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  1. Started clinicals in August 2020. Not a single one of my rotations has been shortened due to COVID.
  2. Yeah, this is bad. Currently in clinicals. Almost always 1 student per preceptor. Occasionally I have been with a medical student as well, but only when I’ve been on larger academic teams in an inpatient setting. In those instances, I still carried my own patients and it never compromised my experience.
  3. Currently finishing up clinicals, attending a 24 month program. I worked once a week during didactic. I let my advisor know right off the bat and she was supportive. It was a low stress job and my coworkers were close friends so it served as a nice break from school. I only stopped due to COVID.
  4. The longest period of time I've had off during clinicals was a couple weeks over Christmas/New Years. Otherwise just long weekends here and there. We have a "spring break" coming up that's about 5 days long. The brief breaks are nice and much needed, but a lot of the time is spent decompressing from how stressful and busy rotations can be. I can't imagine having a wedding and really being able to enjoy it and appreciate how special of an occasion it is during clinical year. If I were in your position I would recommend waiting until you graduate. You'll likely have time after gradua
  5. I wouldn't include the letter from your fellow ED tech.
  6. Hello everyone, I am currently in the process of applying to cardiology jobs. I'm finishing up school in NC and applying out here as well, but ideally I'd like to end up back home in the Seattle/Tacoma area after graduating. I do have a few leads, including an initial call with a recruiter for one of the larger hospital systems later this week, but I am wondering if there are any cardiology PAs here practicing in the Seattle/Tacoma area who would be willing to share any insight about salary, the different hospital systems, current job market, etc.
  7. Many students have interesting anecdotes and experiences to share that may relate to the curriculum in one way or another. The interview gives students an opportunity to expand on these kinds of things. I would just discuss it during the interview if it feels relevant or important to you. I wouldn’t send any kind of supplemental material in relation to this, before or after.
  8. https://www.uwsurgery.org/divisions/cardiothoracic-surgery/education/cardiovascular-advanced-practice-provider-fellowship/ Anyone have any insight about this fellowship? This is the first time I’ve come across it. Hoping some of the PAs on here with MEDEX connections or those who practice in the northwest might be able to chime in. I am extremely interested in working in inpatient cardiology. I’ll be applying to cardiology jobs where I’m attending school and rotating as well in the Seattle/Tacoma area after graduating. I have some leads already, but I’m intrigued by this fellowship
  9. Even if your school offers grade forgiveness, CASPA doesn’t. CASPA will calculate your cGPA from all courses taken. I would recommend calculating your cumulative and science GPAs including ALL of your coursework to see where you’re at. In terms of your masters, a lot of times these biomedical science programs are geared towards pre-med students. I personally think you would be better off just taking undergraduate level science courses. This is because getting anything less than a 4.0 right now isn’t a great idea for you. It will only make this process take longer than it needs to. Taking
  10. By the end of didactic I had no interest in starting clinicals. I forgot why I went into medicine and why I wanted to become a PA. Nothing really clicked anymore and I was totally dreading clinical year. I’m currently finishing up my fourth month of rotations and I genuinely feel grateful every single day to be learning medicine. I won’t lie to you, there are some really tough moments, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The amount I’ve learned in a few short months blows my mind and I’m excited that I get to do this as a career. What I’m saying is to hold tight. Didactic year is
  11. I’m starting to realize this more and more. I think I’ve decided to go with the elective that will allow me to do the most. It means that both of my electives will be in cardiology, but I think the experience of being able to have a bit more agency as a student is important.
  12. Ooo yeah. I’m not a surgery gal! But I could see how it would be a great experience to learn.
  13. I’m at Duke! I believe it’s going to be the abdominal transplant service. I was feeling a little resistant to doing inpatient cards for my other elective because it would mean that both my electives would be in cardiology, but I think I’m gonna go with it. That’s what I’m interested in and I think I’ll enjoy it much more.
  14. I wouldn’t anticipate this. I imagine that if people were hesitant about attending due to COVID, they probably wouldn’t have applied this year and would have instead just taken a gap year. It’s so much work to throw your hat in the ring, I can’t foresee people giving up spots after going through all the trouble of applying. With that being said, be hopeful. Keep your fingers crossed and be prepared to reapply if it comes down to it. That’s all you can do.
  15. Finding a healthy balance of anything during PA school is difficult. Extremely so. Any additional thing that you take on outside of your coursework will make PA school more challenging and have the potential to compromise your ability to be successful. That’s just the reality of the situation. Wedding planning is stressful. Especially if you’re planning a large wedding and want to be involved in the process. The ideal situation would be both planning the wedding and getting married after your graduate. If you absolutely have to get married during or right after PA school, I would pl
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