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  1. Your stats actually look okay. I suspect three reasons you aren't having success: 1) You may be applying to programs that aren't a good fit (specifically thinking of schools that want high GPA applicants). Really consider how you compare with the accepted student profile (if that information is published) and also think about how you fit with their mission statement. If there's a supplemental where you can highlight your unique fit, use that to your advantage! 2) You may be missing a prerequisite, a letter from a PA, or something else that a school requires. I would double and triple check that you're meeting every single requirement. 3) If I could advise you to do just one thing, it's to take the GRE. You are really limiting your options by not having that score in your application. Often schools don't even specifically care how you do (conventional wisdom around here is that >300 checks the box). Yes, it's annoying and expensive, but far less annoying and expensive than continuing to retake classes. With the GRE, you can apply to so many programs (off the top of my head from my application list three years ago - Duke, Bryant, Tufts, GW, Marist, Arcadia, and Temple would all be good options for you if you take the GRE). Good luck!
  2. We had a delayed start to rotations (late June instead of May) so ours have been 5 weeks instead of 6 to make up the time. The class below us is going back to 6 weeks. The 2.5 week rotations sound bananas - I'm still learning everyone's names during week 2 and can't imagine switching sites so frequently.
  3. I understand it's disappointing to be rejected, but you seem to think you deserve an acceptance. If this attitude is coming across even subconsciously om your personal statement or interviews, I can almost promise you it's playing a role in the rejections. If programs only cared about stats, you would have likely gotten a seat. Programs "want" a team player, someone who is humble and ready to learn. They do not want someone who is going to sit in class sulking about their psych and ESS major classmates. If this was me, I would bump up the patient care experience (you're right that EMS instructor doesn't weigh as heavily) and bump down the sarcasm.
  4. No and no. You have to graduate from an accredited PA program to be able to sit for the boards, get a license, and find a job.
  5. Don't worry so much about the letter - worry about if you'll actually like the work. You'll be doing this job for at least a year (likely more) and it'll be a long year if you're dreading getting up in the morning. Plus, being naturally enthusiastic and eager about the work will give you a better shot at a good letter than a perfunctory letter from a job you hate. Good luck!
  6. I loved being a tech! I was an EMT-B in a level 1 peds ED and got to do phlebotomy/IVs, fluids, EKGs, catheters, work bedside in traumas, etc. The hospital experience was absolutely invaluable - I'm on my first rotation and just understanding the hospital "flow" has made my life so much less stressful. As far as your interview goes, I would be enthusiastic and show that you're ready to get to work. Techs do a lot of the grunt work (lots of transports and vitals in addition to the fun stuff) and they'll want someone eager and cheerful. Asking about the additional training is a fabulous tip - I was an ortho tech, psych tech, got my PEARS certification, and left before I got to go to the ultrasound-guided IV course. Being an ED tech has been incredibly helpful in PA school. I wish you the best of luck and encourage you to learn everything you can!
  7. The previous commenter made excellent points (especially the cost of living) that should certainly factor into your decision. From my perspective, School A having no electives and a PANCE pass rate <90 would be dealbreakers for me. I understand the appeal of a 1/2 price education (comparatively with school B) but it sounds like you might risk getting what you pay for. Good luck!
  8. Current GW student finishing didactic. My #1 advice is always to go with the place you feel the best sense of fit. I personally love DC and would not have been happy to live in a more rural setting for 2 years, but the opposite may be true for you. At the end of the day, you're the only person who knows where you'll be happiest for the next two years. Feel free to PM me with any GW-specific questions you have, and good luck!
  9. This is an absolutely perfect example of you interviewing the school just as much as they're interviewing you. I wouldn't base your whole decision off one interviewer's opinion, but this would certainly be a red flag in my mind.
  10. Agree with sketchy pharm!! It's saved me for multiple exams. I also make flashcards - the process of synthesizing and handwriting the information somehow works for me. I think spending a lot of time on pharm is just the nature of the beast. Good luck!
  11. I had a 3.36 sGPA, 3.55 cGPA, and 7 acceptances. Make sure the rest of your application is strong and the sGPA shouldn't hold you back.
  12. I'm a 1st year PA student who does not have family financial support. Remember that declining this acceptance will "cost" you a year of PA salary. Also, the posted costs are negotiable - tuition isn't, unfortunately, but if you thoughtfully make a budget and stick to it, you can save quite a bit. If you're certain you want to be a PA, take out the loans, go to the sure thing school, and live frugally afterwards like the other commenter mentioned. Good luck!
  13. Drexel has a great reputation, but their associated teaching hospital (Hahnemann) just closed, which may affect your clinical placements (especially because Philly is already saturated with med/PA/NP students). I'd ask a lot of questions about clinical site availability before committing to Drexel.
  14. I hate bio too, but it's a basic medical science requirement for most programs. Trying to "push past pre-reqs" won't get you too far, unfortunately - there are tens of thousands of other applicants who do meet the prereqs, and your application will most likely get auto-rejected if you don't meet the stated requirements. My advice would be to take the bio series at your local community college. Good luck!
  15. This was me last year - GW was my last of 8 interviews, I'd already deposited on my favorite school so far, and I was so sick of the whole application process my SO had to convince me to accept the interview invite. I'm so, so thankful I didn't miss out. I lost a deposit, but it was absolutely worth it. I made my decisions to attend interviews by thinking (okay, overthinking) which school seemed like the best fit for me based on their mission, the curriculum, the extra-curricular opportunities, etc. After the interview, the atmosphere at each program weighed really heavily too. Only you know what you're looking for in a school, so with an acceptance (congratulations!), you can really be selective with which interviews you attend and where you ultimately choose to go. Best of luck!
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