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  1. I just started using Cerner for my new inpatient job and find it to be the least intuitive EMR system I've encountered thus far. My training was a brief Zoom session where I could barely hear the instructor's voice. Please give me your favorite tips/tricks to navigate the system. I'm trying to "Favorite" as many orders as I go along and build up my dot phrases. Do you have a nifty way of organizing your orders and dot phrases? Is there a public library of dot phrases I can utilize? I found nothing through Google Search.
  2. @PAcandidate7002 Sorry, I no longer have access to my Rosh account.
  3. 15 min away is pretty nice. But you can also always spend your time studying in a library or elsewhere on campus if being at home makes you too crazy. Just make home a place to eat/sleep/shower. ?
  4. My gut reaction is to say go with the cheaper school and save money because (1) if you're taking out loans for school, being in debt sucks in the long-run; (2) the program is only 2 years so unless the faculty seems unorganized or anything other than reasonably normal, I dont think "not connecting" on the initial meeting with them is a huge deal; (3) in the end both programs will make you a PA-C. That being said I sympathize with not wanting to live at home. Personally, living at home almost becomes a toxic environment for me so I was willing to pay rent near my school to save my mental health even though I could have reasonably commuted from home to save money.
  5. Wait am I reading this right? You've been showing up every day for 2 weeks and now he expects you to go see patients on your own... and you're not even hired or getting paid yet??
  6. Alright, given there are 300 questions on the exam, I was curious about my actual number of questions correct so I tried to calculate it based my "% Items Correct". They break the exam topics down by ORGAN SYSTEMS (Cardiovascular, Derm, EENT, etc.) or TASKS (Applying Scientific Concepts, Clinical Intervention, Formulating Most Likely Diagnosis, etc.) If I calculate my # of questions correct based on the ORGAN SYSTEMS topics, it's 225.3/300 questions correct. If I calculate my # of questions correct based on TASKS topics, I got 223.68/300 questions correct. Not sure how accurately that calculation reflects my true # questions correct, but there you go. I attached my PANCE score breakdown for your and other anxious people's pleasure.
  7. Are you talking about the PANCE score or Rosh score? EDIT: If you're talking about Rosh, I completed all the topics except POPULATION/RESEARCH/ADMIN and PEDIATRICS; barely touched those. I also re-did my flagged questions for a few topics as well. I can't give you a specific number because I actually reset my Rosh account intending to sell it. Haha. If you're talking about PANCE, unfortunately, they don't tell you how many questions you get wrong. They just tell you your raw score and give a "% Items Correct" and your "Decile" for each category,.
  8. Hi, I recently passed. Packrat: 170 (taken ~1 month oops week after end of rotations and ~1 month prior to exam) Rosh: 67% = 603 Projected PANCE Score = 85% probability of passing PANCE Score: 447 (Minimum Passing Score 350)
  9. I just want to say I'm really impressed you were able to remember at least 47 questions coming out of that test. My brain felt fried afterwards. I hope you've heard good news since then!
  10. This supplemental has been stressing me out and I've been putting it off for quite a while. I know the "diversity essay" is common among health professions schools, but I don't know how to adequately address it. Some people talk about their unique hobbies, talents, or experiences but I honestly have none in particular that make me stand out. Then I found this on the program's website: Diversity Statement: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is committed to increasing the diversity of the university’s enrollments and thereby helping to create a well-trained, diverse health professions workforce committed to working with underserved and disadvantaged populations to reduce health disparities. So I tried to play off of that. I finally just sat down and forced myself to write an answer, though I'm not sure if the content is good enough. Please let me know what you think. Much appreciated. (Note: I omitted some information to help remain anonymous) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prompt: Optional diversity statement that specifically addresses how, if admitted to our program, your admission would contribute to the diversity of the Rosalind Franklin University Community. Edit: removed because I submitted.
  11. Hey, Lindsaybeth7! Topsy helped me a ton and is starting school tomorrow, so in case he/she can't get back to you lemme just pay it forward and offer my thoughts as I was reading your essay. When I set foot inside the oncology department, I wasn’t too sure about how I would like it. I’d been After watching medical documentaries and television shows for twelve years, and I had my heart set on surgery. But as a high school student Unfortunately, getting into the hospital’s internship program as a high school student was hard enough, and the operating room wasn’t an option. I learned so much In in my first week, I learned so much, but I was still unsure of whether or not oncology would should be something I would to pursue (This sentence seems unnecessary because you previously mentioned you had your heart set on surgery; I think it should be deleted if you need more room to write). I got to sit in on sat in on scheduled appointments with the radiation oncology department, shadowing both nurses and doctors. Towards the end of my first month there, Once I had the opportunity to talk with some patients in the waiting room, while they were waiting for their treatments And that’s when it. my trajectory in medicine changed. all changed for me (I think you should be more specific with the “it” that changed for you, so I reworded the sentence). There was something special about these patients, something I had never seen in other specialties areas of medicine (Can you really compare patients to other specialties? You haven’t mentioned your experience talking to patients in surgical specialties, which is what you were interested in at first). Optimism. Hope. Courage. These people were determined to give their all, no matter how rough the road would get for them. They knew were informed of their statistics, of their odds of survival and of their grueling treatment plans.. They knew that the treatments were grueling, and Despite the inevitably tough road faced by them and their loved ones, they showed up to their appointments ready to fight as hard as they could to defy the odds given to them. would not be easy for them or for their loved ones. But they showed up for their appointments, ready for what was being thrown their way. They understood what was going to happen, and how their lives would change. And they ready to fought as hard as they could to defy the odds that were given to them. (a lot of these statements were repetitive so I combined a few) These patients gave me hope and courage for my future, and I started to realize that if they could face something as utterly terrifying as cancer, I