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  1. Last week I got my first official application decision of the cycle. Opening the email, I scanned the words frantically until I found the sentence I was fearing the most. It read, “I regret to inform you of the program’s decision not to pursue your application further.” These words translate much more simply to “rejection.” For a moment I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I knew that I would be receiving rejections throughout the cycle, but had hoped and prayed it wouldn’t be from this school. Not only was this program one of my top choices, but it is also the only school in my home city. The realization that I would not have the opportunity to interview hit me like a ton of bricks. With GPAs well above the program’s average and my state residency giving me a leg up over other applicants, I felt that I would likely secure an interview. I was wrong. After the news, I began to question my application strategy entirely. I chose to apply more intentionally to a handful of carefully selected programs landing on the lower side of things - 6. As the September 1st deadline for many programs was only a few days away I sent my GRE scores off to an additional school that I was going back and forth on, hoping that they would arrive on time. I was relieved to have everything complete with one other program, but I still questioned if 7 would be enough to land me an acceptance or even an interview. At this point I was doubting myself, my personal statement, my clinical experiences… everything. I wondered if there were red flags in my application or if I said the wrong things in the answers to the supplemental questions. I tried to stay optimistic, but I was disappointed and feeling insecure. My first rejection was certainly humbling, planting seeds of doubt that were becoming overwhelming. And then I saw it. I was eating my lunch and scanning my email when I suddenly read “Invitation to Interview” in the subject line of an email from my top choice. My heart started racing and my palms were sweating. After seeing the date provided, only 3.5 weeks away, I could barely focus enough to read about the interview details. I was ecstatic. Their initial email contained a typo and in a follow up email with a correction the admissions director revealed that I was the very first applicant to be offered an interview. I couldn’t believe it. This school was my reach, and I certainly wasn’t counting on being offered an interview, let alone the first one. I was over the moon. Here I am now, in the midst of the cycle with one interview scheduled and one rejection. Things are still up in the air, but I feel that I am at least back in the game. The ups and downs of this roller coaster ride will continue, and I couldn't be happier. Thus far, this process has been unpredictable. Although I have heard this repeated many times here by those wiser than myself, this experience has definitely shown me that there is no such thing as a sure thing when applying to PA school. Don’t be so quick to count yourself in, but also don’t count yourself out.
  2. So I've only had two interviews so far, been rejected by one, but it is making me consider what I will do if I don't get in this cycle. Applying is very costly(as you know) and I really don't want to waste another year of my life in the same job living in my parent's house, as I am young and I believe life is too short to waste it doing things you hate. I thought applying for a research job at this prestigious university which would look good on my application but would bore me to tears. I had an idea of doing some work abroad but a lot of international programs cost an arm and a leg to apply. However I also want to add some spice to my life and feel like I'm actually doing some good for humanity instead of wasting months just writing PA school essays again. Any ideas for exciting gap year ideas on a budget(as a backup plan in case I am rejected all around)? Can you guys give me any examples of companies that give jobs or I can show up to a country I have family in and start doing charity work there?
  3. So we know for things like ACLS there re algorithms for treatments. Medicine is one giant algorithm. Are there any books or ect. that have algorithms for lung disease or throat diseases for example. I'm a visual learner and I like to draw out charts and use algorithms to figure things out, that's probably why I love Ochem. If there isn't any, I'll make my own but time is always against us PA students. something like SOB (yes/no) , vesicular breath sounds (yes/no) and each one take you down different paths. I'm trying to better organize differentials inside my head basically.
  4. Thought I would start a thread for those accepted to Boston for 2016! I am very excited about this program and am 99% sure I'll be attending! :)
  5. Hello, I am new to this thread. I need all the info I can get. I want to apply to PA school this summer, when does the app season start? I know I have to take the GRE, what book is the best and how many hours do I need to study. I have graduated from FAU in Summer 2012. I have a BA in Biological Sciences. I have a 3.7 overall GPA and a 3.6 sciGPA. All A's and B's. ----- I have to go back to school to take Gen Micro, A and P 1 and 2, Interpersonal Communications, I may also take some other classes to prep for PA school. I abt 200 volunteer hours health care and non healthcare ---- I volunteer at Cardid Health Clinic, ROyal Manor Nursing Home and I am a mentor for Palm Beach County. I was a pre-med so I have shadowed MDs, DOs, and I did shadow an orthopedic PA for 8 hours. I am starting a CNA course on Monday and should start work as a CNA in March. My mom a RN at a agency so she has the job waiting for me. Besides the GRE and Health care experience what am I missing? I am going for the best GRE score but what is the average score. I am African American Female and FL resident.
  6. When I was at the conference in Toronto this year participating in the Assembly of Representatives, I got a chance to meet the other representatives from TN and we discussed the fact that we don't communicate enough amongst the different programs. I started a Facebook group that I hope will be a means of collaboration and communication amongst the various schools in TN. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TNPAStudents/
  7. I will be starting school in June and I was curious about brushing up on some basic material. I was looking for a simple review of A&P probably. I'm not intending on anything super intense, but a refresher probably wouldn't hurt. I looked at the sticky and the "... Made Ridiculously Simple" series was recommended. This post was a few years old so I was curious if there were any new recommendations. Thanks!
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