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  1. I actually disagree. A lot of schools prefer in-state applicants and actually accept primarily in-state applicants. I know UAB, South Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Florida, FSU, Samford, Tennessee, and most Texas schools focus on in-state applicants far more than OOS. Most state schools in the Southeast prefer in-state applicants from my experience and talking to adcoms. Private schools and for-profit schools tend to be the ones that usually don't have a preference. I'm speaking behalf of Southeastern schools so your mileage may vary depending on what part of the country you're from. To answer OP on out-of-state suggestions I received out-of-state interviews for South University (Richmond campus), South College (all campuses), University of Tampa, Mississippi College, University of Arkansas, and PCOM in Atlanta. South Carolina and North Carolina schools are out-of-state friendly for the most part as well. I would have added most schools from those two states had I needed a second cycle.
  2. I'll echo what's already been said by @MT2PA. You're working with average to above average statistics GPA wise, and I don't even see a GRE score listed. My cGPA and sGPA were in the 3.4-3.5 range. I had around 1,200 hours at the time of application and 1,800 in the midst of my interviews. I had around 2,000 volunteer hours. I see you're from Idaho so you will probably want to keep most of your target schools within a drive-able distance, but I'd recommend applying to 20 schools. I applied to 19 schools. I got 8 interview invitations, and from those 8 interviews I got 1 acceptance, 5 waitlistings, 1 rejection, and 1 interview I decided to not even attend. You shouldn't be applying to any less than 15 schools, but I'd really aim towards that 20 number. It's better to be accepted your first cycle than have to sit out another entire year. One school I cannot recommend enough (and I am not attending this school but it was my #2 preference of all the interviews I went on) was South University (Richmond campus). The Richmond campus is in the nicest and most easily accessible area of every interview I went on. Most of the places you can live are walkable, there's a huge community built around the school where everything you need is within a mile radius, a Whole Foods is directly across the street, the program is under 100K for out-of-state students, and the majority of applicants who were at my interview date were out-of-state which reaffirms what I previously said. It's quite a ways away from where you live, but it was from where I live too. It's a January state date, so you could finish 6 months before most people.
  3. Very, very lucky. I was hoping my program was going to allow scrubs but it looks like I didn't luck out. I honestly don't understand for didactic. You should be able to wear whatever you want within reason.
  4. True. I'll probably email them next month after I get all my affairs in order with my program.
  5. I've got to budget to buy a lot of slacks and ties. Maybe an extra white button up or two.
  6. So I was fortunate to be accepted into my first choice program that I know I plan on attending. Do I need to email the other 7 programs that have me waitlisted to remove my name from the waitlist, or do I just keep my name on there in case some unforeseen issue were to arise?
  7. I just received an interview invitation as well. Unfortunately I'll be turning down my interview spot because I've already been accepted into my in-state program. Hopefully this helps one of you out!
  8. Some schools have group writing prompts where you have scenarios and your group has to figure out how to navigate it together. Some schools have individual writing prompts where you're given similar scenarios and you alone have to write how you'd handle it. Normally if it's only one questions is more ethical based than medically based. If there's multiple questions you normally have one ethical and one medical related question. I have no idea how Adventist does it, but I'd prepare for both. It's mostly drawing from your experience to be honest, so you can't really prepare.
  9. They anticipated receiving over 2,000 applications, with around 1,000 to 1,200 that actually met the requirements.
  10. Thank you! I really appreciate that! Yeah...their reasoning didn't make much sense to me either. Everything I put in my personal statement was focused around rural under-served areas so maybe that was why. I still think my PCE was more competitive than some of the applicants who only had scribing experience though that ended up being accepted.
  11. I figured I should update this thread today. Thus far I've received 7 interviews and 6 rejections without interview. Of those 7 interviews I have been waitlisted at four of them with two telling me that their reasoning was that my direct patient care experience was "too niche and specialized." Today I just received my first acceptance from my #1 choice. If this process has taught me anything it's that it doesn't make any sense. I had an in-state program that is in the developing stages with no clinical rotation sites to speak of yet reject me while I've had my #1 choice that's been a program for over 20 years accept me.
  12. I agree. I really don’t know what to make of it honestly. Good news is those programs told me if I were to get primary care experience I’d come off the waitlist, but I think their reason for waitlisting me is BS. I explained in interviews how it was the only opportunity I had to gain PCE out of college, and that I had plans to diversify my PCE in the near future. I just think it’s a cop out reason they told me because other applicants interviewed better or were more articulate. Who really knows though. After basically wasting my gap year getting the wrong PCE I would encourage everyone to either get a job as a MA in a primary care setting or to work as an EMT or ER tech in an emergency care setting. Anything else if putting yourself at risk of not getting in.
  13. Something in family medicine or emergency care. I currently work as a clinical assistant at a pain clinic and wear many different hats as the radiology tech, ultrasound tech, nerve conduction study tech, I scribe for new patient visits, take blood pressure and urine samples, take blood glucose tests, operate a CTEV laser, and am in on both interventional pain management procedures as well as vascular surgery in the OR and I was told that my direct patient care is "too niche and specialized" by two different programs and I was waitlisted for that reason and that reason alone.
  14. I was verified on 7/27. I had not heard a thing since being verified though. I even called once and they told me they didn't give information over the phone and the only way they would contact me would be through their portal or via email, and it would be from their end. I appreciate the offer but I do not. Given how last minute it is I am going to just drive over the day of from Alabama.
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