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  1. 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 fix it). Additionally, show increased interest in EM - join SEMPA (used to be $50 for a student), do electives in EM, really do well in your EM rotations, and get rock solid recommendation letters from EM docs. All hope is not lost
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. Very nice. Have one of those and one of EMRA's antibiotic guide. both quick and succinct. Another good pocket book for critical stuff that I have flipped through is by Scott Weingart/Emcrit
  5. No experience with behavioral health programs at all, but Atrium seems to have a strong interest in the training/education of APPs. I attended one of their online webinars and they seem well-organized.
  6. Never done one for a fellowship, but have done them as part of the application/interview process. I believe the two are comparable, as fellowship is basically employment. The goal is to get a basic understanding of who you are (experience, values, goals, etc), why you are interested in EM, why you are interested in a fellowship (and specifically THEIR fellowship), etc. Expect the cliche "tell me about yourself" prompt/question. Fellowships are not big programs. I'd guess that they receive fewer than 50 applications per cohort, eliminate several candidates just based on application materials received, and interview an even fewer number of people. So I would not be surprised in your "screening" interview is actually someone directly affiliated with the fellowship program and not HR (possibly one of the APP program directors). If the screening interview goes well then you would likely be invited for a more formal interview with several of the faculty/members of the fellowship. So I would prepare for this as if it were any other interview. To make a long reply longer, I would say that unless you pack exceptional experience your chances of progressing through the selection process would take quite a hit if this initial interview does not go well. Even if it is just with a member of HR, they record your responses and forward them to the actual decision-makers for review (HR doesn't pick candidates, they just facilitate the process). I'll add that if this is a video interview treat it as an in person one! Wear a suit, do not have a distracting background, and make sure your internet connection is good.
  7. I would think 3 faculty recs would be less desirable. One from faculty is usually required, but I would think clinical preceptors or clinical supervisors/peers would be more informative. But if 3 from faculty is all that you can get then roll with it.
  8. I don't see how the DON and hospitalist keep their jobs in this situation if you are not required to see floor patients. Did they even consult GI? If GIB are out of the scope of your hospital they should have just been transferred from the floor to another facility. This blows my mind.
  9. TH has been good in my experience. It is so region-dependent regarding furloughs that you really can't generalize. We furloughed no one. Hourly pay is very good. Yes, CME is gone which sucks to not have a company paid vacation every year, but they just incorporated the ACEP CME catalog so there isn't a shortage of ways to get your hours. Also, the minimum hourly commitment to be full time is a very reasonable 120 hours where I am at. The large academic center in my city requires 150+ for full time.
  10. As above. See if you can do your internal med rotation in critical care (medical critical care?) and certainly do at least one (if not both or however many) electives in critical care. Solid letters of recommendation from CC providers and good grades are obvious. Join SCCM. ATLS and FCCS would help but may not be feasible for a broke student.
  11. dphy83

    Living in NYC

    does anyone have any (helpful) guidance about living in NYC on $50,000 salary? Work would be near the Bronx.
  12. Perhaps elaborate on your lack of oversight? But if others have gotten through it then it's likely that you will as well. So, without knowing anything further, I tend to agree with your seniors and recommend that you roll with it and give it a couple of more months to see how you like it then.
  13. Oh, I agree. I looked at this very program and moved on. My point about trying to retain their graduates was more about offering a retention bonus and not strong arming them into staying. I agree with you 100%
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