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  1. Can 1-2 years or experience in an urgent care be a good transition into an emergency room? The clinic I will be working at always has a physician on site and 1-3 PAs depending on the volume. My passion has been ER, but most want at least 1 year experience. My situation has been unique in that I was accepted into an ER residency, which fell through due to lack of funding to approve my position. So after months of being credentialed with no timeline of when I would have recruitment approval I started job hunting and took an Urgent Care position (as I needed to get to work!). Thoughts? Thank you!
  2. I got my first roommate by posting on this forum and skyping with her! It was a great match. Also someone in the matriculating class usually starts a facebook page that you will continuously use throughout your time as a Tech PA-S. Good luck!
  3. Good news everyone! Our program is officially accredidation-continue status! We recieved 7 years with no areas for concerns or citations. Wreck em' Tech!!
  4. Hi everyone! I know interviews are in full swing once again! Best of luck to everyone, and to those who get accepted, WELCOME TO THE TEXAS TECH PA FAMILY! I am currently in my clinical rotations (starting internal medicine in January) and am more than happy to answer any questions concerning rotations! Merry Christmas Y'all!
  5. I can remember trying to "take a road less traveled" approach on one of my essays during the interviewing process. I felt like the other areas of the interview I had done well on, therefore, in hindsight, I felt like it was my essay that may have made me a less competitive applicant for that school. My best advice with these essays is to take straight forward approach and don't try to get fancy, as you don't have the time. In these essays, the faculty are really looking for a person who is honest, practices good medical ethics, and can sufficiently argue a stance on a certain topic. I agree with JohnnyM2 that it may just be one aspect of the interview process, however, PA school is very competitive with a limited number of seats per program per year. If you are not accepted to a program, think about your performance during the interview process, often you can pinpoint an area to improve on. Additionally, there are programs that often offer feedback on your interview (I'm not sure how fast they actually get back to you), but you must request this. The most important thing is to not get discouraged. Most people apply more than one cycle.
  6. Healthcare experience can give you a head start as far as being familiar with much of the material our faculty will be presenting. That being said, if you have the time this year, I would recommend looking into something like ER scribe, medical tech, or volunteering in an underserved clinic etc...but it is not necessary for this program. I am a second year and have classmates with no prior medical experience who are doing very well in the program. As far as GRE, I was told that scores at or above 150 in both verbal and quant was solid (when I applied) It sounds like you keep up your grades and are fulfilling the pre-requs, so I would recommend applying. Tech is a great school!
  7. We have a few students who commute from Odessa, and its approximately 15-30 minutes away from the school, depending on date and time.
  8. Unfortunately we have not really talked about the Master's project. But as soon as we do I can make a post about it.
  9. There may be times that you have to make arrangements for your animals during clinical year. My understanding is that some of the rotations can be up to or more than an hour away from the major city you are located in. In that case, I have heard of students either living in a hospital room for those 6 weeks or living with their preceptor if that is something they offer.
  10. One of our classmates has two Yorkies and she lives in an apartment by herself. My understanding is that she just leaves them in the apartment while at school. She hasn't said this has been difficult for her. And I know of a couple others who have cats. My roommate has become the unofficial animal watcher for some of our classmates so she does this when they go out of town (provided that she is still in Midland that weekend). So if you have animals and do go out of town, I'm sure one of your classmates could watch them (sometimes we all need a little animal therapy :) So the answer to your question is yes, I know plenty of classmates with animals and this does not seem to interfere with anything. Many apartments here are animal friendly. Even the apartment we live in (relatively new-The Palms) allows animals.
  11. I've been around for most of the interviews and they are interviewing between 20-30 people I believe.
  12. You don't need to start studying before school starts, as they do an awesome job refreshing you on some of the basics. Of course if you still have pre-requisites to fulfill this spring, that information will be very fresh when you start school (i took another a psych and nutrition class the spring prior to matriculation and some of that same information I would see in current classes). In addition, its always nice to be able to refer to old college notes (like if you have good anatomy notes or cell bio, immunology or genetics notes etc...). I brought with me some of my upper level bio class notes and I have used them as references every now and then. My best advice is to get good sleep and have fun/ take trips prior to entering the program, because once you start, studying will take up the majority of your time. You worked hard on getting into school, so now is the time to treat yourself before you start a very rigorous yet rewarding journey.
  13. Like Romy said, definitely start looking early and put yourself on waiting lists. I currently live in The Palms on Briarwood which is about a 5-10 minute drive from campus and right down the street from a Walmart which is nice. Rent for my two bedroom is 1705 per month and I don't have any complaints. Its one of the newer apartment complexes. It has been a great place to live for me and my roommate. Good workout room open 24/7 and club house with great study areas and free coffee and water. I got myself on their waiting list in December-January and heard back in March, so it can take a while for many places. If you do put yourself on wait lists, call monthly to keep in touch and check on the process (it never hurts to be persistent). yes living is expensive in midland but don't dwell on it because if you attend the program, that's just the way it is. In the grand scheme of things, its not terrible and you will be attending an outstanding program.
  14. I actually took 2 classes the spring before matriculation, and I found it helpful to do so right before classes started because the information was so fresh! As it turned out, one of my transcripts was not going to make it to Lubbock in time to be picked up before orientation day (it is required that they have all transcripts prior to this day, or they will not allow you to do the orientation). I ended up getting a call from the admissions office that they hadn't received one of my transcripts (like 2 days before orientation) and they told me just get one overnighted to myself and bring a hard copy to the orientation. I gave it to the appropriate person and that was fine. I would make sure you have at least 3 weeks between mailing out your transcript and when orientation starts (as it takes schools sometimes a few days to process the transcripts). If you are crunched for time, pay the extra money to get it overnighted to Lubbock (its not that much and in the grand scheme of things doesn't matter the cost). Remember, there are always things that go wrong and that are out of your control. It is always good to be prepared and think and plan ahead.
  15. Congrats interviewees. Tomorrow is a big day for many of you! Remember, eat a good breakfast and have fun with it tomorrow! Some of us will be around in the morning before our class so feel free to ask us questions. We are here to help
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