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  1. A change to a 30 month curriculum is a good thing. A very good thing. Potential students should see it as a plus.
  2. You heard correctly. The interviews are being delayed--I think the November was moved to December or the December moved to January. Can't recall for sure. It's all going to be fine. Only three died last year during the interviews....
  3. Good luck folks. Also, it's UTHSCSA, not UTSA. UTHSCSA doesn't have a football team--UTSA does.
  4. Find their Facebook page and invite them, each class has a page somewhere on there.
  5. Advice: You should know the mission of the PA program before you interview. You should know what a PA does. If you said that hard work and long hours just really aren't your thing, expect to get a rejection letter.
  6. Day 2... Get your finances in order. Get loans/scholarships set up. It's expensive and you'll need the money for school, living expenses, unexpected expenses, and the occasional meal or beer with your PA school friends. Get your relationships in order. Dr. Blessing has a good line about how husbands understand, wives understand, etc. but that boyfriends don't understand the rigors of school. He's right. If your significant other is used to having you around, they need to get right with not having you around for a while. Get good parking early. Worth repeating...get GOOD parking early. Don't have to depend on the shuttle bus. This isn't undergrad---you will find that you are teaching yourself much of the curriculum because the vast majority of your study time will be spent outside of class. For every hour of lecture, expect to spend two hours of study. Per week. Cramming for tests is for undergrads and quitters. You might make it through a semester trying to do that, but you will eventually burn out and fail. Prepare ahead of time as much as possible. That means studying for tests a week, ten days, or two weeks out. If you like Starbucks, you're in luck. There's one on campus and one directly across from campus. I got my gold card in less than 6 months. Good shoes. Danskos are great. There's a store that carries them at IH-10 and Huebner. Or order them online. Differential diagnosis, SOAP notes, patient presentation, procedure notes...know them, practice them, get really really good at them. (For current and future students only--applicants need not worry about this until matriculation) Mac is better than Dell. Trust me. The Faculty does not always have your personal best interests in mind. Sounds harsh, but they have other things going on as well and that can mean that they might not be as pleasant as they seem in orientation and interviews. Flying under the radar can be a good thing. Keep your sense of humor. Invaluable asset. You will see and experience hilarity--share it (within reason and HIPAA, of course)
  7. For those of you looking to enter, and for those that have been accepted, are already in, or about to start classes... First, more to follow--I'm in the middle of studying for a difficult end of rotation exam, so my time is limited. Be genuine. If you put on an act or believe that you can fool folks into thinking that you are something you are not--the rigors of PA school will "out" you. PA school is difficult. Very, very difficult. It does NOT get easier as you go along--the responsibility grows as do the expectations. Most of your learning will be on rotations, so you gunners that can name every biochemical reaction by heart---that's swell, but it won't help you a bit with that comminuted intra-articular fracture and subluxation. Just because you get accepted doesn't mean you'll make it. Every class has a few that fail. They are just like you, only they find they can't handle the pressure, the workload, or the stress of family and school/finances, etc. If you cop an attitude just because you got in or made it through semester 1, you are hurting yourself, the reputation of the program, and your future patients. Get over it and get over it now. You have to be better and smarter than your medical student cohorts. Think of it this way--when a doctor screws up--he's a bad doctor. When a PA screw up, ALL PAs suck. You are representing all that have come before, yourself, your classmates, and all that will pass this way in the future. Don't mess it up for the rest of us. Look sharp, act sharp, be sharp. There are rules. Follow them. Dress codes apply to you too. Scrubs are cool, don't wear them to class--EVER--unless you have explicit permission to do so from faculty. Don't whine--you'll just earn yourself a target. PA school is tough, it's supposed to be. Suck it up and move on. Life ain't fair and sometimes school ain't either. Make friends. As many as you can. Medical students, preceptor, other allied health or nursing students--they can all make the process easier with study tips, cool info, etc. FIND A STUDY PARTNER(S) and treat them like gold. They are more valuable than anything else in school. More later.
  8. Not in my class. The majority were, but we had one from New Mexico, one from Georgia, and a couple from up North somewhere...
  9. Triad for NPH is the three "W's"--Wacky, Wet, and Wobbly.
  10. You're from Tech? You're doomed. Doomed, I tell ya. :) Wreck 'Em.... My undergrad was from Tech and I believe there are a couple of others in the program that went there as well. Good luck.
  11. There is an essay--or at least there was when I interviewed way back in 2011. There was the intro, the tour and question/answer session with the requisite pizza (that's what they ALWAYS feed you), the essay portion and the multiple mini interviews. Personally, I thought it was a lot of fun. I must have done something right, I graduate in May. :)
  12. My class (2014A) is the last of the 33 month programs. 2014B is a 27 month program, as are all future classes. UTHSCSA has been pretty good. Faculty turnover has been a problem in recent years, so continuity might be an issue. We're in clinicals now ( starting Tuesday), so that's less of an issue for my class, and depending on who they get in to chair the program, it might or might not be an issue going forward. I like my program a lot. Our pharmacology and medicine courses were taught with the MS-2s. The quality of the lectures and the exposure to the medical students, and them to us, is a huge thing. The medical students asked about us, what we do, etc because by and large, they are not taught what PAs do or anything about our education. However, PA faculty is teaching medicine in the new curriculum and to be honest, teaching medicine so that someone can pass the PANCE is a disservice to the student and future PA, IMO. Like most other students, I feel wholly incapable to start clinicals, but I understand that's normal as well. At UTHSCSA, you take the packrat before clinicals and we all did fine, so that was reassuring. Would I recommend UTHSCSA? Good question and I'm unsure on the answer. The school of allied health is being closed and the PA program will move under the school of medicine so that's a good thing or bad, depending on who you talk to. Good luck.
  13. My class at UTHSCSA has an RT in it. She's doing great and the pulmonary stuff was a breeze for her. Don't know why she swapped from RT to PA, but her experience and training have been an asset to her.
  14. Advice would be to know and understand the area in which you'll be studying and eventually practicing. This area ranges from large urban areas (San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the nation) to "frontier" areas in which people are truly scarce. Huge problems with obesity, diabetes, hyperlipemia, and poverty. If you are bilingual, it's a huge plus, but not a deal breaker if you're not.
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