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  1. I am staying with a first year student through their student host program since I am from out of state. There might still be student hosts available but you have to email the class VP; the info is on the Baylor interview website.
  2. Does anyone also know if you are able to switch interview days? I got invited to interview with Group A, but when I filled out the response form, I asked if I could go with Group C instead since I'm going to be flying in & can't take too many days off of work. I haven't heard anything from them about whether or not it was do-able and I don't want them to think I'm not interested in interviewing period!
  3. Bump this thread? I second sakoselig's questions. Any takers? I recently got accepted and am making my final decision between this and another program soon.
  4. Hey I'm staying at the holiday inn x-press Friday (Oct. 3) night!!! I may be meeting a friend but am game for meeting up. Fakingpatience, I expressed an interest in the Hawaii program since I'm from Hawaii and currently live there.
  5. I got invited to interview as well by email today! I plan to sign up for 9/8 due to my work schedule, but am wondering if I should try to get someone to cover for me so I can interview during one of the August dates? I'm probably just being paranoid that they will fill up a lot of spaces by then, lol. I'm also from out-of-state so it would be less stressful for me if I had more time to organize my travel plans.... Nonetheless, excited and grateful!! Good luck to everyone!
  6. Hi, I've submitted and had my app verified but want to expand the list of schools I'm applying to. In theory, Pacific's organ/systems based curriculum sounds like it would be better for me in terms of my learning style. I'm just basing that off of my past Biology and Anatomy/Physiology classes though... anyone with experience that can discuss the pros and cons vs. a traditional curriculum where it is broken up like "microbiology" "pathology" "pharmacology" etc.? Would really have loved to go to a Pacific open house but sadly I'm out of state. Does anyone know of other schools that structure their didactic year this way as well? I tried finding a list but couldn't... recently learned Heritage University in WA has a similar structure. Out of all the schools I've applied to already, only Pacific's is structured like this and I'm looking for others. Thanks! Aloha
  7. Yes, but they are not even provisionally accredited yet so their caveat is if accepted you have to be aware that they might not even get provisional accreditation, and then you'd have to have a backup. Verbatim from their website: In the event Chapman University is not awarded accreditation for its Physician Assistant Studies Program in September 2014, the inaugural class will not matriculate in January 2015. Therefore, candidates who accept a seat for the inaugural class are doing so with the understanding that the program will begin contingent on successfully being awarded the status of 'Accreditation-Provisional'. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Hi, I've asked several admissions contacts from the programs I'm interested in, but I have been getting mixed answers!!! Some say, "go with the person who knows you best," others say, "it's ok but it needs to remain professional" etc. Others even say "we like "professional, academic, and character references." Even looking on this forum I believe there are different answers out there. So I will throw this question out there again: is it okay if I have a recommendation from an MD who used to be my personal provider? He WAS my pediatrician, so he knows me quite well. He could also speak for my academics to some extent. On a more professional level, I have also shadowed him for about 25 hours. My other letters of reference are coming from my work supervisor and a PA. I'm kind of worried because I asked the PA since he offered to write me one, but I only know him from shadowing. My other option is an NP. She knows me quite well also. Or should I ask one of my professors?!?! Since my HCE is the weakest part of the app, I assumed it was better to have a reference from someone who can speak about my capability as a provider/PA verses my academics. I don't mind asking one of my professors. So bottom line: former personal MD whom I've shadowed, NP who I shadow, or professor for my last rec? Thank you!
  9. Hi, Sorry, I'm hijacking this thread bc my question is somewhat relevant. Basically, I'm getting mixed responses on whether or not I should address the 2 W's on my transcript in my personal statement, or wait until it is brought up in the interview (if I get one). I got one in organic chem A, and the other in biochem. I retook organic chem A, but didn't retake biochem. In hindsight, I probably should've just stuck with them the first time because I was getting a C+, but hindsight is 20/20 right? Any thoughts? Thanks so much in advance.
  10. Hi, Just wondering if anyone knows anything about Chapman University's PA program (other than what is posted on their website)? Thought I could start a thread because I haven't seen any so far. It looks like the program will be matriculating their first class in January 2015. Some interesting features to point out are that they don't seem to have any required HCE hours, but require 50 hours of documented PA shadowing. They also require a Medical Ethics class as a prereq which I feel is unusual. Since they also have a bridge program that accepts undergrads directly from Chapman, I can't help but wonder if the program is aimed at younger students fresh out of undergrad (kind of like myself...) as well as Chapman students specifically. I'm not from the area, so I wonder how the clinical sites will be...? Now that Marshall B. Ketchum is also getting going, there may be competition between the two schools for preceptors in the orange county area...??? Anyone know about their reputations? Any information out there would be greatly appreciated! I'm pretty hesitant about applying to any new, provisionally accredited programs and if someone could tell me whether or not my worries are well-founded, that would be great. Thinking if I should even apply.
  11. I would also highly recommend the Manhattan Prep 5lb book of problems ($20). I used it and was pretty happy with my score (over 85th percentile in both sections). Their list of most commonly used vocab words is pretty spot on, and they have several practice verbal and quantitative sections (in addition to full tests) that are very similar to the real thing.
  12. fakingpatience, I heard that too! According to the CASPA website, you can designate additional schools after you have initially submitted if you did want to apply to certain schools earlier. However, I don't think you can make changes to your CASPA once you submit to one school, so it wouldn't matter either way because I couldn't edit my HCE hours in August for those non-rolling schools anyways.
  13. Thanks so much for your responses! Incredibly helpful. I've been corresponding with some of the admin contacts about prereqs and HCE, so I can ask them about this too and what they advise is best... hopefully I'll get a response lol. I'll ask if sending the supplemental letter will be considered and put in with my application or disregarded as excess. Either way, it can't hurt! Thank you both!
  14. Hi, New poster to this forum, but gearing up to apply this next coming cycle (1st time). I don't want to offend anyone if this topic has already been covered, but I have been scouring the message board and there's SO MANY posts to wade through. I was planning to submit my CASPA pretty early, like May or June. Judging by all the stats posts on here, I believe my application is OKAY, not phenomenal, but the weakest element is definitely HCE. I was really interested in doing an international medical mission that would allow me to get some HCE abroad in an underdeveloped nation (I went to Honduras already during undergrad but it was for Public Health purposes, staging a type of intervention, and not really clinical work). However, it would be in the beginning of August, and if I wait to submit my CASPA after I come back, I fear it will be much too late to be competitive. So, is the experience worth turning in my application late for? I can post my stats if that would help your evaluation. Thanks!! Can I just put "projected international service mission in August 2014" and still submit my app in May? Most schools wouldn't count that towards the HCE then right because they don't count projected hours? Thanks so much for your advice. My ultimate goal IS to work in diverse, underserved, even rural populations, so I think going on this mission would really give me extra insight.
  15. Hi, I am actually from Hawaii and I'm applying to PA school this upcoming cycle. I've been trying to find PAs to shadow and it's really hard for non-students but maybe it'll be easier for you. Some places I know that have PAs doing rotations include Waikiki Health Center and Tripler Army Medical Center (Pacific University uses these for their rotations now, among other places). If your boyfriend is in the military, it would be even better for you to try Tripler. But from what I've heard from former students, it's pretty difficult to secure preceptors here especially if you're not from Hawaii originally. You could also try Straub Clinics (I heard they have PAs) or Kaiser. Queen's Medical Center, the biggest hospital in Hawaii, doesn't really use PAs too much but it doesn't hurt to try. Good luck!
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