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  1. If you have 3 people send letters of rec to CASPA but a school only requires 2; does CASPA randomly choose 2 out of your 3 to send to that school that only requires 2? That would sort of be unfair if you had 2 PAs and 1 professor send in LORs, and lets say the school requires: 1 from a professor and 1 from a PA... what if CASPA randomly chooses the 2 from the PAs. Then it looks like you never got one from a professor? Am I missing something here?
  2. Hey everyone! So I've decided to look for a new job for various reasons, mostly feeling burnt out where I am but also looking to move closer to the city. I have a phone interview lined up and all is well so far. My problem is what to do when they look for references. I did work with an NP during the first couple years of my job (she and I worked with the same SP) and we became close friends. She got let go, but we still keep in touch so I plan on asking her if she would mind being a reference. Aside from her, I have NO IDEA who else I could have as a reference. I don't want anyone I work with to know that I'm looking and I don't have any other professional contacts outside of our office other than that NP. I started this job right out of school 5 years ago. At that time I used my preceptors, teachers, and the lead at the Red Cross where I volunteered as references. Fast forward to now, I'm sure all of my preceptors and teachers have forgotten about me amidst all of the students they see. The leader at the Red Cross retired and I have no idea where she is now. Anyone else that has been in my situation who has any ideas or advice? I feel like being in the same job for 5 years after school is probably a plus in the eyes of recruiters, but my professional circle is so small because of it. Thanks!
  3. I am looking for a good pediatric critical care reference text. I've heard that the big three are · Fuhrman and Zimmerman. Pediatric Critical Care. 4th Edition. 2011 · Shaffner and Nichols. Rogers' Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care. 5th Edition. 2015. · Wheeler, Wong, and Shanley. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence. 2007. My question is.. I have no way to go see any of these texts in person. Anyone have any good comparisons on the three texts? I would be learning more toward Roger's just because its the most current - however I'm not sure if that is a good enough reason. I'll be using it just as a reference for understanding the sick kiddos I'm taking care of, but I'll be working in Neurosurgery. Any opinions would be much appreciated. Happy Holidays!
  4. If you’re new to applying, there are many important factors that can go into a letter of recommendation (LOR) or reference. Read my blog posting here to learn more about who you should ask, what to include, and where to start. My blog is DoseOfPA.blogspot.com if you want to learn more about the PA profession or applying to PA programs.
  5. After reviewing the prerequisite coursework for some local PA programs, it's come to my attention that I could probably apply this upcoming cycle. However, I would likely be applying without the things in red and the things in blue would likely be incomplete by the time of application (meaning I'd finish them after I applied to CASPA). Progress thus far: BS (psychology in May) ~3.5 sGPA with only one class less than an A- (Che 2 = B- Health Care Experience consisting largely of Behavioral Health: 700+ hours as a Mental Health Technician at a Behavioral Hospital 200+ hours as a Therapeutic Staff Support (working with autism primarily) 150+ hours as a Home Health Aide (pediatrics/autism) 20 hours as a Therapist Aide (volunteer) Things left to do: Statistics, Nutrition, and Organic Chemistry 1 (I also want to take Orgo 2 to demonstrate that my poor academic start - 2 consecutive years of withdrew/fails - was due to immaturity which is no longer reminiscient of the adult I am today) GRE's Shadow a PA EMT - strongly considering an accelerated EMT course during the summer so I can have some kind of relevant medical patient experience Acquire Letters of Recommendation Write Personal Essay All of the things left to do can be done before June, but I would still likely take the EMT course in the summer and take Orgo 1 in the Fall (leaving Orgo 2 out of the picture completely). My GRE scores might not be the best also since I haven't taken math in some time, so that's another area of some concern. However, if I were to wait until next cycle I would have a considerable amount more of experience (including hopefully ER Tech experience) as well as a better score on my GRE's and hopefully better suited LOR and essay. Any suggestions for those that have been through this process? Are my stats good enough as they stand to apply or should I wait to improve?
  6. Hello, I am a 30 year old female with the following credentials: approx 4000 hours as a Medical Assistant Cumilative GPA 3.33 Science GPA 3.75 (post bacc science GPA of 3.98) letters of recommendation from one PA and two post bacc professors GRE : Analytical 4.5, Quanitative 156, Verbal 150 (translated to about 1170) top student in the post bacc program I had people from Admissions read my Personal Statement and they did not see anything wrong CASPA was submitted on August 2nd, 2013 I applied to 19 programs. received 4 interviews. rejected by 15 schools out of the 4 interviews, I was rejected by 1, 2 waitlist, and waiting on one (my interview was in October). I am devastated at this point. All of my classmates in the postbac program have been accepted by a PA program (including the one I am waiting to hear from). I have more experience (twice the amount at least than any of my classmates) and a higher science GPA. Some of the schools that I was rejected from offered interviews to the other students mentioned above. When I called the schools that sent rejection letters to me, the answers were: "Healthcare experience not high level enough" - the person refused to define what high level meant most refuse to discuss with me Both waitlisted schools refuse to discuss the reasoning behind the waitlist as well. I am at a loss as to why my peers were accepted and I am the one left behind. I also networked with some of the people who were there at the interview and saw some folks with lower GPA and/or bad letter of recommendation get accepted as well. My true passion for wanting to be a PA is pure. I want to help people. I want to make a change in the health care industry. It makes me depressed that this situation is keeping me from contributing my heart and life to the PA profession. I am in desperate need of answers to what I can do. I am planning on going to a psychiatrist and get anti-depressants as this has ruined my self confidence and I am having a tough time doing day to day activities. Thank you for reading this post.
  7. 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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