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  1. Talk to a counselor at the Education Center on base. The associated colleges at the education center ( a common one is CTC) may review your international transcripts and possibly transfer some of them over for some college credits here (also have them evaluate your AIT training for some other possible credits) . Then start taking some online/in-person classes at your education center. Get your General Ed out of the way and possibly some basic sciences while you are still AD. The courses taken at the Ed Center while you're on AD will not count towards your Post/911 benefits. You can then utilize your benefits, after ETSing, to finish off your bachelors and to pay for some of PA school (WHICH IS NICE). It's easier said than done but if you wan't it, go get it. PM me if you need more insight.
  2. Start working on that HCE asap. Find a place that is willing to let you work as a scribe or MA. Some places wont require a certificate and will teach you everything you need to do. Work on pre-reqs while working. Wish you the best of luck.
  3. A couple weeks ago our program set up a brown-bag lunch with a Coast Guard Recruiter. They obviously did not offer as many monetary benefits as the other services (DOD funding vs DHS funding) but I was impressed by the work life balance of a PA in the Coast Guard that was described to us by the medical recruiter. Below is a brief summary of topics that interested me: 10-15 pts/day with each allotted 30 min slots (not uncommon based on my experience working with PAs in the Army) Ability to easily refer out to civilian providers (I was in the Army and I never heard of this. When I was in one of our guys ruptured his Achilles and we flew him to Hawaii because that was the location of the nearest Army surgeon that could fix him) Family priority: I know family is a high priority for all services, but the recruiter told us that the Coast Guard at times will move their service members based on their family's needs. He used himself as an example. His kid had cancer and the Coast Guard moved him and his entire family to Houston so that they can be near a hospital system (Texas Children's) that can help. Small or Big they have bases everywhere along the East/West/Gulf coast and in every major port city PAs are always asked to go to Antarctica (I've always wanted to go) PAs can be on Search and Rescue crews Anyone else serve in the Coast Guard and care to chime in and share their experience? Any info will be much appreciated.
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  5. Try and work as much as you can for as long as you can. When you start the program, any money saved up will help. I stopped working up until 1 week before the start date. I'd suggest requesting LESS hours 1 month prior so that you can bush up on some A&P and anything else relevant. If money isn't an issue, quit now and enjoy life before school starts.
  6. M.S. in Bio looks better for PA school IMO but M.S. Psych will not look bad at all. I guess stick to a program that you are confident you can get a 4.0. Also try and retake any sciences where you received lower than a "B". Programs like to see positive trends in your last 60 credit hours. If you can find opportunities to take a Pathophysiology and Pharmacology course take those too. Also work on LORs and your personal statement. Best of luck.
  7. Great news for our sisters and brothers across the Pond. https://www.aapa.org/news-central/2019/10/british-government-recognizes-physician-associate-profession/?utm_source=newscentraltopas&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_central if you cant open the link: By Hillel Kuttler Kate Straughton An email that Kate Straughton received in her office on July 18 sent her running cheerfully into the classroom where she teaches in the University of Worcester’s Physician Associate Studies program near Birmingham, England. “The GMC have agreed. They’re on board,” Straughton told the class. Students cheered the news and within seconds were tweeting about it and going online to learn more. The United Kingdom’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) had just announced that its General Medical Council would be “regulating” – overseeing the licensing of – physician associates, meaning that the British government had officially recognized the profession. The announcement capped a nearly decade-long campaign by the country’s PAs, previously known as physician assistants, to attain such status and came 13 years after the National Health Service first recruited American PAs to work in pilot programs to test their efficacy in addressing healthcare shortages. Periodic changes in the British premiership and the ongoing Brexit crisis delayed the effort. Threshold crossed in British healthcare The decision is “fantastic news” and “a threshold is being crossed” in the British healthcare system, said Donal O’Donoghue, MD, a nephrologist and the Royal College of Physicians’ leading medical officer and registrar. The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA), the organization representing PAs, has been affiliated with RCP since 2015. Tamara (Tami) Ritsema, PhD, MPH, MMSc, PA-C/R Tamara (Tami) Ritsema, PhD, MPH, MMSc, PA-C/R, an American PA, said she’d expected the campaign to succeed, but