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  1. I worked as a PRN rehab technician for about 3 months (roughly 20 hours a week) before I became Full-Time (40 hours a week). How do I record this change in hours? Do I make two separate entries or average the hours per week? My hours for PRN also varied each week, with weeks working up to 30 hours and sometimes only 15 hours. Do I need to record this somehow? I also do not understand how PA schools validate that the numbers of hours stated are honest. Is there some sort of validation document needed from each employer from past jobs. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!
  2. Hi everyone! This is my first post in this forum. So glad I found it! Anyways, I am currently applying to PA programs, and I have a question regarding my patient care experience. I work as a medical technician at a nursing home. Up until this point, I have about 800 hours. However, some of the schools I am applying to require 1000+ hours. I will easily get these hours done by the end of the summer. Should I put my "end date" on the CASPA as (ex) August 31st, 2019? That way, I can approximate the amount of hours I work a week to put myself over 1000 (and so the schools won't immediately throw out my application)! I have a 4.0 major GPA (Biology) and 3.96 overall GPA, 50+ hours shadowing a PA, 100+ volunteer hours, and scored above the 60th percentile on all sections of my GRE. Do you think this bare minimum of hours will hurt my chances into getting into PA programs? Right now, I am planning on applying to DeSales, Arcadia, Chatham, and Yale (as well as a few others). Thanks!
  3. Planning to apply to Baylor, UT-San Antonio, and UTMB-Galveston by September. While I do not have direct patient care experience yet, I hope to be hired on for a position soon so I can put on the app that experience will be acquired before enrolled in PA school. I have two positions that I'm interviewing for next week: phlebotomist (3 months paid training included) or tissue recovery technician, which involves removing tissue from donors for transplantation. The hours for the technician position are ideal for my situation right now (nanny). Being a phlebotomist means I will have to drop everything I have going on. Will the technician position be considered novel in any way? Or even be considered direct patient care (this will be mostly with cadavers)? Or should I just go with the safe bet and throw away any semblance of a life I have before PA school?
  4. I'm planning on applying to PA school the next cycle. I realize that I don't have many direct patient hours so I wanted to become a medical assistant. I quickly learned that regardless of which path I choose, it takes about 8-12 months to even become certified and this doesn't even guarantee and job. How can I get around this? I'm currently a medical scribe and have been for a year and a half. The staff lets us do MA stuff but this is not what our job description states. Would this be a problem when they are looking at my application. My caspa GPA has not been verified but I currently have a 3.4 (3.54 if you count one repeated class which was worth 5 credits unfortunately) So I know the best way to increase my odds is by gaining experience. Would you recommend I just get more scribe hours in different specialties (which is a favorable option) I was also going to shadow atleast 6 PAs in different specialties about 10-15 hours each. Are there any programs that are about 1-3 months that I can do so I can gain that experience and not waste a whole another year?
  5. I'm a new graduate and have been seeking Family Medicine positions in California. 2 weeks ago, I interviewed at an amazing place in SF bay area. It offers 100K and is a 7 minute commute from home! The interviewer said I shouldn't have to worry, that they liked me and thought I'd fit in well. He even gave me his personal phone number in case I needed to call. At the time, I felt really good about the interview. I emailed him a thank you letter 5 days ago and he replied back he enjoyed my visit and that I "should hear back soon". However, I still haven't heard anything and am starting to get 2nd thoughts.If they gave you their number, do they expect us to call/text them? I don't really want to bother him again if he already told me he said I'd hear back "soon". I recently did another interview in a very remote area in CA and received a job offer immediately afterward. It offers 95K, good benefits and loan repayment. They are willing to wait another 2 weeks for me to make a final decision, but did warn me that the position may be filled by then- so the earlier the better. So my dilemma is, how long should I wait to hear back from the bay area clinic? I am scared to sign the contract and then find out that the bay area place will offer me the position later on. But then again, maybe they found someone else. Any advice?
  6. Hi all, Although Stanford mentions on their website that applications that don't meet this 3,000-hour requirement are considered "incomplete," does anyone know about or have experience with their flexibility? I'm a graduating senior in college and have worked part-time as an EMT, clinical research assistant, and have done several volunteering gigs involving hands-on care. Estimating what I think makes sense gives me ~1,500 hours. I've accepted a two-year teaching position with Teach For America after graduation and, during this time of working a full-part time job, will have to complete some extra course requirements by taking night classes. So, I won't have much time to work as an EMT and volunteering will likely be difficult to fit in. How do I "keep my feet wet" or will it not look weird that my last real hands-on patient care experience was two-years ago (from the time of application)? Thanks for any information in advance!
  7. Hey Guys, I have an interview coming up with this program. However, I cant find any information on their curriculum. It is very vague on the website. Are there any current students out there that can shed some light on the subject? Do they have cadavers? Where are rotation sites? What are the options for elective rotations? etc. I want to do primary care, but I also have a strong affinity for sugery as well. I would like the confidence by being able to dissect cadavers before cutting into live patients.
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