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  1. I am done with didactic and is about start rotation soon. I think should feel excited to be done "the hard part" yet I'm filled with doubts and anxiety about moving forward. I originally came into this profession with the idea that I want to help patients understand diseases and empower them with knowledge to help themselves. Looking back now, I somehow feel like I've been passively heading toward this direction all my life because when people asked me what I wanted to do, I just said I want to do something medical related. Be it after school programs in high school or medical related jobs aft
  2. Has anyone had any interview experience with schools asking applicants questions from subjects they took most recently to that date? Almost like a quiz or comprehension of the recent course? Wondering because I feel like I wouldn't be able to recall any academic material under that much pressure. TIA!
  3. Hi Everyone! I have a question that I HOPE someone on here has experienced and can help me out with an answer! As you know, many schools allow for one or two prereqs to be in progress when applying, but some require all to be completed prior to CASPA submission. My question is, if I put all my info into CASPA and say my course is in progress then submit to the programs that allow in progress submissions, can I then change that course to say completed or indicate that its not in progress any more and submit to the program that requires all to be completed once I'm done with the course? Or
  4. Hi! This fall I will commence my undergraduate studies at SUNY Cortland and I'm pretty concerned with being prepared for applying to PA programs, especially in regards to obtaining direct patient care hours. I was doing research and there are programs in which their accepted candidates average or will have even have more than 4,000 hours. This is quite the daunting task considering I plan to be a full-time student over the next four years. As of now, I plan on being involved in the campus EMS squad where I will receive training and will be required to serve a minimum of two 12-hour shifts
  5. I’m currently attending a quarterly-based credit college and get 3 credits in some of my crucial prerequisite classes. All the pre-pa programs I’ve looked at say something along the lines of “Organic Chemistry - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours” but my college only gives 3 quarter hours for a class like this. I have no idea what I’m supposed to do. If my college gives 3 hours when I need 4, how do I get that additional hour? So confused!
  6. Greetings, I am preparing for a few interviews I have in the near future and wanted to pose this question. All the literature I have found says that I should prepare for my interview, that is, read possible questions, practice my answers, know what I am going to say before I get into the room, etc etc.... and, this just struck me as...odd? So my question is this: Does prepare for your interview mean: Read all the practice questions I can, have an answer in mind, rehearse my answers, practice what I think I should say before hand etc. etc. Or does prepare for your
  7. Sooooo I took Gen Chem I and II, plus both labs (8 credits worth) at a local community college. When entering them into CASPA, do the A's add into my Science GPA? Or is it a separate category? It'd be reallyyyy nice to have 8 more A's to boost my sciences. THANKS FOR ANY HELP <3 and yes, I will check with CASPA to be sure :)
  8. I have a recently expired DEA for NH, and am applying for jobs/possibly moving to MA. Do I need to apply for a federal DEA and then something with the state? Just confused about the process and I can't remember what I did last time when I finished school. I will call the agencies but thought I'd post here first. I already have my new state license for MA. Thank you!
  9. I'm in my senior year of high school and I will soon be applying to colleges/universities, but I have a lot of questions: I know (or at least I've been told, so correct me if I'm wrong) that if someone is planning to become a physician and go to medical school, that medical schools essentially view their undergrad years in a similar manner as colleges/universities view high school years. Is this the same for those on track to become a PA? To confirm, my question is: Does where I go for undergrad matter to physician assistant master's programs/PA schools as long as I have a good GPA?
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  11. Hello all. I have been digging around on this forum for a while and trying to avoid posting but with the application cycle coming up I have a question or two. My first question is should I apply this cycle? I am working on a Psych Degree with a cGPA: 3.96 sGPA: 3.9 GRE: Not Yet Worth Mentioning: I only have 4 prereqs left. Anatomy, Physio, Microbio, Biochem I had to withdraw my original first year due to illness and have only withdrawn from one class since then. This I feel should not be a factor after I explain but it could hurt me. I have ~4000 hours PCE as a nurse's
  12. This is the ONE question that you are sure to be asked by every school. In fact, you will be asked this multiple times and by multiple interviewers. And they way you answer might determine whether or not you are accepted. It follows that there is NO excuse for being caught off guard. And you better have a darn good answer. So let’s tackle this question together. Please read more from my blog post on this topic and let me know your thoughts! http://pajourney.com/2015/01/07/why-do-you-want-to-become-a-physician-assistant/
  13. I am a student graduating in December and have begun the job search process. Many positions are available, but I'm finding they're either very rural, temp positions, float positions, or in a subspecialty that would be a poor fit for me after school. I am really interested in family practice or a surgical subspecialty. Today I applied for a job (my first time) that said they would consider new grads, but immediately received an email that I did not have enough experience. This is disheartening and I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps my expectations are too high. Granted, I have just begun the se
  14. So the more I read this, the more I start to doubt myself. Did I answer the prompt? Describe an occasion from one of your hands-on patient care experiences which you felt was particularly eye-opening. What did you learn from your experience? How has it helped shape your interest in or knowledge of the profession of Physician Assistants? (Limit: 500 words or less) One Thanksgiving night, when our hospital census was low, I was floated down to the ED where they did not have a technician. I was anxious because I had never worked in the ED as a technician. After a few hours of getting to k
  15. I will be applying through CASPA in this next cycle, and I want to get my application in as early as possible. However, I'm getting married in August and will be changing my last name. My address will also change at that time. Should I wait to submit my application until those rather important changes have been made, or should I submit it earlier, when I have all of my information entered?
  16. Hey everyone, I thought it would be useful to start a thread of questions to practice for PA school interviews. I have made a very thorough list of questions and published it on my blog PAJourney.com Check out the link below. I hope you find it useful! Also, please feel free to publish your own questions on this thread. Practice makes perfect! http://pajourney.com/2015/01/29/interview-questions-to-practice/
  17. One of the most important things you can accomplish in your personal statement is to demonstrate that you know the specific roles of a PA and why you want to become one. I recently wrote a blog entry on this topic that you should check out! Garunteed to help you write your personal statement. http://pajourney.com/2015/01/07/why-do-you-want-to-become-a-physician-assistant/
  18. Hey everyone, I have a question about transferring credits from two different schools. I'm applying for PA School at the moment and when I first went to school I didn't do so hot. My GPA was a 3.0 but I have like 6 withdrawals and 4 C's. I stopped going to school, worked for two years aka got my life together and then went back to school. Now I'm graduating with a 3.8. Would it be considered academic dishonesty if I didn't submit the first school's transcripts? I don't need any of those credits, do I have to submit the credits? All types of feed back would be helpful, thank you!
  19. I am currently in college, and I am considering studying to become a Registered Dietitian. However, my NUMBER ONE goal is to become a PA. Becoming an RD wouldn't be a short path--I'd graduate with the degree, complete an 8-month internship, and THEN begin paid work. If I continue to pursue this path and then work for a year or two as an RD, will this count as health care experience or will I just be wasting my time? Thanks!
  20. I have been thinking about this a bit since reading RC's post on PA's educating PA's. Where are we in terms of developing future leaders? IMHO, very far behind the nursing and physician establishment. Our profession has done a great job in developing clinicians that can practice medicine efficiently and cost effectively. We are valued members of our health care teams. But in essence, to me, as I look back over the last 26yrs of my career and squint into the next decade of my career, I ponder what does that really mean? This will sound a bit jaded, especially to newer PA's but
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