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  1. This is yet another reason why I am a PROUD Sophie Davis Harlem PA Program graduate!!! I paid that other person no mind. I know what I accomplished. I got into PA school of my dreams, I passed my boards on the first attempt & I got a job that I love within 2 weeks of looking for a job. His/her opinion meant less to me that the crap you scrap off of the bottom of your shoe. Thank you for having my back. :-)
  2. I'm sorry to hear that. Did you call & speak to someone or did you go in for a discussion about why you were rejected? The new program director (I've mentioned before, I am NOT a fan of hers at all & neither was any of my classmates), has changed so many things. This was the first year that alumni were not invited to the orientation program for new students. Alumni have always been invited in the past. The program director is Mrs Horvath & she is a PA. The program also added a new didactic coordinator (which is the person that is in charge of your classroom portion of PA school). His name is Dr Joseph. He started once I was already in my clinical year so I didn't have much interaction with him, but he did seem nice. I know that he has been sitting in on a lot of the interviews, but like I said, I don't know him enough to know what he's looking for. I'm not sure if they were the ones that interviewed you or if it was other staff members. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the assessment of the interview to tell you what went wrong. If you haven't gone in to the program in person, I recommend doing so. Try sitting down with someone (try Ms Brown) to see if you can get more info as to what sunk your interview. Other than that, I recommend lots & lots of practice interviewing. Interview yourself. Have friends, family & co-workers interview you. If you are shadowing, have your mentor interview you. Search online to find other questions that have been asked at interviews. I was asked the basics (why PA vs MD vs NP, how will you financially support yourself, what kind of support system do you have, etc), but the majority of what I was asked was based off of my resume & application. I had Mrs Gates (the previous director) & 2 faculty members interview me.
  3. I went to pick up my Certificate of completion yesterday from the program. I was told that things might be changing this year & that alumni & guests may not be invited to the orientation dinner. When I had my orientation dinner, I was able to bring guests with me. I brought my mom, my sister & my son. However, that was when we had Mrs Gates as our program director. She was awesome!!! The new program director (I'm NOT a fan of hers at all), has decided to change things up & that may be something that she's planning on changing. If alumni are invited, I will definitely go, but if we are not allowed to attend, then I won't be allowed in. I'll let you know if I hear anything from them about it. Keep me updated if you hear anything.
  4. That's weird that it is not allowing you to PM me. The one in August is probably the Orientation dinner. The October might be the Potluck lunch. I will place them in my calendar & try my best to attend both, but I will definitely attend the Orientation dinner.
  5. Sure. Just know that I don't check my PM that often. I come on here every once in a while, but once I see your message, I will promptly respond.
  6. My name is Yessenia. I'm looking forward to meeting you all at the orientation dinner. PA school is going to be hard, but trust me, it's going to be worth it. Start studying for physio now!!! Dr Garvey (the professor who teaches the class) is no joke. She goes lightening fast!!! She loves Guyton & Hall's textbook of Medical Physiology. We used the 12th edition. I think (but not sure) that a newer edition came out. Save money & buy an edition that's one older than the newest one. They are practically the same. I had some classmates use the 11th edtition & it was 95% identical to mine which cost a lot more. For pharm, there is a new professor (I forgot her name) running the program. She taught us a few classes while the pharm program was being run by Dr Kashfi. Since I didn't have her as my main instructor, I don't know what book she uses. These are the 2 classes that most students have trouble with. Study these hard now!!!
  7. Nice to "meet" you Samanta. I'm so used to your screen name. Lol. My name is Yessenia. Can you please PM me the date of the orientation dinner? They still haven't notified us of the date. They usually send out invitations to us last minute to our school emails (which I'm not sure if they will still be valid at that time). Once I find out, I will put it in my calendar in order to make sure that I can attend.
  8. Hello Afreen246. Did they give you any further information about the interview? Who did you interview with? I highly recommend the book by Andrew Rodican called "How to ace the Physician Assistant school interview". It gives great advice on how to formulate your answer for the interview. I suggest picking that up & reading it cover to cover. Some schools will ask you really bizarrre questions (I personally didn't get any bizarre questions on my interview). It's not because they expect the correct answer, it's because they want to see your thought process. It gives you an insight into how & why they ask the questions that they ask. The book also discusses what type of answers that can sink your interview.
