I am a currently as senior Biology major, getting ready to graduate this upcoming December. I'm starting to get everything together for the CAPSA application that is getting ready to open up. I'm been stressed a lot about whether or not I will be able to get into PA school so I wanted some input on if I have a chance of getting in.
I currently have a 3.96 GPA and if everything goes as planned I should be able to graduate with at least a 3.9. All of my prerequisite courses for PA school are done and I made A's in all of them except for 1 B (Ochem 1 lecture).
As far as "clinical experience" I have about 500 hours as an ER scribe but no actual hands on patient care. I am trying to volunteer at a local clinic which will allow me to take vitals etc to at least give me a little more experience. I am going to be completing a shadowing program this summer that will be around 120 hours, although I will only be shadowing physicians. If anyone has gotten into PA school with only scribing and shadowing hours please let me know!
I haven't been able to shadow a PA yet and I was wondering how crucial this was to the application process. I have a strong recommendation letter that I can get from one of my professors but I'm not sure what to do about the other 2.
Also, for those of you that have been scribes in the past have you asked the doctors you have worked with for recommendation letters or your chief scribe? I was just curious.
Sorry for all the details and questions. I've just been really stressed out about this lately and wanted to hear from others who have gone through or are going through the process. I am planning on applying to Methodist university, East Carolina University, Eastern Virginia Medical School and possibly South University. If anyone has any schools they know of that accept scribing hours please let me know!
I'm a recent grad and am looking for my first job. One place called and asked me if I had my letters of recommendations ready. She said "Just for future, you should have these on hand." This caught me off guard. Should I have these done before even applying for any jobs? Should the letters of recommendation be generalized or specific to the job I am applying for? Does this mean I have to ask my references for new letters of recommendations for every job I apply for? Any input is appreciated! Thank you!
I'm trying to compile a nice list of guidelines and recommendations used by PAs for clinical practice. I'm utilizing many of our lectures as a start as many of them list references to these sites. Some of these specialities I do not have lots of content or any at all. This list would be very useful to newly graduated PAs and PA students on rotation. Thanks - all who contribute will be cited as sources for the article.
Immunization and Pediatrics
2015 Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published an updated immunization schedule for children and teens on January 26, 2015.
2013 AHA/ACC Obesity Guidelines
2013 Nutrition Therapy Recommendations for the Management of Adults with Diabetes
2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
2011 Screening Recommendations for Barrett’s Esophagus (American Gastroenterological Association)
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD)
American Liver Foundation (ALF)
European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)
Celiac Disease Foundation
IDSA Practice Guidelines for the Management of Infectious Diarrhea (Infectious Disease Society of America)
Headaches and Migraine Therapy (American Headache Society)
The International Classification of Headache Disorders-II (ICHD-II)
4th Zurich Guidelines (2012) - treatment for concussion in sports
Concussion in Youth Sports (CDC) - Information for athletes, parents, and coaches
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
2010 Revised McDonald Criteria for Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis
Stroke Statements and Guidelines (American Heart Association)
ABCD-2 Score (National Stroke Association)
NIH Stroke Scale
Joint Commission Stroke Core Measures
Management of Intracranial Hemorrhage (ICH) - American Heart Association
Hunt and Hess Scale for Acute Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (aSAH)
2012 Update of the 2008 American College of Rheumatology Recommendations for the Use of Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs and Biologic Agents in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Obstetrics and Gynecology (Women's health)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)
Recent Updates to NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for Treatment of Cancer by Site, Guidelines for Detection, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Guidelines for Supportive Care, Guidelines for Age Related Recommendations, Guidelines for Patients
American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)
Cancer Staging Manual
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
American Cancer Society (ACS)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Pharmacology and Controlled Substances
Schedules of Controlled Substances - updated and published annually in Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations
2010 Recommendations for the Prevention and Treatment of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis (American College of Rheumatology)
2005 Annual Report - American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)
Donation and Transplantation
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Vitamins, Supplements, and the FDA
NIH Herbs At a Glance
Natural Database - unbiased, scientific clinical information on complementary, alternative and integrative therapies
Medline Plus - information for patients about drugs, herbs, and supplements in lay language provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and NIH
Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss provided by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
FDA Dietary Supplements - including reporting an adverse event with a dietary supplement
Consumer Updates for Dietary Supplements
Fortify Your Knowledge About Vitamins (FDA)
Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts (FDA)