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  1. Hello all, I had the same problem when I was applying to PA school, I was a corpsman as well. Very long story short, each time I applied to schools I had to contact them, then send the SMART transcripts which they applied to the schools portion of the application, different than the CASPA app. I did this for multiple schools and it worked well if the school was military friendly (Drexel, University of Utah, WesternU-my school- all accepted what they could). I know I will get quite a bit of shade for saying this but don't count on your SMART transcript for actual credit. Every time I used it successfully it was a filler for "elective credits." Experiences may vary, and never take one persons advice on ANYTHING. Good luck! Daniel
  2. vb315, I hope you get the orders you want and as long as you keep an open mind I am sure you will like it. Who ever is in charge of you now should be able to get the DSN# to contact the command. From there you can contact someone and set up a sponsor. When you get that all set up, they will meet you at the airport and transport you to the command. But you honestly don't need to starting trying until you have hard copy orders. Enjoy
  3. JRV, Yea it's kinda weird. I have to admit it's not that weird overall as I use to be a surg tech and I have done a few exploratory laparotomies to remove IUD that punctured through the uterus and slipped into the abdomen. Imagine explaining to a woman who had an IUD inserted through her vagina that you were about to remove it surgically through her abdomen... Thanks for the interesting case, it is nice to see what other people are thinking regarding the same problems. Hopefully I will run into another OBGYN and see if they have had similar experience. For now I am in pediatrics and my first day has been quite the opposite of what I was expecting. Good luck with everything.
  4. Second year student here, Was the IUD placement correct on ultrasound? Does the current placement of the IUD bother the patient? Can you visualize the strings on pelvic? Does the patient wish to continue with current birth control? If the answer to all these questions are "yes" than I would just continue with the current track you are on, explain any thoughts/concern with the patient and have them agree with your plan. Just for CYA I would request x-ray and reason for exam would be "confirm correct placement of IUD" because I think they are radiopaque (you should now have two imaging studies to confirm correct placement). Please keep in mind I am still a student and have minimal experience but this path seems the most logical to me and if the patient agrees then it's not like she was denied information if an unexpected event occurs. Please feel free to correct if you know something I don't.
  5. VB315, I was in Okinawa as a Corpsman (2007-2010) so things are a little different than what you may experience. I can say it really boils down to your personality is what I have found. If you like meeting new people, doing new things, seeing stuff you have never seen and are active you will love being overseas. For example, I started running to work rather than driving and saved on average 3k-4k per year on gas and insurance. Me and the wife, who was also a Corpsman and we met in the barracks, did the WWII tours and tunnel rats tours which were nice and informational. Me and the wife were also a part of the command welcoming crew so we would pick new people up at the airport and take them to our favorite restaurants (Coco's; try it, you will love it. I promise) and then helped them get their residence established. Also, some Okinawa locals love military and we were even invited to a Christmas party off base with a bunch of Japanese people we didn't know but had a great time! Since I like to be active I also got a small boating license so we could go fishing or tubing out in the ocean (but only did this once) and the diving when we were in Okinawa was a big deal, I was once told it was "second only to Australia." The driving there was fun too since you get to drive on the opposite side of the road and the Nissan Skyline GTR's are numerous (at least compared to stateside). There are also numerous taboo activities that you can find that are too good to pass such as cliff diving which is a big no-no to military personnel due to injuries and such, but I never did that and no one I knew did it either... oh and almost forgot to mention if you ever get a chance to party/celebrate with some aviators you are guaranteed to have a good night and to cry laughing multiple times. There are draw backs with being so far as well. I found it cost like $1200-1400 to fly home for emergencies and personnel staffing was always low, so you could only leave if your chain-of-command allowed it. I was denied emergency leave when I requested it due to staffing. Also, small things will be blown out-of-portion due the small nature of oversea tours. For example, getting a speeding ticket was kinda a big deal vs being state side where you just tell your supervisor and they pretty much say "don't do it again" (I was enlisted at the time so experiences may differ for officers). When you finally decide where to go just know that there is a point-of-contact for each station that will meet you and help you get established. You won't be going in blind and trying to figure it all out on your own. Yes, they will be hard to get in touch with but just be persistent. If you have any other questions let me know.
  6. I was accepted with a Bachelors in Criminology and Justice Studies. I had lots of great HCE and my pre-reqs were good as well. I think they care about the person as a whole and a little less about the degree they might have. I have interviewed at three different schools and only once did the Crim Justice thing come up. They were curious to know why the shift from Crim Justice to Health. It was easy to explain and it made sense, so it was a non-issue. I think my ability to be personable, previous health care experience (military) and my GPA were the true selling points for my acceptance. The school I was accepted to didn't ask about the Crim Justice degree. Also, I know of Dr's that had undergrad in English.
  7. A wise choice. Also, you will find that line officers rank faster while staff officers generally have to fight to get good evals. Quality of life is generally the difference to my understanding. Staff officers have a good quality of life and enjoy good stations while line officers sometimes take crappy orders and deal with some rather stupid stuff. Both have their ups and downs, the real question is what do you want? Do you want to see patients and get lots of great clinical experiences that some civilians will never get, or do you want the chance to command forces and develop attack plans? Two very different routes. Either way I think that any officer path is rewarding.
  8. Lmao Gringo, I am curious to know if this is a real post? If so you will need to start getting your pre-reqs done so you can apply to a PA school. Or since you're enlisted you have the option of going to IPP (Inservice Procurement Program). With the option of IPP you can go to school, while active duty, and never need a break in service or any of the other hassels of getting out to attend the program. Going OCS means that you will be a line officer, attending a professional school means that you will likely be a staff officer. If you ever want to have command-in-combat you will need to look at line officer. Keep that in mind when considering between line and staff officer.
  9. username, I got my Bachelors at a university and then went to community college for all my pre-reqs (A&P 1/2, micro bio, chem 1, chem 2, org chem, and lots of others). I was recently accept to a PA program so can't see why any community college pre-reqs would hinder anyone unless the program specifically stated they did not want comm. college credits. Good luck.
  10. Don't forget to check your SPAM folders. I suspect most of the rejection letters might have been sent out.
  11. Yea, just found the email in my spam. Logged into the system and I found out I was not accepted either. However, I am happy to know. No more waiting!
  12. Spoke with Janet yesterday, she said that notifications will be sent out in April. Still have a few more months to wait...
  13. Has anyone from the Oct 22nd group heard back yet?
  14. Just had my interview a few hours ago. I stayed at the Hampton Inn and the hotel is about two blocks from the interview site, so I would recommend staying here. Also, it was the cheapest of the all the hotels that I checked out, plus you won't need a taxi. However parking is rather expensive. Tips for the interview, -Dress nice (everyone had a suit when I arrived) -Make sure to play well with others -Do your research on the University before you show up -Have good examples of your leadership skills and how you would react/reacted to various situations -Last, and probably the most important thing to know is why you want to be a PA (considering the other options) In terms of what to expect: -Day is from 9AM-5PM -We started off with an essay of about 6 or 7 questions (30 min timed) -Then had a tour of the facility -Had free lunch with the Director of the Program (Patrick Auth) at a different building where the interviews are conducted -We did a quick review of a scenario and were then called back for an interview with either a staff member or current student (both are mandatory) -After everyone was done we were released Hope this was helpful. Good luck to everyone!
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