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mandy8 in Aurora, Colorado

46 months ago

Hi, I've been reading some of these posts since this summer when I decided I wanted to become a Pathology Assistant. I was wondering how much job experience some of the schools look for? I've taken plenty of science classes that have labs with them including an advanced anatomy class with dissection but I was wondering if I should try to get some more experience by working in a chemistry/biology lab or something? I'm also doing a couple days of shadowing during my winter break.
Also, when should I start applying? I'm currently a junior and will be graduating in May 2014, should I consider applying this spring or summer?
One more question, has any one studied abroad? I'm really thinking about doing that Fall 2013, but I was wondering if that would mess up my interviews or application process and if they even accept credits from international universities since most I've looked at don't accept international students. My degree would be from the U.S. and my school accepts those international credits.
Thanks!

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FuturePathAssist in Chicago, Illinois

10 months ago

HI Mandy8! I see this was like two years ago, but I was just wondering if you ever did get any lab experience of go to pathologists' assistant school? Thats what I want to do and your post popped up when I was searching google for getting lab experience lol.

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mandy8

6 months ago

FuturePathAssist in Chicago, Illinois said: HI Mandy8! I see this was like two years ago, but I was just wondering if you ever did get any lab experience of go to pathologists' assistant school? Thats what I want to do and your post popped up when I was searching google for getting lab experience lol.

Hi!
I hope this information isn't too late, but the short answer is no and I still got accepted. I went to a University that has a really good vet program so I actually ended up spending a day in the necropsy department shadowing the vet students and one of the vets. I was still indecisive if I wanted to go to vet school or PA school at the time. Basically the necropsy department is pet autopsies, which sounds horrible, but it was actually much easier to shadow them than a human hospital if that makes sense. They basically do the same thing in pets that a pathologist does in adults. They even let me do some of the cutting, which would probably never happen if I shadowed at a normal hospital for liability reasons. They did their dissections and then each of the 5 vet students did a presentation about what pathologies they found. The only other experience I had was a sit down talk with a PA at a University hospital near my hometown. It was hard to find anyone willing to let me shadow in my area. But basically we sat down and talked about the job responsibilities and that was it. I saw the gross room but they didn't have anything to gross. Like I mentioned, I basically had no experience, was right out of undergrad and was still accepted. I hope that makes some people a little more hopeful.

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