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  1. @AK1995 I joined @Colorado2018‘s group
  2. Ian there a Facebook group made yet? Just fyi to all accepted, orientation is May 30th and 31st.
  3. You are a fairly strong applicant! A little tweaking and you can guarantee yourself an interview. I feel like the Psych degree may be a slight weakness, as it's not a traditional sci degree, however, I just interviewed at Tulsa and one of the 1st years had a psych degree, so it depends on the faculty! Regardless, you're on the right path, definitely not a weak applicant.
  4. Wow @Ollivander, that’s a shame because it seems like you have a ton of general experience in many fields that actually require schooling/certifications.
  5. Clearly someone who has experience in the healthcare field as a professional (nurse, rt, etc) will typically perform better in an environment created to fast track mid levels. With that being said, if the field were looking to recruit mostly this category of individuals, then a prerequisite would be some sort of post high school cert, instead of a bachelors degree as it currently is. As an exaggeration, if you put an MD or DO through a PA program, I am sure they would excel. Is this program meant for them? Not necessarily.
  6. I applied in July/August with a 3.9 GPA/SGPA with 0 health care experience and 4 years military service. I received 0 interviews, the following cycle I gained 1.5k PCE experience hours, received interviews to every school I applied to.
  7. You’ll be just fine! Every month working full time is an extra 160-200 hours of PCE, also your science GPA is solid. For volunteer opportunities you could try googling a volunteer coordinator at the local hospital or a program like meals on wheels. Your packet is definitely not at a weak point here, with the next 8 months you can make yourself a shoe in.
  8. It’s so hard to find not just a willing PA, but an authorizing hospital! When I lived in Fort Worth I went through the same process of cold calling every hospital, clinic, even tried chiropractors! Anything to show for my efforts. One education coordinator at a Fort Worth hospital off 35 even told me “it’s against hospital policy to shadow here, but once you get into a PA school you can shadow!” Thanks a lot. I ended up moving two hours to a rural community just for this oppourtunity, really crazy! Just goes to show when you find a willing PA and a hospital that won’t veto it, treat that PA like an angel bexause they are! I brought donuts every visit for the staff, kolaches etc. Good luck with your efforts!
  9. @CSCH so you mentioned you were averaging 60+ hours a week, as in 5 12 hour shifts? How long is the entire residency? Great posts btw, very straight forward educational!
  10. Lol all the profits and no base salary. The reason hospitals pay you a base salary of say 100k is because they’re absolutely sure they’ll make 200k off you. Sounds like this guy is just trying to hedge his bets to make sure he doesn’t lose money. Be cautious
  11. A big misconception is that the contracts posted on this forum are the “norm”, whereas the opposite is true. People typically request reference to a contract that has the chance to be poor, whereas the people who have really good benefits or salary opportunities do not request assistance. With this being said, 75k is by far the lowest offer I have ever seen, even 85k, however it also seems like your position may be very low stress. Best bet is to do what you feel is right.
  12. I think a lot of people forget that the traditional path still remains high school, bachelors in biology, PA program. Too many people are recommending nursing school, resp tech, all these positions that require huge commitments. As they are valuable, I think the most straight forward path to take is ER tech. There’s no prior experience required and regardless of the school they will award you greatly for the experience.
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