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  1. Hi everyone, just wanted to start a thread for this cycles WSU applicants. Please join in on it and update us... dates, stats, etc. do we have to fill out a WSU grad school application along with CASPA?
  2. Hi! Kicking things off here since I didn't see a thread for this cycle. Type away..
  3. Hey good people! I hope you’re all well and healthy during this COVID-19 outbreak. Just wanted to start this early and see your progress on the 2020-21 PA applications!
  4. Hi, So I've been doing a lot of research trying to see if it is feasible for me to be a physician's assistant. I am an ultrasound technician/ back office manager and have shadowed with many hours with other PA's, NP's and Dr.'s. I have clinical hours needed. I have a lot of humanities and general courses needed as the pre-requisites. I am currently enrolled at a community college to get some of the science pre-requisites needed. I have been contacting admissions at different schools to make sure my classes completed would be sufficient. I also have my bachelor's degree in healthcare management through Platt College. Admissions at Marshall B. Ketchum verified my transcripts and told me that unfortunately my bachelor's degree is Nationally-accredited and NOT regionally-accredited. It seems like most PA programs are the same. Now I'm not sure if this is something I can do while working full-time and having a 2 year old. I'm stuck with trying to see if anyone has had something similar happen to them or any advice. I don't think it would make sense financially to get a whole other bachelor's degree from a four year university. Also I would need night and weekend classes and that seems impossible with regular UC's. The only other option I could think of is taking my science pre-requisites at community college still and then getting a bachelor's degree online. However, I'm not sure which online schools would be sufficient for the regional-accreditation and also be a reasonable price. I'm thinking of another healthcare management degree or something related since it technically doesn't need to be science based. Just a bachelor's degree with the right accreditation. Any advice for my situation?
  5. Hello, I recently made a post yesterday and got some great feedback. You can read more about my background and thoughts there. Feel free to give more insight. I am reading all comments and using it sort of as a guidance in making a serious life decision. You can check it here: However for the professional PA's who are currently working, my main question for you today is: Are you satisfied as being a PA? What are some things that Physicians do that you can't in your specialties? Give me concrete examples! A lot of people say autonomy, wide scope of practice, vertical mobility, etc. But what exactly are those day-to-day job differences or limitations that you have noticed in your specialty as a PA? Or do you feel like you have full autonomy? I am interested in either Internal Medicine (Hospitalist) or Emergency Medicine. But if it's pretty much 90% of the same job as Physicians, then I am not sure if 7 years of medical school is worth it for me. I know people usually recommend PA to MD mostly if you want to go into either surgery or a specialization of some sort. Can't wait to read your thoughts! Hopefully your comments and answers will give me and others in similar situations a strong resolution.
  6. Hello Everyone new to PA forums- I have some textbooks that I am selling as I graduated and no longer need them. I have pictures, all are in great condition. I am located in Tempe Arizona so if you are looking for AT STILL, MIDWESTERN or NAU PA PROGRAMS, then this is for you. Prices are whatever the used pride on amazon is minus 20% assuming your in AZ and I don’t have to ship. Edited for what I have left!!! Pharmacology 4th edition from Lippincott Willams and Wilkins- Surgical recall 7th edition by Lorne H Blackbourne- A must have if you have a surgery rotation, seriously this book is a life savor, every chapter has a set of popular pimp questions that Preceptors try to make you miss.LANGE Q&A Physician Assistant 5th edition 225 question practice test with 1100 questions and detailed answers- I counted approximately 25 pages where I circled answers on the questions, after that I just used a separate pieces of paper.Tolerances- an orthopaedic reference manual 3rd edition- small pocket book for an ortho rotation- Only recommend if you want ortho surgeryManual for Eye Examination and Diagnosis 9th edition by Mark W Leitman- full color
  7. Good Morning, Currently, I am on my last semester of undergrad. I currently have my SEAL challenge contract and have a spot to go to BUD/S. I want to be a Physician Assistant in the future but prefer serving my country as a SOCM. Once I am old and cant go anymore I will apply to go to Physician Assistant School. My goal was set on SEAL and be a medic but I just heard about SARC and they do more medicine. Plus more people who come out of SARC have a high chance of going into Physician Assistant school, from what I've been told. I never heard of a SEAL being a PA. My question is simple. I want to do SOCM before applying to be a PA. My GPA is okay it is a 3.0, trying to get 3.1-3.2 for my last semester, If I do SARC will it give me a boost into PA school or not? If not I will stick to my SEAL contract. If it does I will go ahead and try to go for an HM-ATF. (I have not taken the GRE yet was planning to do it later down the road. Plus I want to keep taking college classes to boost my GPA in the future)
  8. As someone who has a noncompetitive GPA, I am considering pursuing a Master's in Biomedical Sciences to show programs that my study habits and academic performance has most certainly improved. -Does anyone know if grades received in a master's program help boost the overall GPA? - Would the science courses taken at a grad level count for PA school pre-reqs? -Any tips/advice from those that have taken this route? I appreciate you taking the time to help
