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  1. Haha. Unfortunately all campuses are stuck in the same class all day long. The only exception would be during fall semester for anatomy lab. It's true, Meridian does not have windows, Caldwell does, Pocatello won't once the remodel is completed this summer. All the facilities are nice, you can go outside during your brief breaks between lecture.
  2. Almost all 30 of my class uses OneNote. You can "print" power points and instructor's notes to the program and take notes on top.
  3. Was nice meeting those who interviewed in Pocatello today! Best of luck.
  4. I have no idea. I assume shorter programs cram more in a shorter amount of time, considering the ARC-PA has the same curriculum requirements across the board for all programs.
  5. 10-15 hours per week... that's 2-3 hours per day aside from PA school. If you get out at 5, eat dinner, that pretty much fills up your evenings. If you don't study on weekends (applause), it's still intensive considering you're in school for 40 hours a week. But like I said in a previous post, not everyone needs to study the same amount to achieve the same level of understanding or memorization. It also depends on your program. My program is 24 months. I'm trying to pass tests and actually retain the material I am presented. For me, that means more than a few hours a week of studying.
  6. Reading some of the other schedules on this topic, you can tell there is some degree of variation between programs. Sometimes that doesn't really change, is the amount of time we take to study. As far as study techniques, you'll figure out what works for you. You will quickly refine your study skills in order to keep up. Next week, I have 6 exams. The following week, I have 4 more (this is not an exaggeration). I study today for what I have coming in a week or two. I use my text books, wikipedia, youtube videos, lecture slides, lecture materials to study. It depends on the topic and day. Sometimes I just don't have time to read 20 pages of a dense textbook, I find other ways to get the material.
  7. Not everyone studies the same amount to achieve the same level of understanding or memorization; in this way, people aren't created equally. My class is strict. M-F 8am-5pm. We rarely deviate from this schedule. One hour lunch. We are allowed to eat in class, so many of us workout during the lunch hour and eat during class. Studying for me varies. I usually spend 5pm-8/9pm studying. Dinner is in there. Weekend...at least 6 hours on Saturday are spent studying, often more. Sunday as well. But I also make sure to schedule fun things. I rarely study Friday after school. I do grocery shopping and laundry on Saturday. You'll find a routine that works for you. Most programs do not allow students to maintain a job on the side. Programs are just too intensive. It's a good thing, you want your free time for studying or relaxing, not work! Maybe that's just me. The federal government offers more than enough loans to survive off of. The average compensation of a new graduate more than allows the comfortable pay off of these loans. No sweat.
  8. Magoosh has been the program of choice when it comes to GRE (in my opinion). I hardest part of GRE isn't the complexity of content, its the time restriction. Magoosh provides you with lots of practice tests to really hammer down timing.The simple fact that you are investing in a test prep program/material pretty much ensures your success on the GRE, assuming you utilize the materials. Best of luck.
  9. http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/index.php?/forum/421-south-dakota-university-of-south-dakota/ Above is the link for South Dakota University interview info on the forum.
  10. There are a lot of things in life that are hard. Many worthwhile things require some level of sacrifice. Here are some questions you should as yourself: 1) Is there an area of medicine that I would be interested in practicing in as a PA? (consider carefully, as there are many fields!) 2) What would I gain or lose from dropping out? 3) What would I gain or lose from staying in the program? I'd encourage you to hang in there. I don't know your personal situation. What I do know is that you will meet plenty of people along the way that will help and encourage you. You'll become a stronger individual because you were able to work through this! Even if its hard, you fail a couple tests, you struggle here and there, that's life. Don't get yourself down. It doesn't mean you aren't cut out to be a caring provider. I fall asleep in half my PA classes. I only find a portion of the material really interesting. Pharm,....not particularly. ;) As mentioned above, you should consult some close friends or family, those who know you best. If they aren't around, decide what YOU want. Best of luck Benny
  11. Here is the thing, every school is different. The whole application process is subjective. Take it from me, I applied to 13 schools, was invited to 7 interviews, and had multiple offers. Every school values something different. If you have a specific school in mind, do everything they tell you to. If you are trying make your application more appealing to many programs, I don't think retaking Chem classes is a bad plan. Once again GPA calculator. Caspa calculates your GPA the normal way. It will still factor in your old grades, but some programs only use your new ones. How was your GRE? Also, if you are waiting to apply next year, 2.5k HCE is nothing to sneeze at. I'm a big believer that an excellent personal statement can make or break an application. In the end, it's some random person who decides to invite you to the interview. A good statement can turn the tides.
  12. First, I would recommend using a GPA calculator online to figure out how a few more credits of "A" would affect your overall GPA. If you feel like you can boost your GPA from a 3.3 to something better, like a 3.7 with a few courses, then it would be something to consider. For someone like me, with a 170 credits, a few more credits of "A" or "F" wouldn't really affect my GPA to a significant degree. You might reconsider retaking your chemistry classes ONLY if you know you will have enough time a resources to make sure you get an A- or A. They wouldn't be impressed if you retook the class to get a "B". The other SIGNIFICANT and perhaps more PRACTICAL way of bolstering your application is through quality HCE. Find a good job working with patients in a direct setting. Write a killer personal statement about those experiences, You are bound to get plenty of interviews with that approach.
  13. Yep. Ill contact you in private message.
  14. Well JJ, I have great news for you. The outdoor scene in Pocatello was made in heaven for mountain bikers and rock climbers. Not only are there countless places within 10 minutes of Pocatello for mountain biking AND rock climbing, there are also many really great places within a few hours, such as City of Rocks. This is literally the place to be for those two sports.
  15. Great questions! Distance learning. Currently all courses are coordinated and take place simultaneously on all 3 campuses. That means we are all receiving the same lecture from the same professor at the same time. I would say about 65% of the lectures take place in Pocatello and are therefore broadcast live to Caldwell and Meridian. The remaining lectures take place at the other campuses and are broadcast. We have a great tech team and lots of awesome technology so that broadcasts are interactive. Spanish certificate. This is a really great opportunity to a) refine existing Spanish skills for clinical application or b) learn basic medical phrases for clinical use. Note that you won't learn how to speak Spanish fluently. Dr. Tarp, the course instructor, is a certified Spanish medical interpretor and has her Ph. D In thé field. She is extremely qualified and fun! The course can be taken as an audit without credit, as an undergraduate course (pass/fail), or as part of your graduate education with a certificate. It's available at all locations! Clinical rotations. The program has many clinical sites that they contract with, ranging from Boise, Pocatello, Washington State, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and some even futher away! There is a detail process that allows you to request program rotations (and even set up your own if you have a preceptor who has offered to take you on). This process is lottery-esque, it takes into account locations and rotations available for the year and ranking submitted by students. The algorithm spits out the most fair schedule for all 8 rotations for all 72 students. International opportunities. These are available for all students! There are three opportunities that I am aware of. One is a full rotation and counts for your elective and takes place in Belize. The other two take place during spring breaks and other times during the year and count as leaves of absence. These are typically led by staff and are amazing from what I hear! Great stuff, great opportunities. One of our adjunct faculty is a doctor who has headed up the Belize trip for twenty years! He has amazing stories and insight into international medicine and opportunities for PAs in that respect. My demographic. I'm from Washington state. Much of our class is composed of out-of-staters. Some as far as the east coast! Some students came directly from work in Japan. We are a diverse bunch. I did my undergrade in Idaho and was familiar with Pocatello. I like that it is close to Salt lake. I have many friends in the area. Cost of living is amazingly affordable. Let me know if you have more questions. Ben
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