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Not good financial award..just 100k in loans. Withdrawing my acceptance as some other school gave me some $$ Good Luck!
 
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If I may... was also curious your perspective on anything at PSU that might have been good to know as a new MS please--any either lesser known but helpful tips, or tricky/laggy/quirky things that maybe make navigating the system or courses a little harder? I'll also ask this of my house upperclassmen when I get there :)

Thank you for being such a great big bro/sister to us on here!
Hey, sorry for the delay. OSCE season 😅

The first priority I would have enjoying life. I backpacked through Europe for all of May and it was amazing.

After that, create a moving plan to Hershey. Find apartments, get the size of the room, get houseplants, etc…

If you still have time, then I would suggest reviewing anatomy, especially if you have never taken it before. It’s a lot at once and because we learn the relevant anatomy concurrently to the block, it would be nice if you know general principles going in. For anyone who has Ankihub (highly recommend getting the lifetime membership tbh), get the 100 concepts in anatomy deck. It’s fantastic and it’s probably something I’ll redo over the summer.

Don’t worry about learning diseases, reviewing biochem, etc..That is what you are paying for so don’t do it for free. You won’t get far and you might waste time learning the wrong things. Also, don’t buy any 3rd party resources just yet.

If family/friends want to give you gift cards, I would ask for cash or Starbucks gift cards. You will get an engraved stethoscope at your white coat, a PSCOM white coat, and bunch of other “doctoring” things you need. Consider getting noise canceling AirPods because people can be loud in the libraries at the most inconvenient time.

Club fair will be in August when the M2s get back from summer and around then, you will be paired with an upperclassmen!

Lmk if that helps or if you/anyone else has questions about transitioning to med school
 
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Putting out good energy for the WL people this week!!🤞🏻🤞🏻✨✨
 
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I told myself I wouldn’t be neurotic but here I am checking the fb group numbers rise😅
 
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To those who have received their financial aid awards, was it through email or portal? Were you PTE or CTE at that time? Also, when was your FAFSA processed?
CTE, my initial email, i have no idea when my FAFSA was processed but i submitted it around 3/15
 
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To those who have received their financial aid awards, was it through email or portal? Were you PTE or CTE at that time? Also, when was your FAFSA processed?
email, PTE, fafsa was processed last month
 
Currently on the WL, got a call from the admissions office to go over my application with the dean. Really not sure what to expect!
 
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Currently on the WL, got a call from the admissions office to go over my application with the dean. Really not sure what to expect!
Happy to know at least they’re moving lmao. But I also sense an A coming for you🙏🏼
 
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Anyone else hear anything? Adcom isn’t responding to my telepathic messages
 
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Anyone else hear anything? Adcom isn’t responding to my telepathic messages
I’ve seen the fb numbers creep up in the last week but only 2 people on sdn have reported receiving phone calls. With all of the people who declined their seat by 5/17 I expected more :( unless everyone who is getting in just happens to be off of sdn
 
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It's been a crazy day but I just got accepted off the waitlist :)
 
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Congratulations to those being pulled off the waitlist and good luck to those still on it (if you don’t have any acceptances, please submit you re-application ASAP!!). Also, large scholarships are being released so look out for those!!

I got a few questions about the typical week as an M1 and here is that all written out.


In a typical week (and every week is somehow atypical), this is what your schedule would look like as an M1.

Monday
  • Small group PBL from 8am to 10am. REQ in person
  • Large group lecture from 10am to 12pm. Optional in person. Zoom recorded. Sometimes, the lecture will be mandatory if they are doing critical thinking cases or are bringing in a patient to share their story with living with a particular condition
Tuesday
  • Large group lecture from 8am to 10am. Same as lecture above.
  • Small group humanities from 10am to 12pm. REQ in person.
Wednesday
  • Small group PBL from 8am to 10am. REQ in person
  • Large group lecture from 10am to 12pm
Thursday
  • Large group lecture from 8am to 10am. Same as lecture above.
  • Large/Small group health systems from 10am to 12pm. REQ in person.
Friday
  • Small group PBL from 8am to 10am. REQ in person
  • Large group optional lecture 10-11am
  • Large group peer instruction quiz (basically a class wide group quiz) 11am to 12pm
Once you are an M2, everything just flip flops. So instead of PBL and then lecture on Monday, it’s lectures then PBL. We are the first class with PI quizzes but I’m assuming they will do it from 9am to 10am once our class fully transitions to M2.

Another key point I’ll highlight that there is something mandatory in person everyday for at least two hours (so please factor that in when you are choosing where to live). I wouldn’t recommend more than 20 mins one away in either direction.

We also have FPCC - which is our “doctoring class.” On average, we have it like 2x per month. Once you are sorted into your society, that will determine if your FPCC is in on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. The time is spent learning clinical skills, practicing on each other, and sometimes with a standardized patient. I really want to add that it’s on average 2x a month. There was like 6 week straight of FPCC in the Fall and then like a 3 month break in the spring as either the M1 or the M2 class will have FPCC that week (so when your class has FPCC, we don’t and vice versa).

As part of FPCC, you will be required to go to the wards with your professor four times where you do the entire history taking, part of the physical exam, then the oral report, and finally writing your note. Basically, it’s pretending like you are on your rotations. These are really fun and most people don’t complain about them (unless they were scheduled at an inconvenient time).

