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  1. Hello! I’m currently a senior biology major working as a medical scribe for a bit over 1 year now. I have accumulated about 1100 hours so far and have a cGPA of 3.63 and a science GPA of 3.36. I also have volunteered at a food bank with about 100 hours during the weekends. As a scribe I chart many aspects of the patient visit including vitals, HPI, physical exam and future plans. I also occasionally assist the provider with small tasks such as cerumen flushing in internal medicine or taking an US in a rheumatology setting. I have been researching PA programs to apply to and focusing on those that list scribing as PCE. I am worried that this experience alone may not be enough as some schools don’t mention scribing as true PCE and I don’t feel I am able to gain another experience as I am currently studying for the GRE, working 3 times a week and will begin my next school semester soon. During my gap year after I apply I will have more time to find another part time job but this won’t be reflected on my application. Will I still have a chance at being accepted into a program next cycle and if not what else do you recommend I do prior to applying? Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. Thanks for the reply but is it okay to only have one form of experience or do schools favor those who have a diverse resume?
  3. Hello. As of today I have only applied to one PA school program (Rutgers) but unfortunately I got denied. I decided not to apply to any other schools this cycle as I have not started my senior year yet and am missing some of the prerequisite courses for many programs. I am currently working as a Medical Scribe and have been doing this for about one year now with about 750 hours. I also volunteered at a food pantry but only completed about 50 hours doing so. My science GPA is 3.32 and my cumulative GPA of 3.62. I am planning to complete my senior year and continue working to build up more hours and reapply next cycle with a stronger application but I am worried that my experience as a scribe may not be enough. Do you think I should search for something else to do other than scribing to expand my resume? I won’t have much time to do so during the school year as I will be busy with school work and working about twice a week so I might have to quit my current job if I do so. I am scribing a PA in family medicine and am scared to leave as I feel this is a very good experience and what I want to do in the future.
  4. Thanks for the advice. I am highly considering taking a gap year to gain experience and shadow. Do you believe with this I will have a good chance to get into a pa program if I apply to many programs with the gpa and scribing time I have? Thank you again for your help.
  5. Hello. I am currently a junior undergraduate biology major and am planning to apply to schools for PA within the next year and have a few questions. I have a cumulative gpa of 3.68 and a science gpa of 3.26 as of now which I know is not very competitive but I was wondering what I could do to improve my chances of getting in. Currently I am working as a medical scribe for a rheumatologist and have previously done so for a PCP and have about 500 hours of experience all together doing so. I am also planning to shadow a PA during the summer or throughout my senior year. I was wondering if there is anything else I should do as scribing seems to be a considered direct patient care experience for some schools while others consider it simply to be health related experience but it seems that I may need both so I don’t know what else I should seek to do in order to cover both sections of experience. Is there anything else you believe I should do prior to applying to schools? Also should I consider taking a gap year to gain more experience? Any advise is greatly appreciated
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