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  1. That PTO though <3 <3 <3. I just started school and don't know much about contract negotiation, but I've been lurking in this thread for a long long time and while I can see the desire to negotiate for a higher salary, this looks pretty damn solid otherwise. If I may ask, whereabouts is this??? I'm really loving that PTO, heh.
  2. Hey guys, I'm a current first-year part-time student at Drexel, which means I'm technically in the class of 2020 even though I'm taking some classes with the class of 2019 this year. Just thought I'd reach out and say if anyone has any questions about anything, feel free to shoot me a message!
  3. I think in the end, we should not see it as "scribe versus EMT," but rather agree that it's best to do both. They're both uniquely valuable, and different such that any argument saying one is better than the other would be true when looked at from that angle. You can do both, either in succession, or (my preference) at the same time, either by doing them both part-time (what I did), or work three 12-hour shifts in one and PT/per diem in the other.
  4. I'm only a scribe, but would something like LET gel work in a case like this, if you didn't want to actually inject epi?
  5. Now that I'm reading this, I'm kind of worried how I'll fit in with my class once I start in September. I am so NOT type A by any means. I am serious and a hard worker, but I balance that by being goofy and silly as well (also a great way to deal with stressful times IMO). But I can imagine an "uptight medical" group of people could see me as being a non-serious clown. I like the advice given here though. I just hope I'll find some other "free-spirited, artsy, thinkers" like me. People seem to appreciate this style in the ER I work in (which is kind of its own unique environment itself). I guess we are out there! Sed, do you have a rotation for students in your OR? Heh.
  6. I am curious which schools these are. I have heard rumors about the program I am going to attend losing many students the first semester, but other people say it's not true. I understand if no one wants to post names on here, but feel free to message me.
  7. Anyone have thoughts on New Jersey? (either areas commutable from NYC, or farther away).
  8. Thank you. I will be going to Drexel. It was an incredibly hard decision, like choosing which of your two children to give up, haha. The amount of support that I've seen Quinnipiac give to the incoming and current students is really unparalleled. They've kept us very well updated on everything that needs to be done, things to do to prepare, filling out forms to find a roommate and a mentor that are a good match for you, lots of info on housing in the area, etc. Much more than any program I've ever heard of. The thing that tipped the scales to Drexel was that they offer an option to split their didactic year curriculum into 2 years (making the program 39 months instead of 27, but with a much lighter load the first year and a slightly lighter load the second year--it's not exactly an even split). This would give me the opportunity to also indulge a bit in learning about music/art/dance therapy, which I'm interested in and Drexel's program is in the same school as the PA program. I also think I'd have more opportunity there to explore my interest in Performing Arts medicine (issues related specifically to performing artists). So yeah, quite uniquely personal reasons, that probably wouldn't apply to just about anyone else haha.
  9. I ended up giving up my seat yesterday to attend a different program for unique reasons regarding the other program and my interests. So one of you may get a late acceptance. Quinnipiac really is an amazing program. Congratulations to everyone who has been accepted. I am well familiar with the program, and have come to know many students, faculty, and graduates from my jobs, and I have nothing but great things to say about their program.
  10. I'm not yet in PA school, but I just bought the Surface Book for when I do go in a couple months, and it seems like a good hybrid with its detachable screen. It's powerful, and with the surface pen you can use a program like onenote to rest your palm on the screen and still write on it like paper, along with typing into it when that's more convenient.
  11. Nothing in particular since I don't know much about the format, materials/resources, or the lectures. I just heard from a few different students who've rotated where I work that "They're making a lot of changes to anatomy this year and next year."
  12. Thank you for the reply. That is reassuring. Do you know anything about changes being made to the anatomy class regardless?
  13. Hello everyone, Does anyone have any insight into the "issue" of students that end up dropping out of the program (but in some cases returning the next year) due to failing anatomy? I've heard that each year, a substantial number of students fail out; one student currently on rotations told me that they lost 18 students in her class. This is a bit frightening to me. She did say that they planned some kind of changes this year, but didn't know any specifics. Anyone have thoughts?
  14. I'd also say spell it out the first time, and then say PA every time after.
  15. If you have the opportunity to work as a scribe, especially in a setting where you'd work with multiple different doctors (like an ER), I HIGHLY recommend it. Not only do you learn a wealth of information about how charts are written, how histories are taken, how exams are performed, medical terminology, medical decision making, differential diagnoses, and the thought processes behind all that, but you also get to experience that with various providers that have various backgrounds, styles, and approaches to patient care. This can give you a leg up on the clinical/critical thinking skills that only come with experience. At the same time, I think being an EMT or doing some other type of hands-on experience where you have the patient care under your hands, is very important too, so you can gain the experience and confidence of having that responsibility. If you can manage to do both, perhaps each part-time, I think that'd be the best possible experience pre-PA (assuming you don't have higher-level licenses like nurse or paramedic).
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