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  1. Hello! I thought I would create a new group discussion since the upcoming cycle will be opening in about 2 months. This will give an opportunity for anyone to ask questions early in the application process and hopefully all the way through the interview process.
  2. Hello all, First time posting here. I am currently a PA-S2 with an expected graduation date of July 2020. I’m unsure about my career after graduating from PA School, and was wondering about any benefits that may come with joining the military after I become certified. Any and all information regarding life/work in specific branches is greatly appreciated as I have no information on the topic as of now. Thank you!
  3. I'm a third year pre-med PA student and my grades including fall semester of 2017 are an overall gpa of 3.43 and overall science gpa of 3.45. My overall gpa is the same as my overall science gpa because I took 22 dual credit courses during high school and ended up getting a mediocre gpa. I also received a B- and C+ in general chem but I retook both semesters and received an A. My freshman gpa was a 3.16 and my sophomore gpa was a 3.5 so my grades have been going up. My grades this year so far are an overall gpa of 3.66 and overall science of 3.65. I have around 500 hours in HCE which I got by working as a medical assistant during my sophomore year and working with doctors overseas. I'm hoping to get all A/A- in the rest of my science courses this semester and am planning on graduating a semester early to gain more HCE. What are my chances of getting into PA school? I'm also planning on trying for DO or NP if I end up not getting in to any school. I would probably have a better chance of getting into those schools, right?
  4. Hello! I was wondering if anyone accepted into this program could share or message their application stats (gpa, HCE...), I want to know whether, if I were to apply in a later cycle I could be considered a competitive applicant. Thank you for reading this and thank you for your time, I appreciate it a lot! -Maylily7 P.S. I'll put my stats here if ya want to comment on my chances of acceptance: cGPA 3.7, sGPA 3.5, Dean's List 7/8 semesters (currently in my last semester), about 100 hours volunteering for my school's EMS. I don't have a lot of Patient care hours but I am hoping to take a gap year and work on that. I also hope to retake the GRE to improve my score as well. Again, thanks so much!
  5. I created this new topic for those who applied to Touro Manhattan & Bayshore (which includes Winthrop Extension) For the Physician Assistant Program. And for those seeking information on the topic. Please post any information therefore everyone can benefit, be as clear and precise as possible. All questions are welcome and make sure to do your own research on the topic. Best of luck to everyone!!
  6. I wanted to know if anyone could add any input on this; I had requested a PA for a letter of evaluation. He was happy to agree to give one. I also had sent him a copy of my resume just because I thought that was the appropriate thing to do. last week at work him had mentioned two things... he had brought it up to me that I didn't have my GPA posted on my resume and asked if if I was planning to put it on my resume. he also started asking me things like "do you want me to just not address GPA at all then?". So, for the copy of the resume I had sent to her, I didn't put my GPA in because I didn't think it was going to be helpful (my undergrad is a 3.35 which is not competitive) The whole purpose of sending him a 1 page resume was so that he could know a little more of what I have done in undergrad; like, have a little more amount of information of who I am outside of scribing. (I've been a scribe for about 9 months; about 5 of those months have been heavily involved with this particular PA, so although we haven't had many conversations personally its not like I am a stranger to him The other thing that he requested is if I had personal statement finished. I will sincerely admit, I am quite behind on the application process as my personal statement still has work to do; I told him it's still being written. He asked if she should have a summary of it or something like that so he has more details to flesh out his evaluation letter. I told her I would email her about the GPA issue and the personal statement summary because he was asking out loud in front of the other doctors and employees in the nurses station and I was a little shy to answer. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting him to ask those questions. So here is what I was asking: 1. Should I have 3.35 on my resume at all? (I was a public health major) 2. Is giving a personal statement/summary super necessary for you LOR evaluators? Because I really have alot more to do on my PS so I'm not sure how I can make a good summary in a short amount of time to give him; as well as the other evaluators.
  7. Hello! I know this post is stereotypical and repetitive and I apologize, but feedback would be very appreciative Stats are below, should I apply this cycle? Or wait till next year? I’m currently on my first gap year. cGPA: 3.7, sGPA 3.6 bio major with minirs in psych and chem, in 3 national honor societies (psych, bio, chem), academic award in my major, Dean’s list every semester Presented original research at 2 colleges By mid march I will have about 1000 PCE hours as an EMT I also started a per diem HCE job as a patient sitter in the ED. GRE is between 295-299 (can’t remember exact number), thinking of retaking If it helps, during college I have about 120 hours as a volunteer crew member for my school’s EMS unit If I’m forgetting something, let me know! Again thanks so much, I know how annoying these posts can be sometimes and I appreciate you taking the time to read this have an awesome day!
