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Potatolife

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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
  14. I used visualcv.com for my resume. I still use it :)
  15. If you received a scholarship to do research, you may categorize it under "scholarship" and explain what it was for in the description box. You may then put the actual research experience under "research" and include the hours you spent researching. You may put that you earned a fellowship under "achievements." You may then put the actual experience under "healthcare experience" or "patient care experience," whichever is more suitable
  16. Everything looks good, except your sGPA is low. If you earned mostly As in your prerequisites, that should help. Try to get a really good score on the GRE and make sure your personal statement is strong
  17. If you don't plan on retaking the GRE and it's not a requirement to have an overall score above the 50th percentile, you should still apply. Your stats seem pretty good and your GRE is above the 300 mark, so it won't hurt!
  18. This forum is filled with posts and information that will answer all your questions. You should navigate through it. Shadowing is not healthcare experience. Even if a school does not require a specific type of healthcare experience, shadowing a PA is not competitive at all. You will be competing against applicants who have phenomenal applications and thousands of PCE hours. Do not ever settle for the minimum requirements. The schools will know, and it won't look good
  19. Your cGPA is average and your sGPA is good. You have a great degree, so it’ll definitely make you stand out for PA school. I think you should complete your PA school prerequisites and gain patient care experience. Become a CNA, medical assistant, EMT, etc. You also need the GRE and volunteer experience. Becoming an RN is a good option if you want to play it safe. You’ll have a great career, a second degree, competitive PCE, and the option of applying to NP school. I heard it’s not recommended to work in nursing school. You would also have to complete prerequisites for nursing school. It could be a waste of time and money though, because you’d still have to take the prerequisites for PA school, take the GRE, gain PCE, etc. If you take the nursing route, it will take you at least 3 years before you can apply to PA school. If you do well in your PA school prerequisites and gain PCE, you could apply in 2 years. You could also keep your engineering job while taking your prerequisites for PA school. You could take 1-2 classes a semester. If you are the main financial provider in your household, the nursing route might not be the best option
  20. 1. Most schools take the higher grade for a prerequisite. Check with the school. However, your first grade for that class would still show up on your transcript, and CASPA will calculate it into your GPA 2. If the school requires a B and above in prerequisites, your A&P II will not count and would have to be retaken
  21. Don’t do it. Enter the courses yourself
  22. I completed the ETS GRE book (it's not that long) and parts of the Manhattan 5 Lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems (focus on this book, it is so helpful). ETS also offers two free practice exams online, which is a great way to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam. The ETS GRE book has a "math review" section of notes that is a bit excessive and not on the actual GRE, so don't worry too much about that. I recommend 1.5 to 2 months of studying. I focused on the quantitative section because that section is easier to improve on than verbal (in my opinion). I did not focus on memorizing words for verbal because there were just too many. I searched the 30 most common words and tried memorizing those. When it comes to verbal, try to do so well in the other questions of verbal that you won't have to worry about memorizing over 100 words
  23. Just one entry that encompasses them all. Once you begin to input individual classes, they'll see that you were only there for certain semesters and not every year from 2005 to 2019
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