I am sure this has been asked before, if so, please forward it to me. But when writing out the description and responsibilities of your various experiences, should the format be a list/bullet point or more of a thoughtful written out paragraph?
What I have so far (in an excel sheet), is a list of my responsibilities with a small blurb of something I learned during that experience.
Here is an example of one of my work experiences:
Active duty Navy, worked in hospitals on land and sea
Prepared operating room for surgery
In charge of setting up sterile supplies
Assisted the nurse and/or PA in positioning the patient on the operating table
Prepped the patient by shaving, washing, and disinfecting the surgical site
Applied sterile surgical drapes on the patient
Passed surgical instruments to the physician
Assisted the physician during the surgery
Sutured incision site
Applied wound dressings
Learned that each member of the operating room team, regardless of education level, plays a vital role in the patient's safety
Any advice/experience is much appreciated
So I finally got a job at my dream hospital!! I am currently working there as a Patient Care Technician/ PCT. However, I will be leaving for PA school next year. I really want to return to this hospital and work as a PA! The problem is that getting a job at my hospital is super competitive. Is there a way for me to ensure/ increase my chances of getting a PA job in this facility in the future?
(Also, what do you guys think of requesting a absense of leave instead of quitting? Can I be able to come back to the hospital to pursue a higher position?)
I started a job as a CNA in a hospital shortly after submitting my CASPA application to schools. However, since it is a current position that I plan on staying in until I start a program, how do I maintain my CASPA application, specifically the "number of weeks" section required for the experience? I do not have an acceptance this cycle as of now, and I want to keep schools I haven't heard back from up to date. I don't know whether to put in 52 weeks in that section since I will be there for approximately one year from my start date even if I get into a program this cycle, or just keep updating it every week that goes by? Right now I have 52 weeks in that section with a disclaimer explaining my start date and plans to keep the position until I start a program in the "description/key responsibilities" section under it. Please share your own experiences, I can't be the only one in this dilemma! Thanks in advance 🙂
I was checking my verified application & I have “Punjabi” listed under “native language”.
On CASPA my response to “first language” was “Punjabi”.
To clarify, I am fluent in English. (I’ve been speaking English since I was 5!! I answered to "first language" quite literally.)
Will I run into any problem with PA programs? Would they assume otherwise?
--I was born in California and went to schools K-12 in Cali and then Uni of Cali, Santa Cruz for undergrad.
Has anyone else experienced this?
**The application is locked & I am unable to change it to English**
I am a graduate student in public health and have worked with providers to inform patient care plans as well as screen patients for adverse childhood experiences, resiliency, quality of life, etc... I have not been an EMT, CNA, Aid, or other roles that are usually seen with direct patient care experience for PA schools. I have already submitted my application, but after attending an information session I am nervous that schools will not count my public health hours as patient care (I made the mistake of listing them as health care experience and not patient care experience). Does anyone have any thoughts on this process? I have already reached out to one school directly and added the experiences as patient care experience in CASPA (it lets you do this even after submission, but I do not know what happens next). I do have a lot of healthcare experience and research experience. Have anyone else added experiences after they submitted? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to private message if that is better for you. Thanks so much! I really appreciate any support with this!