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  1. I personally see nothing wrong with calling them and telling them that they are your first choice but you have been accepted elsewhere and have to make a final decision by such-and-such a date (assuming your story is on the up and up.) They may come through or they may not but, either way, you've been accepted somewhere. Good luck!
  2. A woman in the class ahead of mine planned a wedding. She was also the only person in her class to fail the PANCE on her first try.
  3. Don't expect an adcom to give you detailed information about their process, like how many seats they have left. Telling them that you're still interested and getting an idea as to when you might hear so you can make your personal plans is OK I would guess, but it's a question you can only ask once. Good luck! BTW, my best friend in PA school got picked from the waiting list 2 days before school started and he drove night and day to get there in time. Miracles happen.
  4. I kind of disagree here. The closing date for the last cycle was last fall, well before COVID. I would not be surprised to see a slightly larger than usual group who decide to wait a year, especially with a vaccine on the horizon. Time will tell.
  5. Some schools require biochem but many do not. It's good course I believe because it introduces you to genetics, lipids, and a bit of pharmacology. That same, I've never taken cancer biology.
  6. I agree with the above and would like to add one more comment: Pick a degree program that can lead to a career she would like in case (a) the PA route doesn't work out for her or (b) she changes her mind once she gets to college. Also to a school large enough to have many possible degree programs. Kids sometimes change their minds and that can be a good thing.
  7. I look things up in front of the patient as well and have ever since becoming a PA 14 years ago. When I was young, my doctor used to leave the exam room every now and then. I always assumed it was to see another patient since the office was very busy. One day I had to find a bathroom and saw him in his office, crammed with books, reading something from one of them. We're fortunate to live in a world where a lot of the world's knowledge is accessible from your phone. Having an advocate who is willing to make sure he or she is correct before doing something probably looks better than one who thinks they know (and remember) it all.
  8. To me, the primary concern for a provisional program is whether or not they have their act together to prepare you well and have a network of good clinical sites for your rotations. Mine did but I can't speak for yours. The key for us was that we had a very experienced program director who had spent years running another program in another state. It shouldn't matter very much where you go to school as far as jobs go. I am not sure if that is the case for applying to PA residencies but I have no evidence either way. If you are thinking of moving back to your home town, hopefully you can get at least one rotation back there to make contacts. I've been an educator for about 5 years now and have seen many of our graduates go all over the country. Reading between the lines, you are concerned about not going to the local, established school. Pay attention to your gut; you may have some hunches that suggests that's the place for you to go.
  9. No one can really help you here, unfortunately. There are few opportunities in life to try a new area of the country and this may be one of them for you. I went to a program with provisional accreditation and it was fine. We had a very experienced program director and that made all of the difference.
  10. CASPA averages retakes: get a 3 credit C (2.0) and then get an 3 credit A (4.0) on the retake and it's like you got a 6 credit B (3.0). The CASPA schools I know don't try to compute the averages on their own; there is enough other stuff to be doing besides checking CASPA's math. Schools that concentrate on your last x credits might be a different story. I've not been associated with any of them.
  11. I do telemedicine (from home) and, frankly, it would be hard to get PCE as a student. You might be able to be an MA in the office and set up telemedicine calls. My MA calls the patients, gets their complaints, updates their meds and vitals, and then sets up follow-up appointments and tests. He does that on my two days and, at other times, he works in the office rooming patients, etc.
  12. I wear an open collar shift, Dockers, and usually a white coat. I wore a tie for a while but got tired of it rubbing against in-patient toes during my hunt for peripheral edema. Actually an ID specialist I know wears a bowtie. It's not me though so I've never done that. Also I'm in my 70s now and not trying to climb any corporate ladders.
  13. Well done! You will always remember being there for your Mom when it counted. I admire your character. Best of luck,
  14. Reading your note, I can feel your pain. It all makes sense from your perspective: a dream, long hours of experience, etc. Your experience, the diversity you represent, and your determination all make you a good candidate. The problem is that you are competing against people with way better grades in classes they have most likely received more recently than you have. I may know what that feels like since I applied to PA school over three decades after my BS. You've just got to kill it by taking more recent, challenging classes to prove your once-capable brain hasn't turned into maple syrup. From a school's standpoint, they want students who look like they can successfully complete a graduate degree. Schools, after all, have to publish their success rates for the students that they admit. Your grades, and to a much lesser degree, your GRE scores, aren't generally what they are looking for. On the other hand, you did get interviews and that's a very good thing. There much be something about your story on paper that got them interested, but maybe your story in person didn't come out well enough to win the day. Fixing that may be considerably easier than improving your grades. Only you can decide whether to dig in and do what it might take to make this work or to decide that your life would be richer if you changed your goals and went in a new direction. Without a ton of effort, changing your GPA at the end is a difficult thing. There are some programs (I don't know which ones off the top of my head) that might give emphasis to the most recent 60-ish odd credits. Perhaps that is where you should concentrate and perhaps another reader of this forum can give you some ideas as to which programs those might be. In conclusion, what has already happened to you -- for better or worse -- has happened and there is no changing that. While it can be hard to move on from what has already happened, you really need to. My football analogy is, you might have lost yardage and it's 3rd down and 15 but don't dwell on the last play; its time to call your next one. Good luck, whatever you decide.
  15. If you can wait financially and spiritually, I think that I would, just given COVID and especially its effect on PA education. By next fall, hopefully, there will be a vaccine. If COVID isn't a big factor for you and the leadership of your new program has some experienced PA educators, then starting almost a year ahead is a big plus.
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