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  1. Hey PA Forum, I am Pre-PA and I wanted advice to where my feelings in the application process stand. I went through my undergrad with not much of a direction, graduating with a BS in Biochemistry but a 2.86 GPA. I worked for 2 years as a "scientist" but I was really just running samples through a machine (medical device) and it did not allow any sort of interesting work. I worked as part of the lab at the Boston Marathon, analyzing runner blood samples in the device, and it was the first time I was exposed to the medical field. This allowed me to appreciate their work, and also, for the first time, feel I could make a difference with my efforts. I capitalized on this excitement, and looked into nursing and PA, and decided PA. I got an EMT certification, and gave CPR to a patient in a trauma room at the nearby hospital as part of the certification. I was so excited, and then I got a job as a CNA in a teaching hospital on a heart failure floor. Everything was coming along. I was also taking pre-reqs this whole time, I completed A&P I,II, Genetics, Biochemistry, all either A or B+. As I worked at the hospital, I mainly bathed patients, and provided care in daily living, working under nurses. But the attitude of the nurses really got to me. Some would bully the technicians in a way, it was never intentional but I could not stand them. All the technicians and nurses were gossipy women and I, more of an introverted male, just felt nothing in common with them, and everything I did was judged. Nurses, and techs and female patients would occasionally hit on me, and it just felt uncomfortable. It became so frustrating for me that these shifts became almost me vs them, in my head. But I kept pushing on, I kept searching for jobs in the ER, because that seemed so exciting to me. I shadowed a resident in the ER, and loved every minute of it. I really enjoyed it because it was exciting; very different than anything I had seen; the machinery of the body was in a life threatening situation, and it was very rewarding to fix it. I also really loved all things space, and always was researching things about space. However I wasn't able to get a position in the ER, and I just felt like the oddball out all the time; and the feminine and social aspect of medicine was driving me nuts. I felt like everywhere in healthcare was this; and had this veneer or being the savior for patients, I just felt I was beating up the wrong tree for my own goals. I decided I wanted to try something in engineering due to my love of space. So after 9 months of being a tech, and shadowing 5 PAs (only enjoyed the ER shadowing) I moved to Houston, with my sister (couldn't go home, father is an alcoholic and made life at home toxic). I decided to try everything I enjoyed to figure out if this field was for me. I started taking engineering classes, a geology class, and started to learn programming, and am volunteering in a lab where I help a professor research bacteria on the Space Station. I have been stressed out, figuring out if this career is for me. I went to healthcare career fair, and interviewed for an ER Tech job, to try it out again, and am hoping it is less daunting on me. I also am thinking about pursuing biomedical engineering, as it may combine my interests, but I am nervous, because it seems a bit antisocial. I was wondering if I could get some advice about my situation, and if I have it all wrong about actually being a PA. Thanks!
  2. Hey PA Forum, I am Pre-PA, please don't kick me out, as I wanted to know from PAs what they think about the field, and where my feelings in the application process stand. I went through my undergrad with not much of a direction, graduating with a BS in Biochemistry but a 2.86 GPA. I worked for 2 years as a "scientist" but I was really just running samples through a machine (medical device) and it did not allow any sort of interesting work. I worked as part of the lab at the Boston Marathon, analyzing runner blood samples in the device, and it was the first time I was exposed to the medical field. This allowed me to appreciate their work, and also, for the first time, feel I could make a difference with my efforts. I capitalized on this excitement, and looked into nursing and PA, and decided PA. I got an EMT certification, and gave CPR to a patient in a trauma room at the nearby hospital as part of the certification. I was so excited, and then I got a job as a CNA in a teaching hospital on a heart failure floor. Everything was coming along. I was also taking pre-reqs this whole time, I completed A&P I,II, Genetics, Biochemistry, all either A or B+. As I worked at the hospital, I mainly bathed patients, and provided care in daily living, working under nurses. But the attitude of the nurses really got to me. Some would bully the technicians in a way, it was never intentional but I could not stand them. All the technicians and nurses were gossipy women and I, more of an introverted male, just felt nothing in common with them, and everything I did was judged. Nurses, and techs and female patients would occasionally hit on me, and it just felt uncomfortable. It became so frustrating for me that these shifts became almost me vs them, in my head. But I kept pushing on, I kept searching for jobs in the ER, because that seemed so exciting to me. I shadowed a resident in the ER, and loved every minute of it. I really enjoyed it because it was exciting; very different than anything I had seen; the machinery of the body was in a life threatening situation, and it was very rewarding to fix it. I also really loved all things space, and always was researching things about space. However I wasn't able to get a position in the ER, and I just felt like the oddball out all the time; and the feminine and social aspect of medicine was driving me nuts. I felt like everywhere in healthcare was this; and had this veneer or being the savior for patients, I just felt I was beating up the wrong tree for my own goals. I shadowed 5 PAs, and enjoyed the ER experience the most. I decided I wanted to try something in engineering due to my love of space. So after 9 months of being a tech, I moved to Houston, with my sister (couldn't go home, father is an alcoholic and made life at home toxic). I decided to try everything I enjoyed to figure out if this field was for me. I started taking engineering classes, a geology class, and started to learn programming, and am volunteering in a lab where I help a professor research bacteria on the Space Station. I have been stressed out, figuring out if this career is for me. I went to healthcare career fair, and interviewed for an ER Tech job, to try it out again, and am hoping it is less daunting on me. I also am thinking about pursuing biomedical engineering, as it may combine my interests, but I am nervous, because it seems a bit antisocial. I was wondering if I could get some advice about my situation, and if I have it all wrong about actually being a PA. Thanks!
