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  1. I think it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible to find a UC per diem job, for only 6 weeks as a new grad. Its 6 weeks around the holidays, enjoy the break and relax! If you want to make some cash, do something non clinical, like bartending, uber, instacart, etc. Don't count on getting a clinical job for such a short time period as a new grad.
  2. Yes its possible, but extremely difficult. You will have a giant red flag on your record and need to address how you will remedy the problems that got you dismissed the first time. A student from my class was dismissed for poor academic performance and they also had a poorly managed health condition. This student re-applied to other schools while waiting to hear about the appeals. They emailed program directors of schools they applied to and asked if they would be considered. Got lots of No's but at least didn't have to waste money on those apps. They got a couple interviews and eventually pulled from the waitlist at a newer program. I think their key to success was really showing how they fixed their issues that caused dismissal in the first place. The fact you re-took the course and passed shows a lot. At this point it's late in the cycle, but for next cycle get a fresh personal statement, new recommendations, and do something interesting in your off time like volunteer, mission trips, etc. Be humble, and keep trying and you might be lucky enough to get a second shot.
  3. Hey Ali! I was a NICU dietitian for 6 years before going back to PA school. I started school at 31) and recently graduated and passed the boards!! I know a dozen or so other RDs who also are in now or have graduated from PA school. You can definitely do this! RD experience totally counts as patient care hours. Several schools told me during interviews "we love dietitians" and some thought I made meal plans, lol. Make sure you are really specific in your descriptions on caspa, especially if you do nfpe for malnutrition. As for pre-reqs, some schools don't have a time limit at all, some it's only "preferred". Do research on the schools you are thinking about. At minimum, consider refreshing A&P. You could also boost your GPA with classes like genetics or other higher level sciences. Since you are probs working full time now, use your employee tuition reimbursement and take the classes online. University of New England has great options, but also check your local university as a lot of big schools offer online sections of popular classes too. If you have any other questions, feel free to DM me anytime! I'm always willing to help a fellow RD
  4. Yes, a residency/fellowship makes it much easier to get a job, however if you can do a long enough rotation at a level 3 or 4 NICU, you might be able to get a job straight from school. If you are set on a residency, you can also contact them and say you would like to do a student rotation with them as you are interested in the program. I'm applying to both jobs and residency so we will see where I land! There are currently residency programs at: -CHOP Children's hospital of Philadelphia - University of Kentucky - UPMC Pittsburgh - Seattle Children's has both a NICU and a more general peds track. -Nationwide Children's in Columbus, Ohio - Riley Children's in Indianapolis - University of Rochester, New York
  5. I did one through my school, but I set it up myself. If you don't have your own contacts, most programs associated with a medical school or academic medical center would likely be able to set one up for you since nearly all big academic hospitals have a NICU.
  6. Looking to purchase a Rosh subscription good through May 2019. PM me with offers.
  7. It sounds like you have a long commute to rotation sites. I do too, so I use that time for "passive studying" and listen to podcasts- PA exam review, Audio pance and panre, core IM, EM clerkship, Pimped OBGYN are all good ones. My commute is an hour long and I usually get 2-3 in each way. It helps me to just hear the words. I also will read up on interesting patients/cases I have and correlate them to blueprint topics. As for EOR's I agree with other posters- get Smarty Pance, but keep using Rosh. Try and set a goal for like 10-20 questions per day, everyday. Doing a little bit at a time will be far more beneficial than cramming the week before. @MT2PA is right though, if you are having trouble now, you are in big trouble for the PANCE.
  8. I'm a 2nd yr PA student, planning to apply to a NICU residency. Those are all the current ones I know of, but I also know a few new ones starting. Neonatology itself is exploding due to more high risk pregnancies, greater technology, and sadly, the opioid epidemic. There is also a huge shortage of neonatal providers- NNP's and neonatologists. True, this specialty used to be more NP dominated, but more and more hospitals are hiring PA's in the NICU and PA's have long been preferred for peds surgery and peds critical care positions in all the children's hospitals I worked at. The NICU director at the I most recently worked at said "I've never hired a PA, but I'll hire you". It's not that PA's can't get hired for these jobs, they just aren't advertised as "Neonatal PA". OP- I think you are putting the cart before the horse a smidge- just get through PA school first. If you decide you want to work in the NICU, you will likely have to do a residency or have an amazing NICU elective at a site that is hiring.
  9. I think your stats are more competitive than you think. Your overall GPA is low, but your science is pretty good and the last 60 is great! Since CASPA added the pre-req matching thing, a lot of schools are looking at school specific pre-req GPA too. Your tons of high quality PCE makes you a really great candidate. You could probably dial back your list some, to like 10 schools. You should also apply to USF (Univ of South Florida) and University of Tampa. Both are newer programs, but they have tons of resources like adequately stocked labs, study rooms, q-banks, tutoring, etc. Plus USF shorter and a little cheaper. School-wise, you will be a lot less miserable in a program that has a higher PCE average for the class. This means your classmates are >23yo and have some life experience. Strive for MEDEX and Emory- I interviewed at Emory and LOVED them. PM me if you want more specific Florida school advice ?
  10. Another column to consider would be any time limit on pre-req's, like must be within 10 yrs, 7yrs, etc. Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  11. Can you say where the 4 developing residency programs are? I'm applying next year.
  12. I'm a second year PA student, and plan on working in Neonatology as about half of my pre-PA experience was in the NICU. I agree with most of what @lkth487 said. In my area (SE), there are mostly NNP's, but the number of PA's is steadily growing. Neonatology is a booming field and growing across the board. As for pros and cons its really about what you want. For me, the plus side is that I get to practice at a higher acuity level while still getting to know the families and build a relationship (you become really close with the parents of those 23/24 weekers who are there for months). Also, the hours appeal to me as I would HATE a M-F 9 to 5. In the units where I have worked, the hours are 4 x 10 days or 2-3 x 16 nights (work 5 days per pay period). In my area, there are 3 academic centers, so the fellows mostly cover at night. In the private NICU's like Pediatrix run units, schedules vary from 10-24 hr shifts. The downsides for me, are the monotony of mostly treating the same few things, working weekends and holidays and the biggest is that while its always hard when your patient dies, its a million times harder when that patient is a days old infant. Career planning wise- I'm on the fence about a residency, as I have pretty decent NICU experience. The one thing I am considering it for is that you get protected learning time and more hands on. I'm worried if I go straight into a job, I will get stuck with all the lower acuity babies. If you have no NICU experience, you definitely need a residency or at least 2 good rotations in school. For salary, use the NNP salary for your area to compare. If you have never worked or even shadowed in a NICU, I'd encourage you to go spend some time there, even if only as a volunteer. Most units need volunteers to hold and rock the babies who are in withdrawal and many of the NNP's that I know would be happy to have a student!
  13. Lakeland Regional Hospital in Lakeland, FL has an EM residency, but I don't know anything about its quality.
  14. Great news! The President of the campus and PA program leadership came directly to the PA class and announced that SACS has officially restored South University to accreditation in good standing as of the recent SACS meeting over the past weekend!! ARC-PA has been monitoring the situation and will be updated as well. Great news for all the PA programs and the University!
  15. Well, I did turn 26 more than a few years ago :( Every policy, state and employer is different, so yes check with the benefits person in HR. In Florida, the last 2 major health systems I worked for extended all insurance to the end of the month of your last day. Most recently, I started school January 2016, used PTO through the end of the month and worked my last day as the first Saturday in Feb and I had coverage until Feb 28th. I chose Cobra as it was cheaper (and hugely better coverage) than a marketplace plan, but I'm married so have to count hub's income thus no subsidy.
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