PAmePLZ Posted November 4, 2015 Share Posted November 4, 2015 Hello everyone! I really need some honest guidance. I am a recent UCI undergrad in Public health sciences B.S. with a cGPA of 2.4. Before the eyes roll back...yes I know how did I ever manage to do that. I started as an engineering major and quickly realized mathematics was not the strongest tool in my shed, I did horribly in the physics and engr courses. I transferred to Public health because Biology is very competitive at UCI, and Public Health offered most the classes i need to get into PA school. Determined to get things moving I took an EMT certification course. The work hours and course load did not mix well, and I wanted to find a MA job in a private practice that fit my schedule while still at UCI (this is during my 4th year). Fell in love with orthopaedics, specifically a group in Newport that is OUTSTANDING enlightened me on the topic of orthopaedics (C.O.S., for those who want to really know).Now I got the eyes on the prize, going for PA school with hopes of specializing in orthopaedic surgery. HCE: 1100+ hours 2.5 yrs experience Doctor shadow: ~50 hours PA shadow: ~30 hours - i got so many hours due to the fact that I worked very closely with my PA and Dr., and requested to shadow in the OR as much as I could in the 2 years of working there. Five physicians with different specialties worked in the group along with their PA's, this allowed me to experience all the different types of orthopaedic surgeries. Volunteer: - Arthritis Foundation: 100 hours - Irvine Urgent Care: 6 months GRE: TBA Dec, 8th 2015 Those who are still with me, thanks you so much! really... FINALLY: Presently I have resigned from my MA position and have started studying for my GRE (Dec 8th 2015). I am trying to get classes at my local CC but its proving very difficult being that I am treated with freshman class standing. It does not look like i will be getting the classes I need quickly or in the order i need them. I am HIGHly considering a postbacc-pre health course. Specifically from KGI (Keck Graduate institute in claremont). Q1: take classes course by course or pay $30,000 for a postbacc course? Q2: should I apply to PA programs for the 2016 year anyway and see what schools call me for an interview? Q3: GPA 2.4, what can really be done with my case? I am very passionate about my goal in becoming a PA. Ive seen the care they can give patients. With stress coming from every direction being a Dr., its hard to focus on your patient and follow them through their patient care. Ive seen PA's literally offer their bad back, and get down on their degenerative knees just to tend to their patients, just to see them progress. I will never forget the day witnessed a 83 year old man walk comfortably with his grandchildren again with both his total knee replacements done in one surgery; there is nothing like that feeling in the world to me. any help is needed Stay Blessed, Dee Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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