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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 personal statement a daunting task, but it does not have to be. Below are helpful hints and topics to avoid that can help you write a good personal statement. Topic: Why you want to be a PA? Personal Statement Helpful Hints: · Engage the reader and create interest. · Get to the point. There is a character limit for personal statements. One page is usually all it takes to make your point. · Avoid using flowery language and/or big words throughout your statement. · Make sure the statement is structured in a logical order and flows nicely so it is easy to read. · Do not restate your resume. · Incorporate how your healthcare experience and non-healthcare experience (academics, volunteer, and leadership positions) prepared you for PA school. · Be insightful and analytical about your understanding of the role of the PA. Use your clinical experiences to draw this conclusion. · Call out the elephant in the room. If you had a “hiccup” in your academic career, you should BRIEFLY address it (i.e. death in the family, immaturity factor, poor study habits), state what you did to overcome it, and what you have done to sustain an upward trend in your academic performance. · If you have a strong desire to enter a certain field of medicine, explain why. For example, if you want to go into primary care, what have you done to prepare yourself for this field (i.e. clinical experience opportunities, skill sets, are you from a disadvantaged background, etc.), and the challenges PAs face, if any in the particular field. · Have more than one person review your statement. An advisor, career services representative, or a writing center are good resources to utilize. · Avoid contractions. · Avoid acronyms that the common person would not know (this is especially true for military applicants). Qualities to Portray · Maturity · Reflectiveness · Honesty and integrity · Clarity of thought · Passion · Individuality · Positivity · Logic · Distinctiveness · Commitment · Ability to relate to diverse people · Insight into the chosen health profession · Compassion and empathy · Genuineness and sincerity · Leadership · Insightfulness · A realistic perspective · Lessons learned · Self-awareness Themes to Avoid · Clichés: Avoid starting a statement with a famous quote or with cliché’ filler statements like: “I want to be a PA because I like science and I want to help people...” “Ever since I was five I played with my mom/dad’s doctor’s kit..” “I loved to play the game Operation as a child and that sparked my desire to be a PA...” “As I watched my beloved family member pass away, I knew then I wanted to be a PA...” · Restating your resume’: We have already read the majority of your application up to this point, so do not retell your life story again. · Story Time: Limit your personal stories about a patient or incident in the clinic to ONE no more than TWO. The statement should focus more the topics mentioned above. · The “epiphany into medicine”: Your pursuit of the PA profession should be based on your adult experiences up until this point, NOT an instantaneous realization. · Manifest Destiny: You have not always known you want to be a PA and the fact that someone tells you “you’ll make a great PA one day” does not justify why you should be a PA. · Grandiosity: Claiming that you plan to eliminate all the healthcare problems in an area is not realistic and shows a grave lack of understanding of the profession. · The “humble brag”: Of course you’re special, but claiming “you probably do not see many applicants like me” is not only arrogant, but is likely untrue. We’ve seen it all! · Remember your audience: Remember people do have other biases and views that may not agree with yours so avoid controversial topics and statements that could offend someone. Also, remember the admissions committee can be made up of all types of members of the healthcare team. Avoid statements like “I want to be a PA because PAs spend more time with their patients in comparison to physicians.” These types of situations are not always true and you do not want to stereotype an entire profession when you’ve only been around .00000001% of them. · “I am a victim”: Victims are never attractive applicants and any difficulties along the way should be dispassionately addressed. These explanations should be brief and also address what you have done to overcome the situation and what you learned from it. · Excuses: Never, ever blame anyone else for difficulties in your life or academic career. Topsy's 2 cents: Show, don't tell. Don't tell me you're great at multitasking. Show me! Describe it instead: "Despite having to care for my ailing mother at home, work the graveyard shift at the hospital, and help victims of abuse at the women's shelter, I still managed to keep my by grades by merely studying instead of sleeping." What makes the PA profession personally meaningful to you. Do not reiterate catch phrases like autonomy, flexibility, and all those other words that you can find on countless websites/blogs. Do mention personal things you've seen! Like the time you shadowed a PA talking to a family who was strapped for cash, and the PA was sensitive and attentive enough to notice the dilemma and was kind enough to provide their family with ample samples. Again, show, don't tell. Overall, a great personal state can be achieved by getting the reader think - yes. I want to meet the person who wrote this.
