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  1. Not today but it is coming up.
  2. My internal medicine EOR is coming up. I have smarty pance and rosh review (but not the boost exam). I've been studying a lot using smarty pance. Are those practice questions about on par with the PAEA EOR difficulty? I was using rosh review but a lot of those questions seemed super high level compared to what I remember from the PACKRAT so I wasn't sure which ones were better to study with or most similar to the EOR
  3. No need to be so rude. If you've read my above posts you would see exactly why I am considering the need to go to nursing school. How many PAs do you know that deliver babies outside of clinical year because I don't know any and my professors don't seem to either. If you do, I'd love to know where they work to avoid extra schooling but in my area this is pretty much unheard of. Seeing as I have some specific areas in mind I would like to reside, I'm trying to explore my options. I wouldn't be going to nursing school and stopping there. I would be going to continue my education in a midwifery program so I would be more desirable in an OB field as a PA and I would be hired and working under the title of PA but have the certifications to deliver in facilities that don't allow PAs to.
  4. I've thought about a residency but it seems that from the people I've talked to, facilities that don't typically use women's health PAs still won't even with the residency. I'm sure that's not true everywhere but with my personal connections, that's what I've heard. That makes me a bit nervous to go through the whole process to make myself competitive and get into a program that only accepts a few people a year for it to still not be respected. I absolutely would consider that first choice if I were willing to relocate permanently
  5. I have explored their website but have not yet joined. Looking at their job board, they only have one job listed for obgyn PAS and that's more than I could find on any other job board. I have looked at specific facilities in my home state and all of them hire only nurse practitioners. Even the large state hospitals only have a couple PAs and hundreds of NPs. I'm not sure if it's because PA is a newer field or if it's because we need supervision, but it's just not a welcoming field for PAs.
  6. I know it is done during rotations but it doesn't seem like in actual practice, PAs assist with deliveries often. If I am even able to get a job in OBGYN, which appears to be a daunting task in and of itself, it sounds as if I would mostly be doing office visits (pap smears, colposcopies, contraception, etc) and would be relatively limited in anything more extensive. This information is from driving a few hours to shadow one of the very few women's health PAs I could find and talking to multiple professors, including an obgyn MD. I want to have the scope of practice I have as a PA but also have the education of CNM, who are able to deliver babies in many states without supervision. I'm not looking for a career change but a supplemental certification that will maybe make me a good candidate for a career in women's health. Right now I think NPs are far more common in women's health in the majority of states so I think adding some nursing background with a focus in delivery would help me be competitive in the field. I may be mistaken but my idea is to work as (office visits, carrying out simple procedures, prescribing contraception, etc) and have the job title of PA but with supplemental education in deliveries so that facilities that do not allow PAs to deliver or offices that do not typically hire PAs over NPs but do hire CNMs may find some extra value in me and I will be able to be involved with L&D more than I would otherwise. I don't want to be a CNM and solely do labor and delivery but I want to have the educational background to be involved in it more than I would be able to as a PA.
  7. I am wondering if PAs can "backtrack" and go to nursing school after becoming a licensed PA? I have become interested in OBGYN and would like to add midwife to my belt to make it a little easier for me to get a job in the field since obgyn PAs are not popular and PAs cannot deliver babies in most states. However There are only two programs that allow you to become a midwife without a nursing background and the certification you would receive is certified midwife which is only able to practice in 6 states. So I would like to become a certified nursing midwife which can practice in any state. Ideally I could find a midwifery program that would accept my advanced practice degree as education enough to become a certified nursing midwife without having to be a nurse first but its funny how being more educated has ultimately restricted my abilities to branch out. So anyways, are PAs eligible to go to nursing school?
  8. Go back to page 3! I posted a long post about what to expect
  9. Many schools won't contact you at all unless they are offering you an interview or sending a rejection. Often times a school may not even be actively considering you but won't send out rejections until months later after all interviews are complete and the class is full, but no email doesn't necessarily mean you aren't being considered. I applied to 8 schools and thus far was offered an interview at 3, rejected from 1, and had heard nothing at all from the other 4 and I submitted in May. I applied to Cornell and for months people have been offered supplementals and then interviews and I heard nothing and assumed I didn't make the cut and was no longer being considered and just hadn't yet been informed. But last week I received a supplemental. Moral of the story, no news doesn't necessarily mean bad news. Hang in there and wait until an official letter before you assume you aren't being considered, because you never know! Best of luck!
  10. Has anyone that has been accepted uploaded the immunizations through castle branch? How official do they have to be? For example my pcp printed off my NC immunization records that only pcp's can access but they aren't signed or stamped. Would these be accepted/official? And I got my others from the hospital where I work which has a whole list of what I have and when I got them but it's also just a printout of a list of shots. Does it need to be provider signed or is the printout alone sufficient?
  11. If I remember correctly, we had 3 days to email back a filled out acceptance agreement form and had to mail in a $500 seat deposit ($100 non-refundable) within one week of sending back the acceptance agreement.
  12. I had heard of all of these except the one in Seattle. Are there only two residencies available for OBGYN (CA and NY)?
  13. Thank you for all the information. I will definitely do some more research. I see many PAs in my state but I am surprised how limited they are in NC in fields relating to infants and women's health considering the PA program was founded at Duke. I really have not shadowed any pediatrics but there seems to be a lot of opportunity in that field for PAs
  14. Oh I will have to reach out to the PP locations near me. Thank you! And yes Neonatology is one specialty I am definitely considering. I think I may use my extra clinical rotation to be in the NICU. I shadowed an NP at my local hospital in a level III NICU but it was nothing like I imagined. This specific hospital is not allowed to hire PAs in the NICU regardless of if you have completed the Neonatal residency and the NPs work 24 hours shifts, most of which was sitting at a computer punching numbers for med calculations. It is also a pretty small unit. I only shadowed one time though so I would love to get a more representative experience and I know the school I am attending typically offers a NICU rotation at Johns Hopkins. I looked at every major hospital in the state of NC and none of them have PAs in the NICU. I am pretty flexible about where I will live when I finish school but my boyfriend really wants to stay in NC so that is also a bit of a restraint. I am keeping my options open because a lot can happen between now and finishing school. You never know what connections you might make or how your clinical experiences can affect your decision even though you were so sure of your desired specialty before starting school.
  15. Yeah unfortunately I'm learning that a little too late. Call me not motivated enough if you must but to go back and get my BSN and then experience for NP school will take me at least an extra 4 years and I currently don't even meet the requirements for an accelerated BSN. All the nit picky little stipulations for every type of provider ends up being really frustrating if you didn't have your life planned before you graduated high school. I am looking into the residencies but there are only two. I know there is no magical way to a job but thought someone might know a location where OBGYN PAs are more common. If a women's health rotation is required in schhol you would think women's health would have more PA positions available. I realize peds might see babies somewhat more often but I do know the one PA in women's health I could find to shadow used to do part time clinic work and part time inpatient with deliveries. But she was also from NY so it's very possible she did the obgyn residency there and didn't mention it. I guess I'll see what my rotations end up being like and go from there. I had an unrealistic picture in my mind because the one PA in the field that I shadowed did get to do it all but she never mentioned that it was such a small percentage of people that had that opportunity. And I was also kind of thinking since ob deals a lot with post partum as well that you may get to do the initial checkups or check in on mom and baby in the hospital afterwards. But I guess that many parents will get their child a pediatrician or PCP after birth for the checkups. I did not however know that pediatrics wasn't really open to PAs either. Now I'm kind of worried I might be choosing the wrong track. There are definitely other specialties I'm interested in but not as much as working with a baby
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