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  1. The American Association of Surgical PAs will again offer a meeting designed only for those interested in or actively apply to PA School. There will be amazing insights on the profession, training, future as well as interview tips and a chance for one-on-one time with PAs who work on admissions committees. Bring a draft of your essay! AASPA is proud to be one of the first professional PA organizations to host a seminar specifically tailored to helping people realize their dreams of becoming a Physician Assistant. You will spend two hours with thought leaders in the PA profession learning specific information to strengthen your PA application and interview. We know what admission committees want to hear! You will meet PAs who are serving or who have served on PA Program admission committees from a variety of different programs. Attending an AASPA Pre-PA meeting looks amazing on a CASPA application, or drop a line during your interview. You will receive a great certificate to add to caspa or add to your application file! Here is the info: Hilton Alexandria Old Town 1767 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Registration link: http://aaspa.com/page.asp?tid=186&name=2013-AASPA-Pre-PA-Meeting&navid=9 This amazing seminar will include: -Overview of the PA Profession -PA Profession news that all applicants need to know -Essentials of Academic prerequisites -Health care/patient care prerequisites -How to deal with CASPA -PA-wanna-be essays -How to stand out as an applicant -One on one and group Q & A session -and much more! Attending this seminar you will receive: Unique certificate of attendance suitable for listing on any PA application Copies of all PowerPoint slides and lecture materials One on one opportunities to speak with PAs serving on admission committees COST AASPA Pre-PA Member $25 All others: $30 in advance After September 23: Register at the door $50 **In addition, AASPA is offering an ultrasound course for PAs the next day, there are afew opportunities for volunteer models to have ultrasounds done of their abdomens, carotids, etc. Another great opportunity to experience the PA world AND build your application.
  2. “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” I could not agree more with this quote by Steve Jobs. With the life experience I have gained thus far, I have found that those unhappiest simply have not found their passion or purpose. With this in mind, I look forward to the day I fulfill my dream of becoming a Physician Assistant. With the risk of sounding cliché, I can genuinely say nothing makes me happier in life than helping others. More importantly, nothing would make me happier than to make a difference as a PA. Every night as I gazed up at the stars, swaying blissfully in my hammock, I reminisced on the day’s activities. Every night, I felt so incredibly blessed, thankful, and inspired. Walking through the villages of Luperón and helping the villagers remarkably changed my life. The trainings we had for the village Healers, stood out the most. These six women, who had the education equivalent of a 3rd grader, were so unbelievably intelligent. It was truly inspiring to know that these women were already so knowledgeable, without them even realizing it. They were able to recognize the different uses for all the plants grown in the village. To my eye these plants looked very similar, but with their experience they could differentiate them all. I admire their ability to do what they can with what they have to help their people. They exemplify the dedication necessary to work in healthcare. It was captivating watching the PA students examine and diagnose patients. Students fresh out of their didactic year, with so much knowledge, it was astounding. I had no doubts before this trip that PA was my path and this trip only solidified my certainty. We came to Luperón to help and to teach, but left learning more than I had ever imagined. Briskly walking down the halls of the Oncology floor with nothing but my BP cuff and piercing curiosity, I came across Eddie. Eddie was well known for his upbeat personality on our floor but to our dismay he was reaching his final stage of metastatic bone cancer. Unresponsive and with gasps of air seeming to bubble like that of a child obnoxiously sipping their last bits of juice from a straw. With mixed feelings of excitement and utter terror, I helped the charge nurse stabilize Eddie. A couple thrust to the chest and we were able to get him to ICU in time. Seeing the look of relief on the face of Eddie’s wife, that is my motivation towards becoming a PA. The patients are my motivation, they make it all worth it. Being the glimpse of hope and doing whatever it takes to help those in such a vulnerable state is what I live for. Lastly, I have found my motivation to be my mother. Through the ups and downs, she has always been my rock. Freshman year of college my parents separated. Making matters worse, my dad left the country and alienated our family. As if coping with their irreconcilable separation was not hard enough, we now had to worry about supporting ourselves without his financial help. It was one of the hardest times of my life. Dealing with the heartbreak and newfound financial struggles, made concentrating on school a daunting task. I admire my mother tremendously for getting our family through that rut. She did whatever it took to ensure that we did not lose our home and still is. Her undying perseverance is equivalent to mine in pursuing PA. Fortunately with time I was able to deal more maturely with the situation and overcome the emotional struggles. My last five semesters show my true academic potential. I know with my GPA, the odds are against me, but I will do what ever it takes to reach my aspirations. I have been fortunate enough to gain experience in different healthcare environments and different specialties. I have had the opportunity to meet and pick the brains of a multitude of doctors, PA’s, and nurses. I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly in healthcare. Nevertheless, I have met doctors whom have the same values and morals I do. After coming across some rotten eggs, I found doctors who inspire me everyday. These Urologists have the dedication, compassion, and humility necessary to provide the utmost care to patients. The first instance I realized the character of these doctors was when a prostate cancer patient lost his insurance. It took us weeks and countless hours to get grant approval for their medications. Just when we were all about to give up the doctor said, “Money isn’t everything” and was willing to pay for this medication himself. I was left in awe, and from that moment on, I knew I was in the right place. Their positive attitude, patience, and devotion hold the standard for the healthcare provider I aspire to be. Their positive influence and exceptional training integrated with my determination to grasp all the knowledge they share; leave me feeling more prepared than ever to begin the next step in becoming a Physician Assistant.
  3. Here is my story [condensed]: applied 2 years ago, made the alternate list in san Antonio (was not accepted) Had a beautiful baby, did not apply this past year I am in the process of applying this year with a goal of submitting my application by May 2012 I am taking an EMT-B class this month, ends in June I have shadowed a new PA, and shadow a former PA Volunteering numbers a low, I am gathering my resources to volunteer at the food bank as I cannot find a better fit for my sisters and I (I am very pro-college! My younger sisters need to invest their time now, so that they can list this as volunteerism, reflection, etc when they apply to school) I took comparative anatomy and I am looking into taking A&P this summer (So this will be in -progress) I have a C in organic chemistry, I don’t know if I should re-take this course. What do you all think?
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