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  1. Hello, I am looking to shadow a PA in Orange County area/ LA county area. Preferably Orange County, anyone have any advise on how to find someone to shadow. All of the PAs that i have asked aren't allowed to let me shadow them. I have already applied for PA school however, have yet to be accepted, I am going to reapply and looking to get some more experience. Also, unrelated but does anyone know if being a SCRIBE would count as direct patient care?? I recently was offered a position however, I currently work in the pharmaceutical industry and it would be A LOT less pay, with no opportunity to get insurance, Im unsure whether i should accept it or not??? THANKS!!!
  2. I have recently graduated from college with my bachelors. I am not worried about my grades or GPA when applying to PA school however, I am worried about if I am doing the right Patient Care Experience or Health Care Experience. I am currently working 40 hours a week as a Physical Therapy Technician and that counts as PCE at most PA schools however, I am not interacting with the patients and learning as much. I mostly do laundry, clean up tables, and sometimes show patients exercises. I am thinking of becoming a medical scribe with Proscibe but, only working 24 to 30 hours a week. I am going to become a CNA during the fall and work part time with one job and a CNA job however, I am not sure I sure stay as a Physical Therapy Tech or become a Medical Scribe. I plan to apply to a PA program in April of 2020.
  3. Hello all, I will be moving to Chicago at the end of May. I was wondering if anyone had any connections or knew of any job postings that would count towards HCE hours for school (MA, scribe, etc.). I currently work as a medical scribe, but if anyone knows maybe some MA jobs that don’t require experience and will train. Thanks!
  4. I wanted to put my (shortened) story out there and stats to see what everyone's opinion or feedback might be for reapplying the 2nd time. Last cycle I applied to 7 programs in California, Oregon and Washington which have all rejected me, no interviews. It obviously left me feeling a little hopeless and wondering if I should pick a different healthcare path. However, like many of you I'm sure, I realized that nothing worth having comes without a fight and that becoming a PA is undeniably my life goal. My overall GPA is 3.07, just grazing the minimum for most programs. It's the weakest point of my application, I'm sure. My post bac science GPA is 3.43, which I'm proud of and reflects the upward trend of my grades after not taking my undergraduate seriously at times. GRE scores are 155 quant, 159 verbal, and 4.5 analytical. I had previously taken the GRE and received a 144 in quant, I'm hoping admissions will see that I was able to improve my quant score significantly and that it will speak to my academic abilities and perseverance. I have 4000 hours of PCE working as a PT aide, and have recently switched to a medical scribe job at a Stanford Health Care affiliated Pediatrics clinic. My healthcare related volunteer hours are limited. 3 LOR's from my microbiology professor, a physical therapist I worked closely with, and a PA that I shadowed. Another note: I submitted my applications at the end of September for all programs My game plan and questions for you guys: 1. The medical scribe job - I'm not sure if I should keep this job or switch to something more hands on such as a CNA, MA or even a patient care technician job at a dialysis center. I feel that my ability to learn new things and face challenges is beginning to plateau as a scribe, however since I have 4000 hours of PCE as a PT Aide would it be strategically smart to invest time and money into CNA or MA training? 2. Medical mission trip - Since I have a low GPA, I know it's crucial to make other areas of my application shine like a star. I'm thinking a 2 week trip to an underserved country would bolster my volunteer hours and also serve inspiration for my personal statement. It's also something I'm able to arrange and do in a short amount of time, which leads me to my next point... 3. APPLY EARLY - I plan to have applications submitted by late May. Does anyone think this is too early, or is there any other guidance on best times to submit applications? 4. Revamping my personal statement - I reached out to an online editing service specifically for PA programs and received truly useful feedback and suggestions. I plan to make edits and add in sections reflecting my time as a scribe and my determination as a re-applicant. 5. Updating some LORs - Hoping to receive a letter from the doctor I scribe for. I also plan to write a cover letter to recap my prior experiences and relationships with the LOR writers, as well as adding updated information as a re-applicant. With such a low cumulative GPA I'm terrified that perhaps PA school just won't work out for me. I'm hoping, however, that AdComs will really see how much I want this as reflected in my PCE, volunteer hours, personal statement and LOR's. Thanks so much for lending the time to read this, I am grateful for ANY insight/advice/comments anyone has :)
  5. I'm planning on applying to PA school the next cycle. I realize that I don't have many direct patient hours so I wanted to become a medical assistant. I quickly learned that regardless of which path I choose, it takes about 8-12 months to even become certified and this doesn't even guarantee and job. How can I get around this? I'm currently a medical scribe and have been for a year and a half. The staff lets us do MA stuff but this is not what our job description states. Would this be a problem when they are looking at my application. My caspa GPA has not been verified but I currently have a 3.4 (3.54 if you count one repeated class which was worth 5 credits unfortunately) So I know the best way to increase my odds is by gaining experience. Would you recommend I just get more scribe hours in different specialties (which is a favorable option) I was also going to shadow atleast 6 PAs in different specialties about 10-15 hours each. Are there any programs that are about 1-3 months that I can do so I can gain that experience and not waste a whole another year?
