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  1. 3 points
    I understand it's difficult to move, especially with with the reasons you cite (family/friends/community/spouse's employment). While it's difficult to pick up and move, EZLife could make two to three times as much if s/he left NYC while enjoying the reduced COL. The mathematics behind that is a game-changer. EZ could make $67K a year working part time in many parts of the country. But to each their own.
  2. 2 points
    I am an old fart and I know it so I am looking for a little perspective from the young toots. :-) I stumbled across a program at UT in Medical Informatics which I have a little interest in so I started looking at the requirements. You can seek a certificate or any of 3 degrees up to a doctorate. I started looking at the requirements. Reasonable cost....check. All online....check. Accredited....check. Submit a 2 page letter of intent and 3 references. Nope. How about this.... I pay you and you educate me. You know a business transaction which is really what higher education is. This isn't a resident program where class size is limited or anything like it. I'm also not a high school grad trying to decide what I want to do in life. So what is the deal where I have to beg UT to puleeeeeeze take my money. I thought about writing my 2 page letter of intent in like...800 font size and just typing I INTEND TO LEARN SOMETHING. I understand the competitive nature of some programs and that they have more applicants than they can eat. This isn't it. Thoughts?
  3. 2 points
    Anyone else sitting in their hotel room - trying to calm their nerves and get the wrinkles out of their suit from traveling LOL Tip for those with upcoming interviews... bring a jacket/sweater... it gets chilly in Midland!
  4. 2 points
  5. 2 points
    Family, friends, community, spouse's employment, etc. Plenty of reasons to live some place with a high COL, and sometimes we don't have much of a choice when it comes to family. Too often on this board I see people recommending to just up and leave a location based solely on money as if all PAs are lone wolves roaming the countryside in search of a higher paycheck. That being said, 67k per year is terrible unless it's a residency position.
  6. 2 points
    We have the same "extender" language in our EMR. I am going to talk to my director as well. I don't think the patient will give me the "bug eyes/WTF" if I told them I am a Medical Practitioner. The term is very self-explanatory. The problem with our name is not only the "Assistant" but also the "Physician." Physician Associate is not any better in my opinion. We need a stand-alone name, especially with OTP movement.
  7. 2 points
    I'm a student at USA and we were also just on Fall break this past Thursday and Friday! That plus all the hurricane drama has definitely put them back. Mrs. Dunn told me they are working hard though! Hoping to hear something very soon.
  8. 2 points
    We were also told last week at the Tennessee-APA conference that you have to pay tax on any loan reimbursement as well - and it usually isn't a small amount which may negate any relief.
  9. 2 points
    Hi everyone! I received a few questions about how to ‘stand out’ during interview day and also what is unique about the PSU interview process. Regarding setting yourself apart from other candidates...if you are selected for an interview than you have already accomplished this! Keep in mind that only about 110 candidates (or approximately 3% of applicants) are interviewed each cycle. So, if you are invited to interview, the admissions team already thinks you’re unique! Interview day is all about seeing if you are a good fit for the program AND FOR YOU TO SEE IF THE PROGRAM IS A GOOD FIT FOR YOU!! With that said, our interview process is also unique in several ways. First, interviews are conducted in small groups- usually no more than about 8 or so. The faculty interviewers will already know a lot about you from your applications so, while you should know your application inside and out, also be prepared to speak to things about yourself not already asked. Another unique aspect is our patient interview. Although the patient you will meet with is usually an actual patient of our faculty (who continue to actively practice clinical medicine) medical knowledge is not needed for this component of the day. It is simply an assessment of your people skills (those critical skills in medicine that no textbook or lecture can teach) and usually is every candidate’s favorite part of the interview. Last, many interview days include participation in a TBL (team based learning) session. Again, this is nothing for which you can prepare and is not a part of the interview that is evaluated. This is really where you, the candidate, can get a sense of our Program’s learning and teaching style as well as ask more questions of current students. Thanks for the great questions!! Again, feel free to post questions to the forum or message me privately. For questions sent to me privately, I will respond publicly for the benefit of all but will honor individual privacy. Also, for those near, or relatively near, the Hershey area this Tuesday (10/17), the Program is hosting an information session at the College of Medicine. Members of our faculty, as well as current students and alums, will be there to provide details and answer your questions. Hope this helps!! - Sue, PA-C, Class of 2017
  10. 2 points
    Contract says you won't get payout, doesn't mean you won't get the days. I would sit down with boss and say you're leaving in 8 weeks, and need to burn your PTO. Tell them how grateful you are for everything they've done for you, how much you will miss them....and when would they like you to burn your PTO. Bottom line...use your PTO. If they are dicks, then be a dick back. I can work really, really, really slow. I can also catch a bad cold tomorrow. And my goldfish could die or something. You've got 11 days PTO. What's that worth, $5-8K? Would to let them steal that?
