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  1. Hi everyone! I was hoping for some insight on this bc I'm kinda in a rut but I have somewhat of an idea of what I should do. I recently got accepted to a program that hasn’t officially posted their accreditation (claimed they received good news so far) and will be having their first inaugural class but was rumored to have started this program under different faculty before, had accepted a full cohort, failed their accreditation, and those students had to find a new program (probably for the cycle after). I have two more interviews to do, while had five in total and this program starts real soon. I was thinking of continuing to interview until official word of accreditation and just join this cohort if it'll be my only acceptance. What would you do?
  2. Hey there everybody! So I have been debating and trying to arrange the schools I applied to in order of which I would most like to attend. My question is what to do if you get an interview and acceptance offer at one of the lower schools on your list before you hear back from one of the more preferential schools. From what I understand, it is typical to have 10 calendar days to accept the offer and put the 1000ish dollars down to reserve your spot. I don't want to take the offer when I could get into one of the better schools. But I also don't want to pass on the offer only to find out I haven't made it into any of the other schools. If I find myself in this situation, what is the best way to handle it? (Also, I am unsure how strong my application is. I feel like it is fairly average from what I have seen of class profiles from matriculating classes. So I have no idea how likely it would be that I can get into the upper tier schools.)
  3. I have written my personal statement and mentioned that I am bilingual in English and Spanish. My native language is English, but I have taken 10 years of Spanish courses and would consider myself pretty fluent (I use my Spanish daily with patients in an inpatient setting). Has anyone who has had past interviews, and is bilingual, been given an interview question in their second language? This could just be pre-application anxiety, but I see myself potentially walking into an interview already a nervous disaster and then just totally blowing it if they asked me a question in Spanish that I didn't quite understand. Thanks in advance!
  4. Hey everyone! I just posted an article about receiving my first rejection of the cycle and my first interview invitation. You can read the article here. I'm sure a lot of you are in the same boat right now trying to process similar emotions since we're right in the thick of the cycle. I am planning to chronicle my experiences throughout the application cycle, so any feedback would be great!
  5. Hi! I have an interview next month and I want to know what people would suggest for me to focus/study on regarding how to interview goes and what questions I should consider! Any help is welcomed and appreciated! Thank you!
  6. Selling both Andrew Rodican books, both paperback. "The Ultimate Guide to getting into Physician Assistant School"- 3rd edition. Lightly used/great condition. Only one highlighted section (see photos). "How to Ace the Physician Assistant School Interview"- lightly used. A few highlighted sections, most being pencil. Doesn't interfere with future use of the book. Selling both for $30+shipping to respective area. Books sell for full price for about $30 each on Amazon for new. I would like to sell both at once versus splitting the set. I have them listed on the Facebook marketplace (see link below). You can message me there or here on the forum. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/216156642374526/
  7. Hi everyone! Would those of you who have completed MMI style interviews please share your experience? Any advice or preparation recommendations would be greatly appreciated! I have been watching YouTube videos of scenarios and have, of course, printed off a long list of MMI examples and have been practicing with those! Thank you!!
  8. Anyone else receive an interview for June 21st?? I got a call today and was offered an interview for next week on June 7th, but I'm not prepared at all so I decided to go with the 21st! I have to plan travel as well since I'm coming from the DC area. Supplemental received 05/11 CASPA app sent in 05/15 Interview invite 05/31
  9. Does anyone know where I can find a nice portfolio book to bring to an interview. On the interviews I went on so far and it seems like 90% of the interviewees had a nice looking portfolio book, some with a pad of lined paper inside to take notes. I have some future interviews and I'd like to buy something like this to bring my resume and other papers in and have lined paper inside to take notes on. Thanks!
