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  1. Hello everyone, I want to share some online resources that I personally found useful during PA school. I didn't include Rosh/Osmosis/OnlineMedEd cause I feel like everyone is already aware of those. The vast majority of these are free and the ones that are not are usually very cheap. This list is obviously not inclusive of every resource available on the internet but it includes the things that I found most helpful. Unfortunately I don't have any apple/iphone suggestions as I do not use them. WINDOWS UTILITIES Flashpaste http://flashpaste.com/ Free trial, $20 This is a text e
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  2. One of my jobs was in a walk in, that was salaried...never going to do that again. Everything else is hourly, including the VA. It’s not so much the specialty, but whatever pricing scheme they want to pay you.
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  3. I'm applying with two courses in progress (medical terminology and ethics). Pacific doesn't require them but some of the other PA schools I applied to do. I've already had an interview at another school so I don't think it impacts interview chances.
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  4. I think that Scott (SAS) did an excellent job at interpreting this. I started to read through the new regulations that are now out for public opinion and there are so many areas that bored me to death and were unclear that I finally gave up. Yes, I would comment on this area. Yes, this is ging to be new federal law and states and professions will have nothing to add after the thirty day period. This has nothing to do with our national organizations except for the fact that they can give a creative and thoughtful job in responding and I am sure although I do not know if, in fact , this is happe
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  5. I've been hourly as a first assistant in surgery for an entire service where the hospital did not wish to pay a salaried employee. I have also been paid by the case in certain specialties. Years ago we were paid to do lazy high hitter physicians charts in the hospital up to thirty days after they were discharged although the hospital had the usual 24 hour rule. Things changed and this is no longer practice , even among the super feeded physicians who are usually surgeons. I'd worry about graduating passing your boards and getting a full time job as anything else takes a few years of experience
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  6. I've been hourly in family med, occ med, sleep med, and eating disorders treatment. Just gotta ask! Also, part time work is pretty much never salaried.... how would you even do that?
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  7. Thanks! I submitted my app on 8/1 and received the invite on 8/13
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  8. A contract reviewed by a lawyer before you sign it is one of the best ways to make sure you're not going to be shafted. I've known PAs in various specialties who worked for a fixed salary +/- bonus based on productivity (I, myself included), and PAs in various specialties who've worked hourly wages +/- productivity-based bonus (again, myself included). Some group settings will treat you as an employee, some may allow you to own part of the group (stocks, buy-in, etc.) So, depending on the contract, you could be considered salaried or hourly. Salaried has pros & cons as do hourly wa
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  9. ER has implied consent Urgent care does not front a hint to everyone - let the front office staff handle this stuff - it is just a time and energy sink and the only thing that is going to come out of it is that someone is pissed, files a complaint, and employee gets in trouble (esp in corp USA) - so let the admin types handle this. if they ask you how to handle it give them a brief 30 sec guide then move on.....
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  10. This is the correct answer. “Ma’am, if you don’t stop screaming, I’m going to hang up...click”
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  11. I was accepted after interviewing Aug 13-14. So excited
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  12. Grandmother (or anyone) screaming over phone = I hang up and see next patient.
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  13. I also got an email yesterday for Sept 20 and 21 interview. Very excited!!! Looking forward to meeting some of you all, best of luck to everyone!
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  14. Hey guys, I received an interview invite yesterday. Hope this helps!
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  15. Congratulations! And best of luck on the interview glad to hear that other people are hearing back
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  16. Wait a second.... are we seeing actual positive steps forward?
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  17. SO ecstatic to say I've just received an interview invite for September 16!!! I've been holding out patiently for this one.
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  18. This is CMS rules at the national level. The NPs have had collaboration language for years. PAs were required to be supervised. This will change it so we are all required to collaborate rather than be supervise.
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  19. Just received an interview for 9/9!
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  20. I looked through last year's post and looks like first invites went out 8/16, so I'd expect some movement this coming week hopefully.