  9. Hi everyone. Thought I'd start the discussion for the 2019-2020 application cycle. Good luck!
  10. I'm considering becoming a PA and have always been interested in aesthetic dermatology. I was wondering how content PA's are with specializing in aesthetic dermatology and what kind of work hours there are. Another thing, are the work hours flexible? I'd love to start a family but not sure how much it will affect that. Thank you!
  11. Hello All pre-PA students! We know how difficult the application process for PA school can be, and we are hoping to make it just a little easier. Loma Linda University is holding their 3rd annula pre-PA conference to help prospective students learn more about the profession, application process, and our program. Spend the day with Faculty, local PAs, alumni, and current students! Our main speaker for this event is Tony Adkins PA-C or more popularly known as the "dancing doc". We will be hosting ultrasound and intubation skills labs as well as several information sessions pertaining to writing your personal statement, how to ace the interview, general Q&A, and profession information. The goal is to show you how to become a competitive applicant! DON'T MISS THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT APPLYING TO PA SCHOOL! LLU PA Program Admission Representatives will be in attendance. Past attendees have been accepted to LLU's PA program. Refreshments will be provided, and there will also be raffle prizes given away every hour! Visit our eventbrite page for additional information and tickets! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/llus-3rd-annual-pre-pa-conference-registration-85925681025
  12. I am feeling unsure as to whether or not I will get into PA school. I have a bachelor's degree in Public Health Science. My cumulative gpa is a 3.92 and my science gpa is a 3.8 with 61 science course credits. I have 1,000 hours of patient contact currently from working as a physical therapy aide during undergrad. I am taking a gap year and working 36 hours per week as a medical assistant and also taking weekend shifts as a physical therapy aid to reach approximately 3,000 hours when I apply next year. I also have about 200 hours of other related experience through working as a medical receptionist and volunteering and have 100 hours from shadowing. I have about 500 hours of volunteer experience from a service trip for income equity, a social justice student group, volunteering with a group that works to fix low-income health disparities, an LGBTQ+ community health clinic, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the philanthropy committee for my sorority. I am doing research with a nearby medical school and will have about 300 hours of research experience at the time I apply (this is a volunteer position). I was a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology II for two years. I served as the president of a student organization and the vice president of the same organization, a program lead for a social justice organization, and I was the chair of philanthropy for my sorority. Other extracurricular involvements included Students Engaged in Public Health, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Maryland Public Interest Research Group, Maryland Leadership Education and Development, and Ballet Company M. I am mostly concerned that I have not taken enough science credits and do not have enough patient contact. Are there other things I should work on to strengthen my profile? Should I take more science classes? Should I consider a master's in a science field? I studied public health because I am truly passionate about approaching patient care from this perspective and want to work in health administration health policy in addition to patient care, and I plan to explain this in my personal statement.
  13. Hey guys! So I'm choosing between two PA schools that I got into and wanted to see if anyone could give me good advice between A.T. Still University or Rocky Mountain School of Health Professions. A.T. Still: Location- Mesa, Arizona #40 Accredited 26 months Tuition 90,000 PANCE 98% Class size: 70 Rotations all over the country with a focus on underserved Curriculum focused on whole person care Rocky Mountain: Location- Provo, Utah Not Ranked Provisional Newer School 28 months Tuition: 110, 000 PANCE 91%, Class size: 50 While the numbers all point to A.T. Still... when I went to the interview process I liked the faculty and vibes better in Provo, Utah personally. However, it is ultimately a newer, provisional program that is also more expensive. Let me know your guys thoughts and any advice you might have! Is it worth it to go to the school I liked better even if it is more expensive and not ranked? Thanks
  14. -1st year 85k w/ guaranteed bump 2nd year to 100k + productivity (Quarterly bonus) -$1500 CME and 5 days CME time off -2 weeks PTO; all holidays off -All licenses and fees paid -Malpractice insurance covered; no tail coverage -401k match up to 6% -HSA paid into by physicians, dental, vision benefits. Details of job. 1st 2 years I will be working primarily outpatient. Seeing 12 patients per day. Required to do 1 weekend call per month. 3rd year I will transition to primarily consult service covering 3 hospitals in the area (5-6miles apart). GI practice has 5 doctors and one PA currently. I will be the 2nd PA coming on. That is all of the details off the top of my head. I personally think its a pretty good deal, what do you guys think? There was no mention of adjusting compensation after transitioning to the consult service although I did plant the seed. They stated that they haven't talked about that, but we could discuss it when we get there.
