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  1. Hi everyone, I'll be starting PA school next fall and am considering taking advantage of Black Friday deals for an iPad for school. I have a 2015 Macbook Pro that I love and still works great, but I've seen a lot of people like writing their notes directly on the iPad in a pdf and transferring it over. Any thoughts on if it's worth it to shell out $300+ for a new iPad just for school? I probably wouldn't use it for much else, I just love a traditional laptop.
  2. Hi everyone. I'm going to be starting PA school next fall, and am currently on the hunt for scholarships and such to help with my future student loans (~40k for tuition, ~16k for rent/living). I'm interested in the NC FELS program, which is a loan forgiveness program requiring you to practice in NC for 2 years in exchange for up to $20k of loan forgiveness (8% interest on loans). I am from northeast NC, going to school at East Carolina, and would like to stay in NC or VA after school. I have been playing around with the idea of potentially practicing in VA after graduation, as there are a ton of PA jobs up there and it is closer to family and such vs. middle/western NC. Saying all that to say this..... would it be worth it to do the FELS program (apply for it now and be limited to NC) or hope to get a high-paying job after graduation? I don't know yet if I want to do primary/general care or specialize, so I know salaries can vary greatly. Alos, not sure if PA's on a whole get paid more in NC or VA. Any advice would be much appreciated.
  3. Hi everyone. I'm going to be starting PA school next fall, and am currently on the hunt for scholarships and such to help with my future student loans (~40k for tuition, ~16k for rent/living). I'm interested in the NC FELS program, which is a loan forgiveness program requiring you to practice in NC for 2 years in exchange for up to $20k of loan forgiveness (8% interest on loans). I am from northeast NC, going to school at East Carolina, and would like to stay in NC or VA after school. I have been playing around with the idea of potentially practicing in VA after graduation, as there are a ton of PA jobs up there and it is closer to family and such vs. middle/western NC. Saying all that to say this..... would it be worth it to do the FELS program (apply for it now and be limited to NC) or hope to get a high-paying job after graduation? I don't know yet if I want to do primary/general care or specialize, so I know salaries can vary greatly. Alos, not sure if PA's on a whole get paid more in NC or VA. Any advice would be much appreciated.
  4. Hi everyone. I'm going to be starting PA school next fall, and am currently on the hunt for scholarships and such to help with my future student loans (~40k for tuition, ~16k for rent/living). I'm interested in the NC FELS program, which is a loan forgiveness program requiring you to practice in NC for 2 years in exchange for up to $20k of loan forgiveness (8% interest on loans). I am from northeast NC, going to school at East Carolina, and would like to stay in NC or VA after school. I have been playing around with the idea of potentially practicing in VA after graduation, as there are a ton of PA jobs up there and it is closer to family and such vs. middle/western NC. Saying all that to say this..... would it be worth it to do the FELS program (apply for it now and be limited to NC) or hope to get a high-paying job after graduation? I don't know yet if I want to do primary/general care or specialize, so I know salaries can vary greatly. Alos, not sure if PA's on a whole get paid more in NC or VA. Any advice would be much appreciated.
  5. I'm just curious to hear what everyone's thoughts are...... is it better for a new grad to specialize (think derm, IR, surgical subspecialty), or go general (fam med, rural med, primary care) for their first job? Would you recommend new grads look for jobs in bigger cities or more rural areas? Is the pay usually better in big cities? Is a better pay in a rural area worth being "isolated" so to speak, esp. if you're in your twenties? Just want to see what other's opinions are!
  6. Thank you! I applied to ECU, High Point, Wingate, Gardner Webb, JMU, Jefferson, and South University in Savannah. I got waitlisted at Wingate and JMU, and have accepted my spot at ECU. oGPA: 3.6 sGPA: 3.6 GRE: 309 Volunteer: 1500+ PCE: 1000 as a ER Tech and PT aide. only 200-750 at time of application depending on school Shadowing: 140 trauma surgery PA, 20 family med MD I was pretty limited on where I could apply to due to my lower PCE hours, and am shocked I got interviews, let alone acceptances! I literally applied to ECU 2 days before the deadline with 2 hours over their minimum..... but I'm born and raised in Eastern NC, and have a passion to serve the area so I think that helped. Good luck!
  7. Just got my acceptance call!! Good luck to everyone else waiting..... don’t give up, be confident in your “why” and what got you to this point, and give it all to God!
  8. Exactly. Unless you’re going into teaching, there is currently no pay difference. If I decide when the time comes I’d like extra training for more money, I’ll just do a residency instead of sending myself further into debt.
  9. I received an interview invite as well, however after reading about the required doctorate after the masters, I will likely be turning it down. I have already had interviews at my top 3 schools, and I think it’s ridiculous that they would require this and not mention it anywhere on the website- personally I see it as a waste of my $100+ application, as I have no intention or need to get my doctorate after my masters. I hope for the programs sake they don’t lose more applicants such as myself because of this!
  10. Just received my interview invite for 10/15. This is my alma mater, so I am overjoyed! Any tips for MMI?
  11. Just got an interview invite for November!! Would love to hear any tips anyone may have. Thanks!
  12. Can anyone who was offered an interview give their stats? Just curious as this is my first cycle ever applying.
  13. That's great advice! Thank you.
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