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  1. Today's the day that marks the exact 8 weeks past the September 1st deadline. Hoping for good news next week! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  2. I just received my acceptance email!!! I interviewed 10/20. Good luck everyone! :)
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  3. I received my acceptance email yesterday! I would encourage everyone who is on committee hold or waitlisted to take heart in the fact that Pacific University stated that they have dipped far into their waitlist in the past. To those of you who received rejection emails, I just wanted you to know that some of the best paramedics I've met struggled to get into the paramedic program. When they were finally accepted, they soared!! I truly hope your perseverance pays off in your future endeavors. Best of luck to you all!
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  4. @WonderWall At the 10/21 interview Kevin said that the class is 52% full and that they would be conducting two more interview sessions( if I remember correctly). A few days after the interview I was accepted and will be taking a seat in the class. ALSO, working in your favor, the class this year has been expanded to 36 so their are 6 more seats available than usual!
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  5. Thanks, Greatchecko. ☺ Just to clarify, I was saying that it is very "possible " that there is "alot more to it" in reply to Woodsters. I completely agree with you that "perfection " is highly subjective. All one can do is be their best self while interviewing. Happy Friday!
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  6. According to last years forum, people received interviews around 11/12 for 12/2 and 12/12 interview dates....so hopefully there is still hope!
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  7. Application cycles open up around April of every year and stay open until the following March.. most people will have their apps ready to go and sent in by end of May or early June. You can definitely apply the year before you graduate for admittance of the fall after graduation (they would just need proof of your degree when you do graduate), or you can wait a year to apply which I think is better since you get a break between undergrad and grad school/time to breath/time for yourself. Do you have healthcare experience? Actual experience taking care of patients, directly? Most students after college take a year or two off to build up these hours as the average is about 1000 hours for acceptance to a program.
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  8. "Today we sent our last invitations to interview. Decline letters will be sent out via postal mail in the next couple of weeks." - A department faculty/staff member I spoke with today. So for those of you still waiting, sorry. It will be prudent to move on and focus more on other applications. I'm right there with you in feeling the pain, but I hope your dreams to study and practice medicine are realized with another program (MD, DO, PA, CRNP, etc.), even if it takes time. This is my 3rd time applying after being waitlisted at every school I interviewed at twice, so it can take time, but the dream and the service and the purpose are worth it, and I pray no one who got rejected loses heart.
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  9. If no one on here can help, try messaging jamienicole3x on Reddit. She's one of the prephysicianassistant Mods and is currently in her clinical year at UDM.
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  10. Congratulations! Wonderful news! I feel we should create a FB group soon.
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  11. I got my acceptance email too!!! Interviewed 10/7. Don't lose hope if you're still waiting!
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  12. I got my acceptance call yesterday for the Stony Brook campus! I interviewed 10/19. Pleased to meet you class of 2020!
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  13. I was invited to interview on November 16th!
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  14. I have never had an interview that involved writing. Any tips on how to prepare? Thanks
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  15. Hey Everyone! I interviewed with the program on October 17th and received my acceptance letter on October 23rd! Do any current students have recommendations on housing? I am from Ohio, so I am not too familiar with the area.
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  16. I will be withdrawing from my interview sometime here soon as I have already committed elsewhere. Hopefully this opens a spot for one of y’all!
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  17. I felt there was definitely more of a focus on your personal experiences/patient interactions. They just want to get a feel for the type of person/professional you are!
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  18. Congrats guys!! That's so exciting! When did you both interview?
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  19. Received an interview invite via email this morning! Super excited!
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  20. I believe they started interviews in August. They can possibly go into the beginning of February(based on previous cycles) if they haven't filled all their spots yet.
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  21. Briezzy explained what to expect perfectly. They did not have coffee at our interview but if you ask during your tour they will show you the school starbucks.
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  22. @pipergasaway Here’s what happened to me. They sent me an email last year saying they would like to invite me for an interview, but I didn’t have biochem completed. I also took my statistics class over ten years ago, so if I wanted to attend there after the interview process, I’d have to retake it so it was within 10 years. I finished biochem and retook stats and was invited to interview. They don’t really flex when it comes to having the correct prerequisites. Since anatomy lab is a prerequisite, they won’t be able to interview you. Just my opinion though, good luck!
