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  1. What do you consider a competitive/appropriate salary for a new graduate in neurosurgery in the Northeast?
  2. I did my CNA full time during days, which took about a month, but there was also a part time night class. I'm not sure how long it took to complete, but check around your area to see if anywhere offers night classes.
  3. I went to the open houses at my top 2 schools, and I like to think it helped me. When it was winding down, they said people can stick around to ask them individual questions if they have them- so a line formed to meet them. If you are seriously interested in a school, questions should come up from their presentation. Ask for more details in points they brought up. I introduced myself, told them I had already applied and chatted for a while. I had a few questions ready to ask them (real questions I wanted to know- about clinicals, abroad opportunities, interaction with patients the first year, and about the curriculum), but it ended up being a conversation more than anything. Although I had already thoroughly researched the programs, this helped me get a better feel for them; some people wait until the interview for this. Anyways, I received an interview at both programs shortly after. Coincidence, maybe. But I like to think putting a face to a name helps a little. When looking at 2 applications, otherwise equal, I would choose the one I had a positive interaction with a few weeks before. After introducing myself to one program director, he said "that name sounds familiar.." I had e-mailed him previously asking questions about prereq's, and he remember. At another program, the director picked me out and had remembered me from the open house. These people are usually pretty good at remembering faces/names. Open houses are your chance to interview them! Take advantage of this!
  4. I went to the open houses at my top 2 schools, and I like to think it helped me. When it was winding down, they said people can stick around to ask them individual questions if they have them- so a line formed to meet them. If you are seriously interested in a school, questions should come up from their presentation. Ask for more details in points they brought up. I introduced myself, told them I had already applied and chatted for a while. I had a few questions ready to ask them (real questions I wanted to know- about clinicals, abroad opportunities, interaction with patients the first year, and about the curriculum), but it ended up being a conversation more than anything. Although I had already thoroughly researched the programs, this helped me get a better feel for them; some people wait until the interview for this. Anyways, I received an interview at both programs shortly after. Coincidence, maybe. But I like to think putting a face to a name helps a little. When looking at 2 applications, otherwise equal, I would choose the one I had a positive interaction with a few weeks before. After introducing myself to one program director, he said "that name sounds familiar.." I had e-mailed him previously asking questions about prereq's, and he remember. At another program, the director picked me out and had remembered me from the open house. These people are usually pretty good at remembering faces/names. Open houses are your chance to interview them! Take advantage of this!
  5. sammedic i think that's a great idea too, I would join.
  6. I was in the same position as you. I graduated in May and had been working at a skilled nursing facility during my senior year. After graduation, I got a new CNA job at a hospital on a brain injury rehab unit because I was interested in neuro. If working another year at your same facility doesn't interest you, I suggest applying for full time CNA positions in an area of medicine you are more interested in! I began feeling the same way when all my friends were getting "real" jobs, but when you start getting interviews/acceptances you won't care about that. I just got accepted to my 1st choice and I couldn't he happier about my decisions! Enjoy your "time off"!
  7. I interviewed December 2nd/3rd and just got the letter today!
  8. I just got my acceptance today!!! I am SO excited!!!!
  9. I have shadowed in 3 different specialties, and found each one a different way: 1- I showed up at a primary care office (dressed nicely and with my resume) and asked the receptionist if they have any PAs willing to have prospective students shadow. I left my resume, and got a call back that day and set up times to shadow. 2- I have searched online for PAs in practices near me and called/e-mailed to see if I can shadow. I just told them that I am interested in the profession and would like to learn as much as possible before applying. I got through to an urgent care PA this way. I also spoke with many PAs that were not able to have me shadow but were very open to answer any of my questions about the profession and speak over the phone. Most PAs I have spoken to are eager to help prospective students! 3-I called the clinical coordinator at one of the schools I was applying to and asked said I was interesting in shadowing and asked it she had any suggestions about finding someone. She was nice enough to e-mail me a list of a few PAs that were willing to have me shadow! I also tried with another program, but no results, so its worth a shot! good luck!
  10. For those who have interviewed, did you wear a suit during both days?
  11. I just got an e-mail inviting me to an interview! Still have to schedule it, but I'm so excited!! :D Caspa was mailed end of Aug, supplement completed 9/17.
  12. Did you receive an e-mail saying your application was received/complete/under review or anything before the interview invite ?
  13. Thank you very much for your critiques and kind words, I appreciate it. :)
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