I recently graduated and I am working on my CASPA application. I am super nervous about my personal statement.
I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some tips/ pointers on how to format it, what to include, and what to omit.
I frequently second guess myself, so any opinions would be helpful.
I really appreciate any help.
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Hi everyone! I knew that Duke's supplemental application would be a beast, but I was just curious if anyone had experience with the patient care and shadowing tabs? Here is what I am struggling with:
- PATIENT CARE: can the description be the same as on my CASPA? And what exactly should I be putting for the agreeable and disagreeable aspects of my responsibilities?
- Shadowing: can I put the same descriptions as my CASPA?
Thanks guys! Best of luck to everyone!
As I come closer to making some tough decisions regarding programs, I am hoping to gather information and opinions from current students from the above programs or perhaps students who have interviewed at a combination of the above programs. More specifically, I am wanting to know if any students, interviewees, or alumni would be willing to share their personal experiences regarding 1) best and strongest aspects of the program 2) aspects that could be improved upon 3) level of support from faculty/program resources and 4) anything you were surprised about after matriculating into the program. I’d also like to know about any goofy things (location, parking, student perks) that you’d consider a plus or minus about the program.
I have interviewed and been accepted into two of these programs and interview at the third fairly soon. I really love each for different reasons...proximity to spouse, culture of the area, resources, etc., but find that having interviewed with so many programs back-to-back, I wish I would have conversed with current students during the interview day more extensively (interview and travel fatigue... 😶)
Anyhow, I would appreciate any and all comments.
I wanted to thank you in advance for any advice that will be given on this topic. I will be applying for the second time in April 2019 and I am kind of caught up as to where I should apply. My first time applying, I went more of a geographic approach (I applied to places I would like to live) while also considering how I compared to the previous classes. Out of 13 schools, I had 1 interview and I was waitlisted at that school.
I have been doing extensive research on school statistics and although I meet all minimum criteria and seem to be average for most schools, I fear that where I apply will be the wrong choices (I was pretty surprised at my lack of interviews). Did any of you have a system to narrow down where you wanted to apply? How do you pick schools that are the most likely to offer you an interview?
Science GPA: 3.44
Direct Patient Care Hours: 2,150 (Phlebotomist, Medical Assistant)
Indirect Patient Care Hours: 6,750 (Emergency Room Medical Scribe, x3 years)
Volunteer Hours: 350 (Free Medical Clinic)
Shadowing Hours: 80; Orthopedics, Trauma, ER, Internal Medicine
GRE: 308; W 4.5
Undergraduate Science Courses: Immunology, Genetics, BioChem, A&P, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology.
Other application boosters: From a rural area, 1st generation college graduate, both parents deceased when I was 16.