  2. Hi! I finished a draft of my personal statement and would be very appreciative if someone could critique it.
  3. This is my first draft and I would love some feedback as soon as possible. Thank you! Personal Statement CASPA.docx
  4. This is what I have. Character count at 5712: One night, around 3:30 am, a 17 year old girl woke up crying in pain as she laid balled up in bed in a fetal position. The girl’s roommate came bursting through the door, offering to take her to the ER. She had just woken up to the most excruciating abdominal pain. The random pain subsided, so she decided to wait until the morning. The following day ended with her leaving student services disappointed after being told nothing was wrong. This girl spent the next few years in and out of urgent care and express care offices only to be told the same thing, with no further diagnosis. This young girl was me. After finishing college and returning home, I eventually changed doctors. I was told if I wanted to be seen quicker, I could see the Physician’s Assistant (PA), Laura, instead. As Laura had enough to spend with me, I was able to give her a full history of everything that I had been experiencing. She was able to hear all of my frustrations and pain. Laura suggested an ultrasound to confirm what she already knew the problem was. The ultrasound tech, along with the nurse, performed my ultrasound. A team of doctors discussed the images. A few days later, Laura had me come in for a visit to explain to me the results. She must have spent 30 minutes with me, answering all of my questions and ensuring me everything was OK. Now imagine if healthcare facilities across the nation, were able to collaborate effectively to treat patients as Laura and her team did. This was my initial encounter with a PA. Laura became my new found inspiration to become a Physician’s Assistant. As I started researching Physician Assistant schools, I started to believe I was at a disadvantage. I questioned my decision to take away my love for math and science. I had changed my major from Biochemistry to Public Health at the end of my second year and started my journey towards working with people. When I initially changed my major, I was sure I wanted to become a Public Health advocate. After my peers and I rallied with an initiative called “Smoke Free Horry”, I was planning to work in public policy. I even figured I could study the distribution of diseases and work in epidemiology. I always knew I would end up doing something that improved the health in others. Laura and my own experiences helped me realize that this would involve individual health. I spent the next two years acquiring the required prerequisites. My public health background now gives me the confidence that I can provide optimal care that stem from different influences. As a PA, I will be able to become that link in a healthcare system where medicine meets interventions and education to treat present health issues and prevent future ones. To intentionally advance my understanding of medicine in a hospital setting, I work as a patient care technician at Roper Hospital. In my role, I have been introduced to many health care disciplines such as: phlebotomy, respiratory care, use of EKG machines. I have learned how to use and identify medical equipment, effective methods of infection control, and gained experience with geriatrics. Not to mention, my instinctive traits that are required to ensure patient safety and recovery have been emphasized like strong attention to details, communication skills, and having a good memory. I did not realize though, that the prior years I spent working as a therapeutic assistant at a children’s behavioral health center would prepare me for my future role as a Physician’s Assistant as well. At that time, I was looking to generally broaden my health experience with children. This exposure gave me hands on understanding in human development as well as intervening in crisis situations. It helped me realized I enjoyed being in direct contact with young patients while working to increase their overall health. Immediately after college, I spent a service year tutoring elementary and middle schoolers in English and math. Although not directly related to health, I spent time with a group of students overcoming their unexpressed, emotional and socioeconomic issues that created barriers to their learning, just as I plan to do with my future patients to overcome any health barriers. Because of my degree in Public Health, I realize some social determinants of health include economic status, physical barriers, and racial aspects due to community and family history. These specific understandings will help me to be a successful PA. My Americorps experience encouraged me to be flexible and easily adaptable to change. Adolescent aged students are often capricious, which required me to quickly realize my lessons couldn’t always go as planned. I appreciate the flexibility of PAs. I would like to receive broad training to build a multitude of skills and deliver comprehensive medical care. After successfully completing a PA program, I plan to work in PEDS or women’s health. After years of working, I eventually want to go into private practice while committing 1-2 days a week to an area with a known health professional shortage. I look forward to completing clinical rotations in internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN. I anticipate gaining my Masters in Physician Assistant studies at a program that I believe will encourage their students to be public health leaders while teaching them to adequately apply medical principles. With every interaction I have with a PA, from my personal visits to those I work with at Roper Hospital, I continue to realize their significant role in modern medicine. I can not wait to be a vital character in a system that encompasses compassion, consideration and duty to all of those with a medical need or health risk.
  5. I am looking to submit by tonight and would appreciate the help. I would prefer if you are a PA, work at the pa school, admissions, or something of this sort but all help is definitely welcome. Please PM me if you can provide some assistance cMore
  6. Hi does anyone have tips for a strong conclusion? I feel like when reading my essay it starts off strong and connects well with why I want to be a PA but my conclusion very weak. I tried looking through the forum where someone provides tips for this specific area but I could find anything.
