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I spoke with Sharon and packets for all accepted students went out Friday I believe ...so "blizzard" aside, we should be receiving them by end of this week or early next week :) ...Good luck guys!!!

just got my interview invite :)

Hi! I was wondering if anyone heard any word from Mercy with acceptances. Any phone calls, emails or letters? It's been about 6ish weeks since I interviewed and I'm anxiously waiting.

Hi guys, as this year's application process continues please let me know if you have any questions regarding Mercy, applying, interviewing, etc. When I applied I spoke to several older students that were very helpful and I would like to reciprocate that help to the next year's class again. Here are some responses I had last year for several people with several general questions about the program:

 

1) It took about a week for me to get my acceptance letter, but it varies....I believe some people waited over a month to hear but I think it averaged about 2 weeks for most people. 

 

2) The first year schedule varies so I can't really say when classes end for sure each day. Clinical Medicine is the big class you take every semester that is really the reason it varies because it is all guest lectures. Last semester we had a few late lectures until 9 PM and one that lasted almost all day on a Saturday. This semester we have 8 classes so its usually a start time of 9 or 10 and goes until 5 each night. We haven't had any late lectures yet, but we've only gotten through two different components so far, so we'll see. 

 

3) With regards to your question that the program is unorganized, I don’’t agree with this but it is true that the schedule does change a lot because our professors are still practicing. I think what you're hearing is that we don't get our monthly schedule of classes and exams until the end of the previous month, so if you ever want to try and plan something like a doctor's appointment or a weekend trip you have to literally wait until the last minute which I wish was different, but I understand that my teachers are busy working and their schedules change. And if the schedule changes, they do let us know.

 

4) The faculty are very involved with us. In fact, Lorraine Cashin, our director, teaches several classes throughout the year. I have heard from other programs that their directors aren't involved, don't teach, don't see students often, which is not the case with Professor Cashin- she is GREAT and ALWAYS wants to talk to us and help us if we need it. We have director's meetings with her as a class at the end of every month to talk about anything we want- if we want something different, if there are problems, etc. which is a good way to keep communication flowing between the students and the faculty. 

 

4) Regarding your question about being prepared, I am assuming you mean for the PANCE which I can't totally answer now, but I did learn a lot during the didactic year in the classroom and on my rotations so far. On rotations now I get pimped everyday (I am in the OR now so it is a lot of anatomy questions), but I have noticed that things kind of just pop into my head so I know that the info I learned last year is there somewhere! However, a lot of learning is on YOU. You can not expect to learn 100% of the material from lecture and you need to put in the time to really learn the material which means studying outside of class. You just need to suck it up and do it, but you will get knowledge and understanding out of all the time that you put into the material. 

 

5) I don't have experience with commuting, but there is a wide range of people who drive here from different places. Personally I live about 10 minutes away from school because I knew that, even though I didn't want to live in the Bronx, I wanted to stay on campus to study every night and I didn't want to have to drive an hour home every night at 11 PM. I am also not a morning person so if I ever accidentally slept past my alarm clock I won't be too far away and be able to make it to class. There are a lot of people who commute from Jersey, Manhattan, and places north of here like White Plains, and they always complain about the trains and the traffic. But if you want to commute from what I have heard it is definitely doable, you just have to get up early so you can get to class on time. Most days this semester we start at 9 AM. If you are worried about losing time, one thing that I know people do when they're stuck in traffic is listen to the lectures they have recorded on their phones, so even though they're stuck in traffic they could still do some studying. 

 

6) The group interview was great. They split you up into groups of three and have two faculty interviewing all three of you together. They will rotate which one of you answers first so it is fair for everyone. Six questions total if I remember correctly. General questions, such as why Mercy, why PA, why not another medical profession. The best advice I can give for the interview is: (1) Dress professionally. Even though you are interviewing for a school, you should treat this like a serious job interview. If you don't dress professional you will have to overcome a first impression. (2) Be yourself and stay calm- answer the questions you would answer, not what you think they want to hear. (3) Know what a PA is. You will be surprised the amount of people interviewing who can't accurately describe what a PA is or does. One side note, don't be negative to other professions. I was asked why I applied to PA school and not to medical school, and I kept it to that I like the way a PA can laterally move. Turns out both faculty members interviewing me were MDs! Imagine if I had talked bad about medical school!

