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About AshySlashy

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 with family/friends, exercise and get your mind straight. This isn't the end of the world. $100k is a lot of money but I know people with twice that when they graduate with a bachelors, or four times as much and unmatched to a residency after graduating at a Caribbean med school.
  4. I was not terribly impressed with the potential title change suggestions.
  5. 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!
  6. 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 back story for de Musset's sign was interesting.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Unfortunately none of your other stats (GRE, PCE hours) are well above the average for most programs. I would work on getting that sGPA to at least a 3.0 while getting even more PCE. You may have some luck with schools that emphasize least 40/60 hours or upward trends if those circumstances would apply for you.
  11. It’s school specific. I had a similar issue; A in A&P 1 lecture and a C in the lab. If a prosepective program didn’t explicitly mention it I would contact them directly and ask.
  12. If the letter writer is still able to go in and edit that portion I would politely ask them to do so. If the rest of your evals are on point I don’t imagine one glaring error will sink an otherwise good application.
  13. I had a nurse who was a clinical supervisor, my chem professor, a PA and a NP. Some schools will weigh clinically relevant evals more than others. I would suggest getting at least one PA eval, but your overall goal should be to get them from people who can write an honest, glowing review for you. My chem professor wrote an eval strong enough that it was mentioned during an interview to a school that didn’t weigh academic evals very highly.
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