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  1. Did anyone who submitted the supplemental last week not get a confirmation email yet? I'm asking because I'm waiting for the link to pay the $50 fee which they said would come with the supplemental receipt.
  2. Hi! I have not emailed them for an update, however I received an email on Friday that said my application is still under review. I received the initial application confirmation Sept. 8th. I would take that with a grain of salt though because another program I applied to sent me weekly emails stating my application was still under review and ultimately they rejected me. Not saying that is the case with Salus though, but figured I'd tell you my limited knowledge haha! I also had emailed them to update my hours about a month ago, which is something that Salus wants applicants to do I believe (sorry if you already knew that haha). Good luck to you!
  3. Received a rejection email earlier today. I figured I'd share my timeline for any future cycles. I submitted 7/27 (I was already verified) and didn't receive any correspondence until being rejected today. I applied to the PA program only, so this might be different for duel degree. Good luck!
  4. Did anyone else on the waitlist receive an email the other day asking if you were still interested in remaining on the waitlist? Also, does anyone know if they tend to pull a lot of people off the waitlist? Thanks and good luck to everyone!
  5. Has anyone who submitted the initial application in early August received a supplemental? Also does anyone know if they do interviews into the spring? Thanks and good luck to all!
  6. No problem! Yes I definitely see where you are coming from with your concern about the future job market. I cannot speak to NYC but I know that I've never had an issue getting a job as an EMT-B in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. One method you could try if looking online doesn't help you is going to EMS Squads in person and asking for a job application/if they are hiring. I know this has worked for several people I know here in PA, so it could work for you as well. If not, many hospitals will often hire you as an ER technician/Patient care technician if you are an EMT-B (I know this is the case for NJ and PA). Again, I can't give you a definitive answer, but I think you have a solid shot at getting a job as long as you are putting in the work and making connections. You could also make yourself more marketable by getting extra certifications (some of which you can get while you are in your EMT-B class) such as water rescue or EVOC training. These definitely make you more competitive and are relatively inexpensive in my experience. Sometimes your EMT-B instructors are able to hook you up with a job or know of a service that is hiring so definitely take advantage of that! A typical day for an EMT-B normally involves checking the ambulance and equipment at the beginning of your shift. After that you are pretty much just waiting for calls to come in. Depending on your EMS Squad/Ambulance Service you might be extremely busy and not get a chance to sit down in between calls or you might only have 1 call in a 12 hour shift. It truly depends on your location and your patient population. Days often vary in terms of what you are doing. Sometimes you get called to car accidents or other traumas and your main goal is to check for any bleeding or injuries and provide supportive care like splinting and giving oxygen. Other times you may get called to more of a medical call in which a patient is experiencing a heart attack, stroke, or something else. In these cases you might be administering aspirin, getting a good patient history, and providing supportive care with oxygen and taking vitals. It definitely is variable and I would say some of the negatives are that you aren't on a set schedule so you always have to be ready to go out on a call and that sometimes (depending on location) you can be dealing with very emotionally challenging situations. There are also ambulance companies that just do scheduled transports, meaning you are not responding to 911 calls but rather taking patients to doctors appointments or dialysis treatments. I would recommend as a first time EMT-B you stay away from transport just because you don't get to practice as many of your skills and you don't get as much experience (you're mostly just transporting and taking vital signs, which can be extremely boring). I can't speak as much to a day in the life of a medical assistant but from what my roommate has told me she spends most of the day taking patients back into exam rooms, taking their vitals, giving IM injections, and collecting urine samples. She really enjoys it, but there obviously isn't as much "action" so to speak or diversity in your patient care as with an EMT-B. I hope this helped! If you have anymore questions just let me know, and again others might have different thoughts and perspectives that are also valuable!
  7. Hi guys! I was wondering if anyone had any tips or tricks with CASPA or applications that they would be willing to share. I just started my CASPA last week, but have been feeling a little overwhelmed with everything that has to get done. I've heard that you should get the application in early, but beyond that I don't know much else! Some things I would like advice on: what should I put in PCE vs HCE (Specifically clinical research)? How much should you "hype yourself up" in your application and during your personal statement? Lastly, should you use the personal statement to explain any bad grades you've had? Additionally, just wondering if anyone has any school suggestions for people who have received a few C's in science courses but have gone back and improved those C's (A-, B, B in said classes)? I don't want to waste my time applying to schools who won't look at my application twice because of these things. However my overall GPA is a 3.6 and science GPA is still a 3.55. I also have over 1000 hours of PCE and additional HCE from clinical research. Thank you all in advance, and best of luck! EDIT: I was also wondering what you can/can't change in your application once you submit it? Thanks!
  8. Hello! I just wanted to start off by saying that I am in no way associated with any admissions committee and I'm obviously not in their heads, but I figured I'd offer my most educated thoughts from talking to PA's I know, advisors, as well as looking on different PA schools websites. I think both are a great way to get patient care experience, I'm actually an EMT-B and my roommate is a Medical Assistant. From personal experience I'd say you should go for the EMT-B for a couple of reasons. First, you can get it in such a short amount of time, and if you link up with a specific EMS squad they might even pay for your class (this is what happened to me, but my squad was volunteer so the state technically payed for it). Another good reason is that I've found that having your EMT-B certification can open up a lot of doors for you. I've gotten several other jobs partly because I have my EMT-B (got a clinical research job). Also, I'm not sure where you are located but I'm from Pittsburgh and the main hospital here is UPMC, which hires Medical Assistants regardless of if they have an MA certification from a program. I know this for certain because my roommate DOES NOT have her MA cert and got a job as an MA. I also got a job as an MA through UPMC with my EMT-B, and no MA cert. However, I do know of a lot of other areas where you for certain need the MA cert to be an MA, so it's kind of case-by-case basis. Lastly, paramedics/EMT-B's were kind of the original paramedics, so that could be something to bring up during an interview or on your application. Overall I truly do not think you could go wrong with either position, however I'd lean toward EMT-B for the reasons above. Also I've met several Doctors through my time as an EMT-B, and they have all offered to hook me up with a PA to shadow. Granted, I do understand this makes it a little bit harder to get those shadowing hours and it is less likely you will get a letter of rec from a PA role if you stick with EMT-B (this comes from the fact that my roommate who is an MA is getting a PA LOC but I am having a harder time doing so because I don't know any PA's as personally as she does from working in an office). I think both positions will make you a competitive applicant as long as you build relationships and work hard. Lastly, also think about what job you want (aka the negatives with each). With EMT-B you might have to work 12 hour or 24 hour shifts and that can definitely mess up your sleep schedule. Also EMT's need to be better at handling emergency situations than MA's, and this can sometimes stress people out. Whereas with MA you might work more consistent shifts (8 hours 5 days a week or 10 hours 4 days a week) but you will most likely be on your feet all day and not get a chance to rest, which can be different for EMT-B's. Hope all this helps! Wishing you the best with your decision and your future! If you have any questions I might be able to help answer them from my experience or my roommates! (PS, typically there is more room for adding on extra shifts as an EMT-B compared to an MA, so if you are in a crunch to get the hours EMT-B might be more effective for that.
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