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  1. The scenarios could be a lot of things, ranging from data interpretation to ethics dilemmas. At least when I did interviews 2 years ago there were no medical questions (that I know of or remember). They will NOT ask you personal questions. As interviewers we are actually instructed not to converse with you guys because the point is to evaluate the applicant's reasoning skills and overall demeanor. We are not allowed to ask personal questions, as that way the selection process could in no way be construed as discriminatory. Traditionally there is one "normal" interview question. There is really no way to prepare for MMI other than getting enough sleep and trying to be as stress free as possible on the day (ha). I personally enjoyed the MMI a lot- if you mess up one room, you're right on to another, and the scores should even out.
  2. I scrolled back in my email, and I was invited for my 10/29 interview on 10/13. I had applied mid-July. The first interviews of this season are 9/7.
  3. I went to a program where a lot of people stayed in the area of the school after graduation, but many went back to their home states and had no trouble finding jobs. I'm sure it helps to be familiar with the area hospitals by going to school in places you might be interested in finding a job, but it's not necessary. I would apply broadly to programs you are genuinely interested in. Focus your apps on where you'd like to find a job, but casting a wide net is key to admission. You can make final decision later if you are extended multiple offers.
  4. If you've been studying for the GRE for 6 *MONTHS* and it's not sticking, you are going to have a hellish time in PA school and passing the PANCE. And I'm not saying this to scare anyone; I'm saying this because I saw multiple classmates of mine fail out and waste lots of money and time. PA school is hard, you have to learn a lot of material very fast. The GRE should be a breeze in comparison. Otherwise, I agree with the above posters. I would take it. If you score well, it opens up more doors. If you score poorly, just apply to the ones that don't require it, like you would have even if you hadn't taken it. What is the harm in taking it other than investing time in studying? If you study for it for 1-2 more weeks (or however long), is that REALLY detracting from other things you could be doing in a significant way? In my opinion, no.
  5. This is wildly unethical and I would throw your application out if I was on an admissions committee for that alone. OP, I personally would not have BIL write you a letter. Even if he can be impartial, other people reading the letter will doubt his impartiality anyway.
  6. I recently took it, ~2 weeks after my graduation, though I really only studied for 5-6of those days. I only used Rosh review. I would do the Rosh questions, and if it sparked me to think about something else or I wanted to go more in depth, I would go through my didactic year notes and refresh myself. This is the same way I studied for EORs. Rosh predicted I'd get upper 500s with an 89% chance of passing, though I often used my notes while taking them and thus 'cheated' on the Rosh questions. Got 550s on actual PANCE. I got 150s on both my PACKRATs if anyone is wondering. I think whatever people have done to successfully take EORs, keep doing that for PANCE.
  7. Hi everyone! I'm a 2019 graduate of the program. Feel free to message me any questions you might have. I'm not in any way involved in admissions (though as a student I did interview candidates in the MMI) but I can answer any questions you might have related to the program. They do not. Traditionally there are 4 interview days, and then most everyone finds out around the same time. They do extend a very small number of acceptances immediately (1-2 weeks) after the interview to candidates they find exceptionally good, but this is not the case for the vast majority.
  8. I was waitlisted last year and was pulled January 11. Some were pulled 3-4 weeks before classes started so unfortunately it's just a waiting game. Hang in there!
  9. I think most of us would agree that it's the pace that makes it difficult. Generally the content isn't difficult it's just how fast we are expected to learn it. My study habits are not ideal but generally I won't study at all until 3-4 days before an exam. During those days, I study most of the evening and late into the night. A lot depends on the class. For pharmacology I relisten to all of the lectures and make my own notes, so if there were say 20 hours of lecture I probably spend 40-50 hours studying outside for it. But there are only 3 pharm exams in the semester (and the class is only 2 credit hours and is curved based on the class average), so it's possible to spread this pain out. And loads of people understand it without having to relisten which saves time. For Clin Med I'd say 10-20 hours total of studying for an exam, and those exams are 2-3 weeks apart. Those are the main time sucks in Fall. It mostly depends on what kind of learner you are and how quickly you process information. I very slowly sift through the lectures but other people absorb everything in class like a sponge. I just looked and our orientation began May 31. Classes started June 5.
  10. I don't have a family, but I can answer this part. NO! No, I do not. There are literally some weeks when I don't open a book at all. PA school is HARD. It requires a lot of studying. That being said, it's manageable and there has to be a a balance. Would I be better served if I studied every single day? Probably. But it's definitely not required to do well.
  11. In general we are expected to be available 8-5 M-F as sometimes they need to move things around. Some days are shorter. For example, next week we start at 10 on 3 days. Yesterday we finished at noon. But in general it's at least 9-4 every day. Definitely no dress code. We all wear leggings. We've done four or so standardized patients this semester and will have more next semester. We also have lab just to practice techniques on each other.
  12. Last year it was almost Christmas, around the 20th or 22nd I believe. Congratulations to all of you guys and I hope you join the GW family. As always, feel free to PM me any questions you may have about anything at all.
  13. November 18th will be the fourth and final interview day. I know they sent out some of the invites for November 4th but I don't know if they've sent all of the invites out yet for that day. People can also cancel an interview at any time, opening up spots.
  14. I know EXACTLY what you're talking about, Julian lol Congrats to those of you already accepted. Again, feel free to ask me anything you want to know about the program. For those of you who have NOT gotten an acceptance already- don't worry. Most people did not and will not until all the interviews are complete. Speaking as someone who was pulled from the waitlist, it's not over until classes are starting.
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