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  1. Anachronist

    Non-trad getting PCE

    It also depends on your proficiency/deficiency as well and what will serve you. For example, I was prior EMS, so MA/PCT/Phleb really wouldn't do much for me. I decided to scribe after finishing undergrad and it was a pretty great experience. But if you've never spiked an IV bag and don't know how to take vitals, then MA/PCT/Phleb is a good start. If that's the case, then I would say try one of those for a year, and then scribe for a year; the different exposures will compliment each other well.
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    Military credit: corps school for medical terminology

    As long as it appears on an official transcript then it should be ok, for MedTerm anyway. Most of my prereqs were my undergrad degree but I also used almost 10 year old MedTerm from EMT school. No program I applied to and received an interview at (no program at all, just to make that abundantly clear) asked about MedTerm. I think it is one of the least critiqued prereqs. I was asked for some syllabi for other classes, and told flat out that my EMT A&P would not be accepted (had to take it again postbacc). But no one ever mentioned MedTerm. I would say go for it, if it becomes an issue, take it in the fall at a CC (I was accepted to a program with A&P still in progress) so it shouldn't be a big deal.
  3. Looking back at your other posts I gather your GPA is a 2.97? Yes that will not clear many AdCom filters and unless you have some other very strong components to your application will pose a problem. You'd need to retake any prereqs you don't have an A in to start, and get an A. A MHS would help, but won't totally negate the undergrad GPA from what I understand.
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    I am new and need some help

    As MT2PA mentioned, that is a lot of questions, and all of it is here, somewhere. But to get you a head start, decent minimum PCE is going to be about 1,000 hours, 2,000 is better (or 6 months - 1 year full time) so expect to work for near minimum wage for a year or two after graduating (some folks get in immediately after graduation but because they were working during undergrad getting PCE, but they are rare). Volunteering is also important, there is a big push in medicine and especially PA programs to have experience with underserved populations. They will also want you to have shadowed a PA so you have an idea of what you're getting into and understand the role as it isn't "common knowledge." For the most part prereqs are very similar from program to program, major outliers are OChem and BioChem (many require, but many don't; and varies from 1 OChem or 2, or both + BioChem), but better to have them than not. The GRE minimum bar is about 300 combined and balanced with a 4+ in writing. GPA and GRE are mostly AdCom "filters," make sure yours aren't too far out of the class average for the programs you're interested in (most programs publish some sort of class data). Also start familiarizing yourself with CASPA, it is a system that almost all PA programs use to submit applications. Hope that helped, keep reading stuff on here and check out the program specific threads on this forum under "Physician Assistant Schools."
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    A Plan So Crazy...

    And just one for the road EMiller, I have a friend who just graduated med school, he said "med school isn't about how smart or talented you are, it is about how much you are willing to suffer." My PA school experience thus far has been similar, from the prep to get in and now the coursework itself. No other way to do it but go all-in.
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    A Plan So Crazy...

    So the tough stuff first. That GPA is going to cause a few problems, not excluding from all programs, but it's not good (same for that GRE Q, get it up in the 150's before you take it for real). Your toughest classes also may lay ahead depending on what is still outstanding, OChem and BioChem are brutal. Your PlanB is not good for a lot of reasons, mostly, if it doesn't go perfectly, you dug yourself into a deep hole. And unless you have a lot of cash to spare, getting loans for all that rental property is going to be a problem, and then the mortgage will eat up most of your profit; real estate doesn't really pay until you own it free and clear (I own a rental property). Then all the legwork of repairs, if an A/C unit craps out, etc etc. Go to school far away from your property, big problem (I'm 2 hours away and it is annoying). Pay a property manager? There goes more of your profit... etc etc. PA school is insanely competitive and demanding, both academically and personal commitment wise, and it is only becoming more so. You have 1 realistic (good chance to get into PA school) option. Pound out your prereqs (don't get anything less than an A) ASAP before your other ones meet the 5-10 year expiration, study your butt off for the GRE, and get some volunteer and shadowing experience. If you're only applying to 3 programs, you need to know everything there is to know about them and where you stand. That is a remarkably low number to apply to. The acceptance rate at most is <5%. If you don't come at it extremely aggressively then your chances will diminish. As for the $100k in debt, that is the name of the game these days, "welcome to the club" as it were. You should also look into the Navy PA program (tuition and stipend paid for 3 years of service after you graduate), there is a thread about it on the forum here. Best of luck.
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    What should I improve

    Pretty solid all around, you should expect several interviews. At that point it comes down to the interview itself which preparation will help with. Be comfortable with talking about all of the general "PA interview questions" and know about some current PA topics, name change, independent practice, etc. Also put in some effort on the GRE, you want to 300+ it to make sure you meet the requirements, ace-ing it isn't as important, just go for a 150+/150+/4+. GPA is "good" but not "awesome," but not much you can do about that now (but it won't raise any red flags). You're safe there. PCA is good, better than a lot of folks. Volunteering and shadowing are also both good. GRE, Personal Statement, and the interview itself are the only outliers at this point. Best of luck
  8. It is mostly just a psychological phenomenon to try and "connect" with the information/story (especially when it isn't super common). People do it subconsciously, tell them you're a pilot and "oh I knew a pilot when I lived wherever, he/she was pretty cool." Tell them you're a nurse, doctor, or a lawyer and they might just leave it because it is "well understood/common." (Or at least they think they understand it well). My 2 cents anyway.
  9. My default now when people look confused or ask "so what is a PA?" Me: "You know when you go to a doctor's office, but you don't actually get to see the doctor?" Them: "Yeah, hahaha" Me: "That other person you see is me." (Or I just give the slow double thumbs up at myself) I laugh, they laugh, it's a good time.
  10. Anachronist

    More bridge programs?

