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Kwame E

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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.
  16. I could understand her frustration, especially considering she was 2 years away from being able to collect her pension. She was offered another job so she technically wasn't "fired" but she refused to take that job. When I tell you this lady was pissed..she flat out refused to train the new person. She put in her 2 weeks notice before the new person even started, so they had to scramble to find a temporary replacement. It was a mess lol.
  17. electric, from what I'm seeing online (monster, indeed, etc) most cardiac rehab job postings are still for registered nurses. Other postings I see are for "exercise physiologists" that require a masters degree plus an internship in cardiac rehab. Every now and then I'll see a "wellness coordinator" posting that just requires a BS in Kinesiology/Exercise Science with an internship. I just finished a 400 hour internship at a cardiac rehab and whoever is running the program needs to have knowledge of the exercises and also needs to be able to read ECGs because the cardiac patients are hooked up to monitors as they do their exercises. It's also good to be able to check BP manually. There's several books on how to properly run a cardiac rehab program. An RN's knowledge is underused in a cardiac rehab setting, IMO. And there have been some billing changes, so an RN isn't required to do the initial assessment anymore. So that might have some affect on RNs in cardiac rehab. I hope that answered your question lol. I guess a short answer would be no, but if you want to get far in the field you would need a masters and self-educate on certain things. If I can't find a job as at least a cardiac rehab tech, I'll get my EMT. At the place I interned at, the RN was being replaced with an exercise physiologist fresh out of grad school. She was NOT happy lol.
  18. They should at least make medicine like pharmacy, where you don't have to have a Bachelor's to start a program. Just finish the pre reqs + MCAT + shadowing/volunteering/whatever. I think that's how it is in Canada and Europe. I know there are BS/MD programs out there, but those are few and far between, super competitive and limit you to primary care most of the time. Medical School could probably be cut down to 3 years too. Longer schooling doesn't necessarily mean a better outcome.
  19. If I could it all over again I'd probably do BSN to PA or LVN (so I could work) to BSN to PA. Right now I'm a semester away from a BS in Exercise Science. After I graduate I'll either get my EMT-B or look for jobs in cardiac rehab.
  20. At most schools, you can only take Biochem after orgo 1 & 2 and I was really trying to avoid orgo 2 because it's not required for the schools I looked at, they only require one semester of orgo. But I figure PA school is gonna be way harder than o chem 2 lol. I graduate in May so I'll definitely be doing a post-bacc, unfortunately. I want to retake chem 2 and anatomy for higher grades, and take organic and maybe another upper level bio class. But before I do that I want to get my EMT and get employment.
  21. I'm pretty sure most PA schools require at least 6 upper level biology credits, labs may or may not be included depending on the institution. I'm an exercise science major, so a lot of my major classes are based on anatomy, human movement and performance and injury. However I'm a bio minor. I've taken Cell Bio, which I got a B in. Currently in Genetics, praying I can pull off an A. Next semester I'm registered for Microbiology, the prof is said to be really difficult so I'm kind of nervous about that. I'm thinking about Biochem and Immunology, not sure if I want to take those yet.
  22. I've been doing an "internship" in outpatient and inpatient rehab for the last few months. I'm an Exercise Science major, and an internship is required for me to graduate. Why is my major exercise science if I want to be a PA and not a PT or OT? Long story lol. Sidenote: Doing this internship and seeing what therapists do all day has confirmed that the therapy field is NOT for me at all. Don't get me wrong, OT/PT/Speech are great careers and I see them as an essential part of healthcare, but watching a stroke patient struggle to pick up a squishy ball for an hour is not appealing to me at all. It's very monotonous and boring. Anyways, at my internship site there is about 6 PTs and 5 PTAs, 3 OTs and 3 COTAs. I don't see many major differences between the therapists and the assistants, they all go through their patients protocols and exercises and write in the charts. A couple times I've seen a PTA ask a PT a question about something, but I've also seen the opposite. These are the only big differences I see: 1. PTAs/COTAs can't do evals or set up the treatment plan (but they probably could, especially experienced ones, but I'm sure this has more to do with insurance and state law than education/knowledge). 2. When a patient is discharged, it has to have the signature of the PT/OT. 3. Progress Notes have to be co-signed by the PT/OT. The assistants can sign them, but the PT has to sign them as well. Oh, and the pay difference is about $20,000 lol. I know there's probably a lot more that I don't see, but do you guys think that their relationship is compared to the PA/MD relationship?
  23. I'm doing some volunteering at a small hospital and the other day the doctor walked in and everybody at the nurse station said "hi Doctor _____" and she politely said "hello everyone." The funny thing was she looked all of 22. I thought to myself "she's a doctor?" There seems to be a lot of young docs at this particular hospital. I've seen 4 docs and 2 PAs. 3 of the docs look under 30, the 2 PAs look to be in their 40s. Maybe they're residents?
  24. Is there really a difference? And the thought of 4 more years with no pay + residency makes my skin crawl. An MD behind my name isn't worth it, IMO.
  25. I lurk this part of the forum quite regularly, and I have to say that a lot of you sound like wannabe MD's when you complain about nurse practitioners. Plus all the talk of wanting to be called an "associate physician" and what not. Comes across as very insecure. I'm still an undergrad and I'm pretty set on PA school, but I don't want to regret not becoming an MD/DO in 10 years like a lot of you seem to be.
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