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  1. I love the addition of a new program but the contractual obligation to remain for 2 years after completion is a buzzkill for me. That's exactly why I became disinterested in Emory. Just my personal opinion. For the right applicant sounds awesome though.
  2. Oops. I definitely misunderstood and thought you were gauging interest in starting a completely new program, not detailing your experience in one. Either way I am interested haha. As Mike said, we love hearing about peoples' experience in these things. I almost completely chose my residency based on the threads on this site.
  3. If it is a quality program I think the interest will follow. If it is a program of poor quality I unfortunately think the interest would still be there but you'd ultimately be doing a disservice to the trainees. What is your facility like (large referral center, non academic community hospital)? What is your ED volume, acuity? Trauma or no? What off service rotations can you offer? Ultrasound and other training opportunities? Co-located physician residency? I say the more high quality programs there are the better. Interested to hear what you have in mind.
  4. Annoying and frustrating. Similar issues in my area - particular health systems seem to have a preference for NPs over PAs (evidenced by having NP only postings and when a position is listed for a PA it is dual listed for NP). And these are positions where any sort of independent practice advantage that a NP may have would not even be a factor as they are hospital based. But despite what one poster insinuated this isn't a state for federal policy that needs to change - it is a hospital systems based one. The people that run these systems and departments know very well the capabilities of
  5. Hopefully someone with first hand experience comes along and clarifies, but I think the process would be two-fold: you definitely need to talk to AMEDD because you want to be a PA, but you would also need to contact SF to see if they have any PA slots at the NG units you are interested in. I would imagine PA in NG SF would be competitive, and they may even want you to be a Captain or have experience in a regular unit prior? But you don't have to be SF to be at the forefront. You'd have just as much, if not more, impact staffing a big field hospital in a combat zone. But if SF
  6. SF has preference for PAs that are former SF. That info is even mentioned in some military memo. You may be able to find it if you Google. National Guard may be different?
  7. There should be several posts on this already to review. But like LT said, you will probably get some personal questions about who you are, what you like, etc. But cliche questions are cliche for a reason. Everything that you posed in your original post has been asked to me in my residency interviews. Basically, who are you, why you, why us? Virtual or in person, wear a suit, have an appropriate/professional background (some people may not think about what is in view behind them when they use zoom/skype), and practice your responses. Best of luck. PS: I would think that you
  8. Career change. But with that, also more knowledge. Big believer in these types of programs so if I was going to change into a specialty with such a steep learning curve I wanted to transition in an environment where the big focus is on training me and helping me develop. Not thrilled about the 66% pay cut but it's only a year, right?
  9. Yeah, a lot of people with indwelling catheters are colonizers. But I think you'd be hard pressed to find an EM provider who won't treat most of those as people for UTI if the UA is dirty. Think about it this way: what brought them to the ED? Fatigue, abd pain, nausea, back pain, weakness, confusion, etc? They probably didn't swing through just to say hi, so something clearly has them feeling less than good. There are a ton of symptoms that could be associated with a UTI so the truth is you usually just replace the Foley and treat these people. This is especially true if the patient is un
  10. You want to be a PA, enlisted, or an 18A in SF?
  11. Thanks for the vote of confidence. And thanks for all of the advice and recommendations. I'll definitely check all of those out.
  12. I am about to begin a critical care residency after 4+ years of EM practice. To those who have completed a CC residency, or those who have experience working in the ICU, are there any resources that you highly recommend? I have Marino's, the ventilator book (and the advanced ventilator book), and I am aware of EMCrit/PulmCrit and the internet book of critical care. What else? Any landmark papers or studies I should be familiar with? For those who have completed a CC residency, how can I ensure that I make the most of this opportunity and get the most out of it? I have an EM residency
  13. Not affiliated with any residency program, but I wouldn't say that you're completely screwed. The biggest thing that I think you could do is identify ways to improve your academics (eg. study habits). Everything that you need to succeed in PA school is given to you in the classroom or the text - it's up to you to apply those things (and others such as your peers) appropriately. Big boy rules apply. I would say that if you rock the rest of PA school your GPA will recover and you would show programs growth and an ability to adapt (evidenced by your recognition of a problem and taking steps to fi
  14. Would you say that the reverse is true? For instance, if you worked primarily in CVICU would it be easier to work proficiently in the MICU or SICU on a PRN basis?
  15. Again, yes and no. I think the whole PCE is overhyped. You learn how to be a PA in PA school, so your previous experience isn't a make or break deal. I think phlebotomy is a very practical skill to have - wish I were better at non ultrasound IVs. But my opinion is probably in the minority. And ultimately it is up to the individual schools. So despite what is said on this forum, I'd ask the schools you want to apply to.
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