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  1. Hi, Thank you for your advice. I’ve been through intense medical programs before, I was in a physical therapy doctorate before PA school so I know that I can be a good provider once I better manage my anxiety. Letting it go is such good advice, my program faculty actually told me the same when they said that they noticed I’m one of the people who obsess over exams/results rather than moving on and focusing on the next one. In my time off I’m going to seek out treatment and also work on building better test taking skills.
  2. Hi everyone, I am currently taking LOA from my second semester so that I can better manage my anxiety before I returning to PA school. I was doing well overall this semester but realized that my surmounting anxiety and obsession over my grades was consuming me to the point that I would not be able to perform at the level I would need to in the next month, had I continued. I obsess over exam questions that I got wrong or I sit there for the entire hour during exams, take the test 3-5 times, start second guessing myself, and often change correct answers. Anxiety is a problem that I've been aware of my entire life but I've ignored it because I was always able to perform well despite it. Unfortunately, PA school has definitely brought it to light and I cannot continue to ignore it any longer. I need to seek out treatment through therapy and/or medication before I am ready to return. Has anyone else experienced severe anxiety that affected their ability to study or test well in PA school? How did you manage this so that you could be successful? I need to document to my program that I am seeking out treatment during my LOA. Any suggestions at all would be great. Thank you
  3. Hi, I found out that I actually have a 2.8 and I need a 3.2, I am in more credits this semester. I started a new relationship last semester and I've put that on hold (no seeing each other, no texting etc.) and that has helped immensely. I've been studying every single day, prioritizing my sleep and health, ive been running each day now that the weather is getting warmer. This will take an incredible amount of self discipline and some days in class feel overwhelming but I just have to keep telling myself that I can do this as long as I work really hard. Thank you so much!
  4. My program is identical to this except that they do not allow deceleration if you fail. I’m worried because I’m on academic probation right now and I’m about to enter my second semester.
  5. I also have incredible classmates who are collaborative and supportive. I’ve read other posts from people who have unfriendly, competitive, cutthroat classmates. I’m very lucky. We have a Facebook group and a highly organized google drive with the classes divided into files and we drop notes and study guides constantly.
  6. Hi, I’m quoting all of this because I can 100% relate to all of this. I am in the same exact situation, word for word. After college, I worked for 3 years in a rehab hospital and really enjoyed my life. I spent a LOT of time with my friends, went on trips to Italy, Puerto Rico, California etc. I wasn’t making a lot of money but I just got used to not being in school and having a life. When I decided on PA school, I started taking classes in addition to work (genetics, biochem, bio 2, my GRE). I gathered references, completed shadowing hours, the whole 9 yards. I had a 3.5 cum gpa in undergrad and 3.8 postbac, but was always a lazy student. I did to a relatively challenging college but for some reason academics have never been that challenging for me. When I applied to PA school, I had excellent references, a strong PS, a decent GRE score, and almost 6,000 hours of patient care experience. I received 11 interviews and was immediately accepted after my 3rd interview. I was ecstatic and told my coworkers, family, friends, everyone. I flew all over the nation for my interviews and worked so hard to get in. Luckily I was accepted on my first round. Fast forward to now. I was accepted to PA school in Oct. 2018 and started in Jan. 2019. I realized right away that I was VERY demotivated and didn’t want to be studying all the time. Things started out “slow” and I didn’t study that much for the first 2 weeks but by the third week I was suddenly hit with 3-4 difficult exams. This continued, with at least 2-5 exams every single week. I was cramming for exams and you can’t cram in PA school because there is just too much material to learn in 1 month. I failed about 4 exams (in my program that means I scored under a 70), remediated once, and then finished my semester with a C in clinical med, C in pathology/biochem, and C+ in anatomy. My gpa is around a 2.7, the lowest of my life. I am on academic probation because I need to have a 3.0. I start my summer semester in 1 week and don’t know what to do. I relate to your post 100% because I didn’t try that hard and I don’t know if the feelings of demotivation will ever go away. I’m scared of my loans, I don’t know if I can deal with the stress, but I’m so afraid of failing and disappointing my family and myself. I worked SO hard to get in so I don’t know what’s wrong with me. There were 3,000 applicants to my program the year I applied and only 40 spots. I keep telling myself that I want this more than anything and that I CAN bring up my gpa and get myself off academic probation... but I know it will take an incredible amount of work and good coping skills to deal with the stress of pa school. I’m not sure I have what it takes but I know I need to try. Im on break for this week and I’m going to practice setting a strict schedule of good coping mechanisms: sleep more, exercise, eat healthy. Even though I “passed” my classes, I didn’t do well on my finals because I couldn’t sleep well for a week straight I was so stressed. Please help me and tell me what you ended up doing and how it’s working for you because I 100% relate to your post. I’m a lazy student etc. and wonder if I can do this.
