So I'm trying to decide if I should have my longtime family friend write a letter of recommendation for me. He would be able to attest to my clinical abilities because he is a fire chief in the city I worked in as an EMT. He saw firsthand how I worked in a healthcare setting as we ran a decent amount of calls together. However, since he is a family friend, I'm a little worried it might seem like he is biased. With that said, he has known me for 15 years (1 year in a work setting), and knows me very well and I know he would write a rock solid letter for me. He has actually already agreed to write a letter, but I'm having second thoughts about it. Either way, though, I don't have many other solid options so I thought that this might be worth the risk. I was wondering what you all thought about this. Thank you in advance for any help!!
So I’m applying to around 15 schools this next cycle (April 30th), and I’m stressing out a little bit about getting my letters of evaluation. I have had three people agree to do them already and I feel very confident about them (2 recent science professors and a firefighter chief I worked with on calls as an EMT). I also might ask my supervisor at my job I’ve been at for 1.5 years as an EMT. My problem is I don’t have any connections with any PAs, doctors, NPs, etc., and It seems like a lot of schools want a LOR from one of these professions, but as an EMT, I don’t really work directly with these professions a lot. The only time I do work with them is when I give them a quick patient report, but I rarely ever see them again because there are so many hospitals where I work (LA). Plus, my company mostly just does dialysis transports. I also haven’t been able to shadow anyone aside from an ER doctor for one shift 2 years ago.
Has anyone been in a similar situation and have a suggestion on what to do? Thank you in advance!
Hello PA Forum,
I wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations for specific PA schools considering my following goals and statistics. I would like to apply this summer for 2019 matriculation.
Goals: Ideally I would like to work as a PA in a hospital setting. While I don't quite know my exact area of interest, I prefer primary care, emergency, and internal medicine over surgery. Additionally, I have a strong interest in contributing to research.
3.5 cumulative GPA, 3.45 science GPA at a private academic university 159 Verbal (82%tile), 158 Quant (70%tile), 4.5 Writing (82%tile) 9100 hours in paid and volunteering positions in the medical field (almost all clinical research) of which ~2000hrs were direct patient contact. Multiple presentations, with a publication in progress. Lots of shadowing with multiple medical professionals, but getting more with PAs I meet all prerequisites for most schools, but note I took physio without the lab (although I took anatomy with lab), and I never took a medical terminology course Pretty diverse extra-circulars with leadership roles and teaching experiences Thank you for your insight!
Hello. Below I have posted a letter I am considering sending to a PA for a potential shadow opportunity. IParts have been taken from other letters I found on the forum. I am just looking to see if this letter is appropriate. Any editing would be appreciated. This will be my first shadow experience for a PA and like others i have concerns about how much time i should be looking to spend with them. It is also close to holiday time and what wondering if i should wait till after the new year to send the letter? Thanks for the help.
Dear Ms. Z
I am a recent graduate of the Emergency Medicine degree program at the University of Pittsburgh (2014). I am currently working as a Telemetry Technician at [Hospital 1]and an Emergency Room Technician at [Hospital 2] I'm working towards applying to the 2018 cycle of physician assistant programs and am looking for an opportunity to learn more about the PA profession. I found your information through the TJUH and Philadelphia PA program website, where I discovered you have experience at [Hospital 1] as well. I am writing you in hopes of requesting a chance to shadow you.
I recognize that you are busy and your time is valuable. If you are willing, I would welcome the opportunity to come in and observe you at work for a day or two. I would be very grateful for the chance to gain more insight into a profession I have increasing wanted to partake in over the last few years.
I will be contacting your office next week to further discuss this with you. Feel free to contact me beforehand at (xxx)-xxx-xxxx or email me at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Hi all! So I am shadowing a PA again tomorrow that I shadowed earlier this month. She reached out to me after I sent her a letter at her practice expressing my desire to shadow. She was eager to answer my questions and go into detail explaining each patient case to me. I was wondering what questions would be good to ask her tomorrow. Would it be appropriate to ask her if she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation? To shadow her again? If she would be willing to serve as sort of a mentor to me over email? I don't want to be too forward, but I do eventually need a letter of rec from a PA and it can be hard to find PAs to shadow!