  9. Hello Pa2Be516. Keep your head up. At least 2 people have decided to decline their seats which means that 2 people will be called off of the wait list. I have no idea what criteria they use to determine who gets called off the list, but I will keep my fingers crossed for you. I think it's a great idea that you decided to take additional courses. I took organic chem in my undergraduate. You will see very, very, very little of it in PA school. Physiology & pharmacology are the 2 main classes that many students have problems with. Many of the students that fail & have to repeat the following year stem from failing one of these 2 courses. If you can switch your inorganic chem to a physio or pharm class, I think that would help benefit you more in the long run.
  10. I am sooooo happy that you got in!!! I remember talking with you last cycle. I'm so glad that you got it. Congrats!! If I'm able to go to the orientation, I would love to say congrats in person. What is your name so that I can find you if I am able to go?
  11. When my class started, we started in the beginning of July. However, last year's class was the first class to start at the beginning of the fall semester (end of August). I think that's how it's going to be set up going forward. I am awaiting notification from the school as to when your orientation will be held. I will do my best to attend & wish you all the best in person. Once again, congrats to all those that were accepted. To those that were wait-listed or who were not accepted, keep the faith. Work hard on improving your application by shadowing or taking courses to make yourself an even better candidate next year. Best of luck.
  12. To all those that got accepted, congrats!!! Welcome to the Sophie family. You are in for quite the experience. You will be more stressed, tired, cranky, sleep-deprived, etc than you have ever been in the past. Your didactic year will be tough, but it will give you the foundation to succeed during your clinical year. Here’s some advice from a Sophie alum who's been there & truly knows: 1) Friendships will form with most of your classmates & some of these friendships will dissolve. It's normal. Stress & anxiety affects people differently. No matter what, always remember that you are united as a cohort. NEVER throw any of your classmates under the bus because it will always come around & bite you in the ass. Trust me. I've seen it happen. 2) You will have some classmates that you will hardly ever talk to. Just because you are in class with someone all the time, doesn't mean that you have to be BFFs. You need to accept this. Don't take it personal if one of your classmates doesn't want to talk to you or stay after school to study with you. Invite them to join your study group even if they never stay after school. You never know, one day they may join you. 3) You may have a classmate that you don't like or don't get along with. It's ok to not be friends with everyone in your class. It's NOT ok to purposefully exclude them or talk negatively about them to your fellow classmates, professors, faculty or preceptors. It will NOT reflect well on you if you do so. Always conduct yourself professionally. 4) DON'T form cliques. I've seen it in my class & the class before & the class after. It undermines the unity of the class. Even if you don’t think the faculty will notice it, trust me, they will. 5) You will ALL have a class that you will struggle in. Just because you are kicking ass in one class or in one semester, doesn't mean that you will not have a class or a topic that no matter what, you just don't do well in. If you are doing well in one class, help out your classmates that are struggling. You never know, they might one day be the one helping you out in the class that you are struggling in. If you see someone struggling, help them out. Teaching a topic to a fellow classmate helps cement the concept in your head. By helping your classmate, you end up helping yourself as well. Plus, it’s good Karma. 6) ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS speak to the faculty, instructors & preceptors with respect. Even if they seem cool & down-to-earth, even if they dress casually, even if they talk to you in slang, even if they curse up a storm (this will happen when you are on rotations), even if they belittle you (once again, this happens on rotations), even if they make you mad, you must always speak to them professional & with the utmost level of respect. You never want to be viewed as a slang talking, disrespectful unprofessional. Never give them a reason to doubt your professionalism. 