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  1. Yes, that will be something to become accustomed to. In the end, they ended up removing the clause, apparently there was a miscommunication between the person writing the contract and HR, it was supposed to be removed. Very excited to finally take the Uber sticker off my car! The job search was rough!
  2. Hey y'all, was just offered a great position in outpatient internal medicine for a non-profit as follows: Specialty: Primary Care in Los Angeles Base Salary: $130K + $15K sign-on bonus paid throughout 2 years (negotiated up from $125K) Productivity Bonus: Up to $1500 per quarter (productivity + patient feedback) 3 weeks of PTO + 1 week of sick time (accrued throughout the year) $2500 + 5 days for CME Licensing and professional memberships reimbursed. Malpractice + Tail Coverage. Health Insurance offered, 403(b) with match that increases with seniority Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30PM ~ 1 hour lunch, no call. Minimum patient load of 14 patients a day with an average of 16-18. SP is very welcoming and eager to teach, great on-boarding and training for 3 months. Was pretty stoked with this offer, and I most likely will take it considering I've been fun-employed for 4 months post-grad. Kicker though: they want me to sign a 10 mile radius non-compete clause. I've been able to negotiate up the salary, however, I can't seem to get them to remove the non-compete clause. It's my understanding that non-competes are unenforceable in CA, it's just that mile radius makes me a tad uneasy (that's all of LA!). Any suggestions on how to go about this, sign it and hope for the best?
  3. Good luck to everyone applying this round! I went through my emails and compiled my general timeline from last year's cycle, as I remember my unhealthy obsession of refreshing my inbox. Feel free to PM any questions! CASPA Received, Supplemental Link: 07/22/2016 Duke PA Application is complete: 07/26/2016 PA Application is being reviewed: 09/02/2016 Invitation to Interview: 09/13/2016 Predetermined Interview date: 10/24/2016 Offer of Admission: 10/31/2016 Deposit ($1125) and response due: 11/10/2016 Email correspondences begin: March 2017
  4. I remember categorizing it as EMT-IB, although I'm sure either would suffice :)
  5. Didn't have my credit checked unfortunately, a little suspicious that it may have been my academic letter of rec that wasn't formatted correctly =/ Oh well.
  6. I applied for this as well, hoping for the best!
  7. I would definitely not worry about retaking it at all, as your grades speak volumes about your ability to handle a rigorous course load over a GRE score. I applied with a great GPA and lackluster GRE scores (verbal score in the 37th percentile and a quantitative score in the 48th percentile). I got into 2 out of the 3 programs I applied to that required the GRE, wasn't even touched upon during my interviews. As long as your programs won't filter you out based on percentile or category minimum, you should be fine :)
  8. Hi there! If you're looking into an EMT course and are willing to relocate for a month, I did mine in Long Beach, CA, 21 day program. http://www.ciemt.com/emt-basic-course/ Some people at my company also did 2-week accelerated programs that are basically EMT bootcamp. I think gaining medical experience as an EMT of MA will definitely improve your chances next cycle.
  9. The committee hearing was yesterday afternoon, I received my acceptance call last night!
  10. Yes, at our interview group they stated that a committee hold was either they didn't get to discussing your profile at the committee hearing or they couldn't come up with a decision due to time constraints, your decision will be made at the next committee hearing which will be the week of Thanksgiving.
  11. I turned down my spot today in the program, hopefully that opens up a spot for you guys on the wait list, good luck everyone :)
  12. Hello! I had difficulty with this too, as it's difficult to find PA's to shadow in my area. What I ended up doing was calling/emailing all the small clinics in the area and finally found one PA in primary care who allowed me to shadow her one night for four hours. Not much, but it was more than enough to get an idea what the work day is like and to ask questions. I was able to talk about this experience in my interviews, as well as experiences I've had interacting with PA's in EMS. If you're able to do that, then it shouldn't matter if you have 8 or 100 hours of shadowing :)
  13. I just got my acceptance email, I can't believe it! Woo, cheers!!!
  14. I'd like to hear how the program is disorganized, as this is something to consider, especially when tuition for this program pushes 116K.
  15. I received my acceptance today as well! I interviewed on the 26th, so excited!
  16. Hello, I work in EMS as well and found my hours varied quite a bit. CASPA calculates your hours by multiplying the amount of hours you work per week by the number of weeks. I used the duration of my experience and adjusted the number of hours I worked per week until it matched closely the total number of hours. Basically an average. A lot of programs won't count hours obtained during training (clinicals, ride alongs, etc), however if your program does, I would make it a separate entry from your volunteer ambulance experience under Patient Care Experience and let the schools determine whether or not to count it :)
  17. The notification was by email, and they let you choose an interview date. Anyone know the format of the interview? Hoping it's not MMI, because that was a hot mess for me.
  18. I received an interview invite this morning for November 12th!
  19. Here's a website I found that's been helpful in listing brief differences in legislation between states :) http://www.bartonassociates.com/physician-assistants/physician-assistant-scope-of-practice-laws/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=PA%20Wheel&utm_source=Facebook
  20. I'd definitely like to leave feedback, was unfortunately very disappointed in the interview process. It seems rather cold and impersonal, with one interviewer being unacceptably harsh. Did not feel like the program had the slightest clue of the type of person I was, definitely did not feel like that at other programs.
  21. To answer your question, my GRE scores are absolute caca and I got an interview. However my GPA may have offset this, as I haven't had problems this cycle. Hope that alleviates some worry!
  22. It would definitely pertain to how strong your stats are. I would look through the "Accepted Stats" page and find people who have similar stats to yours, see how many schools they applied to, how many interviews they got, and their acceptances. I applied to 10 schools, and I'm finding now that I did not need to apply to that many. If you're strong academically (3.6+) and have a decent amount of healthcare experience, I would apply sparingly to areas you can envision living in after graduation, around 4-6 schools. If you've suffered academically, but have thousands of hours of medical experience, I would apply broadly (10+) catering to schools that favor experience and upward trends in grades.
  23. If you click on "View Details" under the tab for the supplemental applications, it states the amount paid, when the app was started/submitted, and confirmed. Hope this helps!
  24. Log in to where we completed our supplemental application and it shows the date the supplemental was sent and when the application was confirmed (date the email should have been received) I have also become slightly obsessed with checking my email, I'm trying to limit myself.
  25. Congrats! I'm glad to hear they're starting to send out invites :)
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