Lastly, we will rarely have an ultrasound session and a sim center day. Ultrasound is once a block (sometimes twice) and sim center is like twice a year (and everyone wishes it’s more because these are always a blast). They usually last an hour.

Lmk if you have more questions! I’m really looking forward to meeting a bunch of you on campus when the M2s get back from summer!!
 
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Congratulations to those being pulled off the waitlist and good luck to those still on it (if you don’t have any acceptances, please submit you re-application ASAP!!). Also, large scholarships are being released so look out for those!!

I got a few questions about the typical week as an M1 and here is that all written out.


In a typical week (and every week is somehow atypical), this is what your schedule would look like as an M1.

Monday
  • Small group PBL from 8am to 10am. REQ in person
  • Large group lecture from 10am to 12pm. Optional in person. Zoom recorded. Sometimes, the lecture will be mandatory if they are doing critical thinking cases or are bringing in a patient to share their story with living with a particular condition
Tuesday
  • Large group lecture from 8am to 10am. Same as lecture above.
  • Small group humanities from 10am to 12pm. REQ in person.
Wednesday
  • Small group PBL from 8am to 10am. REQ in person
  • Large group lecture from 10am to 12pm
Thursday
  • Large group lecture from 8am to 10am. Same as lecture above.
  • Large/Small group health systems from 10am to 12pm. REQ in person.
Friday
  • Small group PBL from 8am to 10am. REQ in person
  • Large group optional lecture 10-11am
  • Large group peer instruction quiz (basically a class wide group quiz) 11am to 12pm
Once you are an M2, everything just flip flops. So instead of PBL and then lecture on Monday, it’s lectures then PBL. We are the first class with PI quizzes but I’m assuming they will do it from 9am to 10am once our class fully transitions to M2.

Another key point I’ll highlight that there is something mandatory in person everyday for at least two hours (so please factor that in when you are choosing where to live). I wouldn’t recommend more than 20 mins one away in either direction.

We also have FPCC - which is our “doctoring class.” On average, we have it like 2x per month. Once you are sorted into your society, that will determine if your FPCC is in on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. The time is spent learning clinical skills, practicing on each other, and sometimes with a standardized patient. I really want to add that it’s on average 2x a month. There was like 6 week straight of FPCC in the Fall and then like a 3 month break in the spring as either the M1 or the M2 class will have FPCC that week (so when your class has FPCC, we don’t and vice versa).

As part of FPCC, you will be required to go to the wards with your professor four times where you do the entire history taking, part of the physical exam, then the oral report, and finally writing your note. Basically, it’s pretending like you are on your rotations. These are really fun and most people don’t complain about them (unless they were scheduled at an inconvenient time).

Lastly, we will rarely have an ultrasound session and a sim center day. Ultrasound is once a block (sometimes twice) and sim center is like twice a year (and everyone wishes it’s more because these are always a blast). They usually last an hour.

Lmk if you have more questions! I’m really looking forward to meeting a bunch of you on campus when the M2s get back from summer!!
Thank you! I have a question. We have to pick a size for our white coats. Do you remember if they run big or small?
 
Thank you! I have a question. We have to pick a size for our white coats. Do you remember if they run big or small?
This is personal opinion but I would recommend sizing up because it will shrink a tiny bit at the dry cleaners. Plus you always need wear business causal or a nice sweater underneath, so those can be bulky.

If it’s too big even with professional clothes on underneath, you can get a new smaller size during orientation
 
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Not sure how much this helps, but that number may be inflated because I was just admitted off the waitlist today but am not yet in the facebook group.
Congrats!! Did you also have to schedule a meeting with the dean like the others in this thread have?
 
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Congrats!! Did you also have to schedule a meeting with the dean like the others in this thread have?
Literally the Penn st waitlist process has been so enigmatic this year like I just want some proof of life from admissions or something lol
 
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Withdrew my WL spot here. I absolutely fell in love with Penn State, but sent a LOI to my other school where I will be attending. Hoping everyone on the WL gets off and crossing my fingers for you guys!
 
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Withdrew from my WL spot here today as well. Good luck to everyone else still waiting and I hope you all get in!
 
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As someone who sent my LOI to Penn state, wondering if others on the WL are still hopeful or if it’s time to accept I will not be attending school here :/
 
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Saw this :/ I mean that’s a basically a full class right? I know they say WL can go until first day of classes but I feel like movement must be coming to an end? I know their CTE deadline is late but will that make a huge difference
 
will likely be giving up my spot on the waitlist at penn state as I was accepted off the WL for another program. This was hard since I did send my LOI here. I called admissions, and unofficially it seems like there will still be more movement, so remain hopeful, everyone!
 
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This is personal opinion but I would recommend sizing up because it will shrink a tiny bit at the dry cleaners. Plus you always need wear business causal or a nice sweater underneath, so those can be bulky.

If it’s too big even with professional clothes on underneath, you can get a new smaller size during orientation
I have one more question. If I have done the CTE in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School tool, is there anything else to do? I haven't received any confirmation from Admissions or anything. I've tried to confirm with them but they haven't answered my email. Thanks!
 
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