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    Didactic year

    I would say your estimates are not too far off. For one exam I would have roughly 400 dense slides to cover and this is with an average of 3-4 exams/quizzes per week for my program. Those slides could be covered in 4-5hrs of lecture time.
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    Supplies Needed For PA School?

    As posted above, invest in a study space. I always studied at home so it was important to have a desk and comfortable study chair. Good lighting, space, and quiet area.
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    retaking courses

    CASPA uses all credits/grades to calculate your GPA. This is compared to a your university that will "replace" a course with the higher grade. If you took anatomy, got a C and retook it and got an A, your university will calculate the A into your GPA. CASPA will calculate the C and the A into your GPA. This is where some will say the two grades get "averaged" together by CASPA. It never hurts your application to retake courses unless you get a low grade. It also never hurts to take other high level science courses. But the goal should always be to get an A in any courses because that will maximize your ability to bring up your GPA. The more total credit hours you have, the harder it is to bring up the GPA. The links below may help you. https://help.liaisonedu.com/CASPA_Applicant_Help_Center/Submitting_and_Monitoring_Your_CASPA_Application/Verification_and_GPA_Calculations_for_CASPA/2_How_Your_GPA_is_Calculated https://help.liaisonedu.com/CASPA_Applicant_Help_Center/Filling_Out_Your_CASPA_Application/2._CASPA_Academic_History/4CASPA_Course_Subjects
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    Clinical Year - Hardest rotation?

    I think this question for your supplemental is asking much more than actual difficult logistics of PA school. I would encourage you to think outside the box here a little more. I think this question is asking more about a perceived weakness that you may have versus a subject or rotation. Think about things like time away from family, long study hours or different characteristics that you may struggle with that you can put a positive spin on and demonstrate how you have improved that aspect of yourself in the past. But to add to what you were originally asking, I have felt the rotations that are more difficult are those where I don't have a great connection with a preceptor. An awesome preceptor can turn a specialty that you thought you may not be interested into an area you can see yourself going in to. Edited to add more text.
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    Best time to have a baby?

    Option 3 and 4 are probably the best options. Another option, depending on your family support would be to have a child during your clinical year and essentially take a rotation off and graduate late. I know people who have done this but I'm not sure it would be something to plan on. If you have a child during school, remember that anything can arise during the pregnancy and that would have to be considered if your education would have to be delayed. It is hard enough to do PA school in the best circumstances, let alone if you aren't feeling 100% so with that I would say option 1 isn't your best bet. I haven't personally gone through this but I hope it works out!
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    Are my efforts futile?

    Not futile at all! Have you taken organic chemistry? I know some programs will take either biochem or organic chemistry. Others will also just list a certain amount of credit hours required for chemistry courses (usually not at intro level but courses for science majors). Hope that helps!
  7. I'm originally from out of state but now live here in CT. I'm a second year student. You can message me for more advice on housing if you'd like. They may also put together a Facebook group for the class of 2021 and that may help you going forward.
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    Interactive Student Case: "Found Down"

    I'll give this one a try and we will see where it goes! First and foremost- ABC's. Sounds like things are in tact based on vitals but I need lung sounds, chest rise, visual exam of the skin/extremities, pulses. I already have some differentials popping in my head so.. finger stick blood sugar (surprised EMS wouldn't do this en route?) EKG- looking for signs of electrolyte abnormalities and ischemic changes CMP as well I'm ok with his BP as it is, unless I start to see signs of organ failure or a bleed. He could also be in a postictal state but finding the cause of the proposed seizure needs a work up. I would start with the above initially. If he continues to be stable, he would need a head CT due to possible head trauma, unwitnessed fall and seizure. Hopefully this is a good start!
  9. Selling both Andrew Rodican books, both paperback. "The Ultimate Guide to getting into Physician Assistant School"- 3rd edition. Lightly used/great condition. Only one highlighted section (see photos). "How to Ace the Physician Assistant School Interview"- lightly used. A few highlighted sections, most being pencil. Doesn't interfere with future use of the book. Selling both for $30+shipping to respective area. Books sell for full price for about $30 each on Amazon for new. I would like to sell both at once versus splitting the set. I have them listed on the Facebook marketplace (see link below). You can message me there or here on the forum. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/216156642374526/
  10. For those of you who were concerned or asking questions about the accreditation status, it has been updated on the website to Accreditation-Continued status! https://www.bridgeport.edu/academics/graduate/physician-assistant-ms/accreditation/ Also, to those with interviews, congrats! I hope it is a good experience!
  11. Wanted to share this with you all! And feel free to follow the UB facebook page.
  12. We have been there! Message me anytime with questions/concerns.
  13. The last sentence in your post says it all. I think most of what you are feeling is the application anxiety. I would highly discourage from emailing a program to ask if you have been rejected. Having a tone like that in an email when it is very possible they are still considering you as an applicant could be a sure fire way to not interview you at all. Keep hanging in there. While this forum can be helpful looking at the school threads, it can also do more harm than good. I had some rejections come through after I knew the cohort had already started. It sucks and isn't necessarily courteous, but it is what it is.
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    EKG Tech Training

    I was an EKG tech full time before PA school. At the hospital I was at it didn't require much of a formal EKG cert. They held a two ekg interpretation courses (basic and advanced). Other people who weren't necessarily employees could take it and it was less than 100 dollars. You could look into seeing if there is something similar at a hospital around you.
  15. How many exams do you usually have per week? We averaged 3-4 quizzes/exams per week. Usually 1-2 tests with 1-2 quizzes mixed in. Does your class schedule stay the same or change week to week (sometimes changing last minute)? Our schedule roughly stayed the same but the adjunct professors that would come in for different clinical medicine topics would cause changes in the schedule. 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? Yes there can sometimes be a disconnect between the lecture and the exam. We have a process in place for stating your case on certain questions but you had to reasonably back it up with data. They would also compare overall performance on each question. Do you feel the need to look to other resources (books, youtube, articles) to supplement your education? Or is the classroom enough? I almost always used outside resources to supplement. Depending on the course, the classroom/power point may be the majority of what I needed but I still looked up topics on youtube, Osmosis etc. How challenging are your exams? Are you usually tested on "bigger picture" concepts? I felt that many of our exams were challenging. It was a mix of big picture and details of a topic. Focused on clinically relevant questions or questions that mimic PANCE. Do professors often make mistakes on exams such that the exams have to often be re-graded? Like previous poster above stated , never re-graded more of a second look at a poor performing question or throwing out a question if it had a serious typo or a picture didn't show up properly that was necessary to answer the question. Are your exams curved?a What is a failing grade? What is grounds for dismissal from your program? A pass is 70% or above for a course. Exams are not curved. Dismissal may occur with repeated failures but there is an entire process for this in our handbook plus dealt with as a one on one basis. Do your classmates ever express negativity towards the format of your program and, if so, do you have a formal way to submit grievances? Yes and yes. Do you ever think that other PA programs are better than yours or are you happy to be in your program? I do not believe that a single program is perfect. I'm happy to be exactly where I'm at because I'm confident that this is the program that I needed to be in. You can also look into some program websites that may have their class handbook posted online which could answer some of these questions as well in more detail but not all.

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