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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. The problem here is that you aren't digging deeply. These are both extremely surface-level examples of "negative feedback" and don't show that you can genuinely consider critique and respond to it positively. (Grades also are an indication of your work/skill and are not an example of negative feedback.) If I'm remembering correctly, the feedback does not have to be given in the work or school environment. I think I talked about some tough feedback I got from my SO and discussed how I stepped back and made changes based on his thoughts. I'm sure you've received negative feedback from a family member, friend, or someone else that you can draw on to answer this question. One more thing. If you're invited to interview, you aren't such a long shot. My roommate and I were academic long shots and are both currently thriving in our furthest-reach program. Don't sell yourself short!
  11. There is no doubt in my mind that your personal statement is the red flag that's holding you back. It is not very well written (just from a first skim, you should never use contractions like "don't" and there are so many semicolons and random double spaces like this: "I want to be a PA." Attention to detail matters.) Beyond the proofreading, your first paragraph belongs in your job description in the "experiences" section. The second paragraph reads like a research paper on what a PA is and not why you want to be one. The third paragraph jumps back to your job description. At no point do you actually say why you want to be a PA - you say you can see yourself as one and that the team role "fits like a glove", but that's all. To be brutally honest, the whole thing reads like a first draft. A personal statement should be *personal* (and answer the prompt of "why PA) and yours accomplishes neither task. You get closest to beginning to address the prompt with this sentence: "When I face tough obstacles and have to adapt to new situations, I can draw on my past experiences to give me the strength I need to succeed." What past experiences? How have you gained strength through them? These are absolutely crucial questions that I can almost promise you'll be asked at an interview. MT2PA absolutely nailed it (as usual) with the comment about standing out. What makes you different? My roommate and I both got into a great school with mediocre transcripts because we stood out in other ways. Maybe you do too, but you haven't shown me that here. Dig deep and do some serious reflecting on why PA and the experiences that brought you to applying. It will benefit you in interviews and, if you need to reapply, in writing a new personal statement. Good luck!
  12. ^Doesn't matter, you can list shadowing anyone (I shadowed a flight medic and an NP in addition to PAs and MDs). @OP, the double dip just means you can only count those hours once. It sounds like you should list them under shadowing and then subtract those hours from your total MA hours. Make sense?
  13. CASPA will cut you off at 5000 characters. It's not an option to leave it alone. Actually, you'll need to be slightly under 5000 characters because double-spacing between paragraphs in the CASPA form will use characters. Keep working at it!
  14. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a NICU fellowship, so I'm guessing they'd be open to having students rotate through as well!
  15. Yes, stating point blank "and I won't change my mind about that" regarding an ignorant opinion makes you sound stupid. Saying you aren't interested in nursing/NP because its women's work is misogynistic. And no, there aren't. Your original post has zero reactions, positive or negative. Your nurse post has 7 negative, because people on this forum have a view of gender roles that goes beyond 1950. I thought you were off to seek advice from people in the real world...
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