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- Feb 4, '06 by PhishininauYeah I had to play the operation game. Gave me something to do while I answered questions, really I think it helped me stay a little focused.
I really think interviewing at Samford in December and getting accepted made it a lot easier to interview at UAB. There was really nothing to lose.
I had a couple of friends that did not get in and they felt like they didnt really do anything to set themselves apart from others.
I am so sorry that many of you didnt get in. I understand how disappointing it must be. Obviously it is something that you really want to do, so please keep trying.
- Feb 4, '06 by badgernursePhish, was this your first time applying to both programs?
- Feb 4, '06 by gatormac2112Quote from badgernurseDon't ask that...you won't like his answer which I know happens to be a yes.Phish, was this your first time applying to both programs?
All that didn't get accepted, I know you won't give up. The process of getting accepted is largely a crap-shoot I believe. The applicants that get an interview are all worthy and only a few really stand out as exceptional applicants. Knowing this, the selection committee usually will accept someone on their third try....I have heard of alot of people getting in on their third try, even some friends of mine. I haven't heard of anyone getting accepted beyond that, so I think 3 times is the charm generally.
I must be the only person that didn't have to play operation. It was there on the desk, but he didn't make me play. I did write a novel as to why I stood out, but I think what I wrote was pretty lame so I don't think that had any great bearing on my selection.
A crap shoot I tell you. Good luck to you all next year.
- Feb 4, '06 by PhishininauIndeed I consider myself really lucky. It was my first attempt at either school. I am not sure why I stood out, but I am really thankful that I did. This adventure couldnt have possibly come at a better time for me personally.
- Feb 9, '06 by UAB2006I had heard about the operation game, but didnt get to play....Not that I am heart broke. This was my first application/interview. I was really expecting to have another go at it, but am thankful I am in.
- Feb 9, '06 by icurn1115Here is a question for all of those that have been accepted. How many years of "CURRENT" icu experience do each of you have? (Current is defined as consecutive years from the time of your interview backwards.) I am being told that they only recognize "current" experience and that experience more than 3-5 years ago is not counted due to the many changes that have occurred.
- Feb 9, '06 by da-redheadI wasn't accepted, but I spoke with Ms. Wright in August to see if my ICU experience was acceptable (1996-98). She said that is was, however an applicant with more recent ICU experience would be chosen before me. She suggested that I pick up some flexi shifts in CCU/ICU to update my experience. I took a flexi job in CCU in September so I could put that on my application. During one of my interviews (not with Ms. Wright) it was suggested that I quit my job that I have now and go to work in a SICU or a CSICU, where I would work with post-surgical patients. So I guess CCU wasn't a good choice. I plan to take Microbiology over and go to work probably in an SICU (I don't work full time now, so I will do part time or flexi), and apply again next year.