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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.

Statistics/Background:

  • 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!

Best,

-pleaseandthankyou

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I recommend using this website. When I applied to PA schools I took some dedicated time to look through all of the programs that I knew I could apply to (met all of the pre-reqs). Since I did not take medical terminology or abnormal psychology. I was able to narrow down my schools and really take the time to look into them. I recommend doing your own research when it comes to PA schools. Each program is unique! And so are you.

http://directory.paeaonline.org


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You need to come up with your own list. You are the one that has to go to school in that place. Use the above website and come up with a list of 30-35 or so that you meet the requirements at. Then research those schools, do their PANCE rates match what you want? Are they in a place you want to live? Are they affiliated with an academic medical center? Do the have any specialized tracks? Can you afford to go there or live there?

Tgese are just some of the question to ask yourself. The goal is to narrow the list to 12-15 or so, maybe more maybe less. Then apply to those programs. Your stats are pretty normal for almost all schools so provided you meet the pre-reqs go for it.

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I recommend checking out “The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs” on Amazon. I used this to choose schools that met my profile. From there, I individually researched each school to see which program best matched what I was looking for— the mission statement is a great starting point once you have your list. It takes some time to go through each of them. Best of luck.

 

 

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