Hello, everyone. I know it may seem like this would be a bit of a biased place to ask for an opinion on this, but this forum seems really open-minded and overall really respectful with people asking these sort of questions compared to *cough* SDN *cough* other websites. I'm in a bit of a dilemma and I know ultimately this is only a choice I can make myself, but I'd like to get some opinions from others who are ahead of me on their medical journies as a little guidance.
I'm 29 years old and a graduate of Arizona State University, where I majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I always wanted to go the PA route, but the closer I am to finishing my undergrad, the more I'm concerned about possibly regretting the decision to not go ahead and commit to becoming a doctor. One of my biggest concerns with med schools is that I completed my degree online, although I did all my science labs in-person by flying out to the ASU campus. Long story short, I still think I have a good chance at med schools that accept online credits, but I'm unsure if it's what I should do. A quick rundown of my stats:
- Non-traditional, white male, 29 years old
- 3.91 GPA, 3.85 sGPA
- 510 MCAT
- 650+ hours volunteering for a suicidal hotline company. 200+ volunteer hours as a phlebotomist (mostly school blood donating events), and donated $2,000+ in crowd-funded scholarships to students throughout the state with a small company I started in 2015.
- 3,000+ hours as a Certified Surgical Technician at an orthopedic surgery center
- Strong LOR's from 2 orthopedic surgeons, a CRNA, a very well-respected professor, and 2 more from my volunteer coaches
- 40 hours shadowing an Anesthesiologist and CRNA
I feel as if I'm a strong candidate for med school and PA programs, but I'm older. I'm 29 now. I used to work in construction, then aviation, and even ended up leaving a Fortune 500 company (that paid extremely well) to pursue a career in medicine. I made a lot of sacrifices, but it was all worth it. I love my patients and couldn't imagine myself doing anything else in life.
I also want to marry my long-time girlfriend. She's 25, so by the time I'm actually a doctor, she would be around 33. I graduated high school with a 2.3 GPA, suffered from depression for years, considered suicide many times, etc. I went through a lot (as I'm sure a lot of people have) and another one of my main goals is to write books about my experiences and to help motivate others. If I can graduate high school with a 2.3 and go on to become a doctor, I think it would be an awesome story in terms of my writings and would help a lot of people, outside from my patients.
With all this being said, I think the career of being a PA will still satisfy my wants to help people in medicine. My biggest concern so far is that I'd regret not going to med school, but I hear a lot of horror stories about divorces, not being able to see your kids as much when they're younger, residency stories, and etc. The debt is also a big concern, because I would be 37-ish before I could really start paying my loans off. I don't know if it's worth it for me and my age, although I'm not that old. I just want to ask openly - if you were in my shoes, what would you do personally? I know everyone is different, but I'm just looking for some insights from different perspectives. Thanks for the read and sorry to type out so much.
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So I did not realize this until just now but the ending date of some of my experiences are wrong. For example, I put that I did shadowing from 05/08/2017-06/16/2018 but in really it was suppose to be 2017. I did this for 3 of my experiences, they were not PCE related though. How do I go about fixing this and making sure the schools know? What should I do. Please help 😞
So I am a new grad.. I was offered a job in a specialty. Pay is 80k.
Schedule: 2 weeks hospital, + on call 1 of those weeks (call from nurse and pts not from Physicians which goes to on call physician). 2 weeks outpatient. PTO: 15 days/ year. + holidays. 200/month for insurance. CME 2 days. 1500$
Do you think the pay is too low ?
Also let me add that I graduated in December-2017- I was trying SO hard to find a job in my city but could not-- eventually gave up and applied outside of my state. I am scared this may be the best offer I can get because of my time off.
My name is Michael and I’m from CT. I am pretty passionate about becoming a PA, but I need some advice guys. Currently I have my AS degree in Radiologic Sciences and am a Registered Radiologic Technoglost (RT) I am working full time as a tech and about to be married in 2 months. I have been working full time for over 1 year and by the time I’m ready to apply it’ll be 2.5 years. (Is this good HCE?I do 12 lead EKGs everyday) Due to my living on my own and working, and trying to avoid loans, I decided to start to get my Bachelors Degree online in Radiology from a nationally accredited school (PIMA Medical Institute). GPA (currently 3.8) and just finished my pharmacology class in which I got a 97, so I’m defintely confident in my abilities. Once I am done with this Bachelors, I plan on taking two Bio’s with labs, a Microbio with a lab and two Chem’s wth labs at my local community college. I already took my A & P I and II with labs and got A’s in both). I will also take a genetics and a biochemistry class there as well. I have sent out dozens of emails to admins at various PA schools and some say they don’t care if my BSRS is from a national accreditation rather than regional as long as I have my bachelors. For example the (University of Bridgeport, Mercyhurst, MCPHS, SRU, AACC) However those big science courses of course shall be regional. I am 5 months into getting my bachelors and will be done with it in April of 2019. I attached a picture so you can see what my Bachelors Degree entails. Shall I continue on this road? I am feeling anxious ill be denied because my Bachelors is from a national accreditation rather than regional even though some don’t care. (most PA program admissions websites say bachelors degree from a “regionally accredited” while others say just say “accredited”) Should I start over somewhere else? I want to apply to a bunch of PA schools. My fiancé is willing to move anywhere she says for when that time comes. P.S - I am not sure if this is by any means relevant but I’ve done over 300+ hours volunteering at the local soup kitchen for the homeless. PLEASE any advice would be great! I hope I’m not screwed, it truly is my dream.