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  1. Hello! Would love some advice from other prospective PA students. It is November, and I am still waiting to hear from six schools. I have been rejected from four. No interviews yet. Overall GPA: 3.0 Science: 2.9 HCE/PCE: >1000 Medical Scribe hours in ER and outpatient urology Volunteer: 900 hours with mission trip to Romania orphanage, soup kitchen, youth camp, community cleanup, etc. Also have 150 shadowing NP, Dr, and PA in different specialties And thousands of hours with extracurriculars: dance, college clubs (medical and science), tutoring, and was a TA for anatomy, biology, and chemistry OK here is what I am wondering. I know my application is not competitive... should I retake upper level science courses at a community college or apply for a post bacc program? As you can see, it will take a significant number of courses to raise my 2.9 science GPA. I will do whatever it takes to become a PA. I am thinking I should just bite the bullet and apply for post bacc program such as Hofstra or Marymount Manhattan. Any insight at all would be extremely helpful.
  2. Hello! I am currently waitlisted at two schools. I am sitting at #9 on the waitlist at one and unsure where I am at the second program. The second program does not give any information on where the student is on the list, but they do inform us that it is ranked based off of our interview score. I am getting extremely impatient but am trying to stay positive!! I was wondering if I should reach out to the second program to inform them of any changes to my application since my interview date in September. I have gained about 450 PCE hours and have started volunteering again. Do you think it will do any good to share this info? Thanks in advance for any advice!
  3. Was just accepted off the waitlist from one of my top choice programs and boy does it feel good!! I'm not sure how much ranking plays but this was certainly a reach school for me. Stats for this cycle: 27 y/o M cGPA: 3.11 sGPA: 3.22 GRE: 309. 4.5 writing. PCE: 4010 hours as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist Shadowing: 18 hours with an OBGYN PA // 30 hours with a senior cardiology PA // 75 hours with a GI PA Volunteer: 100 hours at a senior center // 50 hours as an Anatomy & Physiology tutor. Thousands of hours in extracurriculars as a choreographer and public relations officer LOR: MD director of our Nuclear stress lab, Senior Cardiology PA, Anatomy and Physiology professor Degree: BS in Nuclear Medicine Technology Interviews: 2 (still waiting to hear back from other programs) Waitlisted: 1 Acceptances: 1 Graduated undergrad in 2015 with a 2.9 cGPA and a 3.0 sGPA. Retook \~55 credits and recieved a 3.8 post-bac sGPA with classes in biochemistry, microbiology, A/P, organic chemistry, gen bio, gen chem, psychology, genetics, and calculus to name a few It IS possible to get into PA school with a low gpa! I had zero interviews on my first cycle. I Improved my second-time application by making my PS a KILLER, improving PCE hours, and making myself look like a well-rounded applicant to make up for my low GPA. I was asked about my GPA right off the bat during both my interviews and how I planned on succeeding in a rigorous didactic program so be prepared to answer these types of questions! I also felt that what gave me an advantage over others was the fact that I am in a niche field and that as someone whos trained in nuclear medicine I am able to provide insight on these types of studies and help my peers understand/read nuclear studies! Don't be afraid to flex on certain characteristics on your profile that makes you unique! Good luck everyone!
  4. Hey everyone, I’m new to the forum and this was my first cycle applying! I interviewed at one school in mid December and was waitlisted. It says right on the website and through an email that they encourage updates, but I was wondering which way is the best. Phone call- call the admissions assistant who gave out her business card/direct line and ask how they accept updates. Would it be better to just call the general admissions number? Email- email the admissions assistant who gave out her business card/direct line and ask how to update or just automatically send the updates in? Again, would it be better to just email the general admissions email? Am I over thinking this? Probably lol it’s just my top choice alsoooo I’m super worried I don’t have big enough “updates” like really I’ve just been continuing to work as a nursing assistant with special needs children. At the interview they asked how many PCE hours I had (560) and if I were to update now, I would have 720. Is this worth an update? I don’t want to hurt my chances in any way, but I do want to let them know that if accepted I would 100% attend. Any help on what to say or how to say it would be awesome!!! Thanks!
  5. Hi everyone, I was recently placed on the waitlist for Nova Ft. Lauderdale. Does anyone know when they usually start pulling people from the list or how long the waitlist is? Also, I thought I'd start a topic so all of us on the waitlist can keep each other updated! Best of luck to everyone!
