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  1. Hi everyone. Thought I'd start the discussion for the 2019-2020 application cycle. Good luck!
  2. Hi! Kicking things off here since I didn't see a thread for this cycle. Type away..
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. -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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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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