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  1. 4 points
    Got an email stating to check emails regularly because interviews will start going out tomorrow. This seems like a good sign.
  2. 3 points
    Especially if you lack the cognitive abilities to actually have a discussion with someone whom you may disagree with. If that describes you, just post 1-2 sentence replies that are irrelevant to the topic.
  3. 2 points
    So you would rather have an increase an increase in unsafe, backalley abortions to feel good about passing strict abortion laws rather than legalizing it, regulating it, and working to decrease abortion rates through proper sex education (read: abstinence only education does NOT work) and contraception? I'm not sure why poor people not having access to care is a benefit of capitalism. You can correct me if I'm wrong, but the Bill of Rights only applies to Americans. I never said you shouldn't be allowed to join a medi-share, I said that doesn't solve any problems. Rev said you don't need insurance, but he has a medi-share. When you signed up for your tricare, or your hospital healthcare insurance, or your wifes, you're telling me you had a say in what was covered? You said hey man, I'm not going to sign up unless you put a max of two organ transplants for everyone else on this insurance and they agreed? Correct me if I'm wrong, but Medicare has significantly less administrative costs than private insurers. Why can't it be scaled up? Also, if universal healthcare can be done in other countries and not financially oblierate them, why can't it be done in the US? We can spend 700 billion dollars a year on our military budget but can't afford to provide healthcare to those in need? I don't believe that.
  4. 2 points
    yes it is worth fighting for, but it will be a long fight to change corporate mindset and the doc's in Admin We are valued by corp medicine as we can generate like a doc but cost 1/3 to 1/2 as much, and we have NO seat at the table..... I have never like unions, but I think in todays medicine world PA and NP should be in a union of their own that stands up and fights for what is right....
  5. 2 points
    I also was called Friday and was offered a seat! Congrats to both of you and I look forward to meeting you!
  6. 2 points
    Not having to worry about going bankrupt because of medical bills sure can open up the "personal freedom" argument against access to care for every American. Those that face financial obliteration every time they get sick don't have that luxury. It's life and death every time they must be seen.
  7. 2 points
    My job is to promote my patients' health, NOT do what they ask. As such, there's nothing I won't do that's not against the Hippocratic Oath--you know, that funny thing that defines the practice of medicine for the past 2500 years? Funny how the ancient and established principles of medicine don't violate any tenets of any major religion. And if I won't do it because it's not in the best interest of my patient's health, referring to someone ELSE to do it would make me complicit in harming my patient, so I won't do that, either. For example, I won't do boxing or MMA physicals: I will not be party to a full-contact bloodsport; there's simply too much evidence of long-lasting harm from blows to the head. I'm considering putting a "no football" disclaimer on every school sports physical for the same reason, but haven't started doing so yet. It would be legal and within standard of care for me to do those sorts of physicals, but it violates the Hippocratic Oath, so I will not. Autonomy and justice, as principles of medical ethics, are subordinate to beneficence and non-maleficence: the patient can seek something legal, within standard of care, but harmful (or simply risky and unhelpful), and I won't stand in their way, but nor will I assist them. I won't prescribe controlled substances unless I'm satisfied that prescription is a net harm reduction, for example, no stimulants for weight-loss purposes. So the idea that religion limits what religious providers would be willing to do is pretty much a red herring.
  8. 2 points
    My pact was excellent when I started, excellent clerk, superb RN. Then the clerk retired, the RN left to go back to the ED. Since then, I’ve had covering RNs daily. You may think a half hour appointment is no problem, but the patients literally write down everything that comes to mind over the past six months and just spews it out at the appointment. Preventative health takes a distant second to chronic pain. The other biggest issue is the antique emr the va uses. Some designer in the past decided that you, the pcp, has to literally look at every single issue that goes on with the patient; they are called “alerts” and go to your work list. Patient gets orthopedic shoes- you get an alert. Patient schedules an appointment as a result of a consult you placed- you get an alert. You get three of these if two phone calls don’t work and a letter is sent. Refill requested- an alert. On average I get 100-200 of these a day, and without a consistent rn, I get to do a lot of consult management too. I asked one of the covering rns to call a patient and her response was “I’m not covering today, have him make an appointment “. Sheer laziness, and since the nursing manager has his head up his ass... If you want to see and manage conditions you will never see in the real world, the va is an excellent place. I have a panel of 1000, and four women; women’s health issues go to women’s health.