  3. Can anyone recommend a good lawyer in Washington State that is familiar with laws regarding PA owned/operated medical practices? Considering starting my own practice, and while I've done a lot of my own research, I will ultimately require professional legal advice.
  4. Good luck to everyone applying this cycle. Ill keep updating as things get verified or contact is made. CASPA Submitted 05/14/2016 Verified on 5/18
  5. I'd like to thank you all in advance for your thoughtful comments. I have been reading this forum, and I decided it was time for me to make a profile and ask for your honest advice: I am an occupational therapist (very fresh grad), I am in my 30s, and I am happy practicing as an OT for the next 2-3 years to get experience under my belt. I have observed PAs working with patients during my clinicals and at work, and I am drawn to the work they do, especially conditions and diagnosis. I have a 3.7 in my OT program, and in my last 60 of undergraduate my GPA was around a 3.8. My GPA prior to the last 60 was ABYSMAL, but I went back to school buckled down, and I think my record shows that. When I bucked down I was a very committed student; I have great references from my OT program, and I hope I can also have good references from my employers if I decide to go for a PA degree. I am a little disappointed in myself that I got a lot of B's in classes which don't matter enough for an OT (General Bio, Biochemistry). My grades fall along these lines: 1. Non science prereqs: English 101 Comp 101, 102 - A, All psychology courses A's 2. Gross Anatomy: A, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Biochemistry B's in both. Microbiology A 3. Research Methods, and Statistics A's. I still need to take inorganic chemistry, and two physiology courses. I am considering applying to Wayne State University, and Cuyahoga Community College's program (I'm a cuyahoga county resident born and raised). I am unmarried without kids and I have a high degree of flexibility to go anywhere in the country. I plan on working as an OT for a few years, because I think that work will buttress my application. I may end up retaking A&P, and Biochem if I need to. Do any of you know schools which only consider the last 60 credit hours of your undergraduate record? I know that my graduate degree in OT will not "count" in GPA calculations for nearly all programs.
  6. I am 38 and have a master's degree in teaching. I taught elementary school from 2001-2004 and then quit to be a stay at home mom. During my time home, I have done various part time jobs, all in the education field. I will need to go back to work full-time in several years as we prepare to send our boys to college. The easy route, of course, would be to go back to teaching. I am still certified and could get a job tomorrow if I wanted. However, my heart is no longer in it. My husband is an NP, so I feel like I've had a front row seat to his education and work experience. I know the educational model for NPs and PAs is different, but he does work alongside PAs who do the same job as him. We also have a son who has multiple food allergies, so I've researched his allergies a lot and found that I really enjoy learning about medicine/the body. He recently completed an oral immunotherapy program for his food allergies, and that was the first time we've had a physician really impact our lives so deeply. He basically gave my kiddo a chance at a normal life, and he has, in part, inspired me to go into the medical field. I am listing my "stats" below and how I plan to fulfill the pre-requisites. Due to my life situation and the inability to move for school, I will only be able to apply for one program: UTMB. Baylor is also in the Houston area but costs twice as much, and I would have to take even more pre-requisites because they don't allow any courses older than 10 years old. Undergrad GPA: 3.66 Trinity University Master's GPA: 4.0 (Master of Arts in Teaching) Trinity University GRE: I haven't taken it. It was not required when I did my master's because I was attending the same university for undergrad and grad school. Back in the day, I did well on standardized tests. I was National Merit commended and scored a 1420 (out of 1600) on my SAT during high school. Of course, I've had two children and lost plenty of brain cells since then. Any tips on studying for the GRE? I am not going to take it until I've done some of the post-bacc work including college algebra since I seem to be unable to help my 6th grader with his math homework these days. Post Bacc Work: I could get most of this done at a local community college. For those local to Houston, I am thinking of San Jac. It will take me between 3 and 4 semesters. I already have the psych classes needed and possibly the statistics course (I have requested my transcripts so that I can see exactly what I took-- It's been *that* long). San Jac does not offer: Genetics (Online or at UHCL possibly? Which option would be better?); Immunology/Virology (Online or should I sub in Nutrition which is listed as an alternative?) Is it worth the extra money to try to do the post bacc work at a local University like U of H Clear Lake? It's obviously not a "top tier" school, so I'm not sure it really matters either way. It would be much cheaper to take them at community college. HCE and Shadowing: I have zero HCE hours. UTMB doesn't require it, but it seems to be a major focus on these boards. Due to the hubby being an NP and our many friends in the medical field, I should not have a problem racking up shadowing hours. In fact, I plan to start shadowing even before I do the post-bacc work to make sure that this is the career course I want to take. Given my "non traditional student" route, do I need HCE or should shadowing suffice? Is it best to shadow in several different areas? I think peds is a natural fit for me given my background as a teacher, but should I also shadow in other areas? Is it best to shadow only PAs or is shadowing MDs or NPs a good idea also? Any other advice? Do I have a shot at competing with these young whipper snappers out there?! I won't be applying for a couple of years, so I will most likely be 40 when I apply. If you've made it through this long post, thank you! I would love any advice or input.
