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  1. Hi there!! I am a second year PA student on fall break and have a lot of free time right now. I edit personal statements and do mock interviews for pre-PAs on the side through www.packtopac.com. Email me at packtopac@gmail.com if you are looking for a mentor or help with personal statements/preparing for an upcoming interview!
  2. Hi all! My name is Madi, I'm a second year PA student on winter break! I edit personal statements for $40 (this includes 4 hours of edits). I have a TON of free time right now/am looking to help whoever needs it! Email me packtopac@gmail.com OR schedule with me http://www.packtopac.com Looking forward to reading your essays! Keep up the good work!!
  3. Hi guys! My name is Sharmaine Pascual and I am a current didactic year student at CUNY School of Medicine (AKA Sophie Davis) PA Program. Every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM, our school hosts zoom sessions for any interested pre-PA students.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. This is open today for all students all over. This is a really great opportunity to ask questions about our program, pre-requisites, our journey into PA school, or any general questions you may have. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the attached form and send it back to csompaclub@gmail.com the week you would like to attend and we will send you the zoom link. Hope to see you all soon! We can’t wait to meet future PAs!
  4. Im so blessed to have been accepted to 2 programs, however, I am so torn on which PA program to attend. A)I was accepted to 1 program that I absolutely loved the staff, facility, and truly felt at home. They have a small class size of 30 which I love. I also would be able to rent a house and have a much better living situation. But they just had their first class take the PANCE and a class of 19 students had a 54% pass rate. Their didactic year was unexpectedly online due to Covid, therefore, I strongly believed this contributed. They have hired a new program director that came from a PA program with a 100% PANCE pass rate and he is implementing changes to improve the program. I met the director and he seems very competent and wants to do anything to make this program successful. They will have 2 more graduating classes before I graduate, therefore, I’m hoping they can work out the kinks. B) The other program I was accepted to is not in an area that I’m thrilled to be in. I also felt like another number at my interview instead of feeling valued. Their class size is also double the size (60) and I normally learn best in smaller class sizes. But, their PANCE pass rate is 95%. I’m not sure what to do! I can’t seem to decide between following my heart, or my logical brain.
  5. Hi I’m a paramedic with my A.S. in EMS. I’m planning out my future to become a PA, but I’m a little confused about the best and fastest route to take. There is a new program for paramedic’s at an accredited college for a bachelor’s degree in paramedicine. I could go right into the program with my current degree in EMS with no extra prerequisites. Or should I get my bacholer’s in a degree like biomedical, but I will need to take some prerequisites? I don’t know if having a bachelor’s degree in paramedicine will hurt my chances at getting accepted into a PA program. I just don’t want to waste time becoming a PA. I love being a paramedic but the money isn’t there for the risks and workload I’m in every shift.
  6. Vision Dermatology located in Raleigh, NC is currently looking for new medical assistants. I am currently leaving to go to Duke PA school, but I just had to share how great it was to work there! First of all, Dr. Aarons is the best. She is so kind and humble and is always willing to take the time to teach you. Second of all, the office has two PAs (Brianna and Amy). They are also SO sweet. They both love to mentor pre PAs, and they are extremely fun to work with. If you are interested, the job is listed on Indeed or you can email james@visiondermatology.com
  7. Hey Everyone! My name is Jessica, and I'm a pre-PA student in Queens, NY. I'm looking to shadow a PA this summer somewhere in the following areas: Queens County or Nassau County. Please reach out if interested!
  8. Hey guys, I'm sure there's a lot of non-traditional students out there. I'm currently working as a Physical Therapist Assistant in a rehab hospital and a Pre-PA student applying to the PA program next year. I made a video to talk about my experiences, why I chose PA, and what my aspirations are as a future PA. Let me know what you think, and I would love if some non-traditional students who are seeing this are willing to share their experiences as well!
  9. Hi guys! I didn’t see a three for this school so I decided to start one. Has anyone apply to Arcadia’s Hybrid PA Program?