  7. Hi, I am currently applying to PA schools, and would welcome any feedback on my personal statement to make sure I am on the right track. As some background information, I recently graduated from JMU with my BS in health sciences on the pre-PA track. Unfortunately, my summers were spent working to save up for school, rent, bills, etc. That being said, I was unable to pursue a license or certification to achieve patient contact hours during my breaks from undergrad, and my university did not offer any classes to achieve a license or cert. My goal during school was to focus on grades, for I could make up the hours later on, but not the grades. Since graduating I have received my EMT-B certification and began running with a local rescue squad. The small amount of numbers I currently have is probably the weakest part of my application. That being said, the aim of my personal statement is to tie experiences and personal traits I have gained through out my life to the roles, responsibilities, and characteristics of a PA. I touch briefly on a few experiences that are relevant, but I believe that there cannot be a spontaneous moment where one decides to be a PA, it is more of a growth and development approach. I would like to see if others believe I am on the right path of thought. This is a preliminary draft and I am aware that the is a lot of "excessive fat" that needs to be trimmed, but I wanted to put all my ideas down first. I welcome any feedback, even harsh if need be, on the attached personal statement. I have also attached my resume as reference for any advice or additions to the personal statement. Thank you! PA CASPA PS.docx Post Grad Resumè copy.docx
  8. Okay guys, this is my Personal statement. Please let me know what you think! Thank you in advance! The most terrifying words a person can hear from a child are words of self- harm. “I want to kill myself” are words you don’t hear from children very often, but when you do, the words haunt you. They can reach to the innermost part of your heart and soul. So, when an eight-year-old boy looks you in the eyes and says it, what does one do? The first reaction is to hug them and tell them everything will be okay. Protecting that child from the world, and its deeply dark realities would be anyone’s first reaction. However, as a medical assistant, your options are severely limited. I made sure to do my best when faced with this exact situation. I hugged him, looked him in the eyes as his mother watched, and told him he is important and deserves to live a life full of success and happiness. As a medical assistant, I contributed an important, but indirect role in providing care. The extent of my patient contact was limited, but I was able to gain many different and rewarding skills. If I were to choose just one, it would be the empathy that grew inside of me toward those who were ill. Our practice is small, but very busy. I would often find myself performing a beautiful synchronicity of answering phone calls and patient care. Working an average thirty to forty hours a week. At times, I found myself having a challenging time balancing my home and academic life. A typical night for me was to come home at 10 pm and help my parents with my siblings. One sibling required more attention due to having a disability. For a time before graduation, I was the sole caretaker to three of my siblings, due to a family member falling terminally ill. This left me with the care of three young children, leading to a decrease in studying, academic focus, and an unsatisfactory GPA. Though my confidence wavered when my grades dipped, I re-evaluated my study habits and work-life balance and was able to better manage time with sick family and still graduate a semester early. Since graduating I have been able to reflect upon my academic past, and receive a Master’s degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology in two semesters with a 3.5 GPA. I can say without a doubt, that I have learned from my mistakes in time management. I am excited to prove to myself that my capabilities go beyond being an excellent student as I grow into becoming an exemplary PA. As an MA, I gained insight into the patient care aspect of practicing medicine. I found myself imagining what it must be like to be on the other side of the patient-MA relationship. Curious, I decided to explore more on the subject and quickly found a physician to shadow. When the day came, I was extremely nervous. I was afraid of sounding unintelligent or misinformed. However, once I stepped into the operating room, all those doubts fluttered away, and I realized that I was where I needed to be. The doctor introduced me to his staff, including nurses and medical technicians. However, a man was introduced to me that caught my attention. He was a Physician Assistant. At the time, I was unaware of what a PA did or what the profession entailed. Throughout the triple bypass, I witnessed a man’s life being saved, and the individual who did it was a Physician Assistant. As I stood over the patient’s head, I could see the PA work through fascia and vasculature with as much confidence as any physician. However, what set him apart from them was not only the confidence he had in himself, but also the passion he had to help this patient live a longer and healthier life. I was hooked. When the experience was over I understood that there was much more to medicine than the usual doctors, nurses and pharmacists. I remembered the desire to do more for the injured boy. I knew that as a PA I could make a greater difference in the lives of my patients. I immediately began to submerge myself in researching what duties were included in the daily routine of a Physician Assistant. Upon further exploring, I discovered the fluidity of the field. I appreciated how wonderful it must be to spend a good amount of time directly with the patients and having the ability to experience and practice all different possibilities of treating patients. After spending time shadowing and working within the healthcare field, I determined that I needed to have a scope of practice that gave me more autonomy. I can do so much more than stand behind a counter and fill prescriptions. The empathy that I feel toward the injured and sick has increased my desire to do more for them. My passion to help and serve others has not been satiated; in fact it has increased since I first learned of the PA profession. As Oscar Wilde once said, “To define is to limit.” Limiting the medical field to Nurses and Doctors does an injustice to patients. Which is why becoming a PA has been not just a goal for me, but a journey to my purpose in life.