  6. Hi everyone, Just looking for some help and guidance with what to do. I applied to 11 schools this cycle, denied from 4 schools and had interviews to 5 (still waiting to hear from 2 but likely denied as well). Everyone school that I interviewed at I was waitlisted. I was accepted to one school, but with the school being on probation, I feel that it is not a wise choice to attend as they do not seem that they are doing much to fix this. It was also very apparent after attending other interviews that this school does not seem to care much about their students. They are up for another review when I would still be in the didactic phase of school, which may leave me hanging if they lost accreditation. In addition this school requires me to take an extra class before the start date (May) which would cost an extra few thousand dollars and I may not be able to feasibly complete (I am currently still in undergrad). What should I do? The schools that I am waitlisted to are all schools that I would love to attend. Should I hold out and see if I can get off of the waitlist or just accept the invitation from this other school? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
  7. I have applied to 16 PA schools and 1 NP school. I've been denied by about 6 schools, accepted interview invite to one school, and still waiting to hear back from the others. How do you cope with the agony of waiting?? Until I received the invite for one school I was beginning to think maybe I'm not cut out for this, or maybe it's because of my race, or maybe it's because of the state and school I came from, etc... Are you experiencing self-doubt? Any tips or advice?
  8. Hi everyone, I was placed on the waitlist for Nova Orlando back in November. I thought I'd start a topic so all of us on the waitlist can keep each other updated! Best of luck to everyone!
  9. I know this has been addressed as a general topic, but has anyone been waitlisted at PCOM (specifically) and successfully worked your way off of it? If so, how did you do it? I just found out that I've been waitlisted and now that I'm done licking my wounds, I've been working on my letter of intent and lining up more shadowing opportunities. I desperately want to attend but don't know how to stand out. Furthermore, they state that they do not rank or order their list. Please help!
  10. To all those who were waitlisted or turned down this year. Do not give up. I applied to 65 schools over the last 4 years and was turned down by everyone (including this cycle) but one. I must admit it was not easy receiving rejection after rejection. Do not give up. Hold your head up high. It is totally worth it when you finally get that one acceptance. I was driving to work when I got the call. I actually pulled over to the side of the highway and cried. I cannot stress enough to keep your head up and move forward. When I was struggling with things as a kid my father would always tell me "All problems Yield to effort." Its what got me to continue going after my dream of becoming a PA after being turned down so many times. I am now a Proud member of Northern Arizona University's PA Class of 2019.
  11. Applied to around 10 schools and got 4 interview offers so far. Waitlisted at two and have 2 more interviews coming up in the next few weeks. I know I should be honored that I have interviews at all since it's my first time applying but being waitlisted from my top 2 schools has gotten me really discouraged, especially since I felt like I've put my best foot forward.. One school ranks their alternate list, and I'm currently at #6, which seems like a long shot. The other school does not rank their list, but supposedly reviews all their applicants after every interview date, which also seems like a long shot since you're competing with even more applicants after each interview. It's hard to see waitlist has being a good thing when it just seems like a pending rejection. I was just wondering if there is any chance at all of waitlist ultimately being accepted vs. being rejected? I have other interviews coming up but I was really hoping that at this point I would have gotten at least one acceptance somewhere. I'm really dreading the idea of having to reapply next year, although I know full well that it is a possibility that others have done before.. If anyone has any words of encouragement, I would really appreciate it.
  12. Just curious if anyone has any insight on how the wait list situation works for SLU? It's my top choice. I've interviewed and been placed on the wait list. I know they don't rank their waitlist but I'm curious as to how many they take off the wait list and what my chances are? Pretty bummed out at this point.
  13. Hello All, I just interviewed and was waitlisted. I was wondering how I should respond to the waitlist email. Can I ask what position I am on that waitlist or is that a no-no? Also, is there anything in particular people would reccomend me to say in my first email-other than the obvious thank yous and why i am interested in the school-? I am planning to do some shadowing and send a hand-written letter in the next couple months if I don't hear anything. Thanks so much for the help guys and good luck to you all!
  14. Which residency, if any ultimately lead to a quick salary increase? How much of a pay increase can one expect? Which Specialty in your opinion is the highest pay after doing a residency? Over time....every year how much of a pay increase can one expect per year? I have read so many articles on the internet....however, can't seem to come to a good consensus. All of your comments are all very appreciative.
  15. I have searched the forums regarding my question, however I mostly come up with people asking about what type of jobs count towards HCE/PCE. My question is a little different from what I have seen during my search. I have experience as an EMT and as a Paramedic, and I am currently a firefighter/paramedic (mostly assigned to an ambulance). I work 24 hours on and 48 hours off in a busy 911 system. I am years away from completing my pre-reqs, but I am curious how HCE/PCE is calculated when I go to apply for schools. Do I count all 24 hours for each shift towards experience hours? I ask because I am obviously not with a patient for the entire shift. Some days I might only see 1 or 2 patients and other days I could see 15. Thanks for any clarification you can send my way.
