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  1. Hello everyone! So, I am very thankful to have gotten into both SBU & Desales, but I am struggling to decide between them... Stony Brook is in-state for me and 15 mins away from home, so the tuition is significantly cheaper than DeSales’ ($53,000 as opposed to DeSales’ $79,000), and I wouldn't need to pay rent. I am struggling because even though SBU would be much cheaper overall, and has an excellent reputation and ranking, I just did not feel like I connected with the faculty there, and I wasn’t very excited after the interview. Even though the programs are both 24 months, SBU seemed more rigorous and fast-paced. The students at SBU also seemed a bit older, which makes me feel like I'd be the inexperienced one of the bunch. Another concern is that I don't really want to live at home. Living with my family would save me money, but it may also drive me crazy with the added stress of PA school ? I would most likely want to live on LI no matter what school I go to though, and so going to SBU may make it easier to get a job in the area once I graduate. SBU also ends in May, which I've heard is better for new PA grads in terms of job hunting. On the other hand, DeSales is a bit more expensive, but definitely not as expensive as some programs out there. It has clinical experiences during the didactic year, such as a student-run free clinic and shadowing that I would not have at SBU. I also really connected with the faculty there and could picture myself going there and being happy. DeSales also had a brand-new, huge simulation lab that the PA students get to use a lot. DeSales is also one of the only programs in that area, you get more one-on-one time during clinical rotations, whereas w/ SBU, you’re with other LI PA students and med students. Some stats: PANCE 5-yr pass rates: SBU-97%, DeSales-100% Class size: SBU-44, DeSales-80 Campus: SBU-within a hospital & affiliated w/ med school, DeSales- w/in an undergrad campus Both have full cadaver dissection labs Electives: both have 1 elective Start date: SBU- June, DeSales- August PBL classes: SBU- have only about 4 of these activities throughout didactic year, DeSales- small group class discussion twice every week throughout all of didactic Overall, the main things that would drive me to go to SBU are the low cost and the ranking. Otherwise, I like DeSales more. Some insight on this dilemma would be much appreciated!!
  2. Hey guys! So I'm choosing between two PA schools that I got into and wanted to see if anyone could give me good advice between A.T. Still University or Rocky Mountain School of Health Professions. A.T. Still: Location- Mesa, Arizona #40 Accredited 26 months Tuition 90,000 PANCE 98% Class size: 70 Rotations all over the country with a focus on underserved Curriculum focused on whole person care Rocky Mountain: Location- Provo, Utah Not Ranked Provisional Newer School 28 months Tuition: 110, 000 PANCE 91%, Class size: 50 While the numbers all point to A.T. Still... when I went to the interview process I liked the faculty and vibes better in Provo, Utah personally. However, it is ultimately a newer, provisional program that is also more expensive. Let me know your guys thoughts and any advice you might have! Is it worth it to go to the school I liked better even if it is more expensive and not ranked? Thanks
  3. Hi all There is a strong chance I will be put into the position of choosing between two schools on opposite sides of the spectrum. One is Drexel University, one of the oldest programs in the country, and the other is a brand new program. I have assembled a partial list of Pros vs Cons for each program as well as attributes that could fit in either column. How would you choose? What factors do you feel are the most important when choosing a program? Drexel Pros PANCE Pass Rate = 97% over the past 3 years Access to a more diverse patient population Adjacent to Hahnemann University Hospital Well established preceptors and clinical sites International mission trip opportunity Cheaper Rent (Would be living with my girlfriend) Scholarship Opportunities Large alumni network Cons Starts in September 2015 Located in Philadelphia (May have its perks though) Unknown (Could be a Pro or Con) Required to relocate for clinical rotations Large class size ~75 Inaugural PA Program Pros Large, beautiful campus in a somewhat rural location <10 minutes from a city of 250,000 Starts January 2015 (9 months earlier than Drexel) Brand new PA facilities Comes without the stresses of living in a large urban area (No traffic to deal with, ample parking, tons of space) 13 Clinical specialty rotations Already paid a seat deposit Cons No PANCE data (Unproven curriculum) First class Unknown Clinical rotations all located within an hour drive Smaller class size ~35 Tuition and relocation costs will be approximately the same Both provide cadaver labs and emphasize primary care Same program length (27 months) I would love to hear input from previous Drexel students and those of you who have been part of a program's inaugural class. Any input would be great. Are there any other factors I should consider?
  4. If you’re new to applying, there are many important factors that can go into a letter of recommendation (LOR) or reference. Read my blog posting here to learn more about who you should ask, what to include, and where to start. My blog is DoseOfPA.blogspot.com if you want to learn more about the PA profession or applying to PA programs.
  5. Hi, I wasn't able to find a thread about this so here it goes. I just applied for the 2014 cycle and some of the school I have applied to have rolling admissions. So some will make their decisions now and others later this year. If I were to get an offer for acceptance nowadays, would it be okay to accept it until I hear back from other schools? I know you have to make a decision within two weeks and I'm okay putting down a deposit. It's just that I know a lot of the school I applied to won't even make interview decisions until later this year and I would like to give myself options. Is it okay to accept and then later decline? And is it okay to accept to multiple schools to give yourself some decision making time? Thanks, Sarah
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