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  1. Anybody have any info about what it's like working for zoom+ ? I'm looking to move out there and see a lot of jobs for this place. In family practice x1 yr now but would love an u/c or fast track ER kind of job.
  2. Derbingle - that's such a good idea! I bought some sutures already. When they run out I'm using the thread from my days of sewing. Thanks all for the great tips!
  3. Thanks, guys! That's really helpful! Wutthechris - my surgery rotation is in a couple months .. Cant wait for the expired suture swag!
  4. Hello- I'm a poor 2nd year and want to practice my suturing. Any suggestions on where I can get some inexpensive bulk sutures? Some of my friends got some bulk ones on amazon but they had so many weird sizes - 1/2 weren't used. I'm looking for something basic, like maybe a bunch of 3-0 to 6-0s. Also - any suggestions on what to practice on? We bough fake skin, which was expensive. And mine is torne apart at this point. I heard pigs feet (skeeves me out a bit as a vegetarian) and banana peels are good. Anything else somebody would suggest? Thanks!
  5. I just got my email today and chose Jan 28th. I haven't received a confirmation email, but I hope I get my first pick. Maybe I'll see some of you there!
  6. Thanks for the input. I am reworking it and agree with you - on all these accounts. :) I'm restructuring now and trying to find a single focus for the essay.
  7. Thank you very much for the input. I didn't at all expect for anybody to put that much effort into my essay - and I do appreciate the time. I did crank it out in a few hours, but in no way expected anyone "to spend almost just as much time reviewing it" for me. I sincerely apologize if I gave this impression... When I posted this I didn't realize that those on the forum expect a polished narrative that is ready to be sent out. I wasn't trying to insult anybody by asking for help with my 1st draft narrative. I wrote my 1st draft, got frustrated with the direction of it, and was hoping for some guidance from those who have been involved in the application process. I know that this isn't any good - I am fully aware that it I "have to do better than this." Your input was helpful. I am still reworking my essay, and will definitely take your critique into account as I continue to write.
  8. Thanks for the input- I know it's not good. I didn't want to start reworking it until I figured out where I should focus - so maybe I posted it prematurely. I guess I will just leave out the part about my experience with other careers, and focus more on my volunteer work.
  9. Thanks for the input. I was looking for CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, in this instance. I agree that the "flow" is not there. And I mentioned this already. The reason why it doesn't flow as I'd like, is that I'm a bit uncertain as to where I should focus. According to CASPA, the focus should be on what motivates me to be a PA. However, from what I've seen from reading other personal statements, the focus isn't solely on this. I don't have paid HCE yet (as I've mentioned) and I understand this might bother some people. I am uncertain if I should focus on my life experience working at other jobs, my volunteer experience at a hospital, of if I should focus on why I want to become a PA. In the application, I tried to give a glimpse of all three focuses. I also wanted to mention my plans to get some HCE hours in soon, as I am looking for a job as an EMT. Obviously, I am not applying to schools which require paid HCE this cycle. Any constructive opinions as to where I should focus my energy? Maybe some other opinions?
  10. Hey Anybody Who is Bored, If you get a chance, please read over my 1st draft of the narrative. I'm actually having problems, I feel, with my focus. Especially paragraph 2. Should I focus more on my experience volunteering, instead? I've read through some other narratives and noticed that many of them are very personal. I feel that this makes the narrative much more interesting to read. However, when I read CASPA's cute little blurb, it reads, "Please describe your motivation towards becoming a PA." I feel like I lose my focus towards the middle, but I kind of see the narrative as being a cover letter, as well, which highlights your experiences which has led you here. So what is it? An interesting story or a cover letter? Anyways, any input is appreciated. You can be honest. I just finished cranking this out over the past few hours, and I'd appreciate some input before I go back to dissecting it and reworking it. I am aware it's not good yet! :) With tears of frustration streaming down my cheeks, I remember throwing my anatomy book across the room. This was the first month of my first post-baccalaureate science class I had taken, and as English major, anatomy was exceptionally challenging. To add salt to the wound, I was also working full-time. I have always been a self-motivated hard worker, taking various restaurant jobs to finance my living and educational expenses during college. However, it was during this time that I was able to push myself further, academically. I remember my grumpy lab instructor emphasizing that, yes, this was a difficult the class. And he wasn’t willing to make it any easier because we – the students and future health-care providers – had people’s lives in our hands. If we brush off this information to get an easy A, what have we learned? I remember looking around the class and seeing plenty of eye-rolls. However, this statement made a great impact on me. I think about this often when my classes get difficult, and I reflect on the importance of knowledge and how every challenge will make me a better Physician Assistant in the future. As far as anatomy goes, the class proved to be extremely difficult, and was reduced from close to fifty students to fewer than ten after the midterm. I was one of two students who received an A. Yet my favorite experience was the cadaver dissection, which I voluntarily participated in before class every week with the same cranky lab professor and one other student. Over the next few years, I continued to fulfill the prerequisites for PA school while working full-time. With the motivation to become a successful PA, I took my academics seriously, and explored the health care field by volunteering as a Clinical Care Extender at Hoag Hospital. In all honestly, it has been