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Hi! I'm currently a first year student at BCM. I know some of y'all are anxiously waiting to hear from Baylor. Word is that they will be sending out invites for interviews at the end of this week. Thr

22 people reading this topic right now. :) May I assume nobody has heard anything yet?

Holy goodness! Sittin, waitin, wishin

I'm planning on hitting submit for all my PA school choices (Baylor, UTSW, etc), by the week of July 15th.
 

Is that too late?!?!?!?

 

I understand it's not early by any means, and it's not late considering the Sept 1 deadline, but is mid July too... mid(?) to even have a chance with such a prestigious program?

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Any idea what they're looking for in the 'reduced load' section of secondary app?

 

I'm assuming if you read between the lines, Baylor is saying: we have a super rigorous, masters-level, science-heavy curriculum. If you've had a "reduced load" academically, you'd better have a good reason so we won't automatically think you're a dumb-dumb and assume you can't hack it."

 

For instance, here's the BS I drummed up for mine:

In 2012, my father passed away and I withdrew for the semester. Unfortunately, once I was ready to return to school, the courses I had dropped were not available simultaneously: I enrolled in the which ever class was available for the semester – physics for fall 2012, organic chemistry in spring 2013.

 

Despite the lightened load, I remained busy. I earned my nursing assistant certification, and I landed a job as an overnight CNA at a post-acute neurorehabilitation facility. My schedule consisted of clocking in at 10:30 pm, and spending a few hours helping patients get ready for bed. Throughout the night, I routinely checked them for incontinence; often the patients cursed, pinched, hit and kicked the staff and I changed their soaking pajamas and bed sheets. By the time the sun rose, I also would have helped with several showers, cooked breakfast, and even had some time left over to redirect the residents' attention to prevent fights. It was back-breaking, exhausting work, and I thrived off of the challenge.

 

After those tiring ten hour shifts, I squeezed in a quick nap before going to class. I don't remember how much I truly learned about organic chemistry or physics. What I do remember learning was that the combination of working full-time overnight shifts with studying for difficult classes – all on little to no sleep – was nearly impossible, even though I was only taking one class at a time.

 

Overall, even though I took a reduced academic load, I have to emphasize that I learned more in that year about my endurance through life's challenges, my dedication to healthcare as a CNA, and my commitment to volunteering, than I ever could have learned from textbooks and lectures.

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I'm assuming if you read between the lines, Baylor is saying: we have a super rigorous, masters-level, science-heavy curriculum. If you've had a "reduced load" academically, you'd better have a good reason so we won't automatically think you're a dumb-dumb and assume you can't hack it."

 

For instance, here's the BS I drummed up for mine:

In 2012, my father passed away and I withdrew for the semester. Unfortunately, once I was ready to return to school, the courses I had dropped were not available simultaneously: I enrolled in the which ever class was available for the semester – physics for fall 2012, organic chemistry in spring 2013.

 

Despite the lightened load, I remained busy. I earned my nursing assistant certification, and I landed a job as an overnight CNA at a post-acute neurorehabilitation facility. My schedule consisted of clocking in at 10:30 pm, and spending a few hours helping patients get ready for bed. Throughout the night, I routinely checked them for incontinence; often the patients cursed, pinched, hit and kicked the staff and I changed their soaking pajamas and bed sheets. By the time the sun rose, I also would have helped with several showers, cooked breakfast, and even had some time left over to redirect the residents' attention to prevent fights. It was back-breaking, exhausting work, and I thrived off of the challenge.

 

After those tiring ten hour shifts, I squeezed in a quick nap before going to class. I don't remember how much I truly learned about organic chemistry or physics. What I do remember learning was that the combination of working full-time overnight shifts with studying for difficult classes – all on little to no sleep – was nearly impossible, even though I was only taking one class at a time.

 

Overall, even though I took a reduced academic load, I have to emphasize that I learned more in that year about my endurance through life's challenges, my dedication to healthcare as a CNA, and my commitment to volunteering, than I ever could have learned from textbooks and lectures.

Thank you for that. I thought it meant if you entered the workforce post undergrad

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I'm planning on hitting submit for all my PA school choices (Baylor, UTSW, etc), by the week of July 15th.

 

Is that too late?!?!?!?

 

I understand it's not early by any means, and it's not late considering the Sept 1 deadline, but is mid July too... mid(?) to even have a chance with such a prestigious program?

I was curious about this too so I looked at the thread of accepted students, and it seems a good amount of people who got into Baylor submitted in July or later! Just do your best as soon as you can. I also won't be able to complete my app to Baylor till probably around mid July also because I like to spend enough time on my supplementals.

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I attended one of the info sessions a few months ago and I'm pretty sure the director said all the apps are considered at one time (ie no rolling admissions) so there's no incentive on applying super early.

 

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

 

For me though I would submit earlier, but that's just me.

 

Good luck!

 

 

I'm planning on hitting submit for all my PA school choices (Baylor, UTSW, etc), by the week of July 15th.

 

Is that too late?!?!?!?

 

I understand it's not early by any means, and it's not late considering the Sept 1 deadline, but is mid July too... mid(?) to even have a chance with such a prestigious program?

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Anyone having trouble with their website? Everytime I go to enter something in the search bar, it results in an error "we can't find the page you are looking for"

 

 

What are you trying to find? I had trouble trying to find their link to the sup app but was finally able to find it. 

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What are you trying to find? I had trouble trying to find their link to the sup app but was finally able to find it. 

 

Anything! When I put "curriculum" or "info sessions" or whatever into the search bar, it just comes back "we can't find the page you are looking for." It's frustrating.

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So.... for this supp app, are you telling totally new anecdotes?! I feel like I'm just repeating what I wrote for my personal statement :S

I feel the same. With that said, I pulled the following from their website:

 

"information in narrative statements not responsive to questions - narrative statements should be well written, incorporate the use of critical reflection, and respond directly to questions asked. Avoid using the CASPA narrative response as the sole basis of your response to the questions contained within the Supplemental Application, as the information sought after is different."

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I just wanted to confirm that texasflip1 is correct about rolling admissions!  I emailed admissions and was told BCM does NOT have rolling admissions. All applications are reviewed after the deadline!  There is no rush to submit super early so take your time and perfect those essays!  :)  Hope that helps!

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For essay question 4, when they say "total learning experience," do you think they're indicating that they want us to discuss something from the curriculum (e.g., a particular class, or rotation, etc.), or could "moving away from the city I've lived in for x amount of years" or "learning to make time for recreation somewhere between studying and class" or something like that be considered "part of the learning experience"?  I'm just now polishing up my essays, and I want to make sure I actually answered the question.


 


For your reference, here is personal narrative question 4:


"From what you understand of the Baylor College of Medicine PA Program, what part of the total learning experience will be the most challenging for you?" 


 


 


Thank you in advance for any input :)


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I am also very confused about this question. I am trying to figure out what would be difficult. I am trying for advanced placement course in PA.. I would really appreciate if someone could suggest something about this part.

Also, in activities part, should we include employment part or extra-curricular activities also. For eg: I play badminton and have had taken dance courses. Should I  mention this? Thanks.. Waiting for a response..

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@k_mcdon I'm not sure if you're from the area. In general I think most people would agree that Baylor (and Southwestern) are known as a very prestigious private schools.

But then again, any PA program would be rigorous. I think you're answering the question correctly. I concentrated on what I would find difficult during the didactic portion (due to whatever reasons, etc.)

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