    A few bridge programs is a good thing, but it shouldn't become commonplace. And I agree, it would as a whole undermine med schools, and in addition you would have to then allow med school grads (or 3rd years) to take the PANCE at their choosing. Would be a logistical nightmare, make PA programs and MD programs both less appealing in their own right. PA as a stepping stone to MD would require completely redefining both roles for the benefit of a minority of PA-Cs. I can see how both programs could benefit from some of the other's practices (more residencies for PAs, more clinical experience for med school applicants for instance). But the roles and training are not entirely analogous in my mind.
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    Another Doctorate program

    What is the point? Who would look at a "DScPAS" or equivalent and think "I'll hire them over....?" To be a better practitioner, I would think a residency would be better time spent, and if you're not doing it to be a better practitioner, then what? Research? PhDs are on a whole other level, you'd be at best, at the level of a 2nd year PhD student after completion (Physician Assistant to PhD Assistant much?). Or is it Admin related? Then why not a MPH or MBA? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but all of these, including the LMU DMS just appear to be master's level programs but are geared toward those who already have a master's so marketing has them being called a "doctorate." PhD's possess two critical components, teaching and novel research, these programs don't have either, and online? lol really? And only 2 years, that is a master's degree "period." Fast tracking online degrees stink of the rash of online, for profit, middle management geared institutions that popped up in the late 90's and early 00's. I understand D.Ed, D.Eng, and to some extent Psy.D, but in the medical field it just doesn't make sense, medicine is more akin to research/hard science and the realm of MDs and PhDs as terminal high level degrees. Or am I just being old fashioned? On a side note, I've personally had professors that included PhDs (obviously), MDs, Chiropractors, and a Podiatrist. As far as quality and depth of understanding, the PhDs are in a league by themselves. I've had some PhDs that would perhaps drop down into the "medical practitioner" group (usually newish grads), but no medical practitioners (including the MDs) that could rise to the PhD level. I even had a PhD physicist that was an HIV/AIDS specialist who I have no doubt would rival or quite likely exceed MD's (excluding those in a Tier 1 research institution) knowledge and understanding of the disease. I asked a few of my PhD professors as an undergrad (at a teaching university no less) how much primary literature they read, the average was 2-4 papers per day, 5-7 days a week; on the low end that is 500+ per year... every year, for decades in some cases. That amount of information consumption is difficult to comprehend. Or am I just being a vicarious elitist?
  12. Anachronist

    Physician Assistant with tattoo sleeve on arm?

    It is purely a social deal (minus official hospital/clinic guidelines). It would depend as much on the patient population you plan to work with as well as what exactly your sleeve is. Weird horror cartoons, probably not good, flowers and geometric stuff, probably not a problem. It also depends on you, I had a fellow student show up with a whole hand and arm covered in henna and no one said a word. But she was Indian (not Native American); if it had been me (as a caucasian male) I wouldn't have been surprised if I had at least been asked about it; if not told to scrub it off or cover it. I've also worked with EMTs who had sleeves, they all wore something to cover it when seeing patients (even though OSHA might have a problem with that). The no long sleeves is a hygienic thing, but no one complains about makeup. If it is just to get through school that might work (they make industrial water proof stuff for that purpose), when you're in a practice it might be wear a lab coat until you get into the OR or maybe they won't care, it just depends. My ortho NP when I had a leg fracture had military tattoos that would show partly below the sleeve of his scrubs (which he wore in the clinic), no one seemed to mind and I overheard patients ask him about them (myself included). If you want to PM me a pic I'll give you as unbiased of a "first impression" as I can.
  13. Anachronist

    MMI Preparation

    It really depends on the program and what their style is, but in general you should be prepared and comfortable talking about the "common PA interview questions" (just google it) as well as talking about yourself and how you came to be in the seat in front of the interviewer (not in the logistical sense, but in the thoughts, feelings, and experiences sense).
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    explain this to me....really?

    "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." - Isaac Asimov I don't pretend I am an expert in political science, history, sociology, or economics; rather I defer to those who have dedicated their lives to the study of the subjects in question. This excludes politicians and news anchors. Perhaps because access to these people isn't served up on 24hr TV news, 30 second video rants, or 240 character tweets; it is a position not held by many (enough), it is discouraging nonetheless.
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    Another Doctorate program

    I laughed. Yes I agree it is a bit peculiar. It seems "doctorates" are becoming trendy, perhaps for admin type positions where alphabet soup and being referred to as "Dr. So-and-so" gives off a pleasant ring at fundraisers or conferences. It seems as though the capstone projects would be better served as research topics by PhDs (or even MS) of epidemiology or public health. The classes also seem more like a medically focused MBA, I understand dual MD and MBA programs are beginning to catch on too. But the Sc.D. though somewhat falling out of favor at most universities, is generally considered to be equivalent to a PhD in the US, and being the only non-PhD adult in my immediate family, I can safely say a 2 year course with an online component and no teaching requirement not to mention questionable novel research component, is absolutely not equivalent. It appears to me to be a master's degree dressed up as a Sc.D. because the only applicants would already have a master's. I doubt anyone in academia/research would take it seriously, and academia/research is the precisely the realm of PhDs (or Sc.Ds). If you're looking to impress hospital administration that might be a different story though, but you'd still have to compete with MDs, and you would probably lose.
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