I’ve already talked about some typical questions asked on Supplemental Applications and how to go about addressing them! Here are my 5 Top Tips on how to stand out and excel on the supplemental application….
Since my PA program is only 24 months (this is on the shorter end of the spectrum) and our rotations are 6 weeks long, we get only one elective during Clinical Year. We have seven “core” rotations in Primary Care, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine, and Inpatient Medicine — these correlate with the End of Rotation exams put out by the PAEA. Picking an elective rotation can be challenging, and a lot of my classmates felt overwhelmed with only having 1 rotation slot but being interesting in so many different subspecialties. So how did I come to the decision of making a rotation in dermatology my elective?
I’ve seen a lot of debate lately from pre-PA and pre-med students about which career is right for them, and how they should go about choosing it. There’s entire forums and threads devoted to it, and often times, the discussion can get very heated. I wanted to share how I came to chose the PA route over MD, but remember that ultimately the only person who can make this decision is you!
With my being 3.5 weeks into my 6 week long elective rotation, I thought now would be a great time to “Day in the Life” post! The dermatology clinic I’m at is in downtown D.C. and is very busy, so it’s been a great experience for me and I’ve gotten to see a ton of different diagnoses and patients. With that being said, every site is very different, so I don’t know how my experience who change if I were somewhere else.
This is what a general day looks like for me at clinic!
As one of Medelita’s HIP ambassadors, I recently got the chance to write a blog post about one of my experiences in medicine. I chose to write about how to achieve a successful work-study balance for a variety of reasons, but mainly because now-a-days there are so many people who end up having to work while attending school (thanks rising costs of education). Or, if you’re pre-PA, often times you need to work to get your patient care hours for applying.
I personally worked for 2 years as a CNA, and while it was an amazing experience, it was incredibly hard at first to feel like I had enough time to get everything done. But, by the end of my experience I felt like I had gotten my feet under me. I shared my top 5 tips on how to excel as both a student and employee, so head over to Medelita’s Blog to read the full article!
While your there, make sure to check out Medelita’s line of scrubs and whitecoats. I won an embroidered lab coat from them recently, and while I can’t wear it yet (it’s a long coat), it seems amazing! I also reviewed their Women’s Modern Fit scrubs recently, and they’re definitely high on my list of favorite scrubs. I can’t wait to be able to wear them on rotations (I wear business profession for this rotation). I also love that this company was founded by a PA-C, because it just goes to show that you can be so much more than “just a provider” and that your life can be filled with more than just medicine. There are a ton of other inspiration people out there (you can check out a list of some people I follow on instagram on my FAQ page).
And as always, feel free to follow me on social media to get more of a daily look as I try to survive life with a stethoscope and some sparkle.
P.S. – I’ve been having a ton of people reach out to me to talk about the best headphones to use so they can more easily focus while studying. HERE is a great review site that breaks down the best on-ear, in-ear, over-ear, and true wireless. I seriously wish I would have found an article like this before buying my headphones, so definitely make sure to check it out!
Applying to PA school is stressful, overwhelming, and incredibly scary! It feels like there are a million people out there fighting for that spot in a program, and it’s so hard not to compare yourself to others. Every time you check the PA forum or go on Facebook, you see a horror story of someone who is so impressive and didn’t get in. Or, you look through stats and feel like you fall short compared to everyone. All you want is to get interviews and get into school, and you don’t feel like you’re going to be able to achieve that dream.
CASPA is one of the most important parts of your application. It’s the first thing a school sees from you, and its how they judge what kind of applicant you are. Together with your scores and supplemental application, it determines whether or not you get one of those coveted interview spots. You want to make sure that you put your best foot out there for the school’s to see.
Here are my Top 5 Tips for a Successful CASPA Application!