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  1. At the end of the day, any job is just a job. They all turn into jobs eventually. For most people, if they didn't have to work they wouldn't. At least in traditional medicine that is. I chose PA as a backup plan when I couldn't get into my in-state dental school. I chose it because it was a great situation regarding debt to income ratio (especially compared to the half a million dollars of debt I was staring down at my options beforehand), it was enough autonomy, the economy support the job at the moment and for the next 5 years minimum, and it's a rewarding and social career that I thought wo
  2. You know...looking back at my short stint I definitely think PAs are underpaid based on the education they have to go through. It's a great debt to income ratio, but PAs deserve half of what their MD/DO counterpart makes IMO -- not a third.
  3. Similar position. Got into PA school this past cycle. Was one of the first few accepted to the school I ended up attending. I dropped after a month and am now going back for a computer science degree. I realized I loved anatomy and pharmacology, but I despised physiology. I also started to get extremely fearful of failing physiology, and possibly failing out due to one class. Things would just compound from there where I'd be in a significant amount of debt from a program I didn't even complete. I weighed all the pros and cons, including having invested the last 7 years into getting into PA sc
  4. 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
  5. 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 waitlistin
  6. 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.
  7. True. I'll probably email them next month after I get all my affairs in order with my program.
  8. I've got to budget to buy a lot of slacks and ties. Maybe an extra white button up or two.
  9. 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?
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. They anticipated receiving over 2,000 applications, with around 1,000 to 1,200 that actually met the requirements.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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 eith
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I just received an interview for 11/13 today. Very last minute notice but I'll make it work.
  19. I got rejected without an interview as an in-state applicant that lives in Birmingham whereas I'm receiving several interviews elsewhere. That doesn't make sense to me. Were most of you in-state residents or out-of-state residents? Did they seem to favor grades more than other aspects of your application? I've tried to call and email the program but I seem to never get a response.
  20. I appreciate the response. I'm surprised zero interview invitations have gone out at this point from what it seems.
  21. I got everything verified by 7/27 and haven't heard a thing. I'm beginning to think it would have been smarter to apply to the St. Pete campus over the Miami campus.
  22. I got waitlisted at my first two interviews. One broke down my entire application and told me the waitlist designation was due to having niche experience that was too specialized (I work in PM&R). I'll have my fifth interview next Friday, and sixth on November 16th so hopefully I can lock one of these down. I hear back from my #1 choice mid-to-late November.
  23. Rejected. I expect the class is full or nearly full at this point anyway.
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