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    Post interview tips

    Two of the programs I interviewed at utilized the MMI format so I was interviewing with 8-10 people only for a few minutes at a time. I didn't send any follow up emails or notes and was accepted at one and waitlisted at the other. Sending a thank you/follow up email certainly wouldn't hurt your chances but in the case of PA school I don't know how much they would help either.
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    Rotations abroad??

    The University of Iowa PA Program allows and encourages their students to pursue international rotations. They had a few in Africa, Latin America and South America (I think one or two in Europe?) if I'm remembering correctly. This was mentioned during the informational session of the interview day so I'm not sure on exact logistics of the process.
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    University of Iowa 2018-2019 Applicants

    Received the email today that I’m also an alternate
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    Roomate(s) During Didactic Year

    This is a great idea to make some extra cash, something I've done myself, but make sure that whoever you're renting through allows this. Oftentimes a landlord and/or rental company specifically states that you aren't allowed to rent out an extra room for personal income. Again, this varies but there have been cases of people being evicted for renting out a room when not allowed to. If you want to go this route, I'd just ask up front.
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    Email Feedback Rejected Application

    For Programs I Didn't Receive an Interview Dear (Admissions Committee/Admissions Director/etc) Thank you for your consideration of my application to (name of program here). Although disappointed my experience wasn't quite what you were looking for this cycle, I am very interested in your program and would like to take this opportunity to inquire about areas in my application that you felt needed improvement so as to make me a more competitive candidate in the future. (Sentence here about how you plan to improve your application in the upcoming year). However, I feel an outside perspective would only serve to help me in reviewing and developing my application for future cycles and I would greatly appreciate any input or advice you have to offer. Thank you for your time and encouragement, (Sign your name here) For Programs I Did Receive an Interview Dear (Admission Committee/Admissions Director/etc), I would like to thank you and (name of program) for the opportunity to interview. I really enjoyed my time on campus and I was honored to be selected as an interview candidate. The faculty and students really made me feel at home and (insert something you like about the program/interview style here). I am writing to ask for any feedback or advice you may have for me going forward. I am very interested in your program and would like to do all I can to better prepare myself for the upcoming application cycle. (Talk about what you plan on doing to enhance your application/interview performance in the upcoming year). What I would like to know is if there were any hesitations about my performance in the interview or any other insight that may help me on my journey to becoming a Physician Assistant. I would like to continue to improve throughout this next year to better my chances of admission in the future. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and encouragement, (sign your name) These are essentially what I sent to the schools I applied to the first cycle. Some schools were very helpful in their feedback while others gave more generic responses. Just know that if you send out emails now, it's usually a pretty busy time for PA programs so they may take a bit to get back to you, but that is program dependent. In my opinion it certainly doesn't hurt to ask! And for what it's worth, I was rejected from 10 schools last year with only one interview invitation. This cycle, I applied to five programs, received interviews at four (declined one) and have been accepted to two and waiting on a decision from the third. Don't get discouraged just because you didn't get in the first time around!
  6. I have a friend currently in the program at Dubuque and for what it's worth he absolutely loves it. He's about to start clinicals soon and has had nothing but positive things to say about it. At the same time, he was relatively young, not married, no kids, only moved about four hours from home and had no commitments other than a dog and a girl he's successfully doing the long distance situation with. Not sure what your personal situation is but that's something to take note of when deciding which program to attend. I'm not too familiar with the type of distance learning that Kearney offers but if that type of style works for you, then I would think it would work as long as there's plenty of opportunity for hands on learning with patient assessments and such. It doesn't sound like something that would work for me but if you applied you must have been okay with that aspect. To each their own. Another area I'd also take a look at is how each program conducts their rotations. I've never researched a DL program and my friend has yet to start clinicals so I'm coming from a place of ignorance here. Do they set them up for you and assist with finding housing? Are you required to set up some yourself and pay for your own accommodations? How many electives are offered? Are the rotations 4 weeks, 6 weeks, or varied? Going through PA school is stressful enough, there's no need to add onto that stress by having to set up your own rotations.
  7. It's been said already, but as someone with experience with this, take anatomy and physiology before you apply. The first year I applied, I had both of these pending as well and, like you, thought it wouldn't matter too much since the schools I was looking at said I could have pending courses. I applied to 10 schools, got an interview only at one, and didn't get accepted. This year, I had both of these classes knocked out before applying and I applied to five schools, received interviews at four (declined one), with two acceptances and waiting to hear back on the other. It would tremendously help your application if you could get these classes complete prior to applying the next cycle. Even though the schools say you can have pending classwork, so many of the other applicants already have this coursework complete so it's a much safer bet for the school to go with a candidate that has already met their prerequisites than to go with a candidate who still has two core requirements left that could significantly impact sGPA and GPA. Also, in regards to the LOR from the PA you're shadowing, I'd double check the letter requirements for the schools you're applying to. Most will take a letter from a PA you shadowed but there were some schools I saw that explicitly stated you cannot have a LOR from such a person. Rather, they wanted letters from people who directly supervised your work in healthcare since that spoke more to your capability as a healthcare provider.
  8. After I received the call from Dr. Wright, I logged onto my portal and there was a decision letter that I clicked on to officially accept their offer of admission. After I did that, I received an official letter of acceptance through the portal and then instructions via email on how to submit my deposit, claim my NetID, etc. PM me if you have any other questions and congratulations!
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    University of Iowa 2018-2019 Applicants

