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  1. 2 points
    PA school is almost 3 years in most cases. There are Med Schools that are 3 years (LECOM, UC Davis Primary Care etc) Lateral Mobility is going away in the future in my opinion plus once you have established yourself in one specialty I do not see a good reason to move to another (Just my opinion). I agree with everyone else that if you are young (under 30) and have little to no medical experience (shadowing and scribing dont count IMO) go to med school.
  2. 2 points
    There is probably a bunch of them doing a group swim towards you right now to enlighten/convert you.... 2 words for these folks: frequent rhabdo....seriously, these folks do stupid stuff and don't take breaks or drink water. relays in the desert with mandatory push up, pull ups and sit ups every mile...wtaf? if it were seal training they would at least drink water...
  3. 1 point
    Me too. Can't wait anymore. Hope we will get answer so soon
  4. 1 point
    Point of parliamentary procedure! They will never do swimming, because it doesn't look impressive to onlookers. "HYDRATE!!" I have some ex-in laws that are cult joiners, and they have eagerly adopted and bombed out of both Crossfit and one of the pyramid schemes. I heard they are signing up for a national time-share RV vacation resort thing. I'm waiting for the Scientology folks to find out about them.
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    There can be significant difference between an MD and PA or very little depending on the practice. In EM if you want to work on the really sick patients, the traumas, what others may perceive to be the exciting stuff, MD is the sure fire route. Assuming you match, etc. You can do that as a PA but it will require additional effort and time post graduate. Read: residency, experience, finding the right hospital, etc. The cost between PA and MD is significant in my opinion. With the most valuable cost being time, followed by money . I went to school for 23k, tuition is a lot higher now so it may be a wash. Regardless you need to consider 4 years of med school + x years of residency (if you match) and however that will affect your personal relationships and your quality of life. That is the true cost in my opinion.
  6. 1 point
    Holy necroposting Batman!! SK
  7. 1 point
    When we went out to celebrate my acceptance to PA school, half of my fanily thought I was going to med school and the other half to nursing school...
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  9. 1 point
    Where do most students live their first year?
  10. 1 point
    Undergrad Ed School: Auburn University Montgomery (August 2015) Major: Medical Laboratory Science Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.66 Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.68 Age at application time : 26 GRE: 298, 4.0 Direct Patient Care : 3200- Medical Laboratory Scientist (BloodBank) 120- Care giver 3900- Medical Assistant (UROLOGY) 950- Medical Assistant (PEDIATRICS) Total: 8170 Research Activities: 100hours research Volunteer: 16 hours- Donor Ambassador at American RedCross 6 hours- Medshare 157 hours- Clanton Internal Medicine (rural area) Shadowing: 25 hours(PA), 8 hours (NP-surgery first assist) Letters of Rec: 3 (1 professor, 2 MDS) Schools Applied: (6) Duke, Emory, South-Savannah, Quinnipiac, UC Davis, Alderson Broaddus University(submitted app on September because I was freaking out after receiving a couple rejections) Application Submitted Date: 04/29/2017 Interview Invites: 3 (Emory,South-Savannah,Quinnipiac) Denied w/o interview: Duke, UC Davis, Alderson Broaddus University Rejected after interview: Emory (2nd interview and was really nervous and intimidated by my fellow interviewees) South-savannah (first interview and was not prepared) Withdrew Application: None Waitlisted: None Accepted: Quinnipiac University Class of 2020!!!! (top choice) Attempt: 1st I know my GRE is really low but I think what landed me interviews was my personal statement, experience, and GPA(?). I spent 3 months writing and revising my personal statement. Quinnipiac was my last and only interview left, and I decided I was going to approach this interview differently. I did not really prepare much for the interview because I realize it just made me more nervous and come off insincere. I was truly myself and really enjoyed the whole interview process.
