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  1. RegalEagle nailed it. The only thing I'd add is that there are so many resources out there, sometimes you can get lost in the woods, so pick a couple good ones and stick with them. You can start experimenting with some of them now and then hit the ground running when your classes start. My picks are subjective, and there are plenty of other good ones out there. My top list is: OnlineMedEd (free videos) and NinjaNerdScience (on YouTube) for actually understanding material. PancePrepPearls for learning testing buzzwords and narrowing down study topics (less useful in the beginning
  2. Good job. From all of the faculty I talked to and what I've seen on here, maturing in college is very noticed, and appreciated. So you've done all of the right things in that respect. Just be prepared to talk about it in interviews. The only outlier is your GRE, you need to find out how the scores are reported (sorry it's been a couple years since I did it); I just remember something about an aggregate score vs a most recent score; but not sure if that was the GRE itself, CASPA, or individual programs. But from what has been tossed around a lot on this forum (and some programs publish) th
  3. Overall GPA and sGPA are good, PCE is adequate for almost all programs, shadowing is sufficient, that GRE will get you auto rejected from a lot of programs though. Need to boost your GRE (I don't remember if most places aggregate the score or take the most recent one). If you can, retake those classes you did poorly on and get A's in them
  4. Red flags are a PANCE pass rate less than 90%, if you have to find any of your own required rotations, and any problems with accreditation. A personal red flag is any program that doesn't also have a medical school; but that is much more subjective. Other than that, UGoLong is on point.
  5. Watch every OnlineMedEd video, they're free.
  6. I found Rosh and UWorld to be a really good combo for getting a feel for what the PAEA exams would be like. SmartyPANCE has great study material and the questions aren't bad, but I liked Rosh and U more for adding some complexity and they both have much better explanations for why the correct answer is correct and the incorrect answers are incorrect; sort of teasing out important factors in the question that could change the answer completely. In general I would say the average SmartyPANCE question is on the average to easy end of a PAEA question, and an average Rosh/UWorld question is harder
  7. Yeah, from what I saw 3.5 was the "safe" number to not have your GPA questioned in any way or for it to be a hindrance, but 3.4 trending upward and a higher science GPA are all big +'s. When it comes to interviews, just remember, they wouldn't be interviewing you if they weren't already interested in you being in the program. So if GPA (even though it is hard to criticize a 3.4) or anything else comes up, they just want to see how you handle being asked about it. They seem to care less about whatever they asked, than they care how you respond to being asked about it. That was a theme that
  8. Recent grad here. From what I gathered going through the process 2 years ago and seeing others' experiences on this forum, there is a hierarchy of importance in applications. 1 - Does your GRE meet the minimums? This is a hard reject/move on to consideration. A super high score doesn't improve chances much. 2 - Do you have the minimum PCE? Program variable, but another hard reject/move on. A lot more (2x-3x or more) than the minimum doesn't seem to be especially helpful. 2 - What is your GPA? 3.5 or better is likely to be considered. Also, how are your prerequisite grades?
  9. Hello everyone, I'm a new grad moving to Morehead City at the end of the month. I've been watching job postings but it seems that the area is still rural enough that the online market/listings are less than ideal. I'm planning on going to old fashioned route of dropping off CVs and word of mouth. Does anyone have any tips, advice, leads in the area? I'd be happy to travel as far as Jacksonville or New Bern. Thanks in advance.
  10. Generally agree with the above. Unfortunately your UG GPA won't let you even be considered by many programs (auto reject). I spoke with someone on this forum a long time ago who had a similar problem, despite stellar performance for a decade since UG (and really only their freshman semester was the problem). There are just too many people applying and not enough seats, so GPA becomes an absolute filter. Getting your GPA up to 3.0 would be the biggest deal for sure. It's tricky and individual of course, but I would recommend doing the math and seeing what it would require. If you're willin
  11. The impression I get, and I believe is widely held on this forum, is that the GRE is only a filter for applications, either you meet the minimums and then your application goes into the "read by a real person" file, or you do not, and you get rejected by a computer (or someone who is just sorting them based on GRE, GPA, pre-reqs, etc). Most programs publish their minimums, sometimes by Q/V/W and sometimes just combined + or - W. Most combined minimums are in the 290's to about 300 at the high end. If over 300 you're generally "safe." If your scores meet the program minimums you're ap
  12. I agree with @Bubbles. It is just a very basic (probably completely electronic) filter (pass/fail ; decline immediately/go to next stage of admissions) kinda thing, I have never heard any different, and I haven't heard of anyone even talking about the GRE during interviews. I HAVE heard a PhD department chair joking about what might happen if faculty had to take the GRE again and remarking that they "just have to have a minimum" but that they really didn't care about it. In general, 300 meets everyone's minimums, 310 and you should have no problems anywhere.
  13. It is not, it is old (like the originals were VHS), and requires a subscription. But nothing else I've seen even comes close. (Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I only found out about Acland because a couple clips were used in some of our lectures and I was like "wow these are amazing, are there more?" So I googled the watermark from the video... there is A LOT more).
  14. IMHO: Agree with above. "Take a break is common advice" and I took it, but knowing what I do now, I wouldn't have. Anything you can study that is concrete will help. In my experience: Anatomy was mind blowing, every class I had taken before (4, at 3 different institutions) barely scratched the surface. My advice would be "Acland Academy" videos, they are real cadaver videos, broken up into short sections for viewing. 100% worth the fee. I would have told myself to watch every single one at least once just to get my bearings. <- my #1 advice without question. Physiology was al
  15. 30k is not worth the "accreditation issues." That would be a huge red flag for me. When you start a program you are placing your day-to-day life in their hands, a lack of organization can be a huge burden on you, and worrying about accreditation on top of that is not good. You're also "in it for the long haul." Transfering is not an option, and leaving that program and applying all over again would be a nightmare scenario. Even if it was 100% justified, it would likely not be looked at favorably by admissions committees the second time around.
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