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  1. 3 points
    Accepted!!!!!!! Can't wait to meet all of you, congratulations to fellow oncoming Panthers.
  2. 3 points
    Just talked to admissions. Invites are expected to go out beginning of next week.
  3. 3 points
    Update. After emailing admissions turns out there was a typo in my email and I actually was supposed to receive an interview email on July 18. They were really apologetic and allowed me to schedule an interview as well! I’m very excited and wish everyone well! If you haven’t gotten any responses email and see if there was an issue with sending your email, whether rejection or interview opportunity.
  4. 3 points
    It is a lot of money, that those of us who need loans are going to be paying for a long time. It's a big decision. If this is a vocation you feel passionate about, you will find your path there. I don't know why it has taken longer than three weeks for some of us to hear back, but it sounds like there are people behind the scenes trying to fix an email problem, and if that is a fact, I hope they know just how important a decision this is for us. An opportunity to be in this program or any other program is going to change the course of our lives. Do something you believe in, and be passionate about it. Don't be afraid to pursue what you believe in, and don't let others deter you from what you want for yourself. Sometimes you have to stand up to be treated fairly, or demand an apology you know you deserve. There are communities all over Virginia, and all over the country, trying to heal right now, and we need leaders who are not afraid to break off from institutions to right the course. We need to, as a population, stop shrugging and saying "that's just the way it is". Things need to get better, and my generation, your generation, we need to make things better for our kids, and it starts by finding your voice and demanding change. Everyone I met on interview day, and everyone I met through this forum, you are all future leaders, and you can change things for the better. If EVMS is lucky, they'll be a part of your story. I wish all the best for each of you, Tom
  5. 2 points
    Just got the acceptance call about 15 minutes ago
  6. 2 points
    SO EXCITED!!! GOT MY ACCEPTANCE TODAY!!! WILL BE ATTENDING THIS PROGRAM!! AHH! DREAM COME TRUE!
  7. 2 points
    Just received my acceptance e-mail. I interviewed on 7/16 in the AM.
  8. 2 points
    I recieved my supplemental application yesterday. My application was recieved by the program 06/18/2019. Hopefully this means an interview in October! Goodluck to everyone!
  9. 2 points
    I work with a physician who worked in a hospital in rural Montana that butted up against a reservation. He described the ER as the knife and gun club. He left because it was a horrible job. He said admin LOVED it when a provider came to work and bought a huge expensive house and land because then they were stuck. Financial freedome gives you a fair amount of mobility
  10. 2 points
    This is correct. They said if you are going to be rejected it will be within a week or so post interview so as not to keep you on the hook. If you are not rejected, you will receive an e-mail saying the admissions committee is retaining you for review after all of the other interviews. They said final decisions are made by October 1st.
  11. 2 points
    There were 2 groups interviewed on the 3rd. I think there was about 25 or so in my group. So maybe 50 or so interviewed on the 3rd. You should receive another email about the interview structure. No group interviews. And you will have 2 interviews with faculty. Good luck!
  12. 1 point
    Hey y’all! Thought I would make a thread for those who got accepted
  13. 1 point
    Just got a phone call and acceptance! Good luck everyone.
  14. 1 point
    So, I was reading the forum from the previous year and I read that someone got a supplemental application request but was rejected after the deadline, so.... it appears getting the supplemental request does not guarantee an interview.
  15. 1 point
    Submitted June 17th, verified June 21st!
  16. 1 point
    I would love to know this also!
  17. 1 point
    I think they're doing a couple interview days in September, November, and January. This is just based on what they offered me-- they only had Sept 27 slots left, and the next available were in November. I don't think the later date will significantly impact your chances.
  18. 1 point
    Congrats!!! That’s so amazing. What was your interviewing experience?
  19. 1 point
    Congrats to everyone who has gotten invites! Is there anyone who got an invite who didn't also get that account activation notice over the weekend?
