I don't have an interview yet, cycle hasn't started, but I would like to hear from those that may have been in my situation.
Did anyone interview while (obviously) pregnant and got accepted? If I get an interview, I would probably be 6-7-8 months pregnant (depending on when that would be). That late it will show no matter what I wear.
I know legally they are not allowed to ask about it or reject you solely on that reason, but since interview at the PA schools are rather subjective, it's a possibility.
Looking for opinions on how you handle certain job application issues...
For a little background, I am an experienced PA - worked in my first job for 2.5 years and am currently in my second job for 1.5 years so far. Both are highly specialized - first was pediatric interventional cardiology (i.e. cath lab/EP) and second is pediatric cardiac ICU. I am on the job hunt as my husband and I would like to move back to Philadelphia (location of job#1), and I miss being in a procedural environment. Ok, now onto my questions:
1. When applying to a position, do you typically use a resume or CV? I realize in the physician world it is exclusively CVs but I'm not sure if that translates to the APP world as sometimes I've dealt with nurse recruiters. I don't have much in the way of research, but I did present a poster at a conference, and I worked as a lab assistant before PA school so while my name isn't published on any of that research, I can include the papers in which I helped in the lab/gathering data.
2. In the past, I have always kept positions in chronological order since each subsequent position has been more relevant than the last; however now I am in the situation where I am applying to a position where job #1 is more relevant. Would you still keep it chronological or put the more relevant info first? (I suppose your answer to question 1 might influence this one.)
3. I am applying to a job in a state where I previously held a license but it is no longer active. Do I put my inactive license info on my resume/CV? Do I renew it now, not knowing if I'll get the job just to show I am serious about it? Or do I leave it off completely and just list my current, out-of-state license?
4. This one is a little more specific... When I worked in interventional cardiology (job #1), our hospital was building and interventional radiology program. Adult IR physicians from a neighboring hospital were contracted to come and do cases, utilizing our lab and our staff. While I was not credentialed to work with these physicians, I got a lot of exposure to the field through helping with coordination of cases, helping the physicians with the fluoro equipment, suggested supplies they could utilize during cases, helping with the ultrasound machine, etc. After helping with these sorts of activities for several months, I was told by a new director of APPs that this was not something I should legally be doing, even though I was not involved directly with patient care, so I stopped. About 6 months later, I left for job #2. Now, I am applying for a peds IR job and would like to put this exposure on my resume/CV - should I? Was this director being overly cautious or will it look bad that I am referencing experience in a field in which I was not credentialed?
Any and all advice or experience would be greatly appreciated! :]
I am in desperate need of advice regarding how to plan out the next 6 years. In an ideal world, I would attend PA school and get pregnant during the clinical year, take the PANCE, have my first kid, and start looking for my first job when he/she is a couple months old. However, that would put me at having him/her in about 4 years (I would be applying 10 months from now for a June 2019-June 2021 academic cycle), and my fiancé is not willing to wait that long (he is much older than I am), especially because we would like to have 3 kids.
The other options include having one or two kids before PA school. I've done the math out (as much as can be estimated about things like this), and going to PA school after the first is born would mean he/she would be about 12 months old when I started. Having two kids before starting the program would mean that they would be about 2 years old and 6-9 months old when I started.
These are the only options I feel I have before my prerequisites pass the 10-year expiration point.
Any advice on what path you would recommend taking would be GREATLY appreciated.
Very saddened to say I was denied to all 6 schools I applied to this cycle so, I've started the process in improving every aspect of my application for the next cycle. Below is my personal statement I submitted so if anyone could please offer any suggestions/editing, I would greatly appreciate it!!
At the young age of 19, I could not fathom the life-long journey I was about to begin. As I sat in the hospital bed, staring at my daughter’s rosy cheeks and big brown eyes, overwhelmed with joy and happiness, an unsettling fear started to overshadow my dreams and future aspirations. At that moment, reality struck and brought with it welcomed, yet unyielding, obstacles that I would soon learn to overcome. My fears quickly evolved into empowerment and motivation. I was determined to overcome any obstacle or challenge presented to me as a single mother striving to become a first-generation college graduate. Through focus and hard work, I have earned Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees while simultaneously thriving in my full-time job, coaching youth soccer, and facing the endless challenges of raising my daughter.
From a very young age, I knew that my care-giving instincts would lead me to a career in healthcare. My passion for healthcare has been confirmed over the past seven years while working as a clinician in the physical therapy division of a prestigious rheumatology practice. I have had the opportunity to grow and understand the realities of the medical profession. My experience has taught me the importance of optimism, confidence, and compassion in establishing a strong rapport with my patients; it is only through reducing fears and elevating the optimism of the patient that the plan of care can be successful.
A common thread that weaves together the various aspects of my life is my unrelenting commitment to achieve and exceed any goals that I have established, whether those goals pertain to my aim to successfully nurture and guide my daughter through her early years of life, my drive to eclipse personal bests in each successive charity race that I run, or my endeavor to provide my patients with the highest quality of care. As a competitive marathoner who has consistently placed in the upper tier of runners, I have found that the same drive which compels me to continue running through fatigue and pain is what has also propelled me to achieve my professional and educational objectives thus far. I am confident that this same drive will help me in my pursuit of a career as a physician assistant.
Undoubtedly, my cultural background has been an asset to my practice as a healthcare provider and will continue to be so. Having been raised in a Latino family in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, I am fluent in Spanish and have traveled extensively. As a result, I am able to relate to diverse cultures, beliefs, and practices which has given me a distinct advantage in treatment of those individuals in my current position. This foundation will continue to serve as an asset in my future career as a physician assistant.
While my drive and commitment to achieve career goals have propelled me toward success, they have also, ironically, served to create obstacles in their own right. My dedication to advancing my education, coupled with an ability to multi-task (among my strongest attributes), have sometimes led to my taking on greater responsibility in the form of schooling than time might typically allow, which has presented challenges in time management. Nevertheless, by giving my absolute best, I have always completed my assignments successfully. These experiences have provided valuable lessons and have only served to strengthen my resolve and heighten my confidence in my ability to achieve success in the face of adversity. My strength as a candidate for the physician assistant program lies in my drive and passion to achieve my goals, regardless of the challenges faced.
I will strive to accomplish my goal of becoming a physician assistant because it offers the opportunity of a fulfilling and rewarding career dedicated to helping my fellow human beings. Further, I want to continue to make my daughter proud of her mother by showing her that through hard work, passion, and dedication, one can overcome all obstacles that life presents while still helping others. As I seek to become a skilled physician assistant and an advocate of my profession, I am eager to enroll in a program that will make it possible to unite both my personal and professional goals.