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  23. I got the same email this morning!
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  24. To anyone wondering if it’s possible to recoup the funds from the CASPA application submission, they’ve already emailed me back and told me that they will not be issuing refunds. I didn’t think they would, but it was worth a shot.
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  25. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the clichè question, which is usually asked at traditional one on one interviews. But I wouldn't talk about length or the ambiguous "medical model" training try not coming off as disingenuous by saying you admire the collaborating physician then talk about PA autonomy?? Instead, start off by talking about what YOU find unique about the profession: Ex) "I want to be a PA because it allows to me to understand and practice medicine and perform patient care; an interest I’ve had from a young age. It’s a diverse profession with many opportunities. Becoming a PA allows me to have the option in primary care medicine and every other specialty. It allows me to have the flexibility to switch in between specialties or even work multiple simultaneously" Then follow that by saying what have you done (or plan to do) to garner interest and experience: Ex) "Becoming a PA really combines the knowledge and experience that I’ve gained in the past few years and largely expands it. In the past few years I’ve gained valuable (but limited) clinical experience as a CNA, and in my last years of college I gained a strong interest in human physiology from taking higher level science classes and being a tutor for Anatomy and Physiology" Main takeaway: Talk about what you like about the profession and talk about personal experiences that make you fit for the profession. Atleast that's my 2 cents. Hope that helps!
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  26. Here are the 2013 vs 2016 stats. Pretty big jump in employment #s. Median pay almost kept up with inflation
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  27. Hey guys, I just checked and the portal is now functioning. It says my application is complete and its under review. If anyone logs on and checks out their application it has some information carried over from CASPA but the majority of the information is not crossed over. Are we suppose to fill out the remainder of it?
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  28. A few comments/minor disagreements: 1: YES 2: It is best to work towards not having a mortgage at all. It's great!! (although we are taking out another one tomorrow, will have it paid off in 2 years). 3. 50% savings rate is near impossible, unless you are talking about after-tax money. 4. If you are young there is no need to be in bonds at all. The rate of return is terrible, and many are not nearly as safe as our culture makes them out to be. I wouldn't suggest ANYONE have bonds from several cities/states cause you're gonna lose money. 5. Until you are debt free with multiple income streams...then you can truly enjoy life!
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  29. Congratulations! It’s a great program and I know the rest of us are hoping to join you :) do you mind me asking what time you got your waitlist email?
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  30. Congrats to everyone that got in! I got my waitlist letter today so I am thankfully not out of the running quite yet! I hope to become all of your classmates and be able to join the Tacoma class 6! Keeping my fingers crossed ?
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  31. 1. At least $10k in emergency savings. We use this for home repairs, vet bills, car repairs, other unforeseen expenses. Always try to keep it at $10k. 2. Get your debt sorted out. In most cases, it is best to work towards having only a mortgage. With student loans, some people will actually save money in the long run doing PSLF. For others it is best to pay them off hard and fast. ReFis arent usually worth it. NO consumer debt, ever. Credit cards paid off monthly. Pay off your vehicles and drive them until the wheels fall off. Never finance anything but your home, maybe a car if you have no other choice. 3. Set an end goal of saving (investing) 50% or more of your gross income. How you do this will vary, but obviously never leave money on the table like 401k/403b employer matches. You will likely end up maxing out your 401k/403b, and then filling up a ROTH and then a taxable investment account. HSAs can work too. 4. Invest in low cost index funds. If you are young, do like 90% stocks and 10% bonds. I like Vanguard's Total Market Index and Total Bond Index. These are self-cleansing funds, and will always reflect the overall market trajectory. Just dont bail when things go south. Stay the course. 5. And last but certainly not least, live like you make $50k a year!! Or, set a spending budget each month and never exceed this. I set aside 10% for hobbies, and my wife and I have a limit on discretionary spending. If I want something really expensive like a new gun, I just have to save. The single biggest reason why most people cant save enough to retire early is lifestyle inflation, which results in paltry savings. They make more, they spend more.
