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  1. That was after checking the my bedroom is a disaster lol. It looks like a grenade went off in there actually. Derm.
  2. Agree with the others; it isn't worth it IMO. Aside from not being impressive even if you get an A, anything less than that A is going to be a serious knock on your application. They're going to be scratching their heads wondering how it's possible to take a course 3 times and not get an A, and then likely round file your app.
  3. OP, where do you go? It sounds like you're from my neck of the woods. Maybe TCC or BCC? I wouldn't worry about it. I think, at least in part, that it gets a bad rap from the people who spent 15x on their own education and aren't capable of seeing alternative routes. Kind of a keeping the man down type of thing. They have to justify their path and $$ spent and the easy way of doing that is by saying "inferior education!". The GRE and MCAT will be a good place to dissociate yourself from the stigma.
  4. Good post realwayPA, although I would argue that your experience with "easy A's" at the CC isn't necessarily typical when actually in a classroom. It all depends on the CC and the particular teacher of course. Online courses are often a joke, riddled with cheating and not accurately showing a students potential, which is why many programs are reluctant to accept them. I have to say that I feel good about my CC postbac work thus far. I'm being challenged, studying hard, learning a ton, and owning the material by going above and beyond what's expected. 90% of my science classes are taught by Phd
  5. Ya, I was shocked when I saw that teacher story. The hospital is a different situation though, IMO, and understandable when looking at it from a nurses point of view. They are well versed in BSI precautions but voluntarily jumping into a hot zone with inadequate training and against an "unknown" virus that kills ~50% wouldn't turn me on either.
  6. I posted a similar thread quite a while ago. I think med school can be beneficial even for older students, say up to 40-ish. The obvious problem is obviously time and commitment, but more than that, the road can potentially be a lot more dangerous. Your career could end in an instant if you fail or perform terribly on step 1. All competitive residencies close the door in your face at that point and the dream job you envisioned before entering med school spirals down the drain. The actual process of the match can't be all that comforting, even with good scores. Don't get along with one of the a
  7. Congrats and GL on your journey. That being said, is this GPA really that average? It would awesome if you report back after interviews with the number of schools you got in to.
  8. It doesn't sound like you're certified to actually provide any healthcare, therefore it wouldn't qualify.
  9. OP, you are in a tough position b/c you've taken all of the sciences and received so many C's. I'm sure you could get in somewhere if you retook most of them and got A's, but would that be worth it? Anything less than top notch grades will be a step back and a waste of time. I'd investigate alternative careers unless you think you're capable of a unbelievable turnaround. Not sure why, but the post you quoted is missing the . Put that after whatever you're quoting if it doesn't post correctly.
  10. My numbers were a bit off, I just revised it and it looks better...for the doc lol Pretty sick when you look at the total picture and the scope of your job.
  11. That's where it gets ugly :) 5 years: Dr - 1.55 mil (after theoretical loan repayment) PA - 525k 10 years: Dr - 3.3 mil PA - 900k 20 years: Dr - 6.8 mil PA - 1.65 mil
  12. Let's assume the payback figures are correct and further simplify things by saying the entire paycheck will be devoted to loan repayment. Forgetting about taxes, and only looking at earning potential: End of 7th year: PA - (4 x 75k).Loan paid off and 150k leftover Dr - 200k left on loan(350k - 150k(3 residency years)). Now making 150k/year in FM Not accounting for raises, fast forward 10 years: Dr - 1.5 mil - 200k(remaining loan) = 1.3 mil PA - 900k (750k + original 150k that was leftover) 20 year mark: Dr - 2.8 mil PA - 1.65 mil Even 5 years
  13. Ahhhh yes, always $$ involved. This sounds like a circus with the assistant physicians(if not available, we'll just go to da nex1 george)--> Assistant Physician Aide --> Pre Assistant Physician Aides(head explode!). Makes me wonder what Doc in their right mind would agree to collaborate with these assistant physicians? What possible benefit is there for the Dr?
  14. I shouldn't have said "unrelated & no relationship" in my previous post, obviously the professions are tight knit and function quite similarly. My point was that they are technically 2 different professions with well defined requirements. Allowing the failed docs to encroach on the PA's wouldn't be fair to those who went through the proper process, and this is not a two way street, PA's will never be allowed to take the USMLE and then apply for residency.
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