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  1. You will get early consideration at many schools with your 2000 hrs, grades, etc. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. I probably wouldn’t bother unless someone spent a lot of time with you and thus went above and beyond. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. I’ve taken the Chicago course twice and another program once. I vote Chicago. I also wouldn’t try taking the test without studying; too much at stake. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. It may vary by school, but many people apply without having yet received their degree. You indicate when you will be graduating and then update your status when the degree is awarded. Use a transcript showing your currently completed grades for now. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. We have an OT in our current didactic class. She’s doing fine! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. You can take anatomy and physiology in the same term at many schools. If you’ve already had some courses and are repeating them for a better grade, you should be able to take them when you want. Why not lay out what you want to take and contact an advisor at the school by phone or email? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. I would pick a manager or charge nurse who you think would write the best letter.
  8. First of all, congratulations on having options and parents who are supportive. You are about to start a great adventure. As is the case with your parents, I wouldn't want to interfere on what is your choice: it will be your life. My only bit of advice is this: lots of people change career directions at least one (and often more) after high school. People change majors in college. After all, at 18 you haven't been exposed to a lot and a good part of college is to give you that exposure so you can make life decisions with more knowledge. I would recommend that (a) you pick a school that would give you exposure to other careers (and students pursuing them) so that you can be flexible and (b) a school and a degree program that leads to a job you would enjoy even if you decide not to become a PA (or whatever). A small school geared only to preparing people for medical careers might prove to a be a bit narrow, should you change your mind and realize you would rather be a chemical engineer (or whatever). Your life can still go in a thousand different directions and that's OK; honor it. Pick a school that supports that flexibility and can lead you to employment, while enabling you to meet prerequisites for a PA program (if that's still what you want to do in four years.) Best wishes; your story brought back lots of memories to a guy who graduated from high school 55 years ago. Godspeed, young adventurer!
  9. I’m in my 70s and still practice part-time. I’m not in a surgical specialty but a medical one. I endorse cognitive testing as described in the article. Something evidence-based...and not on how well I ski. After all, with my baseline level of coordination, I didn't survive to this age by flying down mountains into trees! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. You’ve established a great reason why your job isn’t for you: the isolation. At least you know now. But you’ve seemed to have stacked up reasons not to change: all jobs are the same, I’d have to take a paycut, I’d have to learn a lot of new things, my only other specialty job was busywork, etc. Get a job without isolation; that’s important to you. Get a job rounding in the hospital, for example. I round in several, have to drive around a little, and have friends all over town. Not all jobs ARE the same. Advice: get out of your head and start looking. Just the “starting” part will make you feel better. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. I'd keep applying. Half of those accepted as of now would have to pick another school in the next few months to bubble you to the top of the list. don't give up hope, but keep doing things too! Good luck!
  12. Long shot probably. Depending on the program and when classes actually start, maybe 10-20% from waitlist. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. How many seats are there in the new class? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. No one knows what's going on inside your mind. If you look calm, people just assume you are, even if you're really not. And "calm" is worth a lot in critical situations.
  15. It shouldn't. The biggest issue is networking; it can be easier to do that if you are connected to practices in your area. You can sometimes do rotations back home and get plugged it that way. In my class in Ohio, we had students from all over the country, many of whom went back home to find jobs. These include students from Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, and North Dakota. I would recommend that you go to the school that best meets your needs.
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