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  1. CDC now recommending 500mg ceftriaxone IM for pt <300 lbs and 1g if >300lbs. Doxy instead of 1g azithro if chlamydia is not ruled out. Thoughts? https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6950a6-H.pdf
  2. One of my classmates was in his mid 30’s and was a lawyer for 10+ years prior. You can always make a career change, just have to put in the work like said above.
  3. I got married 2 weeks after taking the PANCE. My wife did the majority of the wedding planning and we had a wedding planner which was well worth the money. Did not feel very stressed. Still was involved in making decisions and meeting with vendors, but my wife knew that school was number one importance and was fine with that. I had a classmate get married over Christmas break with a small wedding so it’s doable. Just don’t forget about right after graduation you have the pance to worry about and should be your number 1 priority. Worked out well for me to study for 2 weeks then take it. Found out I passed the week of the wedding. you could say it was a great week, even for 2020!
  4. I have to get DOT certified (kill me now). How is the written test? Heard it is kind of difficult...
  5. Taking the PANCE next month. Wondering what other, if any, practice tests you have done? Will for sure be doing the NCCPA one, but hard to find a lot of others.
  6. I did not take ochem lab. Like you said, depends on the program and if they require the lab. Check each individual school’s requirements on their website. If it’s not clear, give the admissions office a call and double check.
  7. Next clinical rotation was cancelled. Next one doesn't start until May 11. Thoughts on getting a part-time job during this time? I would quarantine myself for 2 weeks prior to the next rotation (if there is one), which is something our program already wants us to do. Just getting really bored and would like to make some money and fill my time. Our program is doing some online curriculum stuff and still have EOR exam for the rotation that we are currently missing.
  8. PA student currently doing rotations and have ran into this situation a couple of times. You walk into the room to see your next patient and you recognize them (could be your neighbor, someone that works out at your gym, a cashier at a store you frequent, etc) and they have a touchy complaint (Gyn, psych, etc) .... how do you handle these types of situations to make it not awkward? You both recognize each other and the patient is embarrassed. As always, you are professional and HIPAA compliant, but how do you ensure to your patient this is the case? Do you have a canned statement? Don’t have a lot of experience with this but I have been in some rather awkward situations over the past few months.
  9. Everyone is different in when you hear back. If your file score reaches their cutoff, your application will be reviewed and if they want to interview you, you will hear back in 3ish weeks I think. If your file score is not above the mark, you will have to wait until ISU keeps lowering the score to get your application reviewed. After you interview, you will get a “combined file score” which includes scoring of your interview plus your original file score. If you make it above their cutoff score, you will be offered a seat. There are 36 seats in Meridian, 24 in Pocatello, and 12 in Caldwell. Combined 72 students.
  10. Tough situation as I see an MA being the better all around experience. But with you being an EMT as well and continuing that, I think the dialysis position would be just fine. The kidneys are one of my favorite organs and one of the most complex, so getting a leg up would be great for you.
  11. I only used the 5lb book and free online tests through ets and other websites and got a 309. I got the flash cards from manhattan prep and that was worthless.
  12. I am a first year student currently, going into my second year clinical rotations. Feel free to ask me any questions here or through DM. Here to help!
  13. I think your stats are fine to apply but I agree that you should have a stronger 3rd LOR, like your boss. Keep racking up those hours!
  14. Do as many practice tests as you can and make sure you time yourself.
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