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  1. If it makes you feel better, the very large EM group that staffs the ED where I work refuses to even entertain the idea of NPs and will only hire PAs. And this group has numerous branches all over the country. They have had NPs apply but they never even open the application.
  2. Just turned in my app for the Fall of 2012 professional phase. I have my pre-reqs almost completed even though a I had to retake a few due to earlier indiscretions in my academic career. I also have over 10,000 hours of HCE as an EMT and Medic, both in the field and ED setting. Does anyone have experience with this program or admission stats, etc. Thanks a ton DU
  3. I have a question much in the same vein. Approximately 5% of all current PA-C further their education with a post-grad residency and I think it is a fantastic option for those who desire more clinical experience and knowledge from a formal setting. But how competitive is obtaining a residency? If a program has two spots in EM or CC for example, how many applicants would be expected to apply? Do you think there will be a substantial boom of PA residency programs opening up in the future? Also, how do you think residency programs will affect practice in the future? I almost get the tho
  4. Not to hijack the thread . . . But regarding PA vs NP in the ER, I have rarely seen an NP here in Pittsburgh area. This is strictly speaking from my own experience. I know of one NP working in a small, community ER and that is it. The major university hospitals and the like all use PAs. That being said, I have never had a bad experience with either midlevel provider but most of my friends are in the PA field. They like the medical model as opposed to nursing. However, there are NP programs out there that provide similar if not in some cases identical medical courses during the didactic pha
  5. Undergrad Ed School: BS in Sport Management - California Univ. of PA (in-progress) Graduate school: N/A Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.2 Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.5 Graduate GPA: N/A Post Bachelor GPA: N/A Age at application time : 24 GRE: N/A Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) EMT-Basic ~ 3,000 hours NREMT-Paramedic ~ 5,000 hours Other healthcare / Misc.: Paramedic Instructor Volunteer Paramedic Extracurricular activities / Community service: House Council President MARC-ACSM Student Volunteer Special Olympics Volunteer Internship Freshman Year - Researched
  6. Just a quick thought that helped me make my decision of PA as opposed to MD/DO. Analyze the Opportunity Cost. It is the most objective way to evaluate which route is most appropriate for YOU. Personally, I have way too many things I like to do that I just don't want to put on the back burner for the better part of a decade. I want to spend time with my family, friends, hunt, fish, camp, ride my motorcycle, go quad riding, boat, read non-text books, teach paramedic class, and run EMS calls at my volly service. I want to sit in the bed of my truck or the cab of my Wrangler with the
  7. You may have gotten a few people saying go to Med School but as long as you're happy, that is what matters. Enjoy it!
  8. You may be in better shape for admittance than you think. Your GPA is good enough for pretty much all PA programs. You will more than likely need more HCE but that can be obtained easily. And you probably will only need about ~1000 hours. You have to remember that many programs have strayed from Dr. Stead's original program design. Gone are many programs that put HCE equal to or even above GPA. Nowadays, GPA reigns supreme (this is a generalization but for the most part, it's true). So do well in your A&P classes and get some HCE and you will be golden. I can also relate to the DO vs
  9. In the same vein as your previous post EMEDPA, would studying for the MCAT alone using Kaplan, TPR, or Examkrackers be sufficient for scoring a 22 or better on the MCAT or would classes need to be competed at the college level? I know that many PAs have previously taken most if not all of the pre-reqs required for medical school but suppose one had not. Would not taking O-Chem II or Physics II really be detrimental to the overall MCAT testing process? I would think one could learn what was needed to score at least a 22 by self-directed learning via study materials since the MCAT is not really
  10. Maybe I am playing devil's advocate here but I think taking certain courses in the didactic portion of MS1 and MS2 are more or less to prepare students for the board exams. I am speaking of the biochemistry, physiology, histology, etc courses. While I am not a PA, merely a hopeful Pre-PA, I have come to understand that many of the medical school physiology or biochemistry are more in depth that their PA school counterparts. If that is the case, than there is good reason for needing MS1 and MS2. If the needed classes like the aforementioned ones plus the few extra could be slid into MS1 so as t
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