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  1. Why would any MD want to skip residency? I don't see the draw here,You will have 200k+ debt and make 90k out of school. Also statistically speaking if an MD doesn't match their first year they are much less likely to ever match for residency. So working as a PA for a few years and then doing a residency is unlikely. I can only see those MDs who don't match working as a PA as a complete fall back. Also, they would not be allowed to sit for PANCE so they would never be a PA-C, just a PA, which makes them less desirable to employers.
  2. Thank you for the responses. I was told by a lecturer not to include my medical experience because of it being so low on the medical totem pole, so I am very glad I asked on here!
  3. I'm a current PA student with about 6 months till I take boards. I'm working on my resume and I'm hitting a stumbling block on deciding whether or not to include previous work experience. I was a phlebotomist and a caregiver at a nursing home. Since my experience isn't very applicable to PA jobs the way being a paramedic or nurse would be, is it even worth including? Should i just leave it out completely and focus on my education or just mention work experience briefly?
  4. When this came out, it was going around my PA class in emails and facebook post usually accompanied with captions like, "ya! we made the top 10!" But when I saw I was confused and annoyed. Why are PAs #10 while NPs are #2? the only numbers given with the description were job growth outlook and PAs had the highest on the list! It's great that we made the list, but we are below many career that definitely aren't a great as being a PA (dental hygienist?), i would be curious to know what this ranking system was based on, but i'm guessing the answer would be bogus.
  5. This is great! I hope this leads to future interviews, he's a great advocate and spokesman for PAs.
  6. Most schools require Ochem as a prereq to Bio Chem, which the majority of do schools require, it would be foolish to not take Biochem if you really want to have the best chances of getting accepted to good programs. So even if you do count a higher Chem course toward nursing school, that still leaves 2-3 additional courses of chem and on top of that you will likely need other bio classes such as genetics and general biology. I guess my point is you won't be able to just apply to PA school after nursing school without taking some difficult extra courses which will probably delay your time to ap
  7. I absolutely agree that nursing is a great path to go because you get such great healthcare experience, but you are incorrect about nursing students taking the same prereqs as any other major. Most nursing schools require an introductory chemistry course, for PA school you need a full year of general chemistry and then a semester of organic chemistry and a semester of biochem. You will not take these classes as part of nursing school or as prereques for nursing school, so you will have to take them after or try to cram them in if possibly during nursing school. These classes must be taken sequ
  8. Just an FYI, having a doctorate degree doesn't make someone a physician for example; PTs, chiropractors (PAs are more of physicians than chiropractors), optometrists, and pharmacists are not physicians. a physician completes 4 years of medical school and a 3+ year residency to earn that title, none of the other careers I've listed do that. Also, no sane PA would ever want to work under a chiropractor.
  9. I totally agree with what has been said already. The timeline for her taking the MCAT, applying and being accepting, means that she was already planning to apply to medical school while in PA school, or she was possibly already applying! her assertion that she had "reached the ceiling" of what PAs can do is total BS. She should retitle this from PA-S to MD-S, because really that is all she has done!
  10. Last year all acceptances were by phone call and an email a few days later. It's from an unknown number so if you don't answer it, they'll leave a message notifying you of acceptance. Wait list/rejection I assume is by email. Also they say it takes about 2 weeks to hear back, for me it was 4 weeks, so that may vary. Hope this helps.
  11. I'm a current PA student and I had a D and an F from years ago on my transcript. I was careful not to draw specific attention to them, but instead I brought up that I had some "mediocre" grades early on in college, but once I found a career I really wanted to be part of, I gained the motivation to get my grades up. But of course this would only work if your recent GPA was good! good luck and just focus on the positive. everyone makes mistakes, the schools just want to know that you're capable of succeeding in a high speed and high stress academic environment.
  12. Ok I admit this sounds positive, but what does it mean in relation to the day to day of life as a PA? I mean the AAPA can change terminology in defining in relationship to physicians, but what does this change? are we no longer supervised by physicians?
  13. I'm kind of a newbie to the political side of the career, but what exactly would this "collaboration resolution" entail? I'm assuming from the wording it would make PAs collaborators with physicians rather than being supervised. if that is the case what does that mean exactly? that PAs would no longer be supervised but rather collaborate or would it merely mean that the language we use in describing our relationship to docs changes from "working under" to "in collaboration with"? Thanks!
  14. Ok I feel like many of you who oppose the doctorate switch oppose it based on two main reason, extra tuition and longer schooling. Let me just point out that many PA programs have between 90-120 credit hours completed by the time of graduation. This is an acceptable number of credits for a doctorate degree. My brother in law is a physical therapist and he completed roughly the same number of credits (101 to be exact) as I do for PA school and he graduates with a doctorate. And while i'm on the subject of PTs, I want to add that 10 years ago and even less most PT programs were a masters and mos
  15. I couldn't agree more and I like to hear those who realize that PA education going to the doctorate level is inevitable and the more we fight it, and fear change, the more damage we are doing to the profession. Like Oneal said, removing supervision is the most imperative thing to be done, but moving to a doctorate level of education will likely be very helpful. Now my question is, how did I get involved and have my voice heard? I feel like the vast majority of PAs at least would agree with me on removing supervision, so why isn't that something being fought for. What can we do to get the AAPA
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