  9. 2 points
    I received a call offering admissions to the program two hours after the interview. Really excited to meet everyone! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  10. 2 points
    For those who got accepted, anyone want to start a facebook group or something for the upcoming class so everyone can get to know each other.. or if there is a facebook group already from the 1st year students, input would be great..
  11. 2 points
    My PA program was the Army. We were woke at 5:30 for PT. That was about as woke as we got.
  12. 1 point
    "Please talk to me guys, please please."
  13. 1 point
    Hi! I just interviewed on the 13th/14th session and I would suggest a later flight as well. The modified scheduled that they hand out during the info session day now says 8-1 for the Saturday interview session. Some people brought their luggage to the interview, which was perfectly fine, but traffic to the airport can be unpredictable. I would suggest a flight 3pm or later. Hope that helps!
  14. 1 point
    ...reasonable to great healthcare insurance..... ...Vast majority.....lol wow. I've seen people living in a bubble before but sir, your bubble is on fantasy island. I suggest you read every poll created in the last year all of which state that healthcare is the number one concern of the American public going into this next election. If the "majority of people" thought they had great and reasonable healthcare, this would not be the case. Again, I am happy for people with good access to healthcare like Boomers, but their "I've got mine screw Gen-X, Millennials, and Gen-Z's" attitude has earned baby boomers the distinction of the most selfish and most hated generation in American history. Their legacy will be one of pure unadulterated civil and societal narcissism. A distinction well earned and well deserved.
  15. 1 point
    Does anyone know how many interview dates this program has left?
  16. 1 point
    Completely agree. I've never been a big fan of unions, but our corporate overlords have made it pretty much the only option to protect what few benefits we have left.
  17. 1 point
    In most states your house can be taken, or at the very least have a lien placed on it for hundreds of thousands of dollars, pay checks are garnished (see recent national articles just this week on the University of Virginia medical system in Virginia and the Carlsbad medical system in New Mexico literally obliterating people's financial lives through law suits.) Again, something you will not have to worry about, of which I am very happy for you. You did your time and IMO deserve what medical care and access you have as a Vet. The general public does not enjoy this benefit and thus are left to suffer in just about everyway someone can suffer.
  18. 1 point
    for those that try to post an article behind a paywalll PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE ARTICLE otherwise it is just annoying click bait..
  19. 1 point
    CONGRATS! I got the call yesterday too! Were you in the first or second interview session?!
  20. 1 point
    I disagree. In order to determine whether or not there has been an interval change, one would need to compare the current study to one done previously. An interval change has nothing to do with comparing it to a normal study. Someone could have a right bundle branch block on a current study and, if I pull one from six months ago, and it was there as well, then I can declare "No interval change." Without a baseline/prior ECG, one should not be making such a statement.
  21. 1 point
    Don't take the bait ya'll, let these guys have their forum.
  22. 1 point
    I also had a 315 GRE, but I didn't study so maybe if I did I would do better if I did. GPA is reasonable, but could be higher and that's the only thing I see others having that is higher than mine. I took my pre-reqs while on active duty ( I left a lot for training and deployments) so while not a straight A student, my grades are not horrible. No interest so far. I will just keep trying.
  23. 1 point
    I’m from NC so I don’t think they have a preference! That being said, I think a majority of their applicants are from Texas.
  24. 1 point
    I think so! I just got my invite yesterday afternoon, so I am pretty sure someone must have canceled and opened up a spot (Thank You!!!!!! :D ) I can't wait to meet everyone!
  25. 1 point
    I talked to an individual in the department this afternoon. They have yet to contact anyone for interviews but plan on doing so in the last week of this month (September). Seems a bit late for those that are invited to interview for the Oct. 7,8 dates.
  26. 1 point
    I just got the email today that I was accepted into the program. Can't wait to start! I was on the wait list for 3 weeks.
  27. 1 point
    Not sure but I just received an interview for Oct 3rd. I applied the end of May
  28. 1 point
    This has been an interesting, if wandering, thread. Just my .5 cents worth. Health care isn't a right. If it was the governement could force me and every other health care provider to give it away to anyone who needs it. We haven't made food and a roof over your head a right. How can something like health care be a right? Most people need health care. That doesn't automatically entitle them to it. It would be nice if everyone who needed care got it. Right now the perfect system, including the oft lauded universal health care system, doesn't exist. The words "fair" and "entitled" and "free" have become trigger words for me. Fair is you eat what you kill. Fair is taking care of people who can't take care of themselves. Fair is letting people who could take care of themselves but won't devolve naturally. Free doesn't exist. You can't give something to someone without taking something from someone else. Free things provided by the government are only free to the recipient. The rest of us pay for it in taxes. You aren't entitled to anything in this life except a fair shot at succeeding under your own power.
