5 years ago my wife and I participated in a sweat equity program to help build our current home and 4 other homes in our neighborhood. I'm wanting to include this experience since it involved helping others in my community that fell within a certain lower income bracket, but I want to label it correctly in CASPA. My current thinking is that I can mark it as "volunteer" and also check that it was "compensated." Even though we didn't receive any money, we built equity in our home by building it ourselves along with the help of the other families. Does this sound ok? Or should I label it as something else completely?
I am currently finishing up my didactic portion of PA school and considering the amount of loan debt I will have, I am considering enlisting into the airforce or navy after completing PA school in 12/2020. I was previously an Occupational Therapist though I am not sure if that will matter regarding pay etc. If anyone has advice regarding this process and details on loan repayment, I would greatly appreciate it.
Just wanted to let you know from last years experience so you don't have the same issue.
Background: Wanted to hit the Aug 1 deadlines, so submitted and was verified prior to deadline.
Had transcripts and other items from summer that arrived at CASPA after application was verified.
Two Items to note:
1 - Any grades after verification will not be updated into the GPA calculation (I can understand that).
2 - CASPA will update the file, however if you submit another application, CAPSA sends the original file to the school - Not the updated one.
YOU will need to inform the school to go get the UPDATED file, otherwise they will still see your original file.
I did not know this and may have missed out on schools looking at what I thought was an updated file only to find out later, that they were not seeing the updated version. If I would have known this, I may have either waited (missed the Aug deadline) or more than likely told the schools they had to go into the system to see the latest file (CASPA's advice).
I found this out too late for last years cycle....Posting this so others may avoid this.
I’ve recently been offered a position as a dialysis tech in an outpatient center. I shadowed the other day and the staff seamed friendly. My main duties would be weighing patients, cannulating them and setting up the machines, drawing labs, and monitoring their vitals throughout treatment. This all would be under the supervisions of an RN. I would work 8 and 10 hour shifts. I was hoping someone who has worked as a dialysis tech or knows someone who has could give me feedback about their experiences. I do already have 2 years experience volunteering as an EMT-A on a fairly busy service and plan on continuing to do so.
I have also been invited to interview for a medical assistant position at an urgent care, but the interview is after the deadline to decide if I’m going to accept the dialysis position.
The pros I see in working as a dialysis tech: Getting to know my patients and their cases. Experience in the chronic disease side of medicine.
Cons: It’s could be repetitive work and I would really only learn about kidney disease.