  15. Hello, I ordered official GRE scores to sent to specific school's CASPA accounts on 5/7 and they haven't posted to CASPA yet. I'm ready to e-submit. If I e-submit now, will those official scores be visible to schools after the fact? Or should I wait to submit until they're showing up in my CASPA. Thanks!
  16. Hello, I'm just looking for some guidance as to what I should do to increase my chances into PA school. When I apply I'll have an undergraduate, overall GPA, of 2.9 in Mechanical Engineering Technology. My pre-reqs will at 3.6 GPA. I have over 200 hrs as an emergency room volunteer (mild patient contact) and over 300 hrs combined in surgery room, ER, labor and delivery. I have about 100 hrs of shadowing 2 PAs and 1000 hrs of EMT job experience. I plan on applying this next cycle and was curious as to how likely I will be granted an interview. I know my GPA is my downfall but I'd like to get a sense of where i stand and what I can do. Thanks for the help. Cheers, Rafael
  17. I've already been accepted in to PA school starting in the fall and have been working in international health since 2011. However, my contract is up at the end of February with very little chance of renewal, so I will essentially be job-less from March till August. I don't want to start a new "career," because I will only be there for about 5 months, but I do need to do something to bring in some money. I don't have any ER, CNA, etc. certifications either. Does anyone have any ideas for where to look for short-term work, besides the typical retail route?
  18. Please help me out. It's just a roughdraft. Before I completely edit it I need to shorten it a lot. Please let me know what you think can be cut out. Pointno ut any major grammar mistakes, etc. Thanks again in advance. My parents are bilingual elementary educators in a predominantly Spanish-speaking, poor underprivileged community of East Los Angeles. Their comprehension of the importance of education during early childhood, the most vulnerable stage in life, motivated them to pursue careers in education. As Spanish speakers with significant cultural awareness, they felt a responsibility for teaching for the underserved population. My parents’ effort for their school and the surrounding community does not stop when the school day ends. As a result of their wholehearted commitment, my entire family naturally participates in their efforts and I have been involved in this community for my entire life. For twenty five years they have worked tirelessly to alleviate disparities in education. Despite their unyielding attempts to improve the lives of their students and their families beyond their education, I quickly realized their inability to directly improve their health. I first recognized the inequalities in healthcare at a very young age when I could not grasp my concerned mother’s explanation about why one of her sick students could not afford to receive medical care. Over the years I was further exposed to the health issues of the community. I noticed how malnutrition, unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity contributed to the obesity epidemic. I witnessed how students’ poor health and lack of medical care resulted in constant absences from school and greatly affected their learning. My parents were often the first to notice that certain students should undergo neuro-developmental, speech, or hearing screenings. They also often reported possible incidences of sexual or physical abuse. These observations allowed me to comprehend the detrimental impact poor healthcare has on a child’s development, ability to learn, and consequently their success in life. Students often return to visit my parents, some even graduating from college. These students are a testament to my parents’ efforts and have influenced me to seek a career that is both gratifying and necessary to make a difference in people’s lives. These events allowed me to recognize the impact of health during early childhood, especially on their development and ability to learn and sparked my passion for medicine. My passion for medicine and understanding of the importance of healthcare has motivated me to pursue a career in medicine. My recent experiences have motivated me to pursue a career as a physician assistant. As a native Spanish speaker with cultural competency and effective communication skills I have also adopted a conviction to serve underrepresented communities. As a Physician Assistant I would seek to alleviate these health disparities with the same compassion and dedication as my parents do for education. When I began college I was highly enthusiastic about my goal to improve the health of the underserved population, yet unsure of what role I would play to accomplish that. I pursued a degree in Biological Sciences in order to attain a strong foundation for my future studies in medicine. However, I felt unmotivated with my studies at such a large and competitive university. I immediately funneled most of my energy into various projects that were aligned with the insight I had gained from my experiences from my parents’ elementary school community. I became a clinical research assistant at the University XXXXX Child Development Center as it coupled my passion for medicine and children. This position introduced me to the clinical environment and allowed me to gain significant knowledge concerning attention and learning issues that can affect a child’s development. I conducted DISC-IV interviews on child patients with ADHD and their parents for National Institute of Mental Health sponsored clinical research studies. I also assisted in conducting developmental screenings and physical assessments which included measuring weight, height, head circumference, and blood pressure. I began to cultivate essential