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  1. My parents don’t speak English and I have went to every doctors appointment with them since I was 15, can this count as some kind of experience? Also at work we hold food drives, collect items to make bags for cancer patients and buy Christmas presents for low income families. Can I count these as volunteering and if so how do I go about documenting the hours?
  2. I’ve already been gathering my PCE/HCE by volunteering as an EMT, working as a Scribe, and working as a DSP at a home for people with head injuries. So, volunteering at an animal shelter would simply just be my “giving back to the community” addition to my application. I love animals so this would be really satisfying for me to do in my spare time, when I’m not working with humans lol. Would schools look at this at all, or is it just a waste of my time that I should be spending working at a soup kitchen or something? I understand that a soup kitchen would probably be better and I plan on doing something like that once covid is over but for now my friend is starting up her own animal shelter and I would love for this to count for my application and make me look better to schools.
  3. Hi everyone, Im a sophomore in college, about to be a junior. I started off in a CC. I’m currently taking a chemistry class that combines OCHEM, biological, and general chem. It is TOUGH! I’m wondering if i’ll make it to PA school. I’m volunteering at a hospital now but have not been going in the last couple of weeks due to having to be at work at 4 am and being completely exhausted after. I am feeling like I don’t have enough time to catch up on volunteering or shadowing. Does anyone have any tips for volunteering and finding someone to shadow? Stories of you also feeling this way? Thanks all, Sienna.
  4. I have a quick question as CASPA approaches, I volunteered sporadically at big organizations throughout my undergrad so I was never given an actual supervisor for this volunteer experiences. What should I put down for CASPA then? Like for instance, I volunteered with my friends every December with Operation Christmas Child where we would just sign up online for a time slot and show up and volunteer. I do not have a supervisor name though so I am unsure how to report this...
  5. 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!
  6. keaarvig

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    Hello! I will be applying to PA school this coming cycle and I am trying to finish organizing my experiences. I had a couple of questions and would appreciate any advice you have. 1. I am currently enrolled in a phlebotomy course to receive my national certification. I will be mentioning this briefly in my statement, but was wondering if there was a way to add this into experiences. (we do have a given number of clinical hours we must meet). 2. I have heard different individuals say that for the experiences section it's best to include any and every experience that you can, but I have also heard it is better to limit what you include to the experiences that make an applicant more favorable. Thank you!
  7. 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!
  8. Hey! So I am just around the corner from applying to PA school for the first time. I have a BS in psychology with a 3.78 cumulative GPA and a 3.47 science GPA. I'll have around 2000 hours of HCE in the ER of a level one trauma center and around 20 hours of shadowing by the time I begin applying. Where I get concerned is about my volunteer hours. I know they aren't required at most schools, but I have heard that it can make or break your acceptance. I have around 550 volunteer hours, however the are from 3-6 years ago. I also do research at my university and will have around 100 hours for that by the time I apply. My top 2 schools would be either the U of Utah or Denver. I hear they focus mainly on volunteer hours though. Do you think I would have a chance at getting into either school since my volunteer hours are pretty low? Do you have any recommendations for schools that I have a good chance of being accepted to? Also, any advice on what to do for resume building would be great too! I am trying to figure out some more volunteering hours, but working full time, being a full time student, and conducting research leaves little time for a set volunteering schedule! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Taylor
  9. Hey everybody!! I am currently in my didactic year of PA school (YAY for almost being done with didactic!!). This summer, before I start my clinical rotations, I am going on a medical mission to Guatemala. We will be going to several rural villages and providing medical care, education, training and whatever else is needed!! If anybody is interested in this, just message me and I can give you more details about the Non-Profit I will be going with. If not, donations and/or sharing the link to my fundraising page would be VERY helpful!! Thank you!! www.gofundme.com/helpmeguatemala
  10. I've been looking into interesting opportunities to gain some HCE. I feel like there may be some hidden gems that I just can't seem to come across. I see lots of opportunities to volunteer in poorer nations, but many of them are obscenely expensive, and it seems sort of gimmicky to be buying experience (i.e., it should not cost $4k to stay in an African town for a week and scrub in at a hospital). What are some reputable organizations to look into where one could not only gain some good health care experience, but have a genuinely good experience while also doing some good, and not require taking out a loan. I know that may be somewhat limited due to my training (~1yr rehab/hospital CNA), but there has to be something, here or abroad.
  11. Hi, I am new to this group but very excited to be a part of it! I am at the beginning stages of switching my career track from working in television to becoming a PA (big change I know!) I am going back to school in January to begin taking science pre-reqs as well as starting to apply for MA jobs. Does anyone have a good system in terms of logging HCE Hours? Thank you!
  12. Hello, I am unsure as to which category my volunteer position falls under: I volunteer at a nursing home (specifically, the Alzheimer's/dementia community) and I act as an activities leader. My duties consist of helping develop and lead mentally stimulating activities and discussions, perform hand massages (for the sensory experience program), lead chair exercises and assist residents via hand over hand or hand under hand, help with transporting residents to different areas, and lead our singing group. I am applying next cycle and plan to list this as "Other health related experience" for now. Thanks.
  13. I'm a sophomore in college and I want to start earning good healthcare experience. I've heard that becoming an EMT or CNA is beneficial, but I was wondering if working at the front desk of an OBGYN office and doing some volunteering at a hospital would be enough instead. The EMT classes where I live are four months long and it would be hard for me to do that plus a full load in college. Please help!
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