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  1. Thank you so much! It is nice (but unfortunate) to hear I'm not the only one having this problem. I've been rejected so many times, I'm starting to take it personally! I just called a PA in a smaller clinic down in southern Oregon where I grew up, so hopefully that leads somewhere!
  2. Thank you so much! It is nice (but unfortunate) to hear I'm not the only one having this problem. I've been rejected so many times, I'm starting to take it personally! I just called a PA in a smaller clinic down in southern Oregon where I grew up, so hopefully that leads somewhere!
  3. Thank you so much! It is nice (but unfortunate) to hear I'm not the only one having this problem. I've been rejected so many times, I'm starting to take it personally! I just called a PA in a smaller clinic down in southern Oregon where I grew up, so hopefully that leads somewhere!
  4. Hi, I'm one step away from applying this year, but have hit a bummer of a problem - no clinics are allowing students to shadow in the Portland metro area due to the overwhelming volume of requests. PAShadow Online doesn't have anything either. There are half a dozen PA's listed but no availability. I even tried emailing the ones that had available contact info, and the email got sent back, saying the email is invalid! Is there anyone out there? I've gone through HIPPA training. I volunteer at OHSU. I have experience as a PT Aide. I'm a really great person:smile: Thank you. -Allison
  5. Hi, I'm one step away from applying this year, but have hit a bummer of a problem - no clinics are allowing students to shadow in the Portland metro area due to the overwhelming volume of requests. PAShadow Online doesn't have anything either. There are half a dozen PA's listed but no availability. I even tried emailing the ones that had available contact info, and the email got sent back, saying the email is invalid! Is there anyone out there? I've gone through HIPPA training. I volunteer at OHSU. I have experience as a PT Aide. I'm a really great person:smile: Thank you. -Allison
  6. Hi, I'm one step away from applying this year, but have hit a bummer of a problem - no clinics are allowing students to shadow in the Portland metro area due to the overwhelming volume of requests. PAShadow Online doesn't have anything either. There are half a dozen PA's listed but no availability. I even tried emailing the ones that had available contact info, and the email got sent back, saying the email is invalid! Is there anyone out there? I've gone through HIPPA training. I volunteer at OHSU. I have experience as a PT Aide. I'm a really great person:smile: Thank you. -Allison
  7. I'm starting to freak out a bit. I have everything ready on my CASPA application, except the letter from a PA or MD. I worked in a physical therapy clinic and all the PT's are willing to give me letters. I volunteer as a nurse's aide and all the nurses are willing to give me a letter. But, I don't know any PA's or MD's. I've tried a few places in Portland, OR for shadowing to get a LOR, but every single one has shot me down saying they don't allow it anymore due to the overwhelming volume of requests.One PA was even a friend of a friend and happy and willing to let me shadow, but the office manager wouldn't allow it! I went on PA Shadow Online and found a few PA's in the Portland area, but their info was no longer valid and I couldn't contact them. So, now I'm looking toward going to my hometown to shadow since it's a smaller town and they allow Pre-PA students to shadow. But, I feel like I've exhausted all my options and if this doesn't work, what do I do???? All the schools I'm applying to require a PA recommendation. Any suggestions? Anyone else having this issue? Anyone know a PA in Portland, OR? Sorry, this may sound awfully pleading, but this is the ONLY thing holding me back on my application. Thanks, Allison
  8. Thank you. You are both right. Regardless of the class, it will benefit me to have someone that knows my character, and ability, like you said "think outside the box", rather than someone that just kind of knows me from one science class. Thanks again.
  9. One of the schools I'm applying for wants a Letter from an instructor. My problem is my undergraduate was in Art. All of my science pre-requisites that I took had a different instructor for every class because I was working full time and taking my A&P and Chem on weekends and nights when it fit. So, my question is would having a letter of recommendation from an Art teacher look kind of bad since art isn't very "academic"? I'm not sure if I really have a choice in the matter, what would love some opinions.
