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  1. Victory1322

    2018-2019 Application cycle

    Congratulations to all of you accepted! It was a rush for me getting that email, especially being a 2nd year applicant. Unfortunately, I will be rescinding my acceptance as I was recently accepted to one of my top choices. I hope that this opens up a spot for one of you on the waitlist/those still waiting to hear back! I'm sure there will be others like me shuffling things around so don't be too discouraged if you're waitlisted; you've already accomplished a great deal to be in the position you're in, it only takes one person to decline for you to get a spot! Just keep your heads up
  2. Victory1322

    Scribe Experience

    I wasn't a scribe for any of the companies you mentioned but I did scribe in an ED for two years under a local scribe company in MN. We were hired by the scribe company and then contracted out to various sites. I requested to be in an ED whereas others went to work in clinics such as dermatology, oncology, etc. Obviously I'm biased, but if you're looking to be a scribe I believe scribing in an ED would give you the best exposure when compared to an outpatient clinic. I worked in a level 3 trauma center, and while we may not have received a lot of the "cool" stuff (i.e. gunshot wounds, stabbings, car wrecks) we received a fair amount of heart attacks, strokes, diabetic emergencies, etc with patients that had multiple comorbidities, providing a lot of learning opportunities. Many of the providers were more than willing to teach about any case we had questions on and were invested in us learning as much about medicine as possible. Many times, I was invited in to come watch various procedures in the ED as well as in IR. Overall, scribing gives you a great knowledge base when it comes to medical terminology and various presentations, but as far as PCE it's definitely low tier, if schools even count it at all. In my case, our job was simply to document the provider's findings and we rarely interacted with patients. If we did, it was usually to grab the nurse for them or to get them a blanket; it was hospital policy that we did not interact with patients since insurance did not cover our interactions with a patient or their family. From others on this site, their experiences sound different but that was how our company had it set up. Scribing was a great experience for me as far as learning the fundamentals like how to write an HPI, documenting patient findings and navigating an EMR, but my most beneficial PCE was definitely being an ER tech. I wouldn't rely on just scribing to accumulate your PCE but it is a good starting point if you're looking to begin somewhere in the medical field. I used my connections I made as a scribe to land the ER tech job at the same hospital so there's something to be said about using it to get your foot in the door.
  3. Victory1322

    2018-2019 Application Cycle

    I received an interview invite this morning for Dec 1st but will be declining as I've been accepted elsewhere. I hope this opens up a spot for someone else! UNE is a great program, good luck to those interviewing and to those still waiting don't give up hope!
  4. Thank you! I was in disbelief, I had to check my phone records to make sure it actually happened ?
  5. They must have moved a bit quicker this year as I received a call this afternoon offering me an acceptance! So anyone from the Oct 20th interview, if you receive a phone call today from a 202 area code, I'd definitely answer it ?
  6. Nothing here yet either. From this and past threads, it looks like the soonest they give out early acceptances is about three weeks after the interview so we wouldn't hear until next week. If you don't hear back by then they said to definitely not count yourself out! They'd take a look at all the interviewees again and try to get all the decisions out before Christmas.
  7. I'm in the same boat as you. My significant other and I recently moved back to my home state in the Midwest but I was accepted to a program out West so it seems we will be packing up our bags along with our dog and cat to make another trek. No insight as of yet since we are in the same spot as you and your spouse, but as someone who has traveled extensively and moved around a lot (I've moved every year for the past seven years...must have been a nomad in a past life) here's what I've learned: 1) Timing When do you want to move exactly? Some people prefer to move as soon as they can while others prefer to work as long as they can to save up money before PA school. Neither are wrong but do what works best for you and your spouse. This is something to discuss with each other. Personally, my significant other and I are looking to move to the area around March in order to give ourselves time to settle into our new surroundings and give him time to network and land a job. The unknown always seems intimidating so moving early allows the jitters and nervousness to subside as you become more familiar with the area. Also, on that subject, when exploring do as much as you can by foot (if possible). It really allows you to get a feel of the neighborhood and city as opposed to driving through it. 2) Housing Try to visit the area if you can prior to settling on an apartment/condo/house/bungalow etc. Oftentimes, places are not as they seem online so if you're able to work that into your schedule you will save yourself a lot of hassle in the future if the place you saw online looks nothing like that when you get there, it's in an unsafe neighborhood, etc. I know some people get lucky on this front but I and many others I've known have been burned on this before so tread carefully. 3) Ditch those hoarder tendencies Okay, not saying you're a hoarder, but if you've been in any one place for a few years, especially living with another person, the amount of stuff you own starts to pile up, unless you're a minimalist. It's never too early to start throwing things out you don't think you will need or packing away clothes or items that won't be used in the meantime (summer clothes, certain decorations or decor, storage items, etc). This will save you a lot of time and headaches when it comes down to packing everything away in boxes. And speaking of packing belongings... 4) Logistics of the move Are you going to pack up your belongings and drive them yourself? Use a company like Pods? Hire movers? These are all boring concepts, yes, but vital in ensuring your move goes as smoothly as possible. Don't put off doing this until the last minute as it will only stress you out further. Trust me, learned this one from experience! And whichever option you choose, in some form you will have to drive to your new location. Contrary to what some may think, driving cross country isn't as bad as it sounds ? don't be afraid to set aside a decent amount of time for this in order to give yourselves ample opportunity to explore the country along the way. Correct me if I'm wrong but judging by your name you're from the Pacific Northwest area and if you're on your way to the East Coast, there's a whole lot of country to see! Obviously money is a factor here, but it never hurts to make some pit stops on the way and use this as a chance to experience places you've never been. Plus, it'll give you a lot to talk about to all the new people you'll meet at your program. 5) Attitude This is probably the most important. Yes, uprooting your life is scary, but it's also incredibly exciting! While the idea of leaving family and friends is always daunting, the move also gives you a chance to meet new people as long as you're open to it. I'm sure many people at your PA school will be (or have been) in similar situations and will be more than accepting to people outside of the area. For the next two to three years, your classmates and faculty will become a surrogate family as you help each other through the struggles, hardships, and triumphs of PA school. You'll always have your friends and family back home but instead of focusing on the distance between you and them, try to focus on building up new relationships and the rest will fall into place. Hard as it is to believe, North Carolina will feel like home to you guys in no time. Plus, even if you decide to move back to the PNW following school, it never hurts to have connections elsewhere. Not an extensive list by any means but hopefully you found something useful in my rambling. As cheesy as it is, I'll end with a quote: “Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.” ― Shannon L. Alder Good luck to you on the move and congratulations on your acceptance!
  8. Victory1322

