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  1. Hello everyone, question for pre-PA, current students, or graduates. For volunteer hours and non-healthcare employment hours for some schools, I was wondering how to go about recording and documenting them? What is the best way to go about this. Especially for the non healthcare hours, I imagine this is just any job we’ve had in the past. And so what do you guys recommend in terms of going back to see the hours we’ve completed and also going forward with future hours, and how to keep track of them all. Really, for any experience hours in general. Also, I believe we will submit this information
  2. Hi all How do we go about logging volunteerhours? do we estimate them or do we need to keep a record of all our volunteer positions? Most of my volunteer work is small-time stuff scattered here and there but often enough. A fundraiser here a feeding the homeless here. I don't want the experiences to come off as forced just to get hours though. So how do we log volunteer hours on applications? Thanks!
  3. I'm looking to shadow a PA in Northeast Ohio that would be willing to also write me a recommendation afterwards. I'm feeling like I'm between a rock and a hard place because my CAPSA is verified, but I have been having the hardest time with this requirement. I applied to shadow through the local hospital and have not gotten a response and they don't allow you to reach out to the PAs personally. I know what a PA does, i've been seeing PAs since I was 15. This is just the technicality I need to complete. Help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance
  4. Hi Guys, I am a Pre-PA student and now an Ambassador for a non-profit called Building Bridges of Hope. LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR MEDICAL MISSION TRIP August 11th-18th. NO MEDICAL BACKGROUND NECESSARY I am leading a trip to the Elisa Pina Province, Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip. We will be in the most medically underserved area of the DR. In this trip, we will spend a week in El Llano where we spend most of our days helping in mobile medical clinics and other days helping in the communities where needed. The clinics will take place in very remote villages
  5. Hi all! I am really struggling narrowing down the list of schools I want to apply to. I have already weeded out those that don't offer a masters, those where I do not fit the pre-requisites, and those that are too rural. I am not picky on location, but I would like to be somewhere suburban or urban. I also would like to be somewhere that the clinical rotations are not a very far drive (I am having trouble figuring this out because it is not explicitly listed on most schools' websites). I am mostly struggling to eliminate schools because I am worried about not getting in. I graduate this semest
  6. Hey everyone, The first half of the interview cycle for 2017-2018 is winding down, and I'm wondering how I can make myself a more competitive applicant during the next CASPA cycle on the off chance that I don't get accepted anywhere this year. I've already met the pre-reqs for my schools of interest, but I'm not sure whether or not I should continue to take additional upper division science courses or simply focus on acquiring more HCE and volunteer experience. Currently, I have 3.98 GPA, a 4.0 science GPA, an MA in Cultural Anthropology, 600+ volunteer hours (many of which were ove
  7. Hello everyone, I was hoping someone could shed some light on my situation. I am currently a paramedic, and have over 10,000 HCE. I was working as a firefighter recruit in the academy and unfortunately got injured twice. I was forced to resign and started working as a paramedic again. I love medicine and I have been working on my undergrad for the past 1.5 years. Currently a senior and all of my prereqs are finished (sgpa 3.7). I have an upward trend in my GPA, which was initially terrible (had bad GPA about 8 years ago when I was going through family issues and wasn't focused in school).
  8. I have two questions if anyone might be able to help me. 1) I used the Professional Transcript Entry and I was just wondering what the turn around time is usually for it? I applied to a school whose deadline is November (I know, I know, I'm almost late for this but this is my first application cycle, I have a lot of money saved, and I just wanted to try and see. It's my alma mater for undergrad and I would hate myself for not even trying to get in.) and I'm only about halfway through the 10 business days for the transcripts to be verified. I'm wondering if it's likely to be done before Oc
  9. For applicants with many hours of volunteer experience(500+, even in the thousands...) what types of experience do you have and how many years did it take to gain that many hours?
  10. Hi, I am a psychology student in my first year. After shadowing my aunt and her PAs, I have decided to pursue a career in that. I looked at a couple programs including USC's, Loma Linda's, Davis', Western Uni's, Northeastern's, and Cornell's. I'm aware that shadowing doesn't count for many of these programs (but it does in loma linda where my aunt works at their hospital). My mom works as a caregiver at an assisted living. Could I get my patient care hours there working as one? I have also started finding volunteer opportunities at hospitals and retirement homes nearby,
  11. Aloha! The path to becoming a PA is a little more challenging on such a small island :) If anyone can point me in the right direction of finding PA shadowing opportunities, volunteering opportunities, or ways to gain more HCE, I would so appreciate it!
  12. Hey guys! I was wondering if anyone has gotten interviews or gotten accepted with Survey classes as pre-reqs? I took Survey of Organic chemistry and survey of biochemistry, and I am only looking to apply to schools that don't require them at all, or require either/or (GWU, Northeastern, MCPHS, UF, possibly others). I am planning on taking a gap year or 2 to get patient care hours, but I just wanted to see if anyone else had any luck with those classes!
