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  2. Hello, As a PA student, I am interested in what it is like to be a PA in trauma surgery. What are your typical duties? What roles do PAs play in trauma surgery? What does a typical day look like as a trauma surgeon PA? What are the average salary and benefits? What setting do you practice in (city, rural, hospital)? How do you find a job in this specialty? What contacts, web links, or specialty meetings are helpful for a PA in trauma surgery? What advice do you have for a PA student interested in trauma surgery? Thank you for you assistance!
  3. Hi all! I am an incoming PA student at St. Kate's starting in September. Not sure if this is helpful, but I wanted to let you all know that last year they said that they would be holding interviews in June/July, but they moved them back to September/October. There were no interviews in the summer, as far as my knowledge goes. Best wishes to all applying this year!
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  5. Thank you! I've been in medicine 25 yrs and a PA for 10 but my health is not so great and I still need to work. my body just cant keep pace with the job anymore - but my mind can
  6. Welcome to the 2019-2020 CASPA cycle! And thank you for your interest in Penn State! I hope you will find this platform informative and helpful, which is made even more so by the level of participation from all of YOU! Whether you are in the information gathering stage, or already applying, the path to becoming a physician assistant student is as much a team approach as when you will be a practicing provider taking care of patients along side attendings, other advanced practice providers, nurses, therapists, and case managers (to name just a few). As we move through the year, I encourage you to post your questions and share your experiences so that all may benefit and, at the end, each of you is closer to your ultimate goal. Personally speaking, I joined the forum as a pre-PA student following my first CASPA cycle. I was a non-traditional student, 15 years removed from receiving my undergrad degree, and had absolutely no one to guide me. I found the forum was a great way to connect with others and, in a way, get an “insiders” look at programs and a deeper sense as to where my opportunities were to improve myself as a candidate. I was also able to connect with others, some of whom I eventually met at interviews and still keep in contact. Again, thank you for considering Penn State! You can look forward to our Director of Admissions, Caryn Stopper, participating in the discussion from time to time and I hope some current students will be able to join us as well. While this thread begins to build, please check out those from previous cycles where you may already find answers to some of your questions and get a sense of the flow and timing of our application, interview, and acceptance process in addition to the wholistic approach to candidate review and emphasis on diversity that are the foundation of building each incoming class. Best of luck on your journey to becoming a PA!! - Sue, PA-C, PSU PA Class of 2017
  7. If possible can you elaborate on what is meant by the following." “I am a victim”: Victims are never attractve applicants and any difficulties along the way should be dispassionately addressed. These explanations should be brief and also address what you have done to overcome the situation and what you learned from it.
  8. He went to Oceania University of medicine in Samoa. https://authenticmedicine.com/author/robert-duprey/ I remember I used to get their spam email all the time for some reason. I don't even think their graduate can practice in all 50 states
  9. I recently retook my GRE for the second time and would like some advise on if i should consider retaking for the third time. First time I got a 292 ( V: 148 Q: 144). Second attempt I got a 299 ( V: 154 Q:145). I have close to 4K hours from scribing and medical assistant work at a cardiology practice, shadowed three PAs, and have closed to 900 volunteer hours. Any advise ?
  10. Why? One of the seminal articles on PAs said we were "More than a nurse, but not a doctor"....like midway between....like a "midlevel". Because then we will have access to the retrospectoscope. Please report to Human Resources on Monday Morning for sensitivity training. Never say never, and never never say always. Study the recent fall of a global superpower for good examples of this.
  11. You seem to be confusing regulatory bodies with advocacy groups. AAPA, AMA, ANA are advocacy groups. They have no legislative power other than to lobby legislators. PA boards, BOM, and BON are regulatory boards at the state level. They cannot completely and unilaterally set rules, for example law may say that PAs do not require cosignature, and BOM cannot overrule that. In some states the PA board is under BOM and do set requirements within the law. Some states have independent PA boards and set their own licensing and other rules. Private entities, like hospitals can set more stringent rules, but cannot be more relaxed than state law. This is why change can be slow because it has to be changed at each state and then individual hospital policies have to be changed to catch up. I don’t know where there is a single educational reference for all this. Just have to do research.
