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  1. I hope everyone’s family and friends are as helpful as mine. Spent 5 minutes texting and got 6 signatures with at least double that probably to come. If every PA, Pre-PA, or PA-S on this site did the same thing TODAY, we could reach that total easy. This is all I had to say: “Please consider signing this petition to push for the federal government to mandate emergency removal of administrative restrictions placed on PA’s, a large and vital portion of the healthcare workforce. PA’s today are encumbered by archaic laws that create a direct barrier to access to care for most Americans. This only takes about 60 seconds to sign and then verify with your email.” Then include the link. Make it easy. Make them realize it matters.
  2. Hahaha. Well I bought the suit before I was told all my interviews would be virtual, but yes, I have 3 interviews that are all virtual now. I got the double whammy with the military banning travel too. Thanks Flyhi, good luck in yours also!
  3. So I have one interview coming up and obviously want to make a good impression. Did anyone who has interviewed wear a full suit and tie, or were things expected to be a bit more casual. Just for the background, this is a surgical residency. Hoping to hear the casual thing, because I’ve never owned a suit. I wore a borrowed sport coat for my one PA school interview and felt like I was the most formally dressed out of those interviewing that day, so I might have overdressed. I am willing to invest in one if it is an important part, but between airfare and a hotel, this interview has already gotten pretty expensive. Thanks for any replies!
  4. I did realize how that would sound and I changed the wording before I sent the reply. I don't think anyone at this institution is actively picketing against the military, but I guess I was kinda angry when I wrote the above. That's why I changed a few things before I sent it, because nothing represents us all worse than angry, unthoughtful responses. I get that I would be missing some stuff to fulfill my military duties, but one weekend a month does not a residency break. I think plenty of these programs would or should be willing to add on a couple of weeks to the end in order to accommodate military obligations, like LT_Oneal said. Like I said before, this person's response to my citation of USERRA seemed like one of genuine surprise and I sincerely think he/she had no knowledge of the law, which is understandable for a civilian who probably hasn't worked with military before. Hopefully I get accepted to one of the residencies I've applied to and can update this thread in a year or two with a feel-good post about how it was handled.
  5. Just to update on this topic and the exchange quoted in my original post: I did send the response almost word-for-word as above and received a quick reply with an apology and an invitation to apply regardless of military affiliation. The program director stated that he/she had no knowledge of the protections against military discrimination. This is probably the case many places where someone who is trained as a clinician or in some other skilled position and not in an HR or managerial role. The response seemed genuine and not really a CYA type of placation, but who will ever know for sure. Not saying that not knowing the law is a great excuse, but if you've never had a military applicant before, why would you know? I can't avoid mentioning my military obligations on my applications, because I am in a military school. If I wasn't, I don't know that I would mention my reserves status until after a first interview, but then would my integrity be called into question? Just food for thought.
  6. Definitely not looking for lawsuits. Don't need that in my life. Just wanted to put this out there in case it comes up for anyone else and for general awareness. Thanks for the reply.
  7. I am a reservist about to graduate PA school and have asked several residency/fellowship programs about their thoughts in regards to my military obligation and fulfilling the requirements for their programs. This has, up until now, always been met with an enthusiastic response something like, "We would certainly welcome a member of the military and be happy to work around those obligations." I am unsure if this is generally a response by people who are aware of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and attempting to sidestep any complaint, but would like to think it has always been sincere. The reason I've asked up front (I do know that legally I have no obligation to disclose my military responsibilities when applying for initial employment) is that I just wanted an idea of an organization's attitude toward having this extra burden. The following is an e-mail exchange between myself and a program director of a fellowship/residency: I will not disclose which program, because I have also written a reply in order to give them a chance to change their position in the future with other applicants, see below. I am not writing this to be inflammatory or damaging in any way. I am not retaliating against this program, and am not applying to it, knowing their answer. I want to ask the following question and promote awareness/discussion. Question: Does anyone know of an exception to USERRA as regards education programs wherein you are an employee, like a post-grad residency/fellowship? I've typed a response, but have yet to send it. I am looking for feedback about whether anyone thinks this response is helpful in any way. I do not plan to apply to this program, but don't want them to go uninformed if that is indeed the reason for their initial reply. "I would first like to thank you for the reply. Second, this is the first time I’ve received this response as to my military status and the fellowship opportunities I am considering (I have inquired to several). I know you do not mean any disrespect as to my service, but the reason I asked the question in the first place was to get an idea for how an organization views military service and its obligations. I do not expect everyone to know the law and understand many would not have any reason to know of it, but just want to make you aware of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). I do not know of any exception to this law in regards to medical employment or educational programs, but if you do know of one, I would welcome the information. Thank you for the offer to add me to your mailing list, but I respectfully decline. I simply won’t waste mine or your time applying for an organization that does not value my service. I am replying this way only to give your organization a chance in the future to change its mind and possibly welcome with open arms another military member who would be a great addition to your program. I hope you will read and understand USERRA so that you can remain more open in the future, but I also hope you find the right candidate and make him/her a phenomenal provider in the mean time. Best of luck in your search." Thanks for any replies! -Adam
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Yup, we have a uniform to wear every day.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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