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About sergiogo

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  1. I had such a hard time finding shadowing in NOVA before PA school, too! I did find an emergency medicine group in Loudoun that let me shadow one of their PAs a few times. Message me directly if you're interested and would like their info. Best of luck!
  2. Hello all! Wanted to get some thoughts or comments on this offer: -87k -Includes health ($60/month, rest is paid by employer), dental, life, malpractice, short&long term insurance -3 paid work week vacations -Paid holidays and birthday -401k after one year of employment -9 paid days sick leave, 3 paid days for personal time -One local, state, or federal society membership included -CME $400, 3 paid days away from normal activities -Site not eligible for loan repayment program I think right away the CME is pretty low, but this is a free clinic setting. Not sure how much I should try to negotiate considering that, too. The doc is very willing to teach. He'd like me to start seeing a low number of patients and increasing my patient load up to the normal rate of 2 visits per hour. It would be a M-F 8-5 gig. And this is in central VA, if that helps. Thank you all for your time!
  3. Haven't asked yet, but I will let you know once I find out. And yes, central Virginia.
  4. Got it! Great questions to ask and things to consider. Thank you!
  5. Hi all! I'm interviewing for an Ortho Urgent Care next week and I wanted to see if any PAs out there had any experience in this setting. This service is provided by a large private Ortho group in our area. I've found good articles on benefits of Ortho Urgent Care centers such as shorter wait times, easier access to ortho care, and better follow up with ortho surgeon if needed. I haven't found any related threads on this forum yet though, so I thought I should try! I'm about to graduate end of March, so this would potentially be my first job as a PA. I've always really liked ortho; I had my first rotation in ortho surgery as an elective and it was great! I'm excited about hopefully starting this job, but still had some questions: -What do you think are the pros and cons of working in this setting? -What are the most common complaints that you see? -Do you have time for PRN gigs that will help you keep up with more general practice i.e. urgent care, EM? -Anything that you would have liked to ask during your interview or establish anything before starting? I would love to hear any responses, tips, or advice. Thank you!
  6. Just to give you all an update on this since it is a concern for all of us. The dean has just informed us that the sale will be finalized by the end of this week. They were waiting on approval by the Department of Education and it has been confirmed. We were told that it should not be an issue at all and the school is very happy with finalizing this sale. Hope this helps! :)
  7. Hey all! I'm a current PA student at South University and I would be happy to answer any questions you all may have. Congratulations on getting interviews! I won't be there this Friday but I know some of my fellow classmates will be. Get excited! If it's anything like my interview, then you have nothing to worry about. The staff is extremely welcoming and friendly. Be prepared to talk about the PA profession (what's the role of PAs in our healthcare system?), why you chose PA, why this program, and most importantly, be yourself! I remember hearing this a lot when I went for interviews and I was still a nervous wreck, so really, it's still okay to be nervous but be excited at the same time! We are excited to have you here and tell you about our program. What I'll say for now is that this program is intense. Be prepared to spend a lot of time studying and reviewing for exams. We have a great co-hort who come from different backgrounds. There is a great sense of support and we help each other out as much as we can. The faculty is great. They really listen to us as we get through this first year of PA school. The best part of this program, in my opinion, is cadaver lab. It is by far my favorite part of PA school. Make sure you ask about it if you have more questions. You can message me if you have any specific questions. Finals week starts on Monday so I will try check this when I can. Also, it would be nice to wish my classmates good luck this Friday, just saying :) Good luck!
  8. I'm sorry that your class got cancelled! Don't be discouraged. There are plenty other ways of getting good HCE. I would strongly recommend CNA; it would take much less time to finish and you would be licensed as a CNA by the board of nursing, which would look better in your application than just a certification as a CMA, and it doesn't mean that you're limited to working at a nursing home or assisted living. I know a few people that were able to work as a PCT and MA with their CNA license. Be careful though, there are many CNA programs out there so make sure that they have a good reputation. I enrolled in one that took forever due to major "delays" (Instructors stopped showing up after not getting paid and it took time for the disorganized director to find replacements. Very sketchy).
  9. I'm curious about this December interview as well. Will it be the last one? I'm on their waitlist and hoping to pulled.
  10. I have also been accepted into a newly accredited program that starts in January and I'm wait listed at 2 programs that start in summer/fall and I would much rather attend to. If I decided to start in January, would it be unethical to drop out while I'm in the program if I get pulled from another wait list? Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful to have been accepted into a PA program in the first place; I realize how difficult and competitive it is to even get offered an interview. But I was very impressed by some of these programs and I will find it hard to turn down an offer if it ever comes by.
  11. I'm going to start looking at places in mid-November and hopefully find a lease that starts in January. I did find some relatively cheap apartments online in the fan and church hill. It would be about a 15 minute commute to the university which isn't too bad. I asked Morgan for the Facebook group link so I can get in touch with others.
  12. I got the interview invite email a few days ago and I picked November 11th! So excited!
  13. I just got the call! I'm totally accepting their offer. So happy right now! Woo!
  14. Wow! Congrats on getting pulled from the wait list. How did you all get notified? Also, which interview session were you in? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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