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  1. 5 points
    Hello Everyone!!! I am currently a first year student at the TTU PA program!! If anyone is wanting to get some insight about the program, Midland, or just how life is as a student - please don't hesitate to text me (text me your name that you are prospective student that way I don't block your number - 3256656996) I'm down to hangout tomorrow evening for those coming into town for their interviews on Thursday - I'm down to grab coffee or dinner, I'm down for that! I wish you all the best of luck on all the interviews you get! Hang in there cause the waiting game is the worst portion of all! I'm open to everyone, not just for Thursday's group of interviewees! Again, don't hesitate, but please be patient on a response if you text, I may be studying or in class lol! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 3 points
    Just got accepted but will be giving up my spot for another program! Hope it helps someone! :)
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    Accepted! 4th cycle GPA 3.5ish HCE 12k hours GRE 307 ETA: volunteering 150 hours
  4. 3 points
    To anyone who gets accepted today-Congratulations. You deserve it, and it was your hard work and perseverance that got you accepted to this great school.
  5. 3 points
    Best of luck to everyone today!!!! Regardless of what the decision is today, I really enjoyed the interview process and I loved having the opportunity to meet everyone!!
  6. 3 points
    Got my invite today also! This is my third application to MEDEX (1st time for Tacoma). I am applying for the Masters program which is new to the Tacoma Campus. I have been a Dental Hygienist for 15 years. I just found out my 9th grandchild is on their way! (First for my son - 2 daughters with 4 each). I love to read, knit, go to opera and ballet. My husband and I met doing community theater and still occasionally have time to act. My husband is a PA (graduated from MEDEX Seattle in 2010). He absolutely loved his experience there and I am thrilled that I may have an opportunity to attend also! This is my first interview invite and I can't wait.
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    Accepted! cGPA: 3.35 GRE: 311 PCE: 3,800 hours (at time of application) Volunteer: ~300 hours Shadowing: ~25 hours College athlete 2nd time applying with no interviews or acceptances last year.
  9. 2 points
    I hope it makes you feel better that I've had the opposite experience. I work 12-13 nine hour shifts a month. The MDs I work with tend to work more shifts and end up staying late at their shifts regularly when I rarely get out more than a half hour after my shift is over. I've seen a lot of MD burn out and a lot more PA satisfaction, maybe because it's easier to switch jobs? Our group is easily, fully staffed with PAs and NPs so we have great work life balance, but we have a hard time recruiting MDs and they are all working a lot more shifts. I have also been told by a few MDs that they wish they would've done PA instead and I know one who told his kid to consider PA over MD (she ended up doing RN, so maybe she's going to be an NP). I don't question all those years of experience and what EMEDPA has seen, but I don't think it's like that in every situation. For example, the OBGYN I was precepted by worked about 80 hours a week because of surgery, delivery, clinic hours and being on call. The NP she worked with did M-F 8-5 and never took call (she didn't deliver babies so no reason). The peds and PCP preceptors I had were PAs and worked bank hours. The orthopedic surgery PA I shadowed did clinic days and then first assist for surgery and worked great hours, no weekends (to be fair, I think his surgeon did the same). I did two hospital internal medicine rotations. The hospitalist PA I was a student with worked weekends and holidays but did 40 hour work weeks, took about an hour when he first got to work to chat and eat breakfast and had hour long lunches. The MD hospitalist I was a student with pretty much worked 7 days a week and did 12-14 hour days (he took long lunches, too). I kind of suspected he did that to himself and wanted to avoid being at home or maybe it's because he and his partners owned the practice? I don't know what his deal was but he was just always working. This isn't a factor for everyone, but it's worth noting that all of the doctors I work with had their kids either in their mid to late 30's or early 40's (they were talking about it one day, not just me pondering their reproductive lives). A PA friend of mine works with a neurosurgeon who is in her early 40's and doing IVF with a sperm donor because she says she just never had time for a personal life but wants kids now. I also work with a doc who told me the best thing about finishing residency was being able to have dogs again. I have a friend who is married to an EM resident and they had their first kid just before he started. They're doing fine but he is at work all the time and as someone who has a kid the same age, I can't imagine missing so much time with my toddler (seems like they change by the hour sometimes). I think it would be really hard. I'm all for deciding never to have kids, not having them in your twenties, prioritizing career, being a stay at home parent, etc etc, no wrong way to do it (or not do it). I don't want to offend anyone by mentioning this stuff, but some people like to consider it when looking into their career. Sorry this turned into such a lengthy stream of thought post! I just want you to feel warm a fuzzy about your PA choice, again.
  10. 2 points
    ACCEPTED!!!!! congrats everyone, we have all worked so hard for this!
  11. 2 points
    People tend not to divulge what occurs in the interview due to an unfair advantage. Overall though topics can be very random.
  12. 2 points
    They could be notifying people based on interview date.. waitlist rank.. etc. ahhhh
  13. 2 points
    Please don't lose faith! Someone in the class ahead of me told me that they took ~1/3 of their class from the waitlist. Know that it was extremely difficult for them to make their decisions between waitlist or acceptance. Don't feel dismayed if you don't hear anything for a while either. It's tough because our admission process is so early compared to other programs, so oftentimes people will choose to go to a program closer to their home/ more desirable to them. We had like 3-4 people in my class find out they got in late December.
