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  1. Hi! I'm starting at University of Iowa this fall. Happy to answer questions if helpful.
  2. I will be starting PA school this fall, so not a current applicant. I applied and was given early acceptance to GWU's dual degree program last year, largely recognized for as one of the best dual degree programs in the nation for it's connections to policy and epidemiology resources in D.C. And I turned it down. At first, I was SO excited about this option. I love stats and sociology and the thought of being able to push community research forward was a personal passion. But - that comes with an enormous price tag and barely any bump in salary. I am going instead to the University of Iowa (a #1 ranked program) and saving well over 50k. I talked to soooo many dual degree grads who said it was not worth the debt. The *only* reason I would say this is a good idea is if you KNOW that you want to work a job that REQUIRES an MPH degree, like the CDC. I am not in any way saying that PAs should not get dual degrees. But I personally think the wisest way is to get it after while you work.
  3. Thanks! Interview tips for RFU (specifically): RFU adopts a Multiple Mini Interview style (MMI). This model started in medical schools and has quickly been adopted by many other health training programs in Canada and the United States. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, I suggest you do some thorough research. For a long time, I was involved in competitive speech and did impromptu speaking - so I think that experience really prepared me for this. I personally believe that a lot of MMI success simply comes from the ability to speak well on your feet. What does it mean to "speak well"? To me, this basically translates as "eloquence" (aka sounding professional and put-together) and solid content. If you can develop a habit of responding to any question with this in mind, the interview questions will be no different. I would sit down with a list of practice MMI or just med school interview questions. Look at them one by one, give yourself 2 minutes to prep, and then try to talk about it for roughly 5 minutes. The "problem solving" type questions that I encountered in MMIs last year ranged from building things to drawing to riddles. These you cannot really prep for. Instead, keep in mind what they are examining. If you are working with a partner, they are likely looking at teamwork, communication, and patience. In every problem-solving, they will probably ask you how you think you did and what you could have done better. If they do, they are asking you to identify weaknesses and strengths. I loved the MMI as it caters to my strengths. I liked the ability to "reset" between questions and to have multiple first impressions. it is also much more fun than a one-on-one interview or a panel interview. In my experience, it seemed that those applicants who embraced this style and enjoyed it generally got accepted more often than those who did not. Feel free to message me with any questions!
  4. GPA: 3.98 GRE Verbal: 165 GRE Quant: 161 GRE Writing: 6.0 ~ 1300 PCE hours as an oncology /urology floor CNA ~ 3000 hours professional lab research ~ 40 hours shadowing PAs ~ 200 hours volunteering Lmk if I forgot to address a certain category.
  5. I interviewed/was accepted at RFU and Northwestern last year, and although I am attending a different school, I am happy to answer any questions
  6. I agree with the above. If you are absolutely sure that PA is the path for you, the priority screening is actually a really nice perk and I would lean that way. However, if you may want to consider research or other clinical medicine careers, it would be to your personal advantage to be at a school that allows you to explore those easily (like Loyola).
  7. Hey all!! RFU was the first school I got accepted to, and even though I am not attending there this fall, I am happy to answer any questions about application or interview process.
  8. Try working as a "medical assistant" or "clinical assistant" at a dermatology or orthopedic CLINIC. These places often will hire with a CNA license depending on the work and area of the country. I know a lot of people who have had success with this approach. A perk? Lots of PAs in derm and ortho.
  9. CAVEAT: Some schools require a copy of the transcript to be send directly to them. You will likely have to do this, but you may not know which schools require it until CASPA opens.
  10. With a strong personal statement and good letters of recommendation, I think you should be fine to apply for this cycle! The BIGGEST mistake a lot of applicants make is simply not applying to enough programs. If you aim for 12-18, you will probably get in somewhere. I would apply to a range of schools - some "reach" schools that are above you stats, mostly "target" schools that match your stats roughly, and then a few "safety" schools which might be lower ranked or on provisional accreditation (in a word: less competitive). Some schools that come to the top of my head (roughly in order from more competitive to less) would be: George Washington Baylor Rosalind Franklin UW Madison Boston University Midwestern Augsburg University Ultimately though, only YOU can create a school list. My advice? Go to the U.S. News and World Report, pick a few highly, mid-, and lower-ranked schools in areas of the country you would like to live. Then go look at their websites and see if you roughly match their profile. Keep going until you find a decent list! Good luck.
  11. I would go to GWU because the program experience is really important to me. I was lucky enough to get to choose between two excellent programs (one of them was GWU!) so I did choose the cheaper option. But if I were in your shoes, I would choose GWU. I have talked to enough people who had a terrible time in a new program because they were "guinea pigs" and things were constantly changing and rotations were sub-par.
  12. I start school this upcoming fall, and my program has already said that classes will begin on time whether they are virtual or in person. I have no idea how this will affect the upcoming graduating class.
  13. I think the way you have it makes sense - as two separate experiences. That would make sense to me as an adcom. An alternative, if you did want to change it, would be to list the time frame as June 2019 to August 2019 and then specify that it was two separate experiences. Only clinical hours should be counted.
  14. From my experience, schools who feel the need to verify that these courses were completed will do so independently of CASPA. Your application should be able to be processed and verified, but the schools may ask for an updated transcript upon interview or even after. For example - I was accepted to Rosalind Franklin last year. AFTER I had already been accepted, I had to send in a course syllabus to see if it met the requirement for psychology. Thankfully it did, but if it had not I would have had to retake it by the time I matriculated.
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