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  1. This is copied from paadmissions "Ask a PA Admissions Director." I found it hiding in the bowels of that forum (page 81), and I figured placing it here would make it very handy for those perusing personal statements and seeking advice. Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:46 PM Hi guys! I've put together some hints for writing a good personal statement below. These hints were gathered from several medical school websites and from our own experience with our program. Hope this helps! The personal statement is required as a part of any application to PA school. Many applicants make writing a per
  2. Ive noticed on Nova Southeastern's website that the PhD degree is held almost more prestigiously than the DHsc. Anybody know why? I did notice that the DHsc has an option to enter the PhD program but the DHsc also does not have a dissertation. Just curious because the online masters and DHsc are tempting offers considering campus visits are not required. .unless you do the dual MHS/DHsc program then I believe 2 campus visits are required. Any input is appreciated
  3. Ok guys, I need some guidance and advice. I applied to about 15 schools this year, a bit late in the cycle (verified in August, but submitted from August-September). I definitely wasn’t prepared for how competitive the application process was, I had the bare minimum in terms of patient care experience and shadowing, and I had a really difficult time getting professors and managers to submit letters of recommendation on time. Needless to say, the best news I got was a “waitlist to interview” from two schools, and rejections from the rest. Here are my stats so you get a better idea: Undergr
  4. Hi, My name is Carolina Daly and I'm new here. I am currently at a Community College and I plan on transferring to a 4-year University to get my Bachelor's degree. Then I want to apply for PA school. My question is, what are the best majors? As of now my major is Food Science, but I'm not sure if going through this tonight program will be worth it if I plan on going to PA school. Would nutrition and Dietetics be a better choice? That was my original plan. I am so confused and need to make a decision soon. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  5. I recently took the GRE and needless to say, my writing was/is a bit rusty. It's not that I am a terrible writer; I simply need ample time to craft a compelling piece. Do schools have an AWA cutoff? Most I have looked into consider a 4 to be on the low end. I was hoping a personal statement that shows I do not speak like a caveman could make up for it. Thanks for reading!
  6. It took my friend starting med school today for me to really reflect on my experience in PA school so far. I am coming close to the end of my second semester of a 12 month didactic year. I've always heard people joke around saying "they feel like they know nothing".. But with the way my school is ran, I really do feel like I know nothing. I would say that I'm in the top half of my class. I cram for exams because there really is no alternative. With 3 tests a week there's just not enough time. I feel like I don't have an internal understanding of a lot of the topics were learning and I am just
  7. PAFT Creates Task Force on Autonomy PAs for Tomorrow (PAFT), a national advocacy organization focused on the future of the PA profession, announces that their Board of Directors has unanimously voted to develop a national task force focused on PA practice autonomy. Nichole Bateman, PAFT President, says “The task force is intended to create a representative body of PAs and other professionals to coordinate information and strategize efforts among those who see autonomous practice as an evolving reality for the PA profession. The time to explore how autonomy can and should apply to PA practice
  8. Hey guys, I would really appreciate any thoughts and/or critiques about the flow and overall theme of my statement. Is there anything missing or not well expalined? The door flew open and slammed against the adjacent wall. I entered a darkened room where I could only make out the outlines of other patients and hear the noise of chatter and children crying. As my eyes adjusted to the sharp contrast from the glaring sun outside, I slowly made my way to the counter. “Sign in,” said a voice and I looked down to see a chewed-up pin and a pile of torn paper. I wrote my name and date of birth and
  9. I hope this is it! I am now below the character limit and I feel that I have included everything I wanted to portray, I just need some grammar nazis to find my mistakes!!! Thanks for any help :) **PS- if there's something you think needs more clarification or rewording, please tell me** As a teenager without health insurance, I spent many years ignoring symptoms or making do with remedies I already had at home. My go-to was some leftover menthol cough drops in my tea to help open my sinuses and soothe my throat. Thankfully, I was generally healthy and could manage by going to the health de
  10. Hi, I'm a first time applicant and I really don't have anyone to read my statement so I'm reaching out to you for help. I'm over my character limit my 809 and I can't find where to cut. I'm also not sure if I'm going the right direction with this statement. I appreciate any comments!! As a teenager without health insurance, I spent many years ignoring symptoms or eking by with whatever remedies I already had at home. Sure, when these methods did not work, I was forced to see a doctor, however, this was rarely the case. Thankfully, I was generally healthy and could manage only going to my h
  11. Hello! Thank you so much for taking time to read this. I am super nervous about trying to get my application submitted this week. Any advice you might have will be greatly appreciated. This is generally my final draft. I just still have to sit down with the writing center and go over it for typos and such. Thank You! I am an attachment parenting, juicing, bike riding, kayaking, peaceful protesting, caregiving, hippy intellectual! I’m having a real hard time writing this without being cheesy, because that is just how I am. I love to sing to my children in the mornings on the way to schoo
  12. You guessed it! I am a first time applicant and you guys are the only ones that can help me with critiquing my personal statement. Im actually pretty surprised I stayed under the character limit for my rough draft. Please look it over and tell me how bad it stinks! The door flew open and slammed against the adjacent wall. The room was dark and all I could make out were figures and the noise of chatter and children crying. As my eyes adjusted to the sharp contrast in darkness from the blaring sun outside, I made my way to the counter. “Sign in,” said a voice and I looked down to see a
  13. Hi everyone! So I am getting ready to apply to PA school for the first time, and I would love some feedback on my personal narrative. This is my first draft, so I'm looking for any and all critiques. Thank you! Choosing to become a Physician’s Assistant was a gradual process for me. As a nursing student, I have witnessed and participated in patient care in a variety of settings, from an outpatient Nurse Practitioner led health center to a pediatric hospital and a surgical step-down unit. Each of these experiences has been influential in my choice to pursue being a Physician’s A
  14. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! "To say I was an accident prone child is an understatement. I frequented doctors’ offices and emergency rooms for a variety of injuries and ailments. I remember staying home sick from elementary school, curling up on the sofa to watch marathons of “Medical Mysteries” and “Trauma: Life in the ER”. My squeamish parents were somewhat disgusted by my gruesome choice of entertainment and were puzzled by my infatuation with medicine. Even so, my interest and enthusiasm for medical care persisted. In 2006, after I was involved in a ser
  15. Ladies and Gentlemen: Several months ago, I put up my first draft narrative, and several people on here were kind enough to give me their input. I'm hoping to get more of the same. Thank you. While I knew that Physician Assistants (PAs) existed, I had never met or worked with one until after I had been in the Navy for several years. My Associate’s degree was earned with a lack-luster GPA way back when Braveheart won the Oscar for Best Picture. After this, I joined the military. It was during my eight years of service as a Navy Hospital Corpsman that I learned Corps
  16. Does anyone know an average salary for a PA with 0-2 years experience in Internal Medicine / Family Practice outpatient??
