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  1. Has anyone encountered a situation where very early on in a rotation, your preceptor, in an unfriendly way, makes a comment along the lines of 'I heard you had conflicts / issues on one of your prior rotations'? I have 4 excellent rotation experiences with above average evaluations and great constructive comments for continuing to develop as a future clinician. I have 1 rotation that was a miserable experience in almost every way, but I made the best of it, even though the preceptor took a personal dislike to me (evident in quite a bit of overcompensating some of the positive aspects
  2. You are also not alone. One of the IM rotations for my program schedules up to 32 patients at 15 min intervals (usually 30 mins for a new patient), and has 2-3 PA students on his service, 7:30-4:30. 32 slots, typically no more than 4 slots remain open for possible 'same-day / sick' visits. The 2 paracticing PAs will have some of their schedules with more of a mix of 30 min appts, but usuallly at least 24 pts. per day. The students are expected to complete the entire encounter in <15 mins before he comes in to assess. He drops in on the PAs pts too. It is NOT up for
  3. And then consider how it might be reinforced in a practice setting where the "dependent practioner" (who DOES need the OJT to learn how to actually practice what they swallowed from the 'fire hose') is treated the same way ... I imagine it takes some eye-opening event to see the issues.
  4. PAs know the difference in PA education (usually; there are PAs that probably don't know NP education as well as they think they do), but NPs and nurse administrators and hospital administrators and legislators and many doctors and the general public do NOT. The profession doesn't shine like it should. Yes, it's still way up there in the popular press -- right AFTER NP! http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs As another poster already pointed out, there are not specialty versions of the PANRE (because, as I understand it, there were many in the HOD years back
  5. PA2B2017

    GRE scores

    Unlikely to influence school at all. Better to save those funds for interview expenses, IMO!
  6. In my program, it's learned in PA school! Lots of 'do what we SAY, not what we DO', and 'we know what is best for each and every one of you; don't question or argue, or we will make life worse for you' (which they have proceeded to demonstrate to reinforce the lesson), and so on.
  7. Not in OP's program, but have comparable issues (as I have already shared). Also paying approximately $80K to the institution. On a related note, I am not a millennial. I had a successful career prior to deciding to pursue this one. I have experience teaching -- at multiple levels including undergrad, continuing ed, and masters level (in a different field than medicine). I have put time and effort into the supposedly anonymous surveys of the course and faculty. I say supposedly anonymous because the program director clearly told us that if they wanted to see who made what comments,
  8. Maybe for the OP. For mine, nope - to criticize is definitely a career-limiting move. While we are paying a pretty penny for this "education", it has been made clear that it's our "privilege" to be here, and we should be grateful, not critical.
  9. Yes, I would mind. As Rev already said in different words - career-limiting move. ANYONE who thinks social media, comments on the Internet, or anonymity in a pseudonym is protection is likely to get an unexpected lesson one day. Don't get me wrong, there are people in my cohort who needed some counseling on professional behavior and attire, but the leadership (including the program director & the dean over them) has also made statements, AND taken actions, that are retaliatory when they have been challenged about their shortcomings (even when done calmly, with solutions, with refere
  10. You aren't alone. My program seems to have lot of faculty turnover ... and is understaffed by at least 2 FTEs ... except for the entrenched ... who either A) haven't bothered to update their lecture material in 10 years nor maintained a license to practice, or B) tell you to learn it on your own and tell you 'that is "adult" learning'. (Caveat - there is some merit to this - this is a graduate degree program for professionals - it's not going to be spoon fed to you as if in high school). Guest lecturerers are great for some 'real world' knowledge, but you are correct, they oft
  11. And when it comes to "using student loan money", have you looked into how much student loan money will be available to you? Unless you are doing private loans and/or secured in some way, your student loans are limited to what the school calculates as the cost for the program and their calculation of the associated cost of living. You don't get to borrow what you think you want/need. I bring this up because more than one student seems to be surprised when they are told what they are eligible to borrow and it isn't enough for what they "think" they need!
  12. ah, yes, the buttocks again! LOL! Still snickering ...
  13. I fervently hope I never ever ever top that. Or come close.
  14. Best figure out how to address this too. The GRE is no predictor for the PANCE/PANRE, but they are also standardized tests, and you get a limited # of attempts before you'd have to retake an entire PA program to try again. PA school tests tend to be somewhat standardized as well.
  15. It was intended as a complement - I think I would enjoy your lectures and learn a lot with you as a preceptor! I think you have a low tolerance for a PA student on rotation with you that was in any way less than professional, and you are right to do so.
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