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  1. The key is finding those programs that don't have that minimum 3.0 GPA, OR who will put greater weight on recently earned credit hours, OR who say something along the lines of "Candidates with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 will be considered when there is strong evidence of improved academic performance in more recently completed coursework"... like my program. I've seen several students in times past with this exact story. The last thing we wanted to do was punish those students in the application process when it's clear they've found their passion and are performing exceptionally well with prerequisites. Anyone with this story is welcome to apply to my program (University of Charleston). I wrote a blog post highlighting why we are going to have an exceptional program. You can check it out here: http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/2012/02/15/university-of-charleston-physician-assistant-program.html
  2. I just completed a blog post highlighting why our program is going to be exceptional! Please check it out here: http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/2012/02/15/university-of-charleston-physician-assistant-program.html We believe in an active and collaborative learner-centered approach to education. This is reflected in our program vision: Our vision is to foster a culture of learning by employing innovative educational strategies and a team-based approach within a supportive environment and to provide an application-based curriculum centered on critical principles of health and disease. If our philosophy resonates with what you desire in a PA Education, I encourage you to apply! Also, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate. Ask on this thread or send me an email. David Payne PA-C davidpayne@ucwv.edu Program Director, University of Charleston PA Program Founder and President, Physician-Assistant-ED.com
  3. We require a minimum 3.0 GPA. However, candidates with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 will be considered when there is strong evidence of improved academic performance in more recently completed coursework.
  4. We require a minimum 3.0 GPA. However, candidates with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 will be considered when there is strong evidence of improved academic performance in more recently completed coursework.
  5. Just FYI, we opened up our application cycle today! We do not participate in CASPA so you will have to apply through our online application portal. Click here for the link to our program's home page. We believe in an active and collaborative learner-centered approach to education. This is reflected in our program vision: Our vision is to foster a culture of learning by employing innovative educational strategies and a team-based approach within a supportive environment and to provide an application-based curriculum centered on critical principles of health and disease. Some highlights of our program? Strong emphasis in basic sciences initially to provide fundamentals required to become great clinicians Synthesized modular-based curriculum challenging students through cases and interactive experiences to solve problems Pass/fail system intentionally structured to reinforce collaboration and decrease competition amongst students Ten rotations including a hospitalist rotation and elective rotation To gain a greater appreciation on my philosophy of education, read the blog post I wrote when I took the job as program director by clicking here. I encourage all who are interested to apply! Charleston, WV is a great little city with excellent community medical resources! If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate. Feel free to ask me through this thread or via email at davidpayne@ucwv.edu David Payne PA-C Program Director, University of Charleston PA Program Founder and President, Physician-Assistant-ED.com
  6. Just FYI, we opened up our application cycle today! We do not participate in CASPA so you will have to apply through our online application portal. Click here for the link to our program's home page. We believe in an active and collaborative learner-centered approach to education. This is reflected in our program vision: Our vision is to foster a culture of learning by employing innovative educational strategies and a team-based approach within a supportive environment and to provide an application-based curriculum centered on critical principles of health and disease. Some highlights of our program? Strong emphasis in basic sciences initially to provide fundamentals required to become great clinicians Synthesized modular-based curriculum challenging students through cases and interactive experiences to solve problems Pass/fail system intentionally structured to reinforce collaboration and decrease competition amongst students Ten rotations including a hospitalist rotation and elective rotation To gain a greater appreciation on my philosophy of education, read the blog post I wrote when I took the job as program director by clicking here. I encourage all who are interested to apply! Charleston, WV is a great little city with excellent community medical resources! If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate. Feel free to ask me through this thread or via email at davidpayne@ucwv.edu David Payne PA-C Program Director, University of Charleston PA Program Founder and President, Physician-Assistant-ED.com
  7. Just FYI, we opened up our application cycle today! We do not participate in CASPA so you will have to apply through our online application portal. Click here for the link to our program's home page. We believe in an active and collaborative learner-centered approach to education. This is reflected in our program vision: Our vision is to foster a culture of learning by employing innovative educational strategies and a team-based approach within a supportive environment and to provide an application-based curriculum centered on critical principles of health and disease. Some highlights of our program? Strong emphasis in basic sciences initially to provide fundamentals required to become great clinicians Synthesized modular-based curriculum challenging students through cases and interactive experiences to solve problems Pass/fail system intentionally structured to reinforce collaboration and decrease competition amongst students Ten rotations including a hospitalist rotation and elective rotation To gain a greater appreciation on my philosophy of education, read the blog post I wrote when I took the job as program director by clicking here. I encourage all who are interested to apply! Charleston, WV is a great little city with excellent community medical resources! If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate. Feel free to ask me through this thread or via email at davidpayne@ucwv.edu David Payne PA-C Program Director, University of Charleston PA Program Founder and President, Physician-Assistant-ED.com