  8. After I graduate and pass the PANCE, I will be staying in my current location (in the NE) for 6-8 months. Then my husband and I plan to move back to the midwest where both of our families are located. My question for all of you is: what sort of job should I be looking for for this short period of time especially as a new grad? I assume I cannot simply negotiate a normal contract and then leave 7 months later. I would prefer to work in the outpatient setting but would also be willing to do ED or internal medicine/hospitalist. Can a new grad do locum tenens?
  9. Has anyone located statistics on salary differences between PA's who did a residency vs. those who haven't? I would like to write a my next blog post on this topic but I am having trouble finding information. Any help is welcomed.. even if you just list the advantages/disadvantages you experienced/observed with a residency. Thanks!!!!
  10. Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I am an upcoming PA student starting in May 2019 at USF's PA program in Tampa, Fl. I got my clinical experience first working as an EMT for an ambulance company, but later switching to being a medical assistant for a private practice dermatology experience in Plant City, FL (about 30 min from Tampa). I gained such valuable knowledge from both jobs! I currently still work for the derm practice, but will be leaving when I attend PA school. I just wanted to reach out to the pre-PA community because I'm sure there are a number of you who are looking to get clinical experience, and I wanted to see about giving the opportunity to someone who could gain valuable experience from this position. and FYI you do not need a medical license for this job, they do on the job training. I work here with the doctor as well as the PA. If you're interested, let me know and I'm happy to answer any questions and put you in contact with my office manager. :) Rachel
  11. Hi! Just wanted to start this for anyone who is looking to apply to Dominican Univeristy’s PA Program! I’m a current student in their program, so please let me know if you have any questions with applying!! Good luck!!
  12. Physician Assistant FAQ! Some insight for pre-PAs! On career, lifestyle, school, studying, and more. Hope you like!
  13. Happy Sunday! Answering some of the most commonly asked questions I've received about job searching on my blog! Hope this is helpful and if you all have anything else you'd like to share, please feel free to leave your two cents in the comments at the end of the post. https://apthepa.blogspot.com/2018/11/pa-job-search-faqs.html
  14. Hello! I Pre-Pa majoring in cell and molecular biology. My school offers an online course in medical terminology over the summer and I'm considering taking it (the course is not required for my degree). In your experience, is this a useful course and is it worth taking? Thank you for any advice!
  15. Hello everyone, I wanted to create a group thread discussing the potential pros/cons of pursuing the PA/MPH route! I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on the new dual degree program.
  16. Wondering if it gets better? I'm starting to wonder if I will find job statisfaction as a PA. I've spent 2 years in primary care, and 2 years in emergency med. I'm wondering if I'm in the wrong specialty or if I should look into another profession. My biggest problems the abusive patients, dealing with aloof and condescending attendings and consultants, and frustration with the inacessability of healthcare for patients. Seems like half the time I can't help someone with the reason they came to see me, and then they are mad or I feel bad because of the bill I know they'll get. It seems like patients expect us to completely change their lives, but if you're in the ER for the 200th time for your abdominal pain, or because you want STD testing at 1am, or because you have had 10/10 ear pain for 2 hours, chances are I am not going to cure you no matter what I do. Now here's a $500-$5000 bill for the 30 minutes we spent together... School didn't prepare me for the dark side of medicine. It's been painful in ways I did not expect. I did not realize going into medicine: the level of sexism I'd be the target of, the daily strain of patients being manipulative for narcotics, or that most of my coworkers would be burned out themselves. A lot of my frustration is that we all work our rear ends off daily and it feels as if there's no reward. In fact we keep getting pressured to increase production. In most fields, if you show up with a kickass ethic and a good attitude you get somewhere! American medicine is set up to gradually beat your spirit to death. I went into this thinking I'd make a positive difference in people's lives and they'd be happier for it which would give me job satisfaction, instead it seems I can either meet expectations or be a disappointment. (Ironically I have the top PG score at my ER right now). As a student I loved general surgery but wasn't able to find a job in surgery. Now that I'm settling down and looking at starting a family in the next year I don't think surgery would be good for my family. I've considered dermatology because it includes procedures, regular hours, and possibly more satisfied patients. Outside of this, I've done well with investments and daydream about opening a business outside of medicine. I am starting to think my personality is not a fit for this profession and I'm really struggling to find a passion. Holy cow this turned into a rant. I know we all feel this way at some point, it seems some deal better than others. Those who get a lot of satisfaction: what do you do? How do you get past the stress and burnout?
