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  1. Hey guys! Current 2nd year student here. I haven't talked directly to a faculty member or the director about this, but I heard from another student that they are doing interviews a tad later this year. Regarding probation: by the time the next cohort starts, the program should be off probation, so long as they do what is necessary by ARC-PA.
  2. You got this! You made all of the right steps. You're going to do amazing.
  3. If you're taking similar credits, you would need a 3.3-3.4. Unless you're taking significantly less credits this semester, you won't need a 3.5. This is completely manageable, even after getting a 2.7. A few classmates of mine were on AP with similar GPAs as you, and they managed to bring it up. Identify the classes that you feel you can definitely get A's in and capitalize on those, without letting any other class drop into the B range. It's manageable with the right support, time management, and study groups (if that's what works for you). Make sure external forces (family, significant other, pets, etc..) are not at play. It's a sacrifice, but those things need to be on the backburner for the next year. I wish you luck!
  4. I personally will be looking at my packrat score after clinicals. If you didn't do well, take an extra couple of weeks to study. If you scored well above what is considered the minimal passing PANCE equivalent, maybe take a few days to a week to brush up. The extra time needed is much better than the 90 days you'll have to wait if you fail, in my opinion.
  5. I couldn't imagine anyone particularly enjoys didactic. Keep reminding yourself why you chose to go into medicine, and know that it will get better. Most importantly, don't forget to take time to yourself.
  6. Hey all, the Facebook page should be up soonish!
  7. Congratulations!! I'm a current PA student at MBU, so if anyone has any questions prior to their interview, feel free to ask! ?
  8. I second what UGoLong said. Find out why they are on probation. My program is currently on probation, but I don't think it affects my learning. Probation status can be an indicator that something is terribly wrong with the program and it's leadership or it can also be something very benign. How much did you enjoy the program when you interviewed? Did the program seem well organized? Did the faculty interact with each other and it's students well? Did the program ever discuss it's own faults? The last one is super important because any program who doesn't understand and express it's own flaws is problem severely unaware of them. You can always apply and see if you get in else where and then give up your seat. BUT, I would not enroll in the program and drop out and "transfer" during the semester, as this screws someone else out of that seat.
  9. How many exams do you usually have per week? roughly 3 quizzes per week and 1-3 exams per week. There are weeks here and there when we only have 1-2 quizzes and 1 exam. Does your class schedule stay the same or change week to week (sometimes changing last minute)? Stays the same. We have designated clinical medicine times where our guest lecturers can teach. Every once in a while, we'll have to change the schedule to accommodate a guest lecturer. Do you ever feel that professors are presenting info one way and testing you in a completely different way? Do you ever feel that tests aren't "fair" and, if so, do you just suck it up? Completely. Our guest lecturers seldom submit questions (but have in certain modules), so the faculty members of the program make the questions and there are many occasions where these questions do not align with what were learned. Do you feel the need to look to other resources (books, youtube, articles) to supplement your education? Or is the classroom enough? I am not an auditory learner, so I need other resources. Even auditory learners need supplemental material. How challenging are your exams? Are you usually tested on "bigger picture" concepts? Very challenging. Typically minute details are tested on rather than big pictures. Do professors often make mistakes on exams such that the exams have to often be re-graded? Yes. It's rare to have an exam without mistakes despite a vetting procedure that professors supposedly utilize at our program. Are your exams curved? What is a failing grade? What is grounds for dismissal from your program? No exams are curved. A failing grade is <70%, which is the grade you also fail a class at. You must maintain a 3.0 to stay in our program. Do your classmates ever express negativity towards the format of your program and, if so, do you have a formal way to submit grievances? There is no formal way to submit grievances. We can talk with faculty. Do you ever think that other PA programs are better than yours or are you happy to be in your program? I am not happy with my program, and I think most programs are structured in a better fashion than mine.
  10. This implies that PA's are at a paraprofessional level rather than a professional level (i.e. paramedic, paralegal, paraeducator).
  11. PA Student here. I'm not an AdComm member. It looks like you're competitive with the amount of HCE/PCE and shadowing hours you have. I assume you still have your senior year to complete, which means that you can definitely bring that GPA to at least a 3.5ish if you do really well (I believe the average is around 3.5-3.6 for all applicants). I have heard mixed things regarding GRE scores, but I know the typical "standard" people hold on these forums is 300. Then again, research is continually showing that SAT and GRE scores are not indicative of performance, and many institutions are doing away with requiring the submission of them (I honestly think PA schools are lagging in this department, but I could be wrong). I would include an academic LOR in my portfolio, as you are applying to graduate school. However, some may argue that having all healthcare/supervisor LOR's is a good thing.
  12. I have tried mint in the past, and I didn't find it to be the greatest. I can't recall specifics as to why I didn't like it, so I might as well give it another try. I do like the flexible excel spreadsheets offer, but it's still a lot of work on the users part.
  13. So last semester I used a simple excel spreadsheet as a budget mechanism, but it didn't help me keep track of my budget on the go, and it's not exactly the most time-savvy way to budget. I was wondering if anyone had any budget app suggestions to help me categorize my semester budget (ie food, rent, gym, etc.). I'm all about keeping those loans as low as possible. Thanks in advanced!
  14. I just finished up my first semester, and I am so happy I came across this post. I learn nothing from class, and I genuinely feel like I would be able to learn just so much more with independent study. I realize that's my brain, and not the majority's. But hey, you have 4 months left. Hang in there!
  15. Most people on here have gone over 80MPH before. Not to mention that VA is one of the strictest regarding speeding. With that said, it may be brought up, but I doubt it would have any true impact on your application.
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