could face my biggest fears as well. In Throughout my six months that I spent as an intern interning in the oncology department and the years I returned there as a volunteer, I slowly but surely fell in love with the field of oncology. (From “….something I had never seen in other specialties…” to the end of this paragraph, I think the whole idea suggests that you wouldn’t care about patients with other types of medical/terminal conditions because you don’t think they have “optimism, hope, courage.” Maybe reword the transition.) I had never considered really thought much about becoming a Physician Assistant (PA) until I had requested a job shadowing opportunity at a shadowed a local oncology practice. On the day that I arrived, (sorry I had to link it; immediately popped in my mind as I read that) instead of being greeted by the main physician at the practice, I met the PA that worked there. She greeted me, and Although I knew little about the PA profession, I learned a lot in that eight-hour day. I sat in on various procedures and appointments, all of which she performed and took care of without batting an eyelash. Meanwhile, the physician was in his office, writing out notes and making phone calls. It was then that I really discovered how much better suited I would be for a PA program rather than for medical school. (These last two sentences give me the impression that you think a doctor only ever sits in his office to write out notes and make phone calls. Maybe describe that you know that physicians can also provide patient care, except they spend MORE time in their office than PAs do.. or something like that. However, I’m not sure if that statement is even true for the PA profession). Being a very hands-on person, I often thought I wanted to become an artist (this is a sudden topic to bring up. Also, I thought after 12 years of watching medical shows you had your heart set on surgery?) I loved the precision and execution of doing something on my own- but I also valued communicating with others. I loved helping people, but I could never see myself as a teacher (teacher? I thought we were talking about you wanting to be an artist). I loved lending a hand when needed, and especially loved to help people feel better. Which is why I ended up considering becoming a surgeon. (oh I see, we’re going through how you narrowed down your decision to become a PA.) The hands-on experience that I craved, coupled with my passion for helping people steered me in the direction of medicine. I still have a pretty intense interest in surgery, due to these reasons. However, while shadowing the PA, I realized that she performed in-office procedures, such as bone marrow biopsies, which fascinated me as well. (I think this whole paragraph can be deleted or at least redone with a better transition and also more in depth reasons why you switched from Artist à teacher à surgeon à PA; as it stands, it is not very convincing) To help me prepare for becoming a PA, I obtained my certifications as both an Emergency Medcial Technician and a Certified Nursing Assistant. (Describing specifically how these jobs have helped you prepare for becoming a PA would be helpful - E.g. ability to adapt and work in stressful environments as an EMT, ability to handle patients delicately as a CNA) Most recently, I worked at a Girl Scout Summer Camp as their health director, taking care of both children and staff members who were sick or injured. I had to think quickly to address issues with both children and adults, and I had to make vital decisions on whether or not a health concern in a camper or staff member could be taken care of in our health center, or if further, specialized medical attention was necessary (see, these are good examples from your girl scout expereince.). I took vitals, and learned how to perform basic exams on patients who came in on the first day of camp. I also obtained Medication Administration Certification training, and I was authorized to give medications to children as directed. Working in this setting was both an amazing and rewarding experience. I also gained valuable leadership and critical thinking skills, as I had to make decisions fairly quickly and take initiative in all cases. It even gave me a newfound interest in both pediatrics and in primary care, in addition to my interest in surgery and oncology. For someone like me, I believe that Becoming a PA is the right decision for me because of my passion for helping others, as well as my sincere interest in oncology, surgery, pediatrics and primary care. many different fields in medicine. I am a very hands-on person who enjoys working on her feet and solving puzzles and mysteries, especially when it comes to patients. I am also very good at following directions, and I respect figures of authority, which is an important aspect of being a PA (I am indifferent about mentioning these things as skills to highlight, because it doesn’t take much effort to follow directions or to respect figures of authority). I also crave the expansive options that PAs have once they graduate; I won’t ever be stuck in the specialty that I choose (being “stuck” in a specialty has a very negative tone that contrasts with your interest in specific fields that you elaborated on earlier, so I would take it out and replace it with this last sentence, which has a more positive spin on it) I’ll have the freedom to explore my varied interests and put my skills to good use. I understand the sacrifices that I will have to make for my career, but there is nothing in the world I would rather do. I am a firm believer in the quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” And that is my goal.
  12. Oh my gosh. That's absolutely terrible. I'm just pre-PA, but I have previously worked as an MA in a private clinic where the doctor had a horrible superiority complex, putting all his employees down and even tried to turn people against each other with lies (but we all knew it was BS). When the clinic was slow, he would literally spend 30 min to an hour berating all of us as we stood around him. If you tried to say something back he would just talk over you. The turnover rate was ridiculous. In my short time working there (6 mo.), At least seven people had come and gone. It was a very toxic environment and I was miserable. Anyway, I tried to just laugh to myself at how crazy he was instead of taking everything personally. Easier said than done. This thread is a good reminder of how coworkers really do contribute to your job satisfaction level, and that you should never feel stuck in any one job. It's also good to know that I should prepare myself to meet future crazy doctors/supervisors in a career as a PA.
  13. Thanks for your input. Good luck to you, too!
  14. Hey, everyone. I e-submitted my application to another school yesterday, so it's still in the process of being verified. Do you think it's too late for me to try to apply to Drexel?
  15. I literally just e-submitted my application last night, although only to one program. I have many more programs in mind that I want to submit my application to, including this one. Should I save my money and not apply to this program, given that it is July 6th and my application still needs to be verified?
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