  10. Hi all, I'm currently in the interview process, and I'm somewhat confused about how to manage acceptances (should they come...). My first interview is in a week, the next one is in 2 weeks, and a top choice program, which I haven't heard back from yet, doesn't start interviews until late-October. (Still waiting to hear from a few more programs, too.) So, do prospective PA students in this position just make deposits as necessary to hold places in programs they're interested in as acceptances come in, if they're still waiting to hear back from their first or second choices? Is it really disrespectful to accept an offer from a program, make the deposit, and then change your mind, or is this just an expected part of the process? If I'm offered an October interview for that top choice program, I could theoretically end up paying deposits to 3 separate programs, which seems absurd... Granted, the chances I'd actually get 3 acceptances are probably low, but even 2 would be tricky. What am I missing? Thank you :)
  11. Hey everyone, First off, let me say that I'm a first-time applicant to PA schools, and in this particular post, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for. Perhaps, I need to commiserate with others in similar positions, find a bit of consolation, and maybe even get a bit of advice about reapplying during next year's cycle. When I submitted my first applications in late August I knew that I was applying late in the cycle, but at the time I was naive enough to believe that I could land a few interviews. To give you some background, I have a 3.98 overall GPA, a 4.0 science GPA, an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, lots of volunteer experience working with refugees, homeless populations, and intravenous drug users, about 2100 hours of HCE as an EMT in a 911 system, and GRE scores as follows: 151 Quant, 164 Verbal, 4.5 Analytical. I applied so late in the cycle namely because I wasn't sure I would be able to take my GRE this summer, however, I was ultimately able to schedule it for mid-August and as soon as my prospective programs received my scores I submitted all of my apps. Since then, I have anxiously watched my email for interview invites and combed through the forums pertaining to my programs. Perhaps the wait is just getting to me, but I know that some of these programs are finishing up their interview cycles in the next month and a half and I'm starting to worry a bit. Thus far, I have only received one interview at a top-tier school and was placed pretty far down on the waitlist, but I have yet to hear from any of the other 6 programs I applied to. I think that I'm a decent candidate, but perhaps that's overly presumptuous. All I can think is that I applied entirely too late in the application cycle. Given that, I'm also not sure what I can do to strengthen my application other than applying earlier next year. I mean, I do plan to continue taking more upper division courses over the next 9 months, logging more HCE hours, and even shadowing a few new PAs, but as I stated earlier, I thought I was a fairly decent candidate already (there's that ego again). Additionally, I'm not quite sure how to reapproach my essays for the next cycle since I've more or less already mined the narrative gold out of my previous experiences for my CASPA and supplemental application essays this year. Like I said, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for in this post, but I think that there are probably others like myself out there who are going through the same anxiety-provoking experience and perhaps simply connecting with one another can alleviate some of the worry and self-doubt. With that being said, if you have any advice or words of wisdom I would love to hear them. Thanks!
  12. Good Morning Everyone, Yesterday I attended the re-applicant information session at UW in Seattle (March 23rd) and I would like to compare notes and find out if any questions get answered. I fell victim to the CASPA mess last fall, but I do have several areas that I can improve in. Anyways, I am going to jot down some of my notes and takeaways from the session. Feel free to critique and add some points. PLEASE call me out if I'm wrong. Academic Prereqs - STAYING THE SAME!!! :) -Consider taking recommended classes biochem genetic social science -Talk to / Shadow a PA Know roles of PA in different specialtiesThis one received many underlines for me because I work with a bunch of PAs so I did not feel the need to shadow anybody.. certainly room for improvement their. Apparently, this was a sizable area that people fell short during the interview; not clearly knowing the role of a PA in different specialties. -CASPA's Mess CASPA failed a lot of us this last fall 100 applicants were left unverified until November because they did not click the button "verify".... This is promised to be hemmed up by the hiring of 60 plus people Positive note - Allegedly, are caspa info will be retained for next year except references. Even verified transcripts will not need to be resubmitted ​-Spokane will be Master's only -Pay attention to current issues affection PAs and healthcare I have more minor thing. Please post what you have!
  13. Hey guys! Are there any Duke PA students that can tell me how quickly they heard back if they got in or not? I know they said two weeks, but the admissions coordinator said it might be earlier. I am just curious because I was accepted into another program and the deposit is due November 12th. It would be glorious to know one way or the other before I part with that money. Like someone said in another thread, my wallet doesn't exactly runneth over...
