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  1. I received the email this morning, as well, and have not interviewed. Looks like it was probably sent to anyone who hasn't had prior communication from the program this year after submitting their app (i.e. hasn't been invited to interview).
  2. I doubt the class is full, even if it's close - previous years' threads indicate interviews usually occur monthly until at least Nov/Dec (last year), and there were interviews all the way up until January and February in 2017 and 2018. Also, I'm not sure what the stats are as far as people getting off the waitlist at Methodist, but many people who have already been accepted to Methodist are still interviewing at other schools, meaning there will likely be seats to open up in the program.
  3. I saw you were accepted to methodist, too. Are either of those your top picks? Do you have any comments about what makes you lean to one program over another between those two?
  4. No; both GRE and transcripts only need to be sent to the PA program/CASPA. Once you complete your grad school application and get your payment made, within a day or two it should update to "complete" meaning that you are not missing any documents. It also states on the grad app website and in the email you receive once you submit it that PA school applicants don't need to submit transcripts.
  5. Methodist appears to send invites 3-4 weeks prior to the interview date. Based on posts from the last several years, it looks like January invites are usually sent out mid December. And it also looks like there are rarely interviews past January, I think I only saw one year where someone posted about an interview in February. Not to be negative, but those of us who haven’t gotten an invite yet aren’t looking at great odds.
  6. Marion is a small town, which I'm sure any of you who have visited will know (population of about 6,000). As you also know, this is a pretty medically underserved area of Virginia and I would say a large portion of the population is hovering around the poverty line, both above and below. People don't really move in and out frequently - they will be born there, live there, and die there - so there isn't a huge market for rentals. And keep in mind that apartment rentals here aren't going to have bigger city amenities like a community pool, fitness room, etc. You get your apartment, and a parking space. That's about it. In the past year or two, they developed some great apartments downtown with E&H grad students specifically in mind. I'm actually surprised that E&H went ahead The only downside is there aren't very units - I think 12 or 15? But definitely a nice apartment complex. They're called Francis Apartments and the number to inquire about renting is (276) 780-3561. If you have trouble getting ahold of someone, let me know and I can put you in direct contact with the owner. There is a large set of apartments as you crest the hill to go to the campus - I cannot for the life of me remember the name right now, and a Google search failed me. You can probably see the school from your apartment, and it's only about 0.3 miles, but it's not great to walk because it's a busy intersection with no sidewalks and no pedestrian walkways. Those are decent apartments that a lot of people live in when they come back to Marion after college or after they first move out of their parents' house. I'd say the mix leans more towards 30's and up, and many people there are long time residents. They're older apartments, but there is very little in this town that is new, so take it for what it's worth. There's another set called Country Club Crossing that I know a few people who have lived there, but I personally haven't seen what the inside looks like. I'd stay away from the complexes on the west side of town - - those are rough. Oh! EDITED TO ADD: A great place to look/inquire might be the Facebook group "Smyth County Yard Sale" - https://www.facebook.com/groups/478851678841090/?ref=group_browse_new That's pretty much the hub for all things renting/buying/selling. Probably your best bet if you don't have luck with Francis Apartments. Real Estate is expensive (and again, few people seem to ever leave), so the rental market is very slow. A lot of the realtors aren't up on Zillow, and no one there is using Pad Mapper, Airbnb, or even Craigslist. They're just old fashioned. People have for rent signs in their yards, but even those don't go up very often. I'd call some of the Real Estate agents and see if they've got anything. Sorry if that was more vague than helpful - I'll make a couple calls tonight and see if I can get some more info for you.
  7. I'm an applicant for this cycle but also wanted to mention that this school is in my (tiny) hometown where I was born and raised, so if anyone has any questions, feel free to post away or message me! I'm happy to help anyone who will be new to the area.
  8. Just wanted to quote this to point out that sometimes.. it doesn't matter how much money you DO or DON'T have.. the market can determine whether or not you get a job. I live in the Smokies and it is very difficult to find any kind of hospital work, whether RN, Tech, etc. We only have small hospitals around here that don't even employ ER Techs because they don't have the funding or the need because they rarely service more than Medicaid patients with a cold who don't want to make an appt with their PCP, if they even have one. They have doctors, nurses, and very little other staff than receptionists and the occasional x-ray tech. People graduating from the nearest Comm College (over 30 miles away) with EMT certs have a 13% hire rate, per the college's own statistics. Programs at local colleges have extensive wait lists that are years long, compounding the problem. So even if you can afford a program, you have to get in, get through, and then there's probably not a job for you. I understand this doesn't really add to the main topic & that you could "just move"... but it isn't always that easy. Then again, no one said it would be easy, and those who really want it will find a way. But certain areas just have nothing to offer newbies to the medical field right now.
  9. I feel your pain - I checked with the local colleges here and they have a 20% employment rate post graduation for EMTs. I'd not only check with the local hiring agencies but check with the colleges, too.. they can kind of give you an idea how much trouble they've been having placing their recent grads, etc.
  10. Sure.. they can be taken online in a winter term, as long as a school somewhere offers them. I'm not exactly sure what you're asking. If you're asking if it's "kosher".. I don't see why it wouldn't be.. but I think you will be very hard pressed to find a school that offers o-chem, physics, or gen chem lab online OR in person during winter term because it is generally only a few short weeks and that is a ton of material to try to cram in. I personally don't know of any schools that offer this but maybe someone else has some information for you. If I'm misreading your question, please disregard.
  11. I haven't heard anything yet, so I'm assuming I'm out for this interview round in November :( Did everyone receive their interview invites this past week via email? Just trying to figure out kinda what my status is.
  12. I applied as well. My application was completed Oct. 11th. I read through some of the past forums and it seemed they had Sept, Oct, and Nov interviews (at least), and that they started emailing people about interviews the following month at the end of the current month (ex: the last week of Oct, they sent out Nov invites). Those who are put back in the pile, to say, get the "still reviewing application" email each cycle when interview invites are sent out until eventually they are offered an invite or denied. Best of luck to everyone!
  13. I have used Mederma with some success but that stuff's hella expensive, especially if you're covering a sizeable area. I've also noticed that it doesn't seem to be as commonly available as it used to be on store shelves? Vitamin E and Coconut Oil-based lotions also seem to work well for lightening and softening the area and are much more affordable. Haven't tried the Bio-Oil stuff a few drugstore have been touting. Silicone sheeting is also pretty cool but once again, cost is a factor.
  14. You can certainly improve your GPA by taking more classes, but if you do the number crunching.. you'd be amazed by how many hours you have to take to raise your GPA in the slightest. Example: in my situation, I have 124 credit hours currently, and to raise my GPA by 0.2 points, I'd have to take AND make straight A's in over 130 credit hours. That's like 4 more years of school. To raise by 0.2. Crazy, huh? Getting into an RN/Rad Tech program is a great idea. The classes you take won't only help out your GPA but will ultimately support your HCE experience.
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