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  1. Hello everyone, on behalf of the CSOM PA Club, I'd like to invite you to attend our PA club hours hosted every Thursday at 12:30 PM via zoom. These 1-hour sessions are hosted by current PA students and we answer prospective students' questions about our journey into PA school, the CASPA application, pre-requisites, etc. It is an informal environment in which you can come ask all the questions you have and have a feel for what the future might look like for you. If interested, please fill out the attached form and email it back to us at csompaclub@gmail.com at the beginning of the week corresponding to the session you like to attend in order to confirm attendance and receive the meeting link. We look forward to seeing you there. PA Club Interest Form.pdf
  2. I did not see a forum for applicants of Mary Baldwin's PA program so I decided to start it! I submitted 5/31/22. I received a receipt of application on 6/3/22. I haven't received anything yet, but I expect this program would possibly send invites sooner than other schools being that they have a start date in January 2023. Looking forward to hearing from you all, and I will update as I hear more! -AL
  3. Opening up a thread regarding verification. For those of you who submitted already this cycle how long did it take for your app to get verified? I just submitted my first app yesterday. First time applicant!
  4. I am currently in the process of getting my undergraduate. I plan to major in Psychology & minor in Biology, meeting all the prerequisites for PA school. I'm trying to decide on the best schools to apply for based on my background. So, I'm wondering which PA schools are particularly interested in Psych majors? Even prefer an emphasis in Psychology?
  5. I am planning on being married before I started PA school this August 2022. Is anyone familiar with loan options through PA schools that I could get in order to pay for living expenses? I know students commonly live off of loans during school, but we will need enough for two people to live off of temporarily. Is anyone familiar with the process of this? Thanks in advance.
  6. My name is Mahlia, this is my 3rd time applying to UW and first time being invited to interview. I would love to get to know some of my future peers and fellow interviewees through this forum. I was also wondering what the interview experience was like for those who interviewed last year via zoom. Was a same small group interview style used? Looking forward to hearing from you all.
  7. Thought I'd start a 2020-2021 pa forum for this cycle. I was verified on 5/14. Good Luck everyone!
  8. Hello all, For this cycle, I have had the privilege of being accepted into two PA programs so far. And more interviews to come! My heart is telling me to go to program B, but my brain is telling me to stick with program A. I guess I am wowed by the flashy offerings of program B over program A that finally helps me feel at home at a educational institution(something I didn't have during my undergrad as a first gen student). Maybe this is me doubting myself, but somehow I feel I may not be as academically successful with a PA program that is only two years long because of the material crunch. The only thing holding me back from program B is graduating with crippling debt by the age of 28 , especially because I had a full ride to college. Any and all honest opinions welcome. What would you do? Program A - 25 months - Tuition 85-90k - PANCE 93-97% - Smaller city in midwest, cost of living fairly low - Less time during clinical rotation phase/means less specialties I can explore? - Has all the essentials technology/skill labs Program B - Top ranked program (probably doesn't matter) - 30ish months with longer breaks - Tuition 170-180k - PANCE 91-96% - Larger faculty - Part of teaching hospital - Big city, cost of living is larger - Large alumni network/more leadership CAPA opportunities
  9. Selling a collection of books used for PA/medical school for $400. Must be able to pick up from Sunset Park, Brooklyn and must be bought as a complete bundle. Books have been used but all books are in good/excellent condition; some have highlight marks. - Goldman's Cecil Medicine 24th ed. - Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2016 Lange- Current Surgery 14th ed. Lange- Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 11th ed. Bates- Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 13th ed. Lange- Basic Pathology 9th ed. Kumar Abbas Aster - Atlas of Anatomy 2nd ed. - Obstetrics and Gynecology 7th ed. Charles R.B. Beckmann- Applying Moral Theories 5th ed. Harris - Understanding Health Policy 7th ed. Bodenheimer Grumbach- Essential Clinical Procedures 3rd ed. Elsevier- Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th ed. Moore- Physiology 5th ed. Costanzo - Deja Review Emergency Medicine Jang - Boards and Wards 5th ed. Ayala Spellberg- Clinical Pocket Reference 11th ed. Gomella Haist - Freakonomics Levitt & Dubner - Superfreakonomics Levitt & Dubner I will also be throwing in my Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards 2nd Edition as well as my Venipuncture Course and Training Kit (hardly used) Craigslist Listing: https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bks/d/brooklyn-selling-medical-textbooks-for/6811458463.html
  10. I am about to be a junior this Fall and my GPA is currently 2.6. I was in college thinking a lot about my major and I was undecided with what I wanted to do but I recently decided that I was interested in PA school and becoming a physical assistant My current major is in Accounting and I am interested in knowing if I have a chance. I know that I have to take the prerequisites and to possibly change majors. did not get to take any pre requisite classes yet and I don't have any volunteer hours because I was thinking about this career just recently. I also have about 5 W grades so I had to withdraw from 5 classes due to some personal issues and mistakes. If I calculated the highest GPA that I can get by graduation, it will be around 3.3. Is it possible for me to get accepted anywhere? What should I do to stand out?? I had to withdraw from Calculus 1 twice due to bad professors but I am thinking about trying to pass all of the prerequisites and to succeed. I am mostly scared about the W grades, which will hinder me a lot in applying to anywhere. Is it a chance to get in or am I just wasting my time?
