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  1. The amount that students are allocated for living expenses is the same for in-state and out-of-state students at most if not all schools. The difference of course is that out-of-state students are allowed to borrow more to cover the increased cost of tuition. When you mention child care though, student loans are meant to be enough to cover living expenses for the student based on the cost of living in the area of the program. They are not supposed to be enough to support other dependents or family members, or many other debts such as a car payment.
  2. Thought #1: I am biased and think that PA > NP in many ways, but in your situation you might want to consider post-bacc 12 month accelerated nursing program ➞ NP school. That is the one shortcut that exists which would utilize your unrelated bachelors degree and life experience. Thought #2: Before deciding to go PA, be sure you're going to be a strong applicant (ie. previous GPA, etc), otherwise it's going to be an expensive waste of time without anything to show for it.
  3. I found a bunch of packrats on https://www.scribd.com/. It's a paid website, but I think you can get a free trial. I'd disagree with "The pance is nearly identical to the two Packrats that we took...." because the main reason that people are struggling more this year is that they got rid of many of the buzz words that people used to learn from PANCE Prep Pearls. If anything, I thought that many of the Rosh questions were harder than the PANCE, especially since some of the PANCE questions had shorter question stems.
  4. Yes, that's correct. It's one more thing to keep track of though and I'm not saying it's the easiest thing in the world to do, but it's good to know about. For example, when I made a payment to my loan servicer to return some funds, I had to make sure that the payment was applied to that specific loan and not split between ones from previous semesters. It would just take a phone call or two to your financial aid office and/or servicer to avoid any mistakes. The other thing is that during the semester you should be able to receive funds that were offered but declined going into the semester.
  5. Sorry for nit picking, student loans are complicated but it's good to have the right info. With 7.08% interest and 4.236% origination fees on the Plus loans that most students rely on, being able to return what you don't need is a nice feature to avoid extra fees/interest. The origination fee is also canceled. For example, if you borrow 20k and 19k is disbursed after the origination fee, you need to return 19k to cancel your loan for 20k. Yes and no, it depends how long ago the funds were disbursed. Where I went to school, the funds went back to the financial aid department if it was within 45 days. Funds went back to the servicer if it was 45-120 days. Maybe that's different at each school though. Of course, this is for federal student loans (not private loans). https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/understand
  6. Talk to your financial aid department... Worst case, if the loans get disbursed, you have 120 days to return the funds for a full refund (including any fees and interest)....
  7. As a job, I am sure virtual scribing would be more convenient. As pre-PA HCE, it might be better than nothing but you'd miss out on a lot by not being there in person.
  8. In addition to the hours, I'd assume that the residency would be much more stressful in and of itself than the surgery rotation you are on now. That goes for any new grad when, although they are supervised, they start making medical decisions instead of watching or helping as a student. For most people, 80 hours of stressful work per week = work, sleep, eat, and try to relax whenever possible, especially if you're studying too. If you love what you are doing, then it's easier to get a second wind and have energy at the end of the day to do stuff. Each relationship is different. I have some friends who are married and are totally fine with that kind of situation. But of course there are plenty of people who would not. The residency would be temporary. Talk with him about it.
  9. What about US guided injections? I'm not sure what area of ortho you work in, but US was used a lot during my sports med rotation. There are plenty of articles on pubmed about the increased accuracy of glenuhumeral joint injections with US. You can bill more for using US too. It also allows you to do things like biceps tendon sheath injections.
  10. From what I've seen, there are more opportunities for PAs in the outpatient women's health area of your interest, but if your dream is to deliver babies, I would seriously consider becoming a nurse midwife (or of course OB/GYN doc). It's already hard enough to get a job as a new grad, even without trying to break into a less traditional field for PAs. I don't know how "pre"-PA you are, but a potential path would be finishing your bachelors, completing a 1 year post-bac RN program, working as an RN for a year or two and then going to a midwife program.
  11. "NCCPA Named One of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare"
  12. I don't think the waitlist is decided until after the last interview (which looks like 10/21). The admissions committee meets after each interview, but I'm not sure if students from previous sessions are considered then. Good luck everyone!
  13. There are quite a few PAs on this forum that advocate a shorter PA to MD/DO bridge. I'm assuming part of this is from while working side by side with physicians it can seem like PAs are working just as hard, doing almost the same thing, but not getting the respect or pay. Based on comments, it seems like medical school is tough even for experienced PAs. There is still a lot to learn even after working as a PA for 5, 10, or 15 years. Here's a question: how much of what is learned in medical school is important and/or actually going to be remembered for clinical practice? Is medical school just about getting through the program so that you can get the initials behind your name? Or is is there a lot to learn that is useful and retainable for your average PA or MD?
  14. I’m not a PA (yet) and don’t have a family or kids (yet) so I probably don’t know what I’m talking about, but here are my thoughts. It sounds like one of your main reasons for going to medical school was not because you didn’t like your job, but because you thought the only reason you had respect and autonomy was because of having your husband as your SP. I doubt that’s the case. I would bet your coworkers respected you because you are a good PA. I don’t know what the culture is like where you worked, but I can imagine that if you were a lousy PA then people would gossip and be equally if not more hard on you. I’m sure you could find another job, independent of your husband, and do great. Medical school is stressful and it’s not going to get any easier. That being said, the second-guessing and doubt must add even a darker cloud to the whole experience. I would recommend taking a step back, making the decision, and then going on with your life while trying not to bring all of those fears with you into the future. Also, don't forget, the grass is always greener on the other side. There are so many PAs on this forum that wish they had gone to medical school. That being said, I’m sure there are plenty of docs who wish they hadn’t gone to medical school and instead been able to spend time more time with their family etc.
  15. I can’t help but think the uproar about marijuana being used as a medication is less about it being more dangerous than common prescription drugs, but how it is viewed in society. Overall, I think that people overestimate the negative effects of marijuana, and underestimate the negative effects of other prescription drugs. It’s okay if someone has chronic pain and takes narcotics (opiates, aka heroin), but not if they find relief through marijuana. That being said, we need more research to determine its benefits and risks like any other treatment.
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