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About lemurcatta

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  1. People I know got acceptances a week after their interview, to literally months after their interview. I got accepted to the program 4-5 months after my interview day.
  2. It’s very notable that the California Medical Association SUPPORTS SB 697. Usually you have to negotiate and compromise for months to get other stakeholders to merely drop opposition and become “neutral” so that bills may pass. But CMA has actually testified in support of passing SB697, while simultaneously actively campanginginf against the NP independence bill.
  3. My program isn’t in the top ten but has about a 2% acceptance rate. A few admission cycles ago there were 2,100 apps for 32 spots also for the OP: I actually was wondering if English wasn’t your second language as well. Maybe you were just quickly banging out your post on your phone and made some grammatical mistakes, or are you ESL? I echo no judgement at all but maybe that contributed? Perhaps an area to look at and improve on. If you want to be a clinician I think the NP path would be open to you. Just do your research on the programs you’re applying to.
  4. I don’t think the NP door can ever be shut for someone. There is an online NP school somewhere in this country that will take your money no matter your circumstances
  5. Nursing school will still take 4 years (to get BSN). You’re only saving two years by doing nursing instead of PA, so if you want to do PA just go for it.
  6. This is very important. A new PA program’s goals are NOT aligned with the goal of keeping PAs employable. They need to make money, and will open new schools, expand the number of seats, and charge more tuition whenever they need to. Especially PA programs affiliated with small private “universities” who up u til they opened a shiny new PA program (to print money), they were essentially no-name liberal arts institutions.
  7. Is it bad that I really really want to hear them?
  8. But I really don’t understand that. Nursing has the bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing. Makes sense. Clear, understandable. Physicians have doctor of medicine. PTs have doctor of physical therapy. We have “master of physician assistant studies”. Studies...what the heck does that even mean? Still worse, we have schools awarding different degrees. MPAP. MPAS. MSPAS. MHS. MMS. UC Davis has the winner- “master of health services.” Lol! Can’t even get the word science. A collection of ridiculously titled degrees with no standardization. Really great plan. MMS needs to be the standard degree. Now. Faculty will throw a fit claiming that it’s hard to change things at the university level. That’s fine, shut down until you are able to do it right. Something tells me it will change quickly if you can’t keep cashing tuition checks.
  9. The way we understand the word physician in the United States, in addition to the definitions you cite, is referring to a specific profession. Professions are self regulating, and they get to define the standards for entry, which is an MD/DO degree, passing the USMLE or COMLEX exams, and successful application for licensure. Just like we define our standards for entry: completion of an ARC-PA accredited program, passing the PANCE, and successful application for licensure.
  10. This is all so true. And its one reason I worry a bit seeing all these new programs entering the accreditation process. It seems that 90+% of them are not at academic medical centers and are just free standing little "universities" seeing to offer another degree. If the MINIMUM standard for PAs is to attend a program run out of a failing chiropractic school on an old high-school campus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_California_University_of_Health_Sciences), we might be in trouble soon.
  11. AAPA provided $$ support to North Dakota’s Academy for this. Just something to point out to those who think they not working to advance change.
  12. Awesome. I just sent her an email too with my perspective a a California native who went out of state for training. I said I want to be able to come back home and serve California, and SB 697 will help make it easier for me to get a job. As it stands, the state I am in is much less restrictive and most jobs are open to PAs and NPs. Not so in Los Angeles area.
  13. So what about someone with GAD and panic attacks who does well on daily SSRI but needs occasional PRN Ativan? What if having a bottle in the purse or bag makes them feel more confident going out and doing things? I also fear the pendulum is swinging way to far in the other direction and people are going to be missing out on effective management of their disease.
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