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  1. When going through the pros and cons, I really thought this was a fantastic read: http://www.amazon.com/You-Want-Physician-Assistant-ebook/dp/B007OG987E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370695130&sr=1-1&keywords=so+you+want+to+be+a+physician+assistant Good luck!
  2. I submitted my application in mid-August, got my interview email Dec 9 (the day before my OHSU interview!) and interviewed in late January! 5 people from my interview group got in... and I think the very last day of interviews had 4-6 people that got in. So no worries if you are early or late... Good luck and BE YOURSELF!! :D
  3. I'm not sure if it's true or not, but I heard that last year (or I guess last year's last year, class of 2012) everyone who wanted to come (and had been wait listed) is now in the class. Could just be a rumor, but either way, chin up and good luck!! :)
  4. I don't know if you've considered the National Heath Service Corps scholarship, and of course it's not guaranteed, but if you were willing to spend two years in an under-served area, you could attend Duke AND have a down payment for a house... The Air Force also came to recruit us and they have a pretty sweet deal if you are open to serving in the military. Neither worked for my situation, but I know at least one person on this forum could tell you more about the NHSC scholarship, and here is the link: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/ We have 4 scholars in the class of 2013. Oh- and there might be another opportunity if you want to do rural primary care in NC that will pay a nice chunk of tuition. Did they mention that at your interview Tao? They might talk about it at the open house...
  5. I don't know if you've considered the National Heath Service Corps scholarship, and of course it's not guaranteed, but if you were willing to spend two years in an under-served area, you could attend Duke AND have a down payment for a house... The Air Force also came to recruit us and they have a pretty sweet deal if you are open to serving in the military. Neither worked for my situation, but I know at least one person on this forum could tell you more about the NHSC scholarship, and here is the link: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/ We have 4 scholars in the class of 2013. Oh- and there might be another opportunity if you want to do rural primary care in NC that will pay a nice chunk of tuition. Did they mention that at your interview Tao? They might talk about it at the open house...
  6. I think TRD hit the nail on the head- on all points! There is always the easy (indecisive) method. Apply. If you get invited to interview you can check it out, and if accepted you have the choice. If not accepted, then you can rule it out. I'm not sure if you are applying this year or not, but there is an open house on Saturday, March 10 if you want to visit Durham and the program. I know it's a bit of a trip, but could be a fun east-coast visit; we are only 4 hours from the beach and 4 hours from the mountains!
  7. Good luck to all of you interviewing this week!! :D
  8. We have our own building with our own DPAP (Duke Physician Assistant Program) Parking lot, so you don't even need a "Big Duke" parking pass! Just drive and park and walk less than 1000 ft (I have no idea how far, but its close) to the front door! :) In the fall we have anatomy lab on Fridays at the medical center, and then there is a green bus (biodiesel) that takes us back and forth (or you can drive and pay to park in one of the garages). If you are a biker or runner- the American Tobacco Trail passes just on the other side of the senior center, so that's another great option too. This year, the Green Committee has implemented "Green Tuesdays" where everyone walks/bikes/runs/carpools to school. A lot of our class (20/80) live in 1520 Magnolia, with a few of us in the surrounding area, and another large chunk at Alexan Garrett Farms- most of us have a 7-12 minute drive to school and its not bad. You can live right downtown at like West Village, which are amazing lofts in old warehouses, but you are looking at $1k+ a month in rent and no washers/dryers! Short answer: Most of us drive and parking is a breeze! :)
  9. Congrats to all of the new Dukies!! :D I (we) can't wait to meet you (again) in August!! One thing that our class (and the one before, and probably the one before) did was make a [closed] Facebook group... as we were accepted we joined it and started meeting our new classmates and the class of 2012!! If any of you make one (maybe "Duke PA Class of 2014"), post it on here and we (2012s & 2013s can join in- if you want us- to give you advice and answer any questions you may have about the move, Durham, etc). I say [closed] because you probably don't want to be broadcasting your Duke stuff all over facebook. Just sayin'. Congratulations again!!!!
  10. Probably a little late for urcrobin... but all I can tell you is earth science doesn't count; buy physics does (IIRC). Like tfortson said, just call or email. Wendy is super nice and will tell you what you need to know. Good luck to you all- can't wait to meet you!
  11. I second mJohnson! Although, we had cake in October for PA week and we are having more on Nov 15th. ...haven't seen any roses yet though... ;)
  12. hgpaddoc- they email you to invite you for an interview. Everyone else- SDS is totally right; timing doesn't seem to matter as far as acceptances (just the number of grey/white hairs you get while waiting to hear!!); I interviewed at the end of January (submitting my supplemental application mid-Nov;getting invited Dec 9) and 5/12 people in my interview group got accepted! Like everyone says: Be yourself!! Also: Be on time and don't be crazy. :) A little crazy is ok; a lot- not so much. Can't wait to see you this week td and RiaRie! Best of luck to you!!
  13. The website says this: "Admission to the Duke PA Program is very competitive. The following information describing recent candidates will allow prospective applicants to realistically assess their chances of admission, and to plan accordingly. For the PA class entering in 2011, 717 CASPA applications were received. Two hundred and thirty-six applicants were interviewed. Eighty applicants accepted the offer of admission for the Fall 2011 entering class. PA class size is typically 80 students per year.The ranges of academic and experiential qualifications for the middle 50 percent of accepted applicants for Fall 2011 were as follows: Overall GPA: 3.3 – 3.7 Natural science GPA: 3.2 – 3.6 Total natural science credits: 46 –68 GRE General Test scores: Verbal: 487 – 572 Quantitative: 607 – 700 Analytical Writing: 4.0 – 4.5 [*]Months of full-time patient care experience: 15 – 35 Although this represents the range of qualifications among accepted candidates, each application is evaluated on its individual merits. Evidence of academic potential, knowledge of the health care system, motivation, personal maturity, self-assurance and good interpersonal skills will weigh strongly in the admission decision."
  14. If you meet Duke's requirements and have strong interpersonal skills you'll probably be fine. Just make sure you have taken all of the required classes. It looks like you have lots of experience which is handy. The website says this: "Admission to the Duke PA Program is very competitive. The following information describing recent candidates will allow prospective applicants to realistically assess their chances of admission, and to plan accordingly. For the PA class entering in 2011, 717 CASPA applications were received. Two hundred and thirty-six applicants were interviewed. Eighty applicants accepted the offer of admission for the Fall 2011 entering class. PA class size is typically 80 students per year.The ranges of academic and experiential qualifications for the middle 50 percent of accepted applicants for Fall 2011 were as follows: Overall GPA: 3.3 – 3.7 Natural science GPA: 3.2 – 3.6 Total natural science credits: 46 –68 GRE General Test scores: Verbal: 487 – 572 Quantitative: 607 – 700 Analytical Writing: 4.0 – 4.5 [*]Months of full-time patient care experience: 15 – 35 Although this represents the range of qualifications among accepted candidates, each application is evaluated on its individual merits. Evidence of academic potential, knowledge of the health care system, motivation, personal maturity, self-assurance and good interpersonal skills will weigh strongly in the admission decision."
  15. Clemson, last year I submitted my supplemental app in mid-November, got an email that they had everything around Thanksgiving, an invite to interview in early Dec and my interview was in January (as were a lot of my classmates'). I interviewed on a Thursday and found out I'd been accepted that following Tuesday! The one thing I can tell you all is that Duke is quick! :D You should get a "yes" or "no" that following week! No long waits. If you do get a long wait it's because you are a "maybe." Good luck to everyone and I can't wait to meet you when you come for your interviews!!
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