Hope someone can help me get my personal statement off of the ground! I have a gripping but very personal topic that I want to use for my personal statement when I apply this spring.
I was emotionally/verbally abused by my boyfriend. We dated for 3 years, lived together, and even adopted a dog together. He drew me in until I was attached, I was then verbally/emotionally abused for the next two years. I was constantly told I was not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or driven enough. One of the hardest things to hear from him was that I would never become a PA because no school would ever accept me.
It took me a long time, sometimes I think it was too long, to leave. But I did. Even though was the most difficult and emotional period of my life, I really believe it made me a stronger person overall and will help me help my patients in the future. I would love to one day be able to share my story of emotional abuse, especially with teens and young adults.
I really would like to develop this topic further and think I could create a really great personal statement. I do have a few questions though, opinions are encouraged and welcomed!
Is this a good topic for my PA school application? How can I bridge my experience so that I sound strong and empowered? The last thing I want is to sound like a victim. How can I relate my experiences to becoming a PA? Any other advice? Opinions? Comments? or Questions? Thank you (in advance) for those of you who comment for all of your input and support.
Basically I have 4 W's on my transcript right now and am facing an incomplete. I will be applying next year to a PA program and am concerned about my transcript. For the first W I will admit I dropped the class because I was taking AnP and didn't realize what I was getting myself into (but this is before I decided on applying to PA). The other 3 have to do with legitimate reasons, first my mother became ill and had to be bed ridden for more than a year and I was her only primary caregiver. I also had to deal with being a witness in a court case where I was being threatened by the opposing party and authorities at the time did not take the threats seriously. Now I'm dealing with another one of mother's surgeries and also dealing with family issues. I have documentation for everything, however the W's are in science classes. My GPA is still pretty high (3.5) and I do have volunteer hands on care. I'm just wondering if admissions boards see the downwards trend and would take it as I don't take college seriously enough. If any of you have any advice to explain this situation I would greatly appreciate it.
Here is a dumb question-
Has anyone had difficulty with patients filling Benzo's early?? Of course you have.
Do you ever wonder why? I have been scratching my head about this for months now. Here comes the bullet-
This is part of a draft of letter I want to send to the state board of Medicine about a particular pharmacy's business practices.
This is a HUGE retail chain pharmacy. All 3 fills were at the SAME location. This is the text from the top of the letter:
February 11, 2015
RE: RX# 0XXXX
To Whom It May Concern:
Original prescription was written on 12/22/2014 for Xanax 1.0 mg. Take 1 tab three times daily #90, DS 30
According to the PMP database, the above referenced prescription was filled on 12/22/2014 for #90, refilled on 12/30/2014 for #90 and again on 1/3/2015 for #90. This spans a 12 day period where the patient was issued #270 Xanax 1.0 mg. tablets. The prescription was filled and subsequently refilled at name of Pharmacy at Address and store # of said pharmacy. How was the pharmacy able to Re-fill a 30 day prescription after 8 days then re-fill again in 4 days?
I am concerned that this puts my license at risk. The pharmacy clearly did not follow the 30 day period on this prescription putting the patient in danger of overdose.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Before anyone chimes in WRT the ridiculously high amount of Xanax this prescription was written for - Don't bother.
This particular patient is a regular at our practice. Almost exclusively seen by 1 particular staff MD.
I assure you, when I wrote this prescription I felt the pucker factor but, I was not going to reverse the treatment course that the MD was following.
When I learned about the dispensed amount and dates of dispensing this medication I immediately bought it to the MD's attention. I also let the staff know I was not comfortable seeing this patient again and it was my belief that this constituted abuse. Thus violating the practice agreement. I suggested the patient be discharged from the practice. The MD was not willing to discharge this patient and agreed to exclusively see this patient.
I know supplemental apps tend to offer sections for you to write about things that may not be addressed in your CASPA application. As in, I have nine withdrawals! YIPES! And I need to come up with reasons for those W's. For 6 of them, I have a legit excuse (death in family). But for 3 others that occurred back in 2005 and 2006, I can't even remember why I withdrew!!! Other than saying I was young and lazy, any suggestions for what to put????? (BTW, none of these W's were withdraw/fail)
First, let me state that I am making this post mainly for venting, because I feel like I could vomit at any moment. So sorry if this doesn't make any sense whatsoever....
Medical Consult for a 6 year-old who complains of "vaginal itching;" also reports from nursing staff of being hypersexual, masturbating so patient is placed in room by herself...
No complaints of urinary symptoms, abdominal pain, constitutional symptoms, vaginal rash, etc. etc.
Nurse in to chaperone for exam... Pt responds inappropriately. Hysterically laughing throughout exam, very very resistant. Outer labia is erythematous, (probably from self-manipulation); was not able to assess further because patient is almost impossible to examine.... very very raw excoriations immediately surrounding anus in the shape of a perfect circle, with inner erythema, appearance of superfical lacerations immediately surrounding anus, anal tears. notttttt like constipation, or rash-like. This looks like serious sexual trauma. But I'm no expert.... Urinalysis negative; urine gc/chlamydia negative. Patient denies abuse (by deny, I mean, she says no while looking at the wall, avoiding eye contact)
So I alert the Nurse Supervisor, who alerts pt's social worker who usually handles all things related to DSS. Mom's BF's WERE accused of sexual abuse towards pt but apparently no investigation; however; pt is now in dad's custody for reasons unknown. So I am told SW is going to handle it and initiate an investigation, until I get a call from the clinical supervisor who says "we have already interviewed the family and they deny history of abuse, patient also denies, so we have no evidence, therefore we are not going to call DSS." WHAT?! OK, I get it. I'm the suspicious one, so I'm the one who needs to call DSS. No problem. but the SW's and Supervisors are now giving me so much shit like "you cant prove it" and "We have no right to delay discharge for this investigation" and "shes not acting like shes been abused" blah blah blah blah.... every freakin excuse in the book.
I am just so sick to my stomach... of course now that I'm home... I call, and police will be coming out tomorrow. In my heart I know that this is what's going on with the child.... and I have gotten so much shit from SW because they don't believe it. But my exam findings are consistent with trauma. I feel that I'm OBLIGATED to report this.... I can't even think straight right now. Also, I'm NOT expert on this stuff.... why can't she go to some sexual abuse expert to be examined? I feel like I'm alerting the authorities and I need to be 1000000% sure, not just 99%.