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Hey guys! I am BEYOND excited to announce that I have been accepted! I wish everyone the best of luck throughout the application process.   I look forward to meeting some of you!

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29 minutes ago, zrader said:

Hey guys! I am BEYOND excited to announce that I have been accepted! I wish everyone the best of luck throughout the application process.   I look forward to meeting some of you!

Congrats to you!!!  

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This thread is awfully quiet.  Is anyone else interviewing in October? Are invitations still going out? Is anyone being updated from their interviews?

I'm extremely excited to visit the campus and view the facility.

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Hey everyone! 

I am currently a PA student attending PCOM. If you have any questions about anything PA school related feel free to reach out to me! I also have most of the books I purchased for the summer semester so if anyone would be interested in purchasing them from me please let me know! 

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Just now, PAzeke said:

Hey everyone! 

I am currently a PA student attending PCOM. If you have any questions about anything PA school related feel free to reach out to me! I also have most of the books I purchased for the summer semester so if anyone would be interested in purchasing them from me please let me know! 

Hi @PAzeke. What is the dress code for pcom ga? Also what are the class hours? 8 -5?

And PBL is utilized correct?

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2 hours ago, Roadtopaspac said:

Hi @PAzeke. What is the dress code for pcom ga? Also what are the class hours? 8 -5?

And PBL is utilized correct?

The is no standard dress code, most of us wear T shirts, jeans or shorts. As for the hours it really varies. It changes every week, but after the summer semester there are more 8-5 days. I am not familiar with PBL. 

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This thread is awfully quiet.  Is anyone else interviewing in October? Are invitations still going out? Is anyone being updated from their interviews?
I'm extremely excited to visit the campus and view the facility.

Only 2-3 interview sessions have been held and since they'll take 2-4 weeks to get back to us, I don't think anyone from the 9/14 interviews has been updated because it was just one week ago. But a lot of people posted that they were waitlisted from the other interview session!


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47 minutes ago, PAzeke said:

The is no standard dress code, most of us wear T shirts, jeans or shorts. As for the hours it really varies. It changes every week, but after the summer semester there are more 8-5 days. I am not familiar with PBL. 

Thank you. So is the class time only lecture? Or does the program have other means of teaching like small group cases to solve ? 

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@PAzeke

What are the best places to live? Are there areas to stay away from due to traffic? Any suggestions on locations? Just got accepted, and would like to at least start passively looking around the area. Thank you!

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20 minutes ago, Roadtopaspac said:

Thank you. So is the class time only lecture? Or does the program have other means of teaching like small group cases to solve ? 

A lot of the time is spent in lecture or in lab for anatomy and physiology during the summer semester. Once you get into the fall semester we start having interactions with standardized patients in the simulation lab and have a class with the DO and Pharm students. 

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1 minute ago, zrader said:

@PAzeke

What are the best places to live? Are there areas to stay away from due to traffic? Any suggestions on locations? Just got accepted, and would like to at least start passively looking around the area. Thank you!

Congratulations on your acceptance! If you are looking into living close to the school a lot of the students chose to live in Chelsea 88 apartments in Duluth.  There are a lot of apartments in the Suwanee area or lawerenceville located near the school. I chose to live in Duluth and the traffic is not bad. I would say I did live in Roswell and the drive to and from school was very long because of the traffic in the city so maybe stay away from living that far south of the school. 

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3 hours ago, PAzeke said:

A lot of the time is spent in lecture or in lab for anatomy and physiology during the summer semester. Once you get into the fall semester we start having interactions with standardized patients in the simulation lab and have a class with the DO and Pharm students. 

Ah ok . So is the curriculum systems/organ based or traditional ? Also what types of clubs and organizations are available for extracurricular activities?

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I interviewed at the end of August and received my acceptance letter last week! I loved the program and look forward to meeting some of you! Please keep me in the loop if someone makes a facebook page or anything like that. My email is ambros29@msu.edu.

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21 hours ago, Roadtopaspac said:

Ah ok . So is the curriculum systems/organ based or traditional ? Also what types of clubs and organizations are available for extracurricular activities?

(GA PCOM 2nd year PA-S here) The curriculum is organ/system based, cardiology, endo, pulmonolgy, you move from system to system. During the fall your main classes are A&P (plus a bunch of other little classes), the winter is H&P (plus more little classes), then it becomes all about clinical medicine until you are done with didactic. You also have a separate pharmacology course. Sprinkled into the clinical courses you have specialty courses like surgery, ER, psych, etc.

When I went through my didactic the exams weren't always right after you finished covering a topic (sometimes up to 3 weeks after) but that may be fixed by now. It was really annoying because you were expected to continue learning about a different system then be tested in the previous system.