  17. Hello! I was wondering if anyone accepted into this program could share or message their application stats (gpa, HCE...), I want to know whether, if I were to apply in a later cycle I could be considered a competitive applicant. Thank you for reading this and thank you for your time, I appreciate it a lot! -Maylily7 P.S. I'll put my stats here if ya want to comment on my chances of acceptance: cGPA 3.7, sGPA 3.5, Dean's List 7/8 semesters (currently in my last semester), about 100 hours volunteering for my school's EMS. I don't have a lot of Patient care hours but I am hoping to take a gap year and work on that. I also hope to retake the GRE to improve my score as well. Again, thanks so much!
  18. Hello, everyone. I know it may seem like this would be a bit of a biased place to ask for an opinion on this, but this forum seems really open-minded and overall really respectful with people asking these sort of questions compared to *cough* SDN *cough* other websites. I'm in a bit of a dilemma and I know ultimately this is only a choice I can make myself, but I'd like to get some opinions from others who are ahead of me on their medical journies as a little guidance. I'm 29 years old and a graduate of Arizona State University, where I majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I always wanted to go the PA route, but the closer I am to finishing my undergrad, the more I'm concerned about possibly regretting the decision to not go ahead and commit to becoming a doctor. One of my biggest concerns with med schools is that I completed my degree online, although I did all my science labs in-person by flying out to the ASU campus. Long story short, I still think I have a good chance at med schools that accept online credits, but I'm unsure if it's what I should do. A quick rundown of my stats: - Non-traditional, white male, 29 years old - 3.91 GPA, 3.85 sGPA - 510 MCAT - 650+ hours volunteering for a suicidal hotline company. 200+ volunteer hours as a phlebotomist (mostly school blood donating events), and donated $2,000+ in crowd-funded scholarships to students throughout the state with a small company I started in 2015. - 3,000+ hours as a Certified Surgical Technician at an orthopedic surgery center - Strong LOR's from 2 orthopedic surgeons, a CRNA, a very well-respected professor, and 2 more from my volunteer coaches - 40 hours shadowing an Anesthesiologist and CRNA I feel as if I'm a strong candidate for med school and PA programs, but I'm older. I'm 29 now. I used to work in construction, then aviation, and even ended up leaving a Fortune 500 company (that paid extremely well) to pursue a career in medicine. I made a lot of sacrifices, but it was all worth it. I love my patients and couldn't imagine myself doing anything else in life. I also want to marry my long-time girlfriend. She's 25, so by the time I'm actually a doctor, she would be around 33. I graduated high school with a 2.3 GPA, suffered from depression for years, considered suicide many times, etc. I went through a lot (as I'm sure a lot of people have) and another one of my main goals is to write books about my experiences and to help motivate others. If I can graduate high school with a 2.3 and go on to become a doctor, I think it would be an awesome story in terms of my writings and would help a lot of people, outside from my patients. With all this being said, I think the career of being a PA will still satisfy my wants to help people in medicine. My biggest concern so far is that I'd regret not going to med school, but I hear a lot of horror stories about divorces, not being able to see your kids as much when they're younger, residency stories, and etc. The debt is also a big concern, because I would be 37-ish before I could really start paying my loans off. I don't know if it's worth it for me and my age, although I'm not that old. I just want to ask openly - if you were in my shoes, what would you do personally? I know everyone is different, but I'm just looking for some insights from different perspectives. Thanks for the read and sorry to type out so much.
