davemarco Posted February 17, 2012 Share Posted February 17, 2012 Hello all, first time poster here. So I think that we can all agree that in the world of P.A. School admissions (and everything else), G.P.A. is KING. Unfortunately, in my case, this is also my singular, glaring weakness. Here are my current "stats": Degree: B.S.- Exercise Physiology; B.A. - Political Science; Rutgers University Class of 2007 Cumulative GPA: 2.7 Science GPA: ~2.75 GRE Score (Dec 2010): Math - 740 (87th percentile) Verbal - 670 (91st percentile) Combined - 1410 MCAT (Upcoming - April 2012): Current Practice Test Average: 32 Healthcare Experience: I have been a practicing Exercise Physiologist for a major hospital-affiliated wellness facility for the past 3 years. Much of that period was spent working full time. My main responsibilities are to see patients from special populations, who have issues ranging from chronic mobility loss to neurological deficits. I also work with healthier individuals who wish to engage in "Pre-hab", improving strength and movement in order to prevent future issues. My overall patient interaction consists of taking a detailed medical history, consulting with the PCP, and prescribing an exercise program to be carried out under my constant supervision and guidance. I am both the program designer, and the "Aide" that guides the patient in executing this program. I also conduct "checkpoints" on a periodic basis, where I will evaluate progress, as well as any issues that may have arisen, and determine whether any changes need to be made to the original program. In addition to my degree, I have gained several certifications in different schools of strength and movement science (we're talking Physical Therapy-esque certs here, not Arnold's bodybuilding class). I have also had the pleasure of learning personally from some of the brightest in the industry, including Dr. Mark Cheng and Lee Burton. During my time working for this facility, I have seen and accomplished incredible things (among them, freeing an elderly man from his 10 year reliance on a cane to ambulate). Miscellaneous: Since graduation, I have taken the rest of my Med/P.A. School prerequisites. Unfortunately, this was done while working full time at the aforementioned facility, so the grades were less than stellar. The grades are as follows: Microbiology: C General Chemistry 2: C+ Organic Chemistry 1: C+ Organic Chemistry 2: A Physics 2: A At this point, I am almost 30, and have little desire to finish a Master's degree just so that I can attend P.A. school (which would put me even further behind). Even less desirable would be a Post-Bacc, which would be unlikely to budge my overall G.P.A., and would not be worth anything professionally should I still not get into P.A. School. I am fairly confident that I can gain admission to a Caribbean M.D. program; however, I have come to understand and appreciate the strong advantages of being a P.A. over an M.D., including having a home life if I so choose (even Attending Physicians can work 70+ hour weeks). I really, REALLY want to attend P.A. school over Med School, but ironically, it looks like my only choice may be to become a doctor. Even if I wanted to do a Masters in the sciences and then apply to P.A. school, most decent M.S. programs have the same 3.0 GPA cutoff as P.A. schools (effectively locking me out of not only P.A. school, but any programs that might help me get into P.A. school). All that now said, what do you, the experienced P.A. school applicants, think of my chances? Personally, I think that I am royally screwed. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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