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  1. 75k for ICU work is a joke and really any PA job for that matter, no matter where you are located. I have 2 years experience working in critical care and make about 125k working 3 12’s working MICU and SICU. There is no way you should make 50k less. Being a veteran myself I would love to work for the VA, but never with that pay disparity.
  2. I work in critical care. I did a one year residency in critical care and now am in my first year on my own at the same hospital. my base salary this year is 110k, working 3 twelves a week. With overtime I’m on track to make around 135-140k this year. I live in NYC, so unfortunately that doesn’t go as far as most places.
  3. I work in critical care, and I am required to work twelve 12 hour shifts every 4 weeks. My shifts can be spread out on any days or nights, some weeks I may work 1 shift while other weeks I may work 5. I really like working 12 hours shifts and having more days off. I probably wouldn't get much done on the days I was working anyways, if I was to work 8 hour days, so I figure it's better to work more hours on the days I do work and get more days that I'm not working. I am required to work 2 out of every 4 weekends though, but my scheduler is good about honoring requests for certain weekends off and also writing the schedule so we do not need to use vacation days if we need a period of up to 5 days off in a row. We also have the option to work 24 hour shifts, I don't do them very often but some of my co workers work 24's exclusively. While it might be nice to work M-F 9-5 and have every weekend off, having 5-6 days off in a row and not using any vacation time is great. We even get about 7 weeks vacation a year which most of us will use to take an entire month off at a time.
  4. I'd say it's very simple. Either compensate me for call or I'm not doing call. Don't get taken advantage of especially if it's not in your contract
  5. Navy Nuke from 2003-2009. Finished PA school last year and working in critical care now.
  6. I took the PANCE little bit over a year ago. Leading up the the exam I was doing 200 random exam master questions a day and scoring high 70's to mid 80's. I passed the PANCE by a pretty high margin. I also used Kaplan qbank, which I felt was tougher than the PANCE and had about a 70% after finishing all the questions.
  7. Congrats on your acceptances. I am a graduate from the Bay Shore program. There are some differences in the two programs that I know of. The bayshore campus is Mon-Friday 9-5, with the occasional time we had to go in on sunday for a class. I don't think it was any more than 5 times the whole year. The manhattan campus is Mon-Thurs evening classes and Sundays 9-5. So whatever schedule you prefer. I commuted from about 40 minutes west and north of bayshore and traffic was never that bad. Traffic was mostly going the opposite direction I was going.The big difference is the extra semester that manhattan has. Manhattan students that i talked to during my rotations said it was used for them to work on thier masters course work only. Us Baysore students had to work on our masters course work while also going through our clinical year rotations. Personally, i find the extra semester to be a waste of time and money. The masters course work basically consists of reading books and answering questions related to the chapter you read and writing your thesis. i procrastinated on my thesis until my last month of clinical year rotations and still had plenty of time to finish it. It's probably the same at both campus's but expect 2-3 exams a week during didactic year. If you have free time before you start I would buy a PA review book and read it. I personally like Pance prep pearls. It will make the second and third semesters of didactic year way easier if you come in having a base knowledge of each organ system.
  8. Here's the link http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lipy0g7XOzA
  9. Hey everyone. I created a Facebook page for bay shore class of 2016. Anyone who has been accepted feel to join.https://m.facebook.com/groups/289039451250986?view=group
  10. I believe I sent in my application in the beginning of august and received an interview invite the middle of january
  11. When I received the acceptance email. I received all the instructions for where to send the deposit along with it
  12. Yeah, I paid the $1500 deposit and sent the piece of paper saying I was attending with a passport sized photo to the school about a week ago.
  13. Congrats. I'm from long island and im about 30 min away from the school
  14. Thanks, I hope you receive the same news soon. I really needed to go to a school on long island or the city because I couldn't move due to my fiancé working here and supporting us while I'm going to school. The PA I shadowed went to Touro and had nothing but good things to say about the program. They have been training PAs since the 70's, so they have an established program. Also they were much better than other schools when it came to answering any questions I had and getting back to me quickly. Most other schools took forever to respond and sometimes never got back to me.
  15. No, my interview was about 2 weeks ago and I received an acceptance email about a week and a half after.
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