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  1. Yeah, the exam score is a bit of a mystery but the percentages don't lie. 240 out of 300 questions isn't too bad, I'll take it. It's just odd to me how the score is calculated. By the way, you picked the right branch. Former navy enlistedman here. Give a shoutout to the ordies next time you see them :)
  2. I just took the PANCE and passed it (yay!!), however my score was much lower than anticipated. Prior to the exam, I took a handful of PACKRAT exams, each scoring between a 180-190 which when you use the PACKRAT to PANCE formula, puts me around a 700 or so PANCE score. Now, a 180 is an 80% on the PACKRAT. My PANCE score came back as a 475, but when working out the content percentages, something doesn't seem right. When working out the content percentages, I got 85% of the cardio correct, so with cardio being 18% of the exam out of 300 questions, 54 were cardio meaning I got 46 correct. Doing that for the rest of the content areas, I ended up getting 80% of the exam correct. This led me to one of two conclusions: either I missed a ton of the heavier weighted questions and got the lighter weighted questions correct, or they changed the exam difficulty making the PACKRAT to PANCE formula obsolete. I was wondering if anyone else had a similar experience or wanted to add their input. At the end of the day, I passed and am whole heartedly happy about it, but being the nerd that I am, it left me wondering. Thanks! Newly minted PA-C
  3. Sorry to hear about your first term, but don't give up. You may need to re-evaluate your study habits is all. You said that you spend every waking minute studying, but how are you studying? For me, how I studied to become successful in undergrad absolutely did not work for me in PA school, so I had to re-evaluate myself and change my study habits to be successful. The quality of study hours is much more important than the quantity of hours, so you need to reflect on your past term to figure out what worked and didn't work. Are you a book learner? Do you retain more by rewriting the lectures or by listening to the lectures? Adaptability will get you through PA school, so keep pushing and keep growing to meet the needs of the program. Good luck!
  4. If you don't apply, then you are guaranteed not to get accepted into PA school. If you do apply, yes there is a chance that you will get denied, but there's also a chance that you'll get invited to interview. The only thing you lose by applying is some hard-earned money, but if it eventually gets you into PA school, then the money you spent can be seen as an investment and not a loss. PA schools like to see progression, so if your GPA was poo at the start of undergrad but continuously got better because you were more focused, then in your essay I would elaborate on the change in you and how you've used it in the pursuit to become a PA. It's also important to manage your expectations. Will you be a fantastic PA one day? If you want to be, then that answer is yes... but the more competitive schools will most likely push you to the side because of your GPA. It's not a because of you as a person; they just have so many people applying to their school that they have to have their minimum thresholds set high. So my advice to you would be to focus on applying to schools that are less competitive, such as new programs and such. Newer programs have a lot more kinks to work out than more established programs and you'll have to work harder to be successful, but in the end you will still end up taking the same exact exam that students from schools like Duke will take to become a PA. A good gauge on how competitive a school may be is by looking at their graduation rate and first time PANCE pass rate. The higher those two percentages are, the more competitive they will likely to be. I hope this helps!
  5. Clinical practices varies from school to school, so don't waste your time on learning anything clinical. PA school will teach you all you need to know in that respect. If you want to ignore everyone telling you to relax until school and still want to study something, then focus on anatomy. Your anatomy will never change and it'll form the bedrock for everything you learn in school regardless of the program you're attending. Physiology is good to know too, but don't go too crazy with it. You could fill all 3 years of your Rutgers education with physiology education alone, so I'd suggest you wait until you get into your program so you can see what they feel is important for you to know. PA school is all about being an efficient learner, so there's no sense in learning unnecessary material that will confuse you later on. If that answer isn't sufficient and you still want to study physiology, then become an expert on the Renin-angiotensin system as well as diabetes. I haven't hit rotations yet, but from my understanding, you'll see obesity, hypertension, and diabetes on a daily basis so it's important to understand the processes behind them. The RA system hits many different organs and effects many different processes, so understanding the process as well as when and why it's needed is crucial. I hope this helps!
  6. Patel, yes PCOM still is interviewing. I have no clue how many seats are still open though
  7. Lisbella, that is a very important question, one that I did heavy research on before moving down here too. Around PCOM is weird... there are pockets of bad neighborhoods surrounded by great family areas. For instance, I live in Lincoln Green Apartments, which is an 8 minute walk from PCOM. It's a gated community, super quiet area, and the complex is nice and clean. If you drive 5 minutes down the road, you'll enter a sketchy area, and if you drive a little further, you'll be in beautiful Fairmount Park. So it varies a lot. My suggestion is to at least look at Lincoln Green Apartments. Super close to PCOM, very safe and quiet complex, the faculty here are very professional and they also give deposit discounts for PCOM students. It's a little pricier than most area's around here, but you get what you pay for. The deciding factor for us was because I wouldn't be driving to school, I'd be saving about $300/mo in gas because my jeep is a gas-guzzler, so the extra amount of money I'd be paying in rent would compensate for the money I'd be saving in gas. Just something to consider.
