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  1. Is anybody currently seeking license in NC? I was told by the NCMB person assigned to my application that fingerprinting and background checks are now suspended, however there has been no movement on my application since 1/26 so when I emailed her she told me it would be approximately 2 weeks from the time my background check returned. I just need to know which is it? are we doing background checks w/ fingerprints or not (Big headline banner on the website says still suspended) If not then how long does it take to process without the background check? My initial application went in on 12/30,
  2. Thanks for that didn't know it was an option after GI bill was used, does that require a disability rating?
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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 Staff
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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 mor
  10. 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
  11. 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 car
  12. 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 abo
  13. 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 reg
  14. This is exactly what I was looking for, thanks for the reply!
  15. 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 comme
  16. 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 s
  17. I plan on keeping up my paramedic cert and national registry paramedic. I worked hard to earn it and I think it may be useful in marketing myself to future employers. And maybe, one day, working PRN for and EMS service just to keep my skills up and get my 911 "fix"
  18. Not to worry, I followed those threads and considered commenting many times however the forum seemed to be doing fine policing itself and remaining as professional as was possible. I think we all saw it for what it was.
  19. "I wanna be a fire fighter..." "no you have to be a medic too" I hate this system. Forcing FFs to be medics who don't care at all about medicine and forcing medics to be FFs who don't care about putting out fires. Of course there's the exceptions who are good at both but I think it leads to poor assessments and treatment of medical PTs and is generally worse for outcome.
  20. Keep working your IFT job and go back for your medic? Maybe try to volunteer in a 911 system with your basic card, 911 gives you a lot more room for learning assessment and making treatment decisions. I'm guessing it's all Fire based EMS in LA area which is always frustrating...
  21. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1601489329908251 Here you should find a link to the group page, or search FB groups for SHU PA Class of 2020.
  22. Perfect. I work nights so I was still asleep when they called and I didn't really catch all the pertinent information after "we are offering you a seat" in fact I thought it was a dream so I had to check my call history and make sure... so I'll be checking the mail every 10 minutes now.
  23. So I know when I got the call they said emails with further info would be coming out soon, has anybody seen an email yet?(Still kind of anxious about this because it doesn't even feel real right now) Also would anybody be interested in starting a FB Group for those accepted so we could get to know each other a little and collaborate on questions and concerns.
  24. Got a call today, I'll be joining you guys for the class of 2020. Looking forward to meeting everybody.
  25. Flying in from NC tonight for the morning session. Won't be in until late. Look forward to meeting you guys.
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