  13. Hey guys, I'm new to this forum so hopefully I'm posting in the right place...I had a few questions that I would really like some insight on. I'm currently working on my undergrad and will be 22 years old this year. I spent 4 years at a community college and didn't do that well for multiple reasons: joined the Army Reserves and left multiple times for trainings, wasn't entirely focused.. etc. Consequently, my first few semesters consisted of a lot of D's and F's. About halfway through my time there I took an EMT class. I became an EMT shortly after that and absolutely loved it (and still
  14. Hello all, I am a prospective PA student, and was just wondering if any of you have come across this kind of hypothetical situation and how it has played out: You're in some kind of public place when you hear a commotion and realize someone had a medical emergency, and people are saying "Is there a doctor here?" You identify yourself as a PA saying you can help. I'm almost imagining, in a comical sense, a scenario like "I'm a PA, I can help, what happened?" "You're a what? What's that?" And someone else walks up and says "I'm red cross first aid certified." "Oh ok great, you're f
  15. I have been volunteering at a hospital for over a year now and whenever I am assigned to the Orthopedic area, I am allowed to work closely with the PAs for 4 hours. I get to watch them perform the procedures (casting, x-rays, sutures, reductions), ask them questions as they work on the patients, and look at the x-rays with them. Would this be considered as shadowing or volunteering on the CASPA application? Thank you!
  16. I'm changing career, and I've read people listing their experience as a dance instructor on their application, and that makes sense. I have very little HCE as I've only been able to volunteer at a hospice for little under a year as a full-time student, and don't think I'll go over 500 hours. However, I have helped out my family run the gym for over 7 years (my mom's a gymnastic coach and dance instructor). Can I even list that? I'm guessing that the fact that I'm not the instructor and just an assistant (helping stretches, righting postures and handstands, bringing ice packs) doesn't help.
  17. I'm a new graduate and have been seeking Family Medicine positions in California. 2 weeks ago, I interviewed at an amazing place in SF bay area. It offers 100K and is a 7 minute commute from home! The interviewer said I shouldn't have to worry, that they liked me and thought I'd fit in well. He even gave me his personal phone number in case I needed to call. At the time, I felt really good about the interview. I emailed him a thank you letter 5 days ago and he replied back he enjoyed my visit and that I "should hear back soon". However, I still haven't heard anything and am starting to get 2nd
  18. Just looking to get some ideas on different ways I can volunteer and what people have done in the past or currently for the volunteer/health care experience requirements?! What makes an individual stand out?
  19. Hello, I am a Canadian living in the United States on an athletic work visa. This basically means the only job I can have is to play that sport; other than that, I can only volunteer. I have always wanted to work in the medical field, but sports has kept that as a 'plan B'. After a lot of research I decided that I want to work towards getting into PA school while still working for my team. The major problem I am having is that I cannot get proper hands-on healthcare experience because I am not yet a permanent resident. I understand for many schools this hands on experience is m
  20. Just sent my application and wanted to know what everyone is using to study for entrance exam? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Does anyone know what type of volunteer work is acceptable for pre-clinical hours? I am not a paramedic, EMT, nurse etc. I am finishing my PhD in gerontology and my pre-requisits, but I still need pre-clinical experience. Any advice? I'm applying to Texas PA schools if that makes a difference. I would be so grateful for any words of wisdom :)
  22. See here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25091873 It is sad and disturbing that ER providers still haven't caught on that people die everyday from opioid overdoses. Contributing to the addiction is bad medicine. So, what is the problem with telling them no? Are we afraid of receiving bad patient satisfaction scores? Are we shy and don't like the confrontational aspect of telling a patient that they can't have hydromorphone or hydrocodone despite seeing that they were here for the same thing three months in a row? I know most on this forum that work in EM are sensible and aren't part
  23. So I have a question, I have worked in medical for 11 years now, but only as clerical support. I've checked in, registered, and helped patients with their visits at their time of arrival. Departments range from ER, Day Surgery, Outpatient Radiology, Pain and Spine, Physical Therapy, Wound Care Center, Labor and Delivery, Inpatient Admission, GI Lab, and even a Pediatricians office. Only problem is they are not considered Clinical experience. I have shadowed PA's already and plan on doing extensive volunteer work, but as far as volunteer work goes I'm limited with patient care see it as I d
  24. So for bit of time, I worked (for free) at a pediatrician's office primarily doing triage. Basically performing and recording data for height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature then leading the patients to their respective rooms. My question is do I list this position as "volunteer medical assistant" or something else? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor "Medical assistants often take medical histories and record vital signs of patients" so that seems fine there. But the Bureau also says "Most medical assistants have postsecondary educatio
  25. I have volunteered in different places and different amount of hours along with experience through school organization. I am in medical careers club and AED member where we would volunteer at habitat for humanity, downtown rescue mission, life south blood donation, making crafts and visiting children at the hosptial, community services such as street festival or relay for life, fundraisers, focus first and so many more. Now my question is how would I include this on caspa? Would I have to list each of the volunteer separately? Also, how would I differentiate between hce and community service d
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