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  1. 11 points
    I received my acceptance email today around 11am from the 11/1 interview!!! This is my first acceptance! To those still waiting - do not give up hope! I received over ten rejections before I received a single acceptance. I was very discouraged. It's a brutally tough process, but it only takes one school! We worked hard, and it will undoubtedly pay off. Good luck everyone!
  2. 5 points
    Just here to say happy thanksgiving to all my fellow UNMC applicants who are waiting in high anxiety to hear back about acceptances. We’re in it together lol. Enjoy today with family!
  3. 5 points
    I just wish every PA and NP out there would just quit this type of gig the doc's figured out it is toxic and now it is pushed onto PA's, if we just revolted against the crappy corp medicine types in unison we would win....
  4. 5 points
    Interviewed on 9/20 at Miami and just got my acceptance this morning! After being rear-ended on my morning commute to work, I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. I’m not saying I cried, but... jk, I totally cried. This was my 3rd attempt. Every one of my doctors that I work with cried with me
  5. 4 points
    I’m not sour. We had NP residents where I trained and happy to have them. Some of the best I’ve ever worked with. They are welcome to have it federally funded as well. I have no qualms with this. Same with PAs I worry about places starting a “residency” that is actually cheap labor and a way to make money. The few off service rotations don’t appear to cover any OB-GYN, inpatient, or procedural rotation. They specifically note that the rotations are short. So, for the benefit of the resident, I would qualify all these things. If you don’t know how billing works, please keep the snide comments to yourself. You can keep on thinking I have something against NPs or nurses, but I don’t, so taking jabs at me will continue to be fruitless. Residents do not get paid the way the rest of us who get paid: “When hospitalists work in academic centers, medical and surgical services are furnished, in part, by a resident within the scope of the hospitalists’ training program. A resident is “an individual who participates in an approved graduate medical education (GME) program or a physician who is not in an approved GME program but who is authorized to practice only in a hospital setting.”1 Resident services are covered by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and paid by the Fiscal Intermediary through direct GME and Indirect Medical Education (IME) payments. These services are not billed or paid using the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.“
  6. 4 points
    LAFD had rolled out their NP staffed ambulances a while ago. The first one hit the streets in January 2017. https://www.jems.com/2017/01/31/nurse-practitioner-response-unit-launched-in-los-angeles/ It has since evolved to units staffed with a PA or an NP alongside a firefighter/paramedic and the units are no longer designed as “NP” units (NP-1, NP-42, etc). The callsign and designation is now “AP (#)” for Advanced Provider. These units are a partnership with local hospitals. https://www.lafd.org/news/lafd-partners-hospitals-expand-innovative-advanced-provider-response-units A retrospective study was just published last month (10/17/19) which has supporting data to demonstrate that the program has been a success in its nearly three years of existence. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10903127.2019.1666199?journalCode=ipec20
  7. 4 points
    Just got my acceptance call! So excited!
  8. 3 points
    Assistants vs Practitioners I wonder where he got the idea that more supervision is required for PA's. *cough*.......
  9. 3 points
    Call it what you like, but having been in this field for 26 years I can tell you without equivocation that it is my generation and those a little older then me that have been fighting a name change since the 90's. It is only now that NP's are lapping us legislatively that some of the older folks are *starting* to come to their senses. On average the VAST majority of PA's out for 10 years or less including those in school are 100% behind a name change, and not just adding "Associate" where "Assistant" was. These people are the future of this field, and it is high time for us to stop working to impede them with 1990 views of what a PA use to be.
  10. 3 points
    Can’t believe it! Just received my acceptance email earlier this afternoon!
  11. 3 points
    Interviewed on Friday 11/22 and received an acceptance call around 1:00pm Today 11/24. Look forward to meeting everyone!!
  12. 3 points
    Received my acceptance call today! Was awesome meeting you all and can't wait to start in 2021!
  13. 3 points
  14. 3 points
    Mine still says pending and I got a call yesterday so don’t lose hope [emoji3064] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 3 points
    Just got my acceptance call!
  16. 3 points
    Hope so! It would seem consistent with the last few years.
  17. 3 points
    I didn't think early acceptance was going to be a thing! I'm super jealous but congrats!! I really hope I did well enough at the interview on the 14th to get an acceptance too!
