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  1. Your grades are great (don't know what your major was) and your experience would qualify you at many schools. If you're not getting more interviews, I would wonder about the rest of your package: the essay, the letters of recommendation, etc.
  2. Don't overprepare; it's obvious to most interviewers. Be yourself, though perhaps a slightly more formal version. I often tell people who ask that you can act like you're meeting your boyfriend/girlfriend's parents for the first time. Show something of yourself; they have all of your paperwork. Be a team player who works well with others. Stay loose, keep your answers to questions about 30-60 seconds long (answer but don't monopolize). Don't feel like if you screw this one interview up that your life is over. That just makes you tight and, in any event, it's not true.
  3. Exactly. I remember reviewing an application where the letter writer assumed the applicant was applying to a different school. Kind of put me off a bit but we still considered her.
  4. Evidence-Based Medicine is a wonderful tool. Thanks to its application over time, medicine has made many advances. For example, we can now treat many (but unfortunately not all) cancer patients using proven protocols. EBM marches forward, but it takes time. While we wait, we can only live in the era in which we live, have access to knowledge that is known, and -- unfortunately -- remain ignorant of what one day will become clear. And so, for ourselves and our patients, we often have to make some decisions today without the benefit of EBM results. In such cases, it's risk vs benefit. So "no" -- unless you're on death's doorstep -- to a risky drug; but "yes" to wearing a simple mask when you can't socially distance.
  5. It's all in the estimation of risk vs reward. Take a drug with unknown side effects? No. Put on a mask to help protect other people: why the heck not? As an old guy who has seen this before, this time, some of our leaders decided to make wearing masks (or not) a political thing. I just glad Eisenhower didn't call people who took the polio vaccine wusses...
  6. It is doable. I was older: decided to become a PA at 51, took prepreqs (and a year off for paramedic school) for 7 years, started PA school at 58, graduated at 60, worked full time until I was 69, and still work part-time (some clinic some PA faculty) at 74. As far as patient care going in, all together I had a couple of decades as a volunteer EMT, part-time EMT, part-time paramedic for 9-1-1 services. I was an engineer until I "retired" from that 6 weeks before PA school started. I applied to and was accepted at three schools; being older has some advantages since diversity is desired by many programs. The average PA student starting out these days is a 24-year-old woman. The book cited in my signature block tells my story. (The sample on Amazon takes you through to the start of school.) My class had two other married students and none with kids. I became a grandfather for the first time during my second semester! All I can say is that it worked for me. I don't think I would still be working at my age at my old job and I work now because I enjoy it. Kind of by the side of the road right now given COVID -- starting back with my old practice doing telemedicine this week and I've kept teaching throughout. I had been riding with EMS twice a month but I stopped when COVID came knocking. I miss it, but I don't want to take the chance right now. As with much of life, the real question is what do you really want to do? I would be surprised if you can take all of your prereqs in a year given that they expire at many programs. Why not start taking one or two and see how it feels? The same with getting healthcare experience. How you feel taking those first steps can tell you quite a bit. Enjoy and best of luck!
  7. If he can write a good letter, I would do it. Letters don’t have to link to your CASPA transcripts. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. You are not alone with imposter syndrome. Laugh at what it tells you and move forward! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. You will very likely get more interviews with your grades, etc. That you got an interview (and an acceptance) the first time out should be a source of confidence as you move forward. And I do think that you need more confidence! If you want to go to an Oregon school, then you can wait and see if you get invited to one. And, if you don't, you can wait a year and try again, if necessary. (On the other hand, if you really like -- and can afford -- the California school that accepted you, then why not?) Please don't live your life as if every opportunity you get has to be pounced on because -- God forbid -- "shy, introverted you" will never never get anything better. That's a recipe for disaster. Good luck!
  10. I would start off the way you’re planning to and then revisit the plan after you are well underway. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. The 10th is only this Friday. It's not a big deal either way, but I doubt a delay until next weekend is going to sink your ship.
  12. There is a lot of material to cover and it will probably call on you to use different study techniques for different subjects. Be OK with just passing now and then instead of always crushing it. Be collaborative with your classmates since things you are weak in someone else is strong in. Find and make some friends; you'll help each other get over the rough patches. On the plus side, all of your classes are probably taught by the same faculty team and they typically coordinate so that exams -- which do come at you like a picket fence -- don't all happen on the same day like they could when you were an undergrad. Treat school like a job and -- if you're on the right career track -- you'll probably do just fine.
  13. To someone starting out, those at the top of their careers pretty much always look like outliers. The "pyramid" of jobs is alive and well. For example, if you wanted to be a a general officer (a general or an admiral) in the military, going to a service academy would seem like a good route. And it is. After all -- based on Army data -- about half of general officers are graduates of a service academy. But, of the 51,691 graduates of the Air Force Academy since its first class graduated in 1959 through 2019, only 757 became generals. That works out to be 1.46% "outliers." (Source: https://www.usafa.af.mil/News/Article/1860921/the-breakdown-the-stats-on-the-air-force-academys-class-of-2019/) Once upon a time, people held jobs for x years in lots of careers, but not so much anymore. As you move forward in your career, I suspect you will learn that -- in these times anyway -- advancement probably won't work that way either. What's "actual achievable" for you will be a combination of what you do, how your interests change, and some good luck along the way. Look closely at where people end up and where they started; I submit that -- for better or worse -- many of us turn out to be outliers in one way or another.
  14. Nothing you ever learn is lost and people travel roads that branch in unusual directions: Shari Shebairo serves as the director of PA services in the Department of Surgery at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center managing a staff of approximately 60 people. Rear Admiral Epifanio (Epi) Elizondo was a U.S. Assistant Surgeon General in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. Karen Bass is the first physician assistant to be elected to the US House of Representatives.
  15. Old guy here. You're already not in PA school so, if you apply and don't get in, you'll be no worse off than you are right now. Living your life without taking shots at things you want is not the recipe for a "good" life. Life tends to work out for people who get out of their comfort zones and try new things. It's easy to fall into the trap, but never think that you are "destined" to do anything for "your whole life." Doors swing open at the most amazing of times...especially for those who push on them now and then. Best wishes!
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