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  1. So I’m applying to around 15 schools this next cycle (April 30th), and I’m stressing out a little bit about getting my letters of evaluation. I have had three people agree to do them already and I feel very confident about them (2 recent science professors and a firefighter chief I worked with on calls as an EMT). I also might ask my supervisor at my job I’ve been at for 1.5 years as an EMT. My problem is I don’t have any connections with any PAs, doctors, NPs, etc., and It seems like a lot of schools want a LOR from one of these professions, but as an EMT, I don’t really work directly with these professions a lot. The only time I do work with them is when I give them a quick patient report, but I rarely ever see them again because there are so many hospitals where I work (LA). Plus, my company mostly just does dialysis transports. I also haven’t been able to shadow anyone aside from an ER doctor for one shift 2 years ago. Has anyone been in a similar situation and have a suggestion on what to do? Thank you in advance!
  2. Hello PA Forum, I wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations for specific PA schools considering my following goals and statistics. I would like to apply this summer for 2019 matriculation. Goals: Ideally I would like to work as a PA in a hospital setting. While I don't quite know my exact area of interest, I prefer primary care, emergency, and internal medicine over surgery. Additionally, I have a strong interest in contributing to research. Statistics/Background: 3.5 cumulative GPA, 3.45 science GPA at a private academic university 159 Verbal (82%tile), 158 Quant (70%tile), 4.5 Writing (82%tile) 9100 hours in paid and volunteering positions in the medical field (almost all clinical research) of which ~2000hrs were direct patient contact. Multiple presentations, with a publication in progress. Lots of shadowing with multiple medical professionals, but getting more with PAs I meet all prerequisites for most schools, but note I took physio without the lab (although I took anatomy with lab), and I never took a medical terminology course Pretty diverse extra-circulars with leadership roles and teaching experiences Thank you for your insight! Best, -pleaseandthankyou
  3. Hi all! So I am shadowing a PA again tomorrow that I shadowed earlier this month. She reached out to me after I sent her a letter at her practice expressing my desire to shadow. She was eager to answer my questions and go into detail explaining each patient case to me. I was wondering what questions would be good to ask her tomorrow. Would it be appropriate to ask her if she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation? To shadow her again? If she would be willing to serve as sort of a mentor to me over email? I don't want to be too forward, but I do eventually need a letter of rec from a PA and it can be hard to find PAs to shadow! Thanks!
  4. Hello! I'm getting ready to apply to PA school for the first time this cycle, I've pretty much completed everything besides some edits on my personal statement and my recommendation letters. I've already asked my professor/mentor from undergrad to write me a letter but I'm trying to figure out who to ask for the others and also how to ask. I worked as a scribe in the ER while I was completed my undergrad degree for about 1 year, I worked with several different doctors and multiple doctors told me that they would write me a letter of recommendation if I ever needed one. I have emails for a couple of the doctors and I'm friends with another on social media. I'm just wondering if I should email them prior to sending the evaluation request, I haven't worked there in a couple months and just wanted to make sure that I was being appropriate when asking for the letter via email. I also am currently working as a scribe in another ED (in another state) and have been there for about 3 months. I've worked with some great doctors but I'm just not sure if I've been working there long enough to have a strong recommendation letter from any of the doctors or if they would be comfortable writing me one. Also, is there anything that I should include when I ask for the letter of recommendation? (personal statement, CV/resume etc). My biggest thing is I'm just not sure how to phrase everything and what needs to be included in the request for the letter. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  5. I shadowed a surgeon for many hours and got to know him well, but I also spent many hours with his surgical assistant (not tech). I was wondering what someone thought about asking both of them for a recommendation letter? Would it be redundant since they both know me in the same setting/conditions or would it be extra cushion for my app? They both would be able to write strong letters for me so quality would not be an issue for either of them.
  6. I have to write my own recommendation for my supervisor. I'm having a little difficulty making it not sound like I wrote it. I want it to be pretty much flawless before he reviews it, so he can send it in ASAP. Can I PM anyone for critique?
  7. Hi all, As a sole practitioner for the past 20 years, I have not had any recent supervisors or school experience to look to for a LOR. I have a solid reference from a PA who is a department head at a major hospital. I have several current and past patients who have work in a professional capacity (medical doctors, lawyers, nurse practitioners, etc). I also have a long time family friend who is a priest who works for the local diocese. The PA school I am looking to apply requires 3 letters of reference and only one needs to be from a PA. I am looking for someone who knows me in a professional capacity. I prefer not to ask a patient but I will if need be. Any suggestions?
  8. I have a question for female PA students and current PA's. I am still in the application process but like to have a plan or at least an idea of a plan. I am recently married and would like to know your personal experiences as far as timing of having children? Before school, during, after? I would really like to have an extended time period off with my child after they are born so is taking a little time off after graduating a common thing or do people generally jump straight in to work? Is it impossible to have a child during school? Because of school and my husband's career we kind of have to plan these types of things if possible. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  9. Internal Medicine / Geriatric care clinic will be hiring a medical assistant to start the first week of November 2017. The office employs two physicians and one physician assistant. This is a great opportunity for pre-PA students to earn quality patient contact hours in order to bolster their applications for physician assistant programs. Additionally, the office is a rotation site for the local PA program. This provides an opportunity for interaction with current PA students during their rotations. Must have medical assistant certification or a Bachelor's degree in a science or medically based field of study. Throughout the years, the office has employed a couple of medical assistants who have gone on to complete a physician assistant program. Please message me for more details if you are interested.
