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  1. There are at least 8 NG in my class right now, however, I know their biggest hurdle was not just being selected, but securing funding from their state. At least one in my class now is from TN, but had to transfer to AL in order to be funded when he was selected. Each state has only a set number of seats per cycle from what I have been told, but there should be a POC you can get with to find out about your state if you visit the IPAP page on the HRC website. This is where ALL of the relevant, and true application information can be found or contacts with the best answers can be made. Otherwise, if you’re getting the information here or on the Facebook page (unofficial), what you get is either old (past application cycles) or second-hand (someone who is working on their own packet and heard from a guy who heard from a guy). The selection board looks at the content of your packet, sure, but first to see that it is complete and perfect to standard. This may be more than you’re looking for right now, but if you decide to apply, use your state POC, and the program manager instead of Internet forums. Bad second-hand information can keep your packet from boarding, and given that building it is like having another full time job for a couple months, you want it to be perfect.
  2. About to finish up my didactic phase in IPAP as a Reservist, so that is all I can speak to: Hours: All Social life: None Uniform: Yes Weekends: Study Housing: You’re on Active Duty, so same, except junior enlisted are not in barracks, you’ll get BAH. Obligation: At least 4 years, but mine is 6 for Reserves (Not sure about NG). If the MI NG sends you, they will most likely keep you, since they’d be flipping the bill. Semesters: Didactic Phase = 4x 16-week Trimesters with opportunity to use all the leave you accrue during the program Application: Requirements updated every year and published in Milper. Also you don’t know how you compare to others until you apply. Best advice: Find an IPAP grad PA around you to shadow. Good Luck
  3. Yup, we have a uniform to wear every day.
  4. EMPATX, congrats on getting through IPAP! Just curious if you'd be willing to share your experience with DCC afterward, either in a post, or PM. I am not looking forward to DCC , but I've only ever speculated with the others in my IPAP class, and never talked to anyone who has ever gone. I won't be graduating until next year, so hopefully the requirement is dumped by then, but not with my luck. I am a reservist, and hoping to get it done and over with soon after I graduate.
  5. I use IPAD Pro with The Apple Pencil, and a productivity app called Notability. I think One Note is the Microsoft version, but with mine I can: - Convert a ppt into PDF that includes the notes section - Write all over the PDF - Cut/paste any of my notes, pictures or pieces of the slide as pictures with a snipping tool to move wherever I like in the slide deck - It has a record feature that works with the microphone and to highlight what you are typing at the moment you record what a teacher is saying, which is really nice if you make a connection with something that is not spelled out in the material (obviously must have teachers’ permission) - If you forgot to charge the pencil the night before class, the older model charges in 15 seconds (30 min. Charge) in the lightning plug. Downsides: - Must download, and convert ppt’s to PDF before class if you don’t have WiFi in your classroom - The app costs about $10 on top of the $800-900 I spent on the tablet/pencil I had never used a tablet for school prior to this, and I am the guy who throws the computer when it doesn’t work. Yes, I know it needs to be plugged in first. My IPad has not been thrown yet, and I am a year in!
  6. I agree. Stats will serve you better in the long run than calculus (Pure utility before, during, and as a provider in poring over numerous research articles and data hand delivered to you by drug rep's when you're trying to sort what is quality versus what is garbage in practicing EBM). This is especially true if it is a research based course. Disclaimer: I don't know that a research stats course would always fit pre-req criteria, obviously school-specific.
  7. I had the dumpster fire first undergrad go also. Also fixed myself in the military, then brought the cGPA up from under 2.7 to above 3.1 finishing undergrad in a biology program while working full time to support my wife and young children. I was accepted to a both a civilian program, and the military's. In school now, and I would not trade having had to work my a** off, and sacrifice for my current position. Don't quit, keep pluggin', and all that. If your wallet can possibly take it, it never hurts to apply, especially if you feel you can adequately convey to admissions boards that you have overcome some real adversity while pulling all this off. That shows commitment and stamina, which comes with the maturity needed to complete these programs. Good luck.
