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About zbritt

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  1. So I'm a bit frustrated at my EMS program for not explaining this further, and even more frustrated at myself for not reading the instructions thoroughly enough - but anyhow, I'm coming to the forum with an EMT related question with the hope of getting some advice. I took an EMT-B course last Spring. Completed the course, completed my psychomotor examination, paid all of the necessary fees and whatnot (and it was an expensive program - just happened to be the location that fit my schedule). Anyways, a grand and a half later, I started applying to jobs with just the requirement of completing the cognitive exam. I applied to some EMS positions, but ended up choosing a job as an ophthalmic tech that didn't even need my EMT certification anyways. Fast forward two months, and I realize I don't want all that EMT money to go to waste and I should just finish up the certification process anyways, even though I may not end up working a job in EMS at all. I pay the $70 application fee and schedule my exam, but my ophthalmic tech is so demanding that I don't have adequate time to study and I end up failing close to half of the sections of the test. My EMS program leader told me that I had to pay the $70 and then I had three attempts to pass the course. I failed to realize that each attempt to pass would be an additional $70, not $70 for three attempts. I'm unsure what to do. I don't need the certification for my job anymore, but I invested so much money into this certification already. I'm worried that I'll spend another $70 and then fail the test again because I don't have time to study enough for it. For PA applications, I can't even SAY I have an EMT certification because I haven't passed this final test. But saying I have an EMT cert and not even using it... well what's the point of that. I guess from an application perspective, should I suck it up and dish out the extra money and studying hours just to get this certification that I may not even use? Or forfeit and just leave it alone - forget all the money I've already invested?
  2. Since I value the opinions of everyone on these forums, I figured I'd ask about a potential FT job. I am about to graduate with a BS and have currently 2000 hours of non-cert nurses aide psych experience and 1000 hours in clinical research. Currently looking for a position after graduation that I can get with an EMT cert and that will give me good experience for applying to PA school in 2016. I currently have an interview at a very presitigous hospital as a clinical care tech. The job description says it covers duties such as ambulating patients, providing assistance of daily living activities, EKG placement, vital signs, providing environmental support, and facilitating patient safety. To me, this job description doesn't sound very involved. I don't know what else I'm really expecting to see with a clinical tech position, but I wanted to know if anyone has worked in a job similar to this and how PA schools feel about this type of experience, if you think this will be enough or am I better off finding an EMT transport position rather than working in a hospital. I'm interested in emergency med, but I wanted to stay broad and go for primary care for the time being, which was my justification for looking at in-patient tech jobs. Any advice would be appreciated!
  3. CNA is definitely one option. Personally I was late in the game and am graduating in a month. Currently working on my EMT cert and plan to take two years off before PA school working in a hospital setting that accepts EMT over CNA. That's my current plan, unfortunately I can't tell you how that path would work out in terms of acceptance or not, but I'm interested in hearing what other people are doing for their hours.
  4. This is such a basic question, and it has a lot of variables, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with applying to jobs before actually receiving their certification. I'm supposed to be receiving my EMT B cert at the end of April, and I'm trying to get a jump start on applying for jobs, but am I better off waiting until May until I have all of the cert information before I start the process?
  5. Hmmm yeah avoid front desk positions as much as you can, unless half of your time you'd be working with patients, like possibly a clinical assistant position. Clinical research is also iffy... a lot of programs don't accept it, and a lot still do, but they don't consider it the best HCE. Yeah the cost is definitely a factor, it's the same for an EMT license or anything similar. I've heard through these forums that it's possible to get good HCE full time positions without a license through CL, but at least where I'm from, I haven't seen the opportunity.
  6. Interesting article: http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20150310/yale-to-launch-online-physician-associate-program So basically the same Yale program, but online for the didactic year. Obviously pending accreditation. I'm not sure how I feel about this.... I know personally, as interesting as it is, I need to be in a classroom when I'm learning, not just for attention but for the interaction between professors and students, and this sort of option could never work for me. Thoughts?
  7. So I'm one of those pre-PA students like many of you who has struggled to find PAs in my area to shadow. I tried cold-calling, emailing, asking every academic and experiential advisor at my university I could find - with no luck at all. Feeling discouraged, I finally met with an old professor who showed me how to access my university's alumni page on LinkedIn. Using this group - which has over 20,000 professionals for my university - you can just perform a quick search for "physician assistant" or even just "physician" to view all of the alumni with that particular job title. Using this group LinkedIn feature, you can send individual messages to any professional without becoming "connected" with them, just because you are in the same alumni group. After sending about 8-10 messages to PAs in my area, I got about 5 replies within 24 hours from PAs willing to have a fellow alumni shadow them. If you were lucky enough to go to a medium-larger sized university where this is a possibility for you, DEFINITELY take advantage of this! Much better than cold-calling random strangers because you already have one similarity linking the two of you right away. Good luck, and hope this helps!
  8. I'm also finishing up my degree at a school that has the co-op program, so I can relate. Both choices sound good, I think you just have to weigh the jobs you're applying to now and compare them to PA programs you're interested - make sure that the tasks you'd be doing would involve just as much hands-on clinical experience as working a full time job with a CNA license would. Maybe mention to them in your interviews you're interested in PA school and ask about how much PCE you'd receive. For one of my co-ops, I worked as a nurses aide at a mental hospital, which was great experience working with patients as an undergrad with no CNA, but I can't say I had as much involvement as someone with a CNA working full-time probably has.
  9. Okay I'm sure this has been posted about before but for some reason I can't find it anywhere. I'm assuming that all prerequisites for a program need to be completed prior to submitting CASPA, and therefore if I wanted to take a prereq over the summer, I would have to wait to submit my applications until after this prereq is completed, correct? That being said - it would most likely be disadvantageous to apply to schools with rolling admission, assuming the class is in June, correct?
  10. Sorry, I don't think I'm understanding this post. How are you suggesting we take the road of least resistance and maximize our responsibilities without chasing a saturated market?
  11. Okay so it sounds like scribing is basically like glorified shadowing, but in some cases it can be more involved than others. Thanks apples1035 for that example; I forgot to consider HCE vs PCE. Sounds like I need to search hard for EMT positions but a good, involved scribe position may be worth my while in the meantime.
  12. So I'm finishing up my last semester of my Bachelor's while simultaneously taking an EMT-B course, and after noticing the difficulty in getting ER tech or EMT jobs, I've been looking at the possibility of working as a Scribe while also volunteering in the ED or as an EMT. My question is how much does being a medical scribe count towards HCE? I've seen some job descriptions from some hospitals that make it sound like there's absolutely no patient interaction, you're just sitting at a computer transcribing material or organizing patient files, etc. Would this even count as HCE? Obviously I want as much patient interaction as possible, but are there specific things I should be looking for or avoiding when looking for scribe positions? And for those who have worked as a scribe for HCE - how long did you work, how much pt interaction was there, do you feel its really the best HCE or should I put more time into finding something more ED related?
  13. Thanks umbPA, already contacted them and have it scheduled for next week. It'll be tough to find more than just the 8 hrs though.... I'm probably going to end up looking outside the city.
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