There are plenty of organizations to belong to, the PA association is the closest related one, but you also have others like Surgery club, ER club, PCOM Fit, etc. Faculty doesnt recommend jumping on ship with the organizations until you have a feel for how much time you need to spend studying. Some organizations are more relaxed than others. Im part of the ER club and we rarely ever meet. Others meet weekly. The campus has a play room with Xbox, PS4, ping pong tables, and a pool table. Those are all free to use 24/7.

On 9/22/2017 at 2:03 PM, zrader said:

@PAzeke

What are the best places to live? Are there areas to stay away from due to traffic? Any suggestions on locations? Just got accepted, and would like to at least start passively looking around the area. Thank you!

Like PAzeke said, chelsea 88 seems to be favored. My suggestion is live as close to the school as you can, you will spend a lot of time there and may need to go in to study or other short-timed activities.

The area around the campus is safe, I lived in Lawerenceville (15 mins from campus) and never had a problem. It is suburban Atlanta so anywhere within 15 minutes from campus is fine.

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5 hours ago, ambros29 said:

I interviewed at the end of August and received my acceptance letter last week! I loved the program and look forward to meeting some of you! Please keep me in the loop if someone makes a facebook page or anything like that. My email is ambros29@msu.edu.

Congrats on the acceptance. Usually the current president of the class will get with the faculty and start a FB page for the class. Maybe @PAzeke can help?

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Congrats @zrader and @ambros29!

Thanks for sharing your stats earlier, zrader! Do you mind sharing your stats, ambros29? At least the hours and type of experiences?

Currently still waiting to be pulled off from the wait-list from 8/10: nobody had mentioned in this forum that they got accepted from that interview date :/

Hoping for the best! Thanks!! :)

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3 hours ago, padream127 said:

Congrats @zrader and @ambros29!

Thanks for sharing your stats earlier, zrader! Do you mind sharing your stats, ambros29? At least the hours and type of experiences?

Currently still waiting to be pulled off from the wait-list from 8/10: nobody had mentioned in this forum that they got accepted from that interview date :/

Hoping for the best! Thanks!! :)

I had close to 4000 hours working as a medical technician and my gpa was 3.76. Wishing you the best of luck! 

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On 9/22/2017 at 1:14 PM, haleycmaxwell said:


Only 2-3 interview sessions have been held and since they'll take 2-4 weeks to get back to us, I don't think anyone from the 9/14 interviews has been updated because it was just one week ago. But a lot of people posted that they were waitlisted from the other interview session!


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How did your interview go?

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On 9/23/2017 at 3:50 PM, davidccs said:

(GA PCOM 2nd year PA-S here) The curriculum is organ/system based, cardiology, endo, pulmonolgy, you move from system to system. During the fall your main classes are A&P (plus a bunch of other little classes), the winter is H&P (plus more little classes), then it becomes all about clinical medicine until you are done with didactic. You also have a separate pharmacology course. Sprinkled into the clinical courses you have specialty courses like surgery, ER, psych, etc.

When I went through my didactic the exams weren't always right after you finished covering a topic (sometimes up to 3 weeks after) but that may be fixed by now. It was really annoying because you were expected to continue learning about a different system then be tested in the previous system.

There are plenty of organizations to belong to, the PA association is the closest related one, but you also have others like Surgery club, ER club, PCOM Fit, etc. Faculty doesnt recommend jumping on ship with the organizations until you have a feel for how much time you need to spend studying. Some organizations are more relaxed than others. Im part of the ER club and we rarely ever meet. Others meet weekly. The campus has a play room with Xbox, PS4, ping pong tables, and a pool table. Those are all free to use 24/7.

Ah ok. Thank you for the information! It has been really helpful. Was there another school you were trying to decide on when you entered your cycle? If so, why did you choose pcom?

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Driving in for an interview in 2 weeks. Does anyone have hotel recommendations near the campus? Thank you in advance!

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14 hours ago, Roadtopaspac said:

Ah ok. Thank you for the information! It has been really helpful. Was there another school you were trying to decide on when you entered your cycle? If so, why did you choose pcom?

I applied to another 3 schools, got interviewed and accepted into one and decided against it because it was in the west virginia mountains, too low PANCE passing rates, too cold, too far, and way too country for me. PCOM was the opposite of that.

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On 9/16/2017 at 8:36 PM, Roadtopaspac said:

Is anyone interviewing on September 28th? I received my interview for that date.

Good luck on your interview today. Let us know how it goes when you are done. I still haven't heard from PCOM so I might not be one of the lucky ones 😔

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Good luck on your interview today. Let us know how it goes when you are done. I still haven't heard from PCOM so I might not be one of the lucky ones


They told us they have 9 interview days left at my interview on 9/14. Each with 15-20 students so there's still a lot of people left to interview.