  19. Hi all, I will be starting PA school in January and was looking for guidance about what path I should take to achieve my goals. If I could start over I might have chosen a different route to get to this point but I graduated with a Bachelors of Biology from Ohio State, went on to gain my patient care experience as a CNA, and applied for PA school. I really want to do something with babies so I am looking at Women's Health/OBGYN. What is the best path to take to get a job working closely with delivery and babies? I know PA's are up and coming and at least in NC are not often hired in most fields working with infants. Finding a Neonatal PA job is like finding a needle in a haystack. Heck even a neonatal PA residency is few and far between. And I am considering labor and delivery but after working nights in the hospital, I like more of the clinic setting. Plus I have never shadowed in L&D so I am not sure what the job specifically entails from the provider standpoint. So that left me considering a Women's Health Clinic. I shadowed a PA in one of these clinics and I loved it but after some research it does not seem there is much opportunity in clinics for OBGYN PA's and most clinics prefer NP's. So I wanted to ask some PAs who are currently out in the workforce and have wanted to work with newborns what their experience was like, how they found the position, and what they did to get there. What would be the best way to make myself competitive for an OBGYN PA provider position and what is the best way to find job openings in that field? Should I seek out an OBGYN residency after school or should I focus on real world job experience doing something that maybe doesn't interest me as much to gain work experience? Are there other possible careers I am forgetting about that will allow me to practice as a PA and work with infants/delivery? I am also strongly considering pediatrics as another option which seems to be much more readily available to PAs but I have always been fascinated with the reproductive system so I appreciate the gynecological portion of women's health as much as I love obstetrics. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I do not want to end up in the same position I did immediately after college where think about what I should have done differently if I could start over. I want to do it right the first time so I do not struggle to get into a field I love because I don't have a crucial experience in my toolbox. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  20. What? Per diem job opportunity described as easy, straight-forward, laidback, fun with good pay. Expect low-acuity urgent care cases. Where? Manhattan When? Various open shifts throughout September and upcoming months w/ a particular need for weekend coverage Full-time Sept 27-Oct 12 How? If you have any questions, message me directly. If you have interest, please email your resume to alexandrajscialdone@gmail.com.
  21. Hello, I am a student doing my bachelor's and was wondering if there are any PA in Long Island -preferably in Northwell or Winthrop hospital - that are willing to take a shadow on. I am trying to get my shadowing hours complete before starting CASPA. Thank You!
  22. Hi guys!I graduated in 2017 and on my track to dental school. I actually applied to dental school that year but got rejected to all because I took my DAT too late. However, later tht year I decided that dentistry isn't for me, plus I'm not ready to take on a huge debt afterwards (300-500k sounds scary too me). So i'm changing my goal towards PA. I started researching PA programs and most of them accept my dental assistant hours as PCE. I have around 400-500 hours so i'm planning to finish my prereq (anat, physio, micro) by the end of this fall. Then do either CNA or phlembotomist programs and work for 1 year and a half to collect hours. I'm aiming at 2000-3000 hours. Do you guys think this is a good plan? Or do people generally have way more hours than this?I'm also concerned about why PA schools actually accept dental assistant hours? I know DA have patient interactions but aren't those more towards dental school? Won't they question why am I even applying to PA schoool? If i use those hours, will they ask why not dentistry? I mean i think it's probably gonna come up during the interview anyways. But will it look bad to have DA hours?Also, most programs require one letter from a clinician. I 'm still looking for a doctor, PA, or NP to shadow. I'm puttin NP on my list since PA and NP are so similar. I'm wondering if it's necessary to shadow a PA? I know some programs said it's 'recommended' but would it be ok if i shadow NP (i'm planning to ask my NP if I could shadow her). I'm also wondering about LOR. Since most schools want LOR from any clinician, would it be okay if I actually use my dentist's LOR tht I used to apply to dental school?? I'm not sure if it will look bad for PA schools but im actually really close to my dentist since I worked and shadowed him for almost 2 years. and I outlined my own LOR for him to edit so i know it's a strong LOR too lolAlso, how wuld the schools confirmed that our hour are accurate? Will the schools need our clinicians to sign somethng? I don't have such form from my dentist or the physicians I shadowed back 4 years ago Sorry, I'm still new to PA field and still doing research about it. So if some of my questions are too easy to answer, I apologize in advance!! Thank you again for helping me out!
  23. Does Dental Assisting count towards the Health Care Experience hours for PA schools?
  24. Hey there, I have been working in an Urgent Care clinic for 2 months now as a PA-C. Just wanted to share my experiences getting started in the field for those interested. Check out my post below: What It's Like to Work as a New Grad PA
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