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  1. I was asked this and rather than give specific school names I mentioned which states I had applied to programs in (because I applied to programs all over), and then added "but this program is one of my top picks because...." Kind of dodged the question but they seemed to like my answer.
  2. Not the OP, but am thinking about trying to set up NICU as my elective. @EmPA26 how was your experience? I know it's historically been an NP-dominated specialty, so I haven't met any NICU PAs. Would love to hear if you'd recommend.
  3. Yikes. Most PA programs are fine with you taking them at Community Colleges, but keep in mind those are all 3 tough classes and summer sessions are short/more condensed. If you can take one of them later your GPA might thank you.
  4. If it were me, I'd want to give myself the best shot at getting in the second round and that means looking at ALL aspects of your application and improving anything/everything that you're able to. You could hazard a guess that if you got interviews, it probably wasn't your personal statement that was a problem. But can you say for sure that you wouldn't have gotten more interviews with a different PS? Nope. I'd start over.
  5. Great advice above. We practice A LOT with real "patients", very little with the SIMs (like someone else said, they're more used for ACLS). You WILL act/talk differently when it's a SIM vs a real person, and I personally would much rather get that practice on a real human being. If the majority of your practice is with SIMs I'd hazard a guess you'll be feeling a lot more uncomfortable once clinicals start and you're seeing real patients. So I agree - don't make the choice based on the sim lab alone.
  6. I’m not sure how well you can tell about how well a school cares about your education until you’re actually in the program - I found the way PA schools treat prospective students is very different than how they’re treated during school, at least in my experiences. I will say, though, I don’t think having a cadaver lab matters much. I was honestly glad we didn’t have one for gross anatomy because they’re so time consuming. Try to find out why the school was put on probation. The tuition you mentioned isn’t much of a difference and the length of the program isn’t either. So all that said, look a
  7. I don’t think it would be wrong to list it all as PCE. Every PCE job has some number of hours that aren’t spent with patients - for example, I was a surgical tech and obviously not all of my time was spent with patients in the OR. Schools know that. I think distinguishing PCE from HCE is more to separate jobs where you really are interacting with patients daily versus working in a healthcare setting but with minimal patient contact. If I were you I’d put them all under PCE.
  8. I agree. Don't wait, so long as the schools you're applying to allow you to have multiple courses pending. Your GPAs are on the lower end but your PCE is outstanding and you'll stand out to programs because of the PCE. Slightly upping your GPAs isn't going to make much of a difference.
  9. This is perfect advice. I don't think you're going to have a problem getting interviews/acceptances. However, you might start hearing more about this once you start didactic. The majority of our class is straight from undergrad (meaning high GPAs, lower end of PCE), and they have had to be told MANY times "STOP TRYING TO GET ALL A's!" - because in PA school it's impossible and you'll really kill yourself if you try to keep on pushing for that 4.0 in PA school. There are so many exams and so much information in PA school. So understanding early on that you WILL fail some things and you don
  10. You know you need to work harder, my biggest piece of advice right now is to not get so focused on there being more units that you get overly anxious because it's overwhelming and thus aren't able to put in good/hard work. You've gotten yourself in a sticky spot, you CAN get yourself out. Just focus on what you need to do and not that there's so much of it. Don't focus on that GPA number. Focus on each week, each unit, the amount of work you need to put in to succeed. And look closely at how you've been studying and what works/doesn't. If you think you may study better with a group - do it. If
  11. I think your priorities are a bit skewed (honestly I don't think rankings, technology, facilities matter much). I moved across the country for PA school and will be moving again to a different state after. Knowing what I know now here's where I would put my emphasis: PANCE rates, how long the program has been established, faulty support/student success (this can be VERY difficult to find out, but really try to talk to current or former students one on one and figure out what they liked/disliked about the program). A few things I wish I'd known going in: what qualifies as passing/failing and wh
  12. I worked as a Surgical Tech for my PCE and am currently in PA school. I'd strongly suggest PA over first assist for a few reasons. Not all states recognize CSFA (and my understanding is that even if the job is recognized, there are very few positions available). I worked as a Surgical Tech in Washington, where they're not recognized. Residents, PAs, and RNFAs are the only people I ever saw assisting in surgery. A surprising number of surgeons employed their own RNFA. We discussed CSFA when I was in the surgical tech program, and it's difficult to see the reasoning to get the degree. It's
  13. I considered online when I was applying, the only reason I didn't was because at the time my state wasn't on the list. I'm in didactic now (obviously at an in-person program). I did a lot of my prereqs in hybrid format (lectures online, labs in person) and in PA school I have essentially been teaching myself a lot of the content, just as I did for prereqs. Our lectures are mandatory but a LOT of them are a waste of time. I agree that there are some skills you'll miss out on, but from my experience (so far), not much. We do practice a LOT of physical and focus exams, which is definitely helpful
  14. Similar situation to my program. Recently when another student was asked why he constantly asks others what grade they got on tests, his response was "it's the only way I can feel good about myself knowing others are doing worse." It's a horrendous attitude. I had a LOT of anxiety first semester, particularly about testing and grades. It's better now - I have found a couple of close friends who don't discuss grades (for the most part), and actually the majority of the class has calmed down quite a bit regarding competition/comparisons, though it still exists and I hate it. I also got on beta b
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