  11. 1 point
    Great news for EM and critical care PAs interested in prehospital medicine! After recently meeting with SEMPA, CAMTS (the accrediting body for ground/flight critical care transport agencies) has agreed that PAs may serve as crew members with accredited services. Previously the standards only recognized RNs, paramedics and physicians; we have now been added to the list. There is more info on the SEMPA website: https://www.sempa.org/About-SEMPA/Critical-Care-Transport/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 1 point
    I have a packrat tomorrow, anyone have any tips or advice? I’m in my final quarter of didactic and this is the first of two that we have to take
  13. 1 point
    I just got through catching up on this forum thread & love how supportive and encouraging everyone is! Amazing! I'm interviewing on Oct 21st and am so looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing the campus! Absolute best of luck to you all!
  14. 1 point
    Interview without an interview??
  15. 1 point
    From my understanding yes, Mrs. Mealer stated our application is an interview without an interview so it makes a big difference.
  16. 1 point
    Your grades are fine and your experience is interesting; not everyone has their HCE in psych, but it should be considered well in many programs. The combined A&P is not always preferred by PA programs; most want separate courses and both with labs. Do your research there. It sounds like you'd be worth a shot here. Good luck!
  17. 1 point
    Congrats to those who received an acceptance and will be committing to USF PA School! Welcome to the USF PAmily :) For those still waiting for a call or an interview, don't lose hope! Again, if you have any questions, feel free to DM me.
  18. 1 point
    I take your point. There are a lot of reasons someone may be limited geographically. I left an area I had been in for 16 years and was quite comfortable in because my wife's parents were getting older and we needed to be closer. As long as they are alive we are tied to this area. That said when you limit your location you limit your opportunities. Its just true. Not good, not bad, just true. If a market is saturated there is no magic formula to being the one person who finds the best paying job. You make choices and then you have to deal with the available options.
  19. 1 point
    Just another example of why I don't understand why PAs (or anyone not makin half-mil a year in finance) would live in NY. Incredibly high cost of living, with housing alone costing half your little paycheck. Ezlife - there's a great big world out there, go explore it and earn the money you are worth. Wait....on second thought....stay in NY. Tell all your classmates that it's terrible outside of NY...full of hillbillys who pay in chickens. DONT let them leave the city!! (Cause we don't want all the NY PAs to come out to rural America and drive down wages!)
  20. 1 point
    Depending on where you're from, we might not notice the accent ;-D SK
  21. 1 point
    This morning I received a survey via email from the NCCPA seeking input from all of us (I assume all of us got it...maybe not) on what constitutes core knowledge. I applaud the effort and found the things suggested as possible core knowledge interesting. I have been in FP, primary care, ER and UC since I finished my Army career in 96 and about half of what was suggested isn't even something I would know about in any depth without reading and studying.There were a few ways to give your opinion from "should recognize and refer" to"should be able to identify and treat in detail" (paraphrasing) to "doesn't constitute core knowledge".With, I think 1 exception I marked everything "should recognize and refer" or "not core knowledge". In comment I politely (I think) suggested that core knowledge across the vastness of medicine was a fantasy.I had to see my urologist about 6 weeks ago and under my allergies I listed Byetta. He said "is that one of those new blood thinners?" I almost screamed "Imposter! You lack core knowledge!" Then I oxygenated my brain and realized there is really no such thing. Maybe understanding vital signs.....Continuing to hope this is the beginning of a process that will get us away from high stakes testing.
