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hmtpnw last won the day on October 19 2018

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  1. There are a few issues here... One, of you don’t have one already you should get a therapist. You’re clearly dealing with some mental health issues on top of everything else. Talk to someone. Figure out a way to cope with your anxiety. Two, how are you studying? What resources (outside of lecture) are you using? Have you tried multiple study methods? Has anything been effective? Finally, stop comparing yourself to your classmates. Everyone is going through it and struggling, trust me. I can barely remember material I learned last week. It’s normal.
  2. Thank you so much for your input! I really appreciate it. Being that I am interested in critical care, do you think transplant surgery is a good use of my second elective? I wasn't initially drawn to it because I thought it would be more surgical, but my adviser felt that it would be a good fit. She framed it in a way that I would be seeing an APP based team functioning at the top of their scope, could be on the floor almost all of the time and only go to the OR if I was interested in a case, would have the opportunity to manage very sick patients, etc.
  3. I am struggling to decide between a medical or surgical ICU elective rotation. Any PAs here have thoughts on which would potentially be more useful to me? Some details that may be helpful... Right now, I am interested in working in critical care vs hospitalist I am not interested in working in surgery necessarily but would definitely be interested in managing surgical patients on the floor Whether I choose medical or surgical ICU, it will be cardiac, so CCU vs CT surg ICU I get two elective rotations in total and my other elective rotation will likely be transplant surgery where I will be almost exclusively working on the floor with a PA based team I am also trying to get a hospitalist service rotation for my required IM rotation
  4. GPAs are really on the lower side. That combined with your lower grades in your upper level science courses like orgo and biochem and no academic LOR seems like a bit of a red flag to me. Apply broadly (maybe closer to 15) to schools that look at last 45/60 credit GPA and submit as early as possible. Consider getting an academic LOR as many schools require one.
  5. Sounds like your cGPA is going to be pretty far below a 3.0, which is the minimum for most programs. If you don’t meet the minimum requirements of a program, unfortunately you will be auto-rejected. Your other stats will not compensate for this. Your options are to find schools without GPA minimums (not sure how many of these there are, I’m guessing few to none) or those that look at your last 60 credit GPA instead of cGPA. Although it sounds like this may not be stellar either. I think it’s likely that you’ll have to do some serious GPA rehab to be competitive for the majority of PA programs.
  6. I have always been a macbook user but my tuition included a technology package so I had to start using a Dell Latitude 2-in-1. They also set us up with a Dell active pen and an iPad mini. I really enjoy the touchscreen, much more than I thought I would. When I want to take notes by hand or draw pictures/pathways during anatomy lectures I use my laptop as a tablet and take notes with the pen directly on slides in OneNote. It's great. I never use the iPad Only when absolutely necessary for lab quizzes.
  7. I moved across the country for PA school a few months ago and signed my 16 month lease sight unseen. This was a risk, but I reached out to some students in the area and asked about the neighborhood, rental company, safety, etc. I also asked for lots of photos of the actual unit. I felt like I had a good idea of what I was getting myself into and took a leap of faith. Obviously every situation is different, but it worked out very well for me and I love my place. It is perfect and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
  8. hmtpnw

    GRE scores

    This is program specific. Some schools specify percentiles, other have score minimums, others don't have minimums at all. Some just list "preferences" with no hard cut-offs. There is a lot of variance. You will have to look into the programs that you are interested in to determine if it will be an issue.
  9. If you think you can retake the GRE and get a better score, I would. In terms of how many schools to apply to, I would probably consider somewhere around 12 given your stats. GPA is good, but clinical experience is on the low side and GRE is borderline.
  10. Supplementals weren't sent out until July last year. I wouldn't expect them much earlier than that!
  11. I would just put down the general number for the store and the name of whoever your supervisor was. That is the most accurate information, even if that person is no longer employed there. Realistically, no one will check this and it is a non-issue.
  12. I included my ~10 years of food service experience in CASPA and it ultimately came up in interviews. I connected with my interviewer about his background in the industry. He said that out of all of his experiences, waiting tables and bartending best prepared him for navigating the fast-paced flow of a hospital/ER. You never know what will resonate with someone reading your application. Include anything that better prepared you for a future in medicine, even if those things feel slightly less relevant than your clinical experiences.
  13. I think you have a solid chance of > 305 and potentially 310. I took the MP free practice about a week before my test and got almost the same score. You seem on track to do well. Don't stress. Just do your best.
  14. I think you are overthinking this. Applying a couple of weeks after CASPA opens will not play any significant role in the outcome of your cycle. You will still be applying very early.
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