  11. Hey y'all so I am a sophomore in undergrad and in the process of just starting to get PCE, shadow, and volunteer hours and etc, but I am super stressed out because I am itching to start getting PCE hours except its so difficult while in school. I was thinking about becoming an EMT and working for 2 years after I graduate but I wasn't sure if being an EMT is considered PCE among most colleges, does anyone know? (I also tried to work as a caregiver over summer and that job isn't for me) Also, I'm trying to compile a list of PA schools to apply to, so if anyone has any recommendations for schools on the east coast please let me know!
  12. Hi there, my name is Vanessa and I just graduated with my bachelor's in February. I am looking to pursue into a PA program but not quite sure where to start. I am currently studying for the GRE and have about 250 internship hours done at an ENT clinic with an audiologist. I'm not sure in what I am doing and need any guidance or suggestion in what to do.
  13. Hi! I'm new to this forum and desperately need the help of people who has knowledge of what it takes to become a PA! I'm a current undergrad student, a sophomore majoring in Global Public Health with a possible minor in Biology. I'm on the road to obtaining all my prerequisites, but I'm really struggling with the patient care experience hours needed. Most schools I'm viewing need 1,000 plus hours which seems insane to me. I feel like most of the jobs acceptable for direct patient care contact are things that need even more schooling, such as an MA or EMT. I've applied many places to become a Medical Scribe, or PT Aide but haven't heard back. Am I doomed to take a gap year after I get my bachelor's? I don't know how to get the needed experience without prior experience. I wrote on all my applications I'm open to complete volunteer work but still nothing. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  14. So my particular PA school uses the PACKRAT to determine if students are ready to take the PANCE or not at the end of clinical year (this is new and never counted like this before). This year's most recent PACKRAT version national average is apparently a 167, 20 points higher than the last 3 averages on PAEA's website and 40 points higher than last years national average of 128 (according to my PA school). They have informed us that if we do not get within the 2 point standard deviation, they will not allow us to take the PANCE until we reach an adequate grade on the PACKRAT. Can they legally do this? According to PAEA, the PACRAT can be done open book so these scores are skewed and shouldn't count for my class. There is nothing in our program handbook about the PACKRAT being a requirement for graduation. PLEASE HELP!!
  15. I'm looking into PA school requirements and have seen that most require Human Anatomy & lab, and Human Physiology & lab. My current university (UCSD) only offers a Human Physiology lecture course. Most of the city colleges I'm looking into in order to fulfill this pre-req only offer Human Anatomy or Human Physiology as a single course of lecture and lab, rather than having separate lecture and lab courses. Do PA schools accept lecture & lab combination courses or do they want each lecture and lab to be a separate course?
  16. I am graduating this summer from undergrad at UCONN. I faced some personal issues during my sophomore year that caused me to take the spring semester off, and I probably jumped back into a full course load too soon because I struggled to get passing grades the returning semester and into the next year of school. Ultimately my GPA really suffered and I went from a 3.7 down below a 3. I am working to boost my gpa as much as possible before I graduate, but I know this will be the real cause of issue while applying to PA schools in the future. I have already accumulated over 1000 hours as a CNA in assisted living and hospital settings and I will have much more by the time I do apply. However, I know the real red flag of my application will be my horrible GPA. I am currently looking into applying to get a masters degree in biology or something in hope that it will show that I am capable of handling the rigor of PA school. If anyone has any suggestions on what major to apply to grad school, if this is even a beneficial idea, or anything to help I would greatly appreciate it.
  17. Did anyone attend school out of state? What are the obstacles? Does it affect job search if you decide to go back home? Or does it not matter much?