  29. 1 point
    And unfortunately people who would have the immediate gratification of "free stuff now" rather han thinking about the slippery slope ahead of them still vote.
  30. 1 point
    This sounds great, but falls apart on the details. Does that mean a devout Catholic or Muslim gynecologist should be forced to perform abortions simply because someone might get their feelings hurt and declare discrimination? Would the urologist be required to perform sex changes? What is your definition of "hurt"? Feelings? Potential future feelings? This isn't some esoteric question - just look at the real world implications in abortion law. We all know Roe v Wade (well, few of us actually know what the courts said there), but Doe v Dalton the courts said abortion could not be limited by the state if the abortion was sought for maternal health. Common sense application here is hard to disagree with - if the mother's life is in jeopardy due to the pregnancy then I think almost all of us agree that abortion could be on the table. But, just like your amorphous "doesn't hurt others" statement can (and has) been expanded to a ridiculous scope, so has Doe v Dalton's "maternal health" as other courts have established "maternal health" can be financial well-being or emotional health. Suddenly common sense doesn't apply since now any kid can be aborted because kids are expensive to raise. Those who say healthcare is a "right" have not thought this through. If it's a "right", is it a "human right" like the human right to be free from slavery? If so, then why is it limited to just Americans? Why don't the people of Somalia have that same "human right?" Should we go to war to give them this "human right?" And what is the definition of healthcare? Clean water? Sewers? Insulin? Level 1 trauma center within a 1 hour transportation radius? Sex change operations? Cosmetic skin care? ICU care for everyone in their last 90 days of life?? Regarding medi-share plans: Can I help pay for my niece's CP therapy? Between my brother-in-law (not her dad) and myself we pay for a lot of her therapy, kind of like a family medi-share plan. Is that okay? Can I donate to Saint Vincent de Paul society, who often helps pay for people's medical bills? How about Shriners? Why shouldn't I have the freedom to join, or pay for, whatever I want to? That's fine by me if the patient is paying for it. But when the patient is asking someone else to pay for it, whether it is the government, an insurance company, a medishare plan, the Shriners, or another individual person...then the person/group with the checkbook gets some say in the matter. If it's just between the patient and the provider, with no regard to who is paying for it, then the patient will want unlimited healthcare, and the provider will be happy to oblige (as soon as they put down the BMW catalog). Correct. Only YOU can decide what's right for you. But then YOU should be responsible for providing for that. If you want me to pay for it, then I get input on what is right for me to pay for. As providers we should give the best healthcare we can to each of our patients whom we enter into the patient-provider relationship with. I don't care if you are black/white/yellow/green, if you're asex/homosex/heterosex/whateversex, young/old, legal/illegal/native, socialist/capitalist, murderer, rapist, infant, or even a politiican...if you are my patient I will give you the best care I can give because of that patient-provider relationship. But as a citizen who pays way too much in taxes, I will do whatever I can to encourage people to fight for their individual freedoms, and to take the personal responsibility that comes with those freedoms. Taken to that extreme, that means yes you are absolutely free to have that sex change operation, but YOU are responsible for paying for it.
  31. 1 point
    Interviewing here tomorrow!!!! I can't wait!!!!! Can't wait to meet everyone !!!!
  32. 1 point
    There is no preference for Texas residents, according to their FAQ.
  33. 1 point
    There will be a short postgrad option for a doctorate, but the entry level credential will be an MS.
  34. 1 point
    My seat deposit was confirmed yesterday, sharing dates for those interested: Submitted CASPA 5/2 Received by Drexel 5/3 Interview invitation 7/10 Interview 7/18 Call notifying acceptance 8/13 Hope this helps!
  35. 1 point
    I haven’t heard of anybody making one yet but I think we should! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  36. 1 point
    Hi everyone! Has anyone started a group facebook yet for the students they have accepted. I think it would be a great idea. Good luck to those still working towards it I hope to meet you in January! Paige Botts
  37. 1 point
    Im a current student and will be helping with the interviews on october 2nd. Cant wait to meet you guys!
