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  1. For anyone who closely follows this and/or other threads comparing yourself to others and getting panicked when you don't get that phone call on the day/hour you were expecting: I get it. It's extremely hard to get a type A applicant to desensitize to the idea of having to trust the process and be willing to give up a locus of control; however, whenever you do learn to do so, you'll enjoy the process and appreciate your fellow applicants and their own victories much, much more. Do not panic, do not wish failure upon your peers, and do not despair or give up until you've gotten that final rejection -- even then, don't give up... PA programs love an applicant with some grit and a positive attitude. I am not writing this because an act of providence has occurred and I am reeling from the high that is an acceptance to PA School -- on the contrary, I received a rejection and a waitlist today (no acceptances thus far, in fact) -- I just want everyone to know that they aren't alone in this process, what they are feeling is natural, and that it's all gonna work out in due time.
    9 points
  2. For anyone who closely follows this and other threads comparing yourself to others and getting panicked when you don't get that phone call on the day/hour you were expecting: I get it. It's extremely hard to get a type A applicant to desensitize to the idea of having to trust the process and be willing to give up a locus of control; however, whenever you do learn to do so, you'll enjoy the process and appreciate your fellow applicants and their own victories much, much more. Do not panic, do not wish failure upon your peers, and do not despair or give up until you've gotten that final rejection -- even then, don't give up... PA programs love an applicant with some grit and a positive attitude. I am not writing this because an act of providence has occurred and I am reeling from the high that is an acceptance to PA School -- on the contrary, I received a rejection and a waitlist today (no acceptances thus far, in fact) -- I just want everyone to know that they aren't alone in this process, what they are feeling is natural, and that it's all gonna work out in due time.
    5 points
  3. Hey everyone! Just wanted to bring a new perspective. We are more than just our stats! Try to focus less on that Yes that’s something schools look at for academic success, but UTSW (and other schools!) believes deeply in their mission statement. I would say that if their mission statement is something that resonates with you, maybe take a look at your essay and see if it was conveyed! See if the experience you have aligns with their mission (volunteering!). This is one school of many, and as it was said beautifully before, some rejections may have been given out not because you aren’t capable, but they may see something in your application that indicates an institution-student mismatch. Also, remember it is SO much harder to get in if you are out of state. Don’t feel discouraged! You all are smart and capable and even if UTSW isn’t the right school for you, it doesn’t mean PA isn’t the right career for you. Remember your passion and find a school that fits that passion! If it is UTSW, make sure your application shows it!! Sincerely, good luck to all of you!
    4 points
  4. Happy Friday! I am wishing the best for all of us.
    4 points
  5. I got a call today around 6PM for an interview on 10/6! This is my first interview EVER for a PA school :') For a timeline, I submitted CASPA around 6/20 and submitted the supplemental 7/13. Feel free to ask any questions you might have!
    4 points
  6. Just got accepted!!! Good luck everyone! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  7. Omg guys I just received an interview for 10/3!! In state applicant, app submitted 5/19 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  8. Typically UNE will conduct a round of interviews, accept (reject, and/or waitlist?) a number of applicants with two weeks of the interview date, and then schedule a subsequent round of interviews. This process is repeated until all seats in the program have been filled. Interviews have continued through November and December in prior years. I interviewed on 9/18. One week later, I am anxiously awaiting the program’s decision.
    3 points
  9. I just received a formal letter of rejection from the program, post-interview. I wish all of my fellow applicants the best of luck on all of your future endeavors, whether that be at ATSU, another program, or even another career. Know that although I did not get accepted, I will still continue to monitor this thread, cheer everyone on, and pray for your continued success! Much Love.
    3 points
  10. The interview process was very straight forward and simple. You will be divided into 3 groups and will rotate through 3 different activities, which consists of 2 faculty interviews, a campus tour, and a writing assignment! It is very, very relaxed, so do not stress about anything at all!!!
    3 points
  11. Just because a qualified applicant (great stats and accepted to multiple other programs) is rejected from UTSW that doesn't mean the school is missing out. In fact, UTSW saw a deficiency in those applicants that maybe the other programs missed or it would be a student-institution mismatch. It is a hit to the ego but it is what it is unfortunately.
    3 points
  12. hey yall! Just got my rejection today! Submitted early July - have gotten an interview @ every other school I applied to (Univ. or Colorado) but was really excited about UTSW! Just goes to show if you are RIGHT for the school they WILL choose you! I think they really want us to thrive!! GOODLUCK to everyone waiting/interviewing/accepted!! My heart is with yall!
    3 points
  13. I also received my acceptance email today from the 9/14 interview! Hofstra is my top choice, definitely will be attending! Excited to meet everyone, if any of my future classmates want to exchange contact info/Facebook PM me! Congrats everyone!
