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  1. Hello all, I'm brand new to this forum. I graduated with a degree in biology and a gpa of 3.52, and was planning to go to medical school the whole way through, while also thinking a lot about PA school. I was ready to apply to med school while I was finishing college, but decided to take some time away from the academic environment to make sure I really wanted to do med school. After almost a year of soul-searching, researching and deliberation (in addition to the last 4 years), I have finally decided that PA is a more appropriate career path for me. I had a great mcat score (93%) and I had all of the volunteer and leadership experience to make me a competitive applicant for med school. Now that I'm looking at PA schools, I need to get my direct patient care hours, take anatomy and physiology (I didn't do the whole series since medical schools don't require it), possibly take statistics, and possibly take the GRE. I have 400 hours of MA experience (not certified). I know the doctor personally and worked there for 4 months, I learned a lot but it was a very disorganized clinic. I have about 200 hours working as an EMT-B. I'm wondering if I should keep working as an EMT for a year and apply for the 2021 cycle once I take anatomy and physiology at my community college. I've looked at a lot of threads on the internet and from what I've found, paramedic is the best prep for being a PA; things like, "they were a head and shoulders above the rest of their class," and "they were very experienced with patient assessments and had great clinical presence." I've also heard that it's unnecessary and a distraction if your end goal is PA. I want to be a paramedic and get real experience doing more advanced patient assessments, but it would push PA school at least 2 years back since I'd want to work for at least a year to make it worth it. Being an EMT entails a lot of driving and sitting around the station, and when I do get patient contacts, I'm not in charge unless it's a stable (BLS) patient. Should I take the time to become a paramedic and get really good experience or should I get as many EMT hours as possible in a year and then apply? Also, do schools look at how many hours I've worked or do they need to know how much time I spent doing patient care, versus driving and sitting around the station, and how do I record that? My other main question is whether I should take the GRE or just rely on my MCAT score and not apply to "GRE required" schools. I live in CA and would like to stay in California, or at least in the west (CA, OR, WA, CO, AZ, NV, NM). This might be a question for a separate thread. I know this is a lot, but it's pretty much everything on my mind right now, please feel free to only answer a portion of it if you want. Thanks so much for the help!
  2. Hello all, I am a new grad and have been applying to lots of jobs. Some places reply quickly with a response to an application, mostly that I am not qualified, but there are a lot of applications that I have submitted about a month ago and haven't heard anything back yet. I know it takes time to review all applicants they receive and contact references and with the holidays it will delay the process some, but I was wondering based on others experience if it usually takes a while to hear back. Thank you!
  3. I'm a soon to be new grad and I have three job interviews coming up. What do you all think would be good questions to ask at the interview? They are all rheumatology practices. I don't think there will be much contract discussion at that time, so I'm looking more for practice related questions. Teaching and patient load are questions I'll definitely be asking. Thanks!
  4. Hi folks! Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this post I wanted to take a second to let you know about a new MCAT prep app for iPhone/iPod Touch that’s been released via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id765420896 This app by Sprokit, Inc is really useful and a very efficient way to prep for the MCAT without having to lug around a backpack full of flashcards, books, prep guides and other resource materials. It really allows you to optimize every free second you have available to study whenever, wherever you like -- For example, this makes studying on your daily commute to work or school a breeze! The app features over 1k different flashcards filled with terms, definitions and equations you need to know to score well on the MCAT. It was developed by doctors and other qualified medical professionals, so you know they haven’t overlooked any area in prep for the test. Content includes: * Organic Chemistry * General Chemistry * Polyatomic Ions * General Biology * Molecular Genetics * Cell Metabolism * Nervous System * Embryology * Physics * Root Words * Skeletal System * And, more! Take a look and let me know what you think, I’m going to wager you love this app as much as I do! (And, I have a limited amount of promo codes I can give away, PM me if you’re interested and we’ll chat!)
  5. Hello, I'm new to this forum and am desperately seeking advice. I've been debating between MD/DO or PA for practically my entire undergraduate career. (Will be an incoming 4th year next year). This summer, I decided to enroll in a prep course to take the MCAT in September, planning to go to medical school. But now, I realize that I have been questioning this "final" decision since the beginning of my MCAT studies. My question is that I don't know if I should still take my MCAT in September. I know I'm not studying as much as I can, and I feel like its partially due to being unmotivated. Maybe also due to the fact that I don't know if I want to go to med school anymore. I know PA schools don't really take the MCAT and take the GRE instead. Should I continue trying to motivate myself to study? (heavily due to the fact that I paid for the course and already registered for the test in Sept) Or.. Should I just give it all up and immediately begin studying for the GRE...? I guess personally, I'm leaning more towards PA than MD/DO. Any advice/input would be greatly appreciated! Sorry if my post was long.
  6. Hi everyone, I know it's typically considered a bad idea to take the MCAT if you intend on applying to PA schools, but I'm taking it. I'm not using PA school as a "fall-back" option. I must sound just about crazy for taking it, haha. With that out of the way, will PA schools be able to see my scores if I don't tell AAMC to send my scores to the schools I'm applying to? (Another question I've been pondering: can schools see what other schools I'm applying to?) Thanks a bunch! Edit: I thought I posted this in the Pre-PA section; could a moderator please move this if appropriate? That's what happens when I open too many tabs, I guess.
  7. Hey everybody, Probably not the most original post but here it goes - after a few years on the pre-med path I am starting to seriously consider PA school. I graduated undergrad last May with a decent GPA ~ 3.5, took the MCAT last January and got a 27. At that time I felt DO school was the right choice for me but within the last two weeks my doubts have accumulated to the point where I am now posting on this forum. I work as a medical scribe in an ER and seeing the PAs in action has inspired me. I like the position of working with doctors in that setting without necessarily seeing myself as a doctor. Not to mention the sacrifice of becoming a doctor honestly scares me. I know a fellow scribe who got into a PA/MPH program at Arcadia University, which happens accept the MCAT, encourage rotations abroad (which highly interests me), and is conveniently located in where my family is. I also like the idea of earning a second degree in case I get tired of clinical work. Also, she claims that with the help of my boss, my hours a medical scribe (technically not patient care hours) were accepted by Arcadia. The only thing that bugs me about the PA programs are that I have to take additional bio classes included anatomy, physiology, and micro. I know in the Philly area, this probably isn't a big deal, but if there is any way of bypassing any of these requirements, or any other schools with less strict requirements, I would be very interested. If not, where would be the best place to take these classes? I'm also wondering if I should take the GRE anyway, and if it is an issue if I ask a doctor for a recommendation instead of a PA (I don't work directly with PAs). Lastly are there any unexpected downsides of doing a dual degree program? Yeah, I'm all over the place but any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  8. I am really struggling with whether or not to stay in my PA program. I have 6 months left of my didactic year, but I am not sure if I want to continue. I am 100% sure that I want to be a PA, but this new program has so many problems with it: shortage of professors, professors that we have are qualified on paper but ineffective, violations of student confidentiality from the faculty, and a bunch of dumb****s as students who have even taken sexually explicit photographs with some of the cadavers. One of the biggest issues is that this school is situated in a small town; many of the underqualified students attended the university for undergrad and were admitted only because they knew the faculty, went to church with them, etc. I am from 6 hours away and am tempted to start going home every weekend just to get away from this disaster. Are most new PA programs like this? And is the profession becoming populated with idiots? Anyone else having this problem?
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