  10. Hi guys, I didn't see a new thread. Hope this helps you guys. Just like in previous years they are moving forward, but it may look a bit different because COVID seems to be slowing down. Here's the email I received on 5/11/2021. I submitted my application on 5/3/2021 and verified on 5/11/2021. Thank you for applying to the Radford University Carilion PA program. This email is to let you know that your application is complete, has been marked as "Verified", and we have received your RU supplemental application. Your application will be put in a queue to be reviewed. You may still provide updates to your application through the CASPA website. Once applications are reviewed, we will make decisions on whom to interview. Our earliest interview dates will be in September. As we don't yet have exact dates selected for interviews, we will likely make offers for interviews in early July at the soonest. We will send out periodic updates to keep you apprised of your status. However, with the necessary changes in how we accomplish our tasks, those updates may not be as frequent as we would like them to be. We are happy to answer any questions that come up, and you are welcome to email me at rhadley1@radford.edu. Thank you, Bob Hadley
  11. Hello World, I've been struggling so hard with picking a major. I'm in my first semester of University and I just decided I want to go Pre-Pa. I was talking to a family friend who is a PA to see what he would think is best for me to go into for a major. He mentioned computer science and it got me thinking. They make lots of money and given that the metaverse is an up and coming innovation there will be a lot of computer science careers out there. Also, there was a thought of psychology which has a lot of the pre reqs I would need for PA School the only problem is the job outlook for psychology majors isn't that good. My main problem is which one would look better for getting into PA school. It's my dream to become a Aesthetics Derm PA and I don't want a simple "wrong" pick of a major get in the way of my dream. Let me know your experiences and what you guys think. Thank you!
  12. Hi! Does anyone know how to determine if PA schools will accept certain class for the statistics course requirement? I attached an image below of the one I want to take because it also counts for my major. Any feedback is very appreciated!! Thank you!!
  13. Hello, I am president of the Pre-PA club at SFSU. I am looking for shadowing opportunities here in the Bay Area. If the PA allows, I would like to share this opportunity to my club to shadow during the breaks at SFSU. Please feel free to reach out to me on here or you can follow us/DM us @sfsuppas
  14. I am a member of AAPA and maybe I am unfamiliar with the website, but I want to make the most learning from the site and using it. How do PA-S or PA-C use it? As a Pre-PA how can I use the site and its resources to help? I appreciate it!
  15. Hello PA forum. After doing some soul searching, I decided on maybe going for PA school. I am only a 2nd semester freshman. However, due to many circumstances, such as adjusting to online school, and a 1 star professor, my first semester of college was a 2.5. I also was not planning on anything after undergrad so I wasn't totally motivated on acing everything. I am doing my best this semester to make up for that, and getting a 3.75 or 4 this semester is realistic at the moment since Ive bee working extra hard. I am very worried however that all of the hard work that will come in the next years will be for naught if my 2.5 first semester will weigh me down. I know I am capable of getting mostly As and Bs from here on out, but will my first semester be the bane of my PA school application? Will schools take into account covid college and and very bad professors who hardly knew how to operate education software? Will schools see the upward trend as a good thing? I also understand that my application will be looked at as a package rather than just GPA, so I have some hope, but this worry still lingers.