  12. Unless you are the patient who doesn't understand the difference between a Doctor, a Noctor, and a PAoctor (I don't know what that is, but I'm sure it's coming). If you are critically ill you want the person in charge of your care to be competent. Would you be comfortable with a nurse who had 2 years of online training and 500 hours shadowing their friend in clinic taking care of your critically ill spouse? No. Would you be comfortable with PA who was a financial guy and then had two years of intense didactic and clinical training (and who may have transferred from dermatology last week) taking care of your critically ill spouse? I wouldn't Would you be comfortable with a physician who is board certified in the specialty of their illness taking care of your critically ill spouse? Yeah....I think so. The patient doesn't care about degrees. The janitor could have a PhD in music, that doesn't mean the patients care that he's a "doctor."
  13. 10 hours! F-that...I think some academic work in residency is useful, but I’m talking maybe 30 hours in the whole program. I published one article, wrote one case presentation, and a few internal patient follow up blogs, and that is the limit of what I ever care to do. I attempted to start a new research project, but without a dedicated research month like the physicians get, it was just too much work on top of clinical hours
  14. It's as over-the-top and wrong headed opinion as those who declare, often loudly and unambiguously, those of us who are against independent practice/need for doctorate/etc as dinosaurs, "just waiting to retire", "out of touch", or worse.
  15. “The market for PAs in this region of the country (New England) is strong. Some major hospital networks seem to prefer NPs while others seem to prefer PAs.“ I can certainly second that I’m seeing more and more that places that have traditionally have been NP territory switching over to PAs
  16. The point of mock interviews isn't to drum out all the individuality, but to get past the "deer in headlights" reaction of an unfamiliar question or a question asked in an odd way. I would still recommend some mock interviewing, just as a way to get used to hearing the questions and saying something intelligent back.
  17. It does now. Did it then? I think it would be far more unethical to conceal the relationship, than to solicit such a LOR in the first place. It's clearly got some drawbacks, but does the OP have a better option? 50 hours of shadowing is certainly non-trivial, so looking forward to the eventual LOR needs, I would have counseled the OP to not follow a family member so extensively, because this problem is neither novel nor unpredictable.
  18. WesternU in Aug. We graduate in July 2021. My wife really wanted me to go to Western even if I got into Yale, so it all worked out. (I was still on the fence due to the extra time) That extra time working versus Yale could probably cover my student loans. My wife is a firm believer that everything always happens for a reason. To go from quitting a two decade long business career to graduating from PA school in 3.5 years is just about the best I could have hoped for. I couldn't have possibly done it any faster, so I have to be proud of what I accomplished even if I wasn't accepted to Yale. So far my oldest is proving brilliant, so who knows maybe a Yale alumni may be in our future anyway.
  19. I’m a rising 2nd year at Rutgers in Piscataway/New Brunswick, NJ and I really love the area I’m in. My school is in a suburban area (I’m originally from a large suburb of Dallas, TX), so that made the transition/uprooting easier for me to handle as a Southerner. I love the fact that even though I live in a suburb, I’m an hour between major metropolitan cities like NYC and Philly, and not too far from cities like Boston and D.C. If I wanted to escape on an adventure, there’s no shortage of options for me. All this being said, I would try focusing on schools in the same state as metro areas you’d love to work in vs. schools actually in those cities, because you would be able to apply more freely (with more options) and could still do your rotations in those cities. Who knows, maybe going to school in the burbs could be a nice change of pace?
  20. I have a question. My grades have already came in. I am just waiting for my degree to be verified (which might take another month or so). However, I do want to start applying to programs. I was wondering if I verify my GPA now, if I can still later send updated transcripts and get my degree verified on the CASPA applications for schools to see. Thank you.
  21. Thanks for the info! I'll have to check out that book
  22. I think the future is bright. The market for PAs in this region of the country (New England) is strong. Some major hospital networks seem to prefer NPs while others seem to prefer PAs. I've haven't noticed much of a "turf war" out here. There is generally mutual respect.
  23. Just wanted to let you all know they were still going down the waitlist as of June 12th, as I got the call. I hope a few more who are waiting hear back!
  24. A benefit of being financially secure....I dont have to work!
  25. Definitely follow others advice on going through other posts on this forum. There are many success stories, what they did to get accepted, and what there situations were. I advised my friend to apply last cycle even though she had less than 1000 hours patient care experience at the time of application. I knew she already have an impressive application checklist, so I told her to apply to schools she met the requirements for. She ended up having well over 1000 hours by the time she was interviewing, and she had a hand full of interviews. Other than PCE, her overall application packet was strong and that's what many school are looking for. Overall, are you going to be a good fit for their program. You definitely will get admitted somewhere. Just apply smartly. Choose the programs that highlight your strengths. Good luck.
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