  16. Hi, I was placed on the wait list for Nova Orlando back in November. I thought I'd start a topic so all of us on the waitlist can keep each other updated! Good luck to everyone!
  17. Hello everyone, Since there hasn't been a thread for this year's cycle I thought I would start one! I was not fully accepted, but I was placed on the wait list for the start in 2015. Anyone on here accepted or on the wait list? I'm really hoping to get offered a spot eventually, Lacrosse is my number 1.
  18. How many people are usually taken from the waitlist for PA programs? Im #2, and I'm wondering how likely it is that I'll get in. Waiting is torture...
  19. Hi Guys Just wondering what I should be doing while on an alternate list? And wondering how many students on the waitlist actually get accepted?
  20. Hello Everyone! I am starting this thread to keep in touch with those who have been placed on the waitlist. I LOVED this school when I interviewed there. It would be great to know where everyone stands on the list (if you know) and if there is any movement on it. This could help us in our future planning and more importantly, offer some hope that we may still have a chance for this cycle. If you see this and it applies to you, lets keep in touch please! Thanks!!
  21. This is the final copy and is ready to be placed in my application. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! My decision to become a physician assistant stems from personal interests and experiences that have shaped who I am. As a child, I was fascinated by nature and spent hours watching National Geographic programs or reading books about psychology or equine anatomy. But it was my mother’s breast cancer diagnosis that became the catalyst for my interest in health and medicine. I was eager to learn as much as I could about preventative and alternative medicine in an attempt to avoid the suffering I watched my mother endure. My mother lost her battle with cancer after my sixteenth birthday. It was a time in my life when I had to make important decisions about my future and I felt lost without my mother’s encouragement. In college, I decided to major in Health Information Management because I wanted to work in the healthcare field, but as graduation grew near, I was unhappy with my decision. I enjoyed my anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, and medical terminology courses and briefly considered persuing a degree in the medical field. However, I was advised to get a job. After graduation, I worked as a Medicare auditor. After seven years, the job was no longer providing continuing education or growth opportunities. Restless and ready for change, I moved to Seattle, Washington with the hopes of following my heart and starting a new life. My new job as a senior healthcare consultant was challenging and provided the opportunity to continuously learn. Each project required hours of research and collaboration with senior leaders in preparation for the execution of the project. I was the lead senior on the project team and considered a subject matter expert. The team traveled to hospitals all over the country and collaborated with management from various clinical departments. During downtime, I participated in the office community service committee. We planned a variety of events to raise money for charity and encourage coworkers to provide service to the community. Turning thirty marked a period of reflection and transition in my life. The stress and pressure of constant travel and deadlines began to take its toll and, once again, I felt unsatisfied with the work I had chosen. It was time to gather up the courage and make the decision to start over. I was determined to find a fulfilling career that fit my personality, skills, and values. My experience in the healthcare field created an even stronger interest in medicine and the need to work with people on a more personal level. This is why I chose to pursue a career as a physician assistant. I want to work directly with patients and provide education on preventative medicine; to make decisions autonomously and in collaboration with physicians and other members of the healthcare team. To gain experience in direct patient care, I shadowed a Dermatology physician assistant, became an Emergency Department volunteer, and work as an OB/GYN nursing assistant. Through my shadowing experience, I saw first hand how the physician assistant works independently with patients and consults the supervising physician when difficult cases or new patients are presented. This experience opened the door to the profession and I am confident that I have made the right decision to pursue this exciting career. Volunteering in the Emergency Department has exposed me to patients from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. I am responsible for fulfilling a patient’s emotional needs by providing warm blankets and beverages or conversing with a patient who is bored or scared. My role as a nursing assistant allows me to interact directly with patients and provides multiple learning opportunities. It has shown me how collaboration and communication are an essential element of effective patient care, and has exposed me to clinical decision making and the inner workings of modern medicine. Looking back, I can now see how the path I chose was a journey that provided opportunity for personal growth. Ultimately, this journey led to the discovery of a career I am passionate about. A career that fulfills the needs of physicians and the community, as well as my own. One where I can utilize my inherent strengths and acquired skills to diagnose, treat, and educate patients in family practice or women’s health. I enjoy being a nursing assistant and a volunteer, but I am hungry for more. I want to learn the language of medicine and build on the knowledge and experience I have obtained so that I can continue to provide patient care in a compassionate manner. I am confident that my prior experience has prepared me to successfully achieve this goal and hope that I will be granted the opportunity to pursue my dream through acceptance into your program.
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