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  1. Hi, I came across your profile on the forum as you mentioned that you are a Canadian citizen working in the US as a PA. I am also a Canadian citizen currently applying to PA schools in the US and I want to know more about the job search after graduation and how to obtain a sponsorship. Do you mind sharing your experiences?

  2. Rotations were included as CPT. OPT started when I was actually employed as a practicing PA and that was good for 12 months, plus another 6 months while my H1B was being processed.
  3. That's the problem, it takes years to get in somewhere and not everyone is able to wait that long when you have family responsibilities. I've heard several FMG's ending up in the PA route, we just need to know the schools which may consider admitting FMG's better than others. I know some schools are strict about that and do not accept any FMG's.
  4. It's possible, but difficult to find an organization willing to spend legal fees to sponsor you for an H1B, I work in Detroit which is a border city, I got a job on my F1 at the hospital I rotated at, and I was able to convince them to sponsor me. Of course they are more experienced with sponsorships since they hire lots of Canadians as Detroit is a border city. So you might have better luck with border cities. However I'm not sure about elsewhere.
  5. 1. PA does NOT fall under the STEM extension, I already checked with my school 2. Yes, you do need a CPT for each rotation if it's at a different location each time 3. The H1B is a very complicated process, if you work for a for-profit organization you will need to enroll in the lottery, and that's based purely on luck. I was lucky enough to be chosen and current hold an H1B, sponsored through my hospital. 4. Yes you can work in Canada with a US PA degree
  6. Hi. I'm posting this question on behalf of a close friend of mine. He's a foreign medical graduate who holds an MD degree and is a current permanent resident of the US. Due to some family circumstances and low chances for residency matching for foreign grads, he's now looking to applying to PA programs, however he's been having a difficult time looking for school who would welcome international graduates into their programs. He already has his degree evaluated through the ECE organization and his GPA was converted to 3.1. He has clinical hours inside the US from working as a medical assistant and a medical interpreter. He would have to retake most of pre-requisites as his classes were more than 7 years old. He's also working on getting his TOFEL test and working on registering for pre-reqs at a local community college. Is there anyone here with a similar background or if you know anyone with a similar background, he would like some advice on applications or in regards to which schools would be more accepting of foreign medical grads that he might have better chances with. Thanks :)
  7. I'm not sure what tou mean by on-campus employment? I'm a Canadian student attending the program under the F-1 status. During the didactic year I didn't need any additional paperwork even though I did go to different hospitals 12 times during the year to do H&P's. But nothing additional was required. For the clinical year I had to do the CPT for each new rotation (if it's at a different location), and that wasn't considered an employement. As long as the total duration isn't more than 364 days then you're good to apply for an OPT. My university had an international students department that took care of this stuff.
  8. Should I just contact the hospitals in the area and ask them if they would sponsor PA's under H1B?
  9. I'm a Canadian PA student graduating in May. I did apply for the OPT extension, but unsure on where to look for an employer who's willing to sponsor me under the H1B visa. I'm finding this to be really stressful. I wish PA's were covered under the TN status.
  10. I did it you guys!! yaaay!! Undergrad Ed School: University of Windsor, 2010 (Medical laboratory science) Cumulative Undergrad. CASPA GPA: 3.85 Science Undergrad. CASPA GPA: 3.89 Post Bacc GPA: 4.00 (6 missing pre-req's) Age at application time : 24 1st GRE: verbal: 147 Quant: 149 AW: 4.0 Direct Patient Care : >300 hours phlebotomy, ~200 hours MA Other HCE: >4000 hours Medical Technologist Physician shadowing: 24 hours Volunteer: ~500 hours at a private school Schools Applied: Wayne State University CASPA application Submitted Date: 07/14/12 Schools Received Application Date: August Interview Invites: Wayne State University Denied: 0 Withdrew Application: 0 Waitlisted: 0 Accepted: Wayne State University! Yaaaaay :D
  11. Hi everyone. I want to thank everyone for posting such great tips. I have a question to ask about my upcoming interview. I'm a Canadian applicant and I applied to two schools in Michigan. I did get an interview with my top choice school. I know that I have to prepare for questions about current issues with PA's and also current issues in the healthcare system of the country. I did read about the Affordable Healthcare Act and got an idea about that. I did learn about the different medical insurance systems in the USA (medicare, medicaid, private insurance, etc.) My question is: knowing from my personal statement and application that I'm from Canada, would I be expected to know far more details about the healthcare system and current issues in the US? Also, I was wondering if I should be prepared to answer any questions regarding the role of PA's in Canada (just in case it gets brought up during the interview?)
  12. Undergrad Ed School: University of Windsor, Ontario. Medical Laboratory Science Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.85 Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.89 Age at application time : 24 1st GRE: 296 combined, 4.0 analytical writing Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) 330 hours phlebotomy 224 hours medical assistant working at a specialist office 2718 hours as a medical technologist Shadowing Hours: 28 hours OBGYN Extracurricular/Research Activities: 500 hours volunteering at a private school 170 hours of biology and chemistry tutoring college students Schools Applied: Wayne State University (MI) University of Detroit Mercy (MI) Northwestern University (IL) Application Submitted Date: E-submitted July 10 Verified July 13 Waiting to be mailed Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) Interview Invites: still waiting, will update Denied: will update Withdrew Application: will update Waitlisted: will update Accepted: will update Attempts: first
  13. Yea they're awesome machines, at least much better than Dimensions, even though they do have some problems and service comes in often. The blood bank also brought in an instrument from ortho that does types, screens, DAT's, and even cross-matches. That was also a big change as blood bank was pretty much all manual work based. I'm still doing my research and talking to PA's and PA students. I'm even attending information meetings at different schools.
  14. Yea they're awesome machines, at least much better than Dimensions, even though they do have some problems and service comes in often. The blood bank also brought in an instrument from ortho that does types, screens, DAT's, and even cross-matches. That was also a big change as blood bank was pretty much all manual work based. I'm still doing my research and talking to PA's and PA students. I'm even attending information meetings at different schools.
  15. They got the Seimens Vista's, which aren't much different that the Dimension's we had before. I don't really know why they've been cutting down on staff so much, maybe it was the budget issue they've been having for a long time, but still! They also got a "stream-lab" line so that's another reason maybe. They've been also increasing the number of generalists so everyone could work in all departments as needed. Indeed it's lifelong learning, and in every medical field it is. Even as a med tech I still took some online continuing-ed courses as a requirement to keep my membership and learned a lot of new things. Nothing in life comes easy but I believe that this is what I want to do and I'm not afraid to jump in.
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