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  1. Applied at the very end of the cycle to 8 schools (SIDE NOTE - APPLYING LATE is the best way to screw yourself! LOL), while I was still taking 3 of my pre-reqs, and got into 4. I'm very happy with where I will be attending, and believe to an extent that everything works out in the end how it is supposed to, but I sure as hell caused myself a lot of unnecessary stress by applying so late with an incomplete application. So, word from the un-wise, finish your pre-reqs, and apply early!
  2. Applied at the very end of the cycle to 8 schools (SIDE NOTE - APPLYING LATE is the best way to screw yourself! LOL), while I was still taking 3 of my pre-reqs, and got into 4. I'm very happy with where I will be attending, and believe to an extent that everything works out in the end how it is supposed to, but I sure as hell caused myself a lot of unnecessary stress by applying so late with an incomplete application. So, word from the un-wise, finish your pre-reqs, and apply early!
  3. Applied at the very end of the cycle to 8 schools (SIDE NOTE - APPLYING LATE is the best way to screw yourself! LOL), while I was still taking 3 of my pre-reqs, and got into 4. I'm very happy with where I will be attending, and believe to an extent that everything works out in the end how it is supposed to, but I sure as hell caused myself a lot of unnecessary stress by applying so late with an incomplete application. So, word from the un-wise, finish your pre-reqs, and apply early!
  4. I'd definitely throw in an HIV test, as pessimistic as it sounds. General malaise, poor appetite, body aches...
  5. Take out Mirena ASAP! I fought w/ acne from age 12-24. Over the years I had multiple docs managing it so I basically was on abx for about a decade which is a horrifying thought. Along w/ every prescription topical from the benzyls to sulfas to retinoids etc. It wasn't TOO terrible in my 20s but at 22 I wanted an IUD and naturally the docs first inclination was Mirena. Well my acne had worsened, especially w/cystic acne around my jawline, but I was in complete denial that Mirena had anything to do w/it. My gyno insisted that there was not any systemic absorption thus it'd be impossible for there to be a connection. Around that time I finally decided to choose the health risks of Accutane over the health risks of continued abx use. After 12 weeks on Accutane, my acne had not budged, and my derm really urged me to consider the possibility that Mirena was the culprit, esp considering the hormonal involvement when a 20something has jawline cystic acne. Whatever, despite the ridonkulous co-pays I swapped Mirena for Paraguard and VOILA!!! Life changed. My acne cleared up quickly. My skin looks amazing, I've finished my first and only Accutane cycle probably 2 years ago now and it's crazy to not even remember what life was like with acne. I have no complaints w/Paraguard - sure I menstruate now (unlike Mirena) but can I really complain about that? lol. Anyway, your pt's Mirena has got to go! :;;D:
  6. I shadowed at a FP office for 8 hours and was accepted to multiple programs, and with a pretty weak gpa at that. However I worked closely with PAs for about a year. It wasn't a big deal at all. You will be fine, 60 hours is plenty especially considering the fact that ya gotta eat right? ! Lol. Spend your time elsewhere. Best wishes!!
  7. Just received an invite for an interview on February 15th but had to decline. The email said that the 15th is the FINAL interview if anyone is wondering!! Good luck to everyone!!
  8. I did this back in April. I have been an active EMT-B for about 3 years but I was hired to work in the Emergency Department and unfortunately at least in NC (Durham County) my scope of practice as an EMT basically ended at the front door of the hospital! So I challenged the NA exam and now work as both. Anyway. You can get the pamphlet thing online easily which will tell you everything you need to know. The written exam is a cinch, I'll bet anyone on this forum could pass it first try. The skills are the tricky part simply b/c they are looking for all these intricate steps for the most simplest of tasks. For example, taking a blood pressure was like 15 steps, cleaning under someone's nails was also like 10 steps - little things that are VERY simple but you just have to know what they are looking for. These are listed on the pamphlet, and I memorized them by first crossing out the redundancies (knock before entering, introduce myself, leave the bed in lowest position w/ call bell within reach, etc etc) Then just learn what they want - exa they want you to palpate a brachial pulse before taking a BP. I can't stress enough that it is simple and do-able but you must study the skills! I studied the lists then I watched youtube videos online (There are zillions of them!) for each skill. For example using a transfer belt to move a patient - I had never seen a transfer belt before in person. It costs $101 but if you fail the skills portion it costs like $75 to retake that so it is worth studying. However, I recommend looking into job opportunities first, b/c even though I'm on the registry, I didn't go to "school" for it so I may have been less hire-able had I not already been working for my employer. I'm not sure how that works. THIS and youtube is all you will need! -----------> http://asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/073400.pdf
  9. I just rescinded my acceptance, so that will open up a spot for someone else. Best wishes to all of you!
  10. Yes!!! I am SO excited! I was just blown away at the interview and absolutely loved the faculty and overall "vibe" of the program. I just joined the FB group today. I look forward to getting to know everyone!!
  11. I was in a similar boat when I realized that PA is the perfect profession for me...5 years of research, most of it in biochemistry and genomics, so DEFINITELY not patient care! I agree with kagildersleeze, it just takes some planning (and time) to build up the HCE. I started out studying to become an EMT-B at night, and then got a volunteer gig (emergency dispatch in a busy city, though, so high volume for the experience) and only worked night shifts. I would work in the lab all day, go work on the medic truck, then come back to the lab still in my uniform! LOL. It sucked. Trust me. But it worked. I eventually used that experience to get hired full time - taking a SIGNIFICANT pay cut that means I can hardly support myself and my horse. I call it my "crazy plan" to get into PA school, but again, it worked. I think the most important part, then, is to be sure to sell yourself as a well rounded individual, fully prepared to blow this whole evidence based medicine into the water b/c you are very experienced with research publications, collaborations, troubleshooting, working independently, etc. Anyway, it will definitely take some planning to figure out how to still earn money while building the HCE, but you can definitely do it, then sell yourself as a better applicant overall!! GOOD LUCK! :)
  12. Yay!!! I received an email today offering an interview on February 13th!! I can't believe it, I'm so happy!!
  13. Honey. I barely had a 3.2, I didn't even check what CASPA decided it was bc I knew the whole time that GPA was my absolute weakest part of my application. My postbacc work was 4.0, but undergrad 3.09!!! Don't worry about it. If this is absolutely what you want, sell yourself sell yourself sell yourself and you will be fine!!
  14. Great article, thanks for sharing! I really want to go into rural medicine, but I'm thinking more of a comprehensive primary care approach (using my elective rotations to help me learn more with the expectation that my patients will have very reduced access to specialists - such as extra ob, cardio, derm, etc?? just ideas). I live on and manage a small farm now, but have been working in an inner city ED and EMS system for three years and am pretty confident that I want, well, exactly the opposite :wink:. I have a very long way to go (I'll just be starting school this fall!) so I'm staying open minded and just want to become the best provider possible, yet at the same time stay true to myself about the kind of life that I want for myself. I can only imagine, though, that a rural ED sees much different cases & patients than an urban one LOL so maybe I'll enjoy it more!!
  15. I agree with the others. Just improve your HCE (by a lot, depending on what schools you are thinking of - but you have the time!) and definitely apply this cycle. My biggest advice though - apply early! I applied in October (for various justifiable reasons lol) and added a LOT more stress than necessary!! Put together a great personal statement and keep an open mind when choosing schools to apply to, and you should be totally fine. There are a ton of schools that put more emphasis on academic record than health care experience. However, there are also plenty of schools that take the opposite approach, so just choose wisely and sell yourself! Good luck, you got this!
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