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  1. Hey Jack, welcome to the program! Those are some great questions, and I think you'll like the answers. I am a first-year student and there are a few of us that don't use cars to get to the program. I have a couple of classmates who live relatively close and walk (15 min. walk) but there aren't any apartments very close to Victoria Hall that aren't also far away from grocery stores, as far as I can tell. In my case, I do live in Ardmore in a basement apartment. Rent is fantastic, and the bike ride isn't too bad if you don't mind some mild hills. It takes me about 13 minutes (plus I take the backroads so when everyone else is stuck in rush hour traffic I have a quick and easy commute). I have been able to ride my bike year-round, but on days when it's too rainy or icy I take the shuttle from the Hospital. That's the great thing about living in Ardmore or West End, close to the hospital: There are free shuttles that constantly run between the hospital and the downtown buildings that pertain to it (including ours). I haven't actually tried the buses, mostly because of the free shuttle option, but I know the fare is very inexpensive ($1). Hope that helps! Trapezius
  2. Welcome Class of 2015! Current first-year here; we're currently in the throes of SPA week preparation, so this will be brief. Just wanted to let you all know that an info packet will be sent out in the near future (I don't know the precise date but I know it's being worked on). Also, fyi I know that one of your classmates is working on updating the facebook page to an open group so it's easier to join and send each other messages, etc. Check back in the near future and it should be up and running! Again, congratulations! See you in June, Trapezius
  3. Hey Joanna, good questions. Congratulations on starting on this fantastic, challenging, and unique pathway! I am a first-year student, and in response to your questions I would say the following: 1) This depends on your prereq classes and your particular program (you'll get a more specific response from students at the program where you'll be starting). For me, A&P was certainly challenging and it can be tricky trying to learn all the drugs in pharm. 2) My experience was that PA A&P is much faster and much more in-depth. I loved it and was really grateful I had had two undergraduate A&P classes with cadaver labs. As important as is anatomy (and I'm a very visual/tactile person so it's my favorite of the two), I have been reminded almost every day of how important it is to have a good grasp of general physiology, as it comes back over and over again. 3) Before school started I reviewed my notes/texts from my undergraduate anatomy and physiology courses, as well as my medical terminology class. It was really helpful to go back and shore up some of the gaps in my knowledge. I also got a copy of McCance's Pathophysiology and tried diligently to read the entire thing the six months before school started. It was really helpful at first, but after a while I realized I wasn't retaining much by trying to plow through so much material so quickly. I didn't have a pathophysiology class before starting school, so in a lot of ways it was helpful but if I were going back and doing it over I think I'd purchase a copy of Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple and start with that. Going back, it would also have been nice to go through some of the general classes of drugs (again, keeping it very broad) just to build up some familiarity before diving in. As for general tips on getting through year one: - Remember the ultimate goal is to become an amazing care provider; to learn how to communicate and empathize and build rapport with patients so you can positively impact their lives. It can get really easy to slip back into the undergraduate mentality of "It's all about the test." - Recognize that although you'll feel like a failure at times - you may even wonder if they made a mistake in letting you in - that's very normal and you just need to acknowledge such thoughts, set them aside, and get on with it! Be aware of your needs, and take care of yourself! - Get enough sleep, do something fun, find a way to serve your classmates, etc. In other words, don't put your life on hold! (You may have to put watching your favorite TV show on hold, though :) - Use what works for you and try not to compare yourself to others. I have classmates who make detailed 40-page highlighted study guides every week; I find I learn better by taking notes in an old-fashioned notebook and drawing diagrams/pictures. - Know that as hard and intense as it may be, it's doable! And, what's more, it's extremely rewarding and you'll be amazed when you look back at how much you've learned. I hope that helps. Best of luck to you - enjoy pre-PA school life, and when it comes enjoy PA school life too! Trapezius
  4. Arrgh! So I just spend the last thirty minutes composing a comprehensive response to your questions, but I hit something on the keyboard that sent me to another page and it is all lost in the cyberspace void. So, the fast/abbreviated version will have to do: Class schedule varies; generally we're done with class before 5 or 5:30 but many stay at Victoria Hall to study; here's an example (last week's M-F schedule): [TABLE=width: 100] [TR] [TD] 9:30 EXAM 10:00 IMS Clinical Problem Solving (A1, A2, B3, B4, C5, C6, D7, D8) 1:00 CLNAP H&P 3:00 PFP [/TD] [TD] 8:30 Diagnostic Medical Sciences 9:30 Diagnostic Medical Sciences 10:30 IMS Applied Basic Sciences 1:00 CLNAP Lab © [/TD] [TD] 8:00 Community Service 10:30 IMS Clinical Problem Solving 1:00 IMS Clinical Problem Solving (A1, A2, B3, B4, C5, C6, D7, D8) 3:00 Diagnostic Medical Sciences [/TD] [TD] 8:00 PFP 10:15 Pharmacology 