  9. Hello, I am applying for PA school the current 2018-2019 cycle. I have everything completed except for the essay. I am looking for people to read over my draft and give opinions. Feel free to comment or DM me and I will send it to you. Thanks in advance!
  10. I was wondering if anyone is interested in swapping personal statements for review. Reply or message me. Thanks “Code blue! Code blue! Grab the crash cart!” I will never forget how I felt when I heard those words booming in the room while working as a clinical care extender in the PACU. As one of our clinic’s patients was resting following surgery, his heart rate began to drop; the monitors surrounding him beeped ferociously. He began to go into asystole. The nurse quickly began chest compressions and called for help. Waiting for other nurses to arrive, I took over on chest compressions. Soon, the doctor arrived, taking charge of his care as I earnestly continued delivering chest compressions. I was in the zone, doing what I was trained to do. Eventually, I felt the patient's heartbeat return and he began to breathe again. He was alive! What an incredible feeling it was to be a part of a team that saved someone’s life! This dramatic moment left an indelible mark on me, but it was something much more ordinary that inspired me to become a Physician Assistant. Fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes out of the 1,440 minutes that make up a day. That is how long it takes me to get work. In those brief 15 minutes, I see countless people sleeping on sidewalks, covered in tattered clothing, their skin stained tan from the hours spent baking under the hot sun. I see people holding up signs asking for money, desperate for help for themselves and their families. I see people digging in trash cans looking for food or cans to recycle. I see their shopping carts, filled with the only possessions they have left in the world. I see people struggling to use their canes or to steer their electric scooters as they attempt to cross the street. And I see countless people ambling along, many of whom I am sure are struggling with hypertension, diabetes, or obesity. There is a continuous need in my community for accessible, affordable healthcare and for people willing to serve the underserved. As a Physician Assistant, I know that I could play a critical role in fulfilling that need. Since 2013 I have been a medical scribe at the healthcare clinic in my neighborhood. During these past five years, I have worked with numerous medical providers, seeing 20 to 30 patients a day for roughly 15 minutes at a time. In those 15 minutes, I have seen people break down and cry as they receive heartbreaking news or relive traumatic moments of their lives. I have also witnessed wonderful moments when patients get good test results or are simply relieved to be getting the basic medical care they need to remain healthy. I recall a woman who came in as a walk-in patient at the end of the day. She was dirty, smelled bad, and was scarfing down a cup of oatmeal. Needless to say, she had been living on streets for quite some time. She complained that her feet were hurting, so the Physician Assistant tried to exam them. She quickly realized that the patient’s socks could not be removed without causing the patient great pain. The Physician Assistant decided to soak her feet in hot water for about 15 minutes. Eventually, she was able to get the socks off her feet, but once she did, we could both see multiple sores on feet. Clearly, this woman had lacked basic health care services for a very long time. I watched as the Physician Assistant work with nurses, medical assistants, her supervising physician, and most importantly the patient to provide as much care as possible before eventually arranging for her to go the emergency room where she could get more advanced care. I also recall another patient who came in for a basic check-up. The doctor ran her labs and soon learned that cancer lurked in her kidneys. When she got the news, she looked scared, even shocked. I could only imagine the fear and anxiety she must have felt. What is going to happen to me? Am I going to have to go through radiation, chemo? Worse yet, am I going to die? I felt for her every day during her treatment. The good news is that she didn’t die. Sometime later, I found out the cancer had left her body. She was cured. I remembered the doctor who had treated her, whose good sense helped to catch her cancer in its early stage. I was in awe of the difference that was made in these patient’s lives, and I knew I wanted to be able to help others in the same way that they had done. I have remained active within my community and have helped care for others over the past few years, but it has never seemed enough. In my role, I have been able to help fulfill the temporary needs of these people but have not been able to really give my whole self to create a lasting and substantial change in their lives in a way that a Physician Assistant does. I look forward to the day I can serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider, improve access to and the quality of medical care to the people I see on my drive to work every day. I want to be that person who helps people out 15 minutes a time. I want to make a difference in my community. I want to be a Physician Assistant.
