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  1. Thanks for the reply! I've been offered a position in my desired specialty that is closer to where I live than New Iberia, so I'm probably going to accept it.
  2. My husband accepted a job near Thibodaux, LA and we are going to move in the next few weeks. I'm hoping someone lives near that area and can offer some suggestions about finding a job as a new grad from out of state. There are lots of PA jobs in our current city (Dallas, TX) but I haven't had any luck searching online for positions near Thibodaux. I'm willing to make the hour commute to New Orleans but I'm trying to find employment closer to home. Are their any PA/NP recruiters in the area? I recently joined the LAPA and will utilize them for networking. Thank you for any advice!
  3. Ashmash: The admissions committee accepts approximately the same number of interviewees per interview session so don't worry. I was accepted from the January interview group. Attend the meet & greet if you can, it is very helpful!
  4. Hope this helps: http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/forums/showthread.php/30173-Schools-that-consider-last-30-40-60-hr-GPA?highlight=
  5. Can you attend your desired PA program's open house? Sometimes questions like this are addressed. Emailing the program office about volunteering might get you a canned answer, which is why I'd recommend attending an open house. Also, if your desired program has a focus (pediatrics/rural medicine/etc) that should be your focus too, and you could tailor your volunteering accordingly. I was accepted last cycle to many "top 10" programs, so I can tell you what I learned from my own experience. 1) Sounds like you already found volunteering that truly interests you and that you are passionate about. Volunteering for the sake of racking up hours won't benefit you as much. 2) Volunteer somewhere other people do not. Every pre-med and pre-PA I know volunteers at a big hospital in a "cookie-cutter" volunteer program (everyone gets issued a vest and badge, and then sits around not doing much...or so it seems). If everyone else is doing it, it doesn't look very original on your application. A hospice with VA emphasis is not the usual, and will set your application apart from the rest. 3) Hospice is looked at as great experience (from what I was told). Other places you might consider: shelter clinics, AIDS outreach clinics, places that sort & pack medical supplies for shipment to developing countries, Ronald McDonald Houses, etc. 4) Since you already work in a healthcare setting, volunteering at a hospital might not be necessary. Habitat for Humanity, food banks, etc. might be good options too. Sounds like you are already on the right track with volunteering and found a place that matches your interest - why not stick with it? Good luck.
  6. Looking for feedback from PAs who have applied or are familiar with residencies: I start PA school in May. My overly motivated nerdy self registered for 2 classes "for the fun of it" this semester. The classes are not pre-reqs for a degree or for PA school but they are interesting (Pharm and Patho). Unfortunately my motivation to study right now is approaching zero. I really need a break from post-bacc'ness and would like more than 2 weeks of free time before PA classes start. I have As in both classes and can maintain As, but it's a time suck because I'm still working. I am considering dropping the classes to allow myself more time to move, buy furniture, take a vacation, etc. I really did not except to get into a PA program that starts in May, which is why I signed up for the classes to begin with. I know some residencies request a copy of undergrad transcripts. Will having 2 W's in my last semester before PA school keep me from being considered? During residency interviews, were your undergrad grades discussed? Do they just ask for copies of undergrad transcripts to verify degrees (I hope they emphasize PA program grades!)? Thank you!
  7. Just something to consider: I applied to about 15 schools. That was too many for me. I had trouble getting all the secondaries done in a timely fashion while still maintaining good grades and going to work. I ended up going to only 5 of the interviews I was invited to anyway. In hindsight, I should have narrowed down my list to 8-10 programs. My grades were low (but I have a military background w/ HCE) so I wasn't sure how it would all work out, esp at programs with high incoming GPA class averages. Traveling to the interviews across the nation is what will eat up your money ($600 for a last minute flight + $100/night for a hotel/cab/restaurant food). Also, depending on where you work, getting time off to attend interviews might be tricky. Your grades and experience look good to me. Maybe you can narrow your list to save money? I'd recommend going to PA program open houses in your local area. Attending an open house will give you a good idea if you are a "match" for the program or not. Even if the open house is at a program that isn't high on your list, you will glean info from the experience.
  8. Just something to consider: I applied to about 15 schools. That was too many for me. I had trouble getting all the secondaries done in a timely fashion while still maintaining good grades and going to work. I ended up going to only 5 of the interviews I was invited to anyway. In hindsight, I should have narrowed down my list to 8-10 programs. My grades were low (but I have a military background w/ HCE) so I wasn't sure how it would all work out, esp at programs with high incoming GPA class averages. Traveling to the interviews across the nation is what will eat up your money ($600 for a last minute flight + $100/night for a hotel/cab/restaurant food). Also, depending on where you work, getting time off to attend interviews might be tricky. Your grades and experience look good to me. Maybe you can narrow your list to save money? I'd recommend going to PA program open houses in your local area. Attending an open house will give you a good idea if you are a "match" for the program or not. Even if the open house is at a program that isn't high on your list, you will glean info from the experience.
  9. Look at the "Pre-PA FAQ" stickie thread in this section. This should be the link: http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/forums/showthread.php/7821-Pre-PA-FAQ. There is a ton of feedback there. I'd add that you include your cell phone number in your email correspondence to the PA you are going to shadow. I said something like "Here is my cell phone number in case you need to contact me that morning." Some of the PAs I shadowed then sent me their cell's so it was easier to locate them in large hospitals or in badge-access only areas like the OR. Also, coordinate beforehand about what clothing you should wear. Just ask if you should wear nice business casual or scrubs.
  10. I think you'll be OK. My academic record/timeline is similar to yours and I interviewed at "top 10" programs. Good luck.
  11. I didn't scribe for Scribe America, but I did scribe and it certainly gave me something to talk about during interviews. It's not considered hands-on healthcare experience by some schools, so contact the programs you are interested in before committing to scribing. I worked as an EMT-B and PCT before I scribed, so I can't say that scribing was the key factor in getting interviews but it can't hurt. If you are deciding between EMT and scribing, go for EMT because I think it'll get you farther with more programs and it pays a bit more. Good luck.
  12. I didn't scribe for Scribe America, but I did scribe and it certainly gave me something to talk about during interviews. It's not considered hands-on healthcare experience by some schools, so contact the programs you are interested in before committing to scribing. I worked as an EMT-B and PCT before I scribed, so I can't say that scribing was the key factor in getting interviews but it can't hurt. If you are deciding between EMT and scribing, go for EMT because I think it'll get you farther with more programs and it pays a bit more. Good luck.
  13. Yes, put the clubs/organizations you were involved in on your application even if they are a few years old. You might find it helpful to track all your future volunteering hours on a log so that you'll have an easier time filling out your CASPA. Include a short description too, because you have space to describe what you actually did while volunteering. Same is true for the work experience section. You can just reference pay stubs to fill out work experience hours. I kept my job descriptions from HR and found those really helpful when trying to write about job duties.
  14. Yes, put the clubs/organizations you were involved in on your application even if they are a few years old. You might find it helpful to track all your future volunteering hours on a log so that you'll have an easier time filling out your CASPA. Include a short description too, because you have space to describe what you actually did while volunteering. Same is true for the work experience section. You can just reference pay stubs to fill out work experience hours. I kept my job descriptions from HR and found those really helpful when trying to write about job duties.
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