Undergraduate education: 4-year honours B.Sc degree majoring in Biology
Overall GPA: 3.6/4.5 scale
Science GPA: n/a
Recent 60 credit hour GPA: 3.8 (this is the GPA our program uses)
Total HCE hours: 400 hours
Total PCE hours: 1500 hours
Shadowing hours: 16 hours
Other volunteer hours: 400 hours
LORs: 3: One from my manager at the restaurant i work who I’ve known for 3 years.
One from a PA I shadowed and who has been my mentor through this process over the past few years.
One from my honours project lab supervisor.
How many times did you apply?: Two
How many programs did you apply to? One
How many programs did you interview with and what were the outcomes? I interviewed with the one and was accepted a week later!
Where will you be attending? University of Manitoba in Canada
Any red flags on your application? I was most concerned about my lower GPA
Anything you found surprising about interviews? I actually had a lot of fun interviewing and it truly was just them getting to know me as a person.
Were there any helpful resources (books, websites, apps) you used to get through prerequisite courses, the application or interview process? I read Doing Right by Philip C. Hébert which was a book on medical ethics that helped with interviews. (Affiliate Link) I also used many blogs and forums focused on PA/Medicine for interviews and MMI’s.
Any other advice for other pre-PA students? I think gaining experience is not only important because the programs require it but it also makes you a well-rounded person and gives you vital life experiences that anyone going into a healthcare profession needs. Between my first year applying (and not getting an interview) and my second year (getting accepted) I gained experience by working with people who had neurological motor disabilities. I found that I learned so much from the experience not only about working with people but also about myself and I feel more prepared and equipped to enter the PA profession because of it.
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