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  1. It's been one heck of a journey, but after years of sacrifice and hard work I am finally a certified PA! Just wanted to take a moment to say thanks to everyone on this forum who has helped along the way. This website is a gold mine of information and I'm very lucky to have stumbled across it back in college! I've had the pleasure of meeting a few users in person and developing some really cool friendships as a result of this site. Looking forward to continued networking, exchange of ideas, and contributing to this community as a PA-C.
    5 points
  2. Clearly you want to leave and have reasons for that. Reading between the lines, you seem to think the low ball alternatives are the only ones out there. They aren’t. My advice: decide you are leaving, keep it to yourself, and find not just a different job but one that‘s better for you. In the mean time, your attitude should change because you know whatever indignity you have to deal with is temporary. Avoid believing generalities: all corporate jobs suck, etc. There may be certain constants job-to-job but working directly for idiots is not one of them. Do your own research. Find out how yo
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  3. What a fun and challenging day yesterday! I walked away from the pizza party and the interview day thoroughly impressed with not only the school, but with the faculty and especially the current students. It was truly nine hours of both the school and future students getting to know each other with encouragement and support along the way. A truly impressive presentation of Samuel Merritt. There are WAY too many current students, faculty and fellow interviewees to thank for their support yesterday. But a special shout out to two members of this forum I was so happy to meet after watch
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  4. Just received my acceptance letter too! already reserved my seat. I look forward to meeting you lol. And to everyone else out there good luck and remember that the majority of acceptance letters won't go out till march! so don't give up hope!
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  5. At 5pm today, I received an acceptance!! I am THRILLED! This took way too long!
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  6. The following are books I actually own physical copies of and find very useful. BRS Physiology to study for physio exams. This book is hands down the single best review book for PA school that exists. It is bulleted review but often it has everything you need. The review questions at the end of each chapter are excellent. Very occasionally I will read the bigger version of this book: Physiology by Linda Costanzo to get a more thorough explanation. First Aid for USMLE Step 2CK is good to review for clinical medicine exams. Beware it sometimes has typos or is outdated in treatments
    2 points
  7. I'll be starting the dual degree program at the end of May and am looking for others in the program who are also in need of roommates! and wondering where people are looking for roommates??? Thanks
    1 point
  8. I’m a new grad PA who has encountered some significant difficulty finding a suitable position in my area (South Florida). Relocation isn’t an option at this point. I’ve posted about that before, but I’m hoping someone could help guide me or offer any insight into potentially entering into the field of forensic work as a medicolegal death investigator. I know that states such as NY and VA have utilized PAs in this context, but I haven’t been able to get a hold of any to chat with them and get insight. I have an interview with the office of the Medical Examiner this week for an available po
    1 point
  9. Surge season is hitting us hard, and I've been trying to be more efficient with our limited bed space. Here is my goal: dial back as much unnecessary workups as possible, and optimize / expedite the "unavoidable workups". I've been brainstorming about common scenarios and come up with quite a few. I'm thinking this could be a beneficial forum exercise as well where we could likely learn from each other.... so please share additions if you have time. "Situations commonly worked up that could likely be deferred"... -with flu season, everyone has chest pain with their vir
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  10. Boatswain2PA: time is huge factor here. I'm not saying you're wrong, I think it's a difference of philosophy. The reason it is helpful to have a paid off home during retirement, or when approaching retirement, is that it mitigates risk - and the nest egg you need to be able to retire is MUCH smaller because your monthly budget is that much smaller. For me at 29, I have time on my side. It is WAY better to invest any extra $$$$$ I have into the stock market at a higher return rate than pay of my mortgage early, but of course that return rate is NOT guaranteed. Therefore that is where it co
    1 point
  11. I know everyone has different experiences. I have gotten comfortable with the madness of corporate medicine mostly because I just don't care about their craziness. I just do what I do and let most of it flow right by me. However one of my UC colleagues left and went to Rheumatology which I have always found mysterious and baffling on a good day. She still does some PRN with us once in a while and the last time we worked together she said it is like night and day. Nobody in admin bothers them because they don't understand what they do. Can't set quotas or absurd rules when they don't know
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  12. Besides the usual warnings I ask "do you imagine I have a cure and I'm just denying it to you? Why would I do that?" For people that ask how I know it is a virus (usually accompanied by "without doing a test") I say "how do you know I am more than 3 feet tall? You didn't measure me. Because your eyes, education, and experience tell you that is true."
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  13. Strong work! Make us proud!
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  14. Thinking a bit further....think Hawkeye from MASH. Major Numbnutz wants me to give training? Ok, here ya go Frank!!
