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GeneValgene

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  1. solid/competitive offer for new grad. did you end up taking it?
  2. found this shirt hilarious :) http://teespring.com/911narcan
  3. relax, take a vacation, no studying before PA school please :)
  4. pretty sure the photo was just taken in jest. anyhow, i was a male minority in my class, but wouldn't have changed it for the world. had a blast and made great friends. just thought the photo was funny :)
  5. @REMPAC thanks so much for the response and heads up. i'm trying to apply for a transplant position at the columbia site. what type of work are you doing there? you like it?
  6. curious if any of you who work at new york presbyterian can chime in on how you like it there, and a bit about the interview process. have a screening phone interview coming up and thought i'd see if any forum members can give me some of insight :) cheers!
  7. better get used to it. that's how it is in the working world. having a thick skin is a prerequisite to being a PA or NP :)
  8. QFT if too good to be true, it's probably too good to be true
  9. IMHO, if i were to do that it would be misleading...PhD's who graduated from my 'college of medicine' never say they went to 'medical school'. when someone says they went to medical school, there is an implicit thought that the person is a physician. you're right that technically you are telling the truth, but i just don't think that's good for patients or others when describing the profession. in the same way, i don't like it when doctorate nurse practitioners refer to themselves as 'doctor' in clinical settings. sure, they are telling the truth, but due to the connotation of the word doc
  10. ^^ this. i agree. from a GI perspective, helps when we get consulted and the CT is already performed with contrast. sucks if it's not appendicitis, and then we're called to see the patient and then stuck with a CT without contrast which is useless a lot of times
  11. yikes...reading through this thread makes me realize how lucky i am. in general docs i work with have been so nice. however i do work in houston - there are so many PAs running around this city that most docs are socialized to them. there are the occasional docs who hate mid-levels, but in general everyone is used to them. in fact, i can't tell you how many docs have asked me to help them find a PA! let me tell you, if you ever need a job as a PA houston is the place to be haha there are some hospitals i have access to the physician lounge, and other hospitals where my badge doesn't w
  12. how's the PA market out in denver by the way? it'd be a dream to be able to move out there for me :)
  13. no job is perfect, and it's always what you make of it *shrug* with that said if you're young, and you want to do medicine, better off going to med school for me, i did the PA thing, and i'm happy good luck!
  14. not sure about the time limit on prereqs - might want to review the website or contact the admissions office... in terms of the clinicals, most of your core rotations are done in the med center. internal medicine, surgery, and ER are done at the Michael E Debakey VA Medical Center or Ben Taub General Hospital...you'll rotate with the med students. some of the other outpatient rotations are done out in the community and can be located in houston and surrounding areas, or other parts of texas.
  15. i work in a different setting, but know how you feel. school is nothing like real life. i just graduated too, and have been only working two months. there are days i am scared out of my mind at work because i feel so clueless - so i still staff EVERYTHING with my attending. i feel for you, because your situation stinks that your SP isn't accessible to you. my encouragement is to never make decisions beyond your means, and always ask for help if you need it-which sounds like what you're already doing. i tell myself it's better for me to look like an idiot or be annoying than to ever pu
  16. my perspective is that of a new graduate who has only been working two months. i left a higher paying job and took a paycut to become a PA. i would say all in all i am happy. as opposed to many others here, i do work much less than my SP. however, i still work at least 60 hours a week, and about 80 hours when i'm on call...and i do not get lunch breaks. sometimes no time to pee too! i think the only thing that would make me more happy with my job is if i knew what i was doing. i am still completely clueless, and i still staff EVERYTHING with my SP. i am learning so much, but i wish
  17. yea...your whole future determined by one single exam...step 1...with no retakes! imagine that - your whole life determined by one day of testing. talk about pressure haha with that said...go to med school! you are young!
  18. i know you don't know me, but i am a firm supporter of holistic and oriental medicine (i am asian by the way). some of my best friends are acupuncturists...and for fear of revealing my identity, the founder of the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine is a close family friend. however, if you go directly to david klein's website, he basically shuns and belittles conventional medicine. he goes on to present his diet as a panacea for almost all GI issues. irresponsible at best, and at worst dangerous. check out this quote here: i'm all for holistic healing, b
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