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  1. Thanks for replying! I didn't know about the 18 months work experience requirement. The fellowship I'm preferring is only a 12 month long program, but they did make the statement that all fellows who complete the program were eligible for the CAQ at the end. the NCCPA website stated that the specific term of experience required of physician assistants seeking Certificates of Added Qualifications in emergency medicine is a minimum of 3,000 hours (the equivalent of 18 months of full-time practice). So the 18 months may not be a hard number? Feel free to correct me on this! Thanks
  2. I'm a current 2nd year PA student about to graduate this upcoming fall and I've been applying to different ER fellowships. I've been accepted to 2 different fellowships, which I'm so excited about! I thought it would be helpful to create a list of helpful things to look for in a residency / fellowship & red flags to stay away from. This may be geared more towards ER fellowships since that's mainly what I've been applying for. Would appreciate all of your input on this as well, since much of this is coming from what I've read on this forum and online - as well as my personal experienc
  3. Any updates from anyone who was wait listed??
  4. yeah i got an email in november stating that i would be reevaluated in january... i haven't heard anything yet though? Probably not good news then?? :\
  5. Just curious if anyone who was waitlisted has been accepted/gotten any updates at this point yet?
  6. I definitely recommend going the EMT route, or even CNA route. From what I've seen it's much more competitive to have hands on direct patient care experience. When I've interviewed alongside people who only had scribe experience, the interviewees who had direct patient care had much stronger interviews and schools showed more preference towards them. Not to look down on scribe experience, it will definitely add to your education but it seems a little weak if it's the only experience you have. Personally, I'm working as a MA and a scribe on the side, and both experiences have definitely helped
  7. I definitely recommend looking into privately owned clinics over hospitals as sometimes they tend to be a little more lenient with taking in your other credentials and training you on the job. I got certified as a CNA (which took about 2 months) but I have gotten three MA jobs that I was trained on the job for and got wonderful experience at a family medicine clinic, OBGYN clinic, and now nephrology clinic. Don't give up!
  8. Just wondering if anyone knew what the format of the interview will be like??
  9. Got an interview for January!! Looking forward to meeting everyone in Group C :)
  10. I called CASPA about this and they said that you can always update your application and HCE hours by adding new submissions to HCE and put under the description "CNA - Update" as the title. Afterwards you can email/call the school to let them know that you have updated your HCE. I definitely recommend working as long as you can up through interviews since many schools will directly ask you what you're currently doing during interviews. After you get accepted, it's probably in your best interest to take a break of some length before school starts but that's a personal decision :)
  11. Just got a call for interview for January 23rd! I'm a little late to the game but I look forward to meeting some of you there!
  12. Waitlisted at my third school... so I'm doing well enough not to get rejected but not enough to be accepted. Ugh. I hate this waiting game.
  13. Thanks everyone for the feedback! I've never actually dyed my hair a different color before, and I actually don't have tattoos or piercings, I asked those questions more for other people's benefit. I'm still on the fence whether I want to dye my hair myself but you've all given me a lot to think about so thank you!
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