  14. A few things I learned last application cycle that might help you with your applications… tl;dr: do these things/don’t do these things and maybe you will get the thing. ;-) I decided to create this post to help others that are out there applying to schools and waiting for potential interviews. These are my observations, but if others would like to offer their own insight then please feel free to add to the thread. Prost. Before Applying… Spend time perusing the programs’ websites. Make sure the schools you are applying to value individuals like yourself. Why waste more money through application fees if your odds of even getting an interview are slim to none? Moreover, by incorporating some of their mission statement into your supplemental application answers you’ll increase your odds in landing that coveted interview. Out of the 10 schools I applied to I was offered 6 interviews. Preparation makes all the difference. Ask yourself the question: what is this school’s ideal candidate? If you can’t answer it then you need to dig deeper. If you can and you don’t fit the bill that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t apply there, but you should find ways to bring up your deficiencies. Look at what the schools say about their deadlines and review periods. If a school has rolling admissions then do your best to get you application submitted early in the cycle. Conversely, if the school doesn’t review applications until after the end of the deadline then it might be a good idea to wait until later in the cycle. No point in wasting more money on additional fees early in the cycle if they don’t review until the end. I learned this lesson the hard way since I was accepted to two schools before a few of them even started looking at my applications. $50 adds up quickly when you’re already spending hundreds of dollars on all the other parts of the process. Side note: just as I’m about to submit this post I finally heard back from the last of the 10 schools I applied to stating they are now ready to review my material. That’s nearly nine months from my submission date. Always remember: YOU are responsible for ensuring that your application is right. Don’t blindly trust CASPA for their GPA calculations. This was my second year applying after receiving zero interview invites my first time. I came to realize too late in the first cycle that nearly all of my GPAs were miscalculated by CASPA due to their failure to convert one of my college’s transcript quarter grades into semesters (despite their assurance over the phone). Consequently, my GPAs were below all of the schools’ minimums. Prior to submitting my applications this past cycle I sent CASPA an extensive email with all of my calculations while specifically listing what they had done wrong the first time. Additionally, it would be a good idea to make sure CASPA fits your classes into the right sections. For example, I took a class in undergrad in the Exercise Science Department that was really just Statistics. CASPA initially counted it as Other Science when it should have counted toward Math. What makes you unique? Some of the best advice I received while I was prepping my application was to really think about what makes me different/standout. If you’ve ever seen “The Breakfast Club” then you’ll better understand this concept. Knowing a few people that served on admissions committees —for other types of programs— they pointed out that committee members are often trying to find a nice blend of students. If everyone came from the exact same background it would likely be to the detriment of the class. Take away: don’t be afraid to show your true colors; your uniqueness might very well be the reason you get accepted to a program. Further, own who you are and don’t stress what you perceive as lacking. Read: stop comparing yourself to others with all of these stats. Comparison is the thief of joy. Your Personal Statement. Paint a picture through a single story if you can. I truly thought I had written a great essay for CASPA during my first application cycle, but when I asked some friends for constructive criticism it came down to my picture having too many focal points and the overall theme being drowned. When CASPA only allows 5,000 characters it makes it hard to say all that you want in such a limited space. So, do yourself a favor and tell a story about yourself that exhibits all of the qualities you’d like to display for your potential schools. It could be something as simple as an interaction with a patient or even as extensive as the key things in life that led you down this path (just be sure to keep a narrow focus). Also, if you come from a background that might appear to be divergent on the surface then it might be a good idea to show how it is similar to practicing as a PA (this was a decent portion of my essay). Regarding the interview… Be patient. After talking to several other interviewees at various schools many of them had received only one or two interview offers and they took quite a bit of time for their first contact. However, the one common theme that I did notice is the earlier you submit your application the more likely it is that you will land an interview (as stated above: some exceptions when schools wait until the deadline to review applications). Additionally, many of my interview requests came with little notice. That is, three out of the six interview requests I received came with ten days or fewer notice. Preparation is key (Repeating myself here). Start reading up on common questions and composing your responses as soon as you can. I was fortunate in that I received my first interview request with about a month’s notice and was preparing for it when I got another interview with only eight days notice. Those 46 most common questions for the PA School interview really do come in handy. What’s more, plan for some follow up questions to all of your answers. It’s also a good idea to practice answering the questions out loud; you don’t want to sound like you’re reading the answers straight from your notes, Mr. Roboto. ;-) Plus, no one speaks the way they write. The goal should be to sound as conversational as possible. Answer the question and shut up. After my first interview I realized the folly in my ways. I’d guess nerves had something to do with it, but I found myself rambling on quite a bit. I would answer