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boli last won the day on September 20 2017

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  1. I am about 1/2 way through my clinical year and graduation/job search is approaching quick. I have always heard the advice that you should choose something more general for your first position and sub-specialize later if you want. However, I am really enjoying a rotation in a fairly niche sub-specialty (Gyn Onc Surg) and there's the possibility for a job in said specialty. Would choosing something specialized really be a hindrance on my career down the road?
  2. I graduate from PA school in about 8mo. Is this what I have to look forward to?
  3. Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but I'll assume you're being sincere. Eh. I don't think anyone gets into allied health positions for the money. I didn't at least. But the money is there if you want it and will work for it. I know a few PAs that make upwards of 200-300k. They aren't working 8-5 M-F (with an hour lunch) in primary care though. I don't buy into the whole "you have to be called to the profession" bullshit they sell you but I think if you go in eyes wide open that if you work your tail off for 2 years you'll have a relatively comfortable life making 100+ doing something that is mentally stimulating and challenging with the possibility of 200-300k if you want it? you can change specialties? Work part time? That was good enough for me
  4. PANCE pass rate >> Cost >> everything else.
  5. As Ronnie Coleman once said "everyone wants to be a bodybuilder but nobody wants to lift no heavy-a** weights". This is what it takes to become a PA. You don't think I'm sitting in clinical rotations thinking about "just getting paid" too? I think you need to take a step back and evaluate what you're doing and either buck-up and finish school, or quit now and save yourself a little $. Are you going to be miserable for the next decade as a PA d/t stress? Clinical rotations should be FUN. You shouldn't be stressed at all, really. They all expect that you know nothing so the bar is incredibly low. I hope the additional month you've had the chance to reflect on how close you are to the finish line. I'm also confused at this comment--> "did not study much due to the weather but now in rotations I'm overwhelmed." Are you studying outside? Can you only study when it's between 55-75 degrees and partly cloudy? How are you going to study for/pass board with this attitude?
  6. you're def not alone. You're going to relearn it all in rotations and then again when studying for the PANCE.
  7. Any inter-professional events or mock patient activities we must be dressed in either scrubs or business casual. Otherwise we can wear what we want. I don't see the point of a dress code, personally. At this stage in our lives I think my last concern is whether I'm wearing sweats or not to class
  8. Sorry if this is posted elsewhere, I checked the specialties section and did a brief search... Anyone here an Ophthalmology PA? I'm really liking it in didactic and noticed the generous salary in the AAPA 2018 report (albeit a n of 7) so just trying to gauge what exactly Ophtho PAs do, how they like their work etc. Thanks, Boli
  9. I think your situation is hard due to the distance from your spouse. However having family around helps. I started PA school with a 5mo old and it's been tough but do-able. I think it just comes down to what you're willing to make a priority. You probably won't have time to do much self care for the first semester or two. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's going to be hard whether you defer or not so- from one sleep deprived parent to a "soon to be one" just get it done with.
  10. I admittedly didn't read the OP in full. My take on your question (although sounds like you're going to apply regardless) is that the entire application process is not black and white- at all. It depends on what schools you apply to, which person reviews your application, the quality of other applicants, etc. If I was reviewing your application give the information provided I would be concerned at the lack of a PA/MD/NP LOR. Enough to say no interview? eh... Probably not. My personal bias, as stated before, is that grades and professor LORs don't mean much in terms of the kind of PA student or provider you'll be. But I'm just a PA-S. You will probably get interviews just from your stats alone. Once you're in the interview it's up to you to convince them.
  11. If you know the answer to your question why did you post? To flex with your stats? The point (as Rev and others above have reiterated) of the provider LOR is that they can speak to your aptitude for the profession of practicing medicine. No other LOR can do that- not a prof, a colleague, or a supervisor. A lot of people are smart and good students but why will you make a good health care provider? That's the question the provider LOR should answer. I understand the difficulty in procuring them and I was lucky to have worked in a hospital setting where I could foster those relationships. That being said, no it's probably not a "deal breaker"... but I've had profs at my PA program mention how great the LORs were from my references so it definitely can only help.
  12. Thanks for all the insight and replies. It helps that we are anticipating moving to a lower cost of living area after I complete school. I think if I go the PSLF route it will be important to find ways to reduce my taxable income and really minimize the discretionary income like LT, d-wade and others have suggested (hello 403B contributions). I appreciate the help!
  13. I'm looking for some perspectives on what people recommend as far as loan repayment goes after school. When I graduate in 2020 I will have ~175k in loans from school (undergrad and out-of-state PA) and my wife has her own 100k from her professional program. We are both eligible to participate in "Public Service Loan Forgiveness" wherein you make 120 qualifying payments (10 years) and the remaining balance is forgiven. This is what my wife has been doing for several years but I've heard some horror stories about end of term application for loan forgiveness where the Gov said "whoops, sorry doesn't count, keep paying". Has anyone here applied and gotten PSLF? I see our two main options as: 1) living as though the loans will be forgiven after 10 years and making the minimum payments. This severely hurts our DTI ratio for home buying and other things on the front end but there's a chance to have 10s of thousands forgiven later. Also gives us the opportunity to invest our excess cash instead of paying it to loans at 4-7% interest. 2) Living off 1/2 our take home salary (estimating take home around 150k for the family total) in a modest home for 5-7 years and aggressively paying back the loans to a zero balance. This would make us essentially debt free by age 40 but severely limits our options on the front end for investing, home buying and childcare options. Any insight from current PAs who are in the loan payment hell? TIA
  14. every dollar you take in loans you'll pay back 3x over by the end of your repayment. Also, idk your living arrangement with your parents but Like Ejohns20 said, I assume included in living with them is food, utilities, internet, cable, furniture etc etc. Those add up so fast and will turn your "cheap place" into a not so cheap place that you're paying for with money you don't have. My schedule is different than some students, but I get up early enough that traffic isn't a problem on my drive. Getting to school by 6am allows me to study for 2 hours before class and get my day organized. Saving the 90min a day in your commute isn't worth the money and really won't benefit you that much extra study time. Not to mention that you'll probably lose time in the end by having your own place and needing to clean, grocery shop, etc. TLDR: your parents are right. Once caveat to my assertion is that if you're in a state that gets nasty weather driving 60min a day each way might really suck in the winter.
  15. I think a lot of it depends on your life situation. I'm in my first year now and I have some days where I struggle with the PA vs med school choice. I anticipate that the feeling won't completely go away in the future, either. If I were 23 and didn't have a family (wife, kids etc) I think I'd have given med school a much harder look. As it were, I didn't want to be an absent father and starting my career as an attending at almost age 40. I didn't want to have to move around for med school, residency, fellowship etc. The list goes on and on for my life situation as to why MD wasn't the right choice. Ultimately I chose to pick my job as just a job and not my identity. I'd rather be "Boli the husband and dad who works as a PA" than "Boli the distinguished physician who also has a family" (keep in mind your mileage may vary and lots of docs I know have great home lives). It's damn hard to have and raise kids when you're in school and training throughout your 20s and 30s. PA has some awesome advantages which make it a great career but like I said, if I were 6 years younger with fewer obligations and applying I'd probably give med school a shot.
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