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Lyrical M

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  1. I bought the 2nd edition of PPP a few months ago, and didn't realize at the time that the 3rd edition was coming out. Does anyone know how much of a difference there is between the 2nd and 3rd editions? Is it worth buying the 3rd if you already have the 2nd? Thanks!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Anyone have thoughts on New Jersey? (either areas commutable from NYC, or farther away).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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."
  13. Thank you for the reply. That is reassuring. Do you know anything about changes being made to the anatomy class regardless?
  14. 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?
  15. I'd also say spell it out the first time, and then say PA every time after.
  16. 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).
  17. While I'm no expert (yeah, I know lol), I have heard about evidence that cinnamon does help blood sugar, including from doctors. Not that that should completely replace insulin, but maybe as a little extra help in a prediabetic or something.
  18. I actually used Notability through undergrad. One downside with regards to ebooks is that you an't retain the bookmarks that you have in adobe. Also, with Onetnote, you have the advantage of being able to add some space in between pages to add more notes (but you still have the same bookmark problem as far as I can tell). I have a iPad, but am also considering an app to use in Windows on a Surface book or similar touch laptop. If only One Note retained the bookmarks, it'd be the holy grail of ebook editing apps.
  19. Hello everyone, I have been trying to find a good app/program to edit ebooks with. The books I have are normal PDF files, with bookmarks in Abobe reader organized by unit-->chapter-->section, etc. I wish to be able to highlight, type in notes, and also draw with a stylus to underline, circle, draw, etc. So far, Onenote seems to allow for all of this. HOWEVER, it seems that you lose all the bookmarks, so you end up with a 700-page pharmacology "document" and no way to jump to sections in it. Is there a way to retain the bookmarks, or is there another program that will allow for so much annotating but keeps the PDF bookmarks? Thanks!
  20. Just a thought. Drexel was the only school I interviewed at where everyone stayed in the room together until the last person was done interviewing. I really really liked that actually, as it helped the group feel very close and supportive of each other all the way through (we would even applaud and cheer for an applicant every time one was called out to interview). In other cases, everyone would leave as soon as their interview was over, and you'd see the group whittle down until there's just a couple people nervously awkwardly sitting there. I could be wrong, but it kind of gave me an impression about the supportiveness of the program in general.
  21. In the ER I work in, there are a number of nurses with pink, blue, purple, etc hair, and it's never been an issue. Never seen a doc, PA, or NP with that though. I personally think it's cool, and times are changing, but yeah many "higher ups" have not "come around" yet. I once knew a psychiatrist who worked in a psych hospital who had lots of piercings, full tattoo sleeves always visible, and crazy styled hair. But he worked in the teen unit, and he related well with them and they loved him.
  22. I have the fortune of working with many Quinnipiac and Yale PA grads. While the perspectives on reputation and things of that nature vary from one person to the other, there seems to be 2 main differences between the programs that everyone agrees on: 1. The set-up of the curriculum. In Yale, classes tend to go laterally by "system" blocks. I.e., when you learn about the structures of the heart, you learn about cardiac medications, cardiac diseases, cardiac physical exams, etc. In Quinnipiac, it tends to be a more vertical "pyramid" buildup. You begin with the foundational medical sciences like micro, anatomy, diagnostic methods, etc (you even do gram stains and things like that in Micro), then you go through the specific areas of medicine afterwards. 2. The teaching style. Quinnipiac is a very classroom-intensive program. Everything that will be on the test is drilled into you in the classroom and activities. Expect to be in classes well into the evenings. But you know that if it's not taught in class, you wont be tested on it. Yale is more self-directed study (this is an exaggeration, but imagine being told "Here's a textbook. Study it, you'll be tested on it").
  23. Can anyone offer any insight into how the process goes on interview day? (Without giving away any trade secrets, heh) Also, would you recommend bringing anything? Resume, documentation of hours, references, etc. Thanks!
  24. Hi, would you mind sharing what specifically caused you to feel that way about the program? I have an interview coming up, but have also been accepted to 2 other schools already (Drexel and Quinnipiac), so would appreciate any feedback to help me have a more complete picture. Thanks!
  25. I see some people saying talking about the "AM session." Does that mean that there is also an afternoon session? It would be much better for me if I could switch my upcoming interview to the afternoon.
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