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  1. @blee100, The program starts mid-late August. For example in 2017 we had a 1 week orientation starting Aug-14, and then classes started on Aug-24. Expect every year to start around that time. As far as rotations go, we haven't started rotations yet, so I can't give you too many details. I can tell you that students have no bearing on where they're placed. The list of locations changes every year, and 2 women are in charge of placing everyone. I live about 2 blocks from Columbia Presbyterian so I was hoping to do a rotation there, but I don't even think we've ever worked with them, so It's probably a no-go. I wish I had better news, but that's that. If you have specific questions, you can shoot an e-mail to Ms. Emilia Medina-Colon, or Ms. Michelle Twito. They are the clinical year coordinators. They might be able to give you a better idea of where they send people. (both of their contact info is on the website)
  2. No more PA Club until August! Hey everyone! I have some unfortunate news about PA club. I didn't realize this before but we actually don't host club hours during the summer semester. So going forward until late August there will no PA club. If you have any questions you'd like to have asked, please don't hesitate to message me. I apologize for my mistake. I hope it's not too much trouble.
  3. There's two major commitments prior to starting classes. Well, at least there were my year. It'll probably follow the same way this year. The first is Harlem Hospital Orientation. Our year it was a few weeks before classes started meaning that some people had to fly in just for the 1 day orientation. It's a full day thing (lunch not provided, bring cash). As part of it, you'll also have to do a urine test and a N-95 Respirator fit test. (All to make sure you can actually work in the hospital when the time comes) Also, keep in mind that the hospital sets the date for the orientation, so the school doesn't have a say as to when that happens The other is 1 week of orientation immediately before classes. It seems annoying, but it's actually pretty cool. There's boring days of sitting in a classroom and going over policies and what's expected, but there are also usually some fun activities around town. It's also a good time to start getting to know your neighborhood for those of you moving.
  4. Hey guys. Here's some advice I gave to a girl who was accepted who's coming to the city from cali. It's mostly for people coming from outside of NYC. Hope it helps. First off absolute basics. New York has 5 boroughs, and the main one everyone thinks about is manhattan island, which is were the school is. The school is in the neighborhood of Harlem which is roughly from 110th street to 155th st. (NYC is on a grid so it's pretty easy to figure out by looking at a map) If you're looking for housing I'd suggest looking either in Harlem or in the next neighborhood uptown which is Washington Heights. (I live in Washington Heights on 170th). I ride my bike to school from 170th and it takes about 15-20 min at an easy pace. If you live any further away it would probably worth getting a bike or even a monthly metrocard ($121/month). One of our classmates lives in Inwood which is at the very top of manhattan ~190 - 215th St. and she takes the train to school. Ok now for actually looking for housing. don't use craigslist. (it can work but it's mostly a waste of time) Broker's Fees suck but they make it easy to find a place. Normal is anywhere from 10-15% of annual rent. if you're not using a service to find a place, be really cautious. It's super easy to get scammed. If it seems too good to be true. it is. working in person is best, but I know that with moving to the city that can be hard. Sites to use: https://www.roomeze.com/ Gypsy Housing or Ghostlight Housing on Facebook (preformers usually post their stuff there) https://streeteasy.com/ https://www.apartments.com/ Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  5. I emailed Ms. Jackson and she responded right away. The school is committed to having a permanent directer by Fall of 2018, so the probation period shouldn't be an issue. I also asked if the 2019, 2020, or 2021 classes would have trouble taking the PANCE and there won't be an issue. Even a program on probation is considered accredited so all three classes will be able to graduate, get a degree, and take the PANCE. I'm glad I checked the forum today. I admit that I was concerned but I'm glad it was something that was easy to clear up. As a side note, one of the 2019 students, left a Florida PA program because he wasn't agreeing with the educational choices the administration there was making. The program ended up losing it's accreditation. BUT the students in his class who stayed were still able to take the PANCE because the NCCPA (the PANCE people) don't penalize the students for the school's issues. Ms. Jackson told me that she'd let me know if there were any updates. If/When she does I'll post on here about it.
  6. So I spoke to the PA program administration, and the **Accreditation Probation is due to the CUNY administration not selecting a permanent Dean. Ms. Jackson is the current "Interim Assistant Dean" but the ARC-PA requires that "There must be a qualified program director hired by the institution on a permanent basis, a qualified medical director and a more senior institutional official assigned to be responsible for the development of the program" and since CUNY hasn't selected a permanent dean the PA program is on probation. I don't know what the next step in the process is as far as ARC-PA is concerned but I'll see if I can speak to Ms. Jackson later today.