  20. 1 point
    I have many students that shadow me and definitely can give advice. My tips and pet peeves: 1. Be concise and succinct with emails and pay attention to what we say. I have a pre-typed lengthy email that I copy to all my students that includes a list of all required documents, clinic addresses, available days and times to shadow etc... I get so many students that will email me the day prior to the day they shadow asking for the address or not following instructions. Students, we are busy people and if excessive emails can be avoided, it is appreciated! (This is probably because I have 30+ pre-PA students on rotation that shadow me and constantly get bombarded with emails requesting for shadowing so throughout the years I have gotten annoyed haha) 2. Be interactive but use common sense to know when it's the appropriate time to ask questions and when it's excessive. When students ask me a ton of back to back questions that require lengthy answers, it puts me behind and often times I don't get to chart, put in orders, return patient calls, etc... 3. Come prepared with questions. I have some students who literally are like a fly on the wall and that's fine but it doesn't make you memorable to me so if a student comes back later and asks me for a rec letter and I don't remember you, that's not a good thing. 4. Please dress professionally. I require my students to either wear business professional or scrubs. I've had students show up in leggings or rompers and that is not okay. My personal opinion.. Great observer - interactive, asks follow up questions to what I am explaining/teaching, shows that they are gracious for my time Okay observer - fly on the wall, asks very little questions, not memorable Bad observer - comes late, not prepared with questions, seems disinterested and on their phone or constantly looking at their watch (gives me impression that you are just there for "hours" and not to learn)
  21. 1 point
    Lucky! haha... I get to try and not look like a zombie from waking up super early! Also, congrats on the interview!
  22. 1 point
    I'm interviewing tomorrow too! Can't wait to see and meet everyone!
  23. 1 point
    Got an email this afternoon saying I was waitlisted , but at least it wasn’t a no Does anyone know how many candidates they are going to put on the waitlist and if they are ranking waitlist candidates?
  24. 1 point
    Hi everyone I received an invite for the Aug 16th interview but turned it down as I already committed to an interview at another school. I hope this will free up a spot up for someone else! I will be going to the Sep. 6th interview instead!
  25. 1 point
    I received the phone call 7/17 and the email for an invite on 7/26
  26. 1 point
    I think just email, at least I hope that's the case! I'm interviewing at Christiana in the morning as well. See you there!
  27. 1 point
    It was around 3:15 this afternoon : )
  28. 1 point
    thank you. congrats to you too. For 9/16th and you?
  29. 1 point
    Congrats y’all!!! Did you just get the invite now??
  30. 1 point
    When did you receive the invite?? Congrats!
  31. 1 point
    Okay thanks! There is hope for the rest of us who have yet to hear
  32. 1 point
    yup. wanna see a doc? there may be one here in 24 hours or there might be another PA. oh, and that doc is a new grad FP doc...
  33. 1 point
    The AAEM is full of crap and even docs knows famous EM docs like Swaminathan of EM RAP have come out against their rhetoric. Even ACEP is taking a hard stance on this kind of BS. Their proposal of every patient being staffed is not practical, as only 30% of the ER visits today are attended by a board certified EM physician. They can’t practice in rural areas or won’t because the pay is beneath them. They can ask to see an EM physician and I’ll tell them hop on the highway and drive 75 minutes south, pull into the university, check in, wait 6 hours, the resident will see you, and at some point an EM attending will walk by and wave.
  34. 1 point
    Interviewing tomorrow at the Christiana campus!! Good luck to everyone interviewing today! Can't wait to meet everyone.
  35. 1 point
    I received an email from CastleBranch, the background check company, a day or two after I got a confirmation email from Keiser that my verified application was received!
  36. 1 point
    "Make It Stick" by Peter Brown This book helped me out SOOOOOOOOO much when first starting didactic year. Like all those students whom have come before me or are currently in their didactic year, developing effective strategies is CRUCIAL. Sadly, I read this book at the beginning and only just started implementing an effective strategy that works for me. For all those that are about to start or looking to start PA school, I highly suggest getting this book or the audiobook from audible ( I went with the audio book) prior to starting. Refining your study habits is a big part of adjusting to PA school. The way most students studied in their Undergrad is not effective for recalling the plethora of knowledge you are expected to master in this program. The book basically goes over effective study habits and the science behind WHY they are effective. Since reading this book, I've taken 4 Major exams and have A'ced all of them with some of the techniques talked about in the book. Anyways, I just wanted share something that was helpful to me. I hope it helps someone else. Best of luck to those about to start PA School and those that are currently in PA School Best
  37. 1 point
    I have received the acceptance email from Mr. Dixon today. For those who are still waiting, please know that they are still making selection and I hope that you will receive the good news soon.
  38. 1 point
    I have also been accepted! I interviewed on July 16th (morning session)! I am from Delaware!
