CaptainRom Posted September 2, 2011 Share Posted September 2, 2011 (edited) Hi everyone, I'll get straight to the point. I am a 3rd year medical student at a mainland US medical school. For a variety of reasons, I have gotten to the point where I'm sure that I no longer want to pursue this path to a career in medicine. After speaking to the dean, I have been granted a short leave to figure out what I need to do. He recommended researching the PA profession. Thus here I am. I have done a bit of research online and found some things out. But I still have a bunch of questions about the application process. 1. During my first two years, we had clinical work (standard patients) as well as OSCE's and preceptorships year-round. I've seen all kinds of patients - those who listen, those who don't listen, those who try to sell me drugs, those who threaten to kill me, etc. While working under doctors, I've been "pimped" more times than I can imagine. Would my time in med school be considered clinical experience worthy of a PA acceptance? 2. My GPA from college was 3.4. My GPA from med school was a pass, which I'd assume would be a 2.5-3.0. Which would PA schools look at? And are those numbers competitive? 3. I took the MCAT in 2007 (32 with even 11/11/10 spread). Would I need to take another exam? I noticed that MCAT and GRE were both acceptable options. 4. Would any of my medical school classes transfer to PA school? For example, I'm sure both programs' gross anatomy classes are similar enough. 5. Are former medical students frowned upon when applying to PA? This is what I'm most worried about. I believe my intentions are good - I want to become a PA because I still want to be involved in patient care. But I don't want to be tied up in the BS that physicians are engaged in - such as the red tape, constant worry about lawsuits, not being able to spend time with family/friends (this is huge; I saw a doctor cry when talking about not being able to see her kids grow up as much as her friends could with theirs), and the elitism that some current med students seem to be showing (some of the jokes my classmates have made about PA's are just appalling). I would be more than willing to "give up half my salary" (as a friend said when I told him my intentions to look into PA programs) if it means that I will have more freedom both in my career as well as during my time away from the clinic. I don't mind having to report to a physician to achieve this goal. /end rant. And some questions about the profession in general. 1. What are the hours like? This is one of the main reasons I am turned off by medicine at the moment. I want a "job" - standard 8-5. Is this possible for PA's? 2. I have heard of the PANCE, which I assume would be equivalent to our board exams. Is this test also a "career determiner" like our USMLE Step1? How long do most people study for this? 3. How does the future for PA's look? As you can see, I am as green as they get in the world of PA. Any assistance would be appreciated. Edited September 2, 2011 by CaptainRom Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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