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  1. I was accepted!!!!! And they also got their accreditation!!
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  2. Hell no to 70K. Truly rural gigs tend to require management of complex co-morbid patients who, in a higher population location, would be co-managed by "specialty" care. Remember that in rural medicine there is often: a) no specialist access within reasonable travel distance for your patients, or, b): the specialists within reasonable distance are so far and few between that the wait to be seen is 3+ months. You may be largely responsible for managing all of this. e.g, think: psychiatry, nephro, cards, neuro, GI, etc etc. It can be incredibly stressful. If you are going to have to significa
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  3. Congrats!!! So happy for you! Anyone else hear anything?!? I’m soooo thankful they did get the accreditation!
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  4. post it here so I know where to join.
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  5. We should start a facebook page! Definitely interested in roommate situations!
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  6. Accepted in January =] I look forward to meeting everyone and embarking on this crazy journey for next two years with this cohort! I,as well, am more than happy to help anyone who has any questions about interviewing or just the whole process haha I have been wait-listed, rejected, and accepted early so I have some experience on every level. One thing straight off the bat, THERE IS MORE STRESS THAT WE (PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS) PUT ON OURSELVES THAN WE NEED TO. Interviewing, overall, is just an opportunity to show your organic self. Getting caught up in all of the forums, the
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  7. Guyyyyysss! I will be joining you all this fall! I’m so excited for this journey with you all. I want to give it back and I’m willing to do free mock interviews for whoever wants to practice! I’m no professional but I do know what works and doesn’t work as I actually did a mock interview after my western interview! Please message me!
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  8. Have you thought about doing locums work ? Seems like that would allow you options to check out locations / sites etc that are of interest to you without making a significant upheaval / commitment right off the bat. Plus, I think that a lot of locums jobs can turn into permanent if the chemistry works. ?? just a thought !
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  9. Hello! Just wanted to see if anyone had any reviews suggestions for students who have been accepted and are awaiting the start of their PA schooling. I have already begun looking over some things anatomically, but wanted to inquire about any specific sources such as textbooks, internet sources, etc someone may have found helpful before your PA program began. And would you recommend focusing on anything specific that may pertain to the majority of programs? Thanks so much!
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  10. If you’re still looking for reasonable proximity to NYC, look at Connecticut. We aren’t Midwest cheap, but once you get past Fairfield county the cost of living is much more affordable. My town calculates out to being 72% cheaper than Queens (never mind Manhattan). I live on the shoreline, 5 minutes from the beach in one direction and a state park in the other, but I can still hop in the train and head into NYC for a Yankee game or a broadway show (going with my wife to see Harry Potter next month...). Our state practice act hits all six elements of the AAPA, and in general PAs are treate
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  11. congrats !!!! how did you find out about the accreditation???
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  12. 30k is not worth the "accreditation issues." That would be a huge red flag for me. When you start a program you are placing your day-to-day life in their hands, a lack of organization can be a huge burden on you, and worrying about accreditation on top of that is not good. You're also "in it for the long haul." Transfering is not an option, and leaving that program and applying all over again would be a nightmare scenario. Even if it was 100% justified, it would likely not be looked at favorably by admissions committees the second time around.
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  13. I still think it’s unnecessay to retake it. Your score is competitive, and you surpass the minimum requirement, so schools likely won’t care when you took it as long as it was within 5 years. Save your time and money for CASPA and supplemental applications
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  15. Congrats everyone who got accepted this cycle! I got on a wait-list. It is sad but i keep my head up because i made it this far. I am coming from a different country and honored to be considered for such an opportunity. Fingers crossed!!!
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  16. Hi! I'm in the same boat as well. I have been applying on and off for the past 11 years but only at one local college because of being a single mom w/ 3 kids at home and could not relocate. I have had 5 interviews and numerous denial letters. This year my youngest is finally 18. I am 45 years old with 20+ years of experience as a CT/Xray tech and have a good amount of hours volunteering. I graduated with my AAS and BAS with honors but lovely CASPA doesn't care about that lol! My sGPA is only at a 3.1 cGPA 3.4 and last 60 3.6. I, as well, have been told I would make an excellent PA, along with
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  17. Glad it's not just me that is constantly refreshing this page to see if anyone has heard anything yet.
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  18. full disclosure. I deleted all the off topic banter. Let’s keep it on track and not attacking each other.
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  19. Wow... ArmyVetDude... I think “somebody has a case of the Mondays.” No need to be a jerk to BoatSwain. It seems you advocate for PA independence so that the nurse practitioners don’t overshadow us and take our jobs. But is it right to advocate for independence just because the NPs are doing it? No - not a good enough reason. How can a PA or an NP a year or even five years out of school practice without supervision? It’s ludacrous and dangerous. Personally I think the fact that we are supervised only adds to our credibility over NPs. Anyway, I am not independent and if I wanted to be I would ha
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  20. I was in a similar predicament as you. I couldn't decide between my nurse manager or one of the charge nurses. I ended up having one of my charge nurses write a letter for me because she was the one I saw and worked with all the time at work. I didn't choose my nurse manager because, although we had a good standing with each other, she has never seen me work, so I would suggest the same to you. Choose a nurse that has worked with you and seen you do the work! Hope that helps.
