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  1. you don't even have to request a number as all contact information is in the instructions and FAQ...which you should be reading!
  2. 5 Tips for CASPA Opening Day Here at CASPA, we gear up for months to be ready for the exciting moments that lead up to our opening day! We get extra sleep, we wake up early, get an extra shot of espresso in our coffee and we arrive all smiles! Opening day— this year Wednesday April 27th—is an exciting time for us and our applicants. They are excited to take the first step towards becoming PAs— and we are beaming with delight to welcome them. Now, we can do all the things to get ready, but with the high numbers of you who are ready to begin your applications, opening day is
  3. On behalf of the Physician Assistant Education Association, I am sharing this information about NCCPA's proposal to change PANRE recertification process. Please read below and share. http://paeaonline.org/open-letter-to-nccpa-re-new-panre-model/
  4. No. Anything that arrives before April 27 is not saved. Save yourself the trouble and wait for the launch day to pass - it will be SO busy - come back a couple days later, start your app and get it all done with no headaches. There is no benefit to getting everything done the first day.
  5. As the CASPA manager at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), I would like to comment on this to give you a different perspective. For good reason, applicants are very eager to submit their application the day it opens. This year that date is April 27. It is exciting to get your application submitted for many reasons - it checks off a box on the to do list, there is much anticipation with starting and getting it done, about the potential of getting interviews and acceptances, and starting down the path to your dream career. All of these very valid and understandable points
  6. I'm sorry for your experience but it sounds like this was a mistake on WES's part, not CASPA's. WES transcripts are sent directly to CASPA by WES and CASPA does not alter these as they come in.
  7. No, this is not consumed by programs.
  8. I am aware that there are issues with some applicants experiencing problems accessing CASPA customer service. With high applicant volume we anticipate it will be an issue for the remainder of the cycle. As much as I would like to help every applicant, I am not customer service, I do not work for customer service, nor do I have access to ANY individual application. I cannot access applications, check statuses or give any information on individual applications. As an applicant, you will need to contact customer service for this information. They can be reached at caspainfo@caspaonline.org o
  9. The program has access to all of your application and statuses from the moment you submit your application to them. In a few days, once you designate the program (pre-submit), they will also be able to access a small portion of your application, including contact information. You do NOT need to and should not notify programs that you have been verified, they are aware.
  10. You have to pay for a program to actually submit to them so if you did not pay, you will not be charged. If you paid, you will be charged and not refunded because you cannot remove a program once you have paid for it.
  11. The average amount of PA programs applicants apply to is 7, up from 6 for the past two application cycles. You are above average, which is not a problem, but only you can decide if this is the right decision for you. Some things to help you with that decision - if they have a deadline that has not yet passed, do they have rolling admissions? If the answer is yes (look at their website or contact them) then it may be too late in the cycle to apply, especially if their deadline is in the next couple of months. If they accept apps until early 2016 then you may want to consider submitting an app t
  12. You should start by researching and a good place to do this is at PA Focus, www.pafocus.org and the PA program directory at http://directory.paeaonline.org.
  13. I really wouldn't worry much about it - yes, programs will notice the physician's - but you didn't write the letter. Adcoms don't expect (although would love) that every single person, regardless of whether they work with them or not, know what a PA is and how to spell it properly. I wouldn't email CASPA because they cannot remove a letter from an application - they can only note if an evaluator wants to rescind their letter, which would not be good in your case. What you can do is share this site with all your friends :) http://howtospellphysicianassistant.com/
  14. Thanks for your patience. We are drafting appropriate language to include with the dates being verified (since there are some different types of verification categories internally). Once that is complete, I should be able to post here (and on Facebook, Reddit, PA Focus) the current verification dates every other day or on a daily basis. We hope to start this by the end of this week.
  15. The quality of program has nothing to do with whether or not they participate in CASPA. Participation in CASPA is a decision that programs make based on a lot of factors, but not their quality.
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