 

PA school is tough. It is so hard. But it's hard for a reason. If I knew this stuff already I wouldn't be in school- I would be out there practicing. Everyone starts from somewhere in medicine, and unfortunately it is a tough start, but I love it. I love learning, and Mercy has done a great job so far. This program focuses on primary care, serving the underprivileged, and follows a biopsychosocial method- keep that in mind. I don't want to scare anyone away from applying, because I want you all to apply and want to come here because this program is amazing, but PA school is a big decision and you need to make sure that it is right for you. That can be tough to know for sure before actually getting here, but from my point of view I can say before applying and deciding to attend PA school make sure you are ready to put your entire life into the program. You will be in class all day, studying all the time, losing sleep, losing social and fun time, BUT if this is what YOU want to do and you're determined it is all worth it I promise!

 

If you have any additional questions you can ask on the forum here or in an inbox, whichever you prefer. Just keep in mind that I am on demanding rotations at the moment so it might take me a few days to answer any questions that you may have. Good luck! 

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Looking at previous years', they seem to be taking much longer this year to get back to interviewees from November. The wait last year was around 5 weeks and we're nearing 8 weeks.  Or maybe they didn't like any of the 60 or so people that interviewed lol. 

Cytokine43, as the interview invitation e-mail from Ms. Foster says, there is an essay before the group interview. For obvious reasons, I can't say what the essay is about. All I can tell you is it's not something you need to prepare for.  Good luck!

Let us know if they say when they're planning to let the November folks know about their decisions.

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Thank you very much Reaching4stars.

 

When I call or email Sharon, there is always no response. I got my interview invitation and then I replied to confirm. However, I never received anything back from her. Maybe, she is just too busy. Two weeks later, I wrote her again. Still nothing.

 

Anyway, I will drive to Bronx and attend an interview that has never been confirmed.

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Not a problem, cytokine. That's kind of strange. I think she replied a day or two after I confirmed. I bet she is pretty busy. From what I remember, she's responsible for organizing these interviews, getting back to people with decisions, answering emails from people, etc. It'd be hard to manage all that. Don't worry, I'm sure you'll get a response plenty of time before you interview. 

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Anyone have any advice, info or tips for this interview at Mercy?

Hey Imomo, Dunno if you already had your interview yet or not but I just hd mine yesterday. It wasn't bad at all. You will have to a write a brief essay on the topic they give and later 2 interviewers interview 3-4 interviewees at a time. Just be yourself and smile. They love to see you smile. Also, know their mission statement. 

 

Good Luck!

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Hi! I was wondering if anyone heard any word from Mercy with acceptances. Any phone calls, emails or letters? It's been about 6ish weeks since I interviewed and I'm anxiously waiting.

 

 

I called in before Christmas and they said we should be hearing back after the holidays. Good luck to all!

 

Hi rhopebjan & hanouds34 I believe the director said that they were gonna interview the feb session as well before they started sending out acceptance letters. She said they wanted to give fair chance to everyone before they started filing seats. I guess that's whats up. Also, there were 80 people interviewed this Jan 15 and I believe 80 or so in Nov. There's one more interview in Feb and they have to sort out only 65 students. I believe there's is the toughest job.

 

Good Luck!! and just wait patiently with fingers crossed!!...

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I just received my interview invite as well. Mine is set for January 15th.  Does anyone have any insight on how the interview proces is set up or some of the questions they may ask? 

 

Any information would be great to ease my mind!

Hey dmpensa, were you there in the morning or afternoon session?

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Hi guys, as this year's application process continues please let me know if you have any questions regarding Mercy, applying, interviewing, etc. When I applied I spoke to several older students that were very helpful and I would like to reciprocate that help to the next year's class again. Here are some responses I had last year for several people with several general questions about the program:

 

1) It took about a week for me to get my acceptance letter, but it varies....I believe some people waited over a month to hear but I think it averaged about 2 weeks for most people. 

 

2) The first year schedule varies so I can't really say when classes end for sure each day. Clinical Medicine is the big class you take every semester that is really the reason it varies because it is all guest lectures. Last semester we had a few late lectures until 9 PM and one that lasted almost all day on a Saturday. This semester we have 8 classes so its usually a start time of 9 or 10 and goes until 5 each night. We haven't had any late lectures yet, but we've only gotten through two different components so far, so we'll see. 

