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Didn't have my credit checked unfortunately, a little suspicious that it may have been my academic letter of rec that wasn't formatted correctly =/ Oh well.

 

I think that's one of the most frustrating aspects of this scholarship. There are sooooo many places you can be disqualified at. 

 

I also had my credit checked by Credco on June 8th.

 

Here are my stats for the poster that asked:

 

Cumulative GPA: 3.85

Disadvantaged: No

Experience: I worked in special education for a Title I school district (students that are transportation disadvantaged, medically disadvantaged, parents that are institutionalized, come from impoverished households, require lunch assistance, etc.) Also did a lot of work as a diversity coordinator, student life coordinator, and ESL coordinator for a college. 

 

My CV had research experience, a grant, presentations on graduate panels at meetings of the American Academy of Religion on topics like medical ethics and Native Americans, and experience facilitating diversity programming. 

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Has anyone ever asked or have an idea about how many of the awards go to PAs (ie the whole pool of money gets split between doctors, dentists, nurses and PAs and I just wonder what percentage go to PAs.) Seems like we would be a better bang for the buck but my impression is that not that many PAs get awards. 

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On 6/28/2017 at 5:07 PM, applicantforpa2 said:

Has anyone ever asked or have an idea about how many of the awards go to PAs (ie the whole pool of money gets split between doctors, dentists, nurses and PAs and I just wonder what percentage go to PAs.) Seems like we would be a better bang for the buck but my impression is that not that many PAs get awards. 

They're notoriously tight-lipped about this stuff, but from what I've seen about half of all awards go to MDs/DOs (60% MD, 40% DO as per a report published by AACOM). From there, about 10% of awards go to dentists (usually between like 18-25 applicants as per some statistics someone from SDN's dental forum found). That leaves 40% of scholarships to be split between PA, NP, and midwife students. I don't have any data for PAs, NPs, and midwives... however, these are the statistics of the breakdown for those respective disciplines in the loan repayment program: 13% PA, 16% NP, 2% midwife. I think we could extrapolate and imagine a similar distribution of the remaining 40% of scholarships. 

I know that is horribly speculative and horrible statistical analysis, but it's the best we've got haha! 

I think a large reason we don't see as many PAs is because the NHSC ranks applications according to performance in school, disadvantaged status, and likelihood that applicants will remain in areas that need service after the duration of their repayment has ended. The average PA (and NP and midwife) just doesn't have the same statistics to compete with the average MD and DO applicant. Dentists are in the same boat... their average accepted GPA is lower and therefore I'd imagine fewer receive a favorable ranking - and hence why only about 10% receive a scholarship. 

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13 hours ago, mnreyes said:

Still waiting to hear back :/ 

The first round of finalist e-mails went out on July 27th last year, but the first round of credit checks were also a week later.  Can't be too much longer until we hear of first round people getting their e-mails. Don't worry if you don't hear with the first group. Apparently there were 2-3 rounds of e-mails last year as people accepted and declined their offers. 

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I'm sorry Zach, I heard back in June about the credit check from credico. I meant I haven't heard anything else since then.  

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6 hours ago, OUohyeah said:

Any bets on tomorrow being the day they send out the first wave of finalist emails? 

That's what I'm thinking... the timing seemed to be pretty consistent across the years. And with credit checks being a week earlier this year than previous years, tomorrow seems to be the day. 

Good luck to everyone should tomorrow be the day! 

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Looks like PA-2016 is the winner so far... anyone else want to place their bets on when the first round will go out? :)

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5 hours ago, mnreyes said:

this wait is torture! lol anyone hear anything yet?

No! I haven't seen anything on SDN either. Can't believe they haven't sent anything today...

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