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  1. Thanks for all your perspectives! As for NYC a lot of hospital systems, such as NYP offer employment housing so you can find affordable (for NYC) housing, but regardless the salary offers seem to be disappointing. I have a ton of family in FL, but I know PA practice isn't the best there. NC sounds lovely as does Maine, but I don't know if I could handle the Maine winters!
  2. I am a soon to be new grad currently in the NYC area looking at jobs in the NYC area as well as back in my home state of Pennsylvania. I was just wondering if anyone could give me some insight as to how they like working for Geisinger (salary, benefits, work load, etc.) I know the salary in PA isn't so great, but the pay here in NYC isn't much better, especially when you look at the cost of living. If I get a job through Geisinger I could live at home and put a large chunk of my salary towards paying off my loans. I am mainly interested in Emergency Medicine (if they even hire new grads?) and Hospitalist positions. Thanks!
  3. I second Marino. Also, the Ventilator Book is great for understanding mechanical ventilation. https://www.amazon.com/dp/098529650X/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_2?pf_rd_p=1944687562&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1451193874&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=KKF4APQMCVMYR9GYGQ22
  4. For didactic I couldn't live without: - Step Up To Medicine - Pance Prep Pearls - Lange Q&A - The Certification and Re-certification Guide for PAs - First Aid Clerkship Series: OB/GYN
  5. I am currently in NYC. I understand that rural areas tend to do more and a lot of it is SP dependent , but I am trying to get a perspective on which location would be better to start out my career in with regards to developing the most skills. I am interested in critical care eventually, if that helps. I do not want to do a residency since I have heard too many negative things but was hoping to work for around 5 years as a hospitalist before possibly switching to the ICU. I am just wondering if beginning in a rural area would be better for career development.
  6. I am a soon to be graduating PA student who is beginning to look at jobs. I wanted to get some perspectives on starting out in a rural vs. urban location. I am currently in a large city and I've noticed that many (not all, of course) of the PAs seem to be more like glorified secretaries and don't seem like they make even simple decisions without consulting multiple attendings. There is just so much micromanagement. I know PAs in rural areas tend to have more autonomy and often develop more skills as a result. However, being a new grad, I obviously have less knowledge and skill than a seasoned PA and will require more oversight. I am not currently looking for much autonomy with being a new grad but I am still thinking about a few years ahead. I understand that a good employer will give me less responsibility and hopefully good mentoring as I begin my career but the opportunity to develop more skills and responsibility with time is appealing and I feel a rural area may serve me better. Please let me know your thoughts and personal experiences. Thanks!
  7. I live in central PA and from experience, you want to get a car with AWD and really good gas mileage! We get a decent amount of snow and ice and the hills and mountains make driving a challenge at times in the winter. I am not a student at Lock Haven, but I know some of the student PAs that attend Lock Haven are doing their rotations at my local hospital (which is about a 45 minute drive). I am sure some rotations are even farther away due to the area being pretty rural. I recommened Volkswagen, Honda, and Subaru. I've had positive experiences with all three.
  8. The current academic calender posted for Hofstra shows classes starting in September, right after Labor Day
  9. i've heard a couple times that you should invest money in a good stethoscope & save on the opthamaloscope (unless you want to go into ENT) because you will hardly use it outside of school. most hospitals/clinics/offices have them in their offices. as far as what specific ones to get, i'm not really sure. i would do a bit of research online & see what will suit your needs and future goals. i know a lot of people like littmann stethoscopes, though.
  10. i am personally waiting for cyber monday to see if there's any steals :)
  11. pulli, my check has not been cashed yet either. i do not know everything that we have to buy, but friends of mine that went to different programs had to at least buy a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, & opthamaloscope. i was thinking about buying those major items that almost everybody has to buy (regardless of what program they go to) & waiting until i get an official list to buy the rest. your stethoscope & opthamaloscope are going to be your most expensive purchases, so i would keep an eye out for deals on them (or at least free shipping!).
  12. they do have simulations as well. i think she said it was through a partnership with north shore LIJ?
  13. although you don't have to be a science major, i strongly recommend it. even as a science major, you still have a decent amount of elective credits you will need to take to graduate and they can be anything you want (unless your college has certain restrictions in place). there is also the option of taking up a minor in another area that includes courses that suit your interests more. however, down the road if you get invited to pa school interviews, they will most likely ask why you chose the major you did & you will need to have a good answer as to why the science classes are not something you truly enjoy.
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