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    Columbia ETP Program 2012 entry

    Hi Michaela - I'd be happy to, but I'd prefer to send you a PM if that's ok. I'll send you my thoughts shortly!
  2. I think it's absurd that breastfeeding is being lumped in with "sex ed" as if its somehow equivalent to teaching a 4 year old how to use a condom. Breastfeeding is a part of childhood for many children - and (shockhorror) many children are breastfed to the age of 2 or older. The idea that they shouldn't be able to witness at age 3 or 4 something that they themselves may have been doing just a year or two before is, to me, completely illogical, to say nothing of its overtones of shame. Just take a look at the clips embedded in this article - breastfeeding is being presented to children in an entirely age-appropriate and educational way as a reaction to simple curiosity. It's even presented "modestly", with no skin showing at all! (I personally don't think there's any need to swaddle yourself and your baby in a blanket while feeding, I'm just pointing out that objecting to this seems to me to fall squarely into an unhelpful puritanism.)
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    Columbia ETP Program 2012 entry

    January 9 has come and gone so I guess those who were going to put down deposits have already done so...but here's a tip for those who are considering Columbia (or any other school, for that matter): have a meeting or phone call with the program director for your specialty. This person is very important, since they will be setting the tone for your specialty and interacting with you a lot. I recently had a phone call with Columbia's CNM specialty director in which I asked her lots of questions about the program and midwifery in general, and it was really helpful in terms of understanding her style, experience, and expectations. I know that we'll meet our program directors on admitted students' day, but this was a great chance for me to spend more time talking with her one on one. /advice!
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    2012 UCSF MEPN Applicants

    I did get an email - it literally just said "Ok".
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    Columbia ETP Program 2012 entry

    That's too bad, myelin. Is it the money that's got you worried?
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    Just got an email saying that all the spaces are filled for staying with a current student before my interview (January 20), so I guess it's over to plan B.
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    JHU or YALE?

    I'm sure it would be a great experience, but this is definitely the sort of thing that you could get a professor to help you out with on your own for a spring break period or for a summer (if you find you don't want to just chill at the beach when it finally comes time!). I used to live in a remote place abroad and regularly hosted students in the health professions during summers who poked around in the local hospitals and clinics. :) Whether or not any given one of these schools has a spring break trip abroad doesn't have to be a deciding factor. So far I'm in at Columbia and have two other interviews coming up - I hope to be so lucky as to be deciding among schools!
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    JHU or YALE?

    I'm interested to read more about Yale's opportunities to do rotations abroad, if you could point me in the right direction, FNPHopeful2012. I had read about the opportunities that they describe on their website (Our Programs | Yale School of Nursing) for going to Nicaragua/Hong Kong/the Dominican Republic, but those are only week-long trips that happen over spring break, I believe. Do you know of other opportunities abroad that they offer?
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    I indicated that I would like to stay with a current student, as they mentioned was possible in the interview notification email. I haven't yet gotten confirmation that this is actually happening (but I have a friend to stay with in New Haven otherwise). I'm getting there the night before and leaving just before the full day ends, so I won't even be there 24 hours!
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    Columbia ETP Program 2012 entry

    Well, it's really unfortunate that all of our posts after December 14 were lost when AN upgraded the site. FYI for future applicants reading this thread, we got our ED notifications on December 20 in the early afternoon. You get an email telling you to log in to the website, where there is a link that you click on to see your decision. There was no pre-decision email telling us what the notification date would be. The date by which you have to send them a check (for $500) to secure your place is January 9, and the admitted students' Visiting Day will be on March 2. By the way - has anyone received login information for the Accepted Applicants part of the CUSON website (located under the Admissions tab)?
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    Columbia ETP Program 2012 entry

    I know, I'm feeling pretty panicky too. I don't think it's too likely they'll roll over our applications - that would be too kind, right? :)
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    2012 UCSF MEPN Applicants

    Oh man. Why can't they just tell you over the phone?! Or email you the letter? Hope it's good news!
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    Oh, I love that poem! I pray for all my babies, Be good to your mama. I pray for all my mothers, Be strong, be good to this baby. I pray secretly and I pray slowly. I pray for us, the midwives and almost-midwives... Good luck, Kerry! I hope we get to be almost-midwives soon!
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    2012 UCSF MEPN Applicants

    :hug:
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    Columbia ETP Program 2012 entry

    I hope so! They did say by December 15...but this is the first year with ED, so who really knows what will happen.
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    Haha, well done! I'm thinking we're not going to hear for a couple days, so go easy. :)
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