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Hi! I am going to be a senior in highschool. I'm applying to about 11 schools in Aug. that have an accelerated 5 or 6 year entry level PA program. Do you have any insight or advice for my application/ interview process or about entry level programs?
Gosh, there’s a plethora of info on this subject out there :) including a great book on how to nail a PA school interview…
You can take a look at my earlier posts:
Also, check this out:
Unfortunately, I don’t have info specific to entry level programs… All of the above should definitely get you going in the right direction.
All the best to you!
Paulo Coelho (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
Hello! I want to be a PA, and right now I'm taking my upper level bios for my PA school pre-requisites. Every time I get a bad grade (never failing, but I want to do better) I feel so discouraged and like I'll never be able to get into PA school. Do you have any advice on how to get past feeling like that? Did you ever experience something similar? Thanks!
Thank you for your question. It’s a great question. And I truly wish I had an easy straightforward answer…
Did I ever experience something similar? – heck yea. You know, I’m in my 2nd year of PA school and I still get those feelings… Some people experience those feelings, some don’t – which does NOT translate to ‘better’ and ‘worse’, it simply means we’re all different. I do, however, believe that for the most part we (PA students) are all high-achievers and well… type-A personalities, really. We get irritated (and discouraged) by what we view as obstacles to our progress (e.g. a lower grade).
I chose the PA profession as my second career (and hopefully I’ll get there successfully), but my background is in the Arts. Prior to going back to school to fulfill my pre-reqs for PA school, it was important to me to be open to the possibility that I just might not like this bio/chem/stats business. I wanted to be kind to myself and not force myself into something I potentially couldn’t handle. There are other wonderful careers in the med field. It turned out that I actually enjoyed my bio/chem classes, and I was kinda good at it too. With that being said, it does NOT mean that I got straight A’s all across the board.
PA school is intense – the amount of material to learn in a very short amount of time comes at you hard and furious. Just when you think you can relax to take a deep breath in, it hits you again, and again, and it doesn’t stop. As an undergrad, obtaining a solid foundation helps – concentrating on understanding the material you’re learning rather than just memorizing it for a good grade. Good grades / high sores / high GPA – all look great on a PA school application, no doubt. But please know that I have seen straight A students be turn away by a PA program. Grades are not everything. There are other components that play into getting into PA school and being an awesome PA: make sure your patient work experience is solid, work hard for kick-ass references, etc. More than anything, the admissions committee looks at the trend in your grades – are the grades recently better or recently worse. If there’s time and room for improvement, it’s good to take advantage. Don’t get discouraged sister (I know easier said than done). Just do your best. Straight A’s are not required for PA school, but good character definitely is, and solid work experience enhances.
When I don’t do so well on an exam and/or feel discouraged, I remind myself that at the end of it all it’s not about the grades, it’s about the patient. So I pick myself up and keep on truckin’.
Gosh, I hope this helps. All the best to you.
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