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  1. My advice to you is to be absolutely stellar on the rotation without crossing the line of annoying. Be well-read on the cases and be Johnny/Jennie on the spot in terms of making the Doc see how adding a PA could be beneficial. If it doesn't come up organically during the rotation, I'd hold off until one of your last days to broach the subject. If that group isn't necessarily looking but you come across as someone they'd want to work with, they may have a colleague in mind to reach out to when you're finishing up with PA school. Hardest part of trying to get a gig while in training is you don't really know your timeline. There's very much an out of sight/out of mind aspect once you're no longer on rotation although not as applicable to you since you've worked for them previously as a MA.
  2. You don't want to keep typing the full words Physician Assistant. Character count is