  10. Just keep reminding yourself why you are doing this and keep making small lists to keep yourself on track. And it's okay if you burnout and need to take a break. I've been going at this goal for over four years. I started with the prerequisites while working a full time super stressful management position. Then, I left my well paid job to get healthcare experience and take a massive pay cut, then the clinic I was working for got into financial trouble and I was laid off and was forced to take a year off from it all and enter survival mode (finding a job, any job in a real crappy job market). I guess the point of my rambling pity party is to keep going forward . . . it's going to get tough, and it may seem like things are stacked against you, but you'll make it through if it's meant to be. Also, go have some fun and let loose once in awhile. I've learned that to be one of the most important things . . . and it'll make the process all the more enjoyable. I hope this helps, and good luck!!!
  11. Thanks for posting this!!! I read this after you made changes to the blog, but thought it was helpful regardless. I also got the book "Ultimate Guide to Getting into PA School"- so I'm glad the interview questions are helpful. I'm in Portland Oregon and planning to apply this year to Pacific and hopefully OHSU for entrance in 2013, so it was nice to hear a little more about the process and your experience. Thank you and good luck! I hope to join you there next year!
  12. I just posted about a similar situation. I was in your position too, although not as in debt (I was about 10K in student loans) But, I had a mortgage and needed to make enough to support a house and living expenses. I also had taken a pay cut to be a PT aide, then got laid off from that job before I got all the hours I needed for the school I wanted to go to. I felt completely helpless after being laid off and wondered if it was worth it - I felt like the world was telling me not to bother being a PA. BUT, I also realized I never wanted to be in a position like this again (unemployed and struggling to find a job that paid more than $12hr) Anyway, loosing my job forced me to drop the house and as many expenses as possible and I moved into a small apartment to cut expenses. Now, I'm about to start volunteering and just signed up with the volunteer fire dept to get some EMT training (for free) then, I'll volunteer. I also looked into schools that don't require HCE, and there are plenty of good ones - that said, it would still be a good thing to have some experience to be competitive. I did all my pre-requisites while I had the great paying job and just paid for them out of pocket as I went along - it took a few years, and a hellava lot of stress, but I don't owe a dime and because I just took one or two classes at a time, and I got good grades. My best advice is to give yourself a timeline (mine was two and a half years before I could apply, but now has been extended to three or four). Just give yourself attainable goals for each year. Take the pre-requisites on nights and weekends and just concentrate on getting good grades. If you think of all the steps all at once you will drive yourself crazy. Writing things down helps for me to organize my thoughts . . . I wish you the best of luck!
  13. Thanks everyone! I didn't realize EMT basic was only six months of training. I wish I would have done that a long time ago! I did sign up for some volunteer classes in the Emergency Team through the local fire dept. They teach everything from natural disaster training to basic medical triage. It isn't until March, but that will give me a little boost before applying . . . Thanks again for the great advice.
  14. Thank You! I've started looking into programs that require 1000 hrs or less, but I'd like to have some better HCE under my belt just for the experience. That said, I plan to apply next summer regardless because I'm getting anxious to get into school and be a PA! I'd love to hear any thoughts on volunteering and if that would help?
  15. Hi, I've been working toward becoming a PA for years now, and faced a ton a setbacks. First, setback #1: I have a Bachelor degree in Fine Art, so I had to take a lot of classes. I have taken cell bio, A&P, chemistry, microbiology, medical terminology and pathophysiology all with a 3.9 GPA. The next step was to get the necessary health care experience, so I left my well paid management job for a position as a Physical Therapy Aide. I got seven months experience working with patients, then the clinic had to lay people off due to some bad financial decisions - I was one of them. So, setback #2: I had to take whatever job I could get, and since most of my experience was in retail I had to go back to that. Now, I'm faced with figuring out another way to get HCE. I was thinking of volunteering? Or should I take out more loans go back to school and become a medical assistant? I've already devoted years trying to be a strong applicant and was hoping for advice on what to do without quitting my job and being in a financial mess to get more HCE. I would greatly appreciate any advice.
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