12:00 KAS Meeting 1:00 Diagnostic Medical Sciences Lab © [/TD] [TD] 9:00 IMS Clinical Problem Solving (A1, A2, B3, B4, C5, C6, D7, D8) 10:30 Pharmacology 11:30 Diagnostic Medical Sciences 2:30 PFP [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Hours needed to study - technically you could study every hour of every day and still not go over everything you'd like to. We learn how to learn, and how to be efficient. Personally I have to study 2 hours a day at minimum to keep my head above water; I'd like to study more all the time but I also need to balance school with my personal life otherwise I'd go crazy. Free time - you need to find/make it but it's doable. I feel like I've kept up with my school work, and have also found time to do things with my wife and our friends like: go to the fair, catch a concert in Greensboro, go to an apple festival, enjoy a movie at the $2.50 cinema, play intramurals, etc. Yes, it's intense! It can feel hard and overwhelming, but that's the nature of a two-year master's degree (I don't care what it's in)! This program is amazing and the faculty wants you to succeed and to succeed healthily - in other words, they are willing to address concerns and work with you when you need some extra help. We rely a lot on each other and it's awesome what my classmates do to help lift each other up and provide encouragement. My classmates are fantastic, and small group is great because we really get to know each other and learn from each others' backgrounds/experiences. I love living in Winston-Salem and think it's the perfect size; my classmates from big cities would disagree and say there's not a lot to do here but it's close to Charlotte and Raleigh. The program as a whole is everything I hoped it would be and more - seriously. I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially if you are a self-motivated learner and you recognize the value of teamwork and don't enjoy sitting in lectures from 8-5 every day. As our profession continues to grow in recognition and popularity it seems it will become increasingly competitive to gain admission to this and other programs; however, there are so many incredible schools out there. Although I happen to be biased towards this particular program, my hope is that wherever you go you will find committed, compassionate PAs who are trying to make a difference in PA education. Make sure the schools you interview at and consider are focused more on student well-being and success than on academic recognition and prestige, and you should be able to make a good decision. Good luck!
  5. Great questions - please see some of the other forum topics ("Pros/Cons/Tips from Current Students"; "What was your Experience Like?") for some answers... Thanks!
  6. Hey madisongf, From the requirements listed you'll need to take Organic Chemistry II, unless you want to skip it and take Biochemistry. That's what I did, which worked pretty well (I was fortunate to have a Biochem teacher who didn't focus a ton on the mechanisms studied in OChem II). Be careful about classes such as "Intro to Bio-organic Chemistry," however, because I know many schools won't accept that as fulfilling the requirement. Bottom line is, if you have questions, just contact the program directly - they are really helpful. Good luck!
  7. It starts with "G." Yeah, it's interesting how different schools do timing... one of the schools I applied to apparently doesn't even start inviting for interviews until Nov. or Dec. There's still plenty of time left, I believe, so don't worry too much. I hope your other interview goes well!
  8. Hey all, I am a current applicant hoping to begin school in 2012. My application went in at the beginning of this month, so I'm sure it will be a while before I hear anything. I wanted to start this thread, though, to ask if anyone else has been invited for an interview yet? I've heard great things about Shendandoah but since I'm on the other side of the country any info sessions are out of the question - I'd love to hear thoughts about the program from anyone who has been able to attend an info session or interview. Good luck everyone, and hopefully we hear back soon!
  9. Hey there, I am a fellow applicant as well. According to last year's posts, it looks like it will be a while before we hear anything, but I just wanted to say hello and good luck! I am on the other side of the country so unfortunately I won't be able to attend any information sessions, but I would love to hear your thoughts about the program after you are able to go! Feel free to PM me, or just post on here if you'd prefer. Thanks!
  10. Hello everyone, I am an applicant to Wake Forest this year and thought it might be helpful to start a thread regarding the interview timeline. I know there are specifics regarding the interview itself that are not supposed to be shared on here; however, I am interested in knowing when people applied and when they heard back. My supplemental was finally completed the first week of this month (late in the game, I know) and as of today I have not heard anything. Has anyone been invited for an interview yet? Thanks!
  11. Hey there, congrats on your interviews and good luck tomorrow! I applied recently, so I'm pretty late in the game. I'd love to hear any of your impressions of the school and region. Thanks, and again - good luck!
  12. Hey everyone, one more fellow applicant here. It's certainly interesting to spend so much time and effort on CASPA and the secondary only to find yourself sitting around and waiting for any word! I'm sure it's a long process, going through the applications. cs7625, that's good to know about last year's applicants... hopefully we will all start hearing back soon. Good luck everyone!
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