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  1. Not sure what else you want here.
  2. There's a sub forum specifically for that.
  3. ((A1xB1)+(A2xB2)+(A3xB3))÷(B1+B2+B3)= GPA where A equals grade points, and B equals semester credit hours. For example, 3 2 credit Bs and a 3 credit A would be: ((3×2)+(3×2)+(4×3))÷(2+2+3)= 3.43 However, I'm not doing your work for you. You're the one trying to get into grad school. Good luck.
  4. https://portal.caspaonline.org/caspaHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/processing-your-application/grade-point-average-gpa-calculations/ Here's the page on caspa with the gpa values they assign. You can do the math yourself. If not, there are several online gpa calculators.
  5. I did the first one two years ago. I was told after I got in by one of the folks on the adcom that I was remembered and they were looking for my app. It's free and, anecdotaly, I highly recommend it.
  6. So, I'm a rock. I consider the witty banter in Spiderman comics to be literary excellence. I spent over 6 months on my essay and started from scratch, keeping only one or two sentences twice. I wrote, rewrote, revised and reviewed that damnable thing more than I can count. When I was happy, I gave to the editor of the university's journal, my faculty advisor and a professor in business writing I respected. They all chopped it and then I rewrote it again. Never gave it to family, close friends or anyone I shared a bed with. Never paid for services. Had a low GPA and am convinved my PS was a prime reason I got offered an interview. In short, dont waste your money unless there is NO ONE around you can trust to shred the thing.
  7. I'm thinking peripheral pulmonary artery stenosis as a kid that is rearing it's head again. But, tests aren't quite equaling it. Pulmonary angio? I am siding with jmj11 for the echo.
  8. From the CASPA website: "Essay Topic In the space provided write a brief statement expressing your motivation or desire to become a physician assistant." While you have the makings of a compelling essay, I'm not sure that, as is, it addresses the above topic sufficiently.
  9. Those would be providers, yes. But, when in doubt, ask the school. They're not trying to trick you or fool you.
  10. It's more about what's happening on a macroscopic/organ level scale at baseline and when abnormal. I have done no calculations at all outside of labs and pharm.
  11. Our school provides laptops with MS office, so I use Onenote since it's there and free. I print my ppt slides to it and can then highlight, write on screen, what have you. I'm a visual learner, and one thing I like is popping out on to the internet and copying a picture to import right next to the description of something (like eczema, for example). I can also rearrange the presentations how I like. I keep presentations together by unit, but will also organize courses together. So, I'll have a master notebook of every lecture in a unit, then I'll have duplicates of all, say pharm, together for test time. We only have a handful of lectures a week, though. I'm not sure how my organization would hold up if it was a daily lecture program. One thing I do that helps for pharm: I sit in one of the study rooms with a big white board and transcribe the highlights for a lecture onto the board. Each class id grouped together with highlights and is subdivided by medswith only 1 line of highlights each. I can find commonalities easier that way. Plus, the highlights of a 70 page ppt can be narrowed down to one board. Quizlet. I make flash cards for most lectures that cover the objectives. When it gets close to test time, it's a great way to check competence level and not worry about non testable fluff. Anatomy is not that bad. Pathophys is much tougher, IMO. For goss anatomy, I like Netters, but rarely touch it now. Clinical pathophys made ridiculously simple, as mentioned above, is a good overview text.
  12. cop to pa

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    The VA has a PA society that is active.
  13. My wife is an RN who works 3p-3a 3x/wk. When she works, I go get my son from the babysitter by 3-3:30. If class is dine early that day, I stay and study. Regardless, after I get my kid, I don't study until after he goes to bed. When I'm home, I'm home. Days my other isn't working? I often stay at school till almost bed time. I go home, see my son for 30 or so minutes and put him to bed. I'm then done for the night, usually. Weekends my wife works: little study time. Weekends she doesn't work: we carve out time for family. Maybe half a day. Then I'm at school for a good chunk of the weekend. I found study time at home was ineffective. I wanted to be with the family, and they wanted me with them. There was a stretch where we had child care issues and my wife was changing jobs. Basically, for about a week and a half I was going to be at risk for either being late or needing to leave early several times during that stretch. I emailed the faculty and our registrar, and let them know as soon as I did. Not one single time was it an issue. Everyone was very understanding. With the exception of the free clinic, I do next to nothing with the class outside of school. We just had our unit finals and yesterday eveyone got together to party. I spent it with my son. I still get invited,but there has never been anything but understanding from my peers. I'm the oldest in the class and don't get involved in intramural sports either. Again, never any animosity about it. I text and chat with several friends in the class and have met for coffee with a few outside of class. Sometimes with a Boone student in town, sometimes with someone who needs to chat. I decided not to apply to Duke after looking at the raw number of applicants they get, so I know nothing of them.
  14. Not sure what you're looking for here. I'm a first year. Didn't apply to Duke, so I can't help with a comparison. Wake accepted me and it's one of the best experiences of my life. But, I moved down here from Maryland with a wife and kid. The guy who teaches cadaver/a&p at wake is awesome. But, you'll only see him for your first month. To me, IBL is the sh*t and the very idea in sitting in lecture all week would now give me hives. Any specific questions, I'll answer what I can.
  15. I joined ODK my senior year as an app bump. It was a lifetime membership fee. Never came up in interviews, has offered no advantages or connections. Consider it a "want to" and not a "have to" or "should" for your app.
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