  11. My goal was to relate a patient story that not only reflects my experience but shows why I want to be a PA. I also tried to address my shortcomings of inconsistent grades during undergrad and my lack of volunteer experience. While backing in the ambulance at hour eighteen of a non-stop twenty-four hour shift the only thought on my mind was sleep. Standing in the bedroom a few minutes later I heard the sound of a person screaming in pain loud enough to permeate the concrete walls. Unbeknownst to me, my partner had gone outside and witnessed a vehicle turning into the station parking lot. A woman got out of the vehicle, obviously panicked, exclaiming her husband was experiencing severe chest pain. We met our patient, Chris, as we helped him onto the stretcher and into the ambulance. Beneath the bright lights we saw that Chris was pale, diaphoretic, and could not sit still due to his chest pain. An EKG revealed Chris was experiencing a myocardial infarction and needed a cardiac catheterization. Less than ten minutes later our ambulance ventured back out into the early morning with rapid red and white lights bouncing off the surroundings. The STEMI team met us in the emergency room and after a quick report we brought Chris to the catheterization lab. After assisting the team in transferring Chris we walked back to the emergency department, unsure of his fate. Working as part of team was initially ingrained during years of playing soccer. My hard work earned a permanent goalkeeper position and the subsequent responsibility. As the goalkeeper my job was to keep a bird’s eye view of the field which allowed me to work with my teammates to ensure they were in the best position during the game. My teammates knew their responsibilities, but understood I had a different view of the game. Such in the same way members of the health care team work together, know their role, and respect the perspectives of other specialties. The transition from the soccer team to the healthcare team was not without difficulty. In college I found myself challenged academically and it took a long time for that realization to dawn on me. High school academics were not as challenging to me and I believed things were going well the first two years of college, averaging a GPA of 3.28. The fall 2010 semester ended with my lowest semester GPA of 2.72 along with the first grade of D in my academic career. That was a wake-up call. I improved my GPA, averaging 3.54 my last two years of college; I retook the class I failed, improving my grade; and I excelled in high level classes, such as biochemistry. My undergraduate career continues to hamper me in that I was saddled with student loans. I am the first in my immediate family to receive a bachelor’s degree and my family could not afford to contribute to my college costs. In an effort to pay off as much student loan debt as possible before returning to school I have prioritized working in lieu of volunteer and shadowing experiences. However this means my patient care hours are constantly increasing and providing invaluable experience. This summer begins my sixth year working EMS in a system that runs over one hundred thousand calls a year using progressive patient care protocols. While each patient encounter is equally as important as the next, collectively my patients have cemented the reasons why physician assistant is the career that has monopolized my interest. Treating emergency situations of patients with chronic diseases, such as CHF or diabetes, only allows a glimpse into patient management. I want to become a physician assistant to help patients manage their medical conditions and to prevent emergencies from happening. The ability to change specialties will allow me to practice in a field that best suits the needs of both me and my patients as healthcare evolves. My field experiences have drawn me towards family practice, cardiology, and emergency medicine. These specialties would benefit patients, such as Chris, who required immediate intervention followed by lifelong management care. The PAs in these specialties that I have encountered during calls have shown nothing but intelligence, respect, and thoughtfulness towards their patients’ needs and healthcare management. The following shift my partner and I had an opportunity to visit Chris in the cardiac ICU before he was discharged. He was in high spirits and shared a laugh with us as we apologized for how tired we were that morning. He told us he was determined to take better care of himself and realized that he was a fortunate man. Chris benefited from a proficient healthcare team that regarded his care above all else. He will continue to find success with the guiding help of his cardiologist and primary care. As a physician assistant I can help patients, like Chris, by taking a role as a lead member of a health care team to provide a higher level of care than what I am currently capable.