    3 points
  14. Hey everyone I got the rejection email this morning . I did the interviews as well. Back To the grind ! Everyone that got accepted I’m sending a million smiles to you all! I want to help one student with part of their seat deposit . Spreading goodness in light of the rejection is the only way to move forward . If you are a student in need and are worried about this seat deposit . Email me ! No questions asked . Reach me at Angela.giovinazzo01@gmail.com you guys and gals take care out there and I’ll be applying next year . Sending love and all the blessings to those that are embarking on their journey this year ! Sincerely, Angela
    3 points
  15. I’m sure it will. I sent my biochemistry transcripts on Tuesday, from UNE (regular priority usps), CASPA received it on Thursday. My counselor was able to verify the grade almost immediately. That made me believe that they will have your grade as soon as you receive the email from caspa. BTW: UNE is in Maine and CASPA is in NY. I sent one to myself and I received it today (FL).
    2 points
  16. Just got accepted today!!!! I'm SO EXCITED
    2 points
  17. I LOVE this statement and I wanted to add to it: Yes, I did get accepted. Last year, I did not. Yet, I was not devastated nor did I lose any faith. I know this was my calling. I'm a believer in Christ and I knew that my time would come. At the right moment. At the right time. Even if you're not--the same applies. What helped my app this year was the dramatic change in my application: higher level classes, more diverse volunteer experience, more PCE, etc. I truly think they like to see that mixed with a genuine personality. Good luck to everyone.
    2 points
  18. GOT THE CALL. IM IN. MY LEGS ARE STILL SHAKING
    2 points
  19. I just received an email with a conditional acceptance (UGS has to verify my requirements and will then send an official acceptance)!!! I can’t believe it!!
    2 points
  20. Same here, just got an acceptance email about an hour ago
    2 points
  21. Just received my acceptance as well!! Congratulations to all!!! So excited!!
    2 points
  22. I have also been GLUED to my email waiting hahaha, so far I have not heard anything and I interviewed Sept 19th.
    2 points
  23. They didn’t give a specific date. They said it would/may be delayed since they aren’t meeting in person. So with that being said, I’m glued to my email
    2 points
  24. Also placed on the alternate list. Best of luck to everyone else that either hasn't heard back or is waiting to interview! @jparra1 said it best don't give up hope that you will get in somewhere
    2 points
  25. I just received an interview invite for October 19th at 11:51am today. Submitted July 19th, 2020 Verified July 21st, 2020 "Given to faculty for review" email August 27th, 2020
    2 points
  26. Surely it won’t take that long to hear back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  27. I think we should hear in the next 2-3 weeks!
    2 points
  28. Yay! Congratulations! That was super fast turnaround as they interviewed on the 16th it looks like! Why did they delete their post?
    2 points
  29. Today is gonna be the day guys!!!
    2 points
  30. Hi! Last year, I believe we received a snail mail letter with our interview invitation along with what to expect on interview day. The confirmation email (the one we receive after sending our confirmation of attendance) indicates that conference documents will be sent out a few days prior to interview day! We had 3 interviews total. Each time with 2 other interviewees and 2 interviewers from faculty/staff. We also had a student panel and a group activity. Overall I sensed that the school genuinely wants to get to know you as a person. I would say be yourself, the best and authentic version of you! I think that a current student posted the format on the main thread for this year if you want to check out their advice/take on it as well!
    2 points
  31. So, do you have a patient/provider relationship with this patient? If not, you might have a cause to approach the other provider and confront him/her, but I'm going to proceed on the assumption that this is your patient, because it fits the info you gave, and it gives me reason to comment further. 1) You owe your patient the truth as you see it. Lying by omission may violate beneficence, non-maleficence, or probably both: there is no way stating a diagnosis contrary to evidence is in the patient's own best interest. Now, you don't need to throw the other provider under the bus right away, but you can say. "He said you have anemia? [to continue with the fake example] That's odd, because the CBCs on dates X, Y, and Z are all normal. I'm not sure what he was thinking, but I can't see how that can be correct." Best outcome is if the lying provider corrects the lie. 2) If they can't trust this other provider to explain the truth, you owe a referral to someone unrelated to the probably dishonest provider to clarify the truth for them. 3) You may have an internal duty to report dishonesty. You may have a duty to report dishonesty to the medical board. You may have a duty to report insurance fraud. But in my mind, those are all secondary to your obligation to find the truth for your patient, and I would consider getting all the facts together and talking with YOUR boss about what your obligations are. Of course, if they say, "don't report it" and you think you need to, you need to do so regardless of consequences, so if and when it does come to light, you may need a new job and a whistleblower attorney, and/or be functionally blackballed.