  16. Second time, older applicant looking to reapply this coming cycle -- CASPA verified early this past cycle with low GPA (2.93) and outstanding prereqs, which led to 5 app submissions and prompt rejections. Hoping that I've improved, but still looking for advice on how I can try to standout being on the low GPA end of things and thoughts on retaking the GRE! Undergrad Degree (2008): BS in Comm Studies & Rhetoric PostBacc (2016-2019) cGPA: 3.3 (undergrad, 3.3) sGPA: currently 3.13 (undergrad, 2.63) -- if I get an A in Immunology (3 credits) this coming Spring, I will have a sGPA of 3.18; if I take 4 credits and get an A, I will have a 3.2 Post-Bacc GPA: 3.6 Disclosure: DUI conviction 10 yrs ago Pre-req courses: Biostats: B- Psych: A Bio1: A Bio2: A A&P1: B- Gen Chem1: C+ (W from 5 yrs ago when I enrolled and dropped) Gen Chem2: C+ A&P2: A- BioChem: A MicroBio: A Genetics: A- Pending Immunology course this Spring GRE: 306, V158--Q148--W3.5 LoRs: 2 oncology attendings/primary investigators; 1 PA; 1 NP; 1 academic letter -- bio prof Hours: PCE: By the time I apply, 7074 hrs (8 yrs clinical research coordinator, CRC, in oncology clinical research) HCE: 7074 hrs (8 yrs clinical research associate, CRA, in oncology clinical research) Research: 1572 hrs Volunteer: 50 hrs, helping at a homeless clinic since Jan 2018 PA shadowing: 28 hrs surgical oncology and pediatric oncology I split my hours as 45% PCE/45% HCE /10% Research CRC - in the clinic w/patients (interviewing pts about PMH, one-on-one pt research interviews regarding Quality of Life, discussing & outlining the patient's course of treatment on vs. off-protocol, discussing the goals and medical implications of participating and answering questions about treatment, recruitment, and screening & assessing patient toxicities in clinic with physicians/PAs and through chart reviews, etc) CRA - clerical in regards to submitting necessary safety paperwork, chart reviews for tox assessments, scheduling patient appts, ordering necessary protocol labs and scans, data collection and entry, editing the research protocol, audit preparation, etc. Research - time spent more specifically pulling, sorting, and analyzing data for publications, mtgs with the stats team, MDs, etc.
  17. Do I have a chance? I’m struggling to decide if I should apply for this cycle or not due to my gpa and PCE. I graduated last august with a bachelors in biology. I’m 23 btw. Cumulative Gpa before post bacc credits-2.98 Sci GPA-2.65 Cumulative gpa after post bacc-3.17 (32 credits) Sci gpa after-3.10 Post bacc cgpa- 3.98 sgpa- 4.00 PCE hours as a CNA~1500 Medical assistant~ 400 HCE as a Pathology Tech~ 1360 LOR- one from MD that I worked with, one from a PA I shadowed, and one from a former boss Shadowing~150 hours Leadership Hours~80 hours Volunteer~150 hours Taking the GRE this month My GPA was low in my undergrad bc of going through personal circumstances and recently learning that I have ADHD. After finding out my diagnosis I completely changed how I studied and I had an upward trend my senior year and during this post bacc.
  18. Hi everyone! I’m Tati. I just graduated in December with my BS in Kinesiology. I had a low GPA, exactly 3.0. I don’t know what my science gpa is but I can only assume that is low as well. I plan to retake O-Chem 1 ( I got an S grading for it Bc my school did the S/U grading in Spring 2019) & I plan to take Biochem this summer. I just started getting patient hours as an Emt in December. Once the PA application opens, I think I’ll have about 500 hrs. By august, assuming I only pick up my shift hours & not OT; I’ll have ~1000 hrs. I don’t have any shadowing experience & it’s pretty hard to get some now because of the pandemic. im debating if I should apply this cycle with only the minimum hrs & a low gpa or should I wait, retake some classes & apply next yr? I’m very conflicted and don’t know what I should do. I know I want to go to Pa school but cannot decide on the timeline. any advice is appreciated!