  12. I'm looking for feedback on my personal statement. Any feedback and harsh criticism is welcome!!!! Here is it: Junior year preseason was approaching as fast as my previous two years of college had flown by. I spent all summer preparing myself to finally play on the soccer field as a starter, but what I didn’t expect was the whirlwind of events that led to the end of my collegiate athletic career in soccer and track. It all started with what the athletic trainers thought were muscle spasms due to overuse and possible dehydration from the hot and humid weather, but it turns it out was much worse than what we thought. I was transferred from doctor to doctor and diagnosed with diseases such a mononucleosis and chronic fatigue syndrome. I was forced to stay in bed for long periods of time because of the fatigue and struggled to complete my activities of daily living. After several months of doctor’s visits and blood work, the doctor’s confirmed I had Lyme disease. They suspected I had it when I first walked through their office, but the bloodwork didn’t confirm the diagnosis and I was left with unanswered questions. This chronic disease took a lot away from me, but I continued each day to fight back. Doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to run track or play soccer competitively anymore and so I was forced to resign from each team and focus on my studies because my GPA suffered as a result of my illness. For me, being diagnosed with a chronic disease was a blessing in disguise and it drove my motivation to become a physicians assistant even more. What stands out to me the most in the PA profession is the flexibility to work in different medical specialties. Previously, I had the opportunity to shadow a pediatric PA as well as other PAs in emergency medicine, orthopedics and geriatrics from my time as a volunteer. I spent most of my time as a volunteer watching how doctors, PAs, nurses and technicians interacted with patients and it reminded me of teamwork. The field of medicine, just like soccer, uses teamwork as a key component of patient care. I noticed that the PAs had more time to spend with patients discussing rehabilitation options and infection preventions after their surgeries all while having the partnership with a physician to collaboratively work to treat patient. Lyme disease sparked my interest in diseases and as a PA I could play a role in developing a plan of action in regards to treatment that considered multiple influences and multiple methods for treating and preventing diseases, while also advocating optimal health and well-being. From volunteering to shadowing to working two jobs and still finding time to work out, I learned to manage my time and keep myself focused on my goals. Because I got sick, my GPA suffered and although I worked hard to maintain the grades I had that semester, I didn’t get the end result I ultimately wanted. Although I was no longer involved in athletics, I maintained the mindset to improve my grades as well as becoming more involved at my school. I decided to change my Spanish minor to a major to utilize my language skills in different healthcare settings in addition to adding a public health minor. Aside from academics, I volunteered more at St. Luke’s Hospital and Grace Park Senior Living and became more involved in the community. With a heavy course load semester by semester, I never lost track of where I wanted to be and improved my grades simultaneously. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to be exposed to different fields all while putting me out of my comfort zone. Through my experience as a volunteer at St. Luke’s I wasn’t positive if I could juggle the chaos that it brought. When I shadowed a PA at St. Luke’s Kids, it was calm and quiet, much different than the environment of the emergency room. I was able to watch a PA perform light procedures such as stitching and rectal exams. Another PA allowed me to feel more involved as she showed me her daily routine of obtaining medical history of the patient, performing physician examinations and discussing reasons for visit with the patient as she analyzed the condition. As a volunteer, I was lucky enough to be exposed to different settings within the emergency room that I became fascinated with the PA position. With a career as a PA, I know my answer to “how was your day” will always be, “life changing.” During my time as a volunteer, I was fortunate enough to change lives in similar ways as the PA I strive to be. Outside of my qualifications on paper, I have been told I am compassionate. Years from today, through my growth and different experiences as a PA, I will evolve to be a role model for someone with the same qualities and professional objectives as I have today. I chose PA because I love the flexibility it has and working as a team. As a volunteer, helping others made me feel like I had a purpose and as a PA there is no other profession I would rather be in. Admittance to a respectable program is not the beginning or end of my journey, but rather my next step to become a reflection of who I loo
  13. Good morning! Just had a quick question regarding My PA Resource. Has anyone used it? Is it worth it for your personal statement? Any other suggestions for this kind of resource? Let me know!
