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About yellek

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  1. Earlier the better since they only interview a fixed number of people, around 76 people in total. They traditionally do two sets of interviews, one Fri & Sat set around April and another Fri & Sat set around June. If you apply too close to that first set, they may have already filled those seats for that set of interviews so you'll be competing for a slot only in the June interviews. It just increases your chance getting an interview invitation the earlier you apply.
  2. Current student here. If you guys have questions, I'll do my best to get them answered.
  3. It was pretty fast. I want to say within 2ish days.
  4. Does anyone know what the acceptance rate is like for this fellowship?
  5. Hi Yellek,

    I just wanted to say thanks for all of your advice and information about Clarkson's PA program. They mentioned that we will get to talk to current students on the day of interviews. Will you be around, or do they usually have prospective students meet students in the S1 phase? Best of luck with all of your rotations!


    1. yellek


      Hey Luke,

      You will mostly be interacting with S1's on interview day. My class is out on rotations, many of which are not local. However, the school does ask us to come by on interview day if we are available to interact with interviewee's and answer questions the S1's may not be able to at this point. I will be there on Saturday 4/6, but I know that some of the other S2's will be there on Friday 4/5 too. You will be able to speak with S2's regardless of which day you interview. 

  6. I just want to say as a disclaimer, I am basing this off of my own interview experience, and the interviews for the class that entered in Jan 2019. The program is always trying to improve things, so I can't say with 100% certainty that this is how it will go for the upcoming interviews. The interviews here are fairly personal and an all day event. Because they only interview 75-ish people total they spend a lot of time with each applicant. Typically they will do: 4-5 personal interviews with you and 2 faculty that last about 15-20 minutes each A group interview with you and a handful of other applicants Essay Tour of the facilities Down time between your individual or group interviews will be spent with current students and the other applicants. They will also provide lunch.
  7. Hi Yellek,

    I recently found out that I was selected to interview at Clarkson this April and saw that you were a current student. I am from CA and trying to find out as much information on the program as possible. I was curious what a typical day looks like during your didactic year. Also, was there anything particular you found helpful or wish you had done prior to interviewing or starting the program. Thanks for any help you can provide and hope you enjoying the program. 


    1. yellek


      Hello Luke, Congrats on your interview invite! 

      Below is what our schedule looked like mid- didactic year. School is typically Mon- Fri from 8 - 8:30 to 5-5:30. We are in school essentially all day most days. That is what a typical week during didactic looks like. We only have to attend one "PBL" a week, so you may get a morning off once a week. Fridays are usually full days, this example week is a little unusual and ignore the "anatomy" on Sunday. That was an optional review. You'll learn more about SIM and PBL during your interview. 

      For interviews, I personally did a lot of preparation. Really know about the program and you should be able to explain why you want to go to Clarkson over another program. I also read "How to 'ace' the physician assistant school interview". I found that book to have some really great pearls and probably applicable to most PA interviews. Try to relax, the faculty genuinely want to get to know you so do your best to be your best professional self. I feel like it is fairly obvious, but develop some questions... then develop some more. 

      Hope that helps, let me know if there are any other questions I can help with.


    2. Magnum7920


      Hi Yellek,

      Thanks so much for posting the schedule and for the interview advice! I started reading "How to 'Ace'" this week and can already tell that it will be useful. Are optional weekend reviews fairly common? That seems like a helpful way to get additional help for difficult topics. Also, did you already select your elective clinical rotations, or does that occur later? It seems that there is a good variety on rotations, and I was curious if they give you choices for electives of if that is something you seek out on your own. 

      Thanks again,


    3. yellek


      Hi Luke,

      I would say that the reviews are fairly common depending on the class/ professor. Certain professors will offer them more frequently than others. For us, our physiology professor often offered reviews if students expressed interest. Other times "reviews" may be fit into a normal schedule if the class requested it. It just depends. Professors try their best to support the students, but they also have lives outside of work. Typically for our Clinical Medicine course, the "S2's" (students who are on clinical rotations locally) will provide a review for the S1's for each module on the weekend or outside of schools hours prior to their exam. 

      Most of us have not selected our elective rotations yet. We are just about to start our first rotation in a couple weeks and TYPICALLY elective rotations are done later on in year after some of our core rotations have been completed. I have yet to see the list of elective/ specialty rotations that are available to us. Some of the rotations that I am aware of include infectious disease, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, neurology... that is not an inclusive list. Those are just some I am aware of. My understanding is that that list is made available to us later, and we select our top choices and the program does their best to get us into our top choices. We are also allowed to repeat core rotations we really enjoyed as electives if we want more experience in that area. You may also have the opportunity to help set up your own rotation if you have a site that is willing to take you, some of our current students are doing that and working with the school to orchestrate those rotations.  

      For clarification, you are not expected to seek out your own elective rotations. That responsibility is not placed on the student unless they want to peruse a rotation site (that you have had contact with, I don't believe they encourage cold calling) that Clarkson does not have a contract with yet. 

      Hope that answered your questions!

