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.
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!
Hello. Below I have posted a letter I am considering sending to a PA for a potential shadow opportunity. IParts have been taken from other letters I found on the forum. I am just looking to see if this letter is appropriate. Any editing would be appreciated. This will be my first shadow experience for a PA and like others i have concerns about how much time i should be looking to spend with them. It is also close to holiday time and what wondering if i should wait till after the new year to send the letter? Thanks for the help.
Dear Ms. Z
I am a recent graduate of the Emergency Medicine degree program at the University of Pittsburgh (2014). I am currently working as a Telemetry Technician at [Hospital 1]and an Emergency Room Technician at [Hospital 2] I'm working towards applying to the 2018 cycle of physician assistant programs and am looking for an opportunity to learn more about the PA profession. I found your information through the TJUH and Philadelphia PA program website, where I discovered you have experience at [Hospital 1] as well. I am writing you in hopes of requesting a chance to shadow you.
I recognize that you are busy and your time is valuable. If you are willing, I would welcome the opportunity to come in and observe you at work for a day or two. I would be very grateful for the chance to gain more insight into a profession I have increasing wanted to partake in over the last few years.
I will be contacting your office next week to further discuss this with you. Feel free to contact me beforehand at (xxx)-xxx-xxxx or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Hi all! So I am shadowing a PA again tomorrow that I shadowed earlier this month. She reached out to me after I sent her a letter at her practice expressing my desire to shadow. She was eager to answer my questions and go into detail explaining each patient case to me. I was wondering what questions would be good to ask her tomorrow. Would it be appropriate to ask her if she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation? To shadow her again? If she would be willing to serve as sort of a mentor to me over email? I don't want to be too forward, but I do eventually need a letter of rec from a PA and it can be hard to find PAs to shadow!
I'm getting ready to apply to PA school for the first time this cycle, I've pretty much completed everything besides some edits on my personal statement and my recommendation letters. I've already asked my professor/mentor from undergrad to write me a letter but I'm trying to figure out who to ask for the others and also how to ask.
I worked as a scribe in the ER while I was completed my undergrad degree for about 1 year, I worked with several different doctors and multiple doctors told me that they would write me a letter of recommendation if I ever needed one. I have emails for a couple of the doctors and I'm friends with another on social media. I'm just wondering if I should email them prior to sending the evaluation request, I haven't worked there in a couple months and just wanted to make sure that I was being appropriate when asking for the letter via email.
I also am currently working as a scribe in another ED (in another state) and have been there for about 3 months. I've worked with some great doctors but I'm just not sure if I've been working there long enough to have a strong recommendation letter from any of the doctors or if they would be comfortable writing me one.
Also, is there anything that I should include when I ask for the letter of recommendation? (personal statement, CV/resume etc). My biggest thing is I'm just not sure how to phrase everything and what needs to be included in the request for the letter. Any suggestions would be appreciated!