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  1. I have noticed that no one has really identified the failure of the health system specifically, aside from saying "failure of the health system". The nurse heroes get loads of attention, but very little attention to the villians, like the CEO's, board members, and administrators who used "just in time" product delivery systems, who rigged the system to production and speed rather than quality, and who would rather get a sweet, sweet bonus rather than hire a few more damn providers. We are all in this together, my ass.
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  2. Interviewed on July 20th and was also accepted today!!!!
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  3. I interviewed July 20th and got my acceptance letter this morning!! So happy and can’t wait to get started in January
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  4. I just received an invitation for an interview today. Good luck to everyone!!
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  5. Application complete: 6/7 Waitlisted for interview: 8/11 (yesterday) Today, I received a phone call from admissions asking to reach out to their email to discuss the possibility of interviewing? Maybe a good sign?
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  6. Yes, I just got my acceptance letter this morning, and I am so excited because UPitt is my first choice. Best of luck to all those waiting for a response.
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  7. I had my share of conflict with nurses in my early days ... not in the past decade or so. I covered much of that in my first (not so well written) book, A Kernel in the Pod. However, two stories that I like are very similar. My first job at a major headache clinic (the largest in the world devoted to inpatient treatment) the director of nursing vowed to resign if I was hired. I was hired and she resigned. Got to know her personally and later we became good friends. She even financially donated to a work I was doing overseas. Twenty years later, when I went to Mayo Clinic, the head of nursing in neurology (65 neurologists) threatened to resign if I was hire. I was hired and she resigned. I took her office.
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  8. Interview dates are posted on USC PA program’s Instagram page in case you missed it! I’m guessing they’ll start sending invites in about two weeks.
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  9. Just wanted to follow up that I decided to sign the contract after speaking with 3 students who just graduated from my program who were all very happy that they took the scholarship. They weren't really able to allay the fears of being places somewhere I did not want to be, but they pointed out that there are plenty of sites there which even qualified for their higher score site requirement (and fingers crossed they won't shoot it back up too much for us). One of them was offered a job in 2 places I would be fine with working at. It is still a risk, but I came to the conclusions that the money is just too much to say no to. Second, they all confirmed that their salaries were in like with a first year PA in primary care (so there isn't really a salary loss unless you were planning to go into a higher paying subspecialty). They also told me that the job search was stressful, but not any more stressful than some of their friends/classmates. Overall, after sitting with it for a few days and speaking with my family about worst case scenarios, I decided it was a risk worth taking. Hopefully, it won't end up that way, but at least I won't have as much debt. I think it will be a great foundation to build my career as a PA on no matter where I end up, and the nice thing about being a PA is that I'm not locked into primary care if I absolutely hate it. Then I will be applying to jobs with at least some experience in the real world. Congrats to everyone again!
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  10. Exactly! The settlers were just doing what the natives were doing to each other. No difference. The unpleasant reality is that land "belongs" to whoever can hold onto it, through force of arms if necessary. "Conspiracy" makes our leaders sound like evil geniuses when, in fact, there're just not smart. This statement is false on it's face, because 100% of illegal aliens have committed a crime just by coming here. Many more need to get false identification documents for work or housing. I'll assume you are trying to speak to "violent" crime. I'll concede it's possible that many try to fly under the radar since they are subject to deportation if caught and thus commit less crime. Since we don't know who or where many of these people are, there are probably no reliable statistics. If you want to keep calling them "undocumented immigrants," I'm going to start calling the corner drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist." I admire your compassion. But it's not a winning strategy for the US to allow Central and South America to vomit their entire population into the country, especially during a pandemic. It would be much more cost effective to try to stabilize these people in place and raise their standard of living there. In either case, the US has no moral obligation to be the world's police or crutch. I'm asking a really straightforward question. This virus appears to have originated in China. How do you think deer on the North American continent were exposed? Have you seen any on a flight?
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  11. Thought I would go ahead and get this thread started. Good luck everyone!
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  12. For those who have interviewed, it seems that people get their acceptance pretty shortly after they interview. Has anyone interviewed but not heard back yet? Are they giving out acceptances and waiting on rejections for people that have interviewed? And for the MMI interview, will we have the prompt in the room? I don't think this is a violation of any rules, but if it is, I am sorry and please ignore this second question if it is. Thanks so much!!
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  13. Hi everyone! I am also interviewing Monday and would love any advice on how best to prepare! I also wanted to ask if someone could tell me more about the campus and its surrounding location? I would be attending from out of state and have not yet visited. Thanks and good luck guys!
