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Lauren R

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  1. The more you learn, the more you are going to realize you don't know. The knowledge you obtain from PA school is just the start. Working in the medical field means being a forever student. Your yearning to constantly know more will make you a great provider regardless of where you go to school.
  2. I agree with sas! If asked for references, just provide CRNP contact info and explain the situation. I was worried about this when I went to an interview once, but the employer was understanding when I did not want them to call my current coworkers.
  3. I'd say experience is preferred in most fields, including the PA field. For the record, I have had administrators tell me they are hoping to hire a new grad so they can train them. I suspect this is also so they can pay them less. However, definitely the consensus seems to be that most employers prefer to hire experienced PAs.
  4. I get 23 days PTO, 7 paid holidays and 3 CME days every year. I work for a large health network so all of the PAs in various specialties are entitled to the same benefits.
  5. I took mine the first day I could. If you've done well on your exams in school, I suspect you will do well on the PANCE. If you're anything like me and my classmates were, you've been studying for this test for 2 years. The extra time studying isn't going to make much of a difference, it'll just get you stressed out. Good luck!
  6. Unfortunately, I don't think it is horribly uncommon to hear crickets after applying for a position. There have been many times I applied for positions and heard nothing back. Same story with friends/coworkers. To that effect, I would recommend having someone look over your resume. When I was ignored, I adjusted my resume and immediately started getting calls for interviews. I have never been ignored and led on after an interview though. Frankly, it sounds like you're better off. The fact that this happened with a friend of yours at the same place suggests it's their problem not yours. If you continue to have problems after interviews, I'd do some self examination to make sure you're not doing anything strange during the interviews. Best of luck!
  7. To be fair, I actually do know people who transferred from EM to UC and got very bored by the slow pace and redundancy of UC. That said, sounds like you realized that and UC might be more your style. Clearly, your interviewers are interested in you. I hope you get the job and enjoy it!
  8. I would do some apartment shopping and see what type of expenses you'd be looking at to have a second apartment. Maybe it'll be reasonable or not at all, which could help you decide. If you have the means to have an apartment near your school, you'd save yourself a lot of time and energy, which are two very coveted things while you're in PA school. Otherwise, you'll make it work.
  9. You'll have that. Haters gonna hate. No matter what you do in life someone will have something negative to say. Most patients and other providers love PAs.
  10. I'd pay $10,000 to know I was going to a trusted school. It's a tough field. It's important to feel like you're getting a good education.
  11. Some PAs do. I have never brought any work home with me. I work in hospital medicine.
  12. Sure, you might be able to get hired from a rotation though if you choose the California school. However, you'll be able to get a job anywhere no matter where you go to school. Seriously, PAs are in demand. There isn't a right or wrong answer. Do you know anyone near either school? Honestly, it would be nice to have a support network while you're in PA school.
  13. You'll probably have to speak to physical therapists and physician assistants separately to find out their experiences. I don't know anyone who became both a PT and a PA. I'll answer some of your questions. You will definitely have to deal with blood on your PA school rotations, but when you're working, you can choose a less gruesome field. Keep in mind, you'll get used to it. I used to not be able to handle vomit at all, and be a sympathetic vomitter, but now I couldn't care less. Getting into grad school is hard, but if you have good grades, all the prerequisites, shadowing and health care experiences, you should be fine. There shouldn't be requirements for shadowing or volunteering experiences, but reach out to a potential site and see what they tell you. For paid experiences, you may have to get a certification, like a nursing assistant certification, EMT etc. If you want to be a PA, keep biology as your major. Kinesiology and exercise science may be better suited for PT school, but you can get into any PA or PT program as long as you have the prerequisites and good grades.
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