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  1. Took a quick skim, it's frankly bland and won't separate you from other applicants; I don't get any indication of who you are as a person. Let me just dissect out this paragraph: My current position working as an STNA has further fueled my desire to become a PA. (First off, write out an abbreviation before using it) Because the facility that I work at combines skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and long term care, there is always a variety of providers coming in to examine the residents. Frequently, a PA comes to see the residents. I have seen firsthand how a successful PA is able to fill these residents and their families with a sense of calm, despite the fact that they may only have weeks or even days to live (How has this anything to do with your desire to be a PA? You just used two sentences to tell me nothing about you). Being a long term care STNA has been a rewarding experience and instilled in me a passion for geriatrics that I hope to incorporate into my future as a PA (You haven't told me anything that leads to be believe it was rewarding, all you did was tell me how you saw PAs talk calmly to patients...HOW was it rewarding - HOW did it instill a passion for geriatrics).
  2. Rank means jack all, as long as the program has good clinical rotations (something you should ask current students about) and won't make you miserable, it's all good. What school you go to doesn't really matter job hunting wise, but it will dictate how prepared you are to practice medicine, hence why I think it does matter where you go.
  3. During my application cycle I heard nothing from all 7 of the programs I applied to until October. I had pretty much accepted the fact that I would have to apply again even though I had yet to receive a rejection letter. Ended up getting 3 interviews (attended 2) and 2 acceptances, so just carry on with no expectations and be pleasantly surprised. I was also put on the waitlist for an interview that dragged out for months until I was officially rejected lol.
  4. Aware

    Yale PA Online

    I'm not following this logic of the class being diverse. If anything it's not diverse if almost all the students are parents. A unique PA class profile, but not diverse in the slightest. Another big question mark about the program is the clinical education. The program supposedly finds preceptors around the country for its students. How effective these preceptors are is beyond me. The true value of an older, traditional program (imo) is not its didactic education, but its clinical education. These programs build solid relationships with the preceptors and know the quality of teaching they will provide the students from years of student feedback. For all I know, an online student's preceptor could be in that role for the first time. Sure the online program can (and probably will) post a high PANCE rate, but how effective will its students be in their first job? Only time can tell, but I don't see how you cannot be just a bit skeptical of this program.
  5. It absolutely does, but to collectively group all people of one race and assume that they all suffered through similar experiences is erroneous and why affirmative action is flawed. Programs like NY state's EOP is what should be emulated. It essentially grants students admission to a school even if they don't necessarily qualify academically, but are socioeconomically disadvantaged (which a large portion, but not all minorities are) and show potential to succeed. I feel like we agree on the same thing, but are just arguing about syntax, so I'm just gonna leave it at this...
  6. Believe it or not, the two opposing arguments in this thread are kinda saying similar things. Ket's point is simply saying that race alone should not have an impact on one's admission. It's the experience and adversity one goes through in life that makes one unique, not one's race. Minorities who happen to face a profusion of adversity in their upbringing should absolutely be considered even if their stats are a bit lower than the what is typically wanted. However, that should also apply to a white person who has gone through similar adversity should it not? Lots of programs are holistic, I didn't come across one that wasn't when I was applying. I'm surprised a 3.3 with 7k hours on top of your personal merit didn't get you into a program.
  7. July isn't late for most schools. Even then, you never know how fast you may be verified. I was verified literally the next day I submitted (I sent in transcripts, GRE scores, etc. a month before though). Like others have mentioned, I would really do something about that lack of volunteering.
  8. It depends on the school, but for some cases it's a last resort for the school. Think of it as an insurance in case one of their accepted students withdraws and none of the people wait listed after interviews take the spot. In that case that school loses out on the potential tuition of a student, so to avoid this it has an interview wait list on top of the normal wait list.
  9. Pm your PS, I'll read and give you feedback for a low price of $0.
  10. What do you mean by operating? You aren't actually doing the ultrasound/inserting the CTEV laser right? Rather you're just changing resolution, voltage, etc.?
  11. and you get a whole summer off apparently! No, but seriously, people are willing to pay for that prestige factor. If Duke were to increase its tuition by 50% I guarantee you that they will still fill all its seats because of its prestige and of course being a seasoned/proven program.
  12. What I'm trying to get across is that for a lot of people, PA school is going to be costly. Not all of us have the luxury of A) getting into a instate program and B) even having an instate program (which constitute almost all of the < 40k programs and a solid portion of the < 70k programs).
  13. The average cost of a 27 month program is ~90k. Add in living expenses/misc expenses and you're looking at ~140k; your program was clearly an outlier and as is Touro. As ajames mentioned, schools severely overestimate living expenses as well, 23k in room and board??? Must be eating quite well with that amount...
  14. Some of the "extra" upper level science courses were easily some of my favorite courses. In every interview I attended, my interviewers commented favorably on my science course load. Don't get me wrong though, if switching majors would help boost up your grade in pre-reqs, then maybe go with it, quality over quantity. I would also recommend keeping the major and minoring in English. I took a few extra English courses for fun/interest, alas not even for a minor as another minor took up my schedule.
  15. I read through your updated PS as well as your original PS. The difference in the quality and substance between the two is night and day. This is not to say that your work here is done, however. As it is, your updated PS is far from polished and still needs a fair amount of work. Some quick notes: You're currently over the character limit by 770. No need to worry here, though, you have tendency to be verbose and have quite a few sentences that can be omitted without subtracting much from the content. Erroneous statements: "having more time to see patients," not in this world. Some ideas need to be fleshed out, more showing and less telling. Adding on to this, I'm not sure exactly how much PCE you have, but you didn't mention anything about it except for a casual sentence in your concluding paragraph. I will try to go through and mark up exactly what I mean and send it to you if I have time. It's way too late now and I should best be in bed.
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