  22. 1 point
    I am also local to the area. Yes, extend your search to Hummelstown or Palmyra. Both are within a 10 minute drive and rent will be cheaper. Congrats to all those receiving acceptances! - Sue
  23. 1 point
    NY has a boatload of PA schools and literally a stack of cv's of people who will take the job at 67, which is a bit low, but I'm not sure you will be breaching triple digits for a recent grad in primary care. About 5 hours away in Corning you can get triple digits, because it's hours away. Check it out.
  24. 1 point
    Anything that you feel increases your skills/traits, will be a great thing to do. Whether you put those things on a job resume or any kind of graduate school application, it will likely be valued. If the research summer program actually interests you, do that one! If the others interest you more, then do that! If you have no real interest or desire to do them at all, that is also fine. While this may only be anecdotal, I actually put my job when I was 14 years old and filed patient charts at an eye doctors office on my PA school application. Sure it was a really long time ago, but it added to my story on how I got into medicine. A few people from admissions for some programs recognized that and commented on it in a positive way. And I just want to second the thoughts from above. Choose a degree you actually like since you will probably naturally get better grades because you are studying something you enjoy. Also, choose a degree that will offer a career you are interested in, regardless if you go on to do some sort of graduate program.
  25. 1 point
    stay the course, you are almost there!
  26. 1 point
    I'm showing up Monday for a Tuesday interview. Would be interested in meeting up Monday evening with other applicants if possible.
  27. 1 point
    I bet it's an awfully small sample size; not likely to provide much more than anecdotal stories.
  28. 1 point
    hey, I interviewed 10/6 an gt accepted on Thursday ! it was a group interview, individual and a written essay.
  29. 1 point
    They probably don't come to this board anymore ;)
  30. 1 point
    That's normal. Your eraider password expires every 90ish days. You just have to make a new one
  31. 1 point
    Heh. I got a list of sufficiently obscure things that I only answered "recognize & refer" or "not core knowledge"
  32. 1 point
    Hi everyone! Congrats to those accepted. I interview on October 20th. Does anyone know how many seats are still open?
  33. 1 point
    Would you really receive world class training? By comparison, the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a dermatology fellowship in which you know you would. Plus, the salary is 55k there with full benefits, and you would legit be more marketable after.
  34. 1 point
    Yup ours is calculated as collections/billing. We do not subtract the insurance adjustment
  35. 1 point
    Earlier this morning, I got an email saying that I was invited to interview on October 24th. Good luck guys!! :)
  36. 1 point
    I received an invite for October 17th
  37. 1 point
    I received my invite last night for Oct 16th as well!
  38. 1 point
    I received an interview invite earlier this week for November 11th. Super excited to have the opportunity to interview at my top choice! CASPA Verified: 07/19 USC Supplement Submitted: 07/26 (check mailed 07/28) USC Confirmation Email: 08/04 Looking forward to meeting some of you there! Good luck to those who are waiting to hear back and those who are interviewing next Saturday :)
  39. 1 point
    Got a 140, pretty disappointed
  40. 1 point
    What resources are you using for how to do this? I want to pay off the wife and my loans, max contribute to 401k and mutual funds, buy a house, then invest to build wealth and retirement income (passive income).
  41. 1 point
    i didn't study for it and my program doesn't assign a grade with it. Still waiting for the results though.
  42. 1 point
    Im going to answer you with a question first, have you simulated through a GPA calculator what would happen to your GPA if you retook or took additional science classes? I would absolutely suggest if you're going to raise one, that you raise the science gpa. Let me caveat that when you calculate your GPA it will most likely be different from how CASPA calculates it. Keep in mind, if you don't know, they'll average out to grades for the same class even if it's an older class. Keep me posted
  43. 1 point
    Army here. 5 years - Sgt 68W - Infantry Medic Got into PA school a few weeks ago!
  44. 1 point
    @Emrose im interviewing october 20th as well! can't wait. see you there.
