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  1. I'm going through their interview process right now, awaiting a video interview next week. Would love to know more about them from a provider's perspective.
  2. Veteran spouses get hiring preference with GS/federal employment. I only know this because I just went through TRS (military separation class). Check out usajobs.com or talk to a veterans benefits advisor on base. They can steer you in the right direction.
  3. Navy Reserves might be a good option. On my deployment nearly half of our Navy medical staff were reserves. Navy PAs are deploying at a relatively high tempo right now. I'm active duty so I can't speak to the reserves process but anecdotally I've observed the Navy reserves do some cool trauma training and deployments.
  4. Totally just my opinion but I studied full-time 4 weeks prior to taking my exam in addition to studying extensively in the 4 months leading up to the PANCE and doing a week-long board review. Studying was the only job I had and I did really well on the PANCE. Unless you're not taking the PANCE right away, I would put off working right out of school until you've taken the PANCE. Again, you may have different financial or extenuating circumstances. But you definitely don't want to have to retake the PANCE if you don't have to. Just my thoughts.
  5. As a PA, you will commission meaning you will be an officer. Look into commissioning programs through Navy HPSP or HSCP
  6. Agree, military is not for everyone. I've been a Navy PA for 2 years and came in open minded with the possibility of making it a career. I will be separating at the completion of my service of 3 years. So far in 2 years I worked at a family practice clinic, ER fast track, and was tasked multiple times for deployments, got shuffled around, and now am currently deployed. I agree with jmj11, I am not a conformist either. There are definitely really unique aspects (deployment, generous autonomy, trauma training) that make it a fun job, but doing the things to make rank and at least from the Navy side, doing more admin roles as you promote is not my cup of tea. I would do it again in a heart beat for the scholarship purposes, but I would tap out at 3 years no matter what. In fact the Navy is now offering very generous bonuses for 6 year extensions and I haven't thought twice about turning it down to go CivDiv and explore civilian fellowships/opportunities. Just depends on your priorities. Some people don't mind being flexible their entire career and being told where to go every 3 years and what job to do. For me, I want more flexibility.
  7. I for sure wanted to deploy! Especially after I realized how boring clinic life is. I was just shocked at how quickly and how frequently I got tasked. But definitely no complaints from me. I’ve loved being with the Marines. Working on my FMF qual while I’m out here. Very happy to have this opportunity. Lessons learned though- don’t believe everything the detailers/recruiters say, they’re just trying to fill spaces
  8. I was (still am in) a blue side billet at a Marine base. Detailer told me there was almost no chance I’d deploy out of there. 9 months into this duty station I’d been tasked 3 times for IA deployments. Once last December, then got pulled from that workup to be a replacement for a PA that got injured on another workup, then that task force got downsized so I was cut, then immediately tasked a third time for the current deployment I’m on. When I return from this deployment I will have been gone from my original assigned clinic billet 1.5 years. So don’t believe everything you hear. Seems like high operational tempo for PAs going green side/with Marines
  9. Everyone's experience is very unique, I'll start with that, given the variety of duty stations/location/people you work with/patient population/speciality you work in- So it is definitely not wise to make future decisions based on what someone else says. That being said I had some people warn me before committing to the Navy that it "wasn't what I thought" but I chose to ignore them and find out for myself what that means. I'll PM you the rest.
  10. Wasn't in the original convo...but currently scouring the boards and giving my input wherever I see a chance ha. I'm at 1.5 years/3 years of my initial commitment thru Navy HSCP. Deploying shortly and upon my return will start processing my papers to get out. Looking forward to doing a civilian fellowship and moving on with my life. Edit: no prior military experience so I'm a one and doner. Can't see myself sticking around for even 3 more years.
  11. Several of my classmates were in long distance relationships 12+ hours from each other during PA school. Don't have a lot to echo that others haven't already, but it definitely can be done. Personally, I was nearly in a situation where my only acceptance was at a school in New York and my newlywed husband of 8 months had just taken a job in Florida so for a few days (until I received my acceptance at the Florida school) we thought we were going to be long distance as newlyweds. It was a tough pill to swallow but you do it because you know other interviews/acceptances may not happen (and this was 5 years ago...I can't imagine how much more competitive it is getting by the year!) In the long run it would totally be worth it to do long distance for a short time for a lifetime of pay off.
  12. Does anyone have any personal experience with this program/know anyone that has completed this program? Their website is pretty sparse. I tried reaching out to one of the alumna listed on their site but haven't heard back. Really interested in this program for the future.
  13. mostly mid 70s, occasionally 80s
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