  18. Hello. As of today I have only applied to one PA school program (Rutgers) but unfortunately I got denied. I decided not to apply to any other schools this cycle as I have not started my senior year yet and am missing some of the prerequisite courses for many programs. I am currently working as a Medical Scribe and have been doing this for about one year now with about 750 hours. I also volunteered at a food pantry but only completed about 50 hours doing so. My science GPA is 3.32 and my cumulative GPA of 3.62. I am planning to complete my senior year and continue working to build up more hours and reapply next cycle with a stronger application but I am worried that my experience as a scribe may not be enough. Do you think I should search for something else to do other than scribing to expand my resume? I won’t have much time to do so during the school year as I will be busy with school work and working about twice a week so I might have to quit my current job if I do so. I am scribing a PA in family medicine and am scared to leave as I feel this is a very good experience and what I want to do in the future.
  19. I wanted to start the PA 2020-2021 Application Cycle Topic, post here with updates!
  20. Hello All! I have seen a few of these posts on here and on Reddit. This is my first time applying and I am curious how I look as an applicant. Just looking for a few general opinions, I know that it will vary from applicant to applicant Graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Applied to 12 different schools in New England . Did not take GRE, applying to schools that do not require it GPA: Overall GPA 3.56; BCP total 3.19; Overall science GPA 3.21; Non science GPA 3.92 PCE: Medical Assistant 1200 hours; EMT 240 hours; Medical mission trips to Peru and Mexico 64 hours; Caregiver for dementia patients 48 hours Research: 320 hours over a semester doing research in two different classes Shadowing ER M.D. -14 hours ; Oncologist M.D 4 hours; Shadowing animal surgery 20 hours; Chiropractor 4 hours; family nurse practitioner 4 hours Volunteer: Cancer Hope Lodge 12 hours; Running mentorship for school kids 8 hours; Cooking and feeding for the homeless 40 hours; animal shelter 8 hours Big downfall is that i do not have any PA shadowing hours. I have wanted to get those this year but have been unable to due to COVID. I will be getting those at an Orthopedic as soon as possible
  21. Hello everyone, I am currently in my second semester of my didactic year. I struggled so much my first semester and ended up having to remediate one class. I feel like I retained nothing from my first semester and can barely recall things. I get so anxious everyday over my future . I have no idea how to face my family if I do fail. Also it would really crush me because this is what I've been working towards for the past 3 years since I graduated high school. Compared to my other classmates I feel like I know the least. Living in fear everyday is really getting to me emotionally and I don't know what to do.
  22. Hello everyone, I am very new to this forum and was told by my advisors and peer to check it out. I am currently a college senior and recently developed an interest in becoming a physician assistant. I am very scared to apply for PA programs in 2020-2021, I am not sure why but its just I think I am not qualified or ready enough to apply for the programs yet. Undergrad Major: B.S. in Health Science cGPA: 3.93 Science GPA: ~3.6 (?) I have already finished basic prereqs requirements but some program requires organic chem/ biochem which I haven't completed yet. PCE: 2000+ (worked as a CNA/PCT in ER and nursing home) Volunteer: 700+ hours (community, health organizations, cultural, etc) Leadership: President of a college club Shadowing: None, I got accepted to shadow through the hospital shadowing opportunity but due to this pandemic, they are temporarily closing it. This is my biggest concern! Some programs doesn't require it but my state program highly recommends applicant to have shadowing experience. GRE: haven't taken one because everything is temporarily close right now. So, I am looking to apply for programs that doesn't require GRE. Right now, I am planning on applying to programs that doesn't require GRE and shadowing experience and I can only find UC Davis PA Program to match my stats but since I don't have other schools lined up on my list, I am scared to apply for 2020-2021. Can you guys think of any programs that matches my stats? Any help would be great. Thank you!
  23. Hi! I wasn’t sure if I should apply this cycle to PA school so I wanted to get some opinions. My GPA is a 3.89. I have a biomedical science degree and chemistry minor. I have over 1000 hours as a phlebotomist at a plasma donation center where I get donors hooked up to machines and monitor them throughout the whole process, troubleshoot problems, and respond to patients that have reactions. I am also a medical screener there too where I take vitals, prick fingers, assess protein and hematocrit readings. I train new hires in both of these positions in addition to that. In college I was part of a sorority and had a position as Marshall where I served on the ceremonies team. I was also secretary of the Red Cross Club. I volunteered at the hospital for about a year in the emergency department. I also went to Costa Rica with a group of doctors where I took a course in emergency medicine and became certified as a Wilderness first responder. I also bartended my senior year. I planned to get shadowing but due to the COVID restrictions I will not be able to. I am planning on taking the GRE soon as well. Please let me know if I would be considered a weak or strong applicant. Is it worth it to apply or should I most likely wait until I can shadow/get more hours in?! Thank you!!
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