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  1. Ahhhhh that makes much more sense! Would you consider communicating between the patients and physicians to relay information about patient symptoms or treatment plans/care to be considered "direct"? The only reason I want to say yes is because, for example, if the patient was having some sort of bleeding/serious symptom and needed medical attention right away and I didn't prioritize reaching out to the physician to see what should be done, it would be my fault. Point being, I feel like I had a decent bit of responsibility for facilitating their care - but not in the way that the patient i
  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to go through everything!! As far as medications go, we had a list of standing orders - for example if we scheduled a patient for an abdominal surgery, we can prescribe the pre-surgery antibiotics, which is co-signed by the physician. I worded it wrong lol - not prescribing in that way, but prescribing on behalf of the physician based on our standing orders. Anyways, thank you too for saying HCE isn't less important! I was reading an article about this and they said "it's better to undersell yourself than oversell yourself, and be wrong about it" mean
  3. Ahhhh I see, thank you! But still I wonder, when CASPA says "directly responsible for patient's care" - does this mean without the direction of a physician? Like responsibility solely on our own? Like I said, I feel like I had direct responsibility for the care of patients, however, it was mostly under the direction of a physician. But I hear what you're saying - this is one of those things where it's up for interpretation. Just need to stick with the definition of PCE & HCE as much as I can. I definitely feel like dividing up my hours is fair - 50/50 seems like a bit much, maybe 60/4
  4. Pre-PA student here as well! I took A&P 1, Chem 1, & A&P 2 all with an online lab component due to covid. My transcript states "Classes during a national emergency" or something like that - but basically it states on my transcript from my school that these classes were doing covid. Many PA schools that I've been researching say "will accept online labs completed due to covid". However, a couple of schools I saw said "only during 2020" - this worries me because I'm taking a A&P 2 right now online because my school has not restarted going back on campus. So I too wonder if t
  5. Hello! I hope someone can help!! I am so confused in regards to if a medical assistant is considered PCE or HCE for CASPA. I've been an MA for 3 years, this past year I've been working in an Urgent Care. However, the two years prior is what I'm worried about. I do feel it's considered PCE based on what I did/level of responsibility, but the way CASPA describes it is freaking me out a bit. This might be a long post but I hope even just 1 person can give me some insight!! CASPA states: "Patient Care Experience Experiences in which you are directly responsible for a p
  6. Wow! Thank you for this response!! This really makes me feel a lot better and helps a lot- especially saying that undergrad is about showing you're able to get good grades in hard classes. Honestly, I get so overwhelmed by trying to remember the little little details of everything (in A&P for example) that it ultimately does feel like it serves me no good and I don't as well as I could on an exam. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience/reflection of your undergrad classes post-PA school! Very appreciated!
  7. Thank you!! This makes me feel a lot better!
  8. Hi! I'm a pre-pa student too in my undergrad (very very new to this forum too). I've been working as a medical assistant for 3 years and I would have never considered PA if it wasn't for that. I got my certification while I got my AA degree, however, there are many schools that have a 8 month program and they help you get a job as well! I read too that being a scribe may only could as healthcare experience, not patient care experience (very confusing). It seems daunting taking a gap year (I worked full time for 2 years as an MA and very slowly started my bachelor's program - I should have
  9. Oh wow, thank you so much! I've heard of imposter syndrome before (and relate VERY hard since I was young). I think it's crazy (in a good way) that just from me posting what I posted, you suggested imposter phenomenon. I googled it and there are so many articles relating it to the PA profession - I'm shocked but after reading up on it I completely get it. I've always been told I'm "underselling myself", so hearing it from a stranger really solidified it (I have a tendency to believe those around me are just saying it to make me feel better). I will definitely continue to look further into
  10. Thank you for this! That’s exactly how I was feeling. Out of all the prerequisites A&P is the one I definitely have the most genuine understanding of the topics. However, I feel like the finite details of the topics are what I’m just sort of memorizing for the sake of exams, I worry that might hold me back compared to others. Now chemistry is a completely different story..... (lol) but A&P I feel confident in the general topics/basics. For example, I’m currently learning the cardiac system in A&P 2. Anatomy of the heart I got, details of the EKG I got, basics of the wigger’s d
  11. Hello! I'm currently in my undergrad program taking my prerequisites for PA school. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2023 and applying for PA school that same year. As I begin my PA school research, I keep having self-doubts on my ability to learn the content in PA school, which questions my ability to "make it" as a PA. While I am doing well in my undergrad/prerequisite courses, I fear I am not genuinely learning the information - just merely memorizing and doing well on exams. My question is: Will I/How badly will I struggle in PA school if I don't remember/didn't efficie
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