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Everything posted by UGoLong

  1. I have worked in inpatient medicine in Ohio (though not in the last year). Physicians did not have to see our patients or cosign our orders before they are executed. We did have our charts and orders countersigned (easy step with Epic, etc), but that happened offsite and/or off-hours. This is the practice for both the PAs and NPs in our group (and, as far as I know, in other practices as well). It especially made sense for us since the physician was often called for overnight changes and this way he knew what we had been up to.
  2. There is often a time limit. When I applied, I was more than 30 years out from my BS. The gen ed and math classes were fine but I had to repeat some of my old science classes. (When I took biology, cells were nuclei and protoplasm!) It was a program-by-program thing. It should be on their websites. Good luck!
  3. If the crypto guys hang on long enough, I suspect that there will be a crypto bust. Historically, it's almost always a cycle. We are where we are. If you're older and have stocks, then you did well -- this time. Those same people went through their hell in the late 80s, among other crashes. It falls to us all to guide our profession (and our country, for that matter) through the present issues to hopefully a better future.
  4. Thanks for the very kind words! I hope I was of some help. Sounds like you've had a rough year but have worked out some things. That's pretty much the name of the game. If the biotech MS is something that might lead to a job that you would like even if you don't get into PA school, then that sounds like a plan. As far as PA programs, the schools you apply to get a list of your grades cut several different ways: by year, bachelors vs grad school, science grades versus everything else, the grades in the required classes, etc. Taking a graduate degree and doing really well might help, b
  5. Whoa! Let's just wait until grades are in. Most former college students will tell you that how you think you did on a test and how you actually did can be two different things. And sometimes questions get thrown out or grades get adjusted depending on how the whole class did. I got a D in my major and went on to get three graduate degrees. You don't get to dodge adversity; you get to decide how you are going to overcome it. Let the dust settle for a bit before you start doubting the direction of your life. Something which, by the way, you are allowed to change as you go. Just
  6. I started teaching about 6 years ago and remember my interview. Some of it might surround your clinical experience but I would also spend some time thinking about what classes or portions of classes that you might be interested in teaching. Faculty members are often assigned courses to manage. They don't necessarily teach it all but find/manage external lecturers for some of it. To give you an idea, I'm part-time (by design) and I teach parts of several courses and also manage the simulation lab. One of my full-time friends runs diagnostic methods, even though I teach part of it, he teac
  7. The Dutch tulip bulb market bubble, also known as 'tulipmania' was one of the most famous market bubbles and crashes of all time. It occurred in Holland during the early to mid 1600s when speculation drove the value of tulip bulbs to extremes. At the height of the market, the rarest tulip bulbs traded for as much as six times the average person's annual salary.
  8. I'm sure it works for some. On the other hand, investing is something that you can't see and don't understand sounds like Tulip Mania in the 1700s.
  9. Well, I'm no lawyer but... I believe that "deferred judgement" means you pled guilty to a misdemeanor but the sentence (if any) was deferred to give you a chance to show you weren't a troublemaker. So, yes, you pled guilty to a misdemeanor and -- if it was not expunged -- then you should admit to it. In any event, this was during the pandemic so it wasn't in the deep past. IMHO, it shouldn't be a big deal for your application. You could contact the jurisdiction and find out what the official disposition was. If not expunged, I suspect it's on your record. A great story someda
  10. The student wrote a great article. The opposing side also raised some good points, but they are relatively typical of arguments often raised to oppose change. Over my 15 years, the situation has not improved but has only gotten worse. "First do no harm" is indeed a cornerstone of medicine. But so too is recognizing when your treatment -- in spite of your best intentions -- isn't working. I believe that it's time to try something new.
  11. Based on the experience of our recent graduates, the job market is slower than it was a few years ago. Some of that appears to be associated with COVID, with ER visits and elective surgeries cut back. On the other hand, there are also more graduates searching for jobs and a growing percentage are electing to do a one-year fellowship after graduation.
  12. This sort of thing can happen anywhere and to anyone. The people who make the decisions are often not the people who turn the crank to make things happen. My sympathies. Someplace that screwed up may not be a good place to work anyway.
