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  1. Has anybody applied/interviewed or participated in this program? I just found out about it through a recruiter at TeamHealth. I'm a little bit concerned that it isn't accredited by APPAP and its online description makes it seem like a less comprehensive curriculum than other postgraduate programs I've looked at. If anyone has positive feedback regarding this program, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!
  2. HCE

    I agree with the above. Take the scribe job and only apply to schools that value the experience it provides. While "hands-on" positions are valuable and more widely accepted, it does not necessarily mean you will learn more and it certainly isn't worth the commute when you have an opportunity to work five minutes from where you live. I chose a scribe position over a tech position and I have never regretted it once. Working as a scribe truly exceeded my expectations in terms of preparation for PA school. I had a much easier time during didactic year than many of my classmates because of what I learned on the job. Feel free to PM me with questions - I was an EM scribe for two years, currently a 2nd year PA student.
  3. Although the scope of practice for PA's is state dependent and rapidly evolving, PA's are dependent practitioners by definition. Have you considered the NP route? NP's are independent practitioners. Not to dissuade you from the PA profession, but if you truly want to practice independently, becoming an NP may be better suited for you. Side note: I think it's great that you're in high school and already thinking this far ahead. I'm sure a lot of us on this forum wish we'd had a little more foresight in our teenage years. :)
  4. Got a C in physiology. Retook it and got a C+. Decided it wasn't worth taking a 3rd time and still got into a few PA schools on the first try. So don't sweat it :)
  5. Personally, I would choose school B based on lower tuition and lower cost of living. I'm about halfway through my PA program and we don't have a cadaver lab or simulation lab either, but I feel very prepared to care for real patients and I don't feel as though not having these resources has disadvantaged me in any way. Congratulations on your acceptances and feel free to PM me if you have questions!
  6. http://dermcast.tv/our-response-to-the-new-york-times/
  7. That's too bad. I'm in South Carolina and would love to do a residency close by. Guess I'll have to stick with NC, VA, MD, and FL. Sure would be nice if they resurrected this program!
  8. Also wondering if this residency still exists. Can't seem to find any trace of it on the internet beyond this forum.
  9. I showed this study to an ED attending physician, who began adopting this practice as well. Unfortunately, he ran into a problem with nurses coming to him and complaining that it was a pain (no pun intended) to give only 15 mg when the medication comes in 30 mg vials. Eventually, so many nurses were asking him if they "could just give the whole 30 mg" that he went back to what he (and the other providers there) have always done. Oh well, I tried. :)
  10. Hire a medical scribe.
  11. I was advised to write about a memorable patient encounter from my healthcare experience. I talked about why that particular patient experience was meaningful to me and what I learned from it. It gave me something compelling to talk about and showed that I was invested in the patient's outcome, which they like to see. I also mentioned my short-term and long-term goals as a PA.
  12. You bring up an interesting point. I'm in PA school now and we have been taught to always introduce ourselves as "physician assistants." However, in my clinical experience, none of the PA's I've worked with EVER do this. They always do what you've described. I've been wondering how common it is for PA's to completely omit mentioning their job title when introducing themselves to patients. Granted, this is in the emergency department, so it isn't like you have an ongoing relationship with these patients. I can understand why it would might be more important for patients in a longer-term relationship with their provider to understand their role.
  13. Before my interviews, I was advised NOT to wear a black or gray blazer/skirt/pants because that's what everyone else would be doing, and there is something to be said for standing out. However, make sure you choose something professional, not too revealing, and shoes you are comfortable wearing for long periods of time. You don't want to be limping into the room for your interview because you just spent two hours walking on a campus tour in new shoes and now you have blisters! I wore a bright blue sleeveless dress (obviously with wide straps/decent length) for all of my interviews with gold/red jewelry, and I received lots of compliments. And yes, I got in. :)
  14. I feel very confident that I learned more than enough as a scribe to succeed in PA school and make an informed decision about my career choice. Agree to disagree, I'm just sharing my personal experience. The point is that the OP should consider some type of HCE/PCE, even if the school does not require it.
  15. Current PA student here. First off, to answer the OP's question, healthcare experience is essential not only in the admissions process (regardless of what the school's website says), but it is also necessary in order to succeed in PA school. If I hadn't worked in the ER between undergrad and PA school, I would be having a much harder time comprehending and applying what I'm learning in the classroom. Besides, you want to be 100% sure about your career choice, and the best way to make an informed decision is by spending time in the field. Honestly, I'm surprised more medical schools don't require some sort of clinical experience to be considered for admission for that reason alone. I also want to (respectfully) disagree with the advice above and share one of my posts from a different thread. I was a medical scribe for two years prior to PA school. If I had to do it all over, I would hands-down be a scribe again. This was the best pre-PA school job I could have ever asked for. As a scribe, you gain insight into the medical decision making of a healthcare provider that no other experience offers. Just like any other job, as a scribe, you get out of it what you put into it. I told the physicians I worked with that I wanted to learn as much as possible --- so they taught me how to interpret labs, EKG's, x-rays, etc. After the physician looked at the EKG, they would hand it to me and ask me what I thought. If a patient was wheezing, they would say, "come over here and take a listen to this person's lungs and tell me what you hear. What tests do you think I'll order?" For two years, I strived to learn something new from every patient encounter, and I never hesitated to ask questions if I didn't understand the provider's train of thought. By the time I started PA school, I already had a basic knowledge of differential diagnoses for just about any complaint. I already knew the doses and indications for common drugs. After spending literally thousands of hours attached at the hip with an ER doctor, I had already been exposed to the presentation, work-up, and treatment for a variety of diseases and injuries. Yes, I still have plenty to learn. But I have a very solid foundation on which to expand my knowledge. I am not saying that hands-on experience isn't valuable --- it certainly is. I agree that there is something to be said for "feeling the stress of taking care of patients," but you will begin learning this during your clinical year and grow more comfortable under pressure with experience. I firmly believe scribing can be outstanding preparation for PA school if you're willing to make the most out of it.