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  21. The program I'm applying to conducts criminal background checks prior to matriculation. Therefore even if I got a lawyer and have the conviction expunged, it probably would to risky to NOT disclose it. I've reached out to my state boards and they indicated my past record won't hinder my ability to get a license. I know people with DUIs have gotten DEA numbers so that shouldn't be an issue. Thanks for the thoughts,
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  22. Agree with above comments. No need to retake the GRE. When it all boils down, just any program that is accredited, has a high (95+%) PANCE pass rate (which means they are teaching pretty well), retention rate (which means they aren't failing people a lot; no one should fail PA school barring extenuating circumstances, everyone is already a good student), location, and cost. Rankings are pointless, and university name recognition only goes so far. GRE, GPA, and PCE hours are the big hurdles for most people, you seem to be fine in all of them. Apply broadly, have a couple backups, and
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  23. Hang in there, most of the Pro-Assistant PA's will be retiring soon. As I tell my kids about the world in general, my hope is in you. My generation of PA's failed the next generation when it comes to a proper name change. They were short sighted, full of fear and in the end impotent. Don't be like us. Don't apologize to anyone for changing this irrelevant and outdated name and pushing for more independence. Our hope remains in you.
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  24. In response to Paula and others expressing a high amount of skepticism about the research firm, here is my view. I highly doubt that WPP will take one million dollars from a client and then deliver a final report that amounts to a steaming pile of crap. They have their own reputation to protect and have to stand behind their work. A comprehensive and independent investigation by a competent, highly respected research firm is not going to recommend that "assistant" is an acceptable word to keep in the title of graduate-trained clinicians who practice medicine. Anyone looking at this issue from
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  25. One thing that really helped me get out of my shell was my PCE experience. I was kind of forced out of my shell and forced to talk to people who come from so many walks of life. By the time interviews came along, it wasn’t too bad. They really do expect you to be yourself and to show them that you’ll be a good fit for their program!
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  26. Well after spending the day in the ER and having a family member admitted I noticed one thing.... The first 5 seconds of your visit are the most important for raport building.... and to put someone at ease. Lots of people coming in and out of the room, only one actually stopped, fully introduced themselves and explained their roll in the delivery of care. That one was received the best by the patient and myself (I was there as family, no name tag, keeping quiet in the corner so no one knew my position/education/title) Those first 5 seconds are crit
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  27. FAPA was involved in this process. I’m not speaking on behalf of them (FAPA) but the addendum process was felt to be the better method in this instance and the academy and board was definitely aware of the process/bill.
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  28. Rank doesn't matter. Where do you want to work/live after school? After that, cost, PANCE scores, cost. Then everything else you're worried about.
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  29. I am actively planning early retirement. I have crossed over from wanting to get out, to needing to get out. My advice to young PA's is this: 1. Get out of debt as fast as you can, period. 2. Do NOT get back into debt buying a big house and an expensive car. 3. Save Save Save. Max your IRA and 401k each year and learn to live with what is left. 4. Retire early before your moral and physical injury becomes permanent. It is too late for a lot of us, but not for you. It's no coincidence what this profession does to your physical and mental health.
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  30. Why are you retaking the GRE. That's well above average
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  31. The way I went about it was to have a bunch of stories thought out that I can use as examples to show any trait I feel made me a good fit for the program. Also, remember to always tie your answer back to 'why YOU are a good fit for PA school.' This avoids you just rambling off when you give responses. Being shy and an introvert isn't something to feel worried about. That's who you are! But when you do get an interview, remind yourself how much you want it. You can be shy and still have an amazing personality that you can show through the stories/examples of things that you have been through, e
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  32. My best advice is learn to fake it and that is going to require you to work with the public. You aren't going to be an effective provider if you are shy. I was shy and introverted through High School and through many years of working in retail management can fake it with the best of them. I still prefer chilling at home versus partying on the weekends but you would never think watching me interact with people that I had ever been either of those traits. If you are confident you cannot eventually overcome being shy but still want to help people in medicine I would look into research based medic
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  33. I got in!! I'm so excited to meet everyone. If anyone would like some tips or any help I can give please feel free to message me and I'll be as detailed as possible! I know what it feels like to want help and I'm so grateful for those that have helped me. So I'd be honored to pay it forward.
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  34. Hey Guys! Just wanted to give you an update. From what I've just heard today 3/14 is the last interview date. Good luck to everyone who has already interviewed!
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  35. Normally I would say go with the cheaper program however in this case the cheaper program has shown some red flags and I think you should heed those warnings. If they can't even put their best foot forward when they are trying to draw students, what makes you think they will once students are there?
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  36. Recently gave up my seat to this program so hopefully there's some movement on the waitlist!