  38. 1 point
    Submitted 5/20 and my application was received by the program on 5/21 hope this helps!
  39. 1 point
    Would you mind letting us know when you submitted your application? Us July babies are doing a lot of hand wringing
  40. 1 point
    I just rescinded my acceptance, so hopefully that opens up the slot for someone else! My sincerest wishes for those still waiting- good luck!
  41. 1 point
    I am having lunch with the program director next week and will post an update after that.
  42. 1 point
    HI there! I am a current student at Pacific U and have some thoughts on this subject if you don't mind me putting in my opinions. Similar to you, last year when I was applying with CASPA I specifically chose schools that were not on probation and if I came across a school that was on probation, I dismissed their school in it's entirety. Likely, had pacific been on probation last year, I would have done the same. As a student here and now, serving as the VP of the class and in the mix of this probation conversation I can tell you a few things. The reason we were placed on probation was due to one mark from the ARC-PA{lots of schools have multiple marks, more than 10} which had to do with how they evaluated our preceptors during our clinical year. In short, the ARC-PA would have liked to see us training with pediatricians and general surgeons to satisfy our rotation requirements for pediatrics and surgery instead of providers of family practice or specialty surgery [though they may in fact actually be more experienced and specialized in the field]. All current students and students to come are not in threat of meeting the requirements to graduate and/or sit for the PANCE boards. It is essentially something that they want us to work on. It is a small clause in the ARC-PA requirement and nuance of words that resulted in this change of status. I can assure you that the staff has worked tirelessly to make things right. Never have I seen a school rally around a cause with "all hands on deck" like I have seen this school do. The administration was transparent with the issue at hand and have kept us updated along the way. This school is proud of their program and this status is NOT a characterization or representation of the quality of education you will receive at this school. Now to the fun part. This school is AMAZING!!!!!! I got 8 interviews last year and this program was hands down the best in my opinion. If you want to attend a school where the staff will support you and care for you as a student, recognize you as a colleague from the start, challenge you beyond what you thought was capable, have access to TONS of resources, and be a part of a school that pays attention to each and every detail of the curriculum, then I would encourage you to still consider Pacific. This school is impressive and I could not be happier with my choice to attend school here. Please let me know if you, or any other future PA students have any questions. I would love to connect with you. Good luck with applications!!!!!!!
  43. 1 point
    I would go so far as to say that if your PACT isn't a good match then you're hosed.
  44. 1 point
    When you add this information to the restrictions on specialties...it's a wonder anyone applies/attends. I'd rather jump through a few extra hoops and just attend a traditional med school, especially when 3 yr programs are popping up.
  45. 1 point
    anyone who passes usmle steps 1-3 and completes a residency in anything gets a medical license and can open their own practice. Many EM docs do UC later in their careers. There are a few ways to do peds em: 1. do peds residency, then do em residency or vis versa 2. do em residency then peds em fellowship 3. do peds residency then peds em fellowship the advantage of em/im used to be that this allowed the em physician to then do a critical care fellowship(which were only open to grads of IM, anesthesiology, and surgery). recently several fellowships decided to accept em residency grads and the critical care board allows them to take the specialty board exam. For the truly dedicated, there is a 6 yr EM/IM/critical care residency option out there. it is 6 yrs long. I always though FP/EM would be the way to go. several of my friends have done this. work early in your career mostly in em, then slow down a bit and do some fp clinic or fp residency teaching or work as a hospitalist, etc.
  46. 1 point
    I think if you are under 40 years old and get into Rad, ortho, derm or other high paying specialties DO/MD >>>>>>>>>> PA. However, going into primary care can be a very costly path and could cause serious buyer;s remorse. It is especially not worth it for some women looking to have 2+ children or older PA's who want to work less than 20 years. You would have about $600,000 to $1,000,000 loss of total income by the time you are done with med school and residency. With a compound interest adding up on a student loan from residency on, it would take about 8 to 12 years of full-time work to break even as a PCP. If you open up a clinic that does not make a lot of money or if you plan to work part time (ie maternity leave) it could even take longer (maybe 20 years) to break even. As you can see, it is not worth it for women wanting kids and take some time off or old farts who want to retire within next 15 years. On the other hand, if you do any surgical or high paying specialties you would have no trouble paying off loans and generating net plus very quickly. In that care, PA to DO/MD should be definitely pursued. Also, If you are a young male PA that do not mind working hard, this path would be definitely worth it. I know money is not everything but losing up to $1 million and much free time just to practice primary care... is it worth it?
