Tuesday, January 31, 2012

USC PA Program Information Session

On Tuesday March 8 (2011) a few fellow pre-PAs and myself attended the USC's PA Program Information Session. This is the third one I have been too, and it is interesting to see the changes the program has made over time. I really liked this information session because you get to sit in the same class room that you will hopefully be sitting in for a year as PA-S (PA student).

It was a fairly straight forward session. There were introductions (where you get to meet your competition! ;)) then Ms. Tramel goes through a power point which they give you a printed version.  She gives great tips that you should hear so GO to an information session!  You will also get an opportunity to ask any questions you may have which I believe is one of the best parts of any information sessions.

The opportunity to ask questions is often an applicants first opportunity to make a  GOOD first impression! That means when you attend these types of information sessions or preview day, be ready to set your best foot forward! Did you comb your hair? How did you dress? Like a future PA? Were you respectful? (even in the restroom?, yes you can make a strong first impression in the restroom!)

If you have questions about how to make a strong first impression at a information session or preview day or any opportunity to interact with people from a potential PA program, please comment or send me an email. aspiringpahelper@gmail.com

Keep reaching for your dream!

USC Information Sessions

USC PA Program Website

 (USC PA Class of 2014)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ways to Pay for PA school

This is a list of websites/resources where you can learn about different ways to pay for PA school.  If you come up with any please post a comment.

You current schools financial aide office or if you are not in school contact the financial aide offices at the schools you are applying:  these places are a great place to start you search! This is their job, feel free to ask them questions, get the help you need and deserve!

Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA): I am sure every financial aide office will tell you to put in an application and hopefully you have already heard of this great resource! http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/   (Apply early!!!!)

National Health Services Corps:
Scholarship Programhttp://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarship/   (Sweat Deal- this is probably the best deal if you can get it!)
Loan Repayment Programhttp://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/  (If you plan on working in an underserved area, (which hopefully you are) this is a great opportunity)
Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH) this program is state based. Please see website if your state is involved in this program. Also be sure to check with your PA program to see if they would allow you to do this type of rotation. http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/educationaltrainingopportunities/

California Academy of Physician Assistants(CAPA):  offers three scholarships, but you must be a member to apply for the scholarships (and if you are applying to PA school in CA you should already know what this group is, and hopefully have some contact with the): http://www.capanet.org/students/scholarships/

American Academy of Physician Assistants: has many resources for PA students and Pre-PA.  If you are applying you should know about this very important organization. Here is a link to information about scholarships: http://www.aapa.org/your_pa_career/pa_students/resources/item.aspx?id=913#SCHOLARSHIPS_AND_TRAINEE_SHIPS
You should also explore the website: http://www.aapa.org/ 

For those of you that are in CA there is the Health Professions Education Foundation it has both scholarship and loan repayment programs. At this time it looks like the website has not been updated since 2011, but I would keep checking back because we all know PA school is not cheap! http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HPEF/Schlrshp.html

If you have any other suggestions please share in the comment section!