    2 points
  32. Officially gave up my seat. I hope someone gets an acceptance email real soon!
    2 points
  33. Got a call today for an interview on 10/6! I am so excited and cannot wait to meet you all virtually!
    2 points
  34. So happy to have received an interview for 10/13! Best of luck to everyone!
    2 points
  35. I also just got a call and was accepted off the waitlist! Don't give up hope, the waitlist is moving! So excited to be a part of this program and to meet you all!
    2 points
  36. interviewed on September 14 and just got the accepted email today around noon! So excited!! This was my top choice and I think I'm going to commit!
    2 points
  37. I know how you feel...even though this is my first time applying. I thought I did the best I could. I tried to think back on any mistakes that I may have made during the interview. But I feel like, because it’s such a competitive process, it may not be something that you did wrong. It could be just that other people did it better: had better presentation, more articulate, what they were looking for, etc.. I would think if you received an interview, you are already ahead of the curve...Anyhow, probably this is just how I cope with the rejection I also feel discouraged, but not defeated. Let’s be sad for a day, then move on and be better the next!
    2 points
  38. Hey everyone! With the ARC-PA meeting coming up in the next couple days, I just wanted to wish everyone good luck! Really wishing the best for everyone, and this forum has helped calm some of those nerves over the past couple months. I hope to meet some of you come January!
    2 points
  39. I did not receive a confirmation email yet. The message after accepting the invite said that we will receive additional information closer to the interview date! I'm so excited for this opportunity!!
    1 point
  40. This is not completely true. the quota of seats allocated for the September interview and accepts are full. I don't want applicants getting wrong information. Also, not everyone was asked for preference for campus, so people should not be reaching out to the program. It is an extremely tedious process and we ask that applicants be patient.
    1 point
  41. Nope, last cycle I applied in end of May/ early June. Felt compelled to wait out my apps this year and apply later, not sure why, was just a gut feeling. I wouldn't worry yet, I doubt they have even had a chance to review our applications yet!
    1 point
  42. I will be interviewing tomorrow! My first PA school interview. Applied to 15 schools all over the PNW/Southwest. Woohoo! This actually one of my top choices. Good luck everyone.
    1 point
  43. After much thought, I have paid my second deposit for Arcadia and withdrawn from my other acceptances. I had the pleasure of visiting the campus this past weekend and it really cemented my decision. For those still debating, I made a Pro's and Con's list for each school. In the end, the Pro's for Arcadia University (for me at least) outnumbered the other schools 4:1. I am beyond excited to share a classroom with all of you talented individuals in 2021! Has anyone created an accepted students page or group yet?
    1 point
  44. Ditto, thanks everyone for housing insight! I think it's pretty funny that we are all anxiously checking our emails for updates, meanwhile UM Flint is probably doing the same as they anxiously await to hear from ARC-PA
    1 point
  45. Of course! More than happy to help! I cannot speak for our program vs any other program since I have only attended Yale PA Online, but I'll share some of my own experience. - Strengths/Weaknesses of the education overall? “Weakness” doesnt mean bad per se, but the thing you may say the student may want to cover a little more ground on. Strengths? Anything they’re particularly good at? Strengths: The design of the curriculum just makes good sense to me. We have an organ-system based curriculum, so we learn everything related to a specific organ system together. When we're on cardiology, for example, we learn all of the anatomy, embryology, disease processes, pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical exam, diagnostic tests, etc, for the heart. It helps make it relevant in a way that you can actually remember. I know some other programs teach by subject so you get all of the anatomy early on, followed by physiology, etc and then they go back to the pathology later. I think I'd find it very difficult to learn something and then have to remember it in a way that is applicable over 6-9 months later. The next strength of the program is Problem-Based learning. I think this is one of the most exceptional features of the program and one that is fairly unique to PA Online. We get to spend 6 hours a week working through actual cases and it allows us to try and fail and succeed all in an environment where we can actually learn and grow. Not to mention, our faculty are exceptional, and getting to spend 6 hours with them learning from their (very diverse and interesting) experiences, is extremely valuable. I also find it helps us to get to know faculty and our classmates better. I really don't have any complaints about the program - the only dissatisfaction I've experienced with the program was that the social parts of our first immersion got a bit truncated due to COVID (we were literally in New Haven in the first week of March as NYC COVID was exploding) but this is not the fault of the program, rather is a feature of COVID making everything uncertain. Important to note that all of the academic parts we DID get to do. - Ive read that they have used a production company to help produce the online lessons. What do you think of the lessons generally? Compared to, say, an educational channel on youtube; compared to, say, the fairly low-quality “camera in a classroom” setup common elsewhere? The production is better than any online educational experience I have ever had. They are filmed in a studio, the slides are picture-in-picture (and they are provided at the beginning of every week so you can mark them up, add them to an online notetaking software, or print them). The thing I actually like the most