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  1. From my experience, a letter of intent won’t really help. You’re not LeBron; if you don’t want a offered seat in their program, they’ll get someone else. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Most schools will ultimately let you know if you are rejected. As it’s been 2 months, I’d probably wait another month and then ask for a status update. Some schools fill their early interviews with particularly outstanding applicants and then work their way along. My best friend in PA school was offered a seat in our class two days before school started and lived 2000 miles away! Don’t assume that because someone else already got in that you won’t. Good luck. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. I would take classes strategically to build up your average and demonstrate mastery of advanced subjects. Also increase your patient care experience. I’m not sure you could justify a whole new degree just to maybe get an interview. The juice doesn’t sound worth the squeeze. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Yes, it can make a difference. I did only a two week rotation in cardiology and even that was enough to put me over the top when I applied. That said, take a good mix of rural vs urban, hospital vs office, big practice vs little practice so you can see what feels the best for you. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    GRE study aids

    I’d recommend the free one you could download from the GRE website. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Stocking up and preparing for PA School

    I moved 2 hours away from my wife in PA school. I remember a pile of stuff: mattress, TV, microwave, borrowed furniture, etc. Still made a zillion trips to Walmart after I got there. I don’t know how far you’re moving, but the big thing for me was borrowing stuff. Much cheaper than buying when you can. School supplies are minimal in comparison. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Benzos

    I don’t. I think it’s dangerous to make decisions about any patient you’ve never seen. And that, sir, is the only point I have been trying to make. Some of the other posters have made suggestions about what could be excellent alternatives (longer-acting meds, etc). It all starts with treating your patient as a human being and arranging to meet him or her face-to-face, especially when you have doubts about their treatment to date. And, if you have to, bridging their existing meds briefly until you can get them in. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Benzos

    Then go ahead and practice medicine remotely by preconcieved notions. I’m done here. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Benzos

    I wouldn’t refill it without seeing him. Or fill it for two weeks until they can work him into my schedule. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Benzos

    The OP posted that he/she hadn’t met the patient yet. I’d be upset if someone who never met me sent me to a psych referral too. If all we so is follow protocols instead of tailoring our treatments to individual patients, then we’re in the wrong profession. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Benzos

    My point exactly; a patient could be “dependent” on both to control some pathology, but we can be quick to call one a “dependency” and the other is just a life-preserving medication that the patient needs. All I’m asking is to take the time to know the patient before changing any of his meds. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Benzos

    You sound like you have some innate beliefs about benzos that you might want to explore, such as using the word “dependency,” which I’m guessing you wouldn’t use about, say, metformin. Take the time to get to know this man. Some elderly have incredible anxiety that interferes with their quality of life in major ways. See if there is a way to address both your and the patient’s concerns. Help him lead the best life he can. Good luck. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Patient Contact Hours

    Typically we count EMT duty time; never saw anyone keep actual contact hours. Keep getting hours; you’re a bit on the light side for many places. Your grades are fine. Spend some more time with PAs, both for your application and to be sure you’re doing the right thing. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Benzos

    If it was me, see the guy before deciding anything. We typically don’t renew anything without that. You never know; people don’t always fit into boxes. Meet him and then make your decision. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Chest pain has a huge differential. Lots of physical examination to be done, along with assessing vitals, before one zooms off into all the cosmic choices. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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