  8. I am currently a PA student in NY starting my clinical rotations. I am from California and was originally told during interviews I would be able to do rotations at home if I had a site. However, how my program is telling me that is not possible due to something called the SARA agreement (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). California is the only state not part of SARA. After much investigation and reaching out to other students, this does not appear to be the case. SARA was designed to help students/ programs cross state lines but certainly not bar them from doing so. I am ready to approach my program to discuss this issue but would like a better idea of what paperwork/ legal agreements are required for a student to rotate at a location in California if they are out of state. Any help would be appreciated.
  9. Hey there! I saw that you are a current student at Clarkson University, so I felt like I needed to reach out. I have been invited for an interview for some unspecified date in the next few months. Could you give me any helpful details about the interview process, as you know it? I'm clueless as to how Clarkson does theirs and would really appreciate any help. Thanks for your time!


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    2. yellek



      I am actually in the 2020 class, I was just involved in the interview process for the class of 2021. 

      I was told about my interview date mid December for an early March interview date. For those who were offered the interview date during the summer, they were told much later. They generally give about 3 months notice in advance unless an interviewee drops out and a spot opens last minute. 

      I have really enjoyed the program. It is a small class which was incredibly important to me and I feel that they have prepared me for rotations. If you have specific questions about the program, I'd be happy to answer them. 


    3. JHHay30


      Sorry, it's been a while, hope you've been busy! Thanks for being willing to chat. I do happen to have a few more questions for you. 

      1) What's the cadaver lab like there? Any dissecting time?

      2) is the first semester the most intense? Or has the pace been consistent the whole time?

      3) Do they try to stump you in the interview by asking tough questions, or was it a good atmosphere?

      Thanks for all your input!


    4. yellek


      Hi Joe, 

      1) What's the cadaver lab like there? Any dissecting time?

      If you come and interview, you will get a tour of the cadaver labs. You are typically about 4-5 students per cadaver. You will be doing all of the dissecting. When you start the year, the bodies are untouched. You work through each system doing all the dissecting. The PT program has their own bodies, we do not dissect those but they are great for studying joints and muscles since PT takes more time with those dissections than we do. There is also usually a prosected body that the anatomist works on, to insure structures are well dissected and preserved. Cadaver dissection is hard, so it's not unusual for students to mangle or blatantly cut things they are not meant to.

      For class you are in the lab about 4-5 hours a week dissecting. However, if you don’t finish dissection during that time you may be required to finish it outside of class. We have access to the bodies whenever we need them, outside of scheduled class time for PT or OT.

      2) is the first semester the most intense? Or has the pace been consistent the whole time?

      I think this varies greatly from student to student. There are so many factors that determine how “hard” students find each semester. If you haven’t been full time at school for a while, the first semester may be harder because you are getting back into the groove of intense academia. It can be a shock for students, but then they find their stride in the 2nd and 3rd semester. It also depends on what topics you are strong in. If you have experience with EKG and cardiac stuff but really struggle with derm or endocrine, the first semester may be easy while the other two more challenging. Personally, each semester got a little harder for me because I was less familiar with the topics covered. It required more work for me to grasp things since my foundation wasn’t as strong in those modules.

      3) Do they try to stump you in the interview by asking tough questions, or was it a good atmosphere?

      The interview questions aren’t designed to be mean or deceiving. That was never the impression I got. They want to get to know you outside of what is on your application. They want to know you are passionate about pursuing PA, and this is not just a whim. The interview (by the nature of interviews!) can be stressful and you may be required to think on your feet but its not the intention to completely stress you out! Personally, I loved interview day. It started off stressful because I was just nervous but by the end of the day, the interview really sealed the deal for me.



  10. If you put it in you application that you are planning/ enrolled in that course, your application will be evaluated. If you are granted an interview, and in turn a seat in the program, it will be under the pretense that you pass the prereq course with a B or better before matriculation.
  11. How is your experience so far in your first year? It has been REALLY good! Very stressful and a lot of work, but absolutely worth it. How many applicants does Clarkson typically interview? Clarkson typically interviews over two weekends (a Friday and Saturday), around March and June. This totals 4 interview days with about 18 interviewee's each day. In total, Clarkson interviews about 75 interviewees for 30 seats. how much notice time did you have when they invited you for interview? I received my invitation to interview around mid December for a March interview. I had loads of time to prepare. However, there have been situations where an interviewee contacts the department last minute stating they will not be coming to the interview and they try to fill that spot. They try to give interviewees as much time as possible to prepare. Let me know if you have any other questions. I am happy to answer.
  12. Hi @EMTtoPAC, I am a current 1st yr student with Clarkson. When I applied there was a screening process before they sent out invitations for secondary applications. I received confirmation from the school that my application was received and was being screened. 8 days later I received the invitation for the secondary application.
  13. Definitely. They are on a rolling admission. First interviews are held in March and the second set around June. If you do not submit until March, you will miss any opportunity to be selected for the March interviews.
  14. Hey there! I am a current 1st year student. Just started in January 2018... Feel free to ask any questions about the interview process or general info about the program! I know it is both terrifying and incredibly exciting!
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