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Lemur

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You sure about that? so you have checked with every PA program, and asked the applicants if they applied to med school? especially the ones who are under the age of 25?

Think about this: in many cases, the prerequisite classes are similar. they often have high academic requirements, with minimal prior work requirements. they are providers in the medical field. No, not every PA students got rejected from medical school, but to say there aren't any is sheer ignorance.

And yes, a college student with high grades in the sciences and some work experience in healthcare (and a bachelors degree) often makes for a strong admission to PA school too.

I mean, unless https://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/what-happens-to-all-of-the-pre-meds-that-dont-make-it-into-med-school.924692/post-12676095 is wrong. or this recommendation https://differentmedicalcareers.com/not-getting-into-medical-school/ or https://blog.accepted.com/dreaded-med-school-rejection-now-2/ or https://medicalschoolhq.net/pmy-254-md-vs-pa-lets-talk-about-it-with-a-pa-to-help-you-decide/ are also wrong.....
then feel free to actually provide a verifiable source, not just anecdotal comments/
SDN is not a legitimate source to get information about PA applicants. My understanding of the applicant pool comes from being in a leadership position with in my state’s PA academy and regularly working with faculty from multiple programs in our area and nationally on PA education related events. I’ve also participated in the admissions process.


PA applicants are a heterogenous group. Prior applicants to medical school make up perhaps single digit percentages of class composition. There are multiple reasons for this.

I don’t care to press this point to change your mind, but to ensure there is a challenge to what you’re saying for others to read and keep in mind, as they stumble onto this thread.
 

SandpitMedic

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SDN is not a legitimate source to get information about PA applicants. My understanding of the applicant pool comes from being in a leadership position with in my state’s PA academy and regularly working with faculty from multiple programs in our area and nationally on PA education related events. I’ve also participated in the admissions process.


PA applicants are a heterogenous group. Prior applicants to medical school make up perhaps single digit percentages of class composition. There are multiple reasons for this.

I don’t care to press this point to change your mind, but to ensure there is a challenge to what you’re saying for others to read and keep in mind, as they stumble onto this thread.
Louder for the people in the back.
Well said.
 

Ewok Jerky

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I skipped a few pages and see we are still arguing about PA schools being filled with med school rejects?

The program I went to had 1/30 in my class. Late 20s guy who was a paramedic.

The admissions team didn't think med school flunkies would make good PAs because they would always be unhappy about being a second tier provider, and I tend to agree with them. I've never been invited back to career fairs because I tell all the kids who come to my PA Table to go to medical school instead 😂

Anyways back to the OP,
Find a few programs and make a list of pre-reqs and get going. check off all the boxes on your way to a Bachelor's Degree in literally anything. Keep getting experience as an EMT. Apply to PA programs far and wide.
 
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