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  1. I highly recommend contacting your career center through your undergrad university or CC. They have counselors who will work with you on this. Even if you are an alumni, I'm sure they would be happy to help. Just another resource for you. Addition: The writing center or career center may also be able to advise you on your personal statement.
  2. You will likely be in class roughly 40hrs a week. I did have time to truly study, write things out, organize how I needed and reviewed it. But I certainly did not get to review it a bunch of times. I rarely studied in groups because I felt like I didn't know the material well enough to do a group study and then by the time I would have felt comfortable, it was time for the test anyway. My program was the death by power point model When you start, you'll likely study how you have in the past in the way it has worked for you. Then going forward, you will have to adapt and recognize how to optimize it for the new type of learning. My typical day was finish class by 4pm, go home make and have dinner with my husband for an hour, study until 10-11pm during the weekdays. Weekends I ate all three meals with my husband with studying inbetween and church on Sunday. Depending on tests we would try to go out or do something together once a week or every other week. Clinical year is a million times better and that is its own type of studying too. Hope this helps!
  3. Spam folder here as well. Does someone actually know this is happening? Not a great way to start out getting an accurate survey response.
  4. Thanks for the reassurance When you look at it from the perspective of "protecting their own" I can sort of understand it.
  5. Saw this as an interesting response from SEMPA. https://www.sempa.org/professional-development/response-to-aaem/?fbclid=IwAR2Wz8hWckEsauV7LOUTBuS5T7QiG9mAZD8J95yqH6fbV6v3jQEr47VzPio As a soon to be PA grad who is actively looking for EM PA positions, this bums me out.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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/
  15. 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!
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