MelissaL Posted September 16, 2012 Share Posted September 16, 2012 Hi everyone! I am thrilled to have found this forum!! I am sure it will be an amazing resource :) I am a 27 yr old FRESHMAN..lol! Back in school after about 6 years... after HS, I went into a sad little medical assistant program. Completed an 'externship' (worked for an awesome doctor and with a lot of inspiring PA students and I knew it would never be enough!) I was offered a job but didn't take it as it was $8.50/hr and I was making more at the walmart .. lol. I really wish I had taken it, to gain more experience..but surely I will be able to use that 8 weeks as patient care experience right? I also worked for about a year in an assisted living facility caring for some amazing people, hoping that will count too. I also plan on building some volunteering experience and hopefully will find a shadowing opportunity down the line. The programs I am looking at for PA school (Arcadia, USciences, Lockhaven..any others to check out in the SEPA area?) do not seem as intensive in requirements as I have read from other schools, the general is around 500 hours of patient care, GRE and courses that will seemingly flow fine with my chosen Psychology major. Am I being naive in thinking this? I ask because I've had conflicting advice from the advisers I've seen. The first told me Psych was a bad choice and changed me to Natural Science, the second said it was totally appropriate and we changed it back... Anyway, the main issue I am dealing with right now is that I am at a community college. I had planned to transfer right out into West Chester or Temple next year. I am really trying to be as fiscally responsible as possible in undergrad, and it is very appealing to stay here for 2 years, get involved with the honors society and try to attain scholarship money for my chosen 4 years.. I do not want to do this at the risk of looking unappealing to grad schools though. Would love some honest opinions on how 2 years of community college looks..of course my school doesn't think it looks bad. And for some silliness - up until I was around 20 years of age I could faint at the sight of blood / thoughts of needles! I have always seen myself working in the medical field so I knew I would have to 'get over it'. I have - for the most part. I have gotten a few piercings, fine with blood, watching surgery or dissection is no big deal, etc. I can turn down the fuzzy thoughts if they happen at all. My last 'episode' was in med assistant school at 20- I had breezed through practicing phlebotomy often - totally loved it, felt so good about controlling my mind. Then one day, touring a hospital..I found myself getting fuzzy in the room where they stored the blood and I dropped like a ton of bricks! I was so embarrassed but I managed to collect myself and continue with the tour and class..hasn't happened since. It's all mental, and perhaps a little related to blood sugar as I recall having very little or nothing to eat on these days where I fainted. I am so calm and collected in messy situations - I could totally see myself working in an ER. I am just wondering if anyone here has attended class with someone like me? I am hoping it never happens again (will be arming myself with lots of bagels and juice before class!) but I think just the fact that it's always in the back of my mind is a huge disadvantage and it will probably win out again at some point (in gross anatomy?..lol) when I have time to work myself up. I am wondering if you would/did see the person as weak and unfit? My parents and friends laugh a bit at my chosen career choice knowing my history - but they're supportive! Anyway, thanks for looking and any advice offered ..sorry that this was kind of rambly :) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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