  14. 2 points
    I would love this theory. My heart is in my stomach right now.
  15. 2 points
    Just received notification that I am waitlisted as well.
  16. 2 points
    OP is going to go into business administration or something now
  17. 2 points
    Just received an email notifying me of my position on the waitlist. Definitely disappointed because I loved this program but I'm still hopeful! Congratulations to everyone who is accepted today!!
  18. 2 points
    Received my official confirmation itinerary for my interview on Nov. 3!
  19. 2 points
    @babyPA @tx329 can someone explain to me how to reply underneath something please lol. . . . And on the phone what they told me was to look out for the email sometime next week. What they said the day we were all eating lunch was that they would call on both Tues & Wed the people they would get the chance to, then others that didn't get called would get the acceptance email along w/ those that were called. Even earlier in the thread there is a person that didn't get the call but got the acceptance email. And def from previous application cycles it says they review after each interview session so some will be accepted after the next session as well.
  20. 2 points
    On this same note, I have met so many doctors through shadowing experiences who have told me that they regret having gone to med school and that they would've chosen the PA route in a heartbeat if only they'd known about it. Some of these same doctors have also told me that they are discouraging their children from following in their footsteps. I've also met many doctors who pull >60 hours/week as well as PAs who work 3-4 12's per week. Again, it is all a matter of perspective and your specialty. Staying open-minded is great, but someone's beliefs shouldn't automatically be disregarded because of their age. I'm a traditional student who just graduated last year and wants to be a PA. Does that mean I'm jumping the gun? No, it doesn't. Not everyone who wants to practice medicine wants to be a doctor.
  21. 2 points
    Good luck to everyone who interviewed. This is going to be an exciting AND anxiety inducing 24 hours!
  22. 2 points
    I'm sorry if you interpreted my post as a slight against the PA profession or a personal affront. As I said multiple times the PA career is fantastic and I am pursuing becoming a PA myself over a MD/DO. I don't want to be a doctor. The reason I brought up MD in the first place was that the OP's post implied that they haven't done a ton of research about the profession or the logistics of getting there which could be interpreted as maybe they hadn't considered MD/DO. I'm just a dude on the internet, y'all can do whatever the eff you want to do, but my advice remains the same. If I was 18 and in her shoes I would definitely consider MD as an option. It ultimately depends on her goals and aspirations. If she decides to go PA, that's great too. My wife decided at age 17 she wanted to be a PT and today she's a happy practicing PT so it can be done. Also worth pointing out that many a pre-PA/Pre-Med decided to go a different route once they took some upper level college classes. Either way, wishing the OP the best of luck on her exciting journey ahead.
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    Just got the email stating I'm on the reconsider list.
  25. 2 points
    Me too! Can't wait! Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  26. 2 points
    Got my interview invitation for Tacoma class #6 today for Oct 21!!!!! Totally stoked!!
  27. 2 points
    you have a lot of research to do still. outside of surgery, many PAs work MORE than the docs they work with. I have been working in medicine for over 30 years. I know a lot more happy, well rounded physicians than PAs. the folks I know who are better parents are the docs, not the PAs, why? they work 30 hrs/week while the PAs work 45-80. they are home at night while the PAs cover the ICU, ER, etc they are home Christmas, etc while the PAs staff the various hospital depts. they are at their kid's ball games while the PA is seeing pts in clinic. physicians who get initial training in family medicine can do many things outside of clinic work. this is a very flexible career path. one can do ER coverage, manage OB pts including c-sections, work as a hospitalist, do lots of procedures like scopes, derm stuff, treadmills, cosmetic stuff, vasectomies, overseas work, etc. my biggest regret in life I think is not going to medschool. I like my current PA job, but it took 20 years to get here to work at a place a physician could work day 1 out of residency. I also have to drive more than an hr from a major metro area to find a place that treats PAs well, one of the few places in my state. Docs get instant respect based on the initials after their name. we get instant doubt about our qualifications and constantly have to prove ourselves. please, do yourself a favor. Shadow docs and PAs in the same specialty. ask them about their lives outside of work before you make a decision about who has a better life.
  28. 2 points
    Hey guys! I am BEYOND excited to announce that I have been accepted! I wish everyone the best of luck throughout the application process. I look forward to meeting some of you!
  29. 1 point
    Hi all, Current LLU student here (c/o 2019). As we are preparing to begin our semester in a few days, I wanted to share something with you. When I was a pre-PA student, I used to be obsessed with blogs/vlogs about what PA school was like (tell me I'm not the only one). I could never find any that spoke to me regarding my own journey and there definitely aren't any about RTs that become PAs. So, I made one. I plan on blogging/vlogging/instagramming my way through PA school. I've been working on a blog about my entire path to PA school and I have revealed just about everything! There is tons of information there about how to prepare for your interview and the mindset that you need to get through to interview day. I will also be sharing what PA school at LLU is like when we start soon! Go check it out: MichaelCharvis.com Also, I'll be sharing loads of my PA journey at LLU on my PA Instagram page. All things PA from my unique, insignificant perspective! @michaelcharvis.pa Follow my Instagram page, ask questions, and see what PA school is like at LLU!
