist referrals, diagnostic imaging requests), and formulate discharge/treatment plans for patient education. Not to mention the intense training process once hired, the need to stay updated with both company wide, as well as state/federal health protocols such as response to epidemic outbreaks such as our recent Measles outbreak or as simple as learning the current EMR. Every medical scribe is to be able to handle minimally 2 patients/hour. Though this is paid experience and should be complimented with other volunteer and shadowing experience, should the Medical Scribing position be widely accepted for PCH? Or is the scribing position still deemed a clerical position?
  12. Ahh ok! Thank you for this info. This corroborates what i thought would be the answer, Based on what I’ve read about the application process.
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