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  14. Same boat! patiently waiting :--///
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  15. Just received an interview invite today (Aug 13th)!
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  16. Same here! Looking forward to meeting you virtually!
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  17. Just got an email today for an interview on 10/26! That is.. so far away, but trying to keep my hopes up that the class won't already be full by then. For reference (because I always want to know this info too), my app was received by Cornell on 6/26, got a secondary on 7/13, and submitted it on 7/19.
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  18. Received an interview invite via email for 8/28 today
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  19. I submitted to CASPA 6/20 and Pitt verified 6/23. I got the same e-mail on 7/23 and again today. I hope it truly means they have not reviewed my application yet, but am getting nervous that I applied too late as I know people have been offered interviews for September already. I'd love to see a graph of how many people applied each day of the cycle Stay positive, friends!!
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  20. Just got my acceptance call as well!! I cannot believe it!
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  21. The Suits always hide behind the clinical staff when the bullets are flying ( rhetorically speaking)and then jump into the spotlight of the media crowing about the great job "we" have done! I've asked ad nauseum about where the billions of dollars set aside for disaster contingencies went to and pointed out that supply shortages were created by purchasing policies and funding priorities of "the Suits"! I've yet to learn specifically who died because of " ventilators not being available" or which "Suit" was shown the door for administrative of logistic shortcomings exposed by this pandemic? Can anyone cite witnessing this or having knowledge to share?
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  22. For anyone still waiting for an interview invite, have you heard anything? I applied back in July and I received an email on 7/23 stating “Your CASPA application to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh has been received and remains in a queue to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee” but I haven’t heard anything since. I’ve been frantically refreshing my email
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  23. Congratulations everyone!!!!!!
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  24. Omg congratulations friends! Welcome to the Pitt PA-S C/O ‘23
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  25. I was a bit confused too! I reached out to admissions for clarification and Mars (admissions counselor) said no action needs to be taken on our part and they will reach out via email. Hope that clears things up!
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  26. I sent an email last night! I’ll update if I get a response :)
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  27. Hi guys! Current student here. Congrats on all those getting interviews! If you have any questions (that aren’t about timelines since they vary) I’m more than happy to help
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  28. Those are really great, well-rounded stats! When did you apply? And congratulations on the acceptance
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  29. Staff shortages........ 1. Staff is sick 2. Staff is burned out beyond belief and tired of risking their lives for endless shifts 3. Not enough staff after COVID changes and furloughs 4. Medical staff found other professions due to COVID and burnout and all of the above NONE of these choices is awesome You can put out a call for All Hands on Deck and staff and promise whatever pay you want - the conditions suck, the equipment is scarce, no real cure and the trauma is real of watching folks die with or without remorse/regret over vaccines and masks. Somewhat reminiscent of the flu - not so sick go to ER and should stay home, super sick can't get in the ER because of the not so sick or "demanding to be tested asx". It will only get worse with fall/winter coming. More indoor time, more spread, more mutations. It is a very real fear on many fronts. Deep sigh
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  30. Well, got my first rejection letter. Onward and upward! Good luck everyone!
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  31. Treat others how you would want yourself to be treated. And if they are still nasty, steal all their pens.
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  32. Yeah the instructions are wrong, idk what their doing over there. After you complete the password reset use your login but add @psu.edu at end. Then follow the rest of instructions but it is hard to find classic view button on side if using a phone
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  33. @gudetamagirl I also got my call yesterday! Still so happy and grateful!!!! So happy for you! Sending good wishes to all who applied, and I hope to call you a classmate soon.
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  34. I haven't heard anything yet either! Sounds like most the invites were to people who applied in May. I was verified 6/11. Crossing my fingers!
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  35. The burnout is real. The biggest frustration right now is not only these well-appearing COVID patients, but also the usual patients who use the ER for routine primary care. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen it, and there’s no doubt there are plenty of these people who leave pissed off either by eloping or getting furious with ER staff who “aren’t doing anything”. And no doubt some of those patients have actual emergencies that they don’t get fully evaluated- leaving other nonemergent patients who are clogging up our flow. The only temporary approach is to immediately discharge these people who truly have no business being in the ER and not worrying about some stupid patient satisfaction survey. My employer threw out these surveys for a few months last year, and I’m sure they’ll take another sabbatical from the surveys for now. This is the first time in my 12 years I’ve given real thought to getting out of the ER. I’m not going to do that because I know this is temporary, but you still can’t ignore feelings like that And before you respond with a solution E- I already know what you’re going to say - “Get a rural job!”