  39. 1 point
    I am so glad to hear that Pacific is your top choice! It is a great school for sure. I would say that their mission statement is also taken very seriously. Pacific works hard to be a school that is involved with both global and local underserved communities, especially with regard to rural areas. Read over their mission statements and if something sticks out for you there for your reasoning for wanting to be a PA, then definitely want to mention it. I believe the supplemental application is an opportunity to talk more about this. We have both a rural health care track and a global health care track for students interested in a career working with these types populations. Otherwise, I think showing a lot of volunteer work is also something they highly regard. With regards to the accreditation, unfortunately once they are placed on probation, the status stands for 2 years so it will be on "probation" until 2021. Thus, the school would be on probation for the 1st year of your education and assuming this status is overturned this upcoming September, the 2nd year of your clinical year the school will be back to continuing accreditation. Prior to this citation, the school was in the 10% of schools who received 10 years of continuing accreditation because the ARC-PA was impressed with our program. f Since then, nothing has changed with our program {and truly, it has been essentially the same since 1997] but as the new bylaws were written a few years ago, the change in verbiage is ultimately what cost our school. Side note, the clause in the accreditation status that our school was cited for actually was dismissed and is now not included for the by-laws for 2020. So we really got caught in this gray zone where the rule is still part of the ARC-PA requirement, however is on it's way of being excluded. Nonetheless, I can assure you that this accreditation status will not affect your ability to sit for the PANCE, stand in the way of you becoming a PA, cause issues with setting up rotations, nor is it concerning to the quality of education you will receive here. It truly is an administration issue that has to do with the wording of how our curriculum is set up and how ARC-PA interpreted it. Does that help? Good luck!
  40. 1 point
    When looking at my account (and I have an interview so I know it is marked complete) I only have two letters of rec and my GRE scores showing, so I think as long as you have those then you should be good! If you don't have the green check marks and you think you should I would just e-mail the admission email address (admissaz@midwestern.edu). I also got a conformation email verifying that they had all my documents. Hope this helps!
  41. 1 point
    I have not been doing this for 25+ years, but I can say that if I were to lose my "-C" I would lose my job effective immediately. I don't know what Michigan's requirements are for the "-C," but for every job I've had within MI it has been a requirement for employment. There is a grace period with my current employer before I would truly lose my job...but if I did lose the "-C" I would not be allowed to work (without pay of course, or use up PTO) until I got it back. Do I feel that the PANRE is effective? I've not had the wonderful opportunity to take this exam, but can say the PANCE that I took and passed with ease several years ago was not an effective evaluation of my medical knowledge. Far too many specialty questions that were esoteric in nature or laboratory questions that have nothing to do with a PA's role (or any other provider for that matter) and no one outside of a laboratory has any business knowing.
  42. 1 point
    Needed this Vicky! Thank you for sharing!
  43. 1 point
    I was (and for the next 65 calendar days..still am) in your situation. I was given the bait and switch of a job in a state that was far away from home (i.e. lied at my interview about my job in person). For your reference, I was essentially made to be a resident assistant at a large academic teaching hospital where I would be given patients "follow-up" by residents and left to do mostly scut work/baby sitting/dealing with difficult patients. I was given little medical training (although promised some), little room for growth (became a one-trick medical pony), and spent 8 hours a day in a damn near abuse/abrasive environment where the residents would dump on me and my attending would openly talk down on APP's. They put the mask over me in the beginning by stating I should "shadow for a while to get the ropes." This was a ploy to ensure I spent enough time to make it uneasy on my resume if I would quit. After work, I would sit in my car and ruminate: "If this is what being a PA is, I made a horrible mistake." I was devastated. The student loan burden along with this daily hell made me fantasize about joining the French Foreign Legion and disappearing. But, then I realized: I work 8 hours for them. When I get home, I will work 8 hours for myself! I started applying to jobs and throwing out my resume. I got a few interviews back in my old state and politely requested phone interviews. I stated that I was moving back to be closer to my family and nearly all obliged my requests. Yes, it is risky doing phone interviews. Yes, it is better to meet in person. Yes, you will feel like crap at times. Yes, after one year of work experience...you are still a new grad. But...you also don't have any bad habits ingrained and you have a clean PA license. I applied to a surgery job at my home town Veteran's Hospital on a whim. I interviewed and thought they would move on with another candidate with more experience than me. I start in 65 days in my dream field, in my home town, with a written contract that I am happy with, and I get to help my fellow veterans with their surgical needs. When I gave my professional notice, I walked out that day with a smile. My boss couldn't believe it and they were dumbfounded (teaches them to pull that horseshit...assholes). Embrace the suck and realize that your best learning moments and moments of resilience are from being in the shit...neck deep in shit. Grit your teeth, remain professional (as possible), and apply. It worked for me. It will work for you.
