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  1. I think people should consider majors that in their own right should lead to a job they would enjoy, even if they never go to PA school. Life tends to run a lot smoother when you have alternatives. Imagine not getting in to PA school while having a degree in something that isn’t marketable and, along the way, generating tens of thousands of dollars in student loans to repay. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. That is good: focusing on something with the end in mind. On the other hand, studying PANCE pearls now might be putting the cart before the horse. If you don’t focus on the basics now, pearls may make little sense. I’d recommend reviewing anatomy and physiology. If you’re comfortable with those subjects, try some pathophysiology. And get some sleep, make some money, and spend time with family and friends! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. I'd say normal, with perhaps some early repolarization vs some benign individual abnormality in lead III. How old is the patient and does he have any cardiac complaints? Just guessing, but I'm guessing that it's from a thin, relatively young person given the size of the R waves.
  4. I’m still at a loss why there is anything unethical about seeing if there is a correlation between any two variables, as long as the results are allowed to honestly speak for themselves. If he wants to see if entering grades or hat size correlates with PANCE scores, I personally see no conflict. Is there another axe being ground here? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. I don’t know: perhaps he’s trying to quantify his selection methodology and use as the dependent variable how they perform in the program? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. You know, OP, between the lines (and in the lines!) you are telling us that you don't like stress. If only there was a job that paid well and had less stress. I hear that a lot. Some of us want money and a low stress life and some want enough money and to be doing something meaningful to us. There is nothing wrong with either approach. And what you are looking for can change with your age and situation. Unfortunately, other than being dead, there's always stress. It seems to be one price we pay for living in this world. Each of us wants something different from our lives and when you're in the wrong place, the stress is unbelievable. When you don't feel that you're measuring up to the challenges of life, the stress is unbelievable. When you're bored, the stress is unbelievable. When you're... well, you get the picture. At the same time, I'll bet you can remember sometime when you were hyped up about some complex activity you were doing and not being conscious of stress. I feel stress is kind of an error signal: our internal reaction to not feeling like we're measuring up to something, be it to our standards or someone else's. Since I like living, my strategy has been to do something that I find meaningful and try to cut myself some slack as I learn the skills necessary to be good at it. After that, to recognize that feeling stressed means I care about doing whatever it is well enough. At the same time, I try to set boundaries so I can live my personal life too instead of feeling like an automaton. That said, when you are training to do something that is meaningful, it's going to take up a lot of your time. Not forever, but at least for now. That's what school is like: short-term pain for a hopefully long-term gain. Our lives out here in PAForumland will all go on whether you stay in school or drop out. It's your call and you can have a great life either way. But I think you might still be running away from something instead of moving towards something better for you. That can accidentally lead you to something good or maybe just lead you to wander for a long time before you hopefully find your thing. You've either learned that you don't want to be a PA or you forgot the dream that brought you here. Whichever it is, my best wishes to you.
  7. People apply to multiple schools with CASPA and so it is not unusual at all to get an acceptance off of the waitlist. Relax and let the dust settle a bit; nothing to be done right now if you've submitted everything and your references have done the same.
  8. Personally, I'd run through the tape and finish what I started. In our program, genetics is part of the curriculum. Either way, learning something new can't hurt. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  9. I agree. Your reaction is so extreme that it may be a lot more than being on the wrong path. It is usually easier to take leave for a month or two during your clinical year and graduate late. Get some help. Even if in the end you choose a different path, it will be running towards something than running away from something. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Get your preqs done and major in something that leads to a job you would enjoy doing even if you don’t end up going to PA school. You never know what’s going to be around the bend in this life so be as prepared as you. can. Good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. I think I hear you, OP. One of the best features of being a PA (or probably many other "process-related" careers as well) is that our lives consist of individual interactions with patients. We can feel like crap from our last interaction and decide to do the next one differently. We can choose to exude more confidence, listen longer for a heart murmur, practice a long-forgotten neuro test, whatever. (We could even start speaking with an Australian accent, but I wouldn't recommend it.) The point is, we have a great gift: we get to start over with each interaction. Especially the next one, right... now! Your description sounds like you blame where you "are" right now on lots of things: crappy management, a poor PA program, looking younger than you are, etc etc. Personally I've found that kind of thinking not to be very helpful. Each of us is where we are for lots of reasons, some accidents of birth, some random interactions with others, and some personal choices. Regardless, dwelling on them as the cause of a problem often doesn't make us feel all that much better. Personally, I've found it easier to remember that my thoughts -- especially those about myself and my performance-- are just thoughts; I give myself permission to change my focus and direction on a dime. Using a football analogy (even though I've never actually played competitive football!), I just tell myself that my last "pass" was incomplete, it's now "second and ten yards to go", that it's time for me to stop ruminating about what just happened and "call my next play." I can choose, right here and right now, to do something differently or new. Like to move on and make the next patient interaction better than the last. Or, to stick with sports analogies for just another minute: it's way more like football than it is like figure skating! I absolutely hate to watch figure skating. The commentator is always going off about this little tiny mistake or that one has absolutely ruined the contestant's performance and now the best they can do is a lowly X or Y. Not my view of life as a succession of personal adjustments. While all of us can grow technically and polish up skills that we don't feel we are good enough at, the long game is often to cut ourselves some slack and just try again with the next interaction. And spend more time thinking about how you are bravely stepping out into the world and less time guessing what other people think about you (secret: they mostly aren't) or beating yourself up for things in the past that you can't change. I wish you the best and hope that you can make something from the offered advice that makes life better for you moving forward.
  12. Not “the worse thing you can do” but it could be an impediment. There are some PA experiments going on in the UK and perhaps there may be PA programs there. You might want to contact the AAPA for information. If you want to go to a US PA program, you would probably be helped by going to school here, or maybe taking some classes here after you graduate. Or doing your last year or two over here. Then there’s the GRE for many programs, and putting in some time in the US healthcare system. You might want to talk with an academic coordinator for a local US PA program for their thoughts. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. It happens, especially for the practice’s senior patients who started coming here when there were no PAs in the practice. Now, not so much. If the doc is around and the patient asks, we’ll have him stop by to say hello to an old friend at the end of the visit. Over time, patients more often start asking to see us. It’s a vote of confidence that we earn by building rapport and successfully treating old issues. Same as the doc did before we came here. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. You should be able to guest lecture without an MS since it’s your experience and ability to get that across is the key. I wish you the best in deciding how to spend your retirement. It’s an individual thing. In my case, it’s been about never completely retiring but taking command of my calendar. I teach half-time and love it. I still work as a PA once a week (unless they need me more and I want to). And we go on vacation when we want. If I don’t do this, I find myself streaming reruns on TV and feeling useless. Everyone is different so listen to your heart, and good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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