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  1. I recently interviewed and accepted a position in an EM residency. I think it varies on location regarding applicant pool numbers. I was able to speak after acceptance with one of the faculty members and was told my letters of recommendation made me stand out as well as past experience. Teachable individuals that work well with others I feel like is one of the most desirable traight employers seek. Was in EMS for ten years as a paramedic. My GPA through 5 semesters was a 4.0.
  2. It dosen't necessarily need to be in a rural area as long as it is family medicine/family practice. If you could find a preceptor in the area you live it doesn't hurt to apply
  3. There are a few hotels that offer month rates at a discount that the school let's you know of, some stay with friends, some live here, there are a few places on Airbnb as well. If you have a camper trailer in the warm months there are camping.
  4. The schedule can be found on the UND PA Program Page, click on the program drop down tab and then select design and history. On average you can plan on 50+ hours a week dedicated to school many times 60+ hours a week and sometimes even more. Time on campus are full days and most study before and after class for several hours. Over breaks there is still work to be done to prep for the next classes, it is ill advised to take anytime off not during breaks. First semester I averaged 65 hours a week studying, I would say most were between 50-60, some more and very few less, second semester was similar and campus time I would say most dedicated 60 hours a week and that figures in roughly 40-45 hours of lectures/labs. Even with an extensive medical background and extensive educational background you still need to study a lot.
  5. My HCE was being a paramedic, my volunteer was at a food shelf and my shadowing was several Pa's. Yes I entered it in CASPA and in my CV (resume.) It's like filling out online job applications, even though you have everything on your resume you have to enter it into the different sections. This is how they calculate hours. It is redundant but there is no way around it. CASPA took a lot of time I recall
  6. I didn't prepare to be honest, and no I'm not the kind of person that stuff comes easy to or I'm intelligent by any means. Focus on how you would right a short paper, that was the only thing I thought about a head of time. In regards to specifics we were asked to not share any additional details to others interviewing is what I was told during the interview process
  7. You will question your sanity at times there is no doubt about it. Even with an extensive background the majority of material will be new. I applied two cycles and once to UND, I didn't have my undergraduate done in time to apply the first time. First cycle 22 schools zero interviews. Second cycle nine schools and two interview offers but only interviewed at UND, it was my top choice being from rural MN. I live near a few students and meet up on occasion and also study online with the schools interface similar to Skype with students that live aways away. We have live class online six hours a week
  8. They will accept up to 35, 34 in my class, in regards to loss of attrition I'm not sure, the first 8 months are online besides the orientation week in May so I don't know those numbers. It is not for the faint of heart most study a minimum of 50 hours a week and many study more. Working is ill advised. Summer semester I only took one day away from the books
  9. On interview specifics, sorry I cannot, they told us not to share that during our interviews. On generalities it was a pretty standard medical school type interview: individual interviews, group work and writing. I thought they did do a good job keeping the atmosphere friendly and fairly low stress. There is sometime to tour the building as well as questions and answers with current students. I was notified sometime in November via email that I was accepted and had a papers coming via snail mail. Good luck!
  10. We do have at least one RN in our program (class of 2020) I know. There are pros and cons to both programs PA and NP. If it is something you desire to do, being an RN does not seem to hinder your chances of getting in whatsoever.
  11. 3.6 science is not low for any program. My science was lower and my overall lower, I think my patient care hours helped. My specific stats are higher up on the page
  12. Last year interview invitations were sent out via email towards the end of September. Hope this helps
  13. I'm live in the twin cities in Minnesota now but spent most of my life in rural MN. We have students from several different states outside of the midwest so east coast by no means is a deal breaker. My overall GPA was 3.3 and science was 3.4. I did really poorly on some classes 12 years back so that brought it down. I think my last 75 credits was close to 3.9. Preceptors are just based on who you know. They should be family practice for the majority of their work week. I know students used their own family practice doctors or reached out to the healthcare system where they worked and asked for help. I think applications were due on Sept 1st but never too early to try and line things up for next cycle.
  14. Nicholet9, Sure my hours: 17,500 on an ambulance (seven years as a paramedic and three years as an EMT.) I'm a track one student but met the chemistry requirements for track two. I had roughly 2,500 hours teaching as well at various levels: EMT students, Paramedic students, medical students and some medical providers with government agencies. Around 250 hours of volunteer clinical research as well. Keep in mind an average of 6,000 means that there are plenty below that in hours. Some with a lot of hours and some with the minimum. I got in my first cycle applying to UND and it was my top choice, the previous year I applied to 22 schools without an interview off.
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