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  1. The class above me had like 1 drop....she left because she got pregnant and her spouse (also an APAP) took a 1 year LOA to help with the baby then joined our class. Another student took a LOA for personal reasons but joined our class. My class had one drop after needing emergent surgery during gross anatomy. We had one take a LOA when she got pregnant and I believe she joined the class behind mine last month. So yeah...it varies from year to year. My understanding is the attrition isn't usually due to an academic inability, rather life altering issues that come up. The toughest part of school is the didactics, especially the basic sciences. Once you're through that, it's actually much easier. The clinical portion is typically a breeze for the APAPs and their clerkship performance outshines the traditional 4-year students.
  2. I got that same question as well. I laughed and told them I worked exclusively nights, 55+ hours a week in my PA days because it paid better, less providers so I got my pick of more interesting cases, and lastly, no nosey admin folks around telling me I couldn't have a drink at my work station. That made them laugh.
  3. During a few of my residency interviews, I was asked how I thought residents would relate to me or how I'd get along with them and the faculty due to my age. It was kind of annoying to be honest....and felt a little like age discrimination.
  4. Bingo. There's a nurse behind this most likely. This is why it's important for PAs to get into admin roles so they can fight this kind of thing. Folks who are looking to get out of clinical practice in a few years ought to look into getting a master's of health care administration or an MBA degree and make some really money in admin.
  5. COCA seems to be tolerating it for now, but from what I've heard through the grapevine, they're not crazy about it because the lack of safeguards leave students in a bad position if a preceptor backs out at the last minute....where if the student were at a big teaching hospital another attending can step in if a preceptor leaves or backs out.
  6. Correct. And yes...COCA has apparently mentioned to LECOM they don't like APAP students setting up their own rotations, but they haven't forbid it yet either.....probably because APAP students have greatly outperformed traditional students on board exams, but that's just a guess. APAP students also tend to have prior work connections and often set up their rotations at sites they've worked at in their past lives as PAs. The preceptors still have to sign all the paperwork and be vetted by LECOM well in advance of the rotation beginning. I get the feeling that LECOM will probably do away with letting APAP students set up their own rotations in the future...but that's just my gut feeling. I could be totally wrong. Ultimately it'll be up to Drs. Feretti and Thomas.
  7. In the past APAP students were supposed to set up their own rotations. COCA seems to have had a problem with that so it appears that LECOM started encouraging APAP students to set up core rotation sites like regular 4-year students do. I honestly don't know what the official policy is now for the students who are in the last semester of their preclinical training. Dr. Kevin Thomas (at the Seton Hill campus) is the APAP director. If you're really interested, you can reach out to his office to see what he has to say.
  8. This is true. There is a stigma. Allopathic students do feel superior to osteopathic students....and part of that is due to the fact that it IS harder to get into MD school than DO school. No doubt about it. MCAT and GPA requirements are consistently less for DO programs. Then there's the whole USMLE vs. COMLEX issue. DO schools need to mandate taking USMLE steps 1 and 2 so all students can be equally stratified. A step in the right direction was the dissolution of separate graduate medical education programs in 2020...now all residencies are accredited by a single body, the AGME. But many of the programs that were formerly DO programs still allow osteopathic applicants to apply with COMLEX scores and allow allopathic students to apply with USMLE scores. It's just not equal. The COMLEX is an easier test with less precision and a wider confidence interval on scores than the USMLE. I scored in the 98% on my COMLEX Level 2 and 85% on my USMLE step 2. It's apples to oranges. With the 2020 combined match, DO match rates were around 90% while MD match rates were like 94%...so there is still a mild disadvantage to matching as a DO. The problem is the old guard DOs in charge of the DO schools, COCA, and NBOME...they won't go quietly into the night...they're going to fight tooth and nail until the end to preserve the DO distinctiveness.
  9. That's actually a really good idea. I'm stealing that.
  10. We'd withdraw 0.6mg/kg of decadron from the vial into a syringe, then mix with apple juice and have kids drink if for croup exacerbations in our ER. Worked great and admin never gave us a hard time about it either.
  11. Yup... data shows the therapeutic ceiling for IV toradol is 10mg.
  12. Because RNs don't report to SBMEs....they report to nursing boards.....and you know those nursing boards are all about expanding practice/financial opportunities and they have no doctors to tell them "No".
  13. Care to share the article? I'm kind of curious about how the PA profession is faring in other countries.
  14. My wife and I woke up with a bat in our bedroom 2 years ago so we both got vaccinated. Vaccine wasn't too bad, but the HRIG was.
  15. I voted based off what I was getting prior to starting school. Our night shift differential was and extra 10%. Plus we got OT (1.5x) base wage after 8 hours.....and we worked 10-hour shifts. So working nights exclusively wound up being a really nice chunk of change by the end of the year.
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