both an exhausting and rewarding experience. At first, I was kicking myself for not pursing a Biology degree in college and attending PA school directly after my baccalaureate. However, I have learned that my life experiences have shaped the person I am today, and have further developed my skills towards becoming a good PA in the future. I have worked a variety of jobs, which have taught me much more than a text book ever could. I have had horrible and wonderful experiences with all kinds of people – from bosses to customers - and feel confident in my ability to interact with various individuals. I gained this confidence while working in a variety of industries – from food, to entertainment, to public service, to health care. I have pushed myself independently while working as a freelance writer, and discovered my self-motivation and leadership abilities. I have also learned the importance of collaboration and team work while working with a variety of coworkers. Most importantly, these careers that I have dabbled in, have given me the experience to discover that I truly want to become a PA. If I applied to PA school right after college graduation, I wouldn’t have been prepared. I didn’t know much about life and what it had to offer. After experiencing many career options, I feel confident in my decision to become a PA. While my desire to become a good PA is what pushes me to keep at my best, life experience laid the foundation in my decision to become a Physician Assistant. While volunteering at Hoag, I helped a variety of staff members and appreciated the interactions PAs had with patients and staff. I have also shadowed an E.R. PA and discussed with him the professional role of the PA, and I was able to observe his interaction with staff first-hand. After researching the profession through shadowing and volunteering, I am confident that this career would be a good fit for me. I appreciate the diagnostic approach that PAs utilize, while still working under the direction of a physician. The diagnostic side greatly appeals to me as I have always had a fascination with the function of the human body, and have always enjoyed solving problems at work. I have discovered that I need to work in a field where I am intellectually stimulated. I also feel comfortable taking responsibility and leadership roles when needed, yet I understand how fluid a work environment functions when staff is working as a team. I have no problem working under the supervision of a physician, and appreciate the opportunity PAs have to collaborate with other staff members as a team. Recently, I have quit my well-paying job in the library, given up my apartment by the beach, moved in with my parents, and have been watching my savings quickly diminish, so that I may complete the last of my prerequisites and get certified as an EMT. It’s been a drastic lifestyle change, but the motivation to become a competent PA student, and future PA, led me towards this decision. I am currently seeking employment as an EMT so that I may gain more health care experience. I am also actively seeking more shadowing opportunities to observe PAs in different fields. While I may not be fresh out of college, the experiences I have gained while working in many settings has led me here. With maturity, I have learned that it’s not how fast you get where you want to be, it’s that you get there.
  11. David: I just shadowed an ER at Arrowhead Regional in Colton. It was a wonderful experience and the PA was extremely nice and helpful! PM me if you want more info. I actually got this opportunity from the forum. Let me know if you're interested and I can forward you the contact's email address. Shaifa: I don't quite understand the question you are asking. Are you asking if it's better to have an MD or PA give a letter of rec? I feel like both would be good, but a PA would be better because, well, that's the field you are trying to get into; not MD. However, from the advice I've gotten, it's good to get a LOR from somebody who really knows you well and will give you an outstanding letter (and not just a form letter). Even better if it's from a PA. Hope that answers your question...
  12. Thanks, All4me! I really appreciate the thought. I think if I waited a year and worked as an EMT during that time, I would definitely be a stronger applicant. BUT - I've also been working towards this for so long and I really want to apply. It's expensive, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that I would regret not even trying. I don't believe that the program requires a PA letter, but the good news is that I am shadowing a PA this Wednesday, and I've got a few more prospects lined up. Right now I just need 1 more letter of rec. I really want it to be from a PA instead of an MD. If I don't get in, it's not the end of the world. I'll just work on being a stronger applicant for the following cycle. :)
  13. Hey gctouro - I think what they were really looking for was friendly people-persons who demonstrate a caring nature. More like, "I'm looking to help people" not "I'm looking to get some volunteer hours." I had a lot of years working in customer service so I pushed that too. When you get to the group interview (if they are still doing that) try not to be shy and speak up. Think of it as a job interview. Hope that helps
  14. Hi guys, The application deadline is fast approaching and I am considering applying for it. Here are my stats: All prereqs: 4.0 GPA (with chem in progress) BA in English: 3.45 GPA 1 year volunteering (200hrs) as a CCE at Hoag EMT-B certified (looking for work now!) I have not shadowed a PA before (eek!!!) and am trying to find somebody (I live in Riverside right now - if you know anybody to shadow nearby? ;) My main problem, I think, is finding LORs. I've got an MD who offered to write one. I could also get my former boss to write one, but she is not working in the medical field - she's a branch library manager. Other than that, I could probably get my physiology professor to write me one. Are those even remotely strong letters? Should I try and find a PA to write one ASAP? (and how would I even do that?!?!). Do you think I should even apply? I'm freaking out, here! :) I also have no paid health care experience, but I am working of finding a job now that I am EMT-B certified. Let me know if you need more info, too. Thanks for any input!!!!
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