  11. 1 point
    Stanford Medicine has a LOT of money, and it is very apparent with the program. The facilities are impeccable and resources are near limitless. While the website and program descriptions really emphasized becoming leaders, the one thing that surprised me was how Stanford encourages specializing and specializing - in contrast to many programs that push more general primary care. In retrospect, given how academic Stanford medical school is, this should have been expected. Some of the faculty we were introduced to are involved in the most subspecial of subspecialties, for lack of a better description. If you have a niche interest in medicine, I guarantee there will be a PA or MD or PhD at Stanford that they will put you into contact with. They additionally spent a lot of time discussing the scholarly concentrations, which I think is important since this is a clear distinguishing factor from other programs. The concentrations do require taking a certain number of extra classes on top of the core PA curriculum, which can include classes from the law school etc based on your scholarly concentration. The core classes are heavily integrated with the medical school - they really become your peers, and I think that is smart as these future doctors will have a better understanding of the rigors of PA education and therefore respect for the PAs they will one day work with. Also, I love food. The dinner was delicious. I also really appreciated that the students sent faculty out for the Q&A so that everyone could be more candid and genuine about what they like and dislike. Obviously, kinks are still being worked out, but overall the students seemed very pleased with their decision to attend the program and the opportunities afforded to them. Just based on my previous couple of interviews, I expected the individual interview to be far more intense, but I felt my panel interview was quite casual. Standard questions that you should expect to answer at any interview, and then questions based on your application. I personally wished the whole thing could have been compacted into one day, but I am no stranger to the Stanford campus and surrounding area so I felt no need to take a tour / explore further. It also seems like they really want to hire their own graduates to stay at Stanford, so if you like Palo Alto/the bay area and want to stay there after schooling, I can understand this would be a huge plus.
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    Agree with the EM folks above; I'll refer people for emergent follow-up (e.g. splinted fracture that'll need surgery in a few days), but beyond there you get a name and a phone number to call for the most part. I wouldn't know the first thing about filling out paperwork, managing insurance rules, etc. One nice thing that we've started doing at my hospital is having our patient follow-up nurses help to facilitate referrals to specialists. We can click a button in EPIC doing our discharge papers and send a message to these nurses to either help the patient get a PCP, or help them get scheduled with a specialist. It's not uncommon to hear from patients "I called XYZ specialist and I can't be seen for 2 months"; our nurses can help to pull some strings and help to get them in to see someone sooner.
  13. 1 point
    Yes I am. We should start a Facebook page if there isn’t one yet.
  14. 1 point
    I think what some people don't realize is that, the older you get, the longer ago were your earlier grades in college. At 38 (I'm guessing) you are not the same person you were when you were 28, let alone 18. There will be some that wonder about your ability to succeed in a tough, masters-level program, and so it is important to have great grades in your most recent courses. Your maturity and experience should come out during an interview, so a key probably is to write a great cover letter and essay so you don't get filtered out by someone only looking at grades. I'd sure vote to interview you, based on the facts you shared. Don't lose hope and best of luck!
  15. 1 point
    State PA association job boards, University job boards, HealtheCareers, or organizational job boards.
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    Undergrad Ed School: University of Pittsburgh, December 2017 Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.54 Science Undergrad GPA: 3.47 prerequisites still in progress: None that are needed for PA school, just finishing 15 credits for my degree Age at application time: 21 GRE: V- 152 (55%) Q-160 (76%) W- 4.0 (59%) Healthcare experience: EMT~ 980 hours for a private company Shadowing: 15 hours shadowing an ER PA Awards: Deans List x3 LOR: The PA I shadowed, a professor, and my boss who is a paramedic Schools Applied: South University- Savannah, Tampa, Richmond, Philadelphia University, Nova- All four, Arcadia - Glenside, Midwestern University-Downers Grove, Lock Haven University, University of St. Francis-Albuquerque, Marietta College Application Submitted Date: 5/23/17 Application Verified: 5/23/17 Interview Invites: Lock Haven University, University of St. Francis, Arcadia University-Glenside, Nova Southeastern: Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, and Jacksonville Denied: South Richmond, South Savannah, Philadelphia U, University of St. Francis, Nova Ft. Lauderdale Withdrew Application: will update Waitlisted: Arcadia University, Nova Ft. Myers Accepted: Nova Ft. Myers and Nova Jax!
  17. 1 point
    I just finished my first semester of PA school and applied with a 3.9 GPA and about 650 hours. I got 8 interviews, went to 4 of them, and was accepted to 3! The key is to really focus on schools with lower healthcare requirements that will really value your academic achievements. Keep doing your thing! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 1 point
    I just walked a brisk pace to the kitchen to grab a beer. A bit of chest pain and some mild dizziness when I got back to the couch but, this too shall pass.
  19. 1 point
    It looks like they've reposted it: http://staffjobs.ua.edu/?job=503887 But now the salary says "based on qualifications". If nothing else, E, you got them to hide their low ball offer.
  20. 1 point
    How come you posted this in international? Granted Pennsylvania is full of sad weirdos, but it is still part of the good 'ol USA.