7) There will come a time when you will feel overwhelmed. You will feel like the workload is too much to take. You will feel like you can’t do it. You will snap at your family, your spouse, your significant other, your friends, your classmates, etc for the smallest things. You will feel depressed. You will doubt yourself & your ability. You will wonder if you made a mistake in joining this program. You will wonder if the faculty made a mistake in picking you because you think that you are not smart enough. You will think about dropping out from the program to avoid the stress. You will question yourself if becoming a PA is what you are really meant to do with your life. This is completely normal. Even if when you are feeling at your lowest, know that everyone that has ever sat in that seat before you & everyone that will ever sit in that seat after you, will feel the same exact way. Just remind yourself (and your classmates), that the struggle is worth it. Trust me. Remind yourself that you went through a lot to get in. Remind yourself that you were chosen amongst many because the faculty believes that you have what it takes. If they have faith in you, so should you. Have faith in yourself. 8) Nobody in your life, your parents, your spouse, your significant other, your siblings, your children & not even your friends, will TRULY understand what you are going through…..unless they are in PA school or went through PA school. Trust me, PA school is unlike anything that you have ever done before. Initially, your family & friends will say that they understand, but after a few months, some of them will question why you need to stay in school so late studying every single night. Some will tell you that they were able to work & go to school & still had time to go out. Some will try to convince you to blow off studying for JUST one night to hang out with them. Don’t fault them. They miss you. But stay strong. When you slack off studying for JUST one day, it becomes easier to slack off another day & another day until you realize that you have not studied for a week. You worked too hard to get into PA school & are busting your butt to pass PA school to risk failing a class. 9) Realize that some relationships & friendships that you currently have may change & some may end. I was warned of this beforehand, but never thought it would happen to me. I now speak from experience. I have seen several marriages end during PA school, several relationships started with fellow classmates and more than several students with family problems stemming from their inability to go to every family function because of PA school. I personally have had a few of my friendships end because they just couldn’t understand that I couldn’t hang out every weekend like I used to. If this happens to you, don’t fight it. Don’t compromise what you are working so hard to accomplish in order to maintain that friendship. Accept it & realize that this is a great way to see who your real friends were all along. 10) If you fail a class, it’s not the end of the world. Every class will lose a few. You won’t be the first. You won’t be the last. My class (class of 2015) had students that were from the previous year (class of 2014). My class also lost a few along the way & they are now part of the class of 2016. The class of 2017 has students from the class of 2016. Your class will have a few repeating students from the 2017 class. The 2019 class will have a few repeating students from your class. If you fail, you will have to sit out for a year & rejoin the following year. Use that time wisely. Study. Not only the class that you failed, but the other classes that you were supposed to take as well. That way when you come back, you have at least the basic fundamentals of everything & the classroom lectures will help with the stuff that you didn’t understand. 11) Trust in the faculty. They may seem scary & unapproachable and sometimes they can be, but they are here for you. They are your advocates. While you shouldn’t go to them with simple things that you can figure out of your own, you SHOULD go to them if you are ever having a serious problem. Go to them if you are worried about failing a class BEFORE you actually fail the class. They will help you out, whether if it’s by helping you evaluate the way you study or helping you set up good study habits or whether it’s pointing out additional resources/books/study guides that will help you out. Trust in them. They only want the best for you. They want you to succeed & do well since you will be representing the Sophie PA program.
  13. Btw, I finally figured out why I never get email notifications. For some weird reason they keep going to my spam folder even though I keep marking messages as not spam, it keeps going there. Smh.
  14. You're welcome. I can't wait to hear the good news from everyone here. They should send an email to the alumni letting us know when the orientation dinner is scheduled to take place. If I am not working that day, I will definitely attend. It will be my first time attending as a graduate.
  15. If you miss the call or are in an area with no signal, they will usually leave you a message instructing you to call the program back & will leave a contact name & number. That's what happened to me. My phone didn't ring & then a few minutes later it beeped telling me I had a vmail. I nervously called back & got the great news. That was almost 3 yrs ago now. Seems like yesterday. Lol. Good luck to all the applicants!!! Hope you get your call soon.