    I received an interview invite for Dec 14th/15th via phone call last Friday! I was placed on a hold back in August with no updates until then, so to any of you still waiting, there’s always a chance a last minute spot will open up!
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    GWU vs NAU

    Congratulations on your acceptances! Seems like a good problem to have. Frankly, rankings don't matter, the "-C" after your PA credentials does. The #3 ranking for GWU is basically a popularity contest. That's not to say it's not a great program, it is, but those rankings aren't exactly conducted in the most scientific way. The upside to a more established program is, like you mentioned, more connections and better rotations so there would likely be more opportunity for you from that standpoint. And although the PA/MPH incoming class is 15 or less, remember that you will be joining the PA students in your second year, at which point it will be a class of ~60 people so it won't always be a smaller class size. Just from reading your descriptions of the two schools, it seems like you're really leaning towards NAU. Even if you take the cost factor out, there's something to be said about being comfortable in the program you're attending and having established relationships there. If I were you, I'd pick NAU. You seem to really prefer their program overall, and like the previous poster said, you'll be saving quite a bit of money. Best of luck in your decision!
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    Best way to become MA or CNA certified

    This isn't a certificate you mentioned but you should also look at EMT. I took a 12 week long course where we met once a week for four hours at a time and also had assigned online learning that accompanied in class material. Upon completion of the course, you sat for a written exam and also performed the practicall exam with hired proctors. If you passed both of these successfully you were issued a certificate and allowed to sit for the NREMT. They had night classes during the week and also a class on Saturdays so if you're able to find a program like that where you live it would certainly be doable even while working full time. I used my license to become an ER Tech which was a great experience, but working with an EMS service would be great exposure as well.
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    Should I take Medical Terminology course?

    Short answer is a resounding yes. Some programs require it as a pre-requisite course so it's definitely in your favor to take it.
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    Major required for PA school?�

    During my undergraduate program I was a neuroscience major, which ended up basically being a double major in biology and psychology with the types of classes I ended up taking. So if you're interested in those fields that's something to take a look at. Otherwise, like others have said on here, it really doesn't matter what your undergrad major is as long as you hit the prerequisites. But I'll agree with @Anachronist in that a hard science major will certainly better prepare you for didactic year since you'll already have familiarity in studying those subjects and a strong foundation in many of the courses PA school will cover. But by the same token, don't force yourself in a major you don't enjoy just because you think it'll look good on paper. Just be sure to keep your GPA up in whatever major you choose (especially aim for high grades in those pre-requisites), focus on getting quality HCE/PCE, volunteer & shadowing hours and you'll be a solid applicant. Good luck!
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    Best time to have a baby?

    I feel this is very program specific. There were plenty of questions during my interviews about how the schools I visited would support their students in unique circumstances, including a sudden illness or pregnancy. Perhaps the schools I interviewed at were more accommodating than others, but they gave examples of how they worked with their students to ensure they would still be able to finish their program. One mentioned how at one point, one of their students had an unplanned pregnancy and was worried about how it would affect their chances of graduating. They didn't encourage her to quit, instead they worked with her and restructured her classes a bit to help her handle the workload of being a new mother as well as a PA student. She still graduated, just at a later date than her peers due to taking some time off for the baby at first. Obviously, having a baby at any point during a PA program would not be recommended due to the rigorous nature, but things can happen and if that's the case, you'd want to make sure the school you're at would work with you as opposed to encouraging you to quit. I'm sure if the OP asked her program the best time to have a baby, they would say after PA school, but it never hurts to ask what support they would offer, if any, should she become pregnant. Also, kwhaa, not sure what your financial situation is but PA school isn't cheap and neither is having a baby. If you already have student loans to pay for school, you'll also have to take into account you and/or your husband taking off work, cost of childcare (which can be ridiculously high in some states), added cost of necessities for the baby (i.e. diapers, formula, crib), etc. so that should probably be factored into your decision making as well. Working for a few years to gain experience and generate some cash flow to pay off any debts and to save for a baby wouldn't be a bad idea. TLDR: Not all programs encourage you to quit if pregnant, so ask about what support they offer, if any, should a pregnancy occur. If it were me, I would wait until after a year or more on the job in order to gain some experience and to start earning some money.
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    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

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