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Petunia last won the day on October 9 2017

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  1. Oh I am so curious if any seasoned plastics PAs can help with this. I am in a similar situation of completed interviews with a solo private practice plastic surgeon. I like her, but she's not had a PA before. The pay and benefits are lower than other organizations I have spoken with.... I have one observation day coming up with her. I feel like she doesn't fully understand what her future PA will be doing. Good luck to you!
  2. I've had a dog all of PA school. 2 months till graduation!! It was fine during didactic year. Clinical year is tough because our school requires at least rotation that is outside of the area. However, despite the trouble- having my doggie has made the past two years a better experience, and dogs are so supportive!
  3. Each program is very different, but at my program some ladies gave birth during clinical year- and took a few months off... after maternity leave, they just picked up where they left off. Seemed like the school was pretty flexible. Good luck!
  4. Hey ya'll don't worry! Just because they may have had admissions meetings on Fridays doesn't mean they are necessarily making decisions on interviews. They have so much to discuss. Applications, the actual process, etc. And there are so many variables at the program... different faculty have been off for surgery or other reasons, and there are many other reasons that the timeline shouldn't be compared to last year exactly...we have a new program director, and not sure if that affects anything or not. But just know there are many moving pieces... Between the faculty dealing with us current students :) we just had PA week and our PA service day...busy times. I enjoyed meeting the first week of interviewees and keeping my fingers crossed for everyone. Cheers!
  5. More specifically interview schedule- 2 weeks in October 1 week in November 1 week in December 1 week in January this is the current plan, it's possible it could change. Oh and don't be discouraged if you haven't heard something but someone else who applied after you has already received an invitation. There is a group of faculty reviewing applications...they each get a pile, and the pile grows :) They aren't necessarily reviewed in order. And each person reviewing isn't reviewing the exact same number each day. Reviewing applications is an art, not a science :)
  6. Good Luck everyone!!! I was in your shoes last year. Exactly one year ago tomorrow, I received my acceptance to Duke and it has changed my life! (Interviews started a week earlier last year) Interviews are super laid-back. You have the stats to get an interview invitation, just be yourself so they can see if your personality fits. Interviews will have 13 - 15 applicants per day, and they are conducted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday The plan right now is 5 weeks of interviews, but I suppose anything can change. The interviews aren't weekly... the 5 weeks of interviews is spread across 3 months. Happy to answer any questions; we look forward to hosting you on interview day!
  7. You could also email them to be sure before you take the class. I emailed a lot of schools about my various course equivalent questions
  8. ^^ Ditto to above, I applied the first week of July, and a few programs I was invited to the LAST week of interviews, and people who applied after me were too late to be considered, even though 2 of the programs had a deadline of November 1st. Certainly not all schools are like that- but the majority of the ones I applied to... applicants who applied early either had the upper-hand or even the only ones considered Non CASPA schools are a bit different... but the majority of CASPA schools have preference for early applicants
  9. This year MUSC and Miami Dade both did not require a bachelors- unfortunately both will require a completed bachelors before next cycle. I remember when i was applying there were a couple programs that accepted people as a freshman- and in 5 years they had a masters/PA. I don't remember the names though
  10. If it was me, I'd submit right away to all but Cornell, and as soon as you get your GRE scores- then submit to Cornell If you are below 150 on either...and below 4 on the writing, then if I was in your shoes, I would definitely wait to submit to Cornell
  11. Also- Duke doesn't require biochem :) I am going to Duke, and I never took it. I was enrolled to take it- but I got the Duke acceptance early enough to not take the class. A lot of schools don't require biochem... but if you are going to apply to schools that require it, then definitely recommend retaking it Good luck!
  12. Oh- also take the GRE not MCAT for Duke but like others said- this isn't a stepping stone for med school- I am hoping that you had a typo in your title No school would accept you if you said in an interview that your end goal is to be an MD or DO
  13. I believe I responded to your thread on another page- I am very excited to attend Duke- but there are tons of fantastic schools- apply broadly to increase your chances of being accepted. And shadow a PA.... and get a PA letter and you are off to a good start
  14. ^^ I agree with DPAP Also- most schools don't consider shadowing as part of volunteering Your application is already strong- but if you are looking to continue improving it- shadow multiple PAs in different specialties Your community involvement looks good, but the hours aren't listed- if the total isn't a decent amount of hours, then you may want to also add more volunteering. Write an excellent personal statement.... In my Duke interview, they asked a lot about my personal statement and my volunteering. But that's not to say that anyone else's interviews would be the same. Just sharing my experience.
  15. I became a CNA taking just the exam and never taking the course- a lot of state offers that.. you can buy a guide online and self-teach everything in about 2 weeks
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