    University of Iowa 2018-2019 Applicants

    Has anyone heard anything about upcoming interviews?
  9. I just received the email this morning and it gives you the time and location of the informal meet up. So you should get it soon I'm sure. The event runs on Friday from 6-8pm, hope to see some of you there!
  10. Victory1322

    2018 Applicant Stats / Feedback from Accepted

    I'm a little late on this post but I second @Bubbles. Some schools use the minimum GRE requirements as a screen and if you don't meet those then it's unlikely you'll move forward in the process. If for some reason you need to reapply next year, work on getting the verbal above 150 and the AWA to 4 and you should be good on the GRE front! Looking at your letters of recommendation, I'd try to get one from a PA/MD/DO/NP (preferably PA if you can) that has personally worked with you during your PCE as opposed to a PA you've shadowed. While it's great you've had a lot of shadowing hours with them and you've built a rapport, they haven't seen you involved in patient care and are unable to adequately attest to your skills as a care provider. Along those lines, some schools I applied to and a few others I've seen through research specifically ask for a letter from a healthcare provider that was a supervisor during your patient care experience. I'm not sure from your list if the RN's were directly involved and working with you day in and day out but that would be one thing to think about moving forward. I took the MCAT when I initially thought I wanted to go to med school but of the seven schools I applied to this year only one accepted it in lieu of the GRE. That's a personal preference for you if you want to spend the time and the money to study for it and take it but I don't think it'll do much for you in strengthening your application in the long run. Hope some of this helps and good luck to you this cycle! Hopefully you've heard some news from the schools by this point ?
  11. Victory1322

    2018 Application Cycle

    Received my rejection email as well. I've been accepted elsewhere but still disappointed as Utah is a great program. Good luck to those of you interviewing! To everyone else, remember how much you've accomplished already just to get this far. Keep your heads up and don't lose hope! And good luck the rest of the cycle ?
  12. Victory1322

    Expunged Academic Violation

    This is certainly your call. However, as someone who has had not one, but two infractions on their student record, I can say that they have not hindered my applications in the least (mine were relatively minor as well). I had an interview early August and subsequently offered an acceptance and have another upcoming interview here in a couple of weeks. There was no mention of the violations during my interview but I was prepared to talk about them should the need arise. Like @hmtpnw said, it's all about how you frame it. My violations occurred my freshman and sophomore year of college and in the explanation section on CASPA, I discussed how they were learning experiences and aided me in personal growth. Should I be asked about them in my upcoming interview, I'll reiterate those points to show them that owning up and bearing full responsibility has given me the maturity to do the same for when I inevitably make a mistake as a PA and how to best remedy that mistake moving forward. Just want to show you that having a transgression on your academic record isn't the end of the world, we are human after all ? Best of luck to you in the application cycle!
  13. Victory1322

    2018 Application Cycle

    My guess is we'll hear sometime next week. Let the nerves and nail biting continue! ?
  14. Victory1322

    University of Iowa 2018-2019 Applicants

    I'm in the same boat! Applied July 9th, verified July 19th and then placed on a hold August 9th but radio silence since. I was placed on a hold last year and then offered an interview a couple of days later so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed.
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