Accepted: Lena from @lenainmedicine - Loma Linda PA Student

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Undergraduate education: UCLA

Overall GPA: 3.5

Science GPA: 3.4

GRE: 312 (V153/Q159/4.5) 

PCE: 2000+ (MA, EMT, Optometric Assistant)

HCE: 1800+ (MA, Scribe, Community Health Fairs)

Shadowing: 174 (Family/Sports Medicine, Emergency, Urgent Care, Pediatrics)

Teaching/Non-healthcare volunteer: 220 (CPR/BLS, Geriatrics, High School, Orphanage, Community Nature Restorations)

Research: 110 (Nephrology, Neurology)

Extracurricular: Meditation Classes, Yoga, Backpacked through Central America

LORs: MD, PA, PA, Microbiology Professor

How many times did you apply?:  1

Age when applied: 24 

Gender: Female

How many programs did you apply to? 17 programs

How many programs did you interview with and what were the outcomes? I was offered 9 interviews and 3 acceptances!

Any red flags on your application? I had C’s in my core science courses, but this experience helped me learn how to study. It refined how I approached material in the future. I ended up retaking my classes to show academic maturity. 

Anything you found surprising about interviews? I actually met a lot of great friends at interviews. It was an awesome opportunity to meet people from across the country. I kept in touch with a few people from every interview and overall the experience was really welcoming and warm at every program!

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Were there any helpful resources (books, websites, apps) you used to get through prerequisite courses, the application or interview process? I found awesome resources on YouTube, Instagram, ThePAPlatform.comHow to Ace the PA School Interview book by Andrew Rodican, PA-C, and This application cycle showed me how collaborative the PA community is. I found a community online that helped with revisions, mock interviews, and more!

Any other advice for other pre-PA students? Be proactive in everything you pursue. Planning ahead will definitely help you in the long run. Don’t be afraid to take that step to ask. The worst thing that can happen is someone can say no, but there are so many opportunities waiting if you just ask politely and stay proactive.

Where can we find you? Instagram: @lenainmedicine 

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