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  1. Thanks for your advice UGoLong. I was kinda hoping my time in service might help adcoms overlook my volunteering shortcoming.
  2. Hello all. I will be applying to CASPA this coming cycle but have a question about the importance of volunteering on the application. Some background: currently I have a 3.5 cumulative and science GPA, solid LORs (1 MD, 1 RT manager, 1 A&P professor), a good personal statement, 6 years of service in the military, then 6 years experience as an RT functioning at a very high level of care. I am studying for the GRE currently and plan on shadowing at least 3 or more PAs. My problem is finding the time to volunteer. I work full time, am finishing up the last of my prerequisites (2 classes this semester, 1 in the summer), and have 2 young kids that need my attention. I have spoken to some PAs and PA students who did a whole bunch of volunteering to gain entrance into a program, and some who did not and had no problem getting in. I am sure I could find time to volunteer but that might take time away from studying and shadowing. Are volunteer hours always necessary for the current climate of programs? Can I get away without doing any volunteering and just focus on my GRE and shadowing? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
  3. Thanks so much! Feedback good or bad is extremely welcome. I was afraid it might be too long/wordy too. I have about 4800 characters so not sure if it grabs the readers attention the whole way through. And thank you for your advice about schools that might value my experience.
  4. Looking for general feedback. I appreciate your criticism. Thanks all. Personal Statement.docx
  5. Hello, I am a pre-pa student and have been where you are now. First you can start by researching programs you may be interested in to narrow down your field because the requirememts will all vary by program but here is a few things to get you started. Most programs expect a fair amount of PCE or HCE, volunteering, shadowing a PA, letters of recommendation, personal statement and required prerequisites. Most common perequisites include one year of biology, chemistry, and a&p, one semester of microbiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, statistics and college algebra to name a few. This can be a very time consuming endeavor so I would start by shadowing a PA first to be certain this is what you really want to do. Best of luck to you and get to searching.
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