  18. 3 points
    I got offered a spot in the SLC campus yesterday! I'm beyond grateful and filled with Joy! I'm excited to meet all of you and learn and grow together!
  19. 3 points
    I also got called at 6:30 today! was kind of shocked at how late in the day it was haha
  20. 3 points
    I got my acceptance call today! Congratulations everyone who got one too and for everyone that’s waiting, don’t give up, I know the waiting sucks
  21. 3 points
    Also! No dress code for class. You can show up in sweatpants if you want and no one will care. Lectures are recorded. So if that's something that helps you study, it's pretty clutch. Class size is 60 people. So we're not the biggest program, but also not the smallest. With that being said, we're super diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, home states, ages, PCE experience...etc. A lot of the class is from the DMV area, but we've also got plenty of people from the northeast, west coast, and midwest. I'd say the average age is 25-26, but we've got some folks as young as 23, and others in their early 40s. Some even have spouses/fiances and kids. The diversity of PCE really comes in handy because we emphasize collaboration. On the first day of orientation Dr. Wright made it very clear that the competition is over. We're all in the same program, working toward the same goal, and it's important that we rely on each other to achieve that. We've got EMTs/Paramedics who are pros at reading EKGs so they offer to help out when someone may be struggling. We've got a sonographer with a lot of ultrasound experience so he has volunteered his own time to lead sessions to teach us those. We have folks with master's degrees in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochem so they're great when it comes time to study for those exams... and the list goes on!
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
    Was one of the choices "Super-Awesome-Medical-Person?" That gets my vote!
  24. 3 points
    I interviewed last year at UTMB and was waitlisted. This year my application was so much better and I haven't been called for an interview. Feeling confused and discouraged, this process is tough.
  25. 3 points
    The only time I use these types of article is when the physicians want to use isolated anectdotal stories to demean us. I promise them for every 1 they have of us I can find 10 about them. Then I ask for data and if they offer any at all is is flawed data in an article written by someone with an agenda.
  26. 3 points
    Interviewed on 11/8 and just received an acceptance letter today!! I am so excited!!!
  27. 3 points
    When I first graduated no one knew what a PA was. I had to explain many times what my role was and my educational background. Over time patients began to become familiar with and comfortable seeing a physician assistant. I'm 30 years in and will continue to introduce myself as a physician assistant until retirement which I hope is not to far away!!
  28. 3 points
    I haven’t heard back yet either but wishing everybody the best!
  29. 2 points
    OMG that thing had me stressing out!! Not my favorite way to interview..
  30. 2 points
    At my age, and now being retired, I might be into some EST. Maybe a quick buzz each morning to get me out of bed to the coffee.
  31. 2 points
    If you don’t count the military, which of note doesn’t offer NP residency, then I don’t know of any. looking at the SON page, the residency looks pretty watered down to me. A few “short specialty rotations” per the website and no mention of resident pay or benefits. The real winner here is UC Davis who is going to bill for NP resident services and get federal aid.
  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    I asked about that, and they said it will be coming later in the week. We will then have 30 days to submit the $1000 seat deposit.
  34. 2 points
    Not yet. They said we should get a response about 2-3 weeks after so possibly this Friday till the 29th. Fingers crossed we get in!! Those that interviewed on November 8th keep us posted if you hear anything! Good luck everyone!!
  35. 2 points
    If you're able to shadow someone who draws blood at your current workplace or nearby department, do that now before you leave. Buy one of those fake skin things and a suture kit and practice with those. I duck-taped it to a bench for ease. Lots of YouTube channels out there to learn from. Some organizations offer suture labs, so search around to see if anything is available. Consider calling up a local colleague for help. One of my buddies was having difficulties with a particular pattern so we got together and I showed them how I do it and what has helped me.
