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Everything posted by hmtpnw

  1. My biggest piece of advice for you would be to slow down. You’re only 19. You can’t plan everything, and even if you try, things won’t pan out how you expect them to. That’s just the name of the game. Focus on school, work hard and gain some life experience. Think about how doing things like buying a house and settling in one area will affect your ability to move for PA school. Don’t close so many doors this early on. Of course you should pursue your goals, but remember, being a good provider stretches far beyond checking off the boxes that you’ve laid out for yourself.
  2. As long as you had a decent personal statement and good letters you should get interviews this cycle.
  3. I was applying to hospital positions and had many responses. I started interviewing back in April and the majority of my interviews were in June and July. When I signed an offer a few weeks ago I was in consideration for several positions. What I found was that once you have connected with a recruiter and a team at a hospital system, they will work with you to find openings that are well suited for you, if they like you. Start making connections early. It will pay off down the road.
  4. Start applying early. You can apply as a student before you're certified or licensed. I graduated at the beginning of August and started applying for jobs in March. In terms of EM, it can be a competitive specialty for new grads to break into. UC can be easier but be wary of any job that want you to work as a solo provider as a new grad, which is a recipe for disaster.
  5. Started clinicals in August 2020. Not a single one of my rotations has been shortened due to COVID.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 graduating and prior to starting your first job. This would be a better time to get married.
  9. I wouldn't include the letter from your fellow ED tech.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 and the potential to get plugged into an academic medical center in the northwest.
  13. 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 challenging graduate level science coursework that you’re not able to perform well in isn’t the best way for you to rehab your GPA.
  14. 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 tough for everyone. You’ll find things in clinical year that will remind you why you went through all the trouble to get to this point.
  15. 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.
  16. Ooo yeah. I’m not a surgery gal! But I could see how it would be a great experience to learn.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 plan during clinical year and get married after your graduate. Planning during didactic sounds like it could be a disaster. Everyone deals with didactic year differently. Some people do well and are able to keep up without too much trouble. Others really struggle and have to study constantly. In my experience, it’s difficult to know which one of those categories that you fall into until you’re in PA school.
  20. Currently in clinicals. My goal this year is to learn as much as possible. Right now, one of my two electives is on a specialty service (transplant) and I’m starting to rethink that, wondering if I would get more out of something more generalized. Amongst other things, I’m considering doing another inpatient internal medicine rotation instead. My question in all of this is what rotation taught you the most? Edit: I should add that I am ultimately interested in hospital medicine vs inpatient cardiology. I made some connections with the inpatient cards team on my first rotation and have been picking up shifts with them here and there. I will be spending next month in the cardiac ICU as my other elective.
  21. There are a few issues here... One, of you don’t have one already you should get a therapist. You’re clearly dealing with some mental health issues on top of everything else. Talk to someone. Figure out a way to cope with your anxiety. Two, how are you studying? What resources (outside of lecture) are you using? Have you tried multiple study methods? Has anything been effective? Finally, stop comparing yourself to your classmates. Everyone is going through it and struggling, trust me. I can barely remember material I learned last week. It’s normal.
  22. Thank you so much for your input! I really appreciate it. Being that I am interested in critical care, do you think transplant surgery is a good use of my second elective? I wasn't initially drawn to it because I thought it would be more surgical, but my adviser felt that it would be a good fit. She framed it in a way that I would be seeing an APP based team functioning at the top of their scope, could be on the floor almost all of the time and only go to the OR if I was interested in a case, would have the opportunity to manage very sick patients, etc.
  23. I am struggling to decide between a medical or surgical ICU elective rotation. Any PAs here have thoughts on which would potentially be more useful to me? Some details that may be helpful... Right now, I am interested in working in critical care vs hospitalist I am not interested in working in surgery necessarily but would definitely be interested in managing surgical patients on the floor Whether I choose medical or surgical ICU, it will be cardiac, so CCU vs CT surg ICU I get two elective rotations in total and my other elective rotation will likely be transplant surgery where I will be almost exclusively working on the floor with a PA based team I am also trying to get a hospitalist service rotation for my required IM rotation
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