  6. Hey guys, This application cycle did not go well for me and even though it’s not over, yet, I’m expecting that it will be soon. With this in mind, I need honest advice about what to improve for two cycles from now (I don’t have enough time to improve between now and April). Here are my stats for this cycle: GPA: 3.40 SCIENCE GPA: 3.22 GRE: 308 HCE: 4800 hours as chief medical scribe (emergency room) PA Shadowing: 80 hours (ER, ortho, primary care) LOR: 5; 2 physician’s, 1 Medical director, 1 PA, 1 senior organic chemistry professor. I have a plan to obtain CNA licensure and work as a CNA until next Application; retake any science intensive courses that I got a B- or less in; volunteer with disadvantaged patients. Does anyone have additional advice? Does a CNA give you more solid experience vs something like a Medical assistant? Does anyone know if they take personal downfalls into account (both parents passed away in college and high school)? Does post bacc have to be at a university? (Asking because of cost). Any advice would be appreciated, thank you so much.
  7. We are an Ophthalmology practice located in Sacramento, CA and we're looking to hire a FULL TIME paid technician/scribe who can commit at least 1-2 years. No experience necessary and willing to train within. If you would like more details or information, forward me your resume so we can discuss it individually. You will gain so much experience as you approach PA school. You can read about our office by visiting our website here www.liangvision.com
  8. Hi, I have 3 different opportunities and was wondering which one would look best and count for clinical hours for PA school. There is a position as a volunteer at a hospice, working as a medical scribe and working as a caregiver. Thanks for the advice!
  9. Right now I am working as a scribe but I can't afford to live in Dallas on scribe wages so I am getting ready to move home. I'm having a hard time finding a scribe job in my hometown.... I am trained as a MLT (Lab person) and this includes phlebotomy, which pays better than scribe but less contact with Drs and staff. I ran into a Dr. that I used to shadow who told me that her office needs an MA. Same thing, makes more than a scribe but it seems like they don't get the same type of experience out of the patient encounters as the scribes do.... Lastly, I was offered a job as a Clinical Allergy Specialist, which means that I would be performing allergy tests (skin tests) directly on the patients, interpreting the results and explaining them to the patients, and also lots of office work including dealing with insurance companies. This seems like the most well-rounded experience, but I'm afraid the schools won't know what it is, which means that I would have to rely on the right essay questions being asked where I could include information about that job. I don't want to waste a year doing something that's not gonna help me get in. Any thoughts?
  10. Hi Everyone, I am hoping by Spring 2018 I will be prepared for the next CASPA application cycle, but my one hindrance is PCE/HCE. Recently, I've acquired a job working as a scribe in the ED at a local hospital. I have been in communication with several prospective PA programs in my area, and they all seem to "accept" this as HCE (not necessarily PCE, though they have admitted a fair number of applicants with scribing experience alone), but I can't help to notice that scribing is so heavily saturated with pre-med/pre-pa students that I am beginning to wonder if scribing alone is truly enough, all things considered. Anyway, I was thinking about supplementing my scribing experience as a "Dialysis Patient Care Tech" at Davita or something similar. Several of the local dialysis providers offer jobs working as a dialysis tech and include your paid training, as opposed to going to a technical college and earning a separate certificate. Does anyone have any insight about working as a dialysis tech? Is it worth it for hands on PCE? Another problem for me, is the fact that scribing is so low paid. There is no way I can survive working $10/hr full time very much longer...lol. However, I can definitely see the value of scribe experience, so I do not want to give it up completely. Thank you in advance!