  16. Lol. You make me laugh. I was able to fulfill the perquisites of several masters programs. I turned down 3 other schools (which were masters programs) to attend Sophie because it was my top choice. Just because the school isn’t a masters program, doesn’t take away from the fact that Sophie graduates are well respected & recognized. We have high PANCE pass rates because we are trained well. The only thing that matters is passing the PANCE. NCCPA doesn’t care about whether you graduated from a bachelors or masters program. They don’t care how many degrees you have under your belt or if you have attained higher degrees such as a doctorate degree. The only thing that matters is passing PANCE. I passed on my first attempt, so my Sophie education served me well. I think it’s hilarious that you think I’m snobby & stuck up when you are the one that is trying to belittle me & my education. What’s also hilarious, is that you think that your undergraduate is as hard as PA school. I would love to see how you feel about that if you ever get into PA school. Every one that has ever worked with me, prior to PA school & during my clinical rotations, has loved working with me. You think I’m snobby & stuck up & have a huge ego. Ha!! Take a long hard look at your own responses. The good thing about programs requiring interviews is that they weed people with such a negative attitude out. The fact that as a PA applicant, you seem to think very highly of yourself will show through in an interview, if you ever get an interview. Let’s see how a committee of PAs & PA faculty members will judge this. You have said that you are not interested in Sophie, so like I suggested before, go to the pages of the schools that you are interested. You have attacked my character & my education & yet, you do not know me. I have not attacked your personality or your education. I simply stated that no prior undergraduate education can compare to the educational requirements of PA school. I never called you snotty or stuck up. I never stated that you poorly planned for your child, I never stated that you are a horror to work with, I was never rude to you & told you to keep my mouth shut. I, unlike yourself, have been professional & courteous in my responses. Your responses, on the other hand, are not becoming of someone that wants to become a PA.
  17. Forensic science is a difficult major, as I’m sure others are, however, they are not anywhere near the level of difficulty in comparison to a PA program. It’s not hypocritical to say that because I underwent a difficult major & the PA program & can judge based on that. If you think that your major is harder than PA school, then kudos to you. You are entitled to feel that way, just as I am entitled to feel the way I do. I didn’t mention my undergraduate degree & my home life for validation or praise from you or from anyone on this forum. I mentioned it to show that even though I was in a difficult major, that it was still possible for me to work & support my child & still graduate with honors. Even though I was able to do that, I was not able to work during PA school. Nowhere in my comment did I say that I worked harder than anyone else, was better than anyone else or was more exceptional than anyone else. I never said that I was dealt a bad hand. I merely stated my particular circumstances. Everyone has their particular circumstances. Some worse than mine, some better than mine. By you saying that others have made better choices for your future & for your future child’s future implies that I made poor planning choices. I fail to see how you came to that conclusion. Even though I did not work for the 2 & ½ yrs that I was in PA school, I still managed to pay all my bills & tuition on my own. I did not take out any loans. I did not rely on public assistance or unemployment. I paid for 2 & ½ yrs of school, rent & bills all from my savings, and I still have money left over, so how was this poor planning on my part? I was 100% sure of my choice & was able to provide my child with a good life. I didn’t have a promising career in forensics & then planned on having a child. I had my child first & then studied forensics. Why should having a child without help from family limit what I can do especially if I’m able to financially support myself & my son 100% on my own. If you wanted to know where I got my numbers for, it’s easily found on the CCNY website (http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fee-information.cfm). If you did your research, you would have easily found it, but you asked for numbers, so here you go: Sophie Davis tuition is based off of CCNY tuition. 3 yrs of graduate tuition (6 x $5930 = $35,580) is cheaper than 3 years of undergraduate + 2 yrs of graduate tuition [(6 x $3,165) + (4 x $5,930) = $42,710]. You state that some schools offer you the opportunity to transfer in to their BS/MS program. I don’t need to do my research on this since I don’t need to. I’m not applying to their program so I don’t care what they have to offer. You attack my personality without knowing me other than my one comment to you. You think I’m ordinary, I think you’re a joke. I am already a PA & you are trolling around on a forum for a school that you don’t even want to attend. My grades pre-PA school were fantastic which is how I got the interview. My personality is awesome which is how I got accepted. My grades in PA school were fantastic as well, which is how I graduated & passed my boards. If I have a sense of entitlement, it’s because I earned it. As a graduate, I come on this forum to help & offer advice to applicants that list Sophie as their top choice. If Sophie is not a choice for you, then go to the school’s page that is a choice for you & talk to them. Good luck to you in your application to other schools.