  10. i just applied and i had 2 interviews, but only have one waitlist. i am thinking part of my problem was my GPA was only a 3.4 and 3.2 science respectively. but i had a great personal statement and good rec letters. for a reapplicant do i have to use new ones? do i use the same account? i will have more HCE and shadowing as well as research experience to boost my application, tho the GPA will be about the same. does anyone have any advice and do i need to get new letters of rec and personal statement?
  11. I am a pre-PA student trying to plan ahead for the 2016-2017 application cycle, although I need help deciding which work-related letter of recommendation to use, as I have multiple options. All three of my options are described below, I'd appreciate any advice on making this decision. 1) I am currently employed as a Patient Care Technician at a hospital and could ask my nurse manager, who is my highest direct supervisor and who hired me for the position. The situation is that I have only been in my position for about six months and she has recently switched to a different position in the same department - so we still work together, she's just no longer my direct supervisor. Additionally, I primarily work weekends, as that's what fits easiest around being a full-time student, while she mostly works week days, so we don't work side-by-side frequently. However, she does monitor my work indirectly and has always given me very flattering feedback on my performance reviews. 2) Another option is that I could ask my head charge nurse for a letter of recommendation. Him and I have worked side-by-side more frequently and have bonded with over having similar hobbies. My concern is that a letter of recommendation from someone in a higher position could be more beneficial. 3) Yet another option is that I could ask the head of the nursing department at the nursing home I work at about 2 years ago as a CNA. Her and I always had a good work relationship and she always gave me positive feedback. My concern is that it was a while ago.
  12. I'm a recent grad and am looking for my first job. One place called and asked me if I had my letters of recommendations ready. She said "Just for future, you should have these on hand." This caught me off guard. Should I have these done before even applying for any jobs? Should the letters of recommendation be generalized or specific to the job I am applying for? Does this mean I have to ask my references for new letters of recommendations for every job I apply for? Any input is appreciated! Thank you!
  13. ...or How can I tweak it to get a better deal? Base Salary: $85,000/yr (w/ pay for performance: Avg 18pts/day: 90K; Avg 19pts/day: 95K; Avg 20pts/day: 100K) 2 yrs contract (employer or employee may terminate with written notice 90 days prior) M-F, 45hrs/week + 2 weekend days/month (combination of Saturday: 7 hrs ...and/or... Sunday: 5hrs) 10 paid vacation days (5day/5days) + 6 paid national holidays (no roll-overs) Paid Malpractice w/o Tail Individual Medical benefit (without dental and vision) No Paid Sick days and Time Off (if they fall outside of the "16 paid days") 401K negotiation after 1st year Employee pays for License requirements (DEA, NCCPA, State Licence...)
  14. hthp

    Reapplying LoR?

    Was just curious, could you ask the same people that wrote your rec letters to write you another one when you reapply? Or would it be better to ask different people for references?
  15. Science GPA 2.78 (I have taken almost every science class available) Taking biochem this fall. Cumm GPA 3.4 Graduating with degree in Sociology Fall 2012 on dean's list Taking GRE in July community service: red cross (40 hours) hospital (20 hours currently) (Should I put down I volunteered at a hospital for 2 years back in 2003?) extracurricular activites: involved in domestic violence and womens support groups at school HCE hours: 2000 medical assistant Pharmacy tech hours: 4000 hours (doesn't count for many schools) Should I become an EMT? I am applying this year to multiple schools. What are my chances of getting in? I know my Science GPA is low. However, I am working on improving that this summer and in the fall.
  16. JOB TITLE/DESCRIPTION: White House Physician Assistant. Assists the White House Physicians in providing comprehensive health care to the President, Vice President and their families. Plans, coordinates and directs emergency action plans for medical contingencies including both on-site and remote assessment of medical capabilities at White House travel destinations worldwide. Provides acute care to military personnel assigned to the White House and occupational health services to members of the White House staff. Stands independent watch as on-site medical response officer for the President and Vice-President. UNIT DESCRIPTION: Joint service unit solely responsible for the health of the President, Vice President and their families. Delivers operational, acute and emergency care services to over 2,200 military members assigned to Presidential support; 3,000 members of the Executive Office of the President; the U.S. Secret Service; and visitors to the White House. REQUIRED SECURITY CLEARANCES: **REDACTED** SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate will represent military medicine to the Nation's senior leaders on an international stage. They must have six years of active duty service, including a post-training utilization tour of a minimum of 3 years, and a demonstrated record of sustained clinical excellence, including a proven track record of exemplary interpersonal skills, maturity, integrity, and character. Nominees must be a graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant Program, be certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and have experience in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) principles­. Travel, often on short notice, is required: typically 2 to 4 days in duration and occurring 4 to 6 times per month; occasional trips may last 10 to 14 days. Nominees must meet Navy weight and physical fitness standards and be a non-smoker.
  17. Any thoughts on Team Health? They seem to offer a nice package. Would it be a good place for a new grad?
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