occasionally had doubts during the past decade of teaching at the St. George’s University of London PA Studies program, where she is a senior adjunct lecturer. [PA Foundation Fellow Focuses Research on PAs in the United Kingdom] “What made me feel optimistic was the concept of PAs as people who could be trained relatively quickly and still provide a high level of medical care. I knew that once doctors and nurses saw them, [the PAs] would break down barriers,” said Ritsema, an assistant professor of PA studies at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, who has completed a doctorate on the PA profession’s development in the UK. “It’s huge,” Jeannie Watkins, FPA’s immediate past president, said of the July 18 announcement. “It means that the profession is here to stay.” Jeannie Watkins Alex Reynolds is one of five PAs working in neurology and neurosurgery at University College London Hospitals. “I feel proud that a significant regulatory body appreciates that the work we do is important enough to regulate. It’s great to have that backing. It paves the way for the PA profession to grow and develop in so many directions,” Reynolds said. Regulation means that only people trained in one of the UK’s PA programs may legally promote themselves as physician associates. FPA has guarded the profession’s reputation by offering the national certification examination and encouraging employers to hire only PAs who had passed. “We can now be confident that people calling themselves ‘physician associates’ have been through the training. That helps to create a stronger, safer environment for patient care,” said Straughton, who became FPA’s president on August 1. “At the end of the day, it’s all about providing for the patients.” Regulation opens door to PA prescription writing, ordering scans and X-rays GMC’s decision also opens the door to the possibility of PAs being authorized to write prescriptions and order CT scans and X-rays, she said. (Whether PAs may order MRIs or ultrasounds is now left to the discretion of their employers.) GMC, FPA, and other interested parties – including patient groups and RCP – will now work to flesh out the breadth of the regulations and present the legislation to parliament for a vote, likely by mid- to late-2021. GMC eventually will take over FPA’s Managed Voluntary Register of PAs who have passed the national exam, completed their annual CME and paid membership dues. Approximately 1,200 of the UK’s 1,600 PAs are now on the registry, and another 1,000 PAs are expected to pass their national exams by next May, Straughton said. About half of the UK’s 35 PA programs have been added in just the past three years – a “huge explosion” in growth, she said. [Diving into the Unknown: Becoming PAs in Ireland] For Watkins, a former nurse, the developments are gratifying. She participated in a PA pilot program, entered the profession when PAs were called medical care practitioners, took the first national exam for PAs in 2007, worked as a PA in primary care for nine years, and for the past 11 years has been a senior lecturer in the PA master’s program at St. George’s. As FPA president, she lobbied the government for regulation. “It’s about keeping the faith. I’ve given 15 years of my life to this profession. I’m a believer that PAs can work as part of the medical team to deliver what patients need,” she said. DHSC’s announcement could expand PAs’ responsibilities. O’Donoghue said he hopes that it will help speed up legislation allowing PAs to prescribe. PAs then will “stack up a level, and that’s really good. It’ll be even better,” he said. Secures future for PAs “[National regulation] secures the future for PAs and makes it much more attractive for providers to employ them. I’m hopeful that they will, in large numbers, and that it will be an attractive professional option for people thinking about healthcare and being a rewarding part of a multi-professional clinical team,” said O’Donoghue, noting a very positive involvement with his PA colleagues at the Manchester-area Salford Royal Hospital. Alex Reynolds Reynolds expects PAs’ status to rise. “It’s nice to know that there’s a regulatory body that will recognize our skills. It allows the opportunity for more acceptance of the role and develops new ways of delivering healthcare. I perform muscle biopsies on patients, and this decision will give physicians that element of assurance that they can safely give responsibility to a PA,” he said. “The biggest winners will be patients. The GMC can say, ‘This PA has reached a competent level.’ It gives a lot of confidence that PAs are qualified and competent and complement the medical workforce.” The discussion period over the regulations offers an opportunity for PAs’ skills to be seen in a new light, Reynolds explained. “It will allow the wider medical community to appreciate what a PA is, and to understand why PAs need regulation,” he said. “However, there needs to be a lot of work by PAs to keep up their CME, to uphold their skills and the expectations of a PA, to assure that the transition from not being regulated to being regulated is as seamless as possible.” The development doubtless will be a key topic of conversation at FPA’s annual conference on October 21 and 22 at RCP’s London headquarters. Some celebration can be expected there, too.