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  32. CONGRATS!!! What day did you interview? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  33. Hello everyone! Congrats to all who got interviews!!! I received a Spokane interview invite for November 4th as well. The invite email came in on October 2nd. I would love to join you all at the Elk the night before along with another interview invite, so there will be two of us :)
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  34. While it's "possible" for someone to score perfectly, it's highly, highly unlikely for a multitude of reasons that are not appropriate to discuss on a public forum. Furthermore, I'd take Woodsters at their word. A cursory review of threads for previous years will demonstrate that they have been posting and adding very useful and consistent information about the program for many, many years. I know that I would not directly comment on the experience of a current student and frequently defer to their opinion on what it is like to be actually sitting in a seat in Harrell in 2017. Conversely, I can say with confidence that as time has gone on, I've discovered as an alum that there is a lot going on behind the scenes that many students are not aware of. This isn't because things are hidden or they are lied to, but because they just aren't a part of all the processes and discussions that go on. The faculty make sure their focus is on becoming successful PAs and passing the PANCE, not on learning how to run a PA program. As an applicant and interviewee, my suggestion is to focus on being yourself and enjoying the process and conversations, not on achieving what in the end is a highly subjective, variable and thus essentially impossible level of "perfection" in the interview. All the best! Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
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  35. What is a gap year? Sounds like a medical school thing. If you want to be a physician, take a gap year and apply to MD/DO school. If you want to be a PA, get your hands into direct patient care as an EMT, MA, or something else involving direct patient care. Also, get direct patient care--see if you actually want to be in direct patient care for an entire career of direct patient care. Did I mention direct patient care?
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  36. I created a Facebook for the upcoming class! Search - UTMB PA Class 2020 -
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  37. Hey, It's Trace Mendler. Congrats to everyone, I ended up getting the phone call just the other day as well. It was so nice to meet everyone on Saturday and I can't wait to start PA school very soon with everyone! Lets Go! Thanks
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  38. Invited to November interview
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  39. I went to Campus Preview Day last weekend and they said they received 1000 applications, 150 will be interviewed and 50 will be accepted.
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  40. It was nice to meet you all at the interview - good luck and best wishes.
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  41. University of Wisconsin has had a Distance Education cohort option since 2001. It's a combination of in person lessons and online coursework. The curriculum is set over three years. The first summer is in residence for anatomy lab, H/P intro, and clinical medicine. We then do two years (part time) of online learning-pathophys/diagnostics/pharmacology, and med micro/women's/ped's/surg second year. Each semester has 4-6 days on campus to do PEs/patient histories/clinical skills labs. The third year is spent with clinical rotations in or near our home towns. The lectures are recorded for review later, or they can be live-streamed with real time question capability. The intention of this set up is to fulfill the need for providers in rural Wisconsin, and allow for students who are tied to their commmnities by family or work commitments to pursue a new degree. It's difficult at times to stay motivated, but this is allowing me a better work/school/family/life balance. I don't feel as though my education is inferior. The success rate is very high, and the program has put out high quality PAs, that tend to do very well on the PANCE and in practice. I'm not sure how Yale's program will work, but not all online options are bad things. Some can actually be very good ;) On Wisconsin!
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  42. just received an invite for the November interview Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  43. Last year we got called for interviews around the 1st to 2nd week of October. Interviews then took place the first week of November and the first week of December. I called recently to check if they were doing the same thing this year and I was told that they are probably just doing the one week of interviews in December this year. They should be making those calls in November sometime. Just an update for anyone wondering! Keep the faith everyone :)
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  44. Congrats!! Would you mind sharing about your interview? Is it MMI, individual interview, group interview, and is there a writing portion?
    1 point
  45. Good luck to you! Let me know if you get an interview.
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  46. Hi everyone, I also submitted for this cycle. Now we wait :-) Does anyone know of any stats from last year's admitted student class? How many applications they received? This is my top choice; so I'm really hoping to get accepted, but not hearing from them until December is giving me anxiety.
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  47. Current MBKU student here, let me clarify the confusion. They are Accreditation-Provisional because they are still a new program, not because of lack of strength in the program. Usually takes about 5 years for the Accreditation-continuation status to be applied to a school. Regardless of this status, all PA students who graduate are able to sit for the PANCE and are fully certified PA's. Given the strength of the program so far (100% PANCE rates and known for producing strong PA's), I would encourage you to look into the school further and see if its a match for you! I applied and interviewed at several schools (several well known medical programs...trying not to call them out here :) and still chose this program over those because it really is a strong program.
    1 point
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