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  1. I took online o-chem through UNE. It's not cheap, but I couldn't find a local class that worked in the timeframe I had. I loved general chem and detested o-chem, so I am definitely biased, but the class was a hard one to take online. It was doable, though I did hire a tutor. On that note, I highly recommend Janci Despain (brightideatutoring.com/); she's a great chem tutor in general, but has a special help course just for UNE o-chem (which was invaluable to me). Best of luck!
  2. @EMEDPA Do you mind sharing what state you're in? Working in a rural ED is in my long-term plan and what you described sounds amazing. If you'd rather not, I understand!
  3. Our class was advised to have cards available for all the things Rev Ronin mentioned above -- I gave out, two... maybe? It was a waste of money. For the preceptors I connected with who were gracious enough to be references for me, we exchanged numbers/emails and I stayed in touch with them between my rotation and graduation.
  4. Yup, it's that bad It's basically the four years of med school in 2ish years. The good news is, it ends eventually!
  5. I hope you like them! I mainly bought them to "kinda study" during those times when I just couldn't make myself read anything else, but they actually helped a lot! The completed MedComics never stuck with me (though several of my classmates loved them), but I think coloring (i.e., engaging with) them could make a difference -- thanks for the links!
  6. I've used a couple. My favorites, in order of preference: The Human Body Coloring Book: The Ultimate Anatomy Study Guide https://www.amazon.com/Human-Body-Coloring-Book-Ultimate/dp/0756682347 Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book https://www.amazon.com/Netters-Anatomy-Coloring-Updated-Science/dp/0323545033 The Anatomy Coloring Book https://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Coloring-Book-Wynn-Kapit/dp/0321832019 Congrats on getting in and good luck!
  7. I echo what has been posted already: I started PA school older than you and also with zero science in my undergrad training. I did the pre-req stuff via the local community college (online and nights/weekends); it was cheaper, but took longer. (FWIW: make sure whatever your target schools are take online/CC classes, though I think most do.) Before I jumped in, the best piece of advice I received was to get lots of hands-on patient care experience. Go beyond the required hours (usually 2000) and do something that puts you in control of patients (e.g., not scribing, though I know not everyone agrees with that), so you really *know* that you want to work in medicine (vs. it being a daydream or something you want to do on a volunteer basis). Taking that advice made me realize I really liked medicine and that giving up a well-established, successful career to pursue a second one was worth all the sacrifice (time, money, sanity) it requires. As for the being in Maryland: GWU also has a PA school, as does Howard (though, they aren't always accredited). There are some further out in Virginia too. You could do those with either long commutes or (as others have mentioned), living at school during the week and heading home on weekends (several married people in my class did that). Alternately, there are several online programs now, where you'd do clinical rotations locally. Where there's a will, there's a way!
  8. It seemed like a bad idea to me too. His mindset is "get your foot in the door, no matter the cost" -- but as a new grad, the thought of (essentially) bribing my way into an org that doesn't like new grads (which the hospital he's going to apparently *never* hires into the ED) is a recipe for disaster. (Wasn't sure if that was just my lack of experience talking, though.)
  9. I didn't ask, but my guess is he wanted to be in a specific city, at that particular hospital.
  10. My classmate secured an EM job with an org that typically does not hire new grads by offering a contingency plan: she will work for half the standard PA salary for the first three months, with some of that being shadowing, some working full-time. Is this a good idea to propose to organizations hesitant to hire a new grad?
  11. wamucc


    I wore all-black tennis shoes to my outpatient/office rotations. I kept them clean and dressed professionally and no one commented negatively. I actually had one preceptor mention I was one of the first students to not come in uncomfortable dress shoes (and she confirmed she was fine with my choice). Of course, this likely varies by preceptor, so YMMV, but at the very least, I don't think it'd hurt to ask.
  12. Will they let you take some time off, then join the following class for clinicals? One of the students in my class did that and is doing great this time around. I'm not sure if that's feasible where you are, but it may help you get some distance and give you the time to decide if you really are done with healthcare or if it's a temporary sentiment based on your current situation.
  13. I've been looking for a couple of months. I definitely don't feel the shunned aspect (most places I've talked with are open to PAs), they just want them to already have experience. Very few open to newbies, unfortunately. Not sure where everyone gets that experience if no one will hire a new grad. And holy hell, I *wish* it was only 80k haha
  14. I couldn't agree more with these comments! As an about-to-be-new-grad, the job search is tougher than we were led to believe it would be. Our program is in a big city with several other PA schools, so the "they'll be throwing jobs at you" experience we were warned about just isn't happening anymore. Realistic expectations are *always* better, but in short supply, it seems.
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