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  1. https://portal.caspaonline.org/applicants2012/faq/caspaeref.pdf
  2. Thanks for the insight. I am planning to go wherever the career takes me after school, so for now I think I'll try and get by without going through the always pleasurable DMV experience.
  3. Does anyone know whether out-of-state students are required to obtain a new title and registration for their vehicles as well as driver's license while in school? It looks like most states require you to do so within 30 days of moving (no idea whether this applies to students). I would prefer to avoid the hassle, but I don't want to run into problems down the road if something happens and they realize I've been a resident for 24 months either. The timing for renewing my driver's license and registration line up perfectly with my program's start date. I figure I better address this now before I pay to renew both and subsequently learn I'll need to change them.
  4. Thank you for the individual break down dmdpac. Its nice to hear from those with insider knowledge of Drexel. I feel somewhat ridiculous having this much trouble choosing a program, but with an $80,000 price tag, I want what every student should want; the best experience, training, and opportunities available. Your responses have been very helpful as I look to make an informed decision. I think UGoLong said it best... Thank you all for giving back
  5. Thank you all for your feedback. It means a lot to hear from a variety of backgrounds/perspectives. Many of you are very active on this forum and I thank you for providing newcomers with an unparalleled resource. I agree here, but when you have expended so much time and energy into achieving this dream and have set some of life's other incredible moments to side as a result, every day I wait seems too long. In 10 years, I know it will be trivial, but today it seems substantial. Honestly, I felt comfortable at both schools, at least as comfortable as one can get during the interview process. I thought the inaugural program felt a little more intimate since it had half the number of interviewees, but I got a better vibe from the applicants at Drexel. We were also at Drexel all day, so by the end we were all very chatty. I am fairly confident that no matter which program I decide on, they will prepare me well, but I want to come out of school as strong as possible. As far as clinical rotations, I imagine over the course of 41 years that Drexel has carved out some pretty noteworthy rotations, but will those rotations/preceptors be substantially better than those of a new program? Who really knows. While personal effort will always play the most important role, it would certainly help to know your school can keep you on track and provide the necessary guidance and tools to prepare you for the PANCE. The only way to really gauge whether or not a school does this well is ultimately the PANCE scores. This data obviously isn't available for a new program, so would I be gambling by attending one, or is it safe to assume every program will provide enough of the basics and the rest is on me? (I shall contemplate this on my Friday and Saturday nights while I read Cecil and Harrison) 1. I've collectively spent about a month in Philly. I have mixed feelings about it, but only because the crime rates are high. But how dangerous could a library be? I think I would be happy in either. 2. No 3. Nope
  6. Thank you for the feedback mrwhite and EMEDPA. I think my biggest dilemma is whether or not I want to gamble and attend a program I think can prepare me well for the PANCE vs waiting 9 months to attend a program I know will. Nine months seems like an eternity to wait. I wish there was an obvious factor to push me towards one or the other (ie. tuition cost). Drexel seems like the way to go overall, but I can't seem to get past the thought I would be almost done with my didactic year before Drexel even begins. Does school reputation play any role after school?
  7. Hi all There is a strong chance I will be put into the position of choosing between two schools on opposite sides of the spectrum. One is Drexel University, one of the oldest programs in the country, and the other is a brand new program. I have assembled a partial list of Pros vs Cons for each program as well as attributes that could fit in either column. How would you choose? What factors do you feel are the most important when choosing a program? Drexel Pros PANCE Pass Rate = 97% over the past 3 years Access to a more diverse patient population Adjacent to Hahnemann University Hospital Well established preceptors and clinical sites International mission trip opportunity Cheaper Rent (Would be living with my girlfriend) Scholarship Opportunities Large alumni network Cons Starts in September 2015 Located in Philadelphia (May have its perks though) Unknown (Could be a Pro or Con) Required to relocate for clinical rotations Large class size ~75 Inaugural PA Program Pros Large, beautiful campus in a somewhat rural location <10 minutes from a city of 250,000 Starts January 2015 (9 months earlier than Drexel) Brand new PA facilities Comes without the stresses of living in a large urban area (No traffic to deal with, ample parking, tons of space) 13 Clinical specialty rotations Already paid a seat deposit Cons No PANCE data (Unproven curriculum) First class Unknown Clinical rotations all located within an hour drive Smaller class size ~35 Tuition and relocation costs will be approximately the same Both provide cadaver labs and emphasize primary care Same program length (27 months) I would love to hear input from previous Drexel students and those of you who have been part of a program's inaugural class. Any input would be great. Are there any other factors I should consider?
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