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  1. In ten years -- if I'm lucky -- I'll have been married to the same great woman for 63 years, have kids approaching 60, and grandkids in their late 20s. I hope to still be working part-time in clinic and teaching, and still taking January off in a warm climate. I hope to be able to focus on what I can still do and not what I can't any longer. I'll try not to obsess about the future and just look at opportunities as I encounter them, trying to choose what makes me happiest. And remembering that, as you age, no points ever "come off the scoreboard:" the joys you've already had and your old
  2. Just thought I'd get back to the OP's post before we all started reading stuff into it. And discussing all the things we don't like about our profession or how "you should have been here yesterday." While medicine brings its unique challenges, being a perfectionist and getting burned out are definitely not unique. I felt that as a junior engineer. Feeling dissatisfied is often your first clue that you're off course: never blow that feeling off! Maybe it really is the right job (for now) but you're not adjusting well. Maybe it's the right area of medicine but with the wrong setting/precep
  3. I doubt it. Healthcare experience probably, but it isn't hands-on patient care.
  4. It has been common for people to apply for other jobs while giving directions not to call your current employer because (a) you might not take a new job in the end and (b) fear of retribution. You should probably still list the job and then just say it wasn't a good match. I agree; it's time to go. You would not be the first person to end up in the wrong job.
  5. I echo the Rev as far as my experience. I was 60 on my first day as a PA. There is no way for me to know if this is is relevant to your situation, but jobs without much chance of advancement often have issues like those you've come across. The examples that come right to mind are school teachers who don't want to become principals and engineers who want to stay engineers, rather than become managers. They have found their niche and want to stay there: nothing wrong with that. But each year, shiny new grads show up and, other than the initial transient needed for them to become compe
  6. First of all, congratulations on starting to rethink your present career. Some people have vague senses of feeling uncomfortable about their careers but never do much about it other than say “That’s why they call it work.” Feeling uncomfortable about what you are doing is sometimes the only clue you get that the path you’ve chosen may no longer be right for you. This can save you years of heartache. Starting from scratch is really not that much of an impediment, but it does mean that taking small steps is an especially good idea before you consider throwing yourself into this. Look for sm
  7. This. That he is an NP is also besides the point; a-holes come in many varieties and are freely found in all environments. In the end, how you feel about your catch is what's probably the most important. Success has many fathers; failure is an orphan. And lots even well-meaning people take credit for their little part in something good. You sir however are the granddaddy this time out. Nice catch!
  8. Some programs accept applicants conditionally before all prerequisites are complete, if you have enough of a record to be judged (classes, patient and healthcare experience, letters of recommendation, any required tests). It's getting a bit rarer these days with many applicants taking a gap year to fill out their experience.
  9. There are schools with undergrad programs that, if you are accepted, you get an interview for their graduate PA program. So you might get a small leg up. I don't know of any that take you as a new undergrad and guarantee you admission to its PA program.
  10. You're probably going to need patient care time, if only to show that you know first-hand what you're getting in to. The amount required depends on the school but you really should do some.
  11. A general question and there may be lots of different answers depending on the school. I teach for a PA program at a Catholic institution and we're big on the training of PAs to work with a diverse population of patients. Likewise the student body has included LGBTQ students.
  12. I doubt it. I'm sure others showed up and they probably didn't take attendance.
  13. Some perhaps, but not generally from what I've seen. Lots of early morning rounding before surgical cases as I recall.
  14. In general, I don’t think we do. My collaborating physician once said “Go as fast as you can, but no faster.” After 15 years, I still try to do that. I think we develop a sense that a given patient needs more time and we try to make that up somewhere else.
  15. I suspect that, if you can think of a stressful situation, somewhere along the line a participant in that particular process thought about quitting. It’s human nature. Daydreaming about something like working in a plant store is natural when the stress builds up. Should you quit is a different question. If you honestly believe that you are too brittle healthwise and can’t develop some new coping skills right now, then getting off of this path might be the right thing for you. Your personal goal is probably to be happy and do something meaningful with your life, so becoming a PA is certain
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