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  1. Does anyone know how we might be notified of an interview offer?
  2. I am planning to submit an application there soon. How is the application process going for you?
  3. I don't know if this is a stupid question, but when they ask you why you want to be a PA, should you answer in terms of why you want to work in medicine or why you want to be a general mid-level practitioner (as opposed to a doctor or nurse)?. I feel like if you answer the question in terms of why you want to pursue medicine they will just be like "well why didn't you just become a nurse/doctor?". And if you answer the question in terms of why you want to be a mid-level practitioner then the answers can easily get very cliche and unimpressive. I am still working on coming up with a concise and meaningful answer to this question. Great examples are hard to find. People often tell you what not to do rather than what to do.
  4. I noticed that many people apply at age 22-25 on the applicant's stats page, and I am wondering what advice you all have! I am considering taking a gap year, because I really want to make sure that my application is nice and full of a lot of wonderful stuff (there's so much I want to do!), and I feel very overwhelmed trying to cram it all in the 2 years I have left of college. I don't even have a car yet because my parents just bought a new house and the money I am making at work is going toward a service trip to Guatemala this spring break. Plus, since the applications go in so early, the work I do during my senior year won't even count towards the application. Also, if you have a pretty average GPA, would it be worth it to take on a minor to boost it up? Gaining more HCE hours would be a given, I assume. Any advice is welcome! Thanks so much!
  5. I posted this as a separate topic, but I would like to get your opinion as well. What makes an outstanding PA applicant?
  6. Any advice on how to achieve this? I really want to get into Duke right out of college!
  7. So I have been invited to an honors program specific to the department of my major at my university. The program requires that you do at least a year of undergraduate research and take a few honors level courses. However, I am also very interested in volunteering/working as an EMT, and I think that it would be very difficult to do both that and research. I am majoring in Biochemistry, and it already requires a lot of lab hours (but not necessarily research). What are your thoughts on the value of undergraduate research for PA school? I do not want to work in research, and I feel like EMT would be a much better choice in preparation for PA school. Should I try to do both and risk my GPA and stamina though? I feel bad turning down an honors program that would be a nice academic opportunity. **Also, if I were NOT to become an EMT and chose to pursue the research, I would just work as a CNA to get my healthcare experience.
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