  19. Hi, everyone. I'm a non-traditional student, wrapping up my associate's degree in psychology from a small state school (not a community college) in Georgia. This college only offers 3 bachelor degrees, which is why I would finish elsewhere. I was a student at Arizona State Online, but transferred to take my prerequisites and labs in person. All my science prerequisites with in-person labs for PA programs will be done prior to transferring to the next college for my bachelor's degree. Now that I'm almost done, I was originally planning to then finish my degree through ASU, but am now considering finishing it at my local university for various reasons. Here's the two options I have: Option A: Finish my bachelor's degree in psychology at my local university. PROS: Graduate with less than $10k in debt. Get hands-on experience in research. More than likely get a stronger letter of recommendation. CONS: It would take longer to finish. I would barely get by, working part-time and living paycheck to paycheck. I would have to devote more time to in-person classes, which would take away from my income and time to do other things. Less volunteer hours. ALL clinical hours will be in private EMS, so my hands-on experience and skills won't be utilized as much, as it's 95% mostly transporting stable patients. Option B: Finish my bachelor's degree in psychology at Arizona State University (online). PROS: Accelerated program and can finish in 1.5 years instead of 2.5 years. Work in 911 EMS, which means better hands-on experience and utilizing my skills more - I think this will also make me a better provider in the future. More time to work, which means more income. More time not in a physical class, which means more time to volunteer, which is less stressful since I also have more money in general. Still get to go graduate in person. CONS: Graduate with around $30k in debt. Weaker letters of recommendation. Little research opportunity. Obvious I finished my degree online because the college is 20+ hours away. Although it would cost more to finish at ASU, I could become a PA faster, which means it would actually be better financially IF I were to get into both at the same cycle.
  20. Personally, I'm gaining my patient-care hours from working as a Physical Therapist Assistant, but other great options are: EMT, CNA/CMA, RA, ER tech, Scribe, etc. I've also considered being a scribe, ER tech, pharm tech, and EMT. I made a short video discussing my picks for the "Top 5 PCE jobs for Pre-PAs / PA school. Let me know if I missed any. What are you guys doing to gain PCE hours? Any ideas/suggestions/feedback would be greatly appreciated!
  21. Here are my stats Gpas when I graduated with a degree in Biology Cgpa-2.93 sgpa 2.73 Took 45 credit hours post-bacc on my own Those gpas were cgpa-3.93 and sgpa 4.0 It changed my original gpas to a cgpa of 3.13 and sgpa of 3.12 PCE hours as a CNA ~1900 by the time I apply HCE hours as a Pathology Tech 1200 Volunteer ~200 which includes a medical mission trip to Panama for a week, starting a HOSA club at my community college, did many leadership activities, and habitat for humanity projects Shadowing~100 half in person other was virtual LOR’s- 2 PA’s, 1 MD, 1 from current boss Only thing I need to take is GRE I know my gpas are low and it was from my sophomore and junior year struggling with personal situations and also recently learning I have ADHD which caused me to change completely how I study. I am 22 btw if that helps with anything.
  22. Soooooooo I just got my 13th denial email from applying to pa schools this year and I am feeling absolutely hopeless. I know I am not the only one, but I am asking for any help possible. I definitely want to reapply and not give up my dream of being a pa (this is what I have wanted this I was 16). So according to my resume what areas can I work on? My stats: GPA: 3.34 (CASPA GPA 3.24) Prerecs: Anatomy: A Physiology: B Gen chem: A- orgo chem: A- Biochem: B+ into psych: AP credit life span psych: B+ gen biology: B Physics: A pathophysiology: B- PCE: around 1400, 550 as a CNA in a nursing home, 500 as a CNA in a ventilator dependent unit at the hospital and 400 as a CNA in the ICU went on a medical mission trip to Belize and wrote my personal statement on it and also presented the trip at a global health conference Shadowing: 5 hours with Internal med PA, 20 hours with Peds Neuro PA, 20 hours Family med MD, 20 hours ICU PA, 10 hours Family med PA Volunteering: 150 hours at Children's Healing center (non profit safe place for immune suppressed children to play) Presented research at Student scholars day at my university GRE: verbal: 145 Math: 145 writing: 3.5 So, what else can I work on? is my gpa too low? Please feel free to personal message me for advice!!!
  23. Hello! i am a sophomore in college and set to graduate in May 2020. I am having troubles finding health care hours. Every job i’ve seen is full time, and i can’t do that with 18-21 credits every semester and two kids. The only job i’ve found is a Direct Support Professional. These people work with disabled people, kids and adults. Working with kids means watching them, giving them their medications, taking to therapy etc, and adults live in group home settings. So feeding, medications, etc. I was wondering if this would count for HCE? The program i’m looking into just says a list of some jobs and says “not limited too” and I emailed the program for help and they didn’t clarify anything.
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