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  1. Your stats are competitive! I would just make sure that your programs accept scribe as a patient care experience since some do not. Feel free to PM me your personal statement, I'll be happy to take a look at it!
  2. Hey! Are you from Boston? I know you didn't ask me the question directly but I was also accepted off the waitlist at MGH and decided to go with Quinnipiac !
  3. Hi everyone! I received an email this morning ~ 8am ET saying that I got pulled off the waitlist. I will not be giving my deposit since I've already been accepted to my top program. Hopefully this gives someone else a shot!
  4. I believe I applied back in June and it's been silence from them since yesterday. In the email it said to reply saying whether we would like to no longer be considered for interviews or confirm that we would like to be considered and to submit any additional hours or coursework that can be updated.
  5. Did anyone else get an email from Katie asking to confirm whether or not we still want to be considered for an interview? I got an email on Monday around 12pm
  6. I haven’t heard anything and I’m honestly not expecting anything either. I know that they over accepted in the last cycle (2018-19) and had to ask students to defer their enrollment for this year. They made it even more enticing by offering lower tuition to those that accepted the offer to start in 2020 instead of 2019. Therefore, I think they have less seats available than the usual for this year.
  7. If you have 2 acceptances and one is cheaper than the other and location doesn't matter, go with the cheaper option. You will come out as a PA anyways. No employer will pay you a higher salary as a new grad because you have more student loans.
  8. Sorry to hear that you won't be able to attend despite getting accepted. To answer your question, I personally did just that prior to applying and it worked for me. I completed about 2,500 hours of PCE. I worked for a year to obtain my patient care hours. An opportunity came up for me to work in another area of the hospital (mine was the same pay) but it wasn't direct patient care experience. I worked there leading up to applying to school (about 8 months). I took the chance to leave patient care which was risky but it paid off. I noticed that I had far more to talk about in my interviews compared to others. It also shows that you want to keep learning and bring forward the knowledge that you've gained outside of your pce to your patients. Since you already received prior acceptances it shows that your application and interview skills were fine so I would say go for it. You've checked all the boxes and by doing something out of the box helps you stand out even more. If the new position is something you can tie into your desire to be a PA or if you learn something about the medical field even better!
  9. I think that if you received interviews then your application on paper was good enough. Your application gets you an interview and your interview gets you an acceptance. I would brush up on your interview skills and try to apply more broadly. Your stat's aren't "below" average but they aren't extremely above average either regarding PCE. With that said, applying to 7 programs is relatively low given that your stats aren't spectacular. I would retake those 2 courses to try and see if you can bump up your science GPA but again, you received interviews so that may not make a huge difference on your app. Do you have any volunteer experiences that you've held consistently? Schools like to see commitment to service and getting involved in the community. If not, try and get involved. Volunteering is required by some programs (not all) so that would give you more options when applying. Also, wait listed doesn't always mean rejected ! Gear up for another application cycle just in case but stay hopeful! Best of luck!
  10. Cadaver lab is at Harvard Medical School which is also used by the MGH PA students.
  11. Something to consider is whether or not they are rolling admissions. If they are rolling admissions, it's always better to apply early. June is still considered early for the application process. The later you apply to rolling admissions programs the chances of you getting an interview and ultimately a seat decreases. There are people that apply close to the deadline and get in just fine but it's also about maximizing your chances! If they aren't rolling admissions then I would wait until I have accrued more hours to be more competitive.
  12. Description > bulletin points. Be detailed ! It's really the only place you have on your application to explain your role and responsibilities aside from a resume (if they ask for one, not all programs do). Also, include what you learned if you're adding shadowing experiences.
  13. I don’t think I came off sounding offensive but if that’s how you interpreted it then my apologies. I was stating that the internal candidates that I met and having talked to them on the interview day really did not portray themselves as mature and what they spoke on behalf of their PCE it appeared to be extremely minimal. I say this based off of my experience during my time there. I understand that your defending your undergrad institution and that it’s your alma mater and how dare someone tell you that their program isn’t impressive. I’m also not saying that every single internal candidate is the same as the ones that I came across. I’m sure there are a few that are perfectly qualified and I’m not questioning that. I may have misunderstood but how are 3rd years in college not juniors? I understand that they may take additional courses during their three years which ultimately may mean that they are “senior” according to credits but for the most part: 1st year, freshman. 2nd year: sophomore and 3rd year: Junior, 4th year: senior. The internal students that I spoke with called themselves a junior so that’s what I’ll call them. Regarding your comment on having a younger supervisor is not applicable in this scenario. I strongly believe that many people like myself aren’t a fan of 3+3 programs for this exact reason. Applicants are too young, unexperienced and being tied down to a specific profession at the age of 18 is a little crazy. Speak to any practicing PA and hear what they say. I’ve spoken to many that are actual preceptors for MCPHS PA students and they aren’t impressed, sorry to break it to you. That’s quite naïve of you to believe that they don’t reserve spots for internal candidates. Of course they do. How bad would it look on them if they’re offering a 3+3 and 0 students are admitted into the PA program. I’m sure their admittance rate for the 3+3 would plummet if incoming undergrads knew that no students were admitted. Let’s be real here. Like I said, I applied there due to location and hospital-affiliations that the program has. I think every external candidate that went through the interview sign-up process realized how unfair that process was. Additionally, the lack of organization regarding emails being sent out is in fact a reflection of their program whether you like it or not. Also, justifying that their internal candidates still have to get a minimum GPA of 3.2 and 250 PCE to qualify for an interview is setting really low standards. Getting into PA schools is challenging and the number of applicants admitted in the first try with a 3.2 and 250PCE is low, possible but low. It’s saying “We aren’t guaranteed an interview because we have to get a minimum of a 3.2 and 250 hours and take such and such course so it’s not certain” Well, honestly, how hard is it to maintain a 3.2 if your serious about your studies and be a CNA for 1 month over your summer break? Oh and btw, the school actually helps internal candidates by holding mock interviews with them. If that isn’t an advantage then I don’t know what is. I also want to be very clear here that although already being admitted to another program, I am still hoping to get admitted here so I can have options as the other program requires relocation. If admitted and I do decide to attend, the things that I mentioned will still bother me throughout my time there. Best of luck to you on your PA endeavors!
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