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  21. 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
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  22. One thing to remember (*insert standard thread hijack apology*) is that higher acuity doesn't mean making a difference in someone's life. It oftentimes is the complete opposite. I went from 10yrs off/on in EMS to working critical care right out of school with that same thought process. My wife (who works in the ED, sees mainly 3s-5s, some 2s) had similar thoughts as you the other day. To relay our conversation I had to let her know that the testicles she untorsed last week made a hell of a lot more difference in an individual's life than the VAST majority of high acuity super sick pat
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  23. Hello! I just replied to your other post so feel free to go back and see the price:time comparison for both. First off, congrats on both graduating and also being accepted into RN school. Two feats to be proud of. As far as your PA application, to be honest, your profile is not competitive (avg isn't a good position to be in). A competitive application has a 3.5+ GPA (that number has been increasing year after year), 2000+ hours of high quality PCE (combat medic, paramedic, respiratory therapy, registered nurse, LPN, radiation tech, etc), volunteering/community service hours, 100+
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  24. My name is Leanna, I am the grandma of the group at a lovely age of 57!!! I live in Lorton, VA (the Washington DC metro area). Congrats to all so far! Thanks for starting this new thread..I just found it. Is there a FB group as well? I am not on there very much, however I would join a group if anyone sets one up..I guess I could do that as well..
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  25. There has to be money for the PSLF to give you and if you cross all your "T" and dot all your "I" on all the paperwork. One mistake and you could have nothing....I would live poor for 3-4 years and pay off all debt and not rely on someone else to pay it off. My wife and I had ~ $215,000 of student loans and we are down to ~$100,000 is less than 2 years. I graduated 5 years ago from PA school and wasn't smart about money until about 2 years ago and the first 3 years we hardly made any dent in the loans. We will have these loans paid off in 2 years and our house will be paid off in 3 years after
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  26. I just get a viagra/cialis commercial going in my head...
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  27. PA education is best aimed at usmle step 2 and 3 and the family medicine boards, which many PAs could pass. Unfortunately to officially take the FP boards one has to pass step 1. There are numerous stories out there about program directors having their students take FP boards (blinded as to what t actually is) at the end of their programs and having most pass.
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  28. Great post. I have been thinking about this a lot myself lately. Some of the stuff we do in the ER we know damn well is fluff but we keep doing it. For chest pain with URIs? I often don’t order any labs at all if the history suggests a viral URI and the patient is young and healthy, and looks well (ie doesn’t look like they have myocarditis... LOL) Usually just a chest x-ray, and sometimes an EKG for these patients (and a flu swab) but otherwise not a lot. For asymptomatic hypertension, you’re completely right but I cannot get away from ordering my EKG, BMP, and urinalysis. Nothing
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  29. avoid the PSLF just live tight, get a second job, bank money - think about it - you can earn 50k extra in a year and pay off 100k in two years....
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  30. Hi All, I am really hoping to apply to this program next year. I didn't see anything on their website about stats for those who matriculated. Those of you who were accepted, would you mind stating your GPA and hours of HCE/PCE. I would really appreciate it! Congratulations btw! Thanks K
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  31. Around 25-50% of programs pay some or all of their preceptors. Typically around 1k per rotation.
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  32. New Business Idea!! One of my dogs is a Lab mix - I can offer LAB TESTING - let her sniff folks over for a fee and then interpret her findings. I have cats - I can do CAT SCANS for a fee and interpret the cat's findings as well. Then, if my wind chimes make a certain noise - we have confirmation...................... Holy Crap - now back to my full moon Monday................. Happy Week Everyone!!
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  33. I am confused. You are apparently offended that they wonder about your drive to be there. This is demonstrated by your inclusion of they eye roll....which does not convey humility. In this written medium, you can't even claim the eye roll was a mistake of body language as you have made a conscious decision to include it. The message of that inclusion paints a picture that you feel their assumption is ludicrous and of course you want to be there. But then you lead off the next section with talk of leaving....you are sending mixed messages. Chance #1 came with being accepted. Chance #2 came
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  34. I think you (the OP) are missing a key point: the longer you stay in that program doing well, the better your chance of having the ruling going your way. That is, if you are doing the work and doing well in class. Your chances of getting in elsewhere at this point are probably not great. If you get bounced from where you are and put some time between that and when you would reapply -- and use that time wisely -- then maybe. Right now, you are somewhere; as they say, "bloom where you are planted." Prove the faculty wrong by your grades and behavior. Act mature and go the extra mile. An
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