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    • By CornellSPA
      Volunteers from the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SURGICAL PAs, the first PA professional organization to host Pre-PA events, will be hosting an engaging and informative PRE PA COACHING SEMINAR in TAMPA FLORIDA 
      WHEN JAN 18 2020   4-9:30 PM
      WHERE: USF  CAMLS center      https://camls-us.org/
      Faculty, students, and lecturers from Cornell University, USF, Stony Brook University, Loyola Marymount,  Touro, and others  are all presenting or planning to attend.
      Opportunities for mock interviews as well as critical CASPA essay reviews available 
      You can not miss this seminar...amazing admission tips, mock interviews, essay reviews, cutting edge PA news, and networking, shadowing, and volunteer experiences! WOW!

      You will:
      *meet PA leaders & admission advisors
      *learn first hand tips and tricks to become a successful PA Program applicant.
      *Understand the amazing & rapidly growing PA career field.   *Get new info on CASPA! 
      *Earn a certificate of attendance, great on a CASPA application! 

      This event is hosted by AASPA and given by Surgical PAs, PA school faculty members, and admissions experts! All volunteer their time to give this seminar. 

      Come and learn amazing admissions tips & tricks! Understand the process from the inside and find out why PA school has become so competitive to get into and what admission committees look for.
      CNN, Money Magazine, US Dept of Labor list the PA profession as one of the fastest growing & highest paid careers.
      AASPA is proud to be THE FIRST PA organization to offer Pre-PA seminars, which have become more and more popular. 

      *Seating is limited
      *Dress is casual, but not too casual (you may meet a future PA school interviewer!!)

      This amazing seminar will include:
      -Overview of the PA Profession
      -PA Profession news that all applicants need to know
      -Essentials of academic prerequisites
      -Health care/patient care prerequisites
      -How to deal with CASPA
      -PA-wanna-be essays
      -How to stand out as an applicant
      -Tips for the returning student
      -One on one and group Q & A session
      -and much more!

      Registration/donation ($25):  aaspa.com
      Since AASPA is a non-profit and the faculty are volunteers, it makes a great tax-writeoff! **For groups of 5 or more, you save $15 on each registration, email ceo@aaspa.com for info!!**

      QUESTIONS?? 
      aaspa@affinity-strategies.com or 
      Corrine Marconi, Executive Director     corrine@affinity-strategies.com

      HOT TIPS
      *On the same day, Saturday January 18, AASPA is hosting an ultrasound workshop with SPOCUS...volunteer opportunities to be an ultrasound model ...what a way to build your CASPA application. 
      *BRING YOUR RESUME, BUSINESS CARDS, AND SAMPLE ESSAY!
      To volunteer to be a POCUS model: aaspa@affinity-strategies.com
      *Discounted hotel rates will be available for Friday and Saturday nights for those flying in and/or volunteering at the ultrasound session. AASPA.COM for info (coming soon)
      AASPA Pre-PA FLyer 2020.pdf
    • By Briannaarroyo
      Hello, 
      In my pre-pa club a member asked a question about surgery for PA’s. The question was “Is it true that in order to assist in surgery you need to do an extra year of schooling after your PA program? Do this require you to pay more for school? Is this included in your PA schooling years or would you need to reapply for that surgical year?” 
      I thought it was an excellent set of questions, which I would like more answers for. 
    • By PK123Pa
      Hey, has anyone gotten any interview notices yet?
    • By KarlyLM
      Hello, 
      I’m currently taking a gap year and preparing to apply for PA school when CASPA opens up in April 2020. I have a question regarding direct patient care hours. I’ve been working as a home-health CNA for the past 3 years, racking up 2000+ hours. With that being said, I’ve always had this anxiety eating away at me that home-health CNA’s are looked down upon in the terms of what they’re able to do as opposed to CNA’s working in SNF, hospitals, etc. 
      I’m often misrepresented as a home-health aide even though I have my CNA license. I’m always afraid this will hinder me when applying to PA programs simply because I’m viewed as more of a “maid” than a healthcare professional. However, I do more CNA tasks than what people assume. I have bed ridden clients I care for, I have clients that require lifts, and I have clients that are on ventilators. On the other hand, I do have my fair share of clients that are on respite care and my time is solely spent there as a comforter and person to talk to. 
       
      At a recent open house for a PA school I’m interested in, I voiced my concern for this and they assured me that it’s quality over quantity and as long as I was caring for someone it would suffice them. However, that’s just one of the many schools I’m interested in. With this being said, I also have some volunteer hours working as a CNA in a free clinic in my hometown where I’m doing more of the assessing and treating PA schools are looking for. However, majority of my hours are from my CNA job. 
       
      I chose home health because I knew the company I was going to work for was very flexible with hours and I needed that while I was in college. I’ve been with them for so long and grew so close to patients that I haven’t thought about leaving and going to a hospital or SNF to get more/different exposure. 
       
      I guess my question for anyone reading this is: would you consider my home health CNA job direct patient care? 
       
       
    • By Curlygirl
      Hello all! I took the GRE in May and received a 153 on quant (49%tile), 152 verbal (54%tile), and I did pretty bad on the writing- 3.0 (15%tile). I was wondering how bad it would hurt my application to have a 3.0 on writing.
       
      I have ~2700 relevant PCE hours, over 1,000 HCE hours, 3.68 cGPA, 3.53 sGPA both GPAs are an upward trend. Should I be too worried? I definitely plan on taking the GRE again if I don’t get accepted this year.
      Anyone have experience applying with low GRE and still getting accepted? 
      thanks!!
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