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About pastudentw

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  1. 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!
  2. Wanted to share this with you all! And feel free to follow the UB facebook page.
  3. We have been there! Message me anytime with questions/concerns.
  4. 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.
  6. 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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    Financial aid?

    Yes that would be a pretty average amount. For reference, I will be in about 100k for PA school with having the income of my spouse. My program is about 85-90k total for tuition and fees.
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    Financial aid?

    I don't know if this is 100% accurate so contacting FASFA is always best but in my experience, my award amounts have not been effected by our income amount for grad school (can't say the same for undergrad). I qualified for the same amount of aid when I was applying with only my income versus with my husbands income which was higher. Most PA students end up taking out the max amount for the unsubsidized and then supplementing with the Grad Plus loan for the rest of the costs, up to the cost of attendance. With my husband's income, we have not had to take out the maximum amount of aid each semester versus other classmates who don't have another household income coming in.
  9. I'm a student so I'm not involved in the interview process. Sorry about that!
  10. I'm a current student here. This issue has been addressed and the program is waiting to hear back from ARC-PA. The problem was a matter of paperwork under a previous director. If you have further questions the director or other faculty are open to answer any questions if you contact them. If you do matriculate at UB with this status, it is still accredited and has no effect on your ability to take your boards. You can message me with any questions too if you would like.
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    While I can't guarantee this, no I do not think schools will know that you used similar answers. The only caution I will give to doing that though is that if you copy and paste an answer or wrote a very similar answer from one to the next, it may not come off as genuine. Adcoms read tons of responses so they can pick out those sincere responses from others. I know it is hard to write these responses but the supplementals are meant to be specific to each school so try to keep that in mind. I hope this helps!
  12. Don't be nervous! They have changed their process a little bit in the last couple years.
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    Good! I also had an issue when I applied where they didn't count one of my chemistry courses as a chemistry course... Needless to say it is always important to comb through it yourself
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    The ones that schools usually focus on are the "overall" and "overall science".
  15. The year I was accepted I had two interviews that were extended the last week of May. The first year I applied by mid July and discovered that programs I applied to were already sending out interviews or had filled all interview slots. So much depends on the programs you are applying to and your personal situation for how many programs you can afford to send in to. More importantly than the number of programs is the demographic or "fit" they are looking at for the students coming into the program. Really look at each program's requirements to see where you fit into that mix. While it is important to apply early, don't sacrifice or skimp on the quality of your application.

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