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  1. Thanks for that didn't know it was an option after GI bill was used, does that require a disability rating?
  2. I am, burned up CH.33 in undergrad (hindsight is 20/20 here). But I just got off the phone w/ the VA and apparently I will be eligible to apply for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM scholarship, so hopefully that works out. It will probably put a 30k dent in my expected ammount of debt.
  3. I absolutely plan to move to the middle of nowhere, I am from rural NC and I can't wait to get out of the city. We own a home and are currently renting it (3br/2ba) for 1100/mo (My actual mortgage is 1k/mo). Probably gonna sell that when we build enough equity but I honestly hope i can find an ED position that challenges me by working without the "big hospital" niceties and after a year or so of getting my feet under me pick up an UC gig to make some extra cash. The biggest question i'm facing right now is to apply for a residency or not. I'd hate to stay here for another year at 1/2 pay and put my family through 80 hr work weeks but I'd really like to develop the skills a residency can provide. Cross that bridge when I come to it.
  4. I'm currently attending a program that is about 110K base tuition (but it's where I got in so I had to take it right?), which doesn't account for cost of living. I'm 35, married and this school is in close proximity to a major metropolitan area where the lowest 1BR rents are around 1600/mo for 500 sq feet in very shady neighborhoods. My wife and I pay 2k/mo for a barely amenable 1BR with paper thin walls in a poorly run building. Food and travel are also expensive. I have no undergrad debt (GI Bill), my wife is working PT but continues to hunt for FT employment, I find myself maxing out Stafford and Grad Plus each semester just to make rent/food (@home)/travel and other basic expenses. I am by no means going to make myself and my family live off of ramen and peanut butter and never ever leave the house for social/dining out/recreational activity. I have found myself taking out smaller private loans to make ends meet and have something left in my savings when I graduate. I have accepted that on completion I will be close to 180-190k in debt. To me this is just the "nature of the beast" and while I'm annoyed at the cost of tuition, books, and the ridiculous amount of self funded hoops the program is making us jump through there's just no other option. I am coming up on clinical year and considering taking PT/Perdiem work as a medic since I've maintained my cert but don't know if that will play out based on rotation sites and schedules. That's just me though and 2 cents.
  5. I firmly believe my medic experience is what got me in on the first round, grades were meh...PS/LORs were pretty good, prior military (not as a medic) 2 yrs as a civilian medic and it gave me tons of talking points in the interviews as well. I say go for it AND look into using your medic class to boost your GPA, I was unaware that CASPA may (MAY) calculate your pass/fail medic class into your GPA to your benefit, still not sure how that works cause I didn't do it, but it's worth a try.
  6. has anybody here heard of anyone using the CH. 33 extension to help cover the cost of PA school. I called my schools fin. aid and they said that's it only available for undergrads and those pursing teaching certifications. The way the verbage in the bill read it seemed like it was anybody pursuing further education in a STEM field if you are continuing from a previous STEM degree. From my understanding it goes into effect in Aug. '19, I'm starting class this August....Would love to milk uncle sam for some more sweet bennies.
  7. Dream job much? If this was a paid contractor position I'd sign a 20 yr contract, hope it's still ongoing in a couple years, just curious are they requiring EMS instructor certs?
  8. Thanks for taking the time to look into it..."Paramedic" is technically still an EMT but we are working on title changes to differentiate. Currently most states recognize the titles "EMT-Basic" "Advanced EMT/EMT-Intermediate" and "EMT-Paramedic" however there is a vast difference in education and scope between the 3. Currently the National Registry of EMTs is working towards a single standard of education and a simpler title of "Paramedic" for EMT-Ps. If Paramedics pass the National Registry exam they are usually recognized as NR-P (National Registry - Paramedic) the NR standard is a bit more difficult to obtain because they maintain a pretty high standard compared to some individual states certifying requirements. We're in a "title" battle ourselves to gain recognition as providers closer to that of an RN but without standardized education, unions and lobbys it's an uphill battle. I can't wait to start fighting the PA name-change battle in a couple of years....