  7. Hi, I am 25 years old and work as a microbiologist/analytical scientist for a pharmaceutical company. My B.S. was in biochemistry with a final GPA of 3.0. I am interested in applying to PA school, but understand that with my GPA and situation, I would require impressive HCE to have a fighting chance. With that said, I am seeking to submit an application at least one full year from now for the following fall. So my question is this- as someone that is not a nurse, EMT, what-have-you, and balancing a full time job during the application process, how can I gain experience? It seems that most jobs require some previous certification or hours that directly conflict with holding a job. I would be willing to quit and accept a new position if the salary could cover my bills for the time being. If (in a beautiful world) I got into PA school, i would of course no longer work. But I cannot take that risk until then. Can someone please advise me on this? I would love to take the first concrete step! Thanks
  8. Hello, I’ve been a ‘lurker’ and finally decided to post. I have decided after much reflection to change careers and start the journey to become a PA. (Sorry for the crazy long post) I had lifesaving surgery as a child so my lifetime experience with physicians and the healthcare community starts there. It's weird but hospitals have always given me a sense of calm. I went to college on academic scholarship with the goal of becoming a physician. Most people do poorly in the beginning of college and rally. My issue is the exact opposite. I did quite well in the first few years but after some compounding family issues in the last 3 semesters, my GPA absolutely tanked. I graduated with a Chemistry degree (GPA 2.85) in 2004. Along with the ongoing family issues, I was demoralized and my confidence shattered. Graduate and professional school would never be an option. After (hiding) working in basic research labs for some time, the healthcare bug returned and I happily got an MHA (GPA 3.53) in 2011. At the time, I thought it would be a good way to combine my love of healthcare with a stable, “safe” career. Currently I work in Health Administration at a local hospital. To put it simply, I can’t imagine doing this for the rest of my career. Although I do my job well, it is truly mind-numbing. This isn’t what I wanted for my life. When I meet with healthcare teams to discuss projects, I’m more drawn to conversations surrounding how to clinically treat patients rather than how to get a new form filled out or doing a departmental budget. Patient care has always been there in the background and the voice had only gotten louder. I work across many clinical specialties and I’m drawn to Primary Care, Cardiology, and Dermatology. Issues: Poor UG GPA & downward trend: My undergrad GPA is a 2.85. Obviously, it will take time and work to get it up. My REAL concern is that because my degree is in a STEM field coupled with the downward trend, it will appear that I cannot handle upper level challenging science. It will also bring my sGPA way down for CASPA. Would my graduate MHA GPA (3.53) help prove to an admin committee that I can do the work? I worked full-time and went to grad school full-time. I feel like a completely different person now as an older adult. HCE: I regularly volunteer for health fairs in the community and will start to shadow PAs, NPs and Physicians. Looking at the forums, it seems schools prefer paid HCE though. I was looking at getting an MA certification and doing this while I re-took my prereqs. Should I sick with shadowing? Would my full-time work at the hospital count towards HCE? Age: I’m 33. With the average age of PA students at 26/27, what are the chances that a PA program would invest in an older student who may retire sooner than someone with an extra 8-10+ years? I am single with no children so I feel like the time is now to do this before I have responsibilities. I’m starting from scratch. I know this is going to be a long journey to get to my dream but I know I can do this. Thank you for any feedback in advance. -MagnoliaPA
  9. Hello everyone, I am a first year student in a PA program. We have been given group assignments and my group was assigned the topic of the name change to a Physician Associate. I was wondering what is involved in changing the name to a physician associate. Is it a state decision or national decision? Does the AAPA have to be involved or is it through government? Any information would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  10. Hi everyone! I will graduate in May 2014 and I was just wondering how early is too early to start applying for jobs.
  11. Hello! At the three interviews I have been to this fall, I've been asked what my plans are if I am not accepted to PA school this year. I have answered that I will continue to work, volunteer, take classes that are applicable to the study of medicine, call the programs that rejected me to find out what else I can do to improve, and reapply. At this point in time, I am fortunate enough to have been offered two seats at schools that I am happy to attend, but I have upcoming interviews scheduled at my top-choice programs. If you were in this situation at the top-choice interview and asked the "what if" question, would you say that you have submitted a deposit at a program to secure a seat but are at this interview because it is the program you most desire to attend, or would you continue with the previous (now untruthful) answer? Thanks for your opinions and input!
  12. I am changing careers after 10 years in advertising. I've started taking my PA pre reqs and I volunteer at Children's Memorial. I'm eager to start working in healthcare, but with my goal being to start PA school in a few years, I need to find something doesn't require a lot of training. I'd appreciate any insight into CNA, whether or not this is a good option considering my situation, and other ideas for employment in an entry-level patient care role.
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