17 Jan Top 5 Things to do Before CASPA Opens
Things to do Before CASPA Opens:
1. Start working on your personal statement. Things for you to think about when writing:
- What is your why?
- What led you to pursue medicine and/or the PA career?
- How can I demonstrate to the reader that I am prepared for this career?
- If I had any issues along the way, how did I overcome them or what did I learn from my experience?
2. Identify at least 3 people you want to write you a letter of recommendation (LOR).
- Provide them with a brief bio, your personal statement (if written already), or any other helpful info that can help them write a better well-thought out LOR.
- Provide them with some things you would like them to include in their LOR
- Give them a deadline of when you would like them to submit
- Try to have at least one LOR from a PA
3. Compile a list of schools you want to apply to and do your research to make sure you meet their requirements. Unsure if you do/don’t? Make sure you reach out to the program to find out for sure!
Things to verify:
- Set cumulative, overall, and/or science GPA requirements
- Coursework (including completion timelines)
- PCE hours and/or job type
- LOR specifics
- Shadowing hours
4. Start saving and budgeting for PA school apps. In case you aren’t already aware, CASPA charges $179 for the first program you apply to and $55 for each additional program. Supplemental applications can range anywhere from $0-150. YIKES!
5. Update or edit your resume. Ensure you have included your most up-to-date information, and that it is easy to follow.
- Need help? There are lots of free resume templates online as well as resume builder sites.