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  1. Hello everyone, I hope all is well in the application and interview process. For those that have been accepted I would like to extend my congratulations. Also, I have created a Facebook group for the accepted members of the Class of 2022. If you would like to join, please send me a direct message and I will send you the link. For those who have not been accepted yet following their interview, please remember that the majority of students are accepted not on the week of their interview but at a later date. In the past, this occurred in December. As always, feel free to message me with any questions. Mason FSU PA Class of 2020
  2. In the past a small number of acceptances were given out a few days after the interview and the majority were after all interviews were completed. If you do have an early interview and don’t hear back right away do not fret. It was several months before I received my acceptance.
  3. Congratulations on your interview! If it’s similar to recent cycles, only a few acceptances are allotted for each interview date initially and the majority are given out after all interviews have been completed. Do not worry about having a later interview date as you are probably just as likely to be accepted than someone with an earlier date.
  4. I also think you should apply. Although your GPA is not the strongest, your grades are trending in the right direction. By providing a good explanation for you lackluster grades early on in your college career and being strong elsewhere in the application, you may stand a chance. Best of luck.
  5. Amanda0922, Great question! Your GPA and GRE scores are excellent, and your PCE hours are fine as well. I’m sure it would be okay to list your PCE hours as a weakness, or if they were in a single setting that could be a weakness also - a lack of exposure to differing health careers or environments. For myself, I had a couple of C’s on my undergrad transcript that I used as my weakness and offered explanations for this. Hope that helps.
  6. Due to the official start of the 2019-2020 CASPA Cycle I decided to start this forum to facilitate discussion and be available for any questions you may have about the program. Myself and other students of the Class of 2020 are in the middle of our didactic phase and students of the Class of 2019 are out on their clinical rotations. There are several of us who are fairly active on this website and will try to be available whenever possible. Best of luck on applying and remember to apply early. Go Noles! FSU PA program link: https://med.fsu.edu/pa/home
  7. Hello everyone, We just finished our final exams up today and are on Christmas break. I spoke to Cyndi earlier this week and she said that only about half of the acceptances have been given out so far. If you have received an acceptance, feel free to join the Facebook group titled “florida state university physician assistant program class of 2021.” You can either message me or AmandaPAS letting us know your name and that you joined the group and we will approve the request. For those of you who haven’t heard, there are still many acceptances to go out. Don’t lose hope. Feel free to message me with any questions. Have a great holiday season!
  8. I agree with Amanda, you should definitely go to the interview. They are expanding to a 60 student class size and to my knowledge more than 75% of the acceptances have not been given out yet. Also, I would recommend checking out the book How To "Ace" The Physician Assistant School Interview by Andrew Rodican before your interview.
  9. Hello all, Once again, congratulations to those that have been accepted! Myself and other members from the class of 2020 have created a Facebook group for the accepted students of the class of 2021. If you have been accepted, feel free to join the group titled “Florida State University Physician Assistant Program Class Of 2021.” We are available to help in any way we can and are open to any questions. Also, as Tom stated, it’s not over till it’s over. There are still many acceptances to go out.
  10. Yes, but this year may not be exactly the same. There is a new staff member in charge of admissions this year.
  11. Congratulations to those accepted! If you weren’t accepted, don’t lose hope. Last year I interviewed in October and wasn’t accepted until December.
  12. As a student you have access to the building 24/7, including the learning communities (LCs) many students study at. These LCs include study rooms, a fridge, couches, bathrooms, a shower, and a microwave and stove. I know the library is only staffed M-F but you may still be able to get in. As far as I know, most students don’t study in the library anyway as it is mainly a bunch of computers. I personally have only been in there once during orientation. All textbooks are accessible online at your leisure.
  13. I am currently only about a month into the program but I will do my best to answer what I can. TomB may have better insight to some of your questions. I do love the mission, but what I like best about the program are the resources and faculty that are there to help you succeed. There are a plethora of faculty members including a psychologist just for the PA program who are there to help any students who may be struggling in any way. Also, the college of medicine and cadaver lab are open 24/7 to assist in your studies. All of our textbooks are in an online library and accessible always. Plus, we all received a laptop to take notes on during class. Clinicals are done at six regional sites in Florida including Pensacola, Tallahassee, Orlando, Sarasota, Fort Pierce, and Daytona Beach. Students are assigned a regional site and complete all of their rotations in that area. Your elective rotations may possibly be done elsewhere, but I’m not 100% on that. FSU does put a huge emphasis on serving the underserved populations. I know the medical students go on a trip to an underserved area, but I’m not sure if this has been integrated to include PAs yet. The didactic curriculum is tough but manageable. At my interview the director stated that FSU’s curriculum may be one of the most difficult in Florida. However, exams are not often stacked on the same day, there are plenty of resources to help you, and if you made it this far then you can make it through. The averages of the few exams we’ve had so far have been in the upper 80s to lower 90%. The class before us have also all done well in their courses. Let me know if you have any other questions; I’ll answer what I can. I went to several other interviews but I felt FSU was by far the best for me.
  14. Congratulations on your interview! I remember the excitement I had this time last year when I received mine! The interview is menacing and honestly it’s almost impossible to prepare for. Obviously it’s important to be familiar with the history of PAs, the FSU PA program, and why you want to be a PA. The beauty of the MMI format is that there are no wrong answers as long as you can back them up. I read “How to ace the Physician Assistant Interview” by Andrew Rodican to prepare. I look forward to seeing everyone during your interviews in October!
  15. The first set of interviews were sent out on September 28th last year.
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