communication skills that allowed me to effectively act as a liaison between the providers, patients, and their parents. Eventually, I conducted my own independent research project where I investigated the misuse of ADHD medication by undergraduate students on our campus. I presented my findings at various symposiums and was awarded “Excellence” by the Biological Sciences Honors Committee resulting in the publication of my scientific paper in the XXXX Undergraduate Journal of Research. My research continues to be expanded upon by current undergraduates. My dedication to the underserved population inspired me to volunteer as a skills therapist for the XXXX preschool program (XXXX Initiative for the Development of Attention and Readiness). I worked in primarily Spanish speaking preschools in underserved communities of Orange County. I was trained in the early detection of learning disorders, developmental delays, and attention disorders. Using behavior modification techniques I delivered interventions to children who were at risk for attention and learning disorders in order to optimize their social, cognitive and brain development. I further enhanced my communication skills through this program as I learned not only to interact with children, but effectively report to their parents and behavior specialists. The behavior specialists and other volunteers were often dependent on me for interpretation. My experiences in behavior therapy led me to be trained as a behavior therapist for XXX, an adolescent male with Autism. In addition to in-home therapy, I was hired as a special education instructional assistant at his middle school in order to continue his therapy at school in accordance to his IEP. Eventually, I assisted in transitioning him from middle school to high school. After graduation, I sought an experience more directly related to my future goals. I wanted to directly help more people in a larger capacity. I enrolled in the domestic Peace Corps and committed one year of my life as a full time AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). I was selected to work for the Orange County chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. My year of service allowed me to explore a variety of careers in health care and exposed me to various facets of public health and community medicine. I coordinated numerous continuing medical education events including a three day conference in the fall entitled Current Advances in Pediatrics and was enthralled by the information presented. I also assisted in the management of our programs, especially our obesity prevention and intervention project. I served as the liaison between registered dieticians, physicians, students, and their parents and often relied on my ability to speak Spanish for communication. I also acted as a medical assistant acquiring height, weight, waist circumference, BMI, and blood pressure measurements of thousands of children ages 4-18 in the poorest schools of Orange County. I helped the pediatricians conduct physicals and make referrals for children in which high blood pressure, obesity, acanthosis nigricans, or other physical issues were found. The AAP also provided me with direct patient contact through the administration of developmental screenings (MCHAT, PEDS, ASQ). I primarily facilitated communication between the parents and the providers. In addition, my role at the AAP involved health education, especially with the Injury and Violence Prevention Program where I assisted in the development and distribution of educational materials. Furthermore, I made contributions to our Mental Health Initiative, School Readiness Nurse Program, and Vaccine Compliance Project. My service with the AAP reaffirmed my decision to pursue a career in medicine and it was there that I was introduced to the role of the physician assistant. I learned that they are an integral component of urban and rural medicine and their emphasis on patient advocacy, patient contact, and education aligned well with my experiences, strengths, and goals. After my year of service, I was hired part time by CA4AAP so I could continue to do work there while taking my prerequisite courses. With my enthusiasm now focused I earned A’s in all courses despite working and volunteering. I also shadowed several physician assistants and their autonomy and patient contact confirmed my decision. After completing my course requirements I was anxious to get more direct patient experience in a clinical setting. I began a volunteer internship with Kaiser Permanente Hospital XXXX Emergency Department. I also started an internship under a PA at XXXXXX Free Clinic in Orange where I am continuing to gain incredible understanding as a PA shadow and medical assistant. This opportunity has allowed me to serve a primarily Spanish speaking urban community of Orange County. My Spanish fluency, cultural competence, and communication skills are a defining aspect of my personality that I know both my colleagues and patients will benefit from. As a physician assistant I am looking forward to utilizing these strengths to provide underserved communities with efficient healthcare on a personal level.
  19. Has anyone taken any science prerequisites from good (accredited schools) and received credit from CASPA? Some schools do not take these online lab courses but does CASPA distinguish from them since the official transcripts usually do not distinguish online courses. Any and all help is appreciated. Please respond if you can, i read all responses. thanks, MG
  20. Im really heavy on the search for a PA to shadow in Chicago. If there are any PA's that will allow me to shadow or If anyone knows of a PA who's willing to be my mentor, please let me know. Thanks soooo much! :=D:
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