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  36. Two points: First, people love to trot out the First Nations people as some kind of example of "noble savages" that were sadly corrupted by Europeans. They were not. As an example, the Lakota killed the Cheyenne and drove them out of the Black Hills. War and conquest are part of the history of all peoples. It's a sad game, and the Europeans learned to play it better than most. Second, there is no immigrant bashing going on. I'm expressing concerns about criminals. There are lots of people - to my understanding, a considerable backlog - waiting to come to this country legally. Some people deceptively try to conflate legal immigrants with illegal aliens. Totally different ballgame. One demonstrates a disregard for our laws and jumps the line. They might be a nice person, and they might think they have a good reason, but they are a criminal. Maybe they will find other laws to be inconvenient. I don't know anyone who has a problem with legal immigration. The reason I bring this up is because this thread is about Texas, which is more affected by illegal immigration than, say, Ohio. If Covid is legitimately a deadly threat, it's a rational public health measure to shut down the border. Especially if facilities in Texas are supposedly being overwhelmed. Instead we have kabuki theater going on where citizens returning from vacation have to swab negative to board flights while heaven knows who is welcomed in across our southern border and put up in a hotel at our expense.
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  37. I interviewed on 8/6, and got my acceptance today! Can’t believe it!
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  38. I received the same invite but I'm not able to visit Tennessee for it.. I replied back stating this and the coordinator said she'd be willing to consider a zoom informational session for students that cannot attend the in person one. Maybe if enough students email they will organize one!
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  39. Does York has a supplemental application? Haven't received anything yet.
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  40. Can you send me anything useful you might find as well please! I am also a finalist- really did not think I would get it when applying and now trying to decide if I really want it... I worry largely about location (though my state, NC, has many underserved areas and populations) and whether I will be able to handle it as a new grad (how much help can my overseeing physician really give me/will I just be "thrown to the wolves"). I really can't decide and we have virtually no time! Would also just be happy to chat with someone in the same boat
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  41. They sent me the interview invite on 7/19 for my 8/20 interview
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  42. I will get boosters until the case and mutation rate for COVID 19 is not news. I will wear masks in perpetuity. Still most interested in not dying, not infecting my friends’ kids who are too young to vaccinate and not being on a vent. I like living and breathing. No conspiracies, just a shitty mutable novel virus that has altered our approach to most everything. Medical science should not be politicized nor should public health. Humanity has shown its ugly side and left skidmarks on my outlook for society. My trust in those around me is exceedingly limited now. I am quite seriously looking at where one can live with fewer nut jobs and a more conscientious society. Deep sigh
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  43. I received an interview invite for 8/16 but I am declining, so hopefully a spot opens up for someone else!
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  44. Well, the reapplicant interviews are done, it went well but who can tell by zoom! haha. Good luck everyone, this may be the longest 3 weeks ever!
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  45. a little late to the party but i submitted my supplemental a few days ago. good luck to everyone this cycle! Pacific seems like an amazing program. i’d also love to hear from current/alum students about their experiences here!
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  46. I am a licensed clinical social worker and a certified drug and alcohol counselor exploring the possibility of becoming a Psychiatric Physician’s Assistant. I am nervous because 1) I’m almost 40 years old, 2) I am not very good at science, and 3) I have not been in school for over 17 years! I’m worried about how long it will take, if I will survive and pass all of my classes and required exams, and if I will get my student loans reimbursed. There is such great need for psychiatric providers and most are nurse practitioners or psychiatrists. I feel that PAs are underrepresented in the mental health field. I am very interested in becoming a Psychiatric PA by age 45, but have no idea how to accomplish this … “There are roughly 100,000 certified practicing PAs in the United States, with approximately 1,500 of them working in psychiatry. Psychiatry is definitely one of the areas with the fewest PAs.” “Currently, the NCCPA is urging Pas who want to join a collaborative team in psychiatric practices to obtain the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in psychiatry, a new specialty credential that is held by about 10 percent of the certified Pas working in psychiatry.” “The best use of PAs in psychiatric practices is for them to treat and manage the medications of patients with less-severe mental disorders, allowing physicians more time to spend on treating those with complex illnesses.” “By using a physician ‘extender,’ psychiatrists will be able to provide more psychiatric services to their patients – benefiting the practice and, more importantly, meeting patients’ mental health care needs.
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  47. Question- do you have to wait until the end to get the no thanks email at the end of the cycle? Or will I get "we aren't going to interview you email" first?
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  48. I just received an interview invite but have already been accepted to a program and have a scheduled interview at my top choice in September- so I will be declining! I hope this frees up a spot for others! Best of luck everyone !
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