  18. Since you did your research, you should know Sophie’s decision to become a stand alone MS program was done to fulfill the requirement that ARC-PA has come out with. If the program wishes to remain an accredited program, then they have to comply with ARC-PA’s requirements. While there are some schools that offer a BS/MS degree, many do not. Those that do are 5-6 yrs in length & usually require you to enter straight out of high school. Financially speaking, 3 years of undergraduate plus 2 years of graduate tuition is more costly than 3 years of graduate tuition, and that’s at the rock-bottom CUNY prices that Sophie offers. It is presumptuous of you to think that your undergraduate degree/major is the only tough one out there & that I or anyone else wouldn’t know what that is like. I obtained my undergraduate in Forensic Science, which is a major in which only 35 out of the initial 200 students ended up graduated since the majority fail out or change majors because they can’t handle it or are on the verge of failing out. That was a tough major. Like your major, the forensic science department will tell you that it’s not meant for you if they feel that your grades are not up to par. As difficult as this was, I was still able to hold down a full-time job while going to school full-time & also complete a part-time crime lab internship during my senior year & still graduated with honors. By the way, did I mention that I’m also a single mom that had no help from my family or son’s father? I was able to do all of that without a problem & yet I tell you (since I actually did it), that PA school is a LOT harder than that. No matter how hard you may think your undergraduate is, it is nothing compared to PA school. Since you are not in PA school, I wouldn’t expect you to understand this. Work is not impossible during PA school. If you get into PA school & want to work, have at it. The program won’t kick you out if you work. However, expecting to pass all of your classes if you are working is not really feasible, but that’s your decision. You will take up to 13 classes in a semester. You don’t get to decide which classes or the order of the classes that you take. The schedule is given to you. You will be in class up to 48 hrs a week. You then have to study many long hours after class which leaves little time for work. But I guess if you want to work, then that will leave little time for studying. About a month into the semester, you will have exams. In regular school, you have exams usually only during midterms & finals. Maybe you have a quiz or two thrown in. You think that’s tough? In PA school, starting about 4 weeks into the semester, you will have anywhere from 1-5 exams per week, every week. You will also have quizzes on top of this & clinical exams that you need to perform. If you fail one class, you have to sit out the rest of the year & wait to retake that class the following year. Failing one class will push your graduation back one full year. Fail a second class and you will be sent to the Course & Standing committee where they will decide whether you are able to handle the course load of PA school. If they think that you can’t handle it, they don’t just bluntly tell that maybe being a PA isn’t for you, they kick you out of the program, regardless of what your GPA is. No coming back. You still think your major is harder than that? When it comes to Sophie, I don’t see how “they have become generic like the other programs in the country where tuition matters most.” Sophie has been & continues to be one of the most affordable PA programs in the nation. Whether you are a cynic that was rejected or whether you just changed your mind about Sophie without applying, your “honest words” are not hard to hear. They honestly don’t matter to me. I got accepted. I attended. I graduated. I passed my PANCE. I’m a PA. If Sophie is no longer your number one choice, that’s ok. There are plenty of other PA programs out there. More are opening up every year. Good luck finding one that doesn’t have these same requirements. For everyone else who still lists Sophie as their number one choice, good luck!! For those of you accepted, I will see you at your orientation dinner.
  19. If your friend graduated this January, then they were my classmate & I graduated with them.
  20. Unfortunately, there are multiple faculty members that interview so I would have no idea who it was. I had no clue that Ms Rodriguez was involved in the interviewing process, honestly, since she is not part of the teaching faculty. She is part of the office admin faculty. When I was interviewed, I was interviewed by the previous program director (best program director in my opinion), one of the clinical coordinators & the program's physiology professor.
  21. Unfortunately, there are multiple faculty members that interview so I would have no idea who it was. I had no clue that Ms Rodriguez was involved in the interviewing process, honestly, since she is not part of the teaching faculty. She is part of the office admin faculty. When I was interviewed, I was interviewed by the previous program director (best program director in my opinion), one of the clinical coordinators & the program's physiology professor.
