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  1. I think it has more to do with being vague and more easily applying to other medical professions.
  2. I have a handful of friends, including some PA students that are going out and paying cash to get one of these antibody tests, just to find out if they probably had it at some point. But without knowing if antibodies actually confer lasting immunity, how long it lasts for, or what a positive titre is the test is useless. Not to mention the test quality seems to be poor as ventana stated. If I have a chance to get drawn as part of a study, sure, that could satisfy my curiosity and help us learn more about this thing. But paying big bucks to a private lab to get results that don't really mean anything... I don't get it.
  3. I don't think anyone is advocating for a completely online experience. That would certainly not be adequate. However, the majority of didactic is death by power point, and there is zero reason that couldn't be online. To do it right would require regular in person meeting to learn physical exam, skills etc. Hybrid programs like that could be great for rural communities. Spend 75% of your time in your community and then go to campus a few times a month for PE, skills, etc. Might encourage people to stay in their communities and actually help expand care to these undeserved areas that we are supposedly so focused on. Like I said, it's not my preference, I like to be in the building (although, "going to school" in a button down shirt and sweat pants the last month has been nice...). But done right there is no reason it couldn't work. Fighting the perception that it won't work would be the hardest part, and as @LT_Oneal_PAC said "these types of programs should be evaluated with a microscope."
  4. Well, pretty much everywhere has an online program currently with the COVID-19 situation. My program (I'm almost done with didactic) went online for now; and while I prefer to be in class in person, I see no reason that online lectures with labs and simulation done in person couldn't work. Personally I think we will see many more programs moving at least some of their instruction online after this thing is over. But to answer your question, Yale is the only school I know of that offers an online program outside of our current circumstances. I am a bit concerned that the perception that online coursework is inferior could hurt us in advancing the profession, or be a disadvantage to early adopters of online PA education, but there are loads of online NP schools and it doesn't seem to slow them down. Heck, even my med school colleagues are not required to attend lectures in person and have everything available online to watch later, so many of them get a lot of their instruction online, it's just not advertised that way.
  5. Read the course catalog description. I would take whichever one is designed for bio majors as this will be viewed more favorably by many programs
  6. I would recommend asking questions that help you understand the specific strengths, weaknesses, and culture of the program from an insiders perspective. Building rapport and showing interest in your interviewers is important, but I would not spend too much time on personal questions such as their specialty or background, especially if the interview is short. You're there to select a program, so make sure you get the information that you need to make that choice. Remember that it is a two way interview. Ask questions that you really want to know the answer to, and that will be helpful in choosing a school, not just what you think they want to hear. Also, don't be afraid to tactfully ask some difficult questions. In my opinion, the interview is a poor time to ask things such as how an applicant can stand out. If you don't know that going into your interview, you're already not standing out (not in a positive way, anyhow). And I wouldn't ask what qualities they are looking for. All programs are looking for essentially the same things, so you will likely not get helpful information. Plus, if you got an interview, you already know what they were looking for (you!). Now is your chance to sell yourself in person and seal the deal.
  7. The survey should be sent to all PAs and PA students with an AAPA account. You do not have to be a paid member to receive/complete the survey.
  8. Current UCD student here. Just FYI, as of this year the dual track is no longer an option. FNP students still take most of the same classes as the PA students and, according to the FNP program director, get a more thorough medical education because of that. However, we have been told that no one will have the dual track option going forward.
  9. I'm sure you know this, but both your cGPA and sGPA are pretty low. It is not at all impossible for you to get in, but your GPA will be a major obstacle. I would suggest retaking A&P, and getting As which should put your cGPA over 3.0 (a common cutoff). After that the rest of your app will have to carry your GPA. Your last 50 credit GPA is good and you have a decent number of PCE hours. Your personal statement, LORs, the quality of your PCE and how you are able to articulate it, GRE, and the content of your recent coursework will determine whether or not you get a shot. So to put it simply, I would start by retaking A&P and putting together the very best app you can before you start thinking about a masters. Good luck.
  10. I had a similar question; I was asked by one interviewer what other schools I had interviewed at. I simply answered the question. Don't sweat it. It is no secret that most applicants apply to at least a handful of schools, they will be expecting this. As for where you want to go, I agree there is no need to rank the schools you applied to. I would suggest describing the type of program that you want to attend, and highlighting the ways that the school you are interviewing at fits with your vision of what type of program you want to attend.
  11. Double check with the specific programs you want to apply to. Most programs that I have seen do not prefer 4 year over cc, but there are some that do. Also double check that the specific courses themselves will meet requirements (some schools will specify that it must not be an intro course, must require certain pre-reqs, must include certain topics, etc.). As long as your programs will accept the courses, you are good to go. Many students take accelerated courses and are not hindered by it. If you are able to pull it off and do well in them, taking difficult classes in an accelerated format may help you show that you are ready for the heavy course-load of PA school.
  12. As long as your transcripts have been received by CASPA you'll be fine. Applications need to be complete, but do not need to be verified. I applied last year before the deadline but was not verified until later in July and they still processed my application just fine.
  13. That's UC Davis. It is a combined program where the PAs and NPs take many of their didactic courses together, but the PAs complete about twice as many clinical hours, which is why it is longer. In reality there is not much of a dual track. You have to be an RN for for their NP program. RNs used to have the option of a duel degree there, but now they can only grant 65(?) PA degrees, and their classes are full except for the occasional drop out. So there may be a very small handful of RNs that could choose to also get their PA, but it is not an option for most, and there is no option for non-nurses to get both degrees.
  14. I would recommend getting ready to reapply immediately. There is only a few months left before CASPA opens back up and if you do not get in this cycle, programs are going to want to see improvement. It sounds like you know what to work on for your specific case, but you are already late getting started to improve your application. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
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