okadam Posted June 7, 2012 Author Share Posted June 7, 2012 Hi, I attended the University of Michigan and graduated last year with a degree in Neuroscience. At first I thought I was going the medical school route, but after I figured out my values and discovered more things about my character, I decided to go the PA route the middle of my Junior year. Here are my stats: -GPA overall: 3.7 -Science GPA: Haven't calculated yet (I took a LOT of science courses), but I got B's in all these core classes: Genchem/lab, Pchem, Intro genetics,Organic chem1&2 (but for both labs I got A's), Physics 1 &2 (B+ for the second lecture course, but A's in both labs), biochem b+ But I've gotten the following grades for these other core classes: Intro human phys: A+, Upper-level human phys: A+ , Animal Physiology:A-, Microbio: A, Medical terminology: A+, Human Anatomy: A+, Genetics and Molecular Biology Upper Level: A+, Nutrition: A, Neurobiology: A, all psychology/neurobio courses: A, Statistics: A+ I have never gotten anything below a B, and I usually only had 1 B per term. These courses were all taken at U of M. -Research Experience: Looked into/designed experiments to identify possible synaptic defects in hippocampus of schizophrenic mice -Certifications: CPR/First Aid, Phlebotomy technician certificate (which I haven't been able to use... :( ) -HCE: 1.5 Years Part time at an Assisted Living Facility (wiped butts, took vitals, transfer, catheters, using lifts, etc.) *I started this job as a senior in Undergrad -Concurrently, a year working taking care of a girl who cannot walk (toileting, transfers, medications, physical therapy exercises) -And also oncurrently, year of working at the hospital speaking to patients to enroll in diabetes studies and also looking at their data to determine eligibility (this doesn't count as direct experience for some schools) *I've been working 3 jobs all together since I graduated. Total Hours: Roughly 1,700, excluding the diabetes job. Shadowing: 2 Pa's, roughly 35-40 hours Volunteering: hospital volunteering, homeless shelter volunteering, Nursing home volunteering Gre: 158 Quant (79%tile) Verbal:160 (86%tile), Writing: 4.5 Others: AAPA Affiliate Member, fluent in Japanese, held club leadership positions I've been told my GPA/GRE is good enough, but I'm not sure whether I have enough HCE. I have obtained letters from a core academic professor, as well as the supervisor for the girl I take care of, and I plan on getting one from a PA...but 1)would it be detrimental to my application of the PA couldn't say anything stellar about me (I don't think I've shadowed enough to have a personal relationship)? 2) Should I take another year off, try to get a CNA certification, and find a job at the hospital and build more hours? 3)Would these stats/experiences (I've learned some great lessons out of these experiences, such as facing the loss of people under my care) be good enough for schools such as Emory, Duke, Wake Forest, etc? I don't care too much about the ranking, but I do want to make sure I go to a GOOD program since I think I worked REALLY hard in undergrad (I never took a summer off!) Thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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