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  1. Or perhaps, in the proper environment, we could start having the discussion about how silly the idea of fire based EMS actually is. Yes, I know that separating them, no matter how justifiable it may be, would not solve the funding problem. At least not immediately. I agree with the rest of your comments. I have seen similar compensation discrepancies in my area, too. As much as I loathe to hold up ALS services in New Jersey as an example, they may be on to something. ALS is hospital based in NJ. With a hospital based system ALS services, community paramedicine, even the PA/NP/EMS services cited above could stand a reasonable chance of success once the nitty gritty of funding and economic sustainability are worked out. My NRP is current but on inactive status.
  2. I was working as a medic before going back to school. My consideration was PA versus medical school. The PAs I spoke with were split pretty much 50/50 between "PA! BEST JOB EVER!" and "Dude... go to medical school." Every single doc I spoke with: Every. Single. One. Across a variety of specialties, said if they could do it all over again they'd go to PA school. One conversation with my then HEMS medical director was within earshot of a couple of third year EM residents who, when the attending said he'd've gone to PA school, all leaned back in their chairs and said, "So happy to hear you say that! It my head I was screaming 'go to PA school!'" Sometimes I second guess the decision. However, given where I was in life then, and where I am now, I think I made a good choice. I have to consider any second guesses a "the grass is always greener" situation.
  3. Why delay? Take it the first day you're eligible to take it. It's easy to fall into the trap of "...I'll just push it back another week *then* I'll be ready...". If that's the case you'll never feel ready. The longer you wait to get it done, as Rev noted, the longer it takes for everything else to start. Take the test. Get it done. Get on with the very reason you went to school.
  4. In the time it would take you to complete a paramedic program and gain the solid paramedic experience you think you'd need to be competitive for PA school you could be done with medical school. Why waste the time? Go to medical school.
  5. I've long believed that it is important to belong to one's professional organization. It used to bother me that people would willingly not belong. It used to bother me, that is, until now. As a result of this survey I can see why people could, and would, have written off AAPA as an effective leader of our profession. I have not given up on them yet. I still think it's important to belong and to continue to advocate for ourselves. However, I'm astounded at how poorly this project has been executed. As such, new leadership may be in order.
  6. Went to my spam folder, too. All the demographic information questions were answered with "I prefer not to answer" as it's not relevant to the overall survey. Most of the survey, in fact, had little to do with changing our name. I'm not quite sure it is, exactly, they're pursuing. It seemed like many of the questions, open ended or not, couldn't realistically be answered without a lot of speculation. They seemed poorly formed, poorly worded and poorly written. I'm not holding my breath regarding any results from this project.
  7. It's a personal decision what to do with it. I haven't worked as a paramedic since PA school. It's been almost ten years now and my NRP is still current although inactive status. I can't let it go. It's a personal issue for me to maintain it even if I never use it again. MT2PA's suggestion to keep it through school is sound. It's nice to have it as a fall back. It's nice to have it as an option while waiting after graduation for licensing and a job to start. What you decide to do with it after starting work as a PA is then up to you.
  8. My first thought was why a testing agency is doing this and not our national professional association.
  9. I used to work in that area as a medic. Do your research carefully. Avoid Lynnewood Gardens completely. Stay out of North Philly. Find something on the Montgomery County side of the border. Avoid Lynnewood Gardens like the Plague. Oak Summit right next to campus is also kinda sketchy... at least it used to be. That place was a maze with no sprinklers. A fire there would be catastrophic. Avoid Lynnewood Gardens. Have I mentioned that part yet? Stay on the MontCo side of the line. Good luck with school.
  10. This. I switched to nights simply because my employer offers a set night schedule. Four on, four off. Same hours each shift. Had I continued with day work it would've been more of what Ventana described: different shifts each day with sometime late shifts and a quick turnaround A.M start. That's more annoying than working straight nights.
  11. I took it in May. Passing was listed as 379 on my score report for the version of the exam I took. I prepped with HIPPO, too, and didn't have any problems passing the exam. Don't psych yourself out. Easier said than done, perhaps.
  12. Fifty percent off of tuition is huge. I was fortunate in that the program for which I flew was affiliated with the school I attended. Due to this relationship I got a not insignificant tuition reduction. At the end of my PA program it resulted in a substantial cost savings. Having been in a similar, although admittedly not as busy, situation as what you're describing I think the benefits to you with regards to such significant tuition savings is worth pursuing. All the best in your decision.
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