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  1. In the past, during your interview they'd give a brief run-down on the 3 pathways and ask you to fill in which campus/pathway you want if accepted (Erie or Seton Hill). Now that it's only Seton Hill campus for APAP and the SH campus only offers PBL, it's a moot point if you're applying to the APAP program. That being said.....there are a few cases here and there where a person didn't get an APAP slot because the slots filled up prior to their interview and the school has instead offered the applicant a slot in the PHCS (primary health care scholars) pathway....it's also 3 years and you're contractually obligated to seek a primary care residency and work in primary care after residency. I have no idea how often this has happened in the past, just was told it's happened occasionally.
  2. yeah....that's kinda how it goes. Smaller groups often can't afford to fly out and house/feed every potential job applicant. Sometimes they can meet you in the middle and cover your hotel/food.....or even say they'll reimburse you after 6 months if you take the job. Bigger groups sometimes will pay the cost if they're desperate enough.....but being a new grad puts you at a disadvantage compared to experienced ENT PAs. You could see if Amtrac is cheaper....or just drive it. Good luck
  3. There are more PA jobs in the Central Valley of California than you can shake a stick at. And they pay really well. Some of the family med clinic jobs even qualify for NHSC loan repayment. Contact some recruiters....good recruiters will even help you polish your CV and give you interview tips....they only get paid if you get the job. If you're interested in ER jobs or in primary care and don't mind moving to north central CA, let me know and I can point you in the right direction. Some of the ER groups are willing to hire new grads. Some of the ER groups also run ER residencies for PAs, and when I left, some of the sites in my ER group were experimenting with a 6 month intensive "internship" where they pay you to do extra readings outside of work in order to get you up to speed faster as a new grad.
  4. Every time I see a thread on some forum regarding this same misconception that these programs are PA's "attempting to become real doctors", I make a concerted effort to fight the misconception. I tell the OP that the doctoral degree is for PAs needing the doctoral diploma to compete for admin jobs or to become core faculty at PA programs, that often these positions demand PhD level degrees to be a competitive applicant. Lastly I tell them the PA profession is not lobbying state legislators to become independent, unsupervised providers unbeholden to physicians. ---but then I don't miss the opportunity to remind them what the NPs are up to. Their DNP movement (funded by the very deep pockets of the nursing lobby) has 2 goals: the first is to make all NP programs doctoral and gain complete practice autonomy in all 50 states. The second goal....which many (if not most) of us see but not enough are willing to make noise about, is the endgame goal of pushing for parity of the DNP degree with that of MD/DO degree. Trust me, that's what the DNP leadership wants. Once all the NPs are DNPs and they're all autonomous, they'll lobby the crap out of legislators, telling them they have doctoral level training, are more holistic, have NP-reviewed publications showing their outcomes in care are non-inferior to physicians, and therefore they should have the same recognition, be allowed to set up their own residencies, and be allowed admitting privileges and, once DNP-residency trained, allowed to operate on a chest just as any MD/DO CT surgeon would. AAPA and NCCPA and the PA profession needs to get its crap together. The nursing lobby is huge and they're outspending us and the results are showing. The PAs need to be very tight with the AMA/AOA and aggressively counter the nursing lobby efforts. This is, of course, just my $0.02
  5. Yeah I worked in the ER at DMC Modesto for 5 1/2 years before moving on to med school. What would you like to know? I personally lived in Oakdale (13 miles from my driveway to the hospital parking garage). I never had any serious problems with crime....but if you live in certain areas of Modesto you probably will. North East Modesto is very nice, area is known as Village One....very nice homes, lower crime, reasonably close to the hospitals.
  6. Did a few talks back in my primary care days. $500 or so per talk was what I would get typically and these were with other APPs at a nice steak restaurant typically.
  7. That's strange...most of the reports I get back are for cipro sensitivity...we just extrapolate that to levaquin.
  8. I guess I should add the biggest problem I've seen w/ PG scores: The number of responders is typically too small to make meaningful conclusions.....n is often in single digits for me and it's not uncommon for me to see 800-900 per month. And as we all know, the people who respond to PG are often those with an axe to grind.
  9. So all APP scores are averaged together and your clinic cuts a bonus check to each APP based on this score? Are the physicians' scores also averaged out for all physicians? Also, have you seen the questions PG is sending out to patients? Are they the exact same questions for every encounter, whether it's a physician encounter or APP encounter? Lots of unknowns here. If you do have certain APPs pulling down the average for the rest of you, what is the clinic doing about those poor performers?
  10. So basically, if you snag a primary care slot (6 are primary care, 6 undeclared)....you sign a contract stipulating you'll enter a primary care residency and work for 5 years (IIRC) in that specialty after you finish residency. If you do not honor the terms of that contract, you agree to repay LECOM the cost of a 4th year of tuition...again IIRC...at the cost of a year's tuition at the time you default on the contract. LECOM is one of the cheapest private medical schools in the country, so it's not crippling debt if you had to repay a year...depending on what field you enter eventually. That being said, if your goal is to practice primary care, 3 years tuition is pretty darn cheap....and you can always get a NHSC scholarship or apply for loan repayment or work for the Indian Health Service to hasten the time to become debt-free.
  11. ER: pulled down $274K last year...average 19 ten-hour shifts per month...the last 2 hrs per shift are time and a half. Also work mostly night shifts which have a 10% differential. Central Valley, California...110,000 visits/yr in a L2 trauma center. COL is reasonably cheap for CA...not Arkansas or Oklahoma cheap, but about the cheapest COL you'll find on the west coast. Brand spanking new grads can make over $200,000 if they pick up a ton of shifts.
  12. Figured better to revive an old thread than start a new one. I'm in the same boat now. Just sent in my deposit and matriculation agreement to LECOM for this coming year. I'm an experienced EMPA with my CAQ in EM. Will likely get my Pennsylvania PA license, but am on the fence about trying to work at all OMS-1. Perhaps year 2. PACDO, what did you wind up doing while you were in school?
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