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  1. 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 test every two weeks or so. I have major MAJOR stress with this schedule and study 25 hours over the weekend. I HAVE NEVER FELT LIKE YOU. im sorry but after reading your first paragraph... I really don’t see the point of you staying. I didn’t even know your program exists - sounds crazy! Here in CA we need a BS and thousands of hours working in medicine to even be considered for most programs. It’s insane to accept someone to such a program that demands so much sacrifice for a field that requires of you all the time without making sure that you really want this. There is fault here with the program as well. And how the HELL are you getting this in 5 years?!! WTF?! A BS is 4. PA school is like 2 1/2. Most people take 1-2 yrs for pre-reqs in between programs. I don’t know where you live but that soooo doesn’t count as an MS/PA degree in CA... You sound super young. There’s nothing wrong with changing your mind or quitting what isn’t right for you: it’s one thing to hate an aspect or a chapter or a module; it’s another thing to hate everything including practicing medicine. You don’t want to graduate with debt and having lost so much time and never use that degree. Worse yet, you don’t want to feel forced to have to work in medicine for the sake of having a job and hating your life and being a horrible provider. Not to be cheesy, but the world is your oyster and there are millions of opportunities and one of them will fit you. I have classmates who had careers for 20!years before coming to school. One classmate quit law school because it wasn’t for her.... she now loves PA school. i hope you find your way. Best of luck with whatever you decide! PS: sorry, I don’t agree with the advice to get a degree in anything BS. Soooo many people with just BIO or public health or political science or psychology have no jobs. What job would you have with just BIO? You can’t even teach kindergarten. If you get a pure BS, be ready to have an MS or something like that. Most of those people teach or research or go to other fields. I had a chem professor who after BS got an MBA and then PhD in bio/chem. Stupidest mistake he made - still paying the loans: don’t just get a degree for a degree. SPEND TIME Figuring OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. I have friends who sell million dollar houses with just a real estate license and a high school degree.I have friends in construction and friends who are electricians and friends who work in insurance and friends who do ultrasound. This isn’t the 70s or 80s: just having a piece of paper isn’t enough anymore unless that paper is computer/engineering related or higher level specialized like PA, MD, JD, CPA... really, figure out who you are and what you want to do.
  2. 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 outsider. To make matters worse, the adcoms made the wonderful decision of accepting an odd number of people. To make the story short: every SINGLE time we do partner stuff, so every week, I’m left standing alone as lucky #41... Anyone else experience this? I am social and talk to a lot of people and have interacted in lab and in clinical. But at the end of the day, I don’t feel like I’ve made friends and this partner thing is driving me crazy! I worked so hard to get here and am paying so much, I feel like I shouldn’t have to worry about this for the rest of the year. Should I just bite the bullet and accept this will be the rest of the year? Is it really important to make connections given im guaranteed a job when I get out? I’m baffled how quickly people have become so close in a month... especially when some of those people have already claimed they’re going back to their state home towns once this is over... and have even rotations lined up for out of state... WTF?!
  3. 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, please fell free to message me
  4. I will look into UCSF's program for sure! Thank you for mentioning it
  5. 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
  6. 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 sure that's worth much in terms of job search... I have 2 questions: 1. What can I do to increase my chances of landing an ER job after graduation (besides sucking up to my preceptor during rotations)? 2. Would it be worth it to complete a basic EMT course during the summer? It's a $1000, intensive course, and I would do it during next summer, in between 1st and 2nd year. Although I'd love to learn as much as possible, the price tag doesn't make me happy and it seems silly to get a certificate in something I literally will not practice for even one minute since I'll begin rotations after completing the course. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you guys!
  7. It's possible! Good luck to you guys! I really hope you hear good news soon!
  8. 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 congrats to those who got in!
  9. @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 who need high quality medical care in my region, not in a state I will not stay permanently. I also thought that was another point of this program: attract qualified and passionate candidates, help them through school, and then place them in communities they can see themselves staying even after their commitment has been fulfilled.
  10. 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 practicing in SoCal after their scholarship? Would I have a better chance with the loan repayment if I wanted to stay here?
  11. 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? Can someone tell me if I get this super difficult scholarship (which will take many hours to apply to and require references and so forth) am I going to get screwed? Is there even a point to do this when I can graduate, get a job in an approved clinic/site and then just apply for the loan repayment? This seems so risky, like doing a military contract. Once your school is up, you're pretty much REQUIRED to begin working at a site they approve of or you will default and they'll charge you up to 3x the amount of the loan you owed/they paid. That's SUPER scary. For people who got this/know people who got this, how do you sleep at night? I watched all videos they have and see most members are in super remote/rural areas in states I have zero interest in living. I have friends who did AirForce after MD school and were pretty much guaranteed to work in bases they specifically chose before beginning their contract. I'm leaning towards military because, frankly, it sounds much more transparent and logical than these "hidden" "magical" sites which we cannot 100% know of until we've signed our lives away... Any advice is appreciated.. sorry for the rant, lol.
  12. Congrats @pauljl!!! That’s sooo exciting! Is this your first choice?
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