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What day did you guys interview? I was there at the December 13th interview. I was in the first group (that interviewed first). Just wondering if we've met already :)

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What day did guys interview? I was there at the December 13th interview. I was in the first group (that interviewed first). Just wondering if we've met already :)

 

I interviewed back in October. 

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Ah, probably so elizabethl! I am assuming 45 or somewhere around there. I know a few people were accepted early and committed to the program already, so maybe a few less than 45? I'm not sure...

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I emailed last week and found out I'm on the alternate list too. I got the official email a few days ago. I interviewed during October. Was anyone that interviewed rejected? I am curious if they automatically put everyone they interview on the alternate list

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Yikes, that's a lot of alternates. I'm guessing if there are 45 seats, and 50 alternates then probably about 10-15 people received rejection letters. Because I think about 105 or so interviewed. (Rough estimates, not exact numbers, I don't know for sure)

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For those that got interviews: what kind and how much hands-on healthcare experience did you have? It's mandatory for this next application cycle, so I'm trying to figure out what are my best HCE options. Thanks guys!

 

 

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For those that got interviews: what kind and how much hands-on healthcare experience did you have? It's mandatory for this next application cycle, so I'm trying to figure out what are my best HCE options. Thanks guys!

 

 

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I only had 200 hours at the hospital where I volunteered (I volunteered in the NICU as a "cuddler" and got to hold all the little preemie babies -- I loved it!). Most of my other HCE came from my job as an ER scribe, which I'm sure you know doesn't count as hands-on experience. It's definitely not easy to achieve unless you have some sort of certification (EMT, RN, CNA, MA, etc). I think this new requirement will definitely be a game changer for next year, and will cut down significantly on the number of qualified applicants. Just my two cents. 

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I interviewed and was accepted.  I had about 2000 HCE's as a Cytotechnologist and as an EMT- the EMT hours are the most abundant and most current.  I had 12000 hours of other health care experience as a Cytotech.  These hours are not direct patient care but health care related- the difference was working in a hospital where I interacted with patients and working in a lab where I did not.  I had 125 hours shadowing PA's in various settings.  I had 1100 total volunteer hours in lots of areas over my lifetime (I am old).  I also had nine or ten different entries in Awards/prof. Org/Leadership areas. 

 

I am not sure what will give you an edge but I think the more volunteering you can do and the more hands on patient care you can get, I would concentrate on that.  I think that is the most important part in picking a candidate, along with GPA, etc.

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For those that got interviews: what kind and how much hands-on healthcare experience did you have? It's mandatory for this next application cycle, so I'm trying to figure out what are my best HCE options. Thanks guys!

 

 

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Hi VMMtx,

 

I am a part of the class of 2017. I interviewed on Oct 13th. Here are my stats hopefully it helps future applicants. 

 

Nontraditional student

GPA 3.39

Science 3.46

 

HCE- 2500 hours Medical Assistant/Scrub Technician

Health care related- 200 hours Surgery Coordinator

PA shadow time- 200 hours I shadowed three different PAs and worked with one

Volunteer- 450 hours (Meals on Wheels, Grace Hospice, and American Cancer Society) I volunteered with organizations I am passionate about.

 

I submitted all my paperwork within three weeks after CASPA had opened, I made sure to ask all my references a few months before if they could write me recommendation letters (PA, MD, and professor wrote my RLs), I had all the links to where I needed to request my transcripts saved to my computer so when I needed to request the transcripts it was only a click away, I wrote my personal statement three months before the application opened so it was ready to go, and as for volunteer time it is something I have always been apart of. 

 

If it is difficult to get HCE I highly recommend doing a CNA course which I believe only takes about 6 weeks to complete (not sure length of time) or maybe look for a doctor's office that is willing to train without a certification. Good luck and please let me know if you have any other questions. 

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There is still hope.  I just received a call from PA Quillin with an invite to attend the program.  I am so thankful and happy to have this opportunity.  I have not been able to stop dancing/screaming/running/pacing since I got off the phone with her. 

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CRussell and the others, hold on and have faith... I sure hope there is spot for you guys!!!!!  They take a good number of alternates each year and its late.  Others may have accepted spots in other programs leaving room for you!

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I interviewed in October, I honestly lost all hope after being placed on the alternate list.  One of the students at the interview said that she got the call in May, I hate that it may take that long, but there is still hope.

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I know... May? I will have already submitted next year's application by then! Ha, we will see though. I wonder if any other alternate list candidates have received phone calls/emails...?

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Found out that approximately 10 alternates have been invited. Most have accepted their invitation to the program. They plan/hope to have the class finalized by mid March.

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Just received a phone call from PA Quillin inviting me to this year's class! YAY!!! So very thankful for the opportunity to begin this journey!

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