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  1. It's in their PA program manual! I attached the link. If it doesn't work, just google "UDM PA Program Manual" and it should come up as a PDF https://healthprofessions.udmercy.edu/_files/pdf/2019-20 Physician Assistant Program Policy Manual.pdf
  2. If you were previously making $90k/year by working only at the clinic, then there should be a salary increase will all theses added obligations. What is your current hourly rate? How many hours do you work a week? Is it only at the clinic? If you're making $50/hour, and all these extra obligations take 10 hours/week, that would be an extra $500/week. If it's overtime, it should be an extra $750/week. Think of it has picking up extra shifts-- you wouldn't do it unless it was paid. I would only accept these extra obligations if he pays you what you deserve. If he does not want to compensate you fairly, I suggest you start looking for a new job
  3. Most people would suggest going to the school that is cheapest and closest to your home. You'll be saving money, and your friends and family will be nearby. Program A is also already established, so your education will be solid. If you really want to go to program B, talk to some previous students and see what they say. Then, you can make your decision
  4. I agree with focusing on earning As in your classes. If you are applying to rolling admission schools, it's best to take your GRE and submit early. Note that if you rush taking it and don't do well, you will actually waste more time studying for it again and retaking it. So, don't rush it. If most of the schools you're applying to do not have rolling admissions, you can take it early June. Most people study for a solid 1-2 months and do well. You can begin studying in April and throughout May, so you can take it early June
  5. I believe we have 53 females and 16 males. A few of the students are above the age of 30. I feel like everyone in the class brings something important to the program. Everyone has cool experiences, and most of the students did not come straight from undergrad
  6. Interviews have not begun, so they haven’t sent out any information regarding the class entering this year. Our orientation was beginning of July, and the white coat ceremony was beginning of August. Classes begin August 31 this year
  7. The faculty recommends we go contingent our second year or don't work at all. This is because we're in class approximately 13 hours a week, 3 to 4 days a week, and the course load is much heavier than the first year. Most students prefer the 2-year program, so you shouldn't have a problem getting the 3-year lol
  8. The 3-year track is amazing, I love it. Having only 2-3 classes a semester really allows you to absorb the information. I currently work 3 to 5 days a week, and I will be going contingent during my second year. The 2-year students have a full schedule and study every day. They have 5-6 classes a semester 4-5 days a week. They still have time to do other things like go out with friends, but it's not as easy for them to take a day off from studying. If you don't mind taking an extra year, I would recommend the 3-year. I responded in a previous comment on the interview!
  9. I can't give detailed information on the interview. I can tell you that it is pretty relaxed! My interview was a panel interview that lasted about 30 minutes. I felt comfortable, and I also got to speak with some PA students before my interview. Make sure you're able to answer the basic PA school interview questions like why PA, why this school, etc. Make sure to also look up the program's mission statement don't try to memorize your exact answers because the faculty can tell and it won't sound genuine. Just have a good idea about how you will answer each question
  10. One of my LORs was missing the organization and professional title section when I downloaded the PDF too, but I was told it was mentioned in the LOR. The schools will open the letter anyways and see that she is a PA-C. You should be fine
  11. 80 patients in a 12 hour shift?? That's ~7 patients/hour. I think they mean 80 patients are typical in a day with other providers present. So maybe 15-20 patients/day per provider. Either way, a shift beginning at 4 AM must suck
  12. The school websites usually have a list of acceptable PCE. If it’s not on their website, you should email them and ask. It’s the safest thing to do
  13. How many Ws do you have? If you’re almost done with your biology degree, then finish it. It makes you seem indecisive to make multiple switches and have years of random inconsistencies and Ws on your transcript. It will most likely get brought up in an interview. At this point, just stick with the degree that will be fastest to complete. You didn’t mention what you did for PCE, volunteering, shadowing, other jobs, etc. Mentioning your full stats will help you make a better decision. If you’re worried about your transcript and the competitiveness of PA school, have you ever considered the nursing route? You can complete the degree you’re currently working on, attend an accelerated BSN program (~1-1.5 years), and have the option of applying to NP school as well, which is pretty easy to get into. You’ll have a great career to fall back on, and if you decide you still want to go to PA school, you’ll have 2 degrees for them to look at
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