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  1. Are you still selling equipment for PA school?

  2. I'm selling mine, PM if interested lol. Used probably 3 times the entire time I was in school, all of our practice rooms had equipment in them already, and I have no use for them in practice.
  3. Have a link to more info? I'm about to graduate and should be finished with boards and certified by this time. I did something very similar when I deployed there as a medic in the Army...
  4. I think Rosh is better used for clinical year. The breakdown of questions is better suited for your EOR exams than system based exams in my opinion. For questions during didactic year, I used Board Vitals, which my school paid for through our library, so not sure on pricing, but you can select your questions based on very specific criteria, which I liked a lot.
  5. You'll be fine with a 295, no worries there! It's a trivial component to the app in my opinion. As long as you have a solid personal statement along with your stats (and good LORs) you shouldn't have an issue.
  6. No need to prepare. It’ll likely be futile. You have no way of predicting what depth you’ll need to study at this point. You said it right in your post, enjoy the time off! That’s seriously the best advice anyone can give you. Only thing I would do is make sure you have an idea of how you plan to study set up and ready to go and are familiar with it. By this I mean don’t show up with you fancy iPad Pro w/ Apple Pencil day 1 and not have a clue how to use it (happened in my program lol). Pick a note taking app (I love OneNote), familiarize yourself with it and be ready to go when the time comes. Do some pleasure reading and get ready! Don’t worry you don’t remember anything. They will assume you know nothing and teach you everything. As far as books and stuff, whatever your program recommends is probably best. Find a good review book you like for exams, but don’t use as your primary studying source as they’re all superficial. EM Basic and EM Crit are awesome podcasts with EM focuses but still relevant to common topics. Khan Academy has great videos for physiology. As far as journals go, whatever you enjoy. Your program will probably give you an AAPA membership and you’ll get their journal with it, it’s pretty good. Hope this helps, enjoy the down time and best of luck.
  7. Would you recommend adding anything extra in case they counter? Say you want 95k so you say 100k hoping for a counter of 95? Sorry to briefly thread jack but I figure it can help!
  8. Not a terrible article! Wish they went for a current student's perspective, or another recent grad instead of future student.
  9. Get a good night of sleep, eat a good breakfast and just relax. It’s not bad and it really does help identify areas of weakness to focus on. Don’t stress and definitely don’t study tonight, it’ll be totally useless. Good luck!
  10. I'm still on rotations as well so take this with a grain of salt. I did an ICU rotation as my third rotation and it's definitely a huge learning curve. So much so that I switched another elective to do another ICU rotation. My program didn't do much to educate us on the nuances of critical care either and I think the main reason is because the ICU is a tough place for a new grad. I'm not really a fan of most post-grad programs/residencies/fellowships, but I feel critical care is one where it would be extremely helpful. You can't beat yourself up over this, even the most junior attending in the ICU has 5-6 years of residency/fellowship under their belt, you had 3 weeks. You got a lot out of the rotation and that's what is important. Maybe you're like me and quickly realized it would be extremely difficult to be a new grad in the ICU w/ the limited exposure we get. I was fortunate enough to work with a great preceptor and got in a lot of procedures with a ton of 1-1 teaching, but there is no way I would feel comfortable working in that setting any time soon. Don't beat yourself up over one attending's comments. Just know that you learned a ton, but still have some development to do. Three weeks is just enough time to get into the swing of things before it's time to move on. Good luck the rest of the way!
  11. Practice questions are really great for clinical medicine course in my opinion. I use ROSH Review now that i'm in clinical year just doing about 10-20 questions per day to keep all of the random stuff I don't see on rotations in my head. During didactic year, I used Board Vitals as my school paid for it, way more in detail as they're for the med student boards but still good nonetheless. Additionally, for each unit we did I would make a chart at the beginning of the unit and then add each condition either on the syllabus or NCCPA blueprints and put each of those in the first column and fill it in as we covered them in lecture. From left to right my columns were condition/general overview/pathophys/presentation/physical exam findings/diagnosis/treatment/notes. This was definitely not extremely detailed but did the trick to do well on the exam as it had all the pertinent information you would need to answer a question. PANCE Prep Pearls is a lifesaver come clinical year when prepping for EOR exams and such. I would caution you using it too much except maybe just before an exam because it's pretty superficial and leaves out a lot of the detail necessary to fully comprehend some of the disease processes you'll encounter. Best of luck!
  12. The eye drops not relieving pain is a huge red flag for anterior uveitis. Any ciliary flush? That could point that way as well. Slit lamp would be helpful in this case to take a peak at anterior chamber, but I wouldn’t know the first step in how to accurately diagnose it off the top of my head with a slit lamp, just remember it’s important for Uveitis, likely recurrent given his history of prior episodes sounding similar to this . Would like To know a little more history for this, any systemic inflammatory diseases? SLE, sarcoidosis, RA, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis? Any chance we got an HLA-B27 in the ED? Lol I’ll hold off for what labs/Imaging I’d want at the moment until we get a little more information.
  13. 7 is a good number. I would say 2 safety schools, 3 schools with a good chance of getting in, and 2 reach schools. That should cover everything. If you're weak in a few areas of your app, consider a few more of the safety schools. Good luck!
  14. Undergrad School: University of Central Florida, BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, minor in Health Science Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.66 Cumulative Science GPA: 3.61 CASPA Verification: Submitted 6/30, verified 7/5 Age at time of application: 25 GRE: V 155, Q 154, W 5.0. HCE: 8000 hrs as a medic in the US Army. Shadowing: 20 hr shadowing in Level I Trauma Center Research: Absolutely none. Volunteer: Some with the American Red Cross. LORs: 2 Army PA's, 1 Health Sciences Professor Awards: Bunch of Army stuff, Dean's List every semester but one. VP of my university's chapter of Student Veterans of America. Schools applied to: Cornell, Duke, University of Florida, James Madison University, Wake Forest University, Northwestern University, Yale, George Washington University, MGH Institute of Health Professions. Interviews: Duke (declined to interview), University of Florida (declined to interview), James Madison University (declined to interview), MGH Institute of Health Professions (declined to interview), Northwestern, Wake Forest University, George Washington University Waitlist: None Rejected: Yale, assuming Cornell. Withdrew: All declined interview slots. Accepted: Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, George Washington University Attending: Northwestern University Attempt: 1st I applied broadly and early but was extremely fortunate in that my top 3 schools were the first to contact me regarding interviews. I interviewed way back in early September at two of them and was accepted to my top choice right away. It made the decision to turn down the other interview offers pretty easy and my wallet appreciated that as well. The strong point of my application was definitely my HCE. I made sure to demonstrate just how valuable it was in my PS as well. On top of that, I had some incredible LOR's that helped my case as well in landing interviews. Hope this information helps others! Good luck and congrats to all of those in for this cycle.
  15. I've lived in Orlando my whole life and can give a little insight into the area. It's a nice city with a lot to do with some great suburbs outside of the city. Traffic is terrible and only getting worse as they are doing a six-year renovation of the road that runs through Orlando (I-4). That said, it was a great place to grow up, you're close enough to each coast that day trips are very doable and I highly recommend getting to the beaches as much as possible. Ft. Lauderdale is nice, but I personally could never live there, it just isn't for me. I strongly dislike Miami and the surrounding areas, very superficial and a highly saturated market for PA's. I know a few Nova Orlando grads and they enjoyed the program. You can get around the traffic in Orlando as long as you avoid rush hour times to the best of your ability. There are plenty of alternate routes around that are good at avoiding traffic. Good luck with your decision!
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