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  37. This is probably the most important point in this whole thread. Far too many PAs are content to gripe continuously about nothing getting done and complain about the leadership, but they make no effort to actually work with their professional organizations (either AAPA, your state CO or your specialty organization). The PAs running these organizations aren't appointed from Mount Olympus; they are other PAs who cared enough to volunteer their time and effort to try and make a difference, typically at personal expense. We would have a lot more lobbying power if more of us got involved in
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  38. There was an LPN that was in an immunology class I was taking that was upgrading to RN/BN...first day of the course, the two profs were having an open forum on what we knew about infectious diseases, ones that we knew, what caused them and if they were vaccine preventable or not. Came to me and I said "Yellow Fever, viral, vaccine preventable." Nursing Sister/Brother Know It Tall spits out "That's bacterial" Prof looked back to me and I asked if he'd like me to name the virus for him...at which point person in the back with their nose in the air states "It has to be bacterial because there
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  39. They're conducting interviews through April per the admissions coordinator.
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  40. After residency, I take two weeks off to recover, and then I start my permanent position at a MICU. I'm very excited to be working there! Down the road, I'd like to precept and teach, but also flesh out a few hobbies and get back in shape. I also definitely see myself picking up extra shifts from time to time in the various units I've rotated through in order to keep up the unit-specific skills I've gotten to learn through the year. (Being used to working pretty much every day, I think I'm going to have to really adapt to having so much free time!)
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  41. strong work! It may be a slower learning curve than working at a super busy place, but you will avoid the inevitable burn out that goes along with working 200 hrs/month and seeing 30 pts/12 hrs.
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  42. I have no idea about the waitlist. I'm not really sure about how many people got off the waitlist for my class either but we did have one person get accepted 2 days before class started so don't give up hope until the first day of class has officially started.
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  43. @Notfall Hours vary a lot between rotations. My off-service rotations were 9-5 M-F. My ICU rotations have averaged 4-5(+) 12-hour shifts per week. My last two rotations have included 30-hour call, so that changes the math a little bit. It's a one-year residency, and basically I live at the hospital. So, back to report on two high-intensity rotations. I already completed echo, which was kind of boring but has already been paying dividends in terms of my ability to do a good quick bedside echo, check IVC, etc. November was my month in the trauma surgical ICU. Things were *very* different t
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  44. Hi all! My name is Ashley Bell and I am faculty at the Texas Tech program. I started here in August 2017, with the class of 2019. I am happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I can also put you in contact with current students if you wish to hear their perspective. You can send me an email at Ashley.t.bell@ttuhsc.edu.
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  45. To all reading these messages do not be fooled As a current student at this program I object to what has been said. During the interview process I was nervous about bringing my family all the way to Texas. Since being here I have not regretted this decision once. I had other options that may have seemed more "prestigious," but I chose Texas Tech based on how I felt during my interview and conversations I had with 2 close friends that were currently in the program. I didn't take the word of some nobody on the internet to dictate my decision. To be honest I would be pretty upset if I was ki
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  46. I'm not here to start an argument, just to give a different perspective as a current student. There have been very few issues (aside from the ridiculous Midland rent) and the one big issue that we brought to attention of the staff was dealt with very promptly and as professionally as it could have been given the timing. The only people that are no longer here after 2 semesters are the ones that simply did not meet the GPA standards. Probation was several years back, from my understanding it was because of the turnover rate of staff and/or paperwork issues, you may have heard about
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  47. Well, I survived a month of "off-service rotations" (aka nephrology and ID--good for learning but I'm glad I picked the field I did) and got back into the CVICU. I was surprised by how much I really loved it. Some of it had to do with the great team, and some of it had to do with the interesting patient population. I had several ECMO patients, lots of post-CABG, some vascular cases, some esophageal resections. The interesting part about this unit is that on weekdays they have an additional APP who's just there to take new admissions, usually fresh from the OR. I enjoyed working that shift beca
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  48. I'm guaranteed a job within their system. Other residencies I looked at offered a signing bonus for residency grads if they stayed. Most systems that have residencies know how valuable you are to them afterwards and try to recruit you.
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  49. And I thought I was tired last month... I just completed my CCU month, with the longest hours I've had so far in residency. It was a rough month, and not my favorite, but totally worth it in the end. Having a cardiologist for an attending, rather than an intensivist (or anesthesiologist or surgeon--but they're different, too) means everything revolves around one concept: hemodynamics. I had never given the subject the thought it probably deserves, and I can honestly say that after a straight month of it, I see patients in a totally different light. I've dealt with heart failure patients b
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  50. Congrats PAstudent234! I'm so glad I did it, and I'm sure you will be too! kidpresentable: I did 6 weeks each in MICU and neuro ICU. All other rotations will be one month. Thank goodness neuro is long behind me. I was trying to be positive in my last post, but it really wasn't my thing, which, combined with the flow of the unit, resulted in me feeling quite bored much of the time. Now I'm finishing up my month of transplant/surgical ICU. This has been my first rotation on the resident team, meaning I'm placed with physician residents and have my own individual load of 3-7 patients de
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