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3 hours ago, haleycmaxwell said:

Anyone hear back who interviewed 9/14?


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Havent heard back yet but hoping it will be soon

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Interview was great. Mine was very short . 15 min tops. I'm hoping it's a good sign and not that they know they don't want me. I did not get asked what is a PA or the difference between the professions. I also got asked only one ethical question. It seemed like they really wanted to get to know me as a person and not as a potential PA. Which is a good thing.  I did tend to be very specific with my answers, which is probably why they didn't ask more questions because I most likely answered them in earlier questions. I got asked one question about Healthcare so brush up on that ! Overall great school. Wasn't my top choice but after today it is now. Remember to relax and have fun!

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On 9/26/2017 at 4:48 PM, davidccs said:

I applied to another 3 schools, got interviewed and accepted into one and decided against it because it was in the west virginia mountains, too low PANCE passing rates, too cold, too far, and way too country for me. PCOM was the opposite of that.

Haha polar opposites. Do the preceptors try to teach you a lot during clinicals? Like do they use every opportunity to teach you something or do you have to be aggressive and ask to learn something? 

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On 9/28/2017 at 4:50 PM, Roadtopaspac said:

Haha polar opposites. Do the preceptors try to teach you a lot during clinicals? Like do they use every opportunity to teach you something or do you have to be aggressive and ask to learn something? 

Depends on the preceptor, some do a great job of teaching, some dont. Thats what Ive experienced, and what I have heard from the other students.

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@haleycmaxwell I'm sure that you will get in somewhere! Keep your head up and don't get yourself down. Rock your next interview! I wish you the best! 

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On 9/29/2017 at 7:10 PM, davidccs said:

Depends on the preceptor, some do a great job of teaching, some dont. Thats what Ive experienced, and what I have heard from the other students.

Ok. Thank you so much for all the information ! You've been very helpful.

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On ‎10‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 11:02 AM, Nwalsh2494 said:

I have an interview October 12th! Anyone else?

Yes, I have an interview on the 12th....I'll see you there!! :) 

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On ‎10‎/‎2‎/‎2017 at 4:02 PM, haleycmaxwell said:

Got the denial letter today. Congrats to everyone who got in


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Sorry to hear that, at least you got a chance to interview and you just used that as a way to improve for your next one. You will get in, don't give up!

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On ‎10‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 0:02 PM, Nwalsh2494 said:

I have an interview October 12th! Anyone else?

When did they contact you to schedule your interview? I haven't heard anything thus far but still hopeful.

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9 minutes ago, Dharri20 said:

When did they contact you to schedule your interview? I haven't heard anything thus far but still hopeful.

The second week of September. Have your confirmed in the portal that your fee and letter have been received and noted with a date?

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3 hours ago, MaryFred said:

The second week of September. Have your confirmed in the portal that your fee and letter have been received and noted with a date?

Yes they've received everything. I submitted in August though when did you submit?

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3 hours ago, Dharri20 said:

When did they contact you to schedule your interview? I haven't heard anything thus far but still hopeful.

Monday Oct 2nd

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9 hours ago, Dharri20 said:

Yes they've received everything. I submitted in August though when did you submit?

Pretty sure I submitted my supplemental fee August 30th or 31st.

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I was at the September 14th interview and I found out Monday that I am on the waitlist. Fingers crossed!

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On 10/6/2017 at 7:43 AM, MaryFred said:

Pretty sure I submitted my supplemental fee August 30th or 31st.

Ok well they just didn't select me then because mine was submitted around that time as well. Oh well. Thank you!

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On 10/6/2017 at 11:29 AM, sweeteelou said:

I was at the September 14th interview and I found out Monday that I am on the waitlist. Fingers crossed!

How was the interview for you?

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Ok well they just didn't select me then because mine was submitted around that time as well. Oh well. Thank you!

At the September 14 interview, they said they had 9 more interviews left... with 15-20 candidates left at each. So, that's essentially 135-180 more interviewees. The deadline isn't until December so that doesn't mean they didn't select you.


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1 minute ago, haleycmaxwell said:


At the September 14 interview, they said they had 9 more interviews left... with 15-20 candidates left at each. So, that's essentially 135-180 more interviewees. The deadline isn't until December so that doesn't mean they didn't select you.


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Thanks alot of interviewees for how many spots? It just seen like they were going in order of how they received them if you look at previous post but I'll keep waiting and checking, don't really have much choice.

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Thanks alot of interviewees for how many spots? It just seen like they were going in order of how they received them if you look at previous post but I'll keep waiting and checking, don't really have much choice.

20-30 spots total. I believe I was the 2nd or 3rd set of interviews.


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