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  1. MishaShisha

    NHSC 2019

    Hey @JohnnyLAX9! Thanks for the reply! I also think loan repayment might be a better option. I definitely agree that the scholarship is really nice and I’d love to have it. I think my frustration stems from the fact that the program seems to focus a lot of effort and funding on rural areas and I don’t see how if I spend 4 years in a such area, how I can transfer to hospital/ER/UC/surgery afterwords. It’s also frustrating for me because I live in SoCal and I assumed there are plenty of clinics in LA/Santa Ana etc. but everything seems to be in NorCal. Does anyone know any PAs practicing in SoCal after their scholarship? Would I have a better chance with the loan repayment if I wanted to stay here?
  2. MishaShisha

    NHSC 2019

    Hey everyone! Thinking of applying for this scholarship as I'm about to begin PA school. However, even after extensive digging, it's still murky on EXACTLY how many sites we have to choose from once we graduate and, even more importantly, are there going to be any sites AT ALL in the area where I want to stay...?! I found this link https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/shortage-area/hpsa-find but a lot of the data on here for specific clinics hasn't been updated for years. I refuse to move out of state. Plain and simple as that. I also refuse to move north within my state. Should I just call? Can someone tell me if I get this super difficult scholarship (which will take many hours to apply to and require references and so forth) am I going to get screwed? Is there even a point to do this when I can graduate, get a job in an approved clinic/site and then just apply for the loan repayment? This seems so risky, like doing a military contract. Once your school is up, you're pretty much REQUIRED to begin working at a site they approve of or you will default and they'll charge you up to 3x the amount of the loan you owed/they paid. That's SUPER scary. For people who got this/know people who got this, how do you sleep at night? I watched all videos they have and see most members are in super remote/rural areas in states I have zero interest in living. I have friends who did AirForce after MD school and were pretty much guaranteed to work in bases they specifically chose before beginning their contract. I'm leaning towards military because, frankly, it sounds much more transparent and logical than these "hidden" "magical" sites which we cannot 100% know of until we've signed our lives away... Any advice is appreciated.. sorry for the rant, lol.
  3. @FeelTheMusicPA and @SiennaNguyen You guys are absolutely right
  4. Congrats @pauljl!!! That’s sooo exciting! Is this your first choice?
  5. Thank you! Best of luck on the interview!
  6. Makes sense! I missed that part. Good luck to you too!
  7. I'm really confused. I notice that people who were initially waitlisted in December are now being called in for an interview. First, congrats to you guys! That's very exciting and I truly wish you the best of luck However, does this mean that those who already interviewed, and haven't heard anything back, are pretty much rejected? Hmmm... I think, perhaps, I'm misunderstanding how their waitlist works.
  8. Awww thank you! I actually interviewed and just haven’t heard back. They were very welcoming and the staff was super friendly.
  9. That’s wonderful news. Hope you get invited and have better luck than me.
  10. Congratulations to everyone who got their acceptance calls! What a wonderful present just in time for the holidays I wonder if anyone from the 12/8 interview at 9am made it through?
  11. Good luck everyone! It’s so strange they wait so long to communicate but wishing for the best and keeping things positive.
  12. Nice! Thank you for the info That’s not nearly as many people as I thought it would be. Dont lose hope guys! There’s plenty of time left to still get the invite.
  13. I’m wondering, does anyone know about how many people are actually called to interview for the roughly 40 spots they have for next year? Because I know some schools call several hundred and some keep it around 100-150...
  14. I found more information about the process from the portal under handouts. But yes, anyone with previous experience please feel free to share as well

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