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  1. Hello, I am a Canadian living in the United States on an athletic work visa. This basically means the only job I can have is to play that sport; other than that, I can only volunteer. I have always wanted to work in the medical field, but sports has kept that as a 'plan B'. After a lot of research I decided that I want to work towards getting into PA school while still working for my team. The major problem I am having is that I cannot get proper hands-on healthcare experience because I am not yet a permanent resident. I understand for many schools this hands on experience is mandatory (80-2000 hours). I am currently volunteering several times a week at a hospital as a patient courier, I am a volunteer at a hospice, I am a volunteer at the Red Cross, I shadow a PA weekly, and I volunteer at many 'walk for the cure' events. However, I am worried that this volunteering is not QUALITY healthcare experience. Can anyone offer any ideas for me ? A volunteer opportunity that will provide great HCE that will also fulfill these requirements? At the moment this is what I have been thinking about doing .. -becoming an EMT and get HCE through the Red Cross -finding an opportunity to go oversees to provide care in less fortunate counties (any ideas on quality organizations to get in touch with?) PLEASE HELP THanks!!!!!!
  2. Just what the topic asks. Does anybody know if there are any PA schools in particular that focus on, say, the last two years of your undergrad as opposed to looking at your cumulative GPA? I know many med schools do this, because it seems to be a general rule that most students don't do so hot in their first years. Also, I notice that a lot of schools want around a 3.0 GPA when applying. I'm a Canadian student so I was wondering what the GPA conversion would be. Over here in Canada on a 4.0 scale, a 70-72% is considered a B- and is weighed as a 2.7. So if someone had a GPA around that (a B-), what are their chances to get into an American PA school? Thanks guys!
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