  22. Hello all, I'm back to chime in. For some strange reason, I am still not getting notifications. I checked my settings & it is set to send me email notifications but it never does. It's very odd. Anyway, I just wanted to wish good luck to everyone that received an interview. For those that did not receive an interview, don't lose faith. I know it must seem tough, but do not let this stop you. Consider this an obstacle that you will have to overcome. PA school is a lot harder & a LOT more stressful than any of you can ever imagine. Nothing I can ever say will properly prepare you for it. You have to BE a PA student to understand what it's like to be a PA student. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication & determination.....which all start before you are accepted. Keep the faith & use the time to work on any weaknesses that you might have as an applicant. Like I said before, I really recommend the books by Andrew Rodican. Look him up on Amazon or E-bay to get his book. As for me, I am a Sophie class of 2015 graduate. Graduation is in January every year & my magical date was 1/30/15. I took my PANCE exam 2.5 wks ago & I passed!!! I am an offical board-certified PA now!!!
  23. Hello. I graduated last month. For some weird reason, I don't get email notifications when someone responds in this thread or when someone responds directly to me. Sorry. I'm not trying to ignore anyone. The PA program only starts in the fall semester. They used to have a 6 week summer orientation session, but last year, it was removed. That is probably why they deferred your application to the fall semester. The interview process consists of 3-4 different applicants coming in. You will each sit at a separate table & they will give you a sheet of paper with topics & you will have to pick a topic & write an essay on the spot. If I recall correctly, they give you 20 or 30 minutes. This is to see how you write under pressure & to compare it to your statement letter. They want to make sure that you are the one that actually wrote your statement letter. They also want to see your thought process. While grammer is not super important, they do look at it. After the collect your essays, they look them over & compare them to your statement letters. Then they call you individually to a separate room where the actual interview will take place. Anywhere from 3-5 people will interview you. These people will be PA faculty, course professors & alumni. The questions will range from quick-fire questions to more in-depth questions. I was interviewed by 3 people (the prior PA Director, a course professor & a member of the PA faculty). Coming from a world of pharmaceutical sales, I was used to long intereviews being a sign of a successful interview. My interview lasted 1 hr & 15 minutes, but then again, I had the prior PA director (who was the best director, in my opinion) that did most of the questioning & she was a talkative one (as am I). Lol. However, some interviews are quicker than others, depending on who interviews you. Some of my classmates told me that their interview lasted only 30 minutes. I heard that some of the last class that entered (class of 2017) had students whose interview lasted only 10-15 minutes. What you can do to prepare: -Review the history of the program. While I wasn't asked about it, it is fair game on an interview. -Know the history of the profession. This seems obvious, but I have heard of stories where applicants didn't know it. They were obviously not chosen. -Know what a PA is. Once again, this seems obvious, but I have heard horror stories. -Know why you want to become a PA. -Be able to answer for any deficiencies that you might have or anything that might be seen negatively (failed class, low grade on transcript, etc) -Be able to have a plan as to how you are going to be able to afford PA school. There is no working in PA school if you want to do well. -Why PA vs NP vs Dr vs DO vs MA? -Scour the internet. There are ton of resources out there that list questions that applicants were asked. The questions that I was asked was the standard ones listed above plus questions that were personalized based on my transcript & resume, so they wouldn't apply to anyone else. I also highly recommend the book by Andrew Rodican. It gives you ideas of questions asked. Last but not least, practice!!! Review your transcript & resume. Look for any holes or flaws that anyone else could find. Ask someone (NOT family or a really close friend since they might give you a biased opinion) to look it over & give you their honest opinion. Have them ask you questions & practice answering them in different ways so that it doesn't sound rehearsed when you are asked that question on you actual interview. Also, what I did was I asked myself questions in front of a mirror. That way I could see my face & my facial expressions when I answered. Your facial expressions sometimes speak louder than your actual words. Hope this helps. Now back to studying for my boards.
  24. Hello Sophiepa2015, I'm sorry for the late reply. For some weird reason, I don't get any notifications when someone responds on this thread. I'm not sure what the requirements will be. I know that they are changing, but the exact specifics, I am not sure. The rumor around the program is that class of 2018 will be the first masters class, but it's just a rumor since we have not been told anything definite. Your best bet would be to contact the PA office to schedule a date to come in to speak to Ms Brown. She is very helpful at letting applicants know what they are missing & what they need to complete in order to apply. I didn't know that they changed the application deadline. I don't recall the deadline being in January. I think that when I applied, the deadline was 2/1 & 3/15 (but my memory of the dates could be wrong).
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