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  1. I've permanently relocated to another state and gotten another state license, and do not plan to practice in Florida any longer. I made the decision to voluntarily relinquish my FL license so I do not have to continue to pay/renew every 2 years. I have been emailing and calling the Board of Medicine for the past 2 months to navigate this process. I initially received a few responses via email but have not heard any updates to confirm my license has been relinquished since beginning of November. I've left several voicemails with NO callbacks returned. More recently I tried leaving voicemails but the inboxes were all full. Has anyone else had this experience? I'm at the point of wanting to file a complaint with HR because I'm so frustrated. It shouldn't be harder to VOLUNTARILY RELINQUISH a license than it is to OBTAIN a license. Any help/advice would be appreciated. I'm due for my renewal 31Jan2020
  2. Just from a personal perspective, I needed to live off base for my own sanity. Living on base would mean being constantly surrounded by military everything and feeling like I'm always at work, so I chose to live off base. We bought a condo about 30 mins away so I feel like I have a life separate from the military, which is what I wanted. Some people really like the convenience of being super close to work, base activities, etc. It will also depend on which base you're stationed - what's available and if there are good places to live nearby that are off base.
  3. If you were hands on with a patient (vitals, labs, injections) I consider this direct patient care experience. Doesn't matter if you had the formal "training" or not. A lot of "medical assistants" I've known over the years didn't graduate from an MA program, they were "OJT" as the military likes to say. As for how to word this, I don't think you have to hide the fact you weren't a corpsman. Just be honest and say you were an active duty (or reserve) Navy Sailor that cross trained in medical and was allowed to perform supervised procedures
  4. Current active duty PA. Saw this post and laughed to myself, because I've been complaining about this to my spouse for the past few weeks. My assigned "primary care manager" retired a few months ago. When I got back from deployment this past spring, I was due for my pap. Well let's just say it's now September, and I haven't been able to make an appt. I've spent cumulatively an hour on the phone with Tricare on 3 occasions the past week trying to switch my PCM so that I can get an appt, and was told they couldn't help me because no clinic on base is accepting new patients. WTF? My PCM literally RETIRED and is GONE. All I wanted to do was switch my care to the clinic I currently work at so that the NP there, who told me they are willing to take me as a patient, can just do my pap and refill my ocp. I'm the easiest patient ever, I never need anything....except an occasional ocp refill and a pap every 3 years? Out of principle, I decided to give the Tricare lady a piece of my mind, knowing good and well she's just the messenger. Told her I'm a provider and active duty service member, and explained how unbelievable it is to me that I can't, at the moment, walk down the hallway to that NP and have them do my pap/ocp refill. I was FURIOUS. Only now starting to cool off from the whole thing. Issue still has not been resolved. Anyway, just venting here. This is just a small piece of what it would look like to have national health care for all. It's for the birds.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. As a PA, you will commission meaning you will be an officer. Look into commissioning programs through Navy HPSP or HSCP
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. mostly mid 70s, occasionally 80s
  18. I obtained a phlebotomy license early in my journey to PA school but was never able to find a job, so I decided to get a CNA license. It took less than 2 months from the time I started the class until the time I was certified. With a bachelors degree in hand and a CNA license I was easily able to find a job, even with no experience, at my local community hospital. I worked there for 6 months and applied to PA school at the same time. My personal opinion is that the work is very difficult and very humbling. It was physically exhausting and I was under appreciated. But I knew what I wanted and was willing to make that short term sacrifice to get into PA school and it worked.
  19. I used exam master and scored low-mid 70s consistently and scored really well on the PANCE taken 9 days ago. Exam master is much more difficult than questions you will encounter on the pance (in my opinion) but I'm glad I used it because I think it helped train me to avoid test fatigue.
  20. Tested 12/17 and received results this morning (12/23) at 8:25 am! PA-C!!! Can't believe it!!!! Used Pance Prep Pearls, Exam Master, Davis, PA Easy, Cert/Recert for PAs
  21. I just took the PANCE Saturday, Dec. 17. I also did several thousand practice questions between Davis, Exam Master, PA Easy, Certification/Recertification for PANCE/PANRE questions and then last week I capped it off with one NCCPA practice test. I have to say doing EM questions definitely over-prepared me for the length of the practice test and PANCE. My questions in the practice exam and PANCE were for the most part, very short in length, 3-4 sentences. I had only a handful of questions that even required me to look at lab values. Additionally I felt EM questions were much more detail oriented and the practice/PANCE were much more broad. The practice test was helpful in the sense that it showed me what my weaker areas were in the week leading up to the PANCE. Previously I'd felt confident in cardiology but that was one of two sections I scored slightly below the mean on, so for the remainder of the week I reviewed cardiology and HEENT. Honestly that was probably the most valuable part of taking the practice exam, more so than seeing the style of the practice questions.
  22. That's why I suggested you talk to your recruiter to verify because just because it worked that way for me doesn't mean it will work that way for you. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to apply for next year's fiscal year consideration but every year things have the potential to change so I would definitely talk to your recruiter to make sure. That's what I would suggest in your situation, though, since it is unlikely you will have everything done in time. If I were you I'd focus primarily on getting into PA school at this point because it seems as if your timeline is going to be extremely rushed. Wish you the best of luck and let me know if you have more questions.
  23. I think January 2017 will be too late for the 16-17 application process. By that time, if your package gets reviewed I think you'd probably get placed on an alternate list because the board only meets a couple of times and they are also doing rolling acceptance, so you're competing against time more so than other applicants. That is why it is highly encouraged to submit your package day 1 of the new fiscal year which is October 1st, which is what I did. If you wait until January then you're 3 months behind the earliest date you could've submitted and others will be submitting their packages in October. That's not to say you HAVE to submit in October/November-ish but from what I've seen and heard these applicants have a much better shot than the ones who submit later. If you don't submit for 16-17 I'm sure you can submit for 17-18, but I would talk to your recruiter to verify. They're going to want you to submit ASAP because they want to meet their quotas but it may be better for you to wait until next year to submit. I wasn't notified of my HSCP acceptance until 3 months into PA school and wasn't sworn in until 4 months into PA school. Of course, I didn't start receiving my benefits and salary until that time but if I remember correctly the HSCP only pays for 24 months of a program anyway, so it worked out perfectly for me since my program is 28 months. I will have only had 4 months of school without a salary. And to address your other question - I submitted CASPA in late July, interviewed in October and November, and received my acceptances in November/December.
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