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Lola last won the day on October 8 2015

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Lola

    PANCE Canceled

    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Standing out is a good thing. I think it expresses confidence but of course there is a limit. Don't show up with a hot pink skirt but what you are describing sounds great. I wore a teal skirt suit with a white button up underneath. I was the only one in a unique color and many of the interviewers complimented my outfit. I did get an acceptance afterwards too! As long as you're comfortable with what you're wearing, you'll rock it. Good luck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I would say focus on getting a lot more patient care experience and definitely think of why you want to be a PA, other than it being recommended to you. Shadow PAs, don't come into this in a whim. Just my opinion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. 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
  11. This at first might sound like a fairly shallow topic and some of you might even bite at me for this one, but for some reason I think there's some validity to it. Do you think that looking the part is important for patient compliance and trust. Let me explain, if you work in dermatology does it help to have really good skin? If you work at a weight loss clinic, does it help to not be overweight? If you work in women's health does it help to be a woman?Now I know that there is no correlation between looks/gender and ability to properly treat a patient, I just wonder if some patients react/comply differently based on what the person who is treating looks like. What are your thoughts? Have you ever heard/experienced something similar?
  12. Thank you so much for your input and sharing your experience. I am so sorry to hear about all that you've been through but am so happy to also hear how you've succeeded through it. It is a lot to consider and think about. And to be quite honest it's scary. I just feel that no matter how much planning I do life always has its way of doing its own thing regardless. I'm hoping to always keep my overall life and family goals in mind and not solely thinking of my career and money. Hopefully once PA school is said and done I could find a job that compliments my mindset. All I can do is wait and see and just let life take its course. I do have an amazing husband luckily who is extremely supportive. Hoping nothing changes there once school kicks in. But so far I think I've done a great job in that department too. [emoji5] Wishing you the best for your last couple weeks of pregnancy and good luck on your next journey of becoming a mom! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Considering this information I think you still have quite a bit of work to do before having a strong application but you are definitely on the right track. Complete your pre-requisites and keep you grades up. Also, you will need direct HCE. I would suggest you get some sort of certification (CNA, MA, EMT) Many if not all programs will not consider your administrative position as quality experience. If you could score on the GRE similarly to what you are scoring on your practice tests you should be okay there. I do not foresee you being competitive by the 2017 cycle, due to lack of experience. Maybe 2018 will be a better goal for you. Also, do you have any shadowing hours? Or any type of experience with patient care or being around PAs? You will need this, as you will need to convince schools that you know what you're getting into. Also, it doesn't hurt to know for yourself if it's truly what you want to do, really. Another thing, it is always great to have top choices of schools that you would like to attend, but be aware that it is very likely that you could end up having to change those plans as you move forward with this career. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. This is a tough one. Your verbal is not too far off but I do know many schools state they use 150 as a cut off (not sure if that's true) In my opinion I would retake it if you are applying next cycle. That gives you plenty of time to study more and see how much/if any improvement is possible. If you are applying now, just submit those scores and apply. You're better off applying earlier than later regardless of your scores, plus everything else on your app sounds good. I think you'll be fine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 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
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