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  15. If I'm on the way out the door anyway, I would push this even further. Dont do a class on vitals...do a class on taking a pulse. That's a 60 second class: everyone put your fingers on your carotid, count for 15 seconds and......DONE! Y'all have a great day, thanks! Next class I'm teaching is taking respiratory rates, hope to see y'all there!
    1 point
  16. You should get a good look. You might try for an A in an upper division class, like biochem, pathophys, genetics, etc as a capstone to your sciences. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    1 point
  17. Yea I’m kind of curious as to why there’s so much time off and why they chose a longer program length. The other schools I interviewed at were 24 month programs (which seems too short haha). I guess we won’t be burnt out though since we’ll have quite a few breaks lol
    1 point
  18. I realized after I made the page that it’s supposed to be a closed group instead ... so I guess I should delete it lol. Someone mentioned that a staff member was going to create a group for us, maybe once more interviews are finished?
    1 point
  19. Well done! Now you can help the ones who follow. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    1 point
  20. Congratulations! Make your mark! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
    1 point
  21. Hello everyone I'm Christina and i just got my acceptance email. So stoked this is all happening! Our lives are going to change so much! I live in NJ and would love to rent something small and shared to crash at on weekdays that's close to the university. Also from what I've learned from various existing students, a fully immersive experience is the only way to go to succeed as we get to bounce the terms and concepts off each other. I suggest we create a Whatsapp group and try to get in as many of us there as possible so we can all stay connected on the go. My number is (917) 9412571. If you a
    1 point
  22. Hey everyone, I was on the interview waiting list. I was wondering if anyone else received a letter in the mail from Sullivan stating that you would be a good candidate for their Doctor of Pharmacy Program? Just curious! Thanks!
    1 point
  23. Interviewed yesterday and received my ACCEPTANCE today!!! I am completely OVER THE MOON!!!
    1 point
  24. I interviewed today. They are also interviewing next Saturday, and they said they'd send out emails the first or second week of February
    1 point
  25. I also received an interview invitation for February 1!! Super surprised to hear so late in the cycle... is the class completely filled or is this more for a waitlist? Briefly reading the thread it seems that many applicants gave up their spots... ‘ any insight on the interview process, primarily the group interview aspect?
    1 point
  26. I just got accepted off the waitlist this morning! I interviewed back in October. If you are on the waitlist, don’t give up just yet!
    1 point
  27. Was just accepted off of the waitlist!! My gosh now I have a difficult decision to make...
    1 point
  28. If your hotel bed sheets are dirty or your car isn’t fixed correctly - you have a CUSTOMER service issue. When I explain the meaning of an A1c of 10 and you just don’t like what you are hearing - well, don’t shoot the messenger. This isn’t a hotel or store. This is the ART of medicine and healing. The pendulum cannot swing back fast enough for me. And, NO, you can’t have fries with that......
    1 point
  29. Businessmen(1) are the problem: * They patent this and that gadget and medicine, and push it with the primary effort being to profit, and the betterment of patient outcome at most a means to that end. * Then other businessmen decide to try and rein in the first set of profiteers, and, lacking any medical acumen whatsoever, hire medical people to decide what care will or will not be covered, with the primary goal of cost constraint, with the betterment (or maintenance, really) of patient outcome at most a means to that end. * And then other businessmen come in to try and improve
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  30. I put in their hygiene and appearance. It is an objective finding that supports mental health and psychosocial situation. If I put delightful in a chart, it means the person is really nice and easy to work with. Pleasant means they are cooperating. Agitated, anxious and uncooperative enter my chart often as I see a group of folks with extensive mental health issues. Or dementia "limited historian, aloof, unable to provide information". "patient smells very strongly of cigarette smoke (sub - marijuana)" is very very common in my charts. "patient has inappropriate laughter an
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  31. Somewhat tangentially, one of my pet peeves is a pre-demographic adjective: "So and so is a pleasant 31 YOM" I'm sorry, but how nice they are isn't the very first first thing I want to convey in my note. It'll still show up if appropriate, just later.
    1 point
  32. "We are, after, all, physician ASSISTANTS" Oh yea...I forgot...we are changing that as well.
    1 point
  33. Hey all, I just received an interview invite today, The earliest one was for Feb 12. Was this the same for anyone else who also recently received an interview invite?
    1 point
  34. I pray we all end up in Meharry’s initial class.
    1 point
  35. Here is the link: https://quizlet.com/307215198/basic-medical-terminology-flash-cards/
    1 point
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