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  1. As a recently graduated student going into her gap year, I have a question for those who have been in my same situation. My undergrad GPA is below the normal average for an admitted student into a PA program. I am planning on enrolling in post-bacc classes in order to meet some pre-reqs for certain schools, and just to raise my GPA overall and hopefully show admissions committees that I have grown since my first couple years of college (the years that hurt my cGPA). But, how do you all do it? I am planning on being a CNA, but I can't work day shift due to classes that normally occur during day
  2. Hello everyone, I am currently in my third year as a biology undergraduate major at the City College of New York. I graduate next year and wanted to ask for opinions on whether or not I should apply to PA programs immediately after graduation. At the moment I have a 3.91 GPA, straight As in my science courses, have shadowed one PA for a few hours, and have over 200 hours volunteering at an ENT hospital. However, my plan after graduation is to work as an EMT to gain credible health care experience to put on my application. In your opinions, are my current credentials sufficient enoug
  3. Hi everyone, I know that there are a ton of posts about which route would be the best way to get to PA school but I want to get more advice/opinions for my own specific case. I took all of my pre-reqs at Rutgers University and graduated May 2017. I have shadowed an ER PA, a pediatrician and have worked as a medical scribe for over 1 year. I also recently started volunteering at UPenn as a nursing assistant. My cGPA: 3.31 and sGPA 2.89. I haven't taken my GRE yet but I plan to by the end of the year at the latest. I had my heart set on applying after 1 gap year but became very
  4. Hello all! I just started thinking about PA school recently. I graduated in Fall 2015 in Biology and Psychology. I'm 23, and I'm trying to figure out my life course. I'm wondering what people on this board think about teaching abroad for a year in China before I apply to PA school. I feel like I'm young and I want to see the world a bit before I commit. Has anyone done this before? Would PA Programs look down at this for any reason? I have most of the pre-requisite classes, I would just have to take Anatomy, Physiology (the 2 big ones haha), and perhaps Medical Terminology; I would probab
  5. So I've only had two interviews so far, been rejected by one, but it is making me consider what I will do if I don't get in this cycle. Applying is very costly(as you know) and I really don't want to waste another year of my life in the same job living in my parent's house, as I am young and I believe life is too short to waste it doing things you hate. I thought applying for a research job at this prestigious university which would look good on my application but would bore me to tears. I had an idea of doing some work abroad but a lot of international programs cost an arm and a leg to apply.
  6. * DERMATOLOGY MEDICAL ASSISTANT - MIDTOWN WEST, NY* Welcoming, friendly and motivated individual for Medical Assistant position in our small, established Midtown West Dermatology practice. We are interested ONLY in applicants who planning a future career as a Physician Assistant - and want to gain experience in the medical field before applying to graduate school. This is a great way to gain experience, get shadowing hours & boost your CV before applying to these highly competitive fields! We would need a commitment or 1-2 years minimum. You would be working closely with Carri
  7. Hi, I am a pre-PA student one year out of college. I graduated from UCLA with a physiology degree and had a decent GPA(3.5+). During college I did a lot of volunteer work in both the hospital and community, as well as research. However, I only have about 1000 hours as a medical scribe for my HCE, as I only decided on PA a few months prior to my college graduation. I am trying to find a different job after my current job contract ends but there are not very many healthcare jobs that require a few months of training or less that count toward HCE. Should I consider taking another gap year to get
  8. Hi everyone, This is my first time in the forums. I would really like to gain a feeling if I am on the right track towards applying for my top choice PA programs. I am currently a senior and I plan on taking a gap year to hopefully gain more HCE and shadowing opportunities. I will have 1000 hrs working as a CNA by the time I graduate, but I still want to take a gap year to mature myself in the healthcare field. I plan on taking the GRE most likely after graduating. I want to give myself a lot of time to prepare for it and to hopefully take it once with a stellar score. Below are some inform
  9. Local VA made the news yesterday after a patient was transported via EMS to the facility recently, patient later allegedly walked out (details sketchy), and was later found deceased. Individual had been reported to PD as a "critical missing" individual. Interesting comment that I read was that local PD were investing the case and was looking at the facility. First of all, how many folks have we seen leave an ED without saying they were going to do so (even as in this case he was reported as a critical missing, which I'm not sure the hospital would have necessarily been aware of), and second
  10. Wondering if anyone else out here is also in this dilemma. I've graduated. I do have interests outside the medical field that I am currently pursuing part-time, but I've already applied this cycle and am in the waiting process. My first instinct was to find a part-time job in the sciences to keep my medical knowledge and clinical experience fresh, but it's at the point where I can't commit a full-year because there are programs I applied to that may start in January. What would you do? Let potential employers know your timeline or not? I'm also curious to see different takes on the gap y
  11. mbh2

    HCE during gap year

    After graduating this May with a B.S. in Biology, I am going to get my CNA certification to gain health care experience before applying for PA school. I am wondering how this will work during the application process... I graduate May 10th, if I can find a class to be certified by June, then hopefully find a job relatively quickly, I will just be starting to gain hours by the time I will be starting my application. I understand the advantages of submitting early, but after you submit are you allowed to update at all? This will be my first time applying and the process kind of confuses me but
  12. I'm currently finishing up my freshman year as an undergrad, and I'm debating whether or not to apply the summer right after I graduate or a year after graduation. I have no health care experience yet, but this summer I'm getting EMT training. I really like Oregon Health and Science University's PA program. I think I can get around 2000 unpaid hours by the time I apply the summer immediately after senior year (I need a minimum 2000 hours for OHSU), but I would have more HCE and less stress throughout my undergrad years if I applied a year after graduation. I would like to apply as soon a
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