  8. Still a student here, but just to comment on the disparity: I understood this to both be a relic of the previously different federal pay scales for nurses versus PAs, and local decision making within the VA system. The laws changed the pay scale last year, so to me this seems like a local constraint placed by an admin that doesn’t value a PA as much. Like I said, I am still only a student, but this would be a big red flag to me unless I was able to talk with the other APPs about upward mobility and quality of life in that area. As a veteran, I would love to serve that population too, but could not place that strain on my family to do it. I hope they offer more in the end. As to the point you are at in your career, I am curious if anyone out there has insight on whether this is a good early career move or not too.
  9. I will run with MT2PA's comments. You don't seem too committed to the sciences, which is extremely important to a PA education. I had a similar issue with grades when I was younger. I had to spend several years doing other things to realize that I WANTED to be in school, and learning science. After I "grew up", I put out the dumpster fire I started on my first attempt at a Bachelor's, and started over. You may need a break to figure out what you want to do. Otherwise, if you are paying for school, but not learning, and earning all C's, you're probably wasting a lot of money. All that said, when I was ready to go back to school, I brought my GPA up from a 2.75 to a 3.15 while taking nearly all science and math courses for 3 years. I then applied to PA school, and got in, knowing that I both wanted to do it, and could now handle it. Your chances are not good as it stands. I hope you figure out what you really want to do. If you give yourself enough time, and the right conditions, you'll figure it out.
  10. Ya know, I bought my first ever jacket for my interview. It was below zero that day, and when I got out my car at the school, I was wearing my big, warm, fluffy, brownish-stained down jacket. I didn’t even realize I had forgotten my new snazzy jacket hanging in the car until after my interview! I was offered a seat that day with just khakis, a button down shirt, and a tie. Don’t go over the top, first of all. Second, you’re probably like most of us who have not spent much of our adult lives donning suits for big important meetings, and they’re not expecting you to be that stuffy ?
  11. Welcome! Just in case you aren't aware, the Interservice Physician Assistant Program just raised its maximum time in service requirement this year to no more than 15 years for AD Army (no more than 15 by January 1st of the year you would start the program, so that may not apply in your situation, but figured I would point it out in case). Something to consider if you're planning to stay in anyway, especially if you have any college courses already done (You incur a 4.5 year ADSO). Good luck.
  12. How about attending PA school while an actively drilling reservist or guardsman? I know that when I was accepted to a civilian school at first, one of my main concerns was how to fulfill my army reserves obligation after moving out of state for an intense grad school program. I have also served with others who have had a rough time finding the balance between fulfilling the unit's mission, and keeping to a strict school schedule. Of course, there are benefits too, like funding, but also networking and contacts for LOR's for those who may have spent most of their careers as non-medical. Sorry, I can't point to any specific resources, but those are some ideas that maybe someone more creative than I can help others with. Oh, and some PA schools are particularly vet friendly. A list may help point others in the right direction. Idaho State University is one of those to start your list off with. Good luck!
  13. I believe there was already a bill passed allowing this in Colorado earlier this year. Of course it is a limited scope that the pharmacist must operate under. House Bill 18-1313, which looks like it just expands prescriptive authority to include the following: Universal Citation: CO Rev Stat § 12-42.5-601 (2017) As used in this part 6: (1) (a) "Collaborative pharmacy practice agreement" means a written and signed agreement entered into voluntarily between one or more pharmacists licensed pursuant to this article and one or more physicians or advanced practice nurses licensed in this state, which statement grants authority to the pharmacist or pharmacists to provide evidence-based health care services to one or more patients pursuant to a specific treatment protocol delegated to a pharmacist or pharmacists by the physician or advanced practice nurse. (b) A "collaborative pharmacy practice agreement" may also mean a statewide drug therapy protocol developed by the board, the Colorado medical board, and the state board of nursing in collaboration with the department of public health and environment for public health care services. Where before, according to how I read the House Bill, their prescriptive authority was specifically for OTC, and under the sponsorship of a state-run benefits program only. I am still a student, and don't practice yet, but I imagine that even with this limited amount of latitude in prescriptive authority there is plenty of room for error. The bill is below. I am no lawyer, but the language looks vague enough that a pharmacist could be delegated patient visits by a physician, and that pharmacist could 1. evaluate, 2. diagnose, and then 3. prescribe drugs according to a state protocol. Maybe I misread this, like I said, I am no lawyer. However, the potentially dangerous part is with that 2nd task. HOUSE BILL 18-1313 BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Ginal and Becker J., Winkler; also SENATOR(S) Aguilar and Priola, Crowder, Fields, Gardner, Jahn, Kefalas, Marble, Merrifield, Tate, Todd, Zenzinger. CONCERNING THE ALLOWANCE OF A PHARMACIST TO SERVE AS A PRACTITIONER UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado: SECTION 1. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 12-42.5-102, amendthe introductory portion, (27), and (32) as follows: 12-42.5-102. Definitions. As used in this article 42.5, unless the context otherwise requires or the term is otherwise defined in another part of this article 42.5: (27) "Pharmaceutical care" means the provision of drug therapy and other pharmaceutical patient care services by a pharmacist intended to achieve outcomes related to the cure or prevention of a disease, elimination or reduction of a patient's symptoms, or arresting or slowing of a disease process. In addition to the preparation, dispensing, and distribution of medications, "pharmaceutical care" may include assessment and evaluation of the patient's medication-related needs and development and communication of a therapeutic plan with defined outcomes in consultation with the patient and the patient's other health care professionals to attain the desired outcome. This function includes efforts to prevent, detect, and resolve medication-related problems for individual patients. "Pharmaceutical care" does not include prescriptive authority; except that a pharmacist may prescribe only over-the-counter medications to a recipient under the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act" as authorized pursuant to section 25.5-5-322 C.R.S. OR PURSUANT TO A COLLABORATIVE PHARMACY PRACTICE AGREEMENT AS DEFINED IN SECTION 12-42.5-601 (1)(b). (32) "Practitioner" means a person authorized by law to prescribe any drug or device, acting within the scope of such authority, INCLUDING A PHARMACIST WHO IS PARTICIPATING WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF A STATEWIDE DRUG THERAPY PROTOCOL PURSUANT TO A COLLABORATIVE PHARMACY PRACTICE AGREEMENT AS DEFINED IN SECTION 12-42.5-601 (1)(b), OR PRESCRIBING OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS PURSUANT TO SECTION 25.5-5-322.
  14. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology - CU Boulder, because it was really interesting, the department faculty were much more helpful than the molecular biology or physiology folks, and I was able to graduate a semester earlier than with any other STEM degree I might have chosen. I find that I can use the evolutionary biology framework in thinking through some principles of physiology (all levels from molecular ⇨ organismal), and general biology stuff. However, I probably graduated with more hard science in that degree program than most do. Take into consideration that you can do something that interests you, and your electives can be something like biochemistry. I did this somewhat out of necessity given my many previous failed attempts at undergrad that left me with no science education, a crappy GPA, and no upper-level courses when I went back to school and finally finished. I realized I could get all the necessary stuff that would help in healthcare to fit into a degree program that fulfilled other curiosities. All that said, I was lucky enough to have school paid for with the GI Bill, but still had to work 60-70 hours/week between 3 jobs during school to support my family. So, unless your circumstances allow it, I wouldn't pick something like I did that won't be conducive to a job when you graduate.
  15. AdamPAS

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    1. Only in my 3rd semester, but so far most of my studying has been reading/re-reading powerpoint slides, making charts, re-writing notes out on the giant whiteboard I hung in my office, reading textbooks if I did not understand something in the powerpoint slides, and in general, putting in the time. We have 2 exams per week, and for me, each one requires between 15-50 hours of studying depending on the difficulty of the material. I would say I average about 20-25 hours of studying per exam. With that amount of work, I have maintained all A's, so far. 2. Testing is pretty fair. That said, most of the time if someone else thought a question was unfair, chances are they did not think too critically about their answer. If a question is truly unreasonable or was not covered, it is reviewed by the faculty, and test scores are adjusted appropriately. 3. Spent time with family 4. Most who are not successful seem to be those who do the usual things that unsuccessful people do in life (show up late, make excuses, blame others, etc.). However, some find themselves in very unfortunate family situations, and it is their home-life that takes a toll. So a good piece of advice is take care of any baggage you can control before school starts, and remember that life will still happen while you're here. 5. Very doable, just try not to get distracted like I am right now perusing the physicianassistantforum, again...dammit.
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