I'm so excited to share Jazmine's stats with you guys! Jazmine has just recently started PA school at Western University, and she's been sharing all kinds of insight and amazing information on Instagram. You can find her @jazminek_pa and she gives great updates, so follow along if you want to see what PA school is really like. Something interesting is Jazmine applied to PA school 3 times! She didn't give up, and now she's making her dream a reality. Thanks for sharing with us Jazmine!
Undergraduate education: University of Southern California
Overall GPA: 3.43
Science GPA: 3.33
Total PCE hours: 3200 (EMT, MA, ER Tech)
Shadowing hours: 608 (Orthopedics, Dermatology, Oncology/Hematology, Pulmonology and Pediatrics)
Other volunteer hours: 800 (Medical Mission to Africa, Skid Row, Spanish Translator, Elementary School Educator)
LORs: Orthopedic PA, MD, Anatomy Professor and Oncology/Hematology PA
How many times did you apply?: Three cycles!
How many programs did you apply to? 12 programs
How many programs did you interview with and what were the outcomes? 5 interviews, 2 waitlist, 2 rejections, 3 acceptances!
Any red flags on your application? Low GPA
Anything you found surprising about interviews? At a few interviews, I was exhausted from the all day interview that included essays, one on one interviews, group interviews, MMI and medical terminology tests. I realized I rambled quite a bit at my first one so I practiced mock interviews for the upcoming ones.
Were there any helpful resources (books, websites, apps) you used to get through prerequisite courses, the application or interview process? ThePAPlatform.com, How to Ace the PA School Interview book by Andrew Rodican, PA-C (affiliate link), DoseOfPA Blog, and PhysicianAssistantforum.com
Any other advice for other pre-PA students? Seek advice from PAs and PA-S and ask many questions. Start on your patient care experience early on and retake prerequisites if your GPA is low like mine. Keep working at your passion, let the fire inside you burn brighter than the fire around you!
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