  44. 1 point
    @kko0403, you may want to seriously consider where you want to be in life. If you have this much overwhelming anxiety over second guessing exam questions, imagine how much you will have over every patient you send home. One of the primary reasons I see PAs burn out, or leave practice, is there inability to "let it go" in the patient care arena. PA School is, without a doubt, stressful and difficulty. Patient care can be just as overwhelming if not more. I wish you the best of luck!
  45. 1 point
    I wanted to share this tool with everyone as I believe it could be helpful in gaining a clear understanding of PA compensation. It is an editable spreadsheet that anyone here can add their own compensation data to. My wife is a PA, so I am passionate about helping support the PA community. I believe giving PAs a good reference for salary information is vital to the profession. If you could join me in this effort and add your compensation data to the spreadsheet, I think it could go a long way in helping both current and aspiring PAs. http://pasalaries.herokuapp.com/ Note: In order to edit, you must be signed into a google account and on a PC
  46. 1 point
    Hi Everyone! Firstly, congratulations for beginning your applications to OU's PA Program! As a current student, I can confidently say that I am pleased beyond words with my choice to attend to attend OU - it's an absolutely incredible program! I thought I would share a little bit about how *my* application process went in order to provide some information and reassurance (providing they have not changed anything), because I know that every program is different. I submitted my application in late July to meet the August 1st deadline. I received CASPA verification, and an email from the university stating that they had received my application the following day. During my application process, they contacted everyone who received a supplemental application about a month later (early September), and I do not believe they began reviewing the supplemental applications until after the deadline to submit in early October. Shortly thereafter they began sending out interview invites. I received my interview invite in November and was accepted in December. I know this process can be crazy and stressful, but please try to relax and trust the process. You will end up exactly where you are meant to be, at the right time! Best of luck to everyone!
  47. 1 point
    Found out yesterday I’ve been accepted to LECOM’s bridge program and was granted an undeclared seat : ) (meaning I can specialize if I choose to do so). I’ve also been accepted to a few other DO medical schools and have 2 more Texas medical school interviews within the next 2 weeks ( TCOM and UTRGV). Tough choices ahead! But for those of you whose heart is set on medical school, it can be done and I’m proof of it. Don’t give up if that’s your dream as well!
  48. 1 point
    Just finished my surgery rotation and Surgical Recall was very helpful. I'd also recommend Dr. Pesana's Surgery Notes. Have you looked into the Case Files series? I've been reading these before/during each rotation and they have all been very useful, both for the actual rotation and the EOR exams. I'd also suggest that if you don't know an answer, think out loud so your preceptor knows you are working through the problem and using critical thinking skills. I've found that if you say something like, "well I know it's not ___ because ____, but ____ is a possibility..." they'll usually help you figure out the answer they're looking for. Also, if the preceptor has a sense of humor and I don't know the answer to a question, sometimes I'll say, "can you make it multiple choice?" That usually gets a smile or a laugh out of them, and then they give me four or five options to pick from. You've worked so hard and you've made it this far - don't second guess yourself now! You deserve to be here! It will get better!
  49. 1 point
    Round 3 my friend. Keep your heads up and just keep moving.