  36. 2 points
    Then to me, it is easier to go to a fellowship/residency program than it is to do battle with the NP lobby. I am one person. I can only do so much in the battle. I have to make myself as marketable as possible, which will benefit me as well as the profession. Some are against fellowships/residency as it starts to set an unofficial bar for PAs. But with PA medical model training, a title change, OTP, and fellowship training the PA brand can really put a wallop on the nursing lobby. The deal is this. The PA organizers are trying to tip toe around. Don’t want to bite the hand that feeds (MDs) and don’t want to ruffle feathers of the other “mid-levels” (NPs). Toes will need to get stepped on if we are going to evolve. No one is going to give us anything, we have to fight for it and achieve it ourselves. This must be done in stages. Step 1.) get out from under the thumb of the AMA by changing the title (removing “physician”/“assistant”) and achieving OTP. A working relationship as team practitioners with physicians rather than an expressly supervisory/subordinate/assistant relationship. I am not in the camp of PA new grads going into independent practice and completely separating from docs, but I am in the camp that it should be an option as one gains experience and has a reliable team. (Much like the new North Dakota OTP legislation; we ought to strive to model that nationwide). Step 2.) Wage a PR battle the likes of which the world has never seen. Establish that NP is not greater than “insert new title here.” Establish we are team players. Establish we are here to put patients first. Establish we the evolution of physician extenders and we are here to stay.
  37. 2 points
    We're the only PA program in DC, which means you'll have an easier time finding a job in the surrounding area (cause of less competition) compared to graduates in cities like NYC which has ~10+ schools in the surrounding area, Boston which has ~5, and LA which also has about 5-6ish last time I checked
  38. 2 points
    It's important to mention, that just because I work nights in a rural critical access hospital, I'm not just seeing higher acuity patients. There is the steady flow of URI's, "I've been throwing up for 2 hours", headaches, small lacs, etc. What's different is that whatever the mix is that night, it's mine. Some nights are mostly "work-itis" and/or "jail-itis". Other nights it seems like we're running specials on DKA or A-fib with RVR. But, it's mine and I can call consultants or the day-time attending doc when I need vs them having to see every ESI 3 or above.
  39. 2 points
    Received my acceptance call today from the 11/8 interview! I’m so excited!!
  40. 2 points
    Most likely yes! I just got a voicemail and called back. I interviewed 11/4 and got accepted!
  41. 2 points
    I think it needs a lot of work (i say this nicely). Here's my feedback. For the past six years I have had the privilege to work as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at the Cleveland Clinic main campus [unneccessary detail, taking up characters] in the cardiothoracic anesthesiology department, where we have been rated as the number one heart center in the United States for the past 25 years by U.S. News & World Report. [Unneccessary to state this, no need to give out data or rankings, many providers and Adcoms know what the Cleveland Clinic is]. I have been blessed to be a part of a team that provides world class care to some of the most critically ill patients in the entire world. Every day I get to work in a team-oriented environment with some of the finest RNs, NPs, PAs, and physicians to prepare a tailor-made plan of care for each of our patients. When I first started, I was extremely intimidated by our critically ill patient population, but now I view it as more of a strength. Our team of RTs, NPs, and physicians helped me learn to perform an assessment and see the full spectrum of your stable patient as opposed to the one who is about to crash. [ These last two sentences are not strong. AdComs know that there is a learning curve in every job when you start, avoid making it seem like you had no idea what you were doing. What do you mean by seeing it as a strength? What is the strength behind being intimidated by very ill patients?] Grabbing onto any opportunity the Clinic offered to help me learn and grow, I became a member of the cardiac emergency response team (CMET), as well as becoming a heart/lung transplant and heart device specialist RT. [not bad, this gives the reader an idea of what your role was]. We provide expertise in the areas of evaluating high risk patients, tracking patients with difficult airways, attend high risk transports, respond to all emergencies, as well as being a resource to all caregivers. For our heart/lung transplants we provide specialized care with a lung protective strategy not normally used in other patient populations and I enjoy every minute of it. In our severely critical patients, we will use ECMO devices where our goal is to rest a patient's lungs or provide enough support to make them comfortable in a careful balancing act. They demand a special kind of attention that I thrive on. [ Using to many "we" and "ours"; sounds like your speaking on behalf of the team and not your unique experience. Additionally, the PS is not the place for job description, this will go into CASPA when you enter your work history. Aside from the first sentence, I would remove this paragraph entirely.] Despite my love for my current career it seemed like something was missing [what was missing from your RT job that the PA profession will provide you?]. We often look to our PAs and physicians for guidance and they encouraged me to look into advancing my education. I immersed myself into researching advanced degrees, trying to better understand each role of various providers to see what career best fit my goals and kept coming back to the PA profession where I have not looked back.