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  1. BLM8867

    VA HPSP 2020

    At the top of VA Form 10-0491 it states: "This 'Academic Verification' form is part of the application package and must be completed by the Dean/Program Director, or Administrative Chair of applicant's program." Email the form to your program director. There is information required that the program director would know that your advisor probably wouldn't. Your are not supposed to fill this form out except for the "Information of Applicant" section. Hope this helps.
  2. BLM8867

    VA HPSP 2020

    Direct from VA Form 10-0491 (the academic verification form required) "Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) need not be identified if the student has completed 15 or more graduate hours and is pursuing a graduate degree. If the student has not achieved 15 hours of graduate credit, identify CGPA and credit hours for all undergraduate hours and if applicable, CGPA on credit hours for all graduate academic courses completed" Your program director, will fill out the GPA portion with your undergraduate GPA. hope this helps.
  3. My program just informed us that we will be going to online/recorded lectures when we get back from spring break as well. We start clinicals in May. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out in the next couple months. When you got the message that classes were moving to online, did they tell you for how long? Our program didn’t say for how long. For those of us that were originally out of state, it sucks that we have to go back to only be locked up inside out apts.
  4. Ch. 33 will only pay up to the highest public institution cost($23-ish,000)/yr. If the program, you attend, has a yellow ribbon program that may absorb the rest or some of the costs that aren’t fully met with ch.33 benefits. The VA website is a good source for learning more about the yellow ribbon participating programs and how much each school will contribute. If you’re going to a really expensive private school, I’d look more into it.
  5. BLM8867

    VA HPSP 2020

    I’m starting clinical year in a couple months. I’m applying for this but they would obviously only be paying for 1 year instead of 2. Will my obligation be shorter or same as everyone else?
  6. Good on you for attempting extraordinary things! If you make it through and serve your time, I'm sure your training and experiences will give you some leverage when you do decide to go the PA route. As for your GPA question, if you can somehow have all of your training evaluated for college credits (most on-post education centers can help with this) this may help your cumulative GPA (cGPA). PA schools look at your cGP and science GPA (sGPA). Also keep in mind that credits for repeated classes are averaged not replaced. ALSO, keep in mind that science classes have a shelf life when applying to PA school. If you already have science classes taken, after about 7 yrs they will be out of date and you will have to retake them. Hope this helps. Best of luck to you.
  7. From WAPA Webstie: (https://www.wapa.com/)
  8. I was one of the students that attended in Olympia. It was great seeing the process of getting legislation out there and meeting Senators and Representatives. It's a plus to know that our presence worked!
  9. As long as you have the minimum, any other classes you take after won’t hurt, unless you do bad in them. Take all the upper division classes your want, just get good grades. Classes and GPA are only one aspect of the selection process. You also want to make sure you have more than enough HCE, bomber LORs, and a outstanding personal statement. If and when you get an interview, you’ll need to practice interview type questions with friends and family. Good job on finishing undergrad. Best of luck to you during your PA journey
  10. PPP also has an app now. Similar ( but much lower in quality) to Rosh. Asks scenario type questions and tells you why answers are right and why the others are wrong. It’s still in its infancy but it has 8000 board type questions you can choose from
  11. No. You can get your pre-reqs from anywhere. You just have to make sure that the classes you are taking are at the proper level. You’re basic sciences will be okay at any college (community college or university) but for your upper division sciences, you typically need to take those at a 4yr institution d/t those usually being the only entities that offer them.
  12. Before dropping money on a masters program, try retaking some of those science classes you got below an A in. It might be cheaper for you. If you retake all those classes + some more upper division classes (post-Bacc) You might have a positive enough trend to have somewhat of a chance of getting an interview. Doing a Masters program will definitely help your application (assuming you do great in it), but if retaking those classes while showing a positive trend in your academic performance will gain you the same outcome ( getting into an interview) I'd first venture with the latter. If you have the money, do the Masters. If not, retake classes. On top of GPA, make sure you work on good HCE hours and good LORs.
  13. Don't let their WORDS get to you. They said you didn't make it this round. THEY DID NOT TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN NEVER BE A PA. Take some more classes to boost that cGPA and sGPA and make sure you get A's. Work and get more HCE. Next time around re-apply to those programs you got interviews from plus a lot more (the numbers game helps if you have the funds). They will see that you didn't quit and you have bettered yourself. Don't worry about age. We got a student in our cohort that is 50 and shes doing great. Application cycle opens back up in April, I think. Re-apply. Good luck.
  14. We do all of our PEs/skills/ and live pt interactions with the 1st and 2nd year DO students in our area so we get a lot of interaction with them. From what the DOs have seen and told us, we all go over the same Pathologies. They go WAAAAAAAAY more in depth with the A&P/histology and because of this they also have a more in depth knowledge of the Pharmacokinetics/dynamics of Pharmacologic treatments (PAs are taught the same drugs, but just not as in depth that a DO/MD know them). Where our education is similar, in terms of Pathologies, is in the evaluation and management. From getting a good HPI, forming/ruling out differentials, evaluating with the appropriate tests/tools, and forming a proper treatment plan, we were told that all of that is similar to what the DOs learn. PA school is death by power point for a lot of it. That's just the burden of the beast. If you develop good study habits, you should be alright. M-F I typically wake up at 6am. Get to the gym @ 7am. Work out will 745-8am. leave gym by 820am and IO'm in class from 9-4pm. A lot of the time we get out before 4pm. After class I take a couple hours off then study or organize notes for another couple hours. I'm usually in bed NLT 10pm. Weekends are high yield times for studying, but my no means do I study the WHOLE weekend. I'll typically spend 4-6 hours recalling things. I spend the rest of the hours of the day sleeping, hanging out, drinking with friends. You can still have a social life in PA school. Just don't forget what you're trying to achieve.
  15. Pick the one you will do the best in. You want to maintain a good gpa (assuming you already have a decent one). Whats your c/sGPA? If they are good enough, you might be better off using the money and time applying to more schools or working on PCE or getting good LORs.
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