  9. My 2 cents. I went medic AFTER my BIO degree was complete, I already had the A&P from my bio degree. I wanted a fallback, In my area it is a good fallback because we are hospital based and medics start about $18hr. I started at 20 with shift diff. The learning experience was amazing, if you have the time and money then do it. Medic is far and away a different world from basic. It gave me tons of writing material for my PS and tons of talking points during interviews and gave a real close look at many aspects of the health care system. You will learn to do basic DDX and treatment for life threatening conditions but more importantly it teaches you HOW to think clinically. I've been a medic a little over a year and was an AEMT the year before that and while I'm sure I have a lot to learn in the way of all the other specialties I feel like I have a very firm grasp on EM. You will build confidence, you will get humbled and it is all a good learning experience, I had a brief moment where I considered staying in this job as a career because I love it so much but alas I cannot lift 500lb cardiac arrest PTs until I'm 55. If you have the time and money it IS worth it, and Ad-comms will (usually) recognize the difference between you and a basic. Good luck
  10. Very true, I never considered the fact that you wouldn't have a way to document. I've got a long way to go to learn "office" medicine compared to what I do now. Good luck with that, I wish there was an established protocol for this type of thing, I feel like "health screenings" at no cost/low cost would be a great way to open up dialogue with people who need care and improve the public's opinion of healthcare but with the risk to the provider it seems nearly impossible. I wouldn't even mind doing the charts if it meant we could get 1-2 people out of 10 on the right track to preventative care.
  11. I'll probably catch flak for this but I'm a medic, (Starting PA school in august) I do "I just wanted to be 'checked out'" calls all the time. I have no problem saying yeah, your BP is good, or its a little high or a little low and then rattling off a few reasons why it may be. Then go through the PTs meds with them, daily routine, Intake/Output, diet, etc etc and make suggestions about all these things but always end my statements/assessments with "I'm NOT A DOCTOR, your should see your PCP, or we can transport you to the ED to see a doctor there, they can tell you much better than I can about what may be causing xyz symptom and you can call us back at any time" I see it as a service to the community of extremely poor, disenfranchised, un-educated PTs who may not have insurance or transportation or for whatever reason refuse to or can't get to a PCP. Many times it's just settling somebody's self diagnosis anxiety. Obviously if I see something way off or c/o dizziness, HA, nausea, syncope I will very strongly recommend they get transported and document the hell out of it if they refuse transport.
  12. Hey everybody I just got this email, I never interviewed here nor did I receive an official rejection but I think they called me at one point several months ago. Are they creating accounts for rejected applicants? Just asking because I've accepted a seat somewhere else and if I can free up a seat by rescinding my application I'll go ahead and give them a call but it seems like they should have this wrapped up by now. For your convenience, we have established your Applicant Portal Account that can be accessed at (HYPERLINK) We encourage you to visit this site regularly to check the status of your application and our receipt of the documents and credentials required to complete your application. Please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Admission if you have any questions. One of our admission counselors will be happy to assist you. We are pleased that you are considering Pace University and look forward to working with you as you make plans for graduate study. Best Regards, Susan F. Ford University Director of Graduate Admission
  13. This is exactly what I was looking for, thanks for the reply!
  14. As far as I understand, (I'm guessing you're talking about civilian flight medic vs regular Army medic) Is that a regular Army medic (I was 11Bang-Bang) Is the equivalent of an EMT-Basic with some advanced trauma and IV therapy training. Our medics were amazing and had exposure to lots of real life mass casualty and "trauma-1" type events. However civilian flight medics are going to be EMT-P (paramedic) trained with several years of 911 experience, Critical Care and Flight Paramedic training and are pretty much the top echelon of EMS providers. As far as Army flight medics I could not comment as to their level of training and experience but I would guess it's a little more strenuous than regular Army medics. Any of the above though are great ways to get PCE, especially any type of military medicine since that's kind of how we got started as a profession. As always it's what fits your personality and situation the best.
  15. Has anybody here had experience working for the state department as a PA in a foreign US Embassy. I am starting school in Aug. and my ultimate goal is to work somewhere in a European/Eastern European US Embassy. I was hoping to work a rural ED for a few years (3-5) as well a look for a PRN gig in an UC, gain experience and pay down some debt and begin applying through the US foreign services. My wife Bulgarian and our ultimate goal is find a PA position where she can be closer to her family (some now in Germany and others in Bulgaria). I am Ex-military and from what I understand the foreign service is similar in terms of contracts, meaning the longer you've been there the better chance you have of getting your preferred duty station. I have no problem working places like Africa, Middle East, Asia, South America for a few years if need be. If anybody has any experience working in an embassy clinic I would love to hear the positive and negative aspects of your job, what your day to day life was like, how difficult was the hiring/clearing process, did you ever feel concerned for your family's safety any complications with maintaining certifications and legalities of overseas practice and what experiences/education you think may be beneficial for somebody looking to go that route. Thanks everybody.
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