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Name: Cailin Austin

Accepted to: Mayo Clinic Physician Assistant Program

Major: Genetics and Human Physiology

Undergrad University: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Work at ACR: June 2019-September 2020

Total HCE hours: 300 hours (including an ACR Homes Internship!)

Total PCE hours: 950 hours at time of application

Shadowing hours: 35 hours

Other volunteer hours: 150 hours

How many programs did you apply to? 1

How many programs did you interview with? 1

Anything you found surprising about interviews? All of the faculty were so nice and really personable. Although typical interview questions were asked conversations flowed really easily and smoothly☺️

Were there any helpful resources you used to get through the application and interview process? I used the PA Platform a lot for a mock interview and essay editing! I also did a mock interview with ACR alumni which was very helpful! (Join the ACR pre-PA facebook group for opportunities like this!)

Any other advice for other pre-PA students? Don’t compare yourself to other applicants. I always thought I couldn’t get into a program with less than 1,000 PCE hours and outstanding pre-reqs as a current senior in undergrad but you are more than one single statistic on your application☺️