  47. 1 point
    Actually Duke has been doing a 1 year didactic program for several years with no adverse impact in Step 1 scores. Harvard moved to a 1 year pre-clinical model in 2015. There are a multitude of programs that do 18 months of didactic education such as Baylor and OHSU to name two. There is also a trend to move away from Step 1 as the determining factor for residency. Unlike Step 2, Step 1 has shown no correlation to clinical competence. I know at UCSF, at least for the Peds program, they used STEP 2 for their benchmark for match the past two years and will do so going forward. Medical education and practice is not the same as it was twenty years ago, much less forty years ago. Things like Cochrane reviews, Peds/Neo Reviews, UptoDate and Dynamed, have changed the nature and pace of both clinical education and practice. While Path, Biochem, Histoloigy would be new additions, some of med schools burden would be lighter having clinical med courses be a mix of new and review material. If you want to truly be radical, do one year of didactics and then transition to residency at the same teaching institution, with the MD degree offered at the completion of residency. It will meet LCME and WHO minimum education lengths, it sidesteps the match similar to NYU's program, and allows a practicing PA to not take quite as much of a financial hit losing four years of income from being away from clinical practice,
  48. 1 point
    OP- should lecom's program not work out this cycle then take the mcat for next cycle. At first glance it's a beast, but as you get rolling with some review books, khan academy and then practice tests it's actually quite manageable with repeated major themes over and over. Adding a few more schools will increase your chances immensely , esp if you're willing to move. Ive been a PA for 3 years and have my app in this cycle but not to lecom because I'm staying local. I managed to study on days off while my son was in preschool and did okay on it.
  49. 1 point
    I was married with 2 kids (ages 2 and 6 months) when I started PA school and had a 3rd finals week the last semester of didactic year (slept and studied for finals on the couch outside of the NICU for the week our 3rd was there). I had a group of about 6 of us who studied together, all of us married and 4 had at least 2 kids. 1 guy in our group was brilliant, the rest of us you could call average for PA students. My best points of advice are these: 1. Study time is study time, family time is family time. M-F usually the best I could do was getting home for dinner for about 2 hours to help with feeding the kids and getting them ready for bed before going back to the school to study. Sometimes I'd pop in at lunch for a half hour. Saturdays i usually studied for half a day unless there was a test coming up, the other half of the day we had family time. Going to the lake, hiking, going to the park, etc. Sundays I didn't study, ever. For religious reasons and because it was family time as well. Study at school whenever possible. It's hard for kids to understand that mom/dad has to study. When you are studying give it 100% of your focus, when you are with your family give them 100% of your focus. 2. Live as close to the school as you can as long as you can afford it and it is a safe area to live in. This will save a lot of time in commuting which cuts into study and family time. 3. During the rare time you have off between semesters capitalize on this to disconnect from school and be with your family. 4. Make sure your wife and kids have a strong support system. While I was studying for long hours with the group of guys I referenced above, our wives spent their time together hanging out at each others houses, going to the park together, supporting each other. Some of our best friends are still these families from school even though we live in different states. 5. Remember that while PA school is intense and very demanding it is only a brief amount of time in the grand scheme of things. Be at home for the important stuff during school but don't beat yourself up for spending time you need to away from your family because you're doing it to support them.
  50. 1 point
    I can't speak of anything yet. About to start my program in 2 weeks. I'm married with 2 year old and a 2 month old. Life is already hard as is. My wife is a stay at home mom so coming home from work it would be nothing but her frustration rubbing off on me and constant complaints about the kids driving her crazy. I'm definitely not going to survive living at home during the week which is why I'm renting a room close to school and away from them. I probably sound like the worst dad/husband ever but this is the only way. Plus, school is about 2 hours away, so that's not the only reason. So that's pretty much my way of surviving. I'm grateful to have a beautiful and extremely supportive wife. PA school was a dream at one point and it's finally becoming a reality. To answer your question based on what I have heard from a cousin who just finished his MD residency; married students especially those with children succeed in school. Party due to the motivational and emotional support network they have beneath them. So let that be of some positive words for everyone. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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