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NathanLe last won the day on January 12 2014

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  1. I agree with ugolong and grcia. It's not all about the money (and if it was, choosing to be a PA isn't a great way to get rich). You and your wife will figure out what's best for the two if you - go with that.
  2. I won't have my first semester of PA school until June, but I can't imagine you will make enough money to make up for the added stress of working during PA school.
  3. I'd like to hear how you classify 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tier programs. In my mind there are the two tiers you need to worry about when applying to PA school: 1st tier - schools you would go to if they accepted you 2nd tier - schools you would not go to if they accepted you These two tiers would be based on PANCE rates, emphasis (e.g. primary vs surgery), location, tuition, history of success, and other important factors in your decision. Of course, attending interviews helps you find the best fit for you if you're fortunate enough to interview with/get accepted to multiple programs. So, don't waste your money on schools you wouldn't actually go to. And don't write off schools that aren't in US News' top 25 or whatever - there are a lot of great programs out there that don't get a lot of pubilicity.
  4. Wesr_gordon: there's a lot of good advice above. If you have an amazing application, pick 5-10 schools that you like based on your research. If your application is more average, pick 10-15 schools. If you don't get into one of 15 schools, maybe it would be best to be more prepared and get in the next cycle as Rev Ronin mentioned. Good luck.
  5. I'll echo the fact that you need to be very familiar with your list of programs and their deadlines. If you're applying to some schools with rolling admissions, I would think that April-May is "early", June-July is "early-ish", and August-later is "risky business". Yes, there are those who get in despite applying 2 minutes prior to their program's deadline, but I wouldn't bank on that. Beware that some schools may not evaluate the rest of your application until they have your GRE scores (again, be very familiar with your programs and their requirements). So, you might consider knocking that out sooner if possible. The number of applicants (and therefore other early applicants) continues to climb, so apply as early as you can with as much of your application in tact.
  6. I think cost is a legitimate reason to take classes somewhere else. If you're not sure it's a good idea, it's never a bad idea to run it by your schools of interest and see what they think. Make sure they accept CC courses in the first place - some schools don't. Good luck.
  7. If your study habits really have improved, I'd think about retaking anatomy at the same school you've taken it from before. If you take it somewhere else, be ready to explain why. Study up on what else you need to do to be a stronger applicant. That topic has been beat to death on this forum. In the end, it's up to you to decide what you do with your time.
  8. If your schools don't specify, I'd get at least one letter from a PA and no more than one letter from a professor. The third could be from another PA or the DO (or is there a supervisor from work?). Know that I'm assuming all of them would write equally strong letters for you.
  9. The title of this thread is disturbing... Seems like a change of perspective is in order. How about "How do I show them they want me while being myself?"
  10. And someone who just read your stats and experience is now doubting their future. Stop feeding into that game. You got in. You're smart. Sounds like you work hard. Cowboy up.
  11. On the other hand, if you are good at what you do and you're willing to relocate if necessary, you'll find a job doing what you want (whatever that is). I'm getting tired of the doom and gloom attitude pushing people towards what is 'safe'. If you want something safe, get your accounting degree and audit companies for a living. Pick an area of study that you're passionate about and has some career potential if PA school doesn't happen. But don't default to something you're less passionate about because it's the 'safe' route.
  12. Sarmed- There's a reason PA programs require/want applicants with at least some direct patient experience. In addition to developing medical knowledge and skills, it helps you know if patient interaction is a good thing for you and your future patients. I don't agree with those on this forum who think applicants need 10,000 hours to apply, but I do feel like trying to take the fast track to PA school will very likely bite you in the butt at some point. Get dirty with the rest of us and get some hands on experience.
  13. It's engaging - I wanted to keep reading. You might think about condensing your first two paragraphs into one and adding a paragraph about why you want to be a PA specifically. I noticed several grammar and spelling issues, which is fine for now, but make sure to have some writing folks edit it.
  14. HCE is priority over volunteer work, so I'd focus on HCE. Sounds like either someone at your work should know someone who needs a cna, MA, or something hands on. Ask around. You may need to get a certification or two first depending on the job.
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