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  1. Hi! Thank you so much for the reply! I have BLS, ACLS, PALS, and experience with POCUS from school. I’m not 100% sure I want ER and am about to begin my first rotation. I’m just thinking of what I can do to make myself stand out for those first time job applications since Covid has limited rotations for us. I’m just worried because SoCal has several PA schools and many of my classmates are like previous RNs or EMTs, etc. I’ll look into the other stuff you mentioned. Thank you!
  2. PAS2 here about to head off to rotations. Would love to practice ER/UC after graduation. Was wondering if anyone knows if it's worth it to pay for an online radiology certificate? Several sites have them and they are good practice with lots of cases to review. Just don't know if it's worth to pay for them and if they'd even be looked at favorably out in the real world when it comes time for job interviews? Thanks y'all!
  3. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It sounds awful and I can’t imagine being in your shoes. I started PA school this August and I’m suffering a lot with depression and anxiety. I can’t sleep and I can’t focus some days. Some days I’m ok and am social. Other days I’m counting the hours to go home. Most days I check off the day in the calendar counting down days until Thanksgiving break. HOWEVER, unlike you, I like the majority of what I’m learning and love being at home and spending hours with the material. I like practices and sutures and exams. I’m in a module system and have a tes
  4. Hey Guys! This may sound silly to some of you but I’m going through my second month of PA school and although academically I’m doing ok (although it’s a struggle) I’m having a hard time clicking with classmates. I attend a small program that has 41ppl. We have a few quiet people who are like ghosts and disappear the moment they get the chance and everyone else is either in their own clique or the f***ng life of the party.... 24/7! I’m 30, tired, and just trying to stay sane, alive, and PASS this brutally damned year. Because I don’t go drinking with them every weekend, I’m like an outside
  5. Good luck to all applying! I’m an entering student about to begin MBKU in August. The best piece of advice I can offer to you guys is to be authentic and be yourselves; they really are looking for a diverse class. Although they’re fairly new, because SoCal is highly populated and competitive in everything, and highly sought out in terms of places to live, MBKU has an amazing amount of applicants to choose from. I know it’s hard, but try not to compare your stats to other people because I know people in my class with 4.0s and people with much lower grades. Any questions, pleas
  6. I will look into UCSF's program for sure! Thank you for mentioning it
  7. Thank you guys for the wonderful replies. @LT_Oneal_PAC I was thinking the same thing about the EMT course. @karebear12892 Thank you for that info. I just joined SEMPA as a student and am enjoying access to the journal and everything else on there. @EMEDPA Thank you for linking your old post! Awesome! I'll go through it and everything else on here. I'm looking into residency programs in CA since i'm in SoCal. Arrowhead looks pretty good but I have more to learn at this stage
  8. Hi All! I'm sorry if this has been asked before but I looked around and couldn't find anything. I'm about to begin PA school in August. I'm certain I want to do emergency medicine. I am BLS certified and will be ACLS and PALS certified by the time I graduate. I have also completed a few courses with the local police department on community emergency preparedness, safety, wound care, etc. The big caveat is that my only actual medical experience is being an MA for a family practice for around 4 years. I do have really strong grades (in undergrad and science pre-req courses) but I'm not su
  9. It's possible! Good luck to you guys! I really hope you hear good news soon!
  10. I haven’t heard anything since applying in June and getting a notification email sometime after. I keep checking mail/email for rejection letter. Put a seat deposit down for another program like 2 months ago. Even if they were to accept me, at this point, I really don’t think I’d accept seeing how unprofessional and disorganized they are. I took several accelerated courses here and although the faculty was on point and some of my favorite, the facilities and campus need major upgrading and renovation. Good luck to everyone who is still waiting. I hope good news comes your way and congrat
  11. @thatgirlonabike Thanks for your response. I absolutely understand the program’s pledge to serve rural areas. I just assumed they would have much more opportunities in underserved areas such as the ones found all over SoCal since when I look at approved clinics, there are many in my area. I have served with AmeriCorps and there are so many areas here that qualify for government support... not to mention areas our East/desert/etc. I completely understand how wonderful the scholarship is and I am appreciative of all it has to offer. I just want to serve the hundreds of thousands of people
  12. Hey @JohnnyLAX9! Thanks for the reply! I also think loan repayment might be a better option. I definitely agree that the scholarship is really nice and I’d love to have it. I think my frustration stems from the fact that the program seems to focus a lot of effort and funding on rural areas and I don’t see how if I spend 4 years in a such area, how I can transfer to hospital/ER/UC/surgery afterwords. It’s also frustrating for me because I live in SoCal and I assumed there are plenty of clinics in LA/Santa Ana etc. but everything seems to be in NorCal. Does anyone know any PAs practic
  13. Hey everyone! Thinking of applying for this scholarship as I'm about to begin PA school. However, even after extensive digging, it's still murky on EXACTLY how many sites we have to choose from once we graduate and, even more importantly, are there going to be any sites AT ALL in the area where I want to stay...?! I found this link https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/shortage-area/hpsa-find but a lot of the data on here for specific clinics hasn't been updated for years. I refuse to move out of state. Plain and simple as that. I also refuse to move north within my state. Should I just call?
  14. Congrats @pauljl!!! That’s sooo exciting! Is this your first choice?
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