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About AshySlashy

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  1. Definitely helpful (echoing EMEDPA). Some programs (the one I graduated from) added "points" to an application for certifications, specific extra courses, etc. which could increase the likelihood of you being accepted.
  2. IMO, UWorld was helpful for getting familiar with some of the longer question stems and getting familiar with the layout of the actual PANCE UI. However, I felt Rosh was the best resource for prepping for the PANCE alongside skimming PPP.
  3. Not that it's particularly important or binding, but the AAPA has already registered medicalcarepractitioner.org .
  4. I wanted to pick the brain of some of the more experienced PAs regarding a delay in my employment start date. I just recently graduated, passed the PANCE and obtained licensing. I relocated (11 hours) to a new state with the anticipation of starting my new role this month (October) but I've been told my start date will now be pushed back to a later date in November. The delay is related to when the board of directors will meet to approve my hospital credentials. I've knocked out everything they've asked of me and I guess it was just an oversight on when the board would meet again.
  5. This is a semi-repost of what I put on the PA-S sub on reddit: My strategy: I did the entire Rosh QBank then looked at what areas I was weakest in. I went back and read the respective chapters in PPP (v3) and watched OME and Osmosis videos. I prepared for about 14 days and typically spent about 3-4 hours per day studying. I took a few days off during that stretch (where I only did a 60 question block or two). On my study days I would do about 300-500 questions a day which really made taking the PANCE seem very doable. I ended up completing the test in about 2 hours and 45 minute
  6. There are two that I know of. One in Missouri and one that is more of just a graduate training program in Michigan/Iowa (Pine Rest). I'm 90% certain I'm going to angle for psych after graduation. I've also had some concerns about losing my general medicine skills.
  7. Sorry to bump a long dead topic, but does anyone know if the 20 month DMSc track is still offered? After perusing the EMPA fellowship site and doing a little digging I haven't come across the fellowship + DMSc dual track.
  8. Find a job, any job, and start chipping away with IBR (assuming they aren't private loans). You could consider a trade school program - HVAC, welding, electrician, etc.- that will provide you with a slightly higher than average wage vs. toiling away at an unskilled job. Retail sales can also pay slightly higher than your average profession if you're making commission/hitting quota though this might be too stressful. Ultimately, don't get yourself into another situation too quickly based on emotion/stress. Find a job that you can handle and get back into a 9-5 type routine, spend time w
  9. I was not terribly impressed with the potential title change suggestions.
  10. I received an eMail about a new-ish PA/NP EM fellowship in Tupelo, MS through Relias Healthcare . Since it's newer I'm assuming no one has completed it but I'm curious to see if some of the more seasoned members, specifically those who have done a fellowship/residency, would be willing to look at some of the details and offer an opinion. It seems to be lacking some of the key features I've seen in other EM post-grad training programs and it's in a state that I've heard is notoriously pro-NP and PA unfriendly. Thanks in advance!
  11. We learned about Pemberton's sign in the context of thyroid goiter. I'd like to add: Trousseau sign: "Test for the Trousseau sign by placing a blood pressure cuff on the patient’s arm and inflating to 20 mm Hg above systolic blood pressure for 3-5 minutes. This increases the irritability of the nerves, and a flexion of the wrist and metacarpal phalangeal joints can be observed with extension of the interphalangeal joints and adduction of the thumb (carpal spasm). The Trousseau sign is more specific than the Chvostek sign but has incomplete sensitivity." Also, I thought the
  12. OChem Labs are the best part of OChem. They aren't that difficult if you put in the work and they should boost your GPA unless you are graded on yield/purity.
  13. As long as you meet the cut-off/minimum for the programs you intend to apply to I wouldn't focus on that right now. That said, I had two different programs bring up my 149q (combined 310) during interviews even though my scores exceeded their cutoffs. I was accepted at one of those programs (top choice) and rejected at the other.
  14. Whiteboards are definitely indispensable. You can build yourself a gigantic whiteboard (4'x8') for relatively cheap ($20) by picking up an acrylic coated MDF board at Home Depot, waxing it with some car wax, and taking care of it. I had one of these setups years ago and will be moving into a new place and I plan on covering a wall again.
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