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  3. I’m not sure if anyone has started a thread for the upcoming cycle. If so, please let me know because I’ve been searching! If not, we can start here! 3 days until CASPA opens!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Was on the edges of a very weird case a few weeks back: a 23 y/o/f came in to the critical access hospital on 2 successive days with complaints of worsening nausea, vomiting, and headache. She was approximately 18 weeks pregnant with twins. On her second visit her sister who is an RN reported that over the preceding 4-5 days the family had begun to notice behavioral changes. The sister also related that the patient previously had had gestational trophoblastic disease after a molar pregnancy. The patient had been treated with chemo and had had 2 successive non-detectable HcG's. The patient had been advised not to get pregnant, but had. The doc ordered a CT of the head which was read by radiology as multiple hemorrhagic mets. This poor lady was transferred to our tertiary center and passed away about 5 days later from a head bleed. Very sad and very rare. The gyn/onc said they couldn't even find a case report anywhere for a similar case.
  5. Hi everyone. I'm interviewing May 10th. I'm coming from Michigan.
  6. I don't think the CAQ (at least in EM) provides the same level of documentation of proficiency as does completion of a residency. EM is a procedure rich practice environment. No online test: PANCE, PANRE, CAQ can measure that. However, procedure logs and LOR's from preceptors can document that and are much stronger evidence to use to support credentialing.
  7. Definitely agree with the above posts. I wish I had someone tell me to stop going to school if I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I spent a lot of money and did sub-par in classes. Especially if you are younger, take some time to really decide what you like and you'll be very happy that you did in the future! Don't get down on yourself!
  8. It's just prereqs...take a breather. It is not like you are in PA school or part of a specialist level psychology program. Also if you are getting burnt out before school and losing the drive, likely not going to make it in school. Just being real with you. Consider it a blessing to know your feelings now rather than later, where the financial debt is far more significant.
  9. I applied to the Knoxville campus in July and had not heard from them until last Wednesday when I received an interview invite for May 17th.
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  11. I've also found it manageable to have a dog while in school. However, I've had him for a long time so he's been with me all over the country and in many different situations. A low key dog would be the best option. I have a dog walker on hand for longer days as well. I'm starting clinical year shortly and expect he will have to stay with my parents for a month here and there.
  12. You are correct: CASPA will only verify your grades once. You will want to submit follow up transcripts and go back into CASPA to update your grades there too after you have more grades to include. That way programs can see your grades, but they will not be factored into your verified GPA. I included a screenshot how to go back into CASPA to update your grades there.
  13. ArcPa just needs to keep our standards high. If they can not meet them no accreditation. If they fall below below a level loose accreditation .
  14. I just dont see how anyone could think granting independent practice rights to a graduate from this kind of program would be a good idea!
  15. Whoops! Missed that in your op. You've done the courses, now just stay paranoid and you'll do fine!
  16. This is all so true. And its one reason I worry a bit seeing all these new programs entering the accreditation process. It seems that 90+% of them are not at academic medical centers and are just free standing little "universities" seeing to offer another degree. If the MINIMUM standard for PAs is to attend a program run out of a failing chiropractic school on an old high-school campus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_California_University_of_Health_Sciences), we might be in trouble soon.
  17. I've done the "official" one. Are there other ones that you've done that you thought were helpful? (Not that any airway practice is unhelpful...)
  18. In all fairness, in ~8 years of clinicals and practice, that's the only one I've ever encountered, and that was just a voicemail to a PCP that went something like "Hey, Dr. X, it's Dr. Y over at somesuch physical therapy..."
  19. Pause and regroup. Consider spending some time with a psych PA, a school psychologist, or any of the alternate choices you are considering. Don’t blindly go after a goal that might no longer fit your needs. The money already spent, in the end, is small potatoes compared to living the wrong life for you. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  20. I was set on being a PA for selfish reasons because I saw that it had a great job outlook and salary and that they had a decent work life balance. Although I only had an interest in Psych. I majored in Psychology so now I am taking the prereqs necessary for PA programs, but I'm slowly getting burned out. I also developed a health condition after the first semester of prereqs and now I don't even know if I can push myself to get the PCE hours and finish the rest of the prereqs. I thought I could do it because I do have an interest in learning about the different body systems, but it seems I don't really have a passion for it and now I'm scared that I've wasted all this time completing prerequisites just to back out. I've been thinking about alternate careers now like School Psychologist, but I'm scared of backing out after spending so much money on prereqs, but I'm just getting so tired of it. I guess I just need some advice as to what I should do next or if I should continue..:(
  21. Quick question to folks who applied last cycle, I noticed on the website, one of the pre-reqs is: "General Inorganic Chemistry (I & II) including lab - 8 semester hours" I'm not sure if this was a typo, as the majority of PA programs require General Chemistry and/or organic chemistry, but not specifically inorganic chemistry. So did all of you take inorganic chemistry or did you get by with general chem/organic chem?
  22. Your politically-incorrect comment is spot on!!! While the opportunity for all PA’s obtaining a residency would not be possible, expanding specialty (Derm, family med/ urgent care, ...etc.) CAQ for PA’s would be great. Either residency or a CAQ, with current standards, should be required in progressing toward independence.
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