  50. 1 point
    Telemetry / Cardiology Overall, it was a pretty good experience but very hectic at times. It was great being exposed to a lot of pathology and being able to work with some great cardiologists, but at the same time our cardiology service is so busy that I was running around almost nonstop from 6am to 7pm, 6 days per week. It seemed to be more of the same theme I mentioned before: the work is so fast paced with such long hours that its challenging to find the time/energy to let it all soak in and study to reinforce things. Cardiology Basics General things to know on every cardiac patient (especially when consulting/presenting/admitting): -Chief complaint -HnP -- exact onset/timing/chronicity, exertional component, if chest pain - typical vs atypical? -PMH (espec CKD, DM) + Meds (BP meds, diuretics) + soc hx (smoker, cocaine, alcohol, MEDICATION COMPLIANCE) -Last cards workup (2D echo, stress test, cath --> what disease was found, what intervention done, *what intervention NOT done* (i.e., did they note a 70% stenosis of RCA but elected not to stent at the time?) -Workup thus far: ekg, trop, cxr -- AND PRIORS FOR COMPARISON. -Other labs: creatinine, tsp, mg, K -What has been done so far. An admission to tele, or a cardiology consult, might sound like this: "I've got a chest pain patient we'd like you to consider for admission in room X. 63yo diabetic man with an LAD stent placed earlier this year and baseline stable angina presents with typical chest pain radiating down L arm that came on at rest about 2 hours PTA. EKG, trop negative. We gave ASA and nitro x3 which relieved his pain. He is currently stable, normal vitals, chest pain free, but we think he should come into tele. What do you think?" ~~~Learning point number one: Telemetry: "The Big Four" There are essentially 4 types of patients that go to telemetry/cardiology floor, and each have their own unique approach/workups: chest pain, CHF, arrhythmia, syncope. I'll sprinkle in some resources relating to each topic. 1) Chest pain, ACS workup / rule out. Approach... Hx to determine typical vs nontypical chest pain. Assess RFs. Serial EKGs. Trend troponins. Echo to see EF and wall motion abnormalities (indicators of ischemia). Get prior records to see most recent cath/stress/echo. Calculate timi score. After this information is learned, assess the situation and decide if an "ischemic workup" is needed: either stress test (if low-moderate risk), or LHC ("Left heart cath" - if high risk). --> amal mattu has a great podcast on interpreting ST elevations on EKGs and a good approach. iTunes search amal mattu ST elevation. --> see the variety of podcasts out there on the HEART score as a relatively new decision making tool to help with one troponin rule outs. Amal Mattu has a podcast overview on his "updates in resuscitation podcast - is the HEART score the answer..." Related to this is an integration with shared decision making: https://hippoemergency.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/feb-2015-cp-shared-medical-decision-making-5-1.png --> see the smart EM podcast on stress testing for a historical perspective on the subject. for a word summary: http://emcrit.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/SMART-EM-Stress-Testing-Summary.pdf 2) CHF - either HFrEF/systolic or HFpEF/diastolic. Ischemic vs nonischemic cardiomyopathy. Left sided vs Right sided. Approach.... HnP to place into the "wet vs dry" and "warm vs cold" classification system, try to figure out what pushed them into exacerbation (90% of the time its diet vs med noncompliance, 10% of time ischemia/htn/etc). Workup with echo. Diuresis w/ lasix or bumex. If advanced, consider workup with RHC (Right heart cath, which has an entirely different purpose than the LHC - read up on the difference if you're not familiar) and CHF team considers placing on inotropes for symptomatic control. Make sure the patient is on optimum heart failure meds. The meds that decrease mortality: ACE-I, BB (or hydralazine + nitrates), Spironolactone. Don't forget ICD if EF under 30%. good overview of the textbook stuff to know -- 3) Arrhythmias - Afib, aflutter, VT. Approach... HnP to assess exact onset (>/< 48 hrs), chronicity, anticoagulation, etiology (think of a fib as a symptom - learn the ddx for etiologies). Labs for electrolytes, magnesium, phosph, tsh. Echo to assess EF and structural heart damage. Tele monitor. ICD interrogation. Rate control w/ metoprolol/lopressor/toprol vs cardizem. Calculate chads-2-vasc score and determine long term AC. Consult EP for possible ablation or ICD placement in VT/tachyarrhythmias, or for a PPM for bradyarrhythmias. Lots of time spent into determining if wide complex tachy is VT or SVT w/ aberrancy. Life in the fast lane has some good articles on this specific approach. http://lifeinthefastlane.com/ecg-exigency-013/ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5247611/Supraventricular%20Tachycardia%20%28SVT%29%20Aberrancy%20vs%20Ventricular%20Tachycardia%20%28VT%29%20Brugada%20Criteria.pdf 4) Syncope - cardiac? arrhythmia? vascular? neuro/seizure? Approach... HnP to assess prodrome (sudden, no warning syncope in elderly = VT/arrhythmia), meds, neuro sx/seizures sx, etc. Orthostatic vitals. Lab workup. Tele monitor. ICD interrogation. Specific things to look for on EKG in patient w/ syncope: long QT, WPW, brugada, HCOM, PE, wellen's syndrome. ~~~Learning point number two: the classic/quintessential cardiology take-away: It isn't a