I applied to a newly developed local program that will have it's first cohort begin classes Fall 2016. I completed my undergrad in 2012 with a BS in Biological Sciences and a sGPA of 3.2. Since graduation, I have amassed close to 4000 hours of HCE working as an ED medical scribe and later as a behavioral health tech at a local psychiatric hospital. During my time as a scribe, I also acted as in a supervisory role for 20+ other scribes who comprised the staff for the company's contract. In the semester before applying, I enrolled to retake organic chemistry since I fared poorly when I took the course during undergrad. I do have a reckless driving charge visible on my criminal record that occurred 2 years ago, which has been dismissed; no traffic violations or anything of that nature since this incident, and I've completed a defensive driving course since that time.
During my interview, I was interviewed by a young female PA that would be heavily involved with the program's clincical education as well as the course instruction. She was impressed with my clinical experience, especially regarding the work with psychiatric patients, and mentioned that my gpa was in the range they were seeking for prospective applicants. We spoke a bit about my record,which didn't seem to alter her opinion because she believed it to be an isolated incident given my efforts to improve myself and turn that obstacle into a tool to help others. I felt that this interview went particularly well because we spoke for far longer than the allotted interview time at her discretion.
My second interview was with the medical director. His questions during the process were much more personal/work related, and I felt I could use improvement and practice when it comes to discussing my experiences in healthcare, and how they have influenced me up to this point.
I would welcome any advice on how to go about improving myself and/or my approach to the application process and interviewing.
My plan at current is to contact the Dean and other staff who provided their information, and ask about setting up a meeting to discuss suggestions on how to could improve for the upcoming cycle.
Also, if anyone believes they would like to read my personal statement for critiquing purposes, I would be glad to share it through messaging.