all potential follow up questions before they were even asked which — I’m sure— was annoying to the interviewers. Remember: if they really want to know something they will ask about it, don’t attempt to play mindreader. Know your application back and forth. This should be a given, but I’m still pointing it out since every interview I attended asked something about either my CASPA or supplemental application. Be consistent in your answers. While I felt like I was frequently repeating myself during my interview days, it’s always a good idea to remain unchanging in your responses between interviewers. There’s a good chance the admissions committees look for consistency. Act like you want to be there. Once I had been accepted to two schools I stopped caring so much. By the time I made it to my fifth interview I’m convinced I came off as disinterested in my responses and ultimately got rejected. Just like any successful relationship, mutual interest is an absolute must. Be attentive, talk to other candidates, ask pertinent questions, etc. Every interview is different, but the same. All of the interviews I attended had designs that were slightly different, but still roughly the same. Every once in a while there will be one that follows a completely different format (I canceled my last interview that would have been MMI), but your preparation should be the same for all of them. Consistency is key when it comes to preparation. Odd ball questions seem to be pretty common. Some interviewers specifically said they would be asking odd ball questions while others just came right out of the gate with them. Either way, all of my interviews had some form of them present. It could be something as simple as: “Tell me something about yourself that’s not in your application.” to “What’s something that most people wouldn’t guess about you when they meet you?” to “If you were a piece of fruit, what would you be and why?”. Lifestyle questions, yeah those things… are really, really (really) common. “What do you like to do for fun?” “Where will you fit in time to study?” “How do you handle stress?” It’s probably a good idea to have some answers prepared for these type of topics. In a fortunate twist I actually found my answer to one of these questions from a current student during my first interview for my subsequent interviews. Sure enough, things worked out well. Try to have some fun. So many people act too serious throughout. Humor is a big part of who I am, but still, it’s okay to show your less pensive side. In a group portion of one of my interviews I had the whole class —including the program director— cracking up. I have no doubt that left a positive impression. After the interview/follow up… Say thank you and do it quickly. My first interview was on a Friday afternoon and despite being told the admissions committee would not meet for a couple of weeks I received my first rejection the following Wednesday. The ironic part is that I had just stuck my thank you letters in the mail that afternoon so they were likely postmarked the day after I got rejected. That said, if you’re going to send a thank you note, do it the second you get home. Rejection happens, but it doesn’t define you. I’ve yet to meet a single person that hasn’t been rejected from a school. It is inevitable, so don’t let it get you down. Think of it like baseball; batting one for three would be considered a great average. The same is true for applications. Using myself as an example, out of ten applications I received six interview requests. Out of the five interviews I attended I was rejected from two, waitlisted in one and accepted to two. Overall, I was satisfied with the outcome. Just remember, all it takes is one school to have faith in you for you to take the next big step toward becoming a PA. Also, as far as the rejection goes I’ve found it to be quite useful to write down the things that I think I could have improved on from the interviews rather than dwelling on it. After my first rejection I lost a lot of sleep the following nights just thinking what exactly I did wrong. Eventually I wrote out the things I thought I could refine and used them in my prep for my following interviews. Sure enough I was accepted to the next two schools where I interviewed. If you don’t get in… Find out why. Every piece of information you gather will help you at other schools. All of us could stand to improve in some way or another as long as we’re open to constructive criticism. Along the same line some introspection can go a long way. One thing I regularly remind myself is in every failed situation I’ve experienced I am the one common denominator. Think about what you could’ve done better and come up with a plan to make changes. If you do get in… Congratulations! Every single applicant works hard to get to this point. When I got my first phone call of acceptance I was overcome with emotion —so much for stoicism. It’s a great feeling of relief to know you will soon be taking the next big step with PA school. Again, I’m sure there are plenty of other things others might like to add. Please feel free to do so as these are simply my thoughts and observations. Good luck to everyone with their upcoming applications. :-)
  15. Looking for any insight into my situation: I applied to 10+ PA programs this cycle, interviewed at 3, have been accepted to 1, and have not heard from about 4 other schools at all yet. The program I was accepted to just got put on probation overall GPA: 3.45 Science GPA 3.3 pre-req GPA : close to 4.0 Have about 1600 and counting hours as ED scribe Have about 75 hours shadowing PAs 2,000+ hours working/volunteering at a summer camp for kids with life threatening illnesses Plus another couple hundred of volunteer hours in other places - mission trips, etc. GRE very average around 302 ***Feeling like waiting to see how these other schools pan out is a better options than jumping on the 1 acceptance b/c of the probation issue. I feel like If I re-applied I would be accepted once I get more HCE etc. since I have been getting interviews, just worried that my GPA may be dragging me down and I don't want to not get in the second go around when I was accepted the first go around and passed up the opportunity? Also not looking to retaking the GRE/more classes, just want to strengthen my app in other ways Any advice/ insight greatly appreciated?