 

3) With regards to your question that the program is unorganized, I don’’t agree with this but it is true that the schedule does change a lot because our professors are still practicing. I think what you're hearing is that we don't get our monthly schedule of classes and exams until the end of the previous month, so if you ever want to try and plan something like a doctor's appointment or a weekend trip you have to literally wait until the last minute which I wish was different, but I understand that my teachers are busy working and their schedules change. And if the schedule changes, they do let us know.

 

4) The faculty are very involved with us. In fact, Lorraine Cashin, our director, teaches several classes throughout the year. I have heard from other programs that their directors aren't involved, don't teach, don't see students often, which is not the case with Professor Cashin- she is GREAT and ALWAYS wants to talk to us and help us if we need it. We have director's meetings with her as a class at the end of every month to talk about anything we want- if we want something different, if there are problems, etc. which is a good way to keep communication flowing between the students and the faculty. 

 

4) Regarding your question about being prepared, I am assuming you mean for the PANCE which I can't totally answer now, but I did learn a lot during the didactic year in the classroom and on my rotations so far. On rotations now I get pimped everyday (I am in the OR now so it is a lot of anatomy questions), but I have noticed that things kind of just pop into my head so I know that the info I learned last year is there somewhere! However, a lot of learning is on YOU. You can not expect to learn 100% of the material from lecture and you need to put in the time to really learn the material which means studying outside of class. You just need to suck it up and do it, but you will get knowledge and understanding out of all the time that you put into the material. 

 

5) I don't have experience with commuting, but there is a wide range of people who drive here from different places. Personally I live about 10 minutes away from school because I knew that, even though I didn't want to live in the Bronx, I wanted to stay on campus to study every night and I didn't want to have to drive an hour home every night at 11 PM. I am also not a morning person so if I ever accidentally slept past my alarm clock I won't be too far away and be able to make it to class. There are a lot of people who commute from Jersey, Manhattan, and places north of here like White Plains, and they always complain about the trains and the traffic. But if you want to commute from what I have heard it is definitely doable, you just have to get up early so you can get to class on time. Most days this semester we start at 9 AM. If you are worried about losing time, one thing that I know people do when they're stuck in traffic is listen to the lectures they have recorded on their phones, so even though they're stuck in traffic they could still do some studying. 

 

6) The group interview was great. They split you up into groups of three and have two faculty interviewing all three of you together. They will rotate which one of you answers first so it is fair for everyone. Six questions total if I remember correctly. General questions, such as why Mercy, why PA, why not another medical profession. The best advice I can give for the interview is: (1) Dress professionally. Even though you are interviewing for a school, you should treat this like a serious job interview. If you don't dress professional you will have to overcome a first impression. (2) Be yourself and stay calm- answer the questions you would answer, not what you think they want to hear. (3) Know what a PA is. You will be surprised the amount of people interviewing who can't accurately describe what a PA is or does. One side note, don't be negative to other professions. I was asked why I applied to PA school and not to medical school, and I kept it to that I like the way a PA can laterally move. Turns out both faculty members interviewing me were MDs! Imagine if I had talked bad about medical school!

 

PA school is tough. It is so hard. But it's hard for a reason. If I knew this stuff already I wouldn't be in school- I would be out there practicing. Everyone starts from somewhere in medicine, and unfortunately it is a tough start, but I love it. I love learning, and Mercy has done a great job so far. This program focuses on primary care, serving the underprivileged, and follows a biopsychosocial method- keep that in mind. I don't want to scare anyone away from applying, because I want you all to apply and want to come here because this program is amazing, but PA school is a big decision and you need to make sure that it is right for you. That can be tough to know for sure before actually getting here, but from my point of view I can say before applying and deciding to attend PA school make sure you are ready to put your entire life into the program. You will be in class all day, studying all the time, losing sleep, losing social and fun time, BUT if this is what YOU want to do and you're determined it is all worth it I promise!

 

If you have any additional questions you can ask on the forum here or in an inbox, whichever you prefer. Just keep in mind that I am on demanding rotations at the moment so it might take me a few days to answer any questions that you may have. Good luck! 

Hey PAlove77, do you know when will the decisions for Jan 15th interview turn out approximately?

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I do not know any specific details about when they are sending out letters to those who have already interviewed and would not be allowed to post anything here even if I did as I am not an administrator making the decisions about next year's class. I know it can be frustrating waiting but try and be as patient as you can and understand it is very busy for programs around this time as they try to sort out all the paperwork and applications from 1,000-2,000+ students. 

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