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  1. I just graduated from the University of Utah PA Program and took my PANCE yesterday. I felt pretty good about it after taking the CME review course beforehand. As my formal PA education comes to a close and I embark on this career path (already have a job lined up), I just have a few things that I would like to share. I'm a 31 year old father of two young boys. I got divorced in didactic year. I had my fair share of challenges, but realized that I am not really a unique case among other PA students across the country. Others have gone through similar life shake-ups before me and have succe
  2. rcreek

    PA s in Utah

    My home state and I am sticking around here for the long-term. Applying for jobs now as I finish up PA school. Cost of living is rising a lot, especially in SLC area. Traffic can be terrible, and the air quality is getting horrific in the valleys during the cold months, but can be escaped at higher elevations like Park City. The economy is strong and the population is growing both from the birth rate and numerous people moving here, which bodes well as far as PA job security and demand for healthcare. Compared to the rest of the nation however, starting salaries aren't great. I believe
  3. I wish you all the best! Feels like just yesterday I was going through this process. Now I'm in my second year just starting clinical rotations here at UPAP. It's a great program!
  4. Yes, every year students come off the waitlist. A current classmate was waitlisted at #6 (I think). It varies from year to year how many from the waitlist end up in the final accepted class. Keep in touch with Doris about that.
  5. Oh man, is that ever true. Senior folks eating their young. Granted this is based on my own biased observations over the years, and many discussions with EM physicians - but it seems that when you come in as a new provider, you can expect to get the worst shifts, and the most flak (from supervisors to nurses) until you really prove yourself. You've got to know how to handle everything from a drug-seeker to acute peritonitis to a full code. When you leave your shift, you can bet they'll be discussing your treatment plans amongst themselves and whether or not they think you're pulling your weigh
  6. Helpful thread. Also a first year student. If I end up in EM, I'll definitely do a residency first, even though I worked in the ER for almost 4 years prior to starting my program. In most cases, EM is not a good fit for a new grad. I believe this even more after I saw a new physician coming from a 3 year EM residency get put through the ringer. It takes a thick-skinned person willing to put up with constant criticism, yet maintain confidence in their abilities to start a new career in this field.
  7. I shadowed a PA in an allergy specialty who spent about 1/2 of his time in clinic as an FDA sub-investigator. When working with the research patients, only he was supposed to do the blood draw. So he did several blood draws per day. Of course, this is definitely a special case.
  8. + 1 for the Marriott. It's literally right down the street within walking distance. People have PM'd me about the test already but perhaps I should say something here in the thread. It includes anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. I prepared with a Cliff's Notes Anatomy and Physiology Quick Review book, also went through a medical terminology workbook. Just focus on big picture with the body systems. Some of my classmates didn't prepare much at all, others did. And we all had different approaches to it. IMO I think it's a great idea to prep for the exam, but I would spend most
  9. Krazymonkey, we don't have a say at all. We have a student panel where you can ask us questions, put on a dinner for you, do campus tours, etc.
  10. I don't completely understand how they decide who goes to which interview session. But, a few people from the 1st interview session will get an "early" acceptance. That's the main difference as far as I understand it. The rest of the chosen applicants tend to find out after both interview sessions are conducted. Our class has been preparing for these interviews, and we are excited to meet you! We will be involved with some activities during both interview sessions.
  11. We experimented with a similar thing one time in my Ophthalmology class. They took the average of our individual score on the test, and our group score. I rather liked it actually.
  12. As I recall, there was a question I felt that I didn't answer very well. I think they understand!
  13. This year most of my classmates are from in-state. The program is intense, and such is the nature of any PA program. There is a lot of information to cover and all programs have to meet certain rigorous curriculum requirements to be accredited by ARC-PA. We still have some time to do fun things. This program is perfectly situated to enjoy the SLC night-life or head up to the mountains for recreation. You still must maintain a study/life balance!
  14. Here I am almost finished with my first semester of PA school, wondering what the job market will be like when I graduate. Keeping my finger on the pulse so I can make a smart decision...
  15. They could change it up every year, but for us, we were put into groups of 3. We discussed an ethical scenario, with two faculty members as moderators. There was some role-playing involved. Group interviews in general are designed to see how you work with others. They will take note if you overtalk everyone else and throw them under the bus, or if you are so timid that you don't speak up. Be a middle ground person. Don't argue. Be tactful. Be courteous. Acknowledge the validity of others' viewpoints. Find appropriate times to segway. Build on what others have said. It is very helpful i
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