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  1. Tata and Car.jenna, what time is your interview on the 24th? I am likely going to drive up there if you guys want to carpool.
  2. Awesome, thank you. A group of co-workers and I are waiting eagerly in Southern California
  3. No one seems to talk in this thread. I am sure people will be more vocal once invites/rejections go out in the next few weeks.
  4. Human Anatomy with Lab-B Human Physiology with Lab-B Microbiology with Lab-B Introductory or General Chemistry-A Intermediate Algebra-Stats, B- English Composition-B Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology-A Introduction to or General Psychology-A 3 years experience as an ER tech, 2 years as a 911 medic & 9 months as BLS IFT with approximately 5,300 hours. 3.3 cumulative GPA, 3.0 science. Recently completed B.S. after application deadline, but showed in progress. LOR from PA, ED manager, Clinical Supervisor & Operations Supervisors With invites for interviews approaching, just trying to gauge how my stats hold up against those applying and those who have previously applied and been interviewed/accepted.
  5. Application was received 8/30 and my post card wasn't stamped as mailed until September 17th. If you have not received your card back yet, just hurry up and wait some more :)
  6. Thank you SGajajiva, I really appreciate your feedback.
  7. Thank you for the input. I am only applying to one program and it isn't necessary to have a bachelors degree but I can see how that wouldn't need to be added. I'll remove it and expand upon the other portions.
  8. I can still picture the debris strewn across the freeway in front of me like the events of that spring morning were repeating themself. The fog was thick with poor visibility. Without much of a warning, I found myself first on scene of a rolled-over pickup truck resting on the center divider and another damaged vehicle some distance east of where I stopped. Another Good Samaritan had stopped behind me to offer their assistance. After placing the 911 call to request aide, we approached the pickup to look for victims. Inspection of the passenger compartment revealed a male and a female who appeared to be around my age, both in obvious distress. Without a moment of hesitation, my fellow impromptu rescuer and I removed both of the injured parties from the overturned vehicle. The male was able to communicate, but the female was unresponsive with an obviously broken leg and trace amounts of blood on various parts of her body. I found myself running across busy lanes of the freeway with almost zero visibility to retrieve a blanket I’d received for Christmas, hoping to prevent the rapid onset of shock. While driving home, I felt a dizzying array of emotion that ranged from anger to relief. After my brief experience as a lay rescuer, I decided that I never wanted to feel that helpless in an emergency setting ever again. I am the first member of my immediate family to actively pursue higher education, but did so without forethought about where I was and where I wanted to end up. The tragic but auspicious events of that evening propelled me in my current direction, honing my educational pursuits on to something that I enjoy immensely rather than blindly taking general requirements and putting little effort into my academics. I enrolled in a local EMT-Basic course during the winter semester after becoming CPR and first-aid certified. During that time, I feverishly devoured the subject matter, absorbing information like a sponge. Passing that final was one of the happiest moments of my life. Medicine is my passion, and I knew from that moment on I’d never want to do anything else as a career. Mere weeks after graduation, I found myself working as an EMT at a privately owned ambulance service in Orange County. The experience of assessment and human interaction during stressful situations I received was invaluable, but our skillset was limited and we encountered a very homogenous patient population. Around my sixth month, I began to feel anxious and I knew that I wanted more. Paramedic school seemed like the next logical step, so I took the plunge. It was also around this time that I made the transition from transport to emergency room technician and had my eyes opened to a whole new world of medical practice. While employed in the emergency department, I was given the opportunity to work alongside both physicians and physician assistants. The learning curve was steep but the environment was enriching. We were allowed to perform and assist with various procedures, some of which included splinting, wound care, assessment, and suture removal. I was amazed at the similarity of the roles of both the paramedic and physician assistant which includes autonomy in decision making while functioning under established protocols, as well as the ability to consult with a supervising physician if necessary. I had made my decision to become a physician assistant. After much thought and input from physician assistants I worked beside, I decided it would be in my best interest to pursue a bachelor’s degree prior to application. Loma Linda was my school of choice for completing my undergraduate studies while working as a 911 paramedic in one of the nation’s busiest systems. Again, I had my foundation pulled out from under me and my eyes reopened. I quickly noticed that many low-income patients, medically underserved residents, reservation members and the vagrant population utilized emergency medical services as an alternative to or the only source of primary care. It was then I realized I wanted to shift my focus from reactionary emergency medicine towards prevention and Family Practice. I often look back and reflect on the events in my life that have lead up until this point. I’ve made mistakes, worked dead-end jobs and experienced unforeseen loss of role models. At any point, the decision could have been made to be content and leave it at that. Instead, I feel as though I’ve harnessed the outcomes of those situations to temper my resolve and push myself further towards both my educational and professional goals. The curriculum of physician assistant school will be the hardest thing I’ve done, but I believe my past experiences coupled with my work and educational experiences have prepared me for the rigorous endeavor I hope to undertake. Becoming a physician assistant will allow me to continue to help those in need while satiating my medical appetite of problem-solving, decision making, and diagnosis.
  9. I do not believe so. I literally got a print out of every single punch in and out that I ever did working as a tech and medic over the course of the last 5 years. Some of the people at the program are very unhelpful and won't give specifics.
  10. I will end up with an approximate 3.3 cumulative when I am done at the rate I'm going. At this point it would be easier to get into DO school rather than work with CASPA.
  11. I took most of the pre-PA route classes as a freshman and did very mediocre. I also have quite a few W's on my transcript that I've repeated for better grades ( 8 total, 6 of which now have letter grades ). I finished my sophomore year and associates with a cumulative 2.76. This quarter will be the end of my junior year and I'll be wrapping that up with a 3.92 GPA ( BS degree from Loma Linda ). I've been looking at PA programs both within and outside of California, but my calculated CASPA GPA is pathetic and would likely get thrown in the trash anywhere it would be sent in it's current state. Should I focus primarily on schools that do not use the CASPA system, or submit them anyway and do a heavy amount of explaining? I have approximately 6,500 HCE hours as a BLS emt > 3 years as an ER tech > 2 years as a paramedic. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
  12. Yes it is part of the employment verification piece
  13. Can anyone explain to me what this is specifically? I am applying this cycle with three years as an ER tech (part-time) which totals approximately 3,000 hours and a little under a year as a Riverside County paramedic with about 900 or so hours doing that. I called the hospital's payroll department, but they have no idea what a PRDR is, and only saved my punches for the last two years which only totaled 1850 hours. My minimum hours will absolutely be met, but I do not want to submit an incomplete verification of hours worked. Any ideas or how are you going about it?
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