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  1. Ian there a Facebook group made yet? Just fyi to all accepted, orientation is May 30th and 31st.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. @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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I just assume it’s a rejection, and plan for next year, continue to volunteer, shadow, etc. I have found this is the most efficient and less stressful method of going about it.
  9. @EMEDPA thanks man, you are a gem to these PA forums, and a goldmine for info!
  10. Wow so much knowledge in one thread. Thank each and everyone of you for your experience on benzos... I start pa school mid next year and these are the kinds of threads I bookmark. 10/10 this is the reason I utilize these forums. And @PACShrink wow, really good story and a good cautious tale for other pas in the field.
  11. Really interesting read! Also answered my question of average residency salary. Earning 60k for a 12 month residency in EM, which then allows a PA much more autonomy and confidence in an ER sounds amazing. @EMEDPA a few questions... So from what I understand typically out of school EM PAs have a tough time finding a job in the ER, and when they do it’s usually a high patient low acuity setting such as fast track? Is this due to not enough training or focus while in ER rotation during school? Once finished with a residency say for example at Baylor in the DFW area, how likely is it that that residency will affect my job prospects away from Baylor say in Kentucky or Idaho? Is a PA EM residency like a golden ticket for getting hired and contract negotiations? i guess my questions are fairly individualized as what I mean to ask is in your experience do you have power in your certificate, or with your experience? Fresh out of school is it unlikely to work EM for a fair salary? EDIT: Oh also, are these residencies in an educational setting or are you shadowing an ER phys/pa? What do they typically entail as far as being beneficial compared to just jumping into EM?
  12. Honestly its been said repeatedly, if you chase the $ you will be ?, I think the original question was what’s the benefit to being an AA compared to CRNA? Simply put if they do a similar job why would someone choose a path (AA) that pays less on average then CRNA? Also I’ve read that CRNAs have one of the highest job satisfaction rates in the medical field. With that being said, no thanks I’ll stick to EM.
  13. Tarrant county college, 2 hour online course, $59 an hour, $118 for the class for Texas students, idk about oos.
  14. Short answer is it’s late in most cycles, long answer is it depends on the school. OU Tulsa for example hasn’t sent out any interviews yet, probably mid November, whereas Hardin Simmons is pretty much filled up. I recommend you check each schools forum and see how many interview dates there have been. After that it’s simple math, if the school has 30 seats, interviews on average 200 students, there have been 7 interview dates with roughly 25 students in each... well you’re outta luck chances are, or it could be the first round.
  15. I wouldn’t necessarily say there is an anti-religious bias, in fact I would say the opposite! I am personally not a religious person persay, and I feel as though this has greatly hindered me due to religious biases. Every other candidate I spoke with said volumes about networking and volunteering through their local church, whereas I was stuck cold calling every business that seemed like they helped the community. OT: Volunteer experience is almost like a life resume, it’s what you do outside of school. If there are two candidates and one has shown a consistent commitment to bettering the community through their church, and another has none, who sounds better? Now those personal biases on the other hand... at one of my interviews I was handed a piece of paper with two graphs and one had the demographics of Texas and the other were the accepted PA school student demographics, the question was “how do we fix this?”. My answer was that they were looking at the wrong demographics, show me the stats for the applicant demographics. The interviewer then pulled out another sheet of paper and there was a strong correlation between applicant demographics and accepted demographics. What is the issue here? The issue is just because the average applicant is a 24 year old blonde female student doesn’t make it politically correct to have your average accepted student be a 24 year old blonde female student. My answer was I saw nothing wrong, I was waitlisted at that school. Maybe she didn’t like my brown eyes or brown hair, or my gender ?? Maybe it’s maybelline. Could of been my subpar patient care experience or gre scores, but it was probably the hair.
  16. Yes so at each school this is one of the defining differences. Having “PA Student only cadavers” is a big deal. UNTHSC is the only one in Texas that has professionally prosected cadavers.
  17. Full cadaver Lab is so understated... 20% of PAs are in a surgical subspecialty, huge negative for those schools that don’t offer full disection. At the same time it helps a lot for anatomy tests if the cadavers are professionally prosected (UNTHSC cadavers take 200+ hours by professional anatomists to dissect near perfectly, as opposed to Heffs BBQ cadaver me and the girls just got finished with), which would you want to be tested on lol.
  18. Very well said! I agree with those points, there are some advantages but at the end of the day your clinical rotations help get you the first job if you stay local. If you want to travel and get into a specialty such as EM, possibly think of a residency. Once you’re 2-3 years into a field you can literally go anywhere, school doesn’t matter too much but everyone’s different.
  19. All schools use a ranked waiting list, a majority just don’t release your wait list number. Typically the school will accept 100% of the seat capacity, then once people decide to attend other schools and drop their acceptance, the school goes down the waitlist. Even if in theory you are not say like the top 10 on the wait list, the top 10 could of accepted positions elsewhere and your number could be called. Sorry I don’t have specifics for your school but this is generally the case across the board.
  20. It’s so straight forward, you won’t have any issues at all. Super traditional questions, really friendly faculty.
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