  7. Sure! Congratulations by the way. The schedule is Monday - Friday usually 8-4/5 depending on the semester and the availability of the instructors. this semester we tended to start at 10 and tended to end at 3/4 but once a week we'd end at 6. It varies because there are the "Stand alone" classes Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, and a few others that have 1 professor. But we also have a separate Clinical Medicine class (CML) that's composed of multiple subjects. So this semester our clinical medicine class was GI, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition. For the CMLs you could have a different instructor each lesson. So it's very difficult for the school to schedule. Having multiple instructors for the CMLs is tough. Some aren't good at teaching, some don't know what we need to know, and what you learn in class is never enough to pass the test. (PA school is all about the self study) If I could change one thing about this school I'd make it so 1 instructor teaches all of CML. Oh and I should say that wile the days sound light, I'm usually here for between 10-12 hrs/ day studying. I remember hearing the schedule and thinking I'd have spare time. You don't. You have just enough time to go to class, study, and do a few social things here and there to keep yourself human. (from what I can tell that's every PA school) Do I feel like I have all of the resources I need? kinda. The school provides tutoring that I take advantage of. There are study areas and printing available. The Library resources are fantastic. But I feel like the administration could do a lot more to help us. There is a mentor/mentee with the 1st years and 2nd years, but my upper didn't really help me at all. I plan to gather a bunch of info from my class and make it available to next years to get them in a good place. This may sound predominantly on the negative side but I do want to say that I'm glad I'm here. The school is good, and it will get me to where I want to be. Also, It's one of the least expensive, so that's not a bad thing. In club we tend to use the phrase "you get what you pay for" This school isn't the best school with the best resources, but its nowhere near the worst school and for the price it's actually really good. ok I hope that helps. Feel free to ask some more questions, but right now I gotta get back to studying for finals. -J
  8. They just had the first day of interviews on Wednesday. Congrats to all the interviewees! I'm not positive but I think there's usually 4-5 interview days and they're usually on Wednesdays. But it looks like someone above is going on a Thursday. Good luck everyone!
  9. Congratulations to everyone getting interviews. I just want to reach out to let you know that we have an open PA club here at the CUNY School of Medicine PA program. I came last year a month or so before my interview and it really helped prepare me for what to expect the day of the interview. Not to mention just to get a feel for the school. You all are welcome any Thursday from 12:30 - 1:30pm in Harris Hall room 109. and of course you can PM any questions you may have in the meantime.
  10. Usually the school will accept the course. For example I called another school's program to ask about the same thing. I was taking Psychology instead of their required "General Psychology." They said it was totally fine. For most schools as long as the classes are the same it will count. Do make sure you check the number of credits required, as that can affect whether the class will count. If you have a more specific question, I'd try to find the schools course catalog to make sure the class description of the course that they require matches the description of the course that you're taking (or planning on taking) If nothing else, most schools have a phone number you can call, like I did.
  11. Also for any prospective students that are interested in meeting current students, we have a PA club that meets once per week. PA club is at the City College Campus (160 Convent Ave) and meetings are held in the Harris Hall building (on Amsterdam btwn 138 and 139). Club is on Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:30 and are usually in room 12 on the ground floor. It's a great opportunity to speak to current students, to get a feel for the program, and to get some advice on the whole process. I came to club as a prospective student, and afterwards I knew CCNY was right for me. -J
  12. Hey all, I'm a current student at the CUNY School Of Medicine (formerly Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education) PA Program. I wanted to reach out just to confirm that you won't hear almost anything from the program until April of 2018. They definitely don't even look at anything before the application period expires. So get comfortable and keep your spirits up! Good luck everyone
  13. Hey All, I interviewed on April 26 and I got an acceptance e-mail today May 1st. Congrats to the others who've been accepted! Keep up hope everyone. Also, Michael, it was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for all you've done, and all the help you're offering.
  14. I just got a call this morning 4-21-17 from "Unknown Caller ID" for an interview next Wednesday April 26th. For all of you still out there waiting keep your hopes up! And for anyone who has the same date as me, feel free to message me. I don't have any info yet but they said they'd e-mail by Monday with details.
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