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  1. I doubt that you GRE scores will hold you back. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. No one can speak in certainty, but I don't think you will have much of a chance with a science GPA that low. I can't tell how far along in school you are, but it looks like you must be quite far along. It gets tough to increase your GPA the more classes you have in the rear-view mirror and CASPA will average your grades so, at best, your Cs would become Bs. If you have a 2.66, you probably have more than 2 Cs pulling your average down or very few As. Some schools look at trends, but not all and you need to establish a trend of getting As in science courses to prove you can go through the gauntlet of PA school. Nothing wrong with taking upper division courses to prove you can be successful (successful = A), but if you've stumbled on some lower level courses, you may not have the background to do this. I'd whip out an Excel spreadsheet to calculate grades and play around. Is there a path that would get you to 3.25 or above?
  3. One bit of advice I've given others: you may not rotate in exactly the specialty/environment/location you eventually end up working. Instead, as you rotate, get a good mix of disciplines, environments (hospital, small office, big office), and location (rural, suburban, urban) so you can see what combinations of the three that you like. School will help you decide what you like; at our place, we have simulations of seriously ill patients and emergencies -- students find out if that's what they like. When I went to PA school, I figured I would go into emergency medicine (I am a paramedic) or family medicine. As I went though my rotations, I realized that (1) I wanted to see what happens to the patients I treat (so not the fire-and-forget medicine of the ER), (2) I loved the camaraderie of the hospital, as opposed to going from room 1 to room 2 to room 3, (3) I liked my patients awake (most of the time), (4) I wanted to work for one doc and learn from him, and (5) I was too old to work rotating shifts. I liked labs, cool meds and interventions, and intricate problems but without a special love for procedures. Voila: an independent, single physician, multi-hospital cardiology practice for me. So what you think you like and what you know now may play a role in picking your area of medicine. But maybe not. Make sure you get a rotation in something you think now that you are interested in, but open yourself up to some new experiences too. Good luck!
  4. I went back at 58. You’re never too old to go after a new dream. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Take the GRE. I can’t think of a reason not to. It proves you can do well on computer-based tests, which will be your life in PA school. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. You are getting interviews but not acceptances. Focus on interview performance. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Leave. Give two weeks notice and go. Life is too short to put up with that. You’ll find another job and they’ll laugh at your old working conditions. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Congratulations! I went to the U of M for engineering grad school decades ago; great school! I took all of my prereqs at community college (except organic, which they didn’t have at the time) and it was fine for all the schools I considered (I’ve been a PA for 12 years now.) I am on a PA faculty now and have seen athletes treated well in the admission process (all other things being equal.) Best LOA I ever saw was from an applicant’s coach. So get your HCE and take your prereqs where you can afford it and where it won’t interfere with your HCE time. And good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Rule 1: Avoid energy vampires. Do not hang out with people who bitch all of the time or they will bring you down. They will suck your enthusiasm and energy: kind of like shorting out the two terminals on a battery. If there are a few people in your class who bring you up, hang with them. Social person or not: avoid the vampires! Rule 2: Eyes on the prize. You are in the 3rd of probably 4 didactic semesters; soon you'll be on your own in clinicals, starting to see what the dream will be like. People get sent to Afghanistan for 12 month tours; you can do two more semesters of PA school. Rule 3: Take some time for yourself. Talk to friends on the phone, take a walk outside (it's starting to almost be spring). Exercise. Watch some TV. Whatever. You aren’t sick or defective. Hang in there!
  10. I went to a new program; we started before the first class had graduated. It was a wonderful experience but I think the reason why was that the director had a wealth of experience running programs (definitely not just “starting” other programs and then being unable to run them effectively!). There were no other programs for miles so they had a good base of clinical sites. So yes, a new program can be good, but you have to be careful selecting which ones you’re considering. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. A reasonable background and record, I should think. I’d rethink the LOR from someone you shadowed unless you shadowed for weeks. Get letters from people who know you well enough to write a great letter. Best one I ever read was from an applicant’s college soccer coach. It told us about her drive and personality. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. I appreciate your thoughts. Here's my reasoning: You are responsible for telling the truth, which the applicant apparently did. You are NOT responsible for the admission committee doing its thing. We don't know if they realized his class was for "health science" majors or "science" majors; that's their responsibility. You apply and be honest; they assess and make decisions. It is nothing at all like hiding having written the wrong prescription. It's more like feeling that we need to go to the pharmacy with the patient to make sure the pharmacist filled it properly (which we clearly don't do). A lot of us would be happier in life if we realized what we were responsible for and what we aren't.
  13. The last thing I’d do is call the program! Cast your fate to the wind and don’t make waves. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. I'm guessing that either (1) for health science majors is good enough (it's a "science major" after all) or (2), they don't check that carefully. I think you have a 95+% chance of going there and there being no problems.
  15. Saved money for it over several years. Turned 59.5 and was able to take some money from my IRA. Parents gave me a little too. And, most importantly, my wife kept working!