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  1. I think we are in agreement on 98%. My support for online education is based on finding a recruiting and workforce development solution to the shortage of brick n-mortar slots/seats. And more recently, a solution the rabid dysfunctional admissions schemes bypassing those very same candidates that you and I are both in agreement on. Over the past 5 years I have datamined the admissions profiles of two dozen-plus programs from Southern Florida to New Hampshire and Texas to Illinois. I can count on 4 hands the numbers of Latino, Black, Native American students and graduates over the past
  2. To the oldies :0) I am finding your anti-online education reasoning hard to follow. Just to be crystal I am referring only to an online year-1 didactic phase with a traditional face-to-face, clinical preceptorship/elective year-2. I too am an oldie who was educated and allied-trained in the the mid-80's. Back then we took K-type MC basic science and shelf exams. You had to know your subject matter 4 different ways (A-True, B-False, C-True, D-False, E-None of the above) or a combination thereof. We took our core classes that way then went into the clinics. Mind you, the professors back th
  3. Can PAFT help solve this pressing and depreciating healthcare workforce issue. http://bit.ly/1QvAMAs
  4. Never say Never! Healthcare is 20% of our national GDP. This horse has been way outta the barn long before you and I were postgrads. You don't need a face-to-face lecture neccessarily to read and interpret histopathology slides and understand the physiology of the RAAS. The online version permits greater immersion and repeat study to become expert. So there are clear benefits to an online and/or hybrid PA education model in additional to brick n mortar. I eat dinner 3x monthly with 45 year old MDs. They are seriously contemplating or actively retiring from practice. These are the
  5. Facilitating ARC's and NCCPA's approval of online PA education (didactic year only). Across our country in the past 15 years we have come to approve online RN programs, MBA programs, Post Bacc programs, DHSc programs, MOOC's, etc. Even at the secondary school level we are now accepting online or computer-based SATs/ACTs. We all take online CME/CE courses for medical licensure recertification/maintenance. So why the pushback on Online PA program model? What are we talking about? Online video instruction (Q&A), critical thinking, discussion posts across physiology, pharmacology, micro
  6. Back in the 70's and 80's the average age of a PA student was > 35 yrs. Many post military. Today its <27. With many Americans looking to retool their careers after the 2008 meltdown, does anyone have a good idea of PA schools that actively recruit older PA students like 45 or even 50. I know many career focused clinical technologists with 15-20 years HCE (e.g. OR techs, Pathology techs, Clinical Lab techs) that want to train up to PA careers. Where are the best programs to apply to?
  7. Everyone is replying with interview dates from Marist PA. Did you all apply through CASPA or directly to the program. Marist did not appear on the list of programs in NYS during this 2015-16 cycle. Can anyone who received an interview clarify?
  8. Hello! I hope to be a PA student soon. But to answer your question, I supervised multiple stress labs in cardiology fellowship programs as a masters-trained cardiac exercise physiology. I supervised all modalities of cardiac stress from standard graded exercise tolerance, nuclear (persantine/sestimibi), pharmacologic (adenosine/dobutamine), stress echos (bubble-studies for PFOs), electrophysiology (T-wave alternans), post cardiac valve surgery (AoV/Mv), too multiple clinical trials testing the effectiveness of antianginals, antiarrhythmics, pacemakers and automatic implantable defibrillators
  9. PAFT should focus on the following: The rate of new PA school openings is important to gear up for the ACA's projected 40M-plus newly insured. I would however strongly encourage all PA programs to recalibrate their admissions philosophy to align with the ACA's current and future healthcare service access demands. Specifically, I have read on this forum, YouTube and other platforms that the typical profile of a successful PA student is a single, white female, aged 25, GPA 3.6, and 2 years clinical experience. The United States has historically been challenged by clinical and public healt
  10. I still have not seen Marist PA appear on the 2016 CASPA Full Program's List. I read through their website and it mentions, "Students will apply to the program via a centralized application system operated by the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Applications will be accepted through CASPA beginning in mid-April and will close on January 15, 2017 for the second cohort starting in May 2017.cohort via CASPA."
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