  8. Just FYI, we opened up our application cycle today! We do not participate in CASPA so you will have to apply through our online application portal. Click here for the link to our program's home page. We believe in an active and collaborative learner-centered approach to education. This is reflected in our program vision: Our vision is to foster a culture of learning by employing innovative educational strategies and a team-based approach within a supportive environment and to provide an application-based curriculum centered on critical principles of health and disease. Some highlights of our program? Strong emphasis in basic sciences initially to provide fundamentals required to become great clinicians Synthesized modular-based curriculum challenging students through cases and interactive experiences to solve problems Pass/fail system intentionally structured to reinforce collaboration and decrease competition amongst students Ten rotations including a hospitalist rotation and elective rotation To gain a greater appreciation on my philosophy of education, read the blog post I wrote when I took the job as program director by clicking here. I encourage all who are interested to apply! Charleston, WV is a great little city with excellent community medical resources! If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate. Feel free to ask me through this thread or via email at davidpayne@ucwv.edu David Payne PA-C Program Director, University of Charleston PA Program Founder and President, Physician-Assistant-ED.com
  9. OK, we have now included links for all subcategories on the main library directory page. Give me some feedback. Is there anything else we can do? David Payne
  10. Update - for those of you who were using Internet Explorer we discovered that it was not interpreting the code correctly. We had to modify a few things. It's now corrected. So if you were unable to see the main page because you were using that sorry excuse for a browser, please try again! David Payne
  11. Update -- we'll be working on @wutthechris's suggestion over the next week. Hopefully we'll have the improvements made soon! David Payne
  12. @wutthechris That's a great idea, thanks for the feedback. It will be especially helpful to have the subcategories as links on the categories page for users who have become familiar with the general navigation scheme. They would still always have the option of going to the subcategory page if they wanted to read the descriptions for each. @msctc2013 Glad you like it! If you ever have comments or suggestions please don't hesitate. David Payne
  13. I'm the director of a program that is applying for provisional accreditation in April (University of Charleston in Charleston, WV -- http://www.ucwv.edu/pa) so I want to help clear some things up: -There is no such thing as "full" accreditation in the PA education world. A provisionally accredited program is a "full" form of accreditation in that it has been given it's blessing by ARC-PA. Following provisional accreditation, most programs receive the status of "continuing" accreditation, which is also a "full" form of accreditation. Students who enter a provisionally accredited program are eligible to sit for PANCE, even if the program does not receive "continuing" accreditation. -One should not assume because a program has been around for a long time that all of the kinks are ironed out. There is very high turnover in the world of PA Education. Therefore, even schools that have been around for dozens of years can be in significant transition, even turmoil. -PANCE rates are definitely helpful to look at but are only a measure of medical knowledge, which is only one of six core competencies our profession has adopted. In other words, you cannot tell if a program trains excellent PAs by looking at this alone. I've known many PAs who have scored very well on PANCE but are marginal PAs and others who have been average who have been excellent PAs. -New programs have the luxury of building something great from scratch whereas established programs are very challenged when making changes. I think the most important thing is to carefully read about each program and ask lots of questions. You'll find your answer. I can promise that my program will be outstanding, from day one :)
  14. I started a thread several weeks ago about our NEW Physician Assistant Links and Resource Library. At that time we got some excellent feedback on how it could be improved. To see the original thread, click here. We have now revamped the library considerably to make it more user-friendly. Please check it out. Here's the link: http://physician-assistant-ed.com/physician-assistant-pa-links-and-resource-library/ I'm sure you'll find that it will be an excellent resource to bookmark and refer to in the future. Best of all, it's 100% FREE! I've shared three quotes below that we received about the library even before making these recent updates. So take a look and provide us with some more feedback :) "The links page is amazing. I have navigated it multiple times and keep finding myself going from link to link. Doing a Google search for this information could take days. The links make a lot of information available in an easily accessible format." "I started looking at the Link Library on my 30 minute dinner break…. I lost track of time! Thank you so much for putting it together!" "I LOVE LOVE LOVE the links section!!! so incredibly useful… thanks for all your hard work on this!" David Payne PA-C President and Founder www.Physician-Assistant-ED.com
  15. Thanks for the feedback guys, over the next few weeks I'm going to work on a mechanism where it's obvious that there's a change upon clicking on a link. I'll let you know when it's complete so you can evaluate the difference.
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