  8. PCOM traditionally interviews through January/February. I highly doubt the class is full for next year, but even if it was, it doesn't hurt to apply. If you apply, get an interview, and get wait listed because the class is full, and say you're unable to get into PA school this cycle, you're practically guaranteed an interview at PCOM the following year. Also on the note of waitlist, a handful of my classmates were selected off the waitlist (one was accepted the week of orientation!), so a waitlist isn't a death sentence. Good luck!
  9. I'm sure there are Lisbella, but because there are so many PA schools in NY (21 total schools), competition for those rotation sites are high. That doesn't mean there won't be any available, I just wouldn't hold your breath if you're hoping to do all of your rotations in NY.
  10. Hello, current 1st year PCOM student here. In November before our thanksgiving break, we are going to have a meeting to talk about our rotation sites and how to set them up. They give us a list of PCOM affiliated locations, and we get to choose where we want to go. Say you're from Chicago and there isn't a location on the list that is in Chicago; you can contact places in Chicago and try to set up your rotations provided that they meet the NCCPA guidelines for a rotation site. You have roughly 5 months to get formal documentation gathered from the outside location and have it handed in to PCOM, otherwise you must pick your rotations from the PCOM list. Keep in mind, it's not enough to have a practitioner willing to precept you. The organization that they belong to will need to do a host of legal paperwork, which can take time. It's not impossible to set up your own rotations, and while it's encouraged by PCOM because you're basically doing the hard labor in opening up another PCOM affiliated location, most students just pick from the PCOM locations because it's a headache trying to get each rotation site to adhere to the March deadline to turn paperwork in. With that said, PCOM does have affiliated sites all over the country, so doing a rotation or two outside of Pennsylvania is definitely doable. Now with all of that said, your rotations are also dependent on your performance in PA school. This doesn't mean that your grades are factored into your rotation sites, but if you're a student who has consistently needed help with the curriculum, who may be a fantastic PA but needs constant supervision, the chances are low that you will be going to a rotation site that would put you in an independent position. It's not fair to the student, the rotation site, the patients, and PCOM to set a student up to fail, so your ability to work unsupervised plays a roll in the whole process as well. With all that said, the bottom line is don't worry about your rotations. I entered PCOM dead set on doing all my rotations in a particular region because it's where I wanted to eventually work, but the longer I've trudged through the didactic year, the more I've come to realize that come rotation year, I won't care where I go just as long as I don't have to sit in a classroom again haha. PCOM has been running their PA program for almost 2 decades now... they know what they are doing and they would never send a student to a rotation site if they didn't feel confident that the student would both do well and learn a great deal. The professors visit you every month to check on how you're doing regardless of location, so there will always be a PCOM presence as you work through your rotations. I hope this novel of a response helps!
  11. There's also a Crown Plaza right next to it. It's not as close to PCOM as the Hilton, but it's still within walking distance.
  12. The admissions person may have misspoken. They haven't started interviewing yet (starts 9/23), but they have offered interview invites. We literally had someone get accepted into PCOM 3 days before orientation started, so there is always a chance of getting accepted. The only way there is a zero percent chance of getting invited for interview or accepted, is if you do not apply... so APPLY! The worst they are going to say is no
  13. Also for those of you curious, the first round of interviews start September 23rd and occur usually every week until February.
  14. To those of you wondering why there's such a delay with acknowledgment of a "complete" application, don't read into it. Last year I applied July 31st and it took them over a month to register a "complete" status. I still interviewed and was still accepted, so it was no reflection on me as a candidate. I will suggest that you look over your application again however, to see if you missed anything such as one of your LOR's not being from a healthcare professional.
  15. Hello everyone, I'm currently a first year PA student here at PCOM in Philadelphia. First off, best of luck to all those applying to PA school this year. Second, for those who get invited to interview, feel free to shoot me an email and I'll gladly help with any questions you might have. PCOM is an incredible school and I have been thoroughly impressed from day 1, so you're making the right choice applying here! For those of you curious about my personal timeline, I applied to PCOM August 1st, 2013, was given the supplemental in early September, I believe I was invited to interview by the end of September/early October, and interviewed October 13th. I finally received my acceptance letter by early November. Good luck everyone!
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