  7. Hi, I’m in a similar situation right now. I just finished my first quarter and I didn’t do well. If you fail 2 clin med modules, you fail. If you fail more than 2 courses, you fail. If you score under a 70, you remediate, and then after remediation you can only get a 70 at the most even if you pass remediation with a 90 (this happened to me on the infectious disease module). This is because it’s not fair to the students who were about to pass the class the first time. I ended the semester with 3 Cs (around a 2.7 and “passing”) but I am on academic probation due to not meeting my programs requirement of a 3.0 gpa. I’m on break right now and I start second semester in 1 week. It’s going to be harder. This semester I had 5 modules (psych, neuro, cardio, infectious disease, diagnostics medicine), anatomy, pathophysiology, public health, history and physical exam, integrative medicine. Summer semester I’m having 6 modules, accelerated anatomy (our time in anatomy is reduced by 50% because my professors are going on vacation to China for half of the summer), patho, anatomy, correlative med, and I’m starting pharmacology. I need at least a 3.3 to get off academic probation and I’m terrified about starting out in the hole, not having any wiggle room, and performing so poorly in my first quarter. How did you manage to make it? I feel as though I’m on the path to dismissal as well.
  8. Start studying right away. It may feel as though everything is starting out slow at first, but by week 3 you’re suddenly going to be hit with at least 3-4 difficult exams. After that, you’ll be having 2-5 exams per week, every single week. Some people in my program (including myself) didn’t start studying immediately and didn’t study every single day, especially at the very beginning. We all ended up getting some Cs and now I have to get my GPA up next semester because I’m on probation for being under a 3.0 (this is the first time in my life I’m even under a 3.5). In PA school you cannot cram, it’s just way too much material. Also, if you ever get a grade that you don’t like, just remember that most people get a bad exam grade at some point. Start reaching out to professors and classmates IMMEDIATELY when you do, they are great resources!!! And don’t let it shake your confidence... if it happens, you need to brush it off and keep plowing forward. The most important exam is the next one.
  9. Thank you. My program makes you remediate any clinical medicine module average below a 70. I remediated an infectious disease module because I had a 67 average and I scored a 90 on my remediation... however I was only given a 70 because if you remediate the module then you are still given the minimum passing grade no matter what you get. They also make you remediate any course final averages that fall below a 70, and then once again, you will be give a 70 no matter what you score. I didn't fail any courses, I "passed" all of them with at least a 70 average but still failed to meet my program's requirement of a 3.0 cumulative semester gpa. Thank you for your advice. I am going to stick with my program, register for next semester, and work 1,000 times harder in order to bring up my grades. I will be taking more credits next semester so they will weigh more than this past one and I think I will need a 3.3 semester gpa to be at a 3.0 and get off probation
  10. Thank you so much. I'm very shaken up by this and the summer semester is going to be significantly harder than my first semester, we're starting pharm and I'll be taking more modules and more credits. I hope that I won't break under the pressure of having to get all As and Bs in order to get off academic probation. Do you know of anyone who has ever had a gpa as low as 2.7 in PA school and pulled it up to a 3.0?
  11. Hi Everyone, I'm reaching out because I just finished my first semester of PA school and I was placed on academic probation. I got a C+ in anatomy, C in pathology, and a C in clinical medicine. My gpa is roughly around a 2.7. If we fall below a 3.0, we are placed on probation. I have to raise my gpa to a 3.0 by next semester or I will be automatically dismissed from the program. My program director told me I will be around a 3.5 next semester (not sure if that's exactly true, it may be 3.3-3.4). I'm nervous because next semester is supposed to be significantly harder, we will be starting pharmacology in addition to the usual classes (patho, anatomy, clinical medicine) and I'm already in the hole. It's my own fault. I didn't work nearly as hard as I should have this past semester and I was constantly cramming for exams rather than studying everyday. Do you think it's worth it for me to stay in my program and try to raise my gpa to a 3.0 next semester? Do you know of anyone who has ever been in a similar place as me? What did they do to be successful? I want to be a PA so badly and I want to succeed more than anything and when I actually put the work in, I was able to get As and Bs on exams so I know that I am capable. However, our program is "pay as you go," so if I fail to meet a 3.0 next semester I am wasting double the money which is so scary. Please help!!!
  12. Hi everyone, I was accepted to PA school and I’m starting Jan. 2019. I’m curious about full scholarships that are available through the military if you commit 2 years to the navy or air force afterwards. There is also a full scholarship available through the National Health Service Corps if you agree to be placed in medically underserved communities for 2 years afterwards. Has anyone applied for these scholarships or any other PA school scholarships? What was the application process like? Has anyone received any of these scholarships? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!!!
  13. Nothing yet! I'm thinking I'll hear something mid October or late October?
  14. Hi everyone!!! I interviewed with this program at the end of Sept. and found out I was accepted!!! I'm so excited! It's my only acceptance so far, I've been waitlisted at one other program. I can't wait to start in January! Feel free to message me!
  15. Hi everyone! I have also received the supplemental application link. I have about a week to submit it, but I was just accepted to a PA program at Univ. of Bridgeport. Do you think I should submit the supplemental application or just email them and state that I would like to give up my spot? Does anyone have any further info. about this program? I could not find a rank for it on USnews. The accreditation status is continued and the board pass rates are 95% and higher. Any info. at all would be appreciated! Thank you.
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