  14. As the buzzer rang, my foot slipped out of the stirrup. Hands tight on the reins, I kicked my other foot loose and focused on the course ahead. Despite the setback to my ride, I won my division that day. What began as a love for horses taught me more than just how to ride. It taught me hard work, dedication, and for the first time in my life, confidence. I gained the ability to thrive under duress and succeed after failure. These qualities fostered through riding have cultivated me into a successful, resilient woman prepared to tackle the rigor of a physician assistant graduate program. With diverse experiences behind and ahead of me, I am prepared and excited for the next step in my journey: becoming a PA. With a passion for serving others, I became an EMT. Practicing medicine has made me feel empowered. For this reason, I wish to expand my scope of practice and continue challenging myself within the medical field. Becoming a PA will allow me to practice both independent and collaborative medicine, while providing diagnosis, treatment and education with a patient centered focus. I have been able to offer compassion to patients in all walks of life, from giving a child a Band-Aid to informing someone of their loved one’s death. I meet incredible people who inspire me every day as an EMT, but I crave more than fleeting moments in the back of an ambulance. Each patient I encounter offers a new perspective and a stronger desire to pursue higher education as a PA. For the second time in my life, I am confident in my pursuit and abilities. I joined the national bone marrow registry in college and was devoted to the cause. With the realization I could help on a larger scale, I took action and organized multiple registry drives at Virginia Tech. Organizing drives while concurrently succeeding in a rigorous academic curriculum signifies my dedication to service and successful time management. These skills will serve me as a future provider, successfully juggling multiple patients in a busy clinical setting. Becoming a PA will allow my passion for providing care and continued medical education to collide. Part of my journey was learning how to determine the fine line between challenging myself and over-committing myself. As a sophomore, I over committed myself and struggled academically. Instead of accepting my performance, I grew from my mistakes. I learned how to appropriately manage my time and choose the responsibilities I could undertake while still being able to give a hundred percent. I demonstrated my ability to thrive by earning Dean’s List recognition three times while serving as master of ceremonies of my fraternity. Upon being granted the privilege of attending PA school, I will continue to prove my ability to effectively manage my time while making my commitment to my studies the top priority. As a PA, I will be part of a healthcare team dedicated to caring for patients while satisfying my thirst for knowledge with lateral mobility in the medical field. The potential to continually learn and challenge myself in different specialties is an exciting prospect and allows me to continue to serve with a wide berth of knowledge. The PA profession was developed to expand medical care to those who need it most, and I look forward to serving this model. As a PA, I can begin serving and enter the workforce sooner, providing care to all. I will also explore my desire to serve overseas by pursuing medical mission trips. My interest in global health spiked on a service trip to the Dominican Republic. The small community of El Cerrito had one clinic, and more often than not the line trailed out the door with people seeking treatment. Seeing this made me feel helpless. I want to serve medically, particularly in the community that provoked my passion. As a reapplicant, I have dedicated the past year towards expanding my experiences, both personal and professional, continually demonstrating my commitment to the pursuit of becoming a PA. I continue to obtain patient care hours as an EMT whenever possible. I enrolled in upper-level science courses to continue fostering higher learning during my interim from school. I have dedicated time to serving as a volunteer in a hospital. I also sought out and earned the opportunity to shadow two PAs in emergency department settings. While receiving rejection letters was disheartening, I refuse to let it falter my motivation to become a PA. The challenges and setbacks I have faced have served to mold me towards my goals. They have strengthened my determination and pursuit more than ever. The lessons I have learned will allow me to become a more proficient student as well as a skilled and empathic professional dedicated to service. I have encountered a multitude of incredible people throughout my journey, and it is my desire to continue to serve the best I can, whenever I can that propels me in the direction of a lifelong career and passion as a physician assistant.
  15. I would greatly appreciate it, if anyone could give me their opinion on my personal statement letter! Edits are appreciated as well While I was in high school my father once told me the great Muhammad Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth”. That quote led me to enlist in the United States Air Force right out of high school. 11 years of active military service as an Air Force medic/EMT, countless hours of volunteering from a humanitarian mission during Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity, Meals of Wheels, teaching English at an orphanage in Korea, to being the lead medic for an Afghan child while deployed. I felt it was always my mission and duty to serve others. During military career on active duty, numerous deployments, and positions of leaderships, I had the chance to fully grasp what it means to be apart of a team and make a difference because without me some of the brave men and women might not have come home. But one of the greatest positions of leadership I was given was a Pediatric Clinic Supervisor, and I was mainly in charge and oversaw our Pediatric Clinic subspecialties (Adolescent, Cardiology, Developmental, Endocrinology, G.I, Neurology and Pediatric surgery). But I wasn’t satisfied and I felt my mission to serve others were going unfulfilled. So I enrolled in school for Healthcare Administration, feeling like education was the void I was missing. Until a chance encountered with Air Force PA Major Adam Fritz, now by this time I had worked along side many amazing Doctors, Physician Assistants, and nurses, but few have impressed and inspired me with a deep desire and passion to become a Physician Assistant than Major Fritz. Not only had he exemplified the core values of the Air Force, but he is the prime example of what a physician assistant is and should always strive to become; compassionate, intelligent, composed, personable and an amazing team player. Working along side and shadowing Major Fritz, the one thing that stuck out to me the most was the respect given to him by patients, peers, co-workers, and subordinates not because of his rank, but because of his desire and enthusiasm to serve everyone he came in contact with. I knew then and there that moving forward my goal was to become a Physician Assistant. I am always proud of my service, but after 11 years active duty I decided to join the reserves and make it my mission to become a Physician Assistant. My military experience and extensive clinical background has armed me with maturity and life experiences to adapt well to the rigorous academic environment of a Physician Assistant program. I am confident that I can be a positive addition to a Physician Assistant program and I know that I have more to give back to my community by serving others as a Physician assistant, most important serving our great men, women of the military and veterans.
