Felt it would be prudent to make a separate thread for those wanting to meet up before the interview, share anxious thoughts, offer help to those coming from out-of-town on place to stay (if you haven't found one already), transport, etc.
@fluidworks I'd definitely like to meet up before the big day. For pubs, the College Inn, in the U-District, has big tables and is in walking distance of the hotels suggested in the mailing info. There are also many fairly cheap restaurants around the area.
I just graduated with my BS in Biology with a minor in Spanish in May, 2016. I am currently applying to medical school for the second year. However, I am now leaning towards PA school, pending I fit the requirements. I've read that research is valued but I am not sure how valued. Here is me:
-22, has BS in Biology
-worked 2.5 years in biophysics research, with two publications, one 4th place award at poster competition, two more publications still being written
-volunteering hours in a clinical setting: 134.5hrs (I worry this is too low?), and an additional 283hrs in non-clinical
-leadership roles from undergrad
-501 MCAT (haven't taken the GRE)
Should I apply? or do I need to wait ANOTHER year and apply after working as a PCA?