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  1. I just came across a list of goals I wrote about 30 years ago. At the time, I wasn't a PA and I wrote that I wanted to retire at 57! I didn't do that! Instead I became a PA at age 60 and I am still working at nearly 75. I believe that I'm financially independent enough now to stop working. I have a couple of pensions, I am required to draw down my retirement savings, and there are more 1099-Rs than W2s when I do my taxes. Now I just do 1 or 2 days weekly as a clinician and teach for a PA program half-time. The variety and stimulation is important to me. I am also learning to priorit
  2. I wish I had known that the poster was not the patient! No need for reassurance apparently. If you want to get discussions going on EKG interpretation, diagnostic grade EKGs taken on motionless patients would probably be a good place to start. It's hard to analyze tiny EKGs recorded on a patient who is not at rest during tachycardia. Could be a useful forum! OP: Good luck on your training!
  3. Saw this today in the NY Times: She Beat Cancer at 10. Now She’s Set to Be the Youngest American in Space. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/science/spacex-hayley-arceneaux.html?referringSource=articleShare
  4. You can't do everything in life, no matter how hard you may try. Your goal as a pre-PA is to do well on your grades and to get PCE time to prove you know what you are getting into. (And to continue to have some modicum of a work-life balance.) Pretty much everything else is gravy. If you aren't doing well in school, then less gravy for you! For the most part, schools tend to have grade cutoffs for applicants. If you make it past the cut-off, you will probably be considered. Your personal statement can help here, but I'm not sure how you could spin saying that your lower grades were becaus
  5. Probably not the best place for a clinical opinion but... I suspect still being tachycardic is the issue; the rate is nearly 150. Much higher and you might not be able to visualize a p wave at all. I do see a PAC or two, which are not concerning. I'm assuming that your heart rate smoothly dropped back to normal and stayed in sinus rhythm during this transient. 150 is not high for you. Max aged adjusted heart rate is 220-age, or 190 for you (if you're 30). We generally try to get you to 85% of that during a treadmill stress test. Hope that helps.
  6. It's fun being a mentor and I hope you get to do it later in your career. A mentor is someone who went through things already that you're facing now. Mentors know stuff now that you don't and you may not even know what to ask. I'd go with open-ended questions that start out with "what surprised you when you..." or "what do you wish you knew then that you know now" or "what should I be doing to be better positioned for..."
  7. As with lots of things, it may be a function of the individual schools. When I applied, I had some courses in progress and that was OK. I had to finish successfully before the actual start of PA school. When you apply, you will need a strong academic record, whether it's complete or not.
  8. I have a family and moved away from them for PA school. It was only two hours and I mostly came home every weekend. If I had a test early the following week, they'd visit me. Frankly, this was not all that different from people I know in sales who left town all week and came back on the weekends. Certainly easier than people who deploy with the military and are gone for a year. I have students now that move more than a thousand miles -- with their families -- to attend our program. It's a choice. When I applied, it was to three programs that were all within 3 hours of our home. I ch
  9. I personally was not a victim of ageism. I graduated when I was 60 and I am nearly 75 and still working (as a clinical PA and as a professor in a PA program) because I like the work. You will likely start over as far as salary goes if your prior experience is not relevant to your PA position. For me, the job change to being a PA was not about the money.
  10. You got into a masters program with your foreign bachelors which would seem to be a good indication that you could do that again. One thought is to check with your MSCS program and see how they evaluated your foreign bachelors degree. Beyond that, you could talk with a PA program and see what their process is. I believe there are organizations which review foreign degrees but I'm not sure of the details. Your approach of taking your prerequisites in community college is not unusual. I too have an MS in computer science and took all but one of my PA prerequisites in a local community colle
  11. A guy in my PA class was a high school science teacher. Theoretically, you can major in whatever you want as long as you take the prereqs, get good grades, and get the necessary healthcare and patient care experience. That said, the overwhelming background of PA students appears to be in science (including athletic training.) Whatever you choose, you are spending money and time to get an undergraduate degree and I think it makes sense to major in something that you would enjoy doing as a career, in case you either change your mind (which happens) about becoming a PA or don't get into a pr
  12. I haven't read much about a scientific study on COVID vaccine responses. Some anecdotal vaccination results in my circle: it seems that younger people and those previously exposed to COVID have worse symptoms after vaccination. My wife and I are both in our 70s and had only sore arms and some fatigue for the first 24 hours (me Moderna and her, Pfizer). My Dad, who is 100, had the Pfizer series in his ALF and had nothing other than a sore arm for a day each time. Same with my mother-in-law, who is 98 and previously tested positive for COVID with no symptoms. On the other hand, two guys I
  13. As I recall, you list them like you would a job, with start and stop dates and total hours.
  14. I am a firm believer in listening to your reaction to your working life. When we start to get off-course, we often begin by getting little signals that that is the case. Ignore these signals long enough and you can get so far off-course that it can be hard to figure out what to do next. You clearly want more to do and there is nothing wrong with that. We do work for money but we are generally happier when we get psychic rewards too. Starting out in a career is probably not the time to be working essentially half-time. I would encourage you to find another gig to fill in. Yes, it might lea
  15. So you know a lot of O5 and up pilots who don't have jobs that are now primarily ground-based? From my days in the Air Force, I remember that they flew on occasion to keep their flight status (and pay). Maybe things have changed but it would be surprising to me.
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