Hi everyone! I knew that Duke's supplemental application would be a beast, but I was just curious if anyone had experience with the patient care and shadowing tabs? Here is what I am struggling with:
- PATIENT CARE: can the description be the same as on my CASPA? And what exactly should I be putting for the agreeable and disagreeable aspects of my responsibilities?
- Shadowing: can I put the same descriptions as my CASPA?
Thanks guys! Best of luck to everyone!
I have 2 Bachelors in Sciences.
Bioscience & Medical Lab Scientist (Dual Degree) - Cum Laude
Science Technology& Society (concentration in health and wellness) - Cum Laude
My cGPA is 3.61 with a sGPA of 3.52.
My PCE hours are as a PT aide at a rehabilitation center and working as a MA at a clinic for a total of 1,275.
I have 200 hours shadowing a PA in internal medicine.
I have 250 hours volunteering at a place of worship, where I helped prepare and served food to the congregants.
I have 4 recommendation letters
PA that I shadowed
MD that i worked for
Molecular Biology professor
I have received good feedback on my personal statement as well.
I plan to submit by June 5th.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT MY CHANCES ARE!
I am freaking out!
Hi everyone. I am currently applying this cycle with these stats.
According to my calculations:
cGPA = 3.12
sGPA = 3.23
These grades are the combined total of all my classes, including undergraduate (cGPA 2.88 and sGPA 2.96). I took post-bac classes (53 credits) and received A's in all them, which include major pre reqs required by most PA schools. For one year, I worked full time while taking courses.
GRE = 309 total. 154 Quant (55th percentile) 155 Verbal (69th percentile) and 5.0 writing (93rd percentile)
Total PCE ~ 4057 hours for about 2 years of working full time + per diem. I am continuing to work full time so this number will increase.
Total HCE/Volunteer ~ 100 hours at a senior center
Shadowing ~ 585 hours (480 of which was during work hours where I would directly work with a PA throughout my shift)
Leadership role as a board member of a student association group and extra curricular's involving dance choreographer during my time as an undergraduate student. I may also be TA-ing microbology or anatomy this spring.
I feel strong in my letters of recommendations and am currently in the process of trimming and editing my personal statement draft. I am continuing to shadow PA's after work now that my school semester is over, but I do not think its a good idea for me to continue taking courses since it would require a bunch of other classes to bump my GPA up even higher. Besides this, what can I do to stand out more and make myself a better applicant to offset my low GPA?
Hi all! Hope everyone is having a great week.
I've been a dietitian now for almost 7 years (times FLIES!), however, I've been thinking about perusing PA ever since I was in my dietetic internship. I went even as far as shadowing the top PA at the local hospital during my dietetic internship.
The PA plan kind of got pushed to the side due to life, getting full time dietitian jobs, advancing in my career and etc.
The PA route has ALWAYS been on the back of my mind, and now more than ever. I am the main dietitian in the neurosurgical ICU at my hospital, and cover several ICU's. It is apparent how much medicine interests me and how I yearn to be able to do more clinically and for the patient. I work directly with PA's, MD's, nurses, therapists, etc. Does any know if this counts as direct patient care? Additionally, I review labs, provide tube feeding and diet/vitamins recommendations, create nutrition diagnoses, educate patients and families, and etc.
Also, I am 30 years old, and likely have to retake some science courses, as they are now >10 years old. Need some encouragement that I am NOT too old to do this!
Thanks in advanced!