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  1. There have been some interesting articles as of late and I just wanted some public opinion/discussion. The first article https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/924863, talks about the exponential growth of the NP profession. I'm not against NP's, they are filling a void in healthcare. My question is this, Is this growth detrimental to healthcare in that online diploma certification seems to be the norm or should PA programs be looking into this as well. I personally don't mind online education but for an advanced medical degree I feel it takes away from the confidence factor that patients/colleagues place with us. I think providers are starting to catch on and it may affect them (NP's) in the long run by running themselves out of the market. As another article put it, NP's and PA's are devaluing physicians, so we are undoubtedly facing some interesting times ahead. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/923456
  2. Hey, new PA student starting this summer. I currently work as a immunohematologist at a local hospital and work at clinic one day per week. At the clinic I do blood draws and run a small lab to do heme, chem panels and pcr testing for UC. Is this not common in most UC set ups?
  3. I would use a bit of caution taking online courses for pre-reqs. I used Doane and found the courses to be high school level at best. If you want a GPA booster then here you go, but you may pay for it when you get to grad school. I had taken these courses before and needed to refresh before applying to PA schools. I would advise taking any science courses ( take psy and med term online) at a physical university with resources, actual cadaver lab. Many schools are not accepting science courses taken online because they are an easy way to bump your GPA. Online can be great if YOU do the work, but it is very easy to coast and gain little more than tuition bill on the other side. Figured I would play devils advocate.
  4. Thank you for the post. As far as assignment is there a preference list that the applicant can request? I'm a prior service veteran and I'm planning on applying in March when this opens. Thanks and Cheers!
  5. Just turned 40 this year, going to school starting this summer. My background was military (non-medical) and private healthcare as a lab scientist. I don't feel like I'm to old, I enjoy learning new things and healthcare will give me that. I think a lot of people that are in this field have similar mentalities in that they are always looking at the next step in the evolution. I'm sure you will fit right in.
  6. Just curious if anyone has kept their certification after becoming a PA or current students still on the fence about doing the same. For those that are currently PA's, how's keeping your certification helped or hurt you? Are you planning to add the DCLS or other doctoral training in the future? This topic is very interesting to me, just entering PA school after being a MLS and I'm interested how those skills translate to direct patient care. Cheers!
  7. I would use a bit of caution taking online courses for pre-reqs. I used Doane and found the courses to be high school level at best. If you want a GPA booster then here you go, but you may pay for it when you get to grad school. I had taken these courses before and needed to refresh before applying to PA schools. I would advise taking any science courses ( take psy and med term online) at a physical university with resources, actual cadaver lab. Many schools are not accepting science courses taken online because they are an easy way to bump your GPA. Online can be great if YOU do the work, but it is very easy to coast and gain little more than tuition bill on the other side. Figured I would play devils advocate.
  8. If you suspect contamination I would suggest ordering a culture as well. You can have prelim results in about 24 hours on a blood plate. Have the Micro lead do a comparison study to figure out the issue. As with anything Micro related you must understand even the best technique can have contamination.
  9. I picked up the iPad and the keyboard/pencil for note taking with the notability app. I think it will be great for everyday class use but I'll still use my air for rotations because of the software requirements.
  10. Sed-rates are as antiquated as bleeding times, they are non specific and vary greatly depending on methodology. Use CRP or more specific testing.
  11. Two things In 2010, the Department of Education published regulations implementing the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The regulations, 34 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R) section 668.18, went into effect July 1, 2010. The law is codified under 20 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1091c. The law and regulations accord the post-secondary education student whose education was interrupted by voluntary or involuntary military service the right to readmission to the educational program. These requirements apply to any educational institution that participates in title IV federal student financial aid programs, including Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and the Federal Work-Study Program. In Tennessee you are also protected by state law and allows you to litigate against a school breaking federal/state law. That being said maybe the best course of action would have been to be up front in the application process about your reserve status. It is you responsibility to inform your institution and understand their policies before matriculating.
  12. Priority deadline is Feb. Do it now, you can always amend your current application if something changes.
  13. 11B, 8 years 3-505th PIR Delta co., 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg NC H-Minus OEF, OIF ETS 2004 UW MEDEX Tacoma Class 8 Saving lives now instead of taking them.....
  14. Anyone know when the application cycle starts for those starting PA school summer/fall of 2020. I'm speaking of the VA HPSP. Cheers!
  15. Congratulations on your interview. We have a Facebook group set up for after your invitation. I hope to get to know you all before class starts in June. Bit of info for your interviews. Above all be yourself....DO NOT SCRIPT ANSWERS. Be honest about failures, inadequacies in your application. Be genuine, listen to the interviewers before you speak. Importantly, you made it to an interview because you are good enough. If you are like me you may stress about reasons you aren't qualified, focus on you and what you can bring to the classroom/profession. It will be a stressful week, just do your best to relax. Good Luck!!
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