  11. 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!
  12. Hi all! I was just wondering if anyone knows if Cornell's program accepts ER scribing hours as direct patient contact? I couldn't find a list of what specifics they accept or not. Thanks!
  13. Here's my hail mary, folks. Hey, guys, I'm Lauren. I'm 26, hailing from Rhode Island. I went to the University of RI for undergrad, BS in Kinesiology, Exercise science and through a series of unfortunate events including a few family deaths, a sexual assault, and the uncontrolled depression that went along with it, I did not do that great undergrad. Cum overall was 2.8/2.9. Being fair, I didn't know I want to try for PA school until senior year essentially and by then my life had exploded. So I took some time off. I went to India for a month, shadowing doctors and being in hospitals there and loved it. Previously I was an EMT Basic on my school's rescue with about 2600 hours. Because I had the degree in Kin, I got a job for a year as a Physical therapy aide, all hands on time. During that time, I enrolled in paramedic school and got my license. Because I tend to stay busy, I then took a job as an ED scribe which is what I have been doing for the last two years, full time scribe, per diem paramedic. I finally got the courage up to go back to school last summer and since then have been going through pre reqs, taking a few of them again. Bio 101- Not retaking C+ Bio 102- B Chem 1- D then B (retook recently) Chem 2- in process Anatomy, D then B (not so recently) Micro- B Exercise Phys (not a prereq)- B Statistics- A- Medical Terminology-A Biochem- need to take Organic- C+, so close to a B-, will retake I've had 400 hours of time shadowing PA's in various departments in a local hospital. i have a lot of PA contacts through my hospitals and am starting to accumulate letters from PA's and docs I'm going to go through and beast through my prereqs but I need advice. i'm trying to raise my GPA but I don't think the CASPA will be as forgiving. I've had a 3.7 since I've gotten out of college. If you took out the grades I have a few thousand hours of HCE from various sources, a lot of shadowing, good background with EMS and advanced licensure. Advice? Thanks, Lauren
  14. To get a job as a scribe, is the best route to get training with one of the large programs (Scribe America, Elite, etc) and get a position through them, or is it possible to get a job independently by applying directly to a hospital (after getting scribe certification from an on-line course)? Thanks for any insight you can give.
  15. I am currently a ER Medical scribe, and have been one for over a year now. I wondering if scribe experience will help me when I apply to PA school? Is being a scribe acceptable direct patient/ HCE?
  16. Hi everyone, I have a job interview for a medical scribe position in a few days and I was wondering if anyone had any interview tips that they would like to share. I've been waiting a long time for this type of HCE and I'm really nervous that I may blow it. :sweat: I am HORRIBLE at interviews and need all the help I can get. Questions: 1. What kind of questions do they typically ask? 2. Are the interviews intense (in your opinion)? 3. What type of person are they looking for? Thanks for your help. :smile:
  17. Hi All, I am applying next summer and am starting to worry that my health care experience may not be what I need to get into some programs. I worked as an ED scribe full time for 1.5 years and was occasionally involved in direct care, especially towards the end of my time working there. Are there schools that will see this as direct patient care or will this be equated to health-related experience? I have lots of other medical related experience (MA, clinical research assistant, ED volunteer, reimbursement counselor, etc), but they are only about 1000 hours or so total.... What do you guys think? Any recommendations as to which schools I should apply to? GRE: 590 Verbal, 690 Math Undergrad GPA: 3.6 Post Bacc GPA: 3.8 Thanks so much! Andrea
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    Questions

    In the CAPSA application, where are we supposed to submit the letters of reccomendation? Also what do we put for health related training, is that shadowing hours? Or does shadowing hours go into volunteer and work hours? Also how do I send my official transcript?
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