  16. Is there anyone who has some free time that would mind taking a look at my application and personal statement? I am applying for my third year and have not had an interview yet. My top choice is Saint Louis University so if there is anyone who is familiar with the program that could take a gander and provide me feedback I would really appreciate it.
  17. A year ago I posted my personal statement on here and I got tough love for it - which I super appreciated! I never did apply last year's cycle because life got in the way but I'm feeling like 2018 is my year and I'm tired of sitting here and not at least giving it a chance and applying. Anyway, please let me know what you think! I really need the help and any and all comments on it will make me over the moon :) Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. The question on CASPA is - Please explain why you are interested in being a Physician Assistant. Personal Statement 2.docx
  18. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bfeXsKdTNp6R4RWsQHyedFQAwqg2kFjt1R-PD5KyZM8/edit?usp=sharing It is still a work in progress. Any feedback is welcome! Thanks!
  19. I was wondering if there is any site that can review my PS for me?
  20. I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread for people to post their successful CASPA essays so that new applicants can get a better idea of what schools are looking for as they write their own. I will begin by posting a link to mine below (it is posted in my blog). Please comment with your own examples if you are an accepted student. My CASPA Personal Statement (as an example)
  21. Hey y'all! This year (April 2018) is going to be my second year of applying to PA school. I worked really hard on my personal statement the first time around and had quite a few English professors and PAs read it and give me their insight and thoughts. I don't want to apply with the same exact essay as last year. I want to add what I have done to boost my application as well as change it up if it doesn't sound all that great. Anyone willing to give their advice and opinion on my personal statement? Any and ALL critiques are much appreciated! Thank you!!
  22. Hi. I'm a first time applicant and gearing for this coming CASPA rotations starting in May. Here are some of my statistics My first bachelor was in Psychology with a GPA of 2.7 (2010).... But since then, I finished an A.S. in Medical Laboratory Science with a GPA of 3.33 (2016). Now I'm enrolled in University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska to finished my prerequisites. My GPA as of now is a 3.5 for prerequisites and hopefully I can raise it to 3.6 this last semester. I worked 3 years in the Army with ~2 years of direct patient hours as a medical laboratory technician and phlebotomist. (~3000 hours) Volunteered with the Red Cross since I started school for about ~240 hours. GRE score pending (I'm really nervous) I am considered a disabled veteran due to unfortunate events. Letter of Recommendation from: Dean of the Graduate School at University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Medical Flight Surgeon (MD) that I worked under in the military, and I'm still debating on my 3rd LOR. I'm both excited and nervous right now at the same time! I got my personal statement finished ahead of time for polishing (This is my 1st draft) and sending them to my LOR writers for some reviews, critiques, and see where I'm coming from. Maybe I'll have to write a new personal statement if this one is bad.... PLEASE HELP! THANK YOU! I am hoping to attend Organ Health and Science University, MEDEX at University of Washington, or Loma Linda in California. Other schools I'm looking at is the Pacific University, Oregon, University of Colorado, Western University, and Touro University. I prefer to stay near the west coast for now. Any additional school recommendations? Any help would be appreciated. Sincerely, Brent Liu PA Statement - Brent.docx
  23. 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
  24. Do all my prerequisite classes have to be 5 years or under? I might as well go back to school and get a bachelors again. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. I am having trouble with starting my personal statement. People keep telling me to start it off with an experience or anecdote to draw the readers in..There is not just ONE experience that sparked my dream of working in the medical field. I feel as though the various experiences I have had collectively have drawn me into the medical field. Here are a few topics I was thinking of starting my personal statement with..Please give me any feedback! (I am interested in specializing in dermatology, but by no means am I committed to this specialty!!) 1.) I currently work as a medical assistant in dermatology..maybe I could talk about some of the experiences I have had doing this such as surgery, dealing with patients, etc... 2.) My personal history of malignant melanoma, and how that led me to volunteer for the melanoma foundation, become a public speaker and tell my story to educate/raise awareness to young adults/teens...now I work as a derm medical assistant 3.) (Completely unrelated to derm) Worked in a nursing home and happened to be at the right place at the right time when a resident was having a stroke...(this was an experience to remember, but not my topic of choice) I would then discuss shadowing PAs and MDs and why I want to be a PA....bla bla bla Please let me know what you think! I am lost right now! I appreciate your help!
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