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  1. I got Emergency/Trauma, which is exactly what I wanna do lol.
  2. Awesome thread! Thank you guys for sharing.
  3. So I'll be 24 in less than a month, and I'll be done with my B.S. in May. I plan on applying to PA next year next year, after I've gained more HCE and took a few more classes. But sometimes I feel like I'm selling myself short by not going MD/DO. I've wanted to be a physician my entire life, I recently changed to PA because I found out that I could "practice medicine" by being a PA. Sometimes I'm enthusiastic about being a PA, other times I wonder if I'll be fully satisfied with myself. There's a long thread on here basically saying that if you're under 30 you should go to medical school. Of course MD takes a lot longer, 4 years + residency. If I go to medical school, I'll be 30 years old just becoming a resident vs 30 years old as a PA making good money. I'm just so conflicted. Any words of wisdom? Can anyone else relate? Thanks.
  4. Instead of doing this, why can't they just add residency slots?
  5. This would probably be targeted towards those who work in the ER, but I'd like feedback from everyone who's willing. I'm asking because I'm pre-PA and would like to know how you guys who are PAs would approach this scenario. Basically, I'd like to know the thought process involved. In the ED, an 84 year old man comes in via EMS. He has fallen at this residence where he lives alone. He's conscious, but disoriented and it's not clear if he's aware of what all is going on. He says that he hasn't eaten in 2 weeks because he ran out of food. He's very pale and sweaty. His blood pressure is low, and when he stands it drops to a dangerous level. As a clinician, what would you do first? What's your thought process?
  6. 72% of PA applicants are female. I look at the pictures of graduating PA classes and it seems to be all females with 3-4 males sprinkled in. Speech/OT/PT are also overwhelmingly female. Like someone else said these types of professional careers are great options for women because they don't take 10+ years like MD/DO does. First PA I met was a woman who was a former RN. She's the one who got me interested in the profession.
  7. Well I don't plan on applying until July 2017. My GPA is going to be on the low side, I screwed up a lot early in my college career.. I have to supplement that with a high GRE, good personal essay, good LORs and HCE. As far as hands on patient care, I have over 5 years experience with caring for mentally handicapped adults. I'm becoming an EMT to add to my experience and gain medical knowledge. I also completed a 400 hour internship last semester. So a rough estimate would be about 3,000 hours of HCE (I worked summers). That can easily double working as an EMT full time. So when I apply I'll have 6000 hours of HCE. Right now I'm thinking about taking Orgo 1 & 2 and Biochem and retaking Chem 2 and Anatamy after I graduate.
  8. My gpa is mediocre to bad, but it's somewhat salvageable if I get nothing but A's from here on out. I start my last semester of undergrad next week, and I'm enrolled in 18 hours. After I graduate I plan to get my EMT over the summer and hopefully find employment by September. I plan on taking 4 more science classes after I (hopefully) find a job. With the 18 hours I'm taking this semester + EMT classes + 16 hours of post-bacc classes I should raise my GPA above a 3.0, which is the requirement for most PA schools. Only one school in my state requires a 3.2. My question is, with the 4 post-bacc classes, should I retake the classes I made C's in or focus on upper level classes? I made C's in chem 2, Anatamy & Genetics. Should I retake those classes or take upper level classes like Advanced Cell Bio, Biochem, Immunology, Pathophysiology, etc? What would look better to an admissions board? Or should I retake the pre-reqs AND take upper-level classes? I would rather not do that since I'm low on funds. Let me also add that 2 of those classes are gonna be Orgo 1 & 2. So I have 2 open options. And maybe a 3rd if necessary.
  9. In my major, if you have a certain concentration, a 400 hour internship is required at an approved site. This past semester, I completed my internship and I'm wondering if it can be counted as "hands on healthcare experience." I did my internship in inpatient & outpatient rehab and cardiac rehab. List of things I did: Checked blood pressures Put on heart monitors Helped patients do their exercises In inpatient sometimes a therapist would tell me to go to a patients room and do specific exercises for 20 minutes or so then ask them what their pain level was. In out patient I would also go through exercises with a patient if a therapist was busy Can I count this as HCE? My only worry is that this internship was technically a class I had to take and I got 6 hours of credit for it. I don't know how schools feel about that.
  10. EMT-P is an associates degree at my local CC. I'd rather not go to school another 2 years before PA school. I want to be a PA before age 30, I'm almost 24. Emt b is just 8 weeks.
  11. After I graduate I'm getting my emt b. Hopefully I can land a job as an ER Tech, but the jobs I'm looking at online require 2 years of ED experience + EKG and IV knowledge. I'm pretty sure emt b teaches neither. I'll just have to see.
  12. I'm a Texas resident as well, and I do wonder why UNT is significantly longer than all the other programs. I think they place strong emphasis on primary care, could that be the reason?
  13. Congrats! Looking at this thread, it feels like I'll never get accepted. :(
  14. Go to the CASPA website with your transcript in front of you and calculate your GPA the way they do. Your rad tech GPA will most likely be considered post bacc, however I don't know if those classes will be factored into your science GPA. Do well in your pre-reps and the GRE and shadow some PAs if you haven't. With 11 years of clinical experience you'll have no issue getting in IMO. The PA profession was made for people like you, healthcare workers who want a larger scope of practice w/o having to do med school + residency. Good luck!
  15. It has crossed my mind to get my masters in exercise physiology so I'd have better job prospects. But I know I wouldn't be happy in that field.
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