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  1. This exact thing happened to someone I know (pre-COVID). Unfortunately, if it’s a state-funded institution, this can happen depending on budgeting. Still, very disappointing as they had you jump through a lot of hoops. I’d respond politely thanking them for letting you know and say to keep you in mind if future positions arise. You don’t want to burn any bridges as you never know what opportunities may arise in the future. Best wishes!
  2. I got my Welch Allyn otoscope and ophthalmoscope on eBay for $210. Keep an eye out there - sometimes there are good deals!
  3. Each rotation will vary, but some rotations may not be as demanding. For example I usually worked 8-9 hour shifts for both my peds and psych rotation and had time at home in the evening. I did most of my studying for EORs on the weekend. On my OB rotation, I usually worked about 12h days, but I worked 6a-6p, so theoretically, with a schedule like that, you would still have some time home in the evenings. You may have some more demanding shifts, but hopefully, you will have some lighter rotations that will allow you to spend time with your child. Hope this helps!
  4. My program started in January so I was on my third rotation when we were pulled from rotations. We also have two virtual online courses that will replace our electives. It is unfortunate, as my electives were also in fields I wish to practice. However, the hope is that we can graduate on time - and if not, 2 months sooner by doing things this way.
  5. The USMLE Step 2 is similar to the content we are expected to know in PA school. I utilized various med school step 2 resources throughout didactic. If it was me, I would check with the second program to see if they will allow you to attend after withdrawing from current program.
  6. I would check with the second program in which you are interested in attending to ask them if they would be OK with you withdrawing from your current program and starting at their program. I don't think you need to go into details, but it would probably be best to be transparent with the fact that you're currently enrolled elsewhere. As for your current situation, are you provided with course objectives? Sometimes these can be of help in determining what is important to study when you are given a lot of content without a lot of guidance.
  7. I liked Picmonic for remembering drug names. I also made and used flashcard. We had a great prof who created excel docs w/ columns sorted by MOA. I would find a way to group similar drugs, whether that's an excel doc or another type of format.
  8. Nothing is a sure thing. If you declined your acceptance, would you be OK with your decision if you not get in elsewhere next year?
  9. How many of your PCE hours were as a scribe vs MA? Some schools do not consider scribing to be PCE. Just something to consider. If you applied selectively to schools that consider scribing PCE this shouldn't be a concern. You have a solid number of hours and sounds like good LORs. If you have to reapply next cycle, maybe have someone look over your personal statement or use a hired service (just to ensure it is the strongest it can be). You still may hear back this cycle, though, so stay positive! Best of luck!
  10. I have no inside information on acceptances... Just congratulating those who have heard back
  11. Congratulations to those who have been accepted! The UNC PA Student Society is hosting a blood drive on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 10:30am-2:30pm in celebration of PA week! Lots of current students will be present, so this is a great opportunity to talk to current students while helping the community! The blood drive will be held on UNC campus at the ATM Lot located on the corner of Lenoir Dr and Raleigh St right next to Davis Library. If you are interested in participating, you can sign up here: https://donate.thebloodconnection.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/135754?f
  12. Sometimes, if you are too rehearsed, it comes off as not being genuine. Try to have ideas for answers, but do not necessarily know answers word-for-word. Hope this helps!
  13. Black or gray trousers and a nice blouse/shirt. Occasionally khakis. A lot of the girls in my class wear dresses. I bought most online at Macy’s and JC Penney’s during sales.
  14. I would wait for 3rd edition. If you want to study now, I’d brush up on anatomy and physiology, as well as immunology. Once you start classes you’ll have the new edition and you can use it while studying for ClinMed exams because it has a lot of the material in a condensed format so you can make sure you know the key testable points.
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