  17. I teach part-time as a clinical medical assistant instructor for a vocational program (approximately 25 students from a variety of age groups/ethnicities/educational backgrounds). Since it's not direct patient experience, I still feel it's important to list somewwhere on my application as I teach both didactic as well as clinical skills. Thoughts?
  18. I have been reading a lot of material on different forums and websites about the best narrative. All this is getting very confusing. I would appreciate even grammar suggestions. I'm a little over the character limit. My soul mate asked me on our 5th marriage anniversary - “I know how much you love your shadow. I know you will repent all your life for not able to do anything for him. You are trying hard to find some solution for your father’s health issue. I need a wedding anniversary gift from you. Please treat my NASH. I would like you to do my liver transplant, if required.” I am n
  19. Hi, I'm a current student from UT Southwestern's PA program. I wrote these blog posts a few months ago, but they are very much relevant. I'd suggest reading over them if you're unsure about your essay and need some direction. I also have blog posts about the interview (with tips!), so check out the rest of my posts as well. Learn all you can before your interviews! Good luck future PAs! PA Narrative Tips: http://doseofpa.blogspot.com/2014/02/caspa-personal-narrative-tips.html Supplemental App Tips: http://doseofpa.blogspot.com/2014/03/supplemental-applications-and-physician.html
  20. “Alright Jennifer, take a deep breath in, and blow it out, and hold it out.” I explained to the drowsy eyed patient receiving a pre operative chest x-ray. I noticed her eyes rolling into the back of her head while she began to fall back towards the x-ray tube. Instinctively, my reflexes kicked in and I was there to catch her at the last second. “Are you alright ma’am?” “Yes” she stated. “All of a sudden I just felt like I was going to pass out, I shouldn’t have skipped breakfast this morning!” Jennifer is the first patient I helped in desperate need, and remains a cons
  21. Repping a 3.4 GPA has me slightly disadvantaged for many PA programs. With strong HCE (3,000 hours), moderately impressive GRE scores (160, 160, 4), and a solid narrative I'm hoping to overcome this problem! Be a dear, and lend me your ears! (or rather your eyes) Please be brutal, help me make an unbeatable impression with a great essay: “Can I have a sticker after?” he asked, his pale blue eyes brimming with tears. At age seven, Jacob was in my lab again for what seemed like his hundredth blood draw. After recently being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia earlier that year, Jac
  22. “Alright Jennifer, take a deep breath in, and blow it out, and hold it out.” I explained to the drowsy eyed patient receiving a pre operative chest x-ray. I noticed her eyes rolling into the back of her head while she began to fall back towards the x-ray tube. Instinctively, my reflexes kicked in and I was there to catch her at the last second. “Are you alright ma’am?” “Yes” she stated. “All of a sudden I just felt like I was going to pass out, I shouldn’t have skipped breakfast this morning!” Jennifer is the first patient I helped in desperate need, and remains a constant reminder to
  23. "I can't!"—One of the most common phrases heard in physical therapy, and my hemiparetic stroke patient was once again convincing herself the statement was true. I, however, was determined to see her through the tears and panic and get her back down the stairs that had just been her biggest obstacle since experiencing the stroke. "I wouldn't have brought you up here if I didn't know you could do it." It's a simple phrase but, when your patient knows you mean it, you become their lifeline and in turn you have to be prepared to take on that responsibility. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania doesn
  24. Sunlight pours through yellowed, lace curtains. I sit on my grandmother’s bed tracing the stitches of an outdated floral quilt. The smell of pine trees floats through the open window and infuses the thick, humid air. A thin-framed graying woman dresses her demented, bedridden, overweight husband one cumbrous movement at a time. She sees only the human in need, never the illness. I was six then, and though I did not know it, I would come to find that I have inherited my grandmother’s small frame as well as her intense determination and innate need to serve. “And though she be but little, she is
  25. ** Any advice would be greatly appreciated - thank you!! ** In 2001 I began my secondary education uncertain where it would end up, but ready to take the first step in what I knew to be the right direction. Lacking focus, I stumbled through a handful of semesters at the local University before I discovered the world of exercise science. An automobile accident in 1999 had left me with constant back and neck pain that was alleviated only when I discovered and implemented a purposeful exercise program. I set out to gain deeper knowledge of the subject and equip myself with the tools th
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