  30. 1 point
    I wouldn't say that at all. My impression was that if you weren't in the initial call group you would be reviewed all the way until late November.
  31. 1 point
    Did everyone receive an email today from Western U about the Instagram live event happening today at 6 PST? I still haven't received an interview invite and am curious.....thanks! Also, congrats to everyone that received an interview invite, and fingers crossed for those that are still waiting like myself!
  32. 1 point
    I know! That's scaring me because they're so close... It's going to be rough if anyone has to fly out!
  33. 1 point
    I mean, I don't think it would hurt to email them. They have to know that other schools are in full swing interview mode and therefore expect applicants to be curious. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  34. 1 point
    Submitted my application 9/13 and received email for supplemental application fee 9/20. Now the waiting begins [emoji21] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 1 point
    Congrats to everyone accepted! The waiting game for accreditation is killing me; I check the ARC and CBU sites pretty regularly. I'd love to know when they're actually meeting. If CBU receives accreditation I'm going to try to make a FB page for the class of 2020.
  36. 1 point
    I am in the same boat as you guys. Hoping I can still get good news.
  37. 1 point
    They said it's usually 50 people and they usually end up taking close to half but can't tell anyone their rank Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  39. 1 point
    There was maybe about 25 of us? It was a long day, two interviews and an essay as well as a campus tour. Sitting and waiting while other people were getting interviewed was stressful, but I felt that the interviews themselves were very fair! I prepared using the "How to Ace the PA interview" book and felt that that helped me a lot! They notified me by email around 1pm the next day!
  40. 1 point
    18D in 07. Went to Pacific U grad in 2016. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. 1 point
    I've heard the same. I'm not disagreeing with you, and I wasn't disregarding her beliefs because of her age - just urging her to do more research. There's nothing wrong with being a traditional student going into this profession. I'm just speaking historically how this profession has been and what it was made for originally. It's certainly evolved, and I am not discouraging anyone wanting to go into medicine. I'm simply saying there is time, do the research, get experience and shadow, and then be able to make a more definitive answer to find what you'd really want to do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. 1 point
    I interviewed 9/11 too and got my acceptance letter this morning!! :) Good luck to everyone interviewing! :)
  43. 1 point
    Thanks for the information. I'm still waiting for a return call, but at least this sounds like it's a positive situation.
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  47. 1 point
    I'm not actually being facetious. I'm just cool with my maybe unpopular opinion, and everyone else's as well. I'll invite any flames headed my way, but haters gonna hate and all of that. We all know all of my opinions are always right and people that disagree are all wrong. I'm okay with that! I'll never think it's for everybody. I would not have gone to medical school for free when I was 18, and didn't in my 40's when I had the chance. Once I discovered PA, it was no contest. I told the Harvard Post-bacc I wasn't coming after all and canceled all my apartment stuff in Cambridge. I was simply assuming OP had made that decision already. Maybe I should suggest they go ask the PA vs. MD over at SDN. I got the comedy tonight! Try the veal, and tip your waiters and waitresses.
  48. 1 point
    Haha not sure if you're being facetious but this is pretty standard advice for young people interested in medicine. EMEDPA has said it many times and I agree. I know all the stats about job satisfaction etc etc and I am totally happy with my decision to pursue the PA profession but if I was 18 and had the foresight to plan my future like this I would most likely give MD/DO a LONG, HARD look. As it is, I have no interest in the MD/DO path due to my station in life and goals. Both are great careers that foster sometimes disparate values.
  49. 1 point
    Hi! I'm a 1st year student at this point. Happy to answer your question! So personally I have to hear things like 100 times before I actually understand it. So it takes me a lot longer to study than most people. Spring A&P MEDEX will probably tell you to set aside 20 hours per week for this. I honestly spend 30-40 hours on this class because there was so much information! But I know some of my classmates range from 10 hours - 50 hours per week for this class. But it does take a pretty good chunk of your time. So if you plan to work full-time, don't plan on have much party time. Summer in Seattle This is a pretty intense quarter. You'll spend 9am - 4pm in class. And the rest of the time you'll spend studying. You'll have a exam every Monday that consist of 4-5 topics (ex. cardio, respiratory, GI, GU, Reproductive) that you'll have to know for the exam. But it is still possible to have one weekend day to yourself during this quarter! I personally had time to explore Seattle while I was here and try many of the amazing restaurants! Fall This is a slower ramp up from summer. The first few weeks were pretty slow and I was actually thinking to myself "what is going on?!?!?" but it ramps up after that and you'll end up having 2-3 exams per week. And it will be similar to summer, but longer. I hope I answered your question!
  50. 1 point
    Now I am concerned. I read this thread on a touch screen. If a poster on this forum has herpes, and I touch their post on my screen, can I get herpes?
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