  13. Throughout your life, you will get better with interviews. At some point, you probably will have been an interviewer more than you were an interviewee. I would not recommend wasting people's time by interviewing for jobs that you wouldn't take. You never know where those disappointed interviewers will end up, who they might talk to, or how long they would remember your behavior. Just start going to interviews in your 5 target fields and do your best.
  14. Anytime you are faced with options, it is not surprising to have second thoughts. You only get to take one road (at a time; you can sure change again later on). Talk to some PAs in psych and some PhD psychologists and see what their lives are like. Then just quiet down, live your life, and the answer will hopefully come to you. Stay calm and take it a small step at a time.
  15. I emailed two of our state's HOD reps today regarding the proposed name change and describing my concerns with the status quo. Both thanked me for my input and one added that 7 of our 8 delegates are in favor of a name change. I didn't ask to what name but I was pleasantly surprised.
  16. Unless a masters gives you a better shot at another job in case you don't get into PA school or your undergrad years were so terrible that you need to prove you can do the work, I would say that just taking the classes you need is probably the most economical approach in both money and time.
  17. If that one class gets you your degree, I'd do it now, get the degree in the bag (might help with an interim job), and then take the classes you need (including at community college night school) to raise your GPA.
  18. An interview is also a chance for you to find out what they expect from you and how their place runs. You should be careful as you ask the questions, for example, I wouldn't be recommending that you ask clinical people about fringe benefits (that's what HR is for). Get an idea as to what they expect. Try to imagine yourself in the job.
  19. Welcome! I also had an MS in computer science before going to PA school. I was older (51 when I started prereqs and 58 when I started PA school) but had American degrees. I do know there are places that evaluate foreign degrees but I don't know who they are. Clearly wherever you went to get your MS in the US did something like that. You could perhaps call them?
  20. I don' have any firm and fast rules to quote. From my perspective, if it is not related to your school (like, for example, a varsity sport, intramural sport, or club), I'd call it volunteer.
  21. In practice, anyone who knows you well enough can write an LOR. Since you are concerned with the rules at a certain program for who a "professor" is, it would be best to contact the PA program directly.
  22. Feeling inadequate and finding things wrong with a new job is not particularly unique. You seem to like surgery but you’re not in the OR, you want to learn but your collaborating physician is not around, and you don’t care for the shifts. You could just leave or you could use that position as a stepping stone. You could, for example, decide to get good about your job and learn from other people around you. You could build relationships that eventually get you to the job you want. There are some advantages to being thrown into the deep end; handled properly (and safely), it can build self-
  23. I was involved in my Mom's end of life care in 2012. She was a full code coming in at 90 yo after a ton of things had been going on. Nothing had been life-threatening until she got an infection she couldn't shake and went into renal failure. I worked with my Dad (whose still around and nearly 101) and I helped him decide to let her go. It wasn't easy -- they were married for a few weeks shy of 70 years -- but it was the right thing to do. And she died peacefully from hyperkalemia. Still, I kicked myself over it for a few months, wondering if I should have just shut up and let her physicia
  24. I think your grades are marginal at this point; applicants often are automatically excluded with GPAs (including sGPA) < 3 and you're really close. It's hard to raise an average after 4 years of college but it might be worth a try in your case. Consider taking advanced science courses rather than just turning a 3 credit C into a 6 credit B by getting a 3 credit A in the same subject. Given your relatively late change of heart, I suggest you spend some time shadowing PAs. Hate for you to spend time and money only to make another course correction. Nothing wrong with changing your mind b
  25. Not just medicine, but hopefully everything you do, changes you. Changing your mind based on exposure to new information isn't "flip-flopping": it's learning. It would be nice if politicians could admit to being in the same process. By the way, sometimes learning means you learn that not all jobs are the same and, if your job is killing you, get ready to change it or leave! Between 34 years of part-time EMS and 15 years as a PA, I've learned that everyone isn't like me. They make their own decisions, have their own capabilities, grew up in environments generally not completely of the
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