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  1. I think your personal opinions are coloring your professional opinion - even if you do present it as an issue of socioeconomic justice. You have a degree in religion I believe (I have one too so I do not say that in a pejorative way) so I don't think we need to rehash the concepts of negative versus positive rights/means/etc. We already do have arbiters of elective homicide and quite frankly I'm not a fan of those decisions being in their hands... was it not the supreme court that just overruled an appeal from a death row inmate with cavernous hemangioma who wanted an alternative form of execu
  2. Just to provide a foil, I found this thread from David Juurlink awfully compelling: link. "I’m no MAiD expert, and I get that some people are opposed to it for various reasons. But I’ve been a doctor for 25 years, and I’ve seen enough deaths to know a good one from a bad one. This was, without exaggeration, the best death I have ever witnessed." I think there is something to be said for getting to die on your own terms.
  3. Just popping in here to say that I am a teacher turned PA (student at the moment) and your interviewers are going to love it. You are going to have experience with children, parents, administrators, performance metrics, emergency response, etc. that many people will have never gotten a taste of. Best of luck to you and feel free to message me if you have any specific questions about how I wrote my essays and fielded certain interview questions about the non-traditional background!
  4. I would be surprised if anyone noticed. The factors that go into what makes something "upper" level versus "lower" level largely depends on how an institutions registrar has chosen to allocate course numbers and credits. A 100 level genetics course might be equivalent to another school's only 200 level genetics course or something. I would just be more concerned that the class fulfills the necessary number of credit hours.
  5. Awesome coverage of Marquette’s new PA building (and our profession) by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here. It will open in the fall of 2019.
  6. That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out... but it’s being advertised for on Facebook. That’s how I came across it. It would be a very elaborate hoax.
  7. I did a quick search and didn’t see this mentioned... sorry if it has already been posted about. Visit this website for the recently formed “American College of Calopathic Physicians” and try not to give yourself an arrhythmia: https://www.cathopathic.org/ Some gems from their homepage: ”Nurse Practitioners are some of the most talented and qualified physicians to ever practice medicine, albeit without being recognized as such. We are unique in our practice of medicine. We are not trained the same as MDs or DOs, but clinical data has shown that the practice of cathopathic med
  8. Where is everybody who is posting from? Our graduating class last year (>50 students) had 100% employment by graduation with an average salary of 96K. There didn't seem to be any problems.
  9. An awesome read! Provides some wonderful balance to that NYT article.
  10. Very sorry that you had a disappointing experience, PACProvider, but it sounds like you needed to vet the program you chose to attend a little bit further. Perhaps this is a problem in states that are saturated with PA programs, but PA programs attached to reputable universities are quite good and have MPAS, PhD, MD, DPT, etc. lectures with a wealth of knowledge in their subject matter. I'm honestly a little bit surprised your program was able to maintain its accreditation. OP, applying to PA school at this stage in your life may not make the most financial sense, but go for it! De
  11. I just got the official rejection e-mail. It says they received 4,719 applications this year and awarded the scholarship to 181 individuals. If those numbers are correct, the scholarship was even more competitive this year than it already was in years past. Congratulations to those PAs who received the scholarship! Way to represent! Given the odds of receiving a scholarship this year, you should feel even better than you already do.
  12. Yeah... but she was also the head of the HIV clinic and the only regular character in the show to contract HIV and not be killed off by the writers. And it made sense... like most female AIDs cases in 1997, she was black, heterosexual, and received the disease from a long-time partner. She also had one of the best critical receptions of any of the regular characters that appeared on the show. The actress did a phenomenal job. I'm glad it was her portraying us!
  13. Reminds me of that satirical (but sad and true) article titled "I didn't vaccinate my kids and the one who lived turned out fine". I think one of the ironies of alternative medicine is that it does the exact opposite of avoiding exorbitant bills... medications ONLY available in the office of the naturopath, chiropractors who can "cure" you if you come back biweekly for 16 weeks, etc.
  14. Don't feel bad at all. They're head hunters. I worked through a recruiter when I was considering being a chemist for Medline. I still get phone calls and e-mails to this very day from him. He's tried messaging me on Facebook, and even contacted old classmates (had to provide a list of former lab partners) wondering where I went. Other recruiters from the same company will e-mail me asking if I know of any classmates who would be interested in analytical chemist jobs that work second shift and pay $11 an hour ... eye roll.
  15. What an awesome post. Thank you for going out of your way to come over here and post that!
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