cardiology rotation if you don't hear "did you know TROPONINS are NONSPECIFIC" a hundred times. Another one you will hear (when they don't realize you are an ER resident) is "the ER docs ordered another troponin on a renal failure patient with GERD, dangit!" So, an important take away point from this rotation was to know inside and out the many different possible causes for a troponin elevation. -SUPPLY ISCHEMIA: *ACS* (the #1 reason we order it), coronary vasospasm (cocaine, meth, prinzemetals), dissection. -DEMAND ISCHEMIA: severe htn, anemia, HCOM, tachyarrhythmia (ie svt commonly leaks troponin - not necessarily dangerous) -DIRECT HEART DAMAGE: blunt cardiac trauma, cardioversion, chemotherapy, infection (endo/myo/pericarditis - so its okay to order it in infectious/pleuritic chest pain if its for this eval). -HEART FAILURE/exacerbation, volume overload - CHF pts often chronically leak trops, so compare to priors. -NONCARDIAC: *CKD/renal failure*, PE, sepsis, hypovolemia, neuro (stroke, subarachnoid - often discussed in neurology) Of all of the above, the most common non ACS cause is CKD/renal failure. Every cardiologist I worked with, after being told a patient had elevated trops, would then immediately ask "whats their creatinine?" - so make sure you know this before calling for a tele admission! Take away point: Yes, troponins are nonspecific. To combat this, you have to take clinical context into account and trend the troponins to determine if there is ischemia/NSTEMI going on or not. Also very valuable to look at old admission trop levels in your EMR to get a sense for how much the patient may chronically leak at baseline. -see the article "interpreting elevated cardiac troponin levels" for a journal review on the topic. - http://portal.mah.harvard.edu/cms/content/4474074C1D114E8A8917D7C36A46939C/FB3BE7F7AB8D4D54BCEE5E6F5C1759AB.pdf -listen to the the SMART EM podcast about troponins to get some more historical perspective/insight into the troponin controversy. ~~~Learning point number three: The art of the cardiovascular history/interview... A lot of the above 2 points were things that I already knew pretty well, so I initially felt that I wasn't learning much. That being said, I knew them on a textbook level, and I never realized how poorly my textbook knowledge translated that into practical bedside application. In the past, I'd try to assess for things like CHF symptoms but would ask very low yield questions like "do you feel short of breath when you exert yourself" (this stupid question had a specificity of .00001; everyone would answer yes to this!). So, perhaps the most useful part of the rotation for me was listening to how my attendings would ask patients questions in the right way. I'll give you some examples... "What activities can you do comfortably? (ask about common household activities - vacuuming, carrying groceries, climbing stairs) What happens when you push yourself? chest pain/tightness/pressure? What makes you short of breath? Exactly how many stairs can you walk before you have to stop to catch your breath? How long have you felt like this? Gradual or abrupt change? "Do you sleep flat at night? How many pillows? Had to increase number of pillows recently? Ever wake up gasping for breath (PND vs OSA)? How has your appetite been / bloating / abdom discomfort (often forgotten right sided CHF symptom) ? I found the responses I got to questions worded as such were so much more helpful than the responses to my old questions. Also, its not enough to ask "are you compliant with your meds and diet?". If you really want to see if they're compliant, you have to ask them exactly which meds they take, how many times per day do they have to take meds, what exactly did they eat over the past few days, etc. One of my favorite cardiologists, after being told a patient is noncompliant, would always follow with the question, 'why is he noncompliant?'. If its a financial issue, only giving him generic rx's will be the best treatment you can offer him. If its an issue of forgetfulness or too complicated of a dosing regiment, only giving him once daily dosing so he only has to remember once a day will help the most. If its an issue of not caring enough, make sure you spell out the risks, because providers often avoid taking the time to discuss the real risks/prognosis, instead saying things like "the stent that was placed fixed the narrowing in your heart (i.e., "youre cured!"). Of course, changing around medications and doing caths is not in our scope in EM. Still, this cardiologist showed me that if we truly want to help people, we have to think outside the narrow minded medicine box of Disease X gets Treatment Y, and realize that the best treatment you can offer some people may require some creativity/personalization and end up being something else entirely. ~~~Good resources: http://henryfordconnect.com/sladen.cfm?id=1158&fr=true EM Basic podcasts... chest pain approach, Noninvasive ventilation SmartEM podcasts... good talks on troponin, stress testing. He gives a good historical perspective of these tests and where they are going in utility. great podcast on pacemaker overview: "beyond anesthesia board review pacemakers" in iTunes. https://quizlet.com/68342389/cardiology-flash-cards/ (not my set but I thought they were pretty good) I hope this has been helpful to students or new residents/PAs out there. Feel free to give any feedback! -SN
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