is that there is a transcript provided that is searchable. So if a lecturer says something and I remember that I want to go back to it later, I can search up a keyword and every time the lecturer said it will be highlighted. It saves me HOURS. Also, you can listen to the lectures on any speed you want, so if someone is talking fast you can slow down, or of course, you can speed up if someone is a slower talker. - What has the early clinical stuff been like? Is it really site dependent on how much you can learn and what you can pick up? Or is there a, um...rubric(?) for it? The early patient contact is one of the big draws for a lot of us, I think, because most of us have a lot of work experience CEED is by far the best part of the program. There is certainly variability in what people get to do in their CEED sites, for example, I don't see any peds at my clinic and some people do. Some preceptors are more liberal while others prefer to be more hands on, but nonetheless, we have an opportunity to practice Physical Exam skills, taking histories, etc. This is a huge benefit since we are all scattered across the country. I have never heard of a program that offers as much clinical experience in the first year as Yale does. So, at my particular CEED site, I work with a Nurse Practitioner 1:1 6 hours a week. I've been there since May and currently, I go in and go through the history, do all of the physical exam, and come out and present to my preceptor. She almost always asks what I want to do, and many times, my plan is what we use. Obviously if I don't know something she will tell me and we will talk about it, but generally I have a LOT of latitude. I have done pap tests, breast exams, small derm procedures, etc, on my own (with a chaperone) so far. I don't think it is really much different than what I would be doing during clinical year, tbh. - Can you comment on the Problem Based Learning? In my imagination this sounds awesome and very clever - can you comment on how this works out in actuality? There is some fear I think with group experiences because, frankly, we’ve probably all been in tough group situations. Though, PA applicants are a pretty distinct subset where effort isn’t usually an issue Yes - if you are going into the PA profession, you need to not only be comfortable working in a group, but you need to enjoy it. Your colleagues at PAO will be some of the most interesting and smart people you will ever be in a group with, so there is very little worry about those nightmarish group projects we all had in undergrad where we did 99% of the work (I know you've all been there!) In terms of PBL, it is not unstructured - you will learn that there is a very specific way that you want to go about asking questions related to the patient history, there's a systematic way that you want to approach physical exam, etc. The professors will spend a lot of time teaching this approach to your group in the first semester. Now, we are a lot more experienced doing this so our group format is a bit looser. At first we were all terrified that we would miss something so we asked every single question. Now we know a lot better how to take a focused history, but that's through just doing it a lot. For each PBL, we all log into our professor's zoom room three times a week. The first day, we get our case, can ask any questions of our patients that we want (literally anything from "where does it hurt?" to "have you ever had any surgeries?" to "what are your hopes and dreams?" (not kidding on that last one - it's my favorite!). After we go through the history, we can do physical exam (our professor "drives" the software, so we ask for what we want and they share their screen or give us the results). Usually we stop there on Monday and we each take a "Learning Issue" which can be something that we didn't know in the case (there is always a large list of things we don't know), or something you're interested in. You put together your LI and on Wednesday's PBL each person presents their LI. After everyone goes, you get any additional physical exams done that you want and you may order labs and/or do other diagnostic tests. Sometimes, you'll know right away what the diagnosis is based on the labs you ordered, sometimes you have to do more testing. Everyone takes another LI on Wednesday. On Fridays, we come up with the treatment plan and everyone presents their LI from Wednesday. The great part is that after each week, you get a ready-made study guide that has 24 different aspects of the topic (because we all put our learning issues in a shared onenote). AND you get to go through the case with a professor there to help answer questions. They allow us to flail and oftentimes (especially in the beginning) it can be frustrating, but it really teaches you how to think instead of just regurgitating facts or guidelines. I have found it has really translated to my success at my CEED site. - Are there any other educational tips you think would be relevant? Is there something you wish you had reviewed before beginning that you didnt think of beforehand? Etc.? Not really - your time will be limited in PA school, so I'd encourage you to take care of personal things now that you can. Make sure you have an office space that is set up for you to work in and prepare your family for what is coming. I hadn't had anatomy in over 5 years and hadn't had chemistry and bio in 6 and I did just fine with the coursework. My last piece of advice is that PA school is like a gas - it will take up whatever container you provide for it. If you give it 100 hours a week, you will easily find things to study. It can be done in 40 hours a week. You can have a life. You can stay married or have a hobby, you just have to make the time! Please do reach out if you have more questions - I know it can seem like a daunting process! Thanks for taking the time when you are able to
    1 point
  46. There are lots of strippers just off base wanting that sweet tricare and dependa life. They really will think you’re hot when you pull into the lot with a brand new camaro that you got at 20% apr
    1 point
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