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  2. 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
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  4. 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..:(
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. The first paragraph is kind of cliche and I would double check grammar. Make the story sound as professional as you can. throughout the essay, you seem to list and then describe your various roles. Don’t do that, that’s what your resume is for. Your essay is a chance to describe your experiences and how they have made you a better and stronger applicant. Erase everything that describes your roles and stick to showing what you saw that made you want to be a pa
  8. I agree with everyone the above person said ^ . Your essay needs to answer 1) why a pa and 2 why you want to be a pa. This essay doesn’t answer that. how long is this by the way? Max is 5000 characters I would use every character you can use
  9. I was wondering if anyone could provide advice for psych clinical and how to study for EOR?
  10. No I did them all in Florida. Getting a rotation in Cali with no connections seemed like too much work to me at the time.
  11. Next CASPA cycle opens in 5 days.To reapply or not reapply is the question.. What's the plan for everyone else who's waiting for their post-interview admission status?
  12. I had a very low cumulative GPA like around 3.2 4800hrs as Medical Assistant, 200hrs family physician shadowing, 50hrs volunteer for visit once a week elderly, 20hrs online class computer training to the senior, 90hrs internship as a health environmental safety inspector. ROL: two professor, one from my clinic physician which I work with But I didn't take biochem, organic, and genetics. I'm planning to take it in summer. Is there have any chance I can get into the program with this low GPA ...? Thank you so much!
  13. I have to meet some of these DPT/DNP people you guys encounter who call themselves “doctor.” I have my doctorate in physical therapy and did my residency in orthopedics; I am proud of my credentials and I have never called myself that in a clinical setting. It’s frankly embarrassing. On a side note, I know a few PT-DO and PT-MDs who received a bachelor’s in PT back in the early 90s. I have gotten the impression that they’re threatened by the DPT; they’ll argue that the curriculum is the same when that couldn’t be further from the case. They’re still a PT but the training is not the same.
  14. Hi! I have my interview next week and was wondering if you could provide any insight. Did you like the school? Are you accepting your offer there? Was it an individual or group interview? Thanks!
  15. Geeze! That's a lotta arrests. Also a lot of neuroprognostication. Sounds like a sweet gig!
  16. I actually totally agree with the above. There may come a day when the need to prove yourself won't be there, but that will either come with a significant amount of time in the same area or some sort of "board" certification. Or med school. I know too many people from my class who passed the PANCE to be comfortable with just anyone treating patients.
  17. I will risk being shadow-banned by a certain moderator here (again) by giving a politically-incorrect answer (meaning one that people don't like, but that doesn't mean it's not true). It's all about standards. And if you talk standards, you HAVE to talk about MINIMUM standards. You can have certain credentials that prove you have met minimum standards of competence. Like Board Certified Emergency Physician (or Board Certified **insert specialty here**) means you are at the top of the game in Emergency Medicine (or other specialty), so it is reasonably safe for everyone to assume such a person is competent in their specialty. With that credential we know that the person graduated medical school and has (with rare grandfathering rules) completed an Emergency Medicine residency and passed Emergency Medicine boards. The MINIMUM standard for being a PA is passing a 26 month intense program of medical education and passing a test that virtually everyone passes. That is a big difference. Oh, and that experienced 20 year PA could have worked in urology for 19.5 of those 20 years, and now that he's in your ED doesn't really know how to manage an unstable arrhythmia. Likewise, that experienced 20 year PA who worked in the ED for 19.5 of those years wouldn't know how to reconstruct a bell-clapper deformity. The MINIMUM standard for being a NP is being a nurse who passes 24 months of part-time online classes, and shadowing a friend in clinic for 500 hours, then passing a written test. That is a HUGE difference. But, like it or not, those ARE the standards. So, if you are a physician/midlevel/APP/RN/RT/CNA/adminiscritter or ward clerk, how do you know if someone you just meet is competent in their job? If the MINIMUM for their credentialing means that they passed their specialty boards in medicine, you can assume they are indeed a specialist. If their MINIMUM standard is a 26 month program that lets them move between specialties...yeah, I'm not going to assume they are competent until they prove it. Will practice based OTP change this? nope. It's human, and protective, in nature. As we continue toward specialization (CAQ's) I think this will improve, but that will be a long road.
  18. Also, if you go to a civilian PA program and still want to serve in the NG, you can sign up for a 6 year hitch. They will pay $75k ($25k a year) towards your student loans for the first 3 years and then another $25k a year for the next 3 years. That's $150k! Most of the NG PAs I know went this route instead of IPAP.
  19. I would argue that it is far easier to get accepted into IPAP through the NG than it would be through the regular Army or even the reserves. The NG gets 30 seats a year divided over 3 classes (10 seats per class). They also designate alternates in case any of the selected don't get to go. For the class I was in, 26 people were boarded for 10 slots. Both alternates were picked up (one selectee failed the APFT upon arrival and was sent packing ). Those are great odds. I would always recommend people thinking about going this route to enlist as a 68W - medic. The biggest problems with applying through the NG are: 1) Your state has to fund it. If your state has enough PAs, they may not need to pay to send you. 2) If you enlist, you have to serve for around 3 years before you can apply (in general, you should be approaching SGT and have gone to BLC). The good news is that your basic an AIT apply towards this. 3) If you join now with the expectation of going in 3 years, you have no way of knowing what your state's training budget and needs will be at the time you would want to apply to IPAP. But while serving as enlisted, you can use the GI Bill, any bonus, and Tuition Assistance to finish your prerequisites... all while gaining excellent experience as a medic that will help you on not only your IPAP application, but any application to civilian schools and on your resume. 4) If you apply to IPAP and get accepted but your state does not want to fund it, you can do an Interstate Transfer to a state that needs a PA and agrees to pay for it. You will then owe that state 6 years of drilling. I would say it is still worth it. I would also emphasize that 6 years of drilling is a ridiculously easy payback for a masters and PA education. You get school completely paid for and get a decent salary while going. I came out of PA school with no debt and an increased savings account
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  21. Took a quick skim, it's frankly bland and won't separate you from other applicants; I don't get any indication of who you are as a person. Let me just dissect out this paragraph: My current position working as an STNA has further fueled my desire to become a PA. (First off, write out an abbreviation before using it) Because the facility that I work at combines skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and long term care, there is always a variety of providers coming in to examine the residents. Frequently, a PA comes to see the residents. I have seen firsthand how a successful PA is able to fill these residents and their families with a sense of calm, despite the fact that they may only have weeks or even days to live (How has this anything to do with your desire to be a PA? You just used two sentences to tell me nothing about you). Being a long term care STNA has been a rewarding experience and instilled in me a passion for geriatrics that I hope to incorporate into my future as a PA (You haven't told me anything that leads to be believe it was rewarding, all you did was tell me how you saw PAs talk calmly to patients...HOW was it rewarding - HOW did it instill a passion for geriatrics).
  22. Fellow rural EM folks--I have just (FINALLY) landed a solo coverage rural critical access gig that I thought I'd have to hold out for a few more years. I've been doing per diem shifts here for a while now but will be starting full time in July. I am super excited to finally have this opportunity. What courses have you felt were particularly helpful for this setting? (I've done ATLS, Bootcamp, Essentials, difficult airway). I have 5 years under my belt working a variety of high autonomy positions so have decent experience but limited solo coverage, so would like to expand my skill set. For context: It's a 5 bed ED in a critical access hospital, 24 hour shifts with hospitalist backup (around during the day/close to hospital but offsite at night). No surgical call on the weekends...(yikes)
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