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    Related to, but not a direct "what are my chances" post.

    I will have approx. a year (9 months) between when I graduate and when I hope to begin attending SGU. Do any current students at SGU have the same situation? I was looking for recommendations on stuff I could do to help boost my application during this time. Thanks!
    -William

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    Re: NOT a "What are my chances" post...

    Quote Originally Posted by William G.
    Related to, but not a direct "what are my chances" post.

    I will have approx. a year (9 months) between when I graduate and when I hope to begin attending SGU. Do any current students at SGU have the same situation? I was looking for recommendations on stuff I could do to help boost my application during this time. Thanks!
    -William
    Volunteer to do research at your school, apply for jobs doing research, get certified as an EMT, volunteer in hospitals, shadow a physician, become a CNA, or get a job working in a hospital doing something patient-related. Get involved in volunteering in the community helping the less fortunate. Answering phones for a crisis hotline worked for one person who was interested in psychiatry. Take some post-bacc courses to raise your GPA if you want. You could study for and re-take the MCAT, blow it out of the water, and go to US med school instead.
    Relax and have some fun.
    Any other suggestions out there?
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    Agreed

    Agreed, shoot for a US Allo school and use SGU as a backup...you have time after grad as well.

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    Re: NOT a "What are my chances" post...

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfvgang22
    Quote Originally Posted by William G.
    Related to, but not a direct "what are my chances" post.

    I will have approx. a year (9 months) between when I graduate and when I hope to begin attending SGU. Do any current students at SGU have the same situation? I was looking for recommendations on stuff I could do to help boost my application during this time. Thanks!
    -William
    Volunteer to do research at your school, apply for jobs doing research, get certified as an EMT, volunteer in hospitals, shadow a physician, become a CNA, or get a job working in a hospital doing something patient-related. Get involved in volunteering in the community helping the less fortunate. Answering phones for a crisis hotline worked for one person who was interested in psychiatry. Take some post-bacc courses to raise your GPA if you want. You could study for and re-take the MCAT, blow it out of the water, and go to US med school instead.
    Relax and have some fun.
    Any other suggestions out there?
    With an answer like that, there's nothing to add! Well said.

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    Re: Agreed

    Quote Originally Posted by basupran
    Agreed, shoot for a US Allo school and use SGU as a backup...you have time after grad as well.
    agreed.

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    CNA.. What is that?

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    Wow, now that is what i call a search. A thread all the way from last january.

    CNA=certified nurse assistant. A related term is PCA=patient care assistant. Responsibilites and use of these support staff depends on the state and hospital. When i looked into it about 5 years ago, you needed some sort of certification that took about 6 months, either EMT or the actual CNA cert. Sometimes hospitals run these programs. Sometimes local community colleges.

    At my hospital they weigh the patients and get vitals each AM, bathe the patients, and change bed sheets. They also wipe butts. Hence the term used to describe them as "butt wipers." They're also usually the ones who answer call lights. When i worked in an ER, they sometimes drew blood, got EKGs, started IVs, and set up suture trays for the docs, along with the things i mentioned earlier. On the organizational structure of a hospital floor, they are the lowest of the low (only slightly higher than a med student). But they can be your best friend when you're looking for a pulse-ox, BP cuff, or doppler. Hope this helps.
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