  16. I have recently been accepted to a school with multiple campuses. Each is accredited separately. I have now received an email that I think is ethically wrong and just wanted some insight on what I should do. A about a week ago I got an email from admissions at a school I was accepted to stating that they were aware I was accepted to another campus and they wanted to know which one I was going to before continuing to process my paper work (even though they have already taken my deposit). Let me just preface this by saying one of the campuses was the first interview/acceptance I had so I paid the deposit (obviously) and did not have any other interviews scheduled until a month later. The first school is closer to home (only about a 2 hour drive) and the second is in a different state. So I have a lot to consider. Now that I have been accepted to the second school it is still only July and I have other interviews scheduled. I feel that it is unacceptable/unprofessional to ask me about other acceptances and tell me I have to choose when I am still interviewing. I was under the impression that schools were not supposed to communicate about those matters. Am I wrong? What would you do in my situation? Not respond to the email at all? Or respond honestly saying I am still interviewing? Thanks in advance!
  17. Hey everyone - I'm looking for some insight on the interview process for programs offering multiple dates. Does which date you choose affect your chances of acceptance? I was recently offered an interview and given two dates to choose from. I'm wondering if choosing the second date (the first happens to fall in the middle of a vacation I had planned) will put me at a disadvantage. Do programs typically wait until both dates are completed to make admissions decisions? Or will some spots already be taken from the first session by the time I interview? I know each program most likely has different processes, but I'd appreciate any info you have! Thank you!!
  18. Hi Everyone, I am a recent grad and I posted in a few other spots about offering help to others! I recently started a website that has a large section dedicated to help with getting into PA school. The personal statement page is newly updated and some may find it helpful! My website is: www.allthingsphysicianassistant.com Click Pre-PA-->Personal Statement tab Hope this is helpful! Danielle
  19. Hello everyone! I see they had individual topics last year for each interview session and thought that would be great to have again this year. With this month's interview less than two weeks away, it's about time we get this up! I don't know about you, but I'm so excited. Good luck to you all!
  20. Wanted to share my latest blog post. I wrote about the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and want to expect on interview day. Hope you find it useful! http://pajourney.com/2015/11/14/multiple-mini-interviews-what-to-expect-and-how-to-deal/
  21. Hey! I am anxious to know about interviews. Has anyone received an an invitation to interview yet?
  22. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1505892#t=article abstract: Neoplasms occur naturally in invertebrates but are not known to develop in tapeworms. We observed nests of monomorphic, undifferentiated cells in samples from lymph-node and lung biopsies in a man infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The morphologic features and invasive behavior of the cells were characteristic of cancer, but their small size suggested a nonhuman origin. A polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR) assay targeting eukaryotes identified Hymenolepis nana DNA. Although the cells were unrecognizable as tapeworm tissue, immunohistochemical staining and probe hybridization labeled the cells in situ. Comparative deep sequencing identified H. nana structural genomic variants that are compatible with mutations described in cancer. Invasion of human tissue by abnormal, proliferating, genetically altered tapeworm cells is a novel disease mechanism that links infection and cancer.
  23. There was a hiccup with one of my transcripts and unfortunately, I caught it too late and my CASPA wasn't completed until October 13. I had already paid for my schools and had everything completed, so my chances of getting into my schools with deadlines in September and October were shot. I have maybe 3 more schools left with November, December, and January deadlines, and I am freaking out because besides submitting supplementals, I haven't heard back from anyone yet besides one school who's deadline I had passed. Also, if in the unfortunate event that I have to reapply the next cycle, does anyone know if I have to start from scratch on CASPA and get new LORs?
  24. Hi everyone. I tried looking for the answer to this elsewhere on the site and maybe there really isn't one. I am wondering if interviews typically take place during the week or on weekends. Are there particular days during the week that interviews are more likely to be scheduled? I was also curious how much lead time programs give on offering interviews (a couple weeks, a couple months?). I have to schedule my work shifts about a month in advance and it isn't always easy to switch with someone if something comes up. Any experience with this or input would be appreciated as the interview season is iminent. Thanks!
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