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  1. Congratulations on all the interviews and acceptances. As Mason said, a few people are offered seats from each interview group but the majority are at the end. Mason and fellow class members of 2020/2021 are probably your best resources for for interview questions and dates as they are on campus and have gone through a revamped process than I did. Also, the threads are a great source. Many of the questions you have, have been answered in detail in previous years. Do your research, there’s a wealth of knowledge here. Any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Thomas c/o 2019
  2. Yes, absolutely interview. While a few individuals will be offered a seat after their respective interviews, the vast majority of offers go out after ALL interviews have taken place. Good luck and read through the thread for tips on the process.
  3. Congrats to everyone being accepted, that's so exciting! For those of you who havent heard anything realize theyll take a few from each interview group but the majority will be at the end after all of the interviews have been completed. So dont beat yourself up. It's not over till it's over.
  4. As a student you have access to the building 24/7 including the library. I know a few students who probably pay rent there (joking). Also, as FISHM stated, there is a rural learning experience. It is done the start of the summer semester (3rd semester). You are divided up among the medical students and travel to one of the numerous rural communities in North Florida/South Georgia. The FSU curriculum is a little different than most. As you have noticed its 27mo vs the traditional 24. This is a result of the program director talking with medical systems across the state and asking what they look for when hiring a PA. The overwhelming response was a solid understanding of not only medicine, but fundamental sciences (biochemistry, genetics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, etc.). So you will notice our first semester is similar to the first year of medical school, all basic sciences.
  5. Also, read through last years (2017-2018 cycle) there's a lot of good info there as well that may answer your questions. Also my cycle (2016-2017) can help, but remember we were the first group so it may be slightly different.
  6. Congratulations to everyone who has received an interview offer so far. The first round of invites have just begun to go out so if you haven't heard anything yet don't get worked up over it. The first interview is Oct 1st and the last on is December 10th, so you still have plenty of opportunity. For those asking advice on how to prepare for the MMI, you just need to know WHY you want to be a PA and WHY you want to go to FSU. Understand the mission of the college and the PA program. Know how it is unique in contrast to many of the other programs. As FISHM stated, there is no wrong answer to any of the questions, just be able to argue your stance. I personally didn't rehearse any interview questions to be genuine and avoid sounded scripted. Just be honest in your answers and be able to back up your stance. Don't try to say what you think they want you to say, because you will most likely be wrong. The whole point of this is to get to know you as an individual, so show them who you really are! Try to relax as much as you can, trust me I know it's tough. All of the interviews are on Monday. If possible arrive to Tallahassee (if traveling) Friday or Saturday and spend the weekend here. Go out and explore the city and make sure it's somewhere you want to be for 15 months (at least). When my class went through this process, we went in completely blind as we are the first class at FSU. We had no resources to consult and we did just fine. You will do fine, it's not meant to be a high stress environment. Also, remember you are interviewing them as much as they are you. Ask them questions about the program, especially the clinical year, and all of the logistics. Make sure the program is a fit for you as much as they are seeing if you are a fit for the program. Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.
  7. Quick update. Hang in there, I spoke with admissions and no interview invites have gone out yet for the class of 2021. They are anticipating to start making invites around September. As Tom Petty said, "the waiting is the hardest part."
  8. Hey everyone, Just wanted to pop in and say good luck to everyone applying to this cycle of admissions. It is a very exciting and stressful time I remember all too well. Fortunately for you, there are students who have been in your shoes at FSU and that wasn't the case when I applied. I am a member of the class of 2019 and just wanted to let you all know that if you have any questions, please feel free to ask either here or DM me. I will do my best to answer any questions regarding the application/interview process and if I don't know the answer I can certainly ask. These next two weeks are a bit rough so if I don't get back to you immediately, please bear with me and I will get to you as soon as I can. Also, I know there's a member of the class of 2020 who starts in a couple weeks in here that can help you as well. Best of luck, and remember it's not over till its over!
  9. If you're referring to the supplemental application, I don't believe you need too much deatil. The information you put on CASPA should be detailed enough. They just want a general idea of what you did and how many hours.
  10. I was offered a scholarship as well and the correspondence has been via email. Per our conference call, there were only 19 scholarship initially awarded for PA. If anyone declines their award, or more money becomes available, they will offer them to other applicants.
  11. Also, for individuals accepted. Our class started a Facebook group pretty soon after the acceptance offers were sent. This was extremely beneficial to getting to know people and disseminating information which kept Cyndi from recieving a thousand emails asking the same question. Also, consider adding some of the current years class as we can likely answer a lot of the questions for you. Let me know if you have any questions.
  12. Congratulations to everyone who has been accepted! I have spoke to Cyndi, all of the seats have been offered as well as the waitlist positions. For those on the waitlist, there's still a chance. I know of people getting an offer the week before the start date. Things happen and some people may change their minds or get an offer from other programs. For those who didn't receive good news, keep your heads up. Gain more experience, especially direct pt care. Reach out to people and find out how you can improve your application. Become more comfortable in knowing why you want to be a PA and work on your interview skills. If you were invited for an interview, you are obviously qualified. Just look for ways to make yourself stand out!
  13. Congratulations to everyone hearing good news! Reading all of your comments brought me back to earlier this year when I was in your position and got that call; I will never forget it. To those who haven't, don't give up hope. Keep in mind they have to contact AT LEAST 50 people and those calls can take sometime to go out. I say at least 50 because there may be some who decline their seat due to other acceptances so keep that in mind! Best of luck to everyone and congratulations to those accepted! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns! P.s. It's too early to know if you weren't selected so try not to beat yourself up. It's not over till it's over.
  14. Thank you! We have our last anatomy written Friday, the anatomy practical Monday, pharmacology Tuesday, physiology and nutrition Thursday. Then finals the following week.
  15. One more interview this coming Monday! As a reminder, the faculty are all going to come together AFTER the last group and make the final (and majority) of seat offers. So, if you haven't heard anything you're not alone! There have only been a few offers sent. This is the hardest part, believe me I know! Best of luck to every one interviewing Monday and to all who have interviewed. Hopefully you will receive positive news for the holidays! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, if I don't know the answer I will find out from Cyndi! We are down to our last week of lectures and exams next week for our first semester, then finals the week after. So, if I'm a little slow to get back to you please understand why!
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