  21. 1 point
    I got an interview invite today from Touro Manhattan for December 18th! I submitted my application July 30th.
  22. 1 point
    Anyone else notice all who have been accepted have been from October 16th and November 1st interview dates? Has anyone been accepted that interviewed on other dates besides these two dates?
  23. 1 point
    I usually don't engage in arguments on topics like this, because they usually don't lead anywhere since most people's minds tend to be firmly made up about these notions. And I don't want to give you heat, but point out some facts that you are missing. The most important one being that PAs are already practicing medicine! In many areas like primary care, urgent care, hospital medicine, etc... at almost the same capacity as their physician colleagues. The second important point is that practicing PAs have already passed an actual medical board exam, which allows them to get licensed by state MD/DO boards and practice medicine to begin with! So they have also shown that they can pass medical boards, which is the purpose of the MCAT, to check if you have the aptitude to pass standardized board exams. Do pre-requisite courses have value? sure. Some of the more basic courses like general chemistry tend to be more practical, which is probably why Organic chemistry comprises such a small percentage on the MCAT. Allot of what you are referring to is applicable to college kids who want to go to medical school, or anyone with no significant medical background, and things like Organic chemistry and the MCAT are good tools to determine if they have what it takes. Most of it is overkill, because there aren't enough medical school seats to accommodate every capable candidate. This is ironic since everyone is always complaining about a big physician shortage! They are not however applicable to someone who has already been through the grueling process of PA school and proven themselves by demonstrating intellect and stamina, considering the rapid pace of PA training, and demonstrated the ability to competently practice medicine. When you are interviewing a job candidate with years of experience, you don't evaluate them the same as you would an applicant at the entry level.
  24. 1 point
    What do you hope to achieve by suing the school - reinstatement? What makes you think you would do any better a second time around? Not to be overly harsh, but you were placed on probation your very first semester for falling below a 3.0, and then failed to maintain a minimum GPA during the semester immediately following, so you got the boot (by the way, "just below" is still below). It seems pretty straightforward to me. Semesters 3, 4, and beyond are going to be hard, too. It's pretty standard for these programs to cut as many people loose the first semester or two, when it becomes evident that they won't do well. At least you didn't get cut during the final didactic semester, or the clinical year (seen both happen). I've heard of people in your situation try to make lemonade out of lemons - go back and repeat pre-reqs, get more HCE, try to convince an ADCOM somewhere, somehow that they are worth a second shot at PA school. I'm not sure how any of those people have done, but it seems like a tough road. I've heard of other folks that see the writing on the wall, and decide to try another discipline - but if you don't have the insight to understand why you performed poorly the first time around, you could just be setting yourself up for a repeat experience (I went to school with a girl who failed out of PT school before she matriculated with us, and then failed out of PA school). What I think a lot of people do in your shoes (and probably what I would do) is go the RN route. Less competitive entry, less rigorous academics, decent enough job at the other end. Plus the option to go into all sorts of advanced practice fields (CRNA, the many flavors of NP, etc.) later down the line, should you choose to do so. The absolute worst thing I think you can do in this situation is sue the school, and blame everyone but yourself for your failure. The student handbook? It's just a document, if it isn't clear to you, seek clarification before it's too late. Your PA program director didn't chase you down personally and give you a pep talk? Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds?
  25. 1 point
    I think you also have to consider that you don't know what the future holds for yourself or the profession. I didn't realize when I was skipping classes fifteen years ago that those grades would come back to haunt me when I decided to become a PA, because I didn't know that was in my future. In another fifteen years, you might want to switch specialties and find you need to get into a residency to do that. You might want to get into a doctoral program. You might discover a whole new world of PA-to-MD bridge programs have opened up. And in any of these cases you won't be able to GPA-repair your PA school grades the way you could with undergrad. I don't think any of these speculations are reasons for you to seriously stress your GPA, but they're reasons to not ignore it's significance either. I actually keep a high GPA partly to ward off stress -- I go into every exam knowing I'm free to bomb it and still keep my seat secure. I know I can take a serious hit to my productivity -- illness, death in the family, whatever -- and push through without getting the boot for a low GPA because I've kept it high up until this point. The main thing, though, is that you're learning medicine. Your future job may rely mostly on you being a "PA-C", but your patients' outcomes are going to sometimes depend on you actually knowing crap beyond the bare minimum. Doctor I don't want to be a patient of.

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