  45. 1 point
    they do have good pay and great benefits. they have to in order to treat PAs the way they do. My first job in urgent care right out of school was in CA working for KP in urgent care. they treated me well, but there was definitely a culture of "this is PA work and this is MD work". My next job was with KP in Oregon working in EM. I had transferred into the position from CA. Better scope of practice, but many specialists refused to talk to PAs on the phone, our scope of adv skills was limited, and they called at 0630 EVERY SINGLE DAY I was off asking me if I wanted to fill open shifts, even if I had just gotten off at 0200. The pay and benefits are awesome, that is for certain. I had KP insurance when my kid was born. difficult labor and delivery, NICU time, etc. total bill? $5. If I was still there I would be at the top of the pay scale(step 20) and close to making $100/hr on night shifts with differentials, but would want to kill myself after each and every shift. The final straw that made me leave was when they took the code cart out of the PA area and wanted to make a new grad fp doc my SP. when I said I should work with an EM doc they said" it doesn't matter, you are just a physician'S assistant". I handed them my pager and walked out that day. best professional choice I ever made. had a new job the next day at a level 1 trauma ctr.
  46. 1 point
    I think much of the advice above is a bit off the track: we all learn differently and different courses may call on different approaches. Rev ronin is on track: Go to your learning center. Also, when your current style doesn't work in a class, try something else! In my case, I could never memorize pharm from flashcards or tables, so I tried drawing family trees of different classes of drugs. In my case, I could still see these trees during exams. Don't start drawing trees, but recognize that a definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. If what you are doing doesn't work, be an experimentalist and try something new that fits you.
  47. 1 point
    Not a fan of flashcards/quizlet for deep study. I think flashcards/quizlet is for very quit study and refresher 1 hour before an exam. You need to LEARN the material and master it, you cannot learn hematology by flashcards, you have to dig deep/share notes, write down mechanisms, talk it out with other students and teach it to other. I always was in a group study nightly, and it works. The reason I say this is because I had a lady beside me that would do flashcards and refuse to study in groups, she passed school and the PANCE, but had a lot more stress/anxiety that our entire row. She would fill out 1,000 + per week, I thought it was crazy and I know that her learning was not up to par just by talking with her. Group study is the way to go. Good luck!
  48. 1 point
    Hey guys. I'm a first year PA student at Western. First off, I just wanted to let you guys know you're making the right choice by applying here. This is truly an exceptional program and the support you will receive from your teachers and peers here is as good as it gets. I remember being in your guys shoes last year, the hope, the fear, the anticipation. Enjoy the process, because whatever's meant to happen will happen whether your stressed or calm. I wish you guys the best of luck!
  49. 1 point
    This topic really hits home for me, and has been part of a lengthy discussion I had with the PA I'm currently shadowing. She and I both agreed that there seems to be a mentality nowadays that if you aren't working 50-60 hours a week, you aren't working hard enough. This is coming from a PA I have seen first-hand take patients 15 minutes before her day was supposed to be over, because she is flexible and understanding. I whole heartedly agree with the post above, that it is how hard you work in the hours you put in, rather than the number of hours you're averaging. PART of the reason the profession is so appealing to me is the thought of living a life with meaning that is also comfortable. By comfortable, I mean having the things I need and perhaps a few things I want, not neglecting patient needs while collecting a substantial paycheck. I just hate the thought that if you are concerned about finding balance in your own life as a provider, you must not have gone into medicine for the right reasons. I hope to one day be a part-time provider to spend more time with the kids and maybe do some traveling. Neither of those things makes me selfish, but they do bring me joy. Life is about so much more than just career, and frankly, the best providers I've seen are the ones who have outside interests and activities, and often like to swap short stories during the appointment.
  50. 1 point
    My friend took it 1/3 and is still awaiting results. He spoke with the nccpa and they told him it's now their policy to release results mon-fri, not just Thursday's. I performed similarly to you on exams and did very far above passing on PANCE that I took 12/19, with minimal studying. Only did about 1500 questions over a week and little else. I did however feel similar to you with the "wtf" questions. So I wouldn't worry. Remember they do metrics on PANCE to average out the score. So if you consistently outperformed national average, which you did if you made a 161 on your packrat, then I'm sure you did fine.


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