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  1. Thought I would share something I overheard that made my jaw drop. - A couple days a week I work at an outpatient surgical center. I overheard a general surgeon speaking to an administrator regarding him hiring a PA. He was asking if the surgical center would hire her, as a SURGICAL TECH!!!! His reasoning was that she was a new grad and he wanted her to be comfortable in the OR and learn all of the instruments before bringing her on as a PA. Luckily the administrator pretty much explained to him that it is not usual practice and that it was his responsibility to both hire her and train her. Unfortunately, he wasn’t convinced. I wish I knew who this gal was so I can tell her to run now, and by no means accept anything other than the role you have just worked to achieve and be nationally certified to do. Don’t do it!!!!
  2. It’s all true! Don’t think about it too much, and never ever count the slides again! [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I don’t think a preceptor just ignoring you is normal. However, I do think it is very important to look in the mirror a bit, be honest with yourself, and be sure that is what’s happening. During my rotations, multiple times, I was told by my fellow classmates very similar stories/experiences like you described above about a rotation of been assigned to next. Surprisingly, my experience would be completely different. Be honest with your preceptor and do as much as you can on your own. Can’t use the EMR? Write it out on paper. Then compare your decision making with that of your preceptor. Ask questions about what they are doing? Be personable. Read up on whatever their interests are. Find other providers/students around you to learn from too! Again, put in a bit more work if you have to. Kiss some butt, it’s to your benefit. Some of the toughest (personality wise) preceptors I had, I’m so grateful for now. But do keep in mind that I am known for enjoying to deal with the tough, angry, odd one out type of peeps! Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Had this happen to me due to a power outage! Really threw me off and added to the stress so I understand what you are going through. I just had to drive a longer way to a different center. Have them check a larger radius around you, and hey, maybe you get a little road trip and a hotel stay out of it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Would anyone mind sharing the PAOS salary report? Currently negotiating. I understand membership fees are valuable and keep associations going for our benefit, but just can’t spend the $$$ at this very moment. I’d appreciate the help! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Sorry you’re experiencing this! It is likely anxiety, due to your performance being so different when not in a testing situation. I experienced this at the beginning of PA school. It is something that takes A LOT of planning and self insight to figure out. The higher the stakes get, or the more you “fail,” anxiety will get the best of you. You will endlessly question what you know, go blank, etc. I figured out what helped me and my results definitely showed. Passed the PANCE, using the same strategies. Some may seem silly, but, figure out what works for you. 1. Get enough sleep. 2. Figure out what time of day, you feel most confident, and schedule exam around then. (For example, my anxiety is worse in the early mornings, and makes it harder to focus at that time, so I scheduled a noon exam) 3. Figure out what foods and how much to eat the day of the exam. What makes you feel good? Watch out for caffeine. I’m a daily coffee drinker and realized having 1/2 the amount of caffeine or none at all (on test day) improved my test anxiety a whole lot. My brain fog decreased a shocking amount. Anxiety itself is enough to get me going come exam time. 4. Self talk!! Make yourself believe it is not the end of the world if the test doesn’t work out (it really isn’t). I understand this is hard, especially in your situation, but talk to yourself as if you were speaking to your best friend. 5. Meditate every night. Guided meditation is best for beginners. Tons of free ones on YouTube. I can’t tell you why it helps but I definitely recommend it. 6. Over prepare. I took a longer time to study for my PANCE than majority of my classmates, and it gave me a chance to go through all of the blueprint material twice, and some difficult topics even 3 times aside from Rosh. I definitely felt less anxiety knowing that I would at least recognize most of what I was going to see on the exam. This takes a great amount of pressure off. 7. Drive to your exam location prior to your exam date. 8. If there is one specific thing that worries you (aside from not passing the exam) have a plan and resources to deal with it so it becomes less of a stressor. Ex. Migraine: have meds available. Best of luck to you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I interviewed first week of Oct which was I think the 3rd interview group, if I'm not mistaken. I'm pretty positive that applying early definitely helps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I was from oos and got in. Don't focus on that too much. Focus on what you can control. Good luck to all! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Hi there! They do not really state if they are a rolling admissions school but from experience they kind of are. They admit some students as the interviews go but then some don't get notified until the very end so I'm not sure what to really consider that. As with any other school the earlier the better. If this is a top choice for you though, why not give it a shot! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I'm sure you will be okay. They don't specify which classes they need to be which means that they aren't looking for them to be something specific. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. No problem. I took A&P, Micro, Biochem, And O-Chem. Many which I just decided to retake in order to replace B's and one C. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Aww you're sweet, thank you. The interview process was actually pleasant. Everyone that takes part in this program is very welcoming. The actual interviewing process was obviously a little stressful just because which interview isn't right? But they don't grill you or act rude to you. (I've heard horror stories) They truly are just trying to get your story and gauge your fit with the program. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Honestly I have no idea. Maybe I'll have a better idea of the breakdown once I meet all of my classmates. I would assume (truly assuming here) that they don't set a specific number for each. However NAU does favor people who want to stay in AZ to work, that I do know. So in my case I was actually in the process of moving to AZ due to getting married and my husband has been out here for the last few years. I plan on staying in the state. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hi! I am from California. Honestly I don't remember my actual verification date but I submitted my application early, first week that CASPA was open. It was my second time around so I was ready. My interview invite came in the beginning of August, and I interviewed first week of October. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Hi there!! So my stats were as follows: cGPA: 3.24 sGPA: 3.78 I took a couple science/prerequisite courses post bac (20 units) with a 4.0 GPA, which I think helped me out. GRE: 150, 150, and 5 1000 hours participation in a volunteer program with direct patient care. (L&D, DOU, ED, NICU) 2500 hours as an EMT. Experience in both an Urgent care setting as well as out on the field. 75 hours of PA shadowing 30 hours of general non health care related volunteer work. I feel that one of my weak points was definitely my overall cumulative GPA. I think taking difficult science courses postbacc maintaining a 4.0, and having a decent science gpa helped me out overall. My biggest asset? This is tough for me to answer, the reason being that I felt as if I blended right into the average of the applicant pool. I don't think my stats had anything that stood out any great amount, so maybe I would assume it to be my personal statement. I spent A LOT of time on it and went through a lot for it too. I can go into more detail with that if you'd like me to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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