  8. You are finishing up your BSN then going to EMT school? Why Go EMT? Just work as a nurse ( more pay, and good HCE) then apply to PA school when you’re ready. I can’t speak for the possession charge.
  9. Apply to all schools you can. Get acceptance letters. Rank accepted programs from Highest PANCE pass rate to Lowest PANCE pass rates. Pick Top 3. Go to cheapest. Now if you're like me: Apply to all schools you can. Only get accepted to 1 Program. Be Happy : )
  10. PC/MAC. Depending on your program, testing software will require a PC or MAC. If you wanna get fancy, go with a combo. Many students in my class (including myself) have Surface Pros. A majority have the newest, I have the Surface Pro 3 ( $350 almost brand new on ebay) and it operates sufficiently for school purposes. A few students in my cohort began with tablets ( with a Bluetooth keyboard) and all have since transitioned to a PC/MAC.
  11. Usually in order to take Micro/biochem/genetics you had to have completed basic chem 1&2 and bio 1&2. At least that was how it was at my university. If we did not complete those basic sciences, we weren't eligible for the advanced sciences.
  12. I got out of the Texas NG in 2016. Being a PA in the Guard can vary from state to state/ unit to unit. Our PA was bored and dreaded coming to drill. Most people show up to drill pretty healthy. The occasional injury can occur but nothing the Medic can’t handle. So our PA didn’t do much. AD (Active Duty) PAs have more excitement IMO. There are AGR positions but I myself have never met an AGR PA. One thing that was cool about the guard, were their deployments. Back in 2012 guard units were deploying A LOT. Don’t know about now but when I was in the guard, our unit mobilized to a whole bunch of cool places Egypt(MFO), Chile, Germany. Of course they went to Iraq and Afghanistan too. Hope this was helpful for the army side. Also if it helps, The type of unit I was in was a Cav Scout Unit. Our PA was in charge of the Squadron Aid Station . Again different unit may have a different experience.
  13. I had to take a leave of absence for personal reasons too, but during my didactic year. I was gone for a little over a year. I'm back now and its as if it were the first time going through. I did not retain any of the information. The faculty were really understanding of my situation ( which I'm SOO grateful for) but they said that I WILL have to start back up at the beginning of the semester I left. They also allowed me to "audit" ( basically sit in on : not graded ) the semesters I had completed. That was HUGE and I'm so lucky to have had that option given to me. You're mileage may vary. I don't want to poke at your situation, but your only a couple months away. In a couple of months you're done! The end is in sight. You don't have to take the PANCE immediately but if you're so close to the end, why not just finish? again I don't know your situation but understand that your SOOO close to the end. Keep in mind your loans also. I had to start paying back my loans after 6 months and I wasn't making great money. It sucked. You're also gonna have to pay twice for the same semester. Depending on your University, that may be a lot. I hope this helped. I wish you the best. PM me if you have any more questions.
  14. You are still pretty early into your program. Your classmates are still "learning" each other. My program is 5 months in and we are just now getting used to each other and are more comfortable. In a few months you'll all probably be more comfortable and more approachable to do things. But be open to social interaction if you're desiring it with your cohort. Don't close yourself off. If classmates have a social event, go. Make your own events (BBQ, bar night, chili night, etc. etc. ). But don't feel obligated. Remember your in PA school for a reason.
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