[ what have you done and what experiences have you had that has solidified that the PA profession is the one for you?] The PAs at the Clinic use a medical generalist approach which is very attractive.[unclear what a medical generalist approach is , clarify or don't mention. It may not be a widely utilized approach.] It was very appealing to find out that PAs have the freedom to traverse across a variety of medical specialties. Being able to train in the medical model of a physician was desirable because it will allow me to better understand an evidence-based approach how to treat a disease. [yes, lateral mobility is a plus to the PA profession. But why would you enjoy that?] *complete disconnect from the previous paragraph to this one. Your essay needs to flow. If you want to include your upbringing and how it has shaped you, weave it into the essay or begin with your story in a compelling way* All my life I have been overcoming adversity and using it as an opportunity to grow that I feel will prepare me to enter a PA program. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio to poverty. We were homeless for a little under a year as a child, but my parents never gave up and we eventually found our footing. Through our faith in God, my parents served as an example of how to proceed when life gets tough, because it does. I joined the Army to pay for college at eighteen years old, serving my commitment honorably with a 15-month tour of duty in the Iraq War, receiving accolades along the way. My experience in the Army helped prepare me to get into healthcare and utilize a team-oriented approach. [what experience? what preparation did you have that sets you apart? don't state something, show it!] My faith helped form the foundation of how to proceed through life, my parents and the Army helped mold me into the man I am today. [fluff sentence. End each paragraph strong. ] *Again, big disconnect in thought from the previous paragraph* I obtained my bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University in Allied Health, which provided me a more diverse outlook into healthcare areas of education, management, and informatics.[Where you attended school is on CASPA, the PS is not the place to reiterate what they have already seen. What diverse outlook into healthcare? This does not answer the question as to why PA] Redoing prerequisites with growing girl/boy twins while maintaining a fulltime job was difficult but I enjoyed it. [disconnect between the previous sentence to this one. Unneccesary detail of your personal life that doesn't contribute to answering 'why pa'] I had my share of ups and downs nonetheless I persevered. During the fall semester of 2018 my wife had serious health issues where she could not work. This required me to take over all responsibilities within our family for two months. Although my grades suffered during that semester, I stuck it out and grinded just like I was taught. As a result, I feel I am better prepared for the upcoming challenges. [This is not a great way to end the paragraph. Adcoms will read this and question whether your capable of handling PA school with kids and a wife. You need to state what you learned through this experience and how it has allowed you to become a better student and ultimately able to balance different responsibilities. Family members get sick and life happens, it's important that they are reassured that you wont flunk out of school and that your capable of sticking it out. Show, don't tell!] Looking back, I never would have imagined having the opportunity to be where I am today. Growing up as a child in poverty, going to college and working towards an advanced degree seemed so out of reach. My childhood and military experience encouraged me to want to serve underserved populations and veterans. [you mentioned serving in the third paragraph and bring it up again in the end. Expand on this earlier on the essay when you first mention being a veteran. Again, what experience? You need to be very clear and descriptive. Don't assume they know because they don't!]I want to make an impact and help bridge the gap in physician shortage areas. What can I say, I am a late bloomer, but it was my faith, upbringing, the Army and experiences at the Clinic that brought me here. [Too casual of a sentence for a PS] I was able to see that obstacles were meant to be overcome and used to build character. I look forward to improving my knowledge and clinical skill set as well as help lead and work within a caregiver team. I believe my ability to lead, multitask, communication skills, current clinical knowledge, and strong work ethic will make me an ideal candidate for any PA program. [weak ending sentence. When did you lead, multitask and communicate? You cannot list things, you must provide concrete examples. Show, don't tell.] Big pointers: 1. WHY PA? Why not NP or MD? Both roles are providers that can treat the under served, diagnose, examine etc. You need to be crystal clear why you choose PA. 2. Saying that the PAs you worked with suggested it to you and now your pursuing the career seems like you didn't do enough research and soul searching. You need to show passion and why you wouldn't entertain the idea of any other role. Did you see a PA perform something and that caught your attention? What about the job attracts you? 3. Your essay is very disconnected and your paragraphs and stories jump from one thing to other. You need to create a cohesive story and paint a picture in your essay. Where were you before PA, why PA and what has led you to the PA profession? 4. Not once do you mention patients. Have you had an important and impactful interaction with a patient as an RT? What was that experience? How did it solidify that you wanted to provide further care to them beyond your RT role? These are all questions you need to answer in a story-telling way. Just my quick feedback. Feel free to PM if you have questions! You can do it! Best of Luck !
  42. 2 points
    if it feels like it is odd and not working it prob is not two choices, stop seeing family members of staff, or continue to see them and transfer your MA to a different office make sure your MA does NOT have access to their family members charts.....
  43. 2 points
  44. 2 points
    To everyone still waiting - we’re in this together![emoji1694] Hang in there guys! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  45. 2 points
    Has anyone heard from Professor Coleman regarding acceptance tonight? Was in the 11 8/9 group.
  46. 2 points
    Just got my acceptance email from the Nov. 9th interview!!
  47. 2 points
    Ahh yayy!! So deserving, congrats!
  48. 2 points
    Hey! I would be happy to give you some insight on the interview day I walked in 15 minutes early and there were already a lot of interviewees there so if you can be there earlier than that, I would. During that time, they have some breakfast food to eat if you're hungry (although I did not take advantage of this because I ate before I got there). You get to talk to other interviewees, current students and some faculty during the morning session as well. After that, we all were moved into another room where they did an introduction of the program. All of the faculty introduced themselves to us and we also all had to stand up and briefly introduce ourselves to everyone! After this, we were split up into different groups and went on a tour of the facility. I will say that unfortunately a lot of the rooms were locked when we went on the tour, so if you've never been to the campus before, it made it hard to fully appreciate the facility. So hopefully they'll have those unlocked for you on your interview day. Once the tour was over, we all came back into the same room and then were split up again based on the letter on our name tag. Some of us went into the group interview while the rest of us took the short medical terminology quiz and survey. The medical terminology quiz is nothing to stress about. However, they interview committee does see the results of the quiz prior to making their decision that afternoon regarding whether or not you'll be accepted, put on the wait list, or rejected. Maybe just review some basic terms, especially root words. After the quiz, you come back to the room and talk with some current students. Again, take this opportunity to ask whatever questions you want. I personally feel like you get a better feel for a program from the students because they aren't trying to sell the school like admission staff. So they're just being completely honest and transparent with you. We were also shown a video about the program during this little bit of time as well. The group interviews are typically with about 3-4 interviewees with 3 faculty members. They asked basic interview questions you would expect, but also be prepared for some more obscure questions too. I personally enjoyed my interview and felt like they really just wanted to get to know me. However, a few other people mentioned they were asked some vague questions about anatomy and other science classes during the interview, so I think it may just depend on who is interviewing you. It was also a great opportunity to make it more conversational instead of like your traditional interviews because you could go off of one another answers if wanted to. Some of the questions were directed at one person while others were group questions. I would recommend answering first if you can, but also be mindful of the others in the group interview as well and make sure you don't interrupt them. Also, even if someone has a similar answer as you, don't fret! Just build off of it and make it your own. As long as you're true to yourself and your experiences, it will all be okay. Once the group interviews are over, you head to lunch which was catered(at least the day I went for my interview). Again, this is a great opportunity to sit with current students and ask questions. After lunch is over, you head back into the holding room and anxiously wait to be called back to the "individual interviews". I use quotes here because it's not exactly an interview, rather you are being called back individually and asked if you have anymore questions for the admissions committee and whether or not you have been accepted into the program. It only took about 5 minutes and then I was headed home for the day! Each of my interviews has been a different style and South College's interview was probably the one I was most nervous about just because I'm a quiet person and felt like I wouldn't excel at the group interview setting. Looking back though, it wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting! Just stay confident, remember you are worthy to be there, and be your authentic self. Also remember you are interviewing South College just as much as they are interviewing you, so make sure to write out a list of questions you genuinely want answered because this is a big decision you're about to make!!! Best of luck! I'm sure you'll do great!!! P.S. If you need any food recommendations or a list of things to do in Knox, I live in the area so let me know and I'd be happy to help!
  49. 2 points
    Got the acceptance call around 1:30pm! Interviewed on September 27 , PM session!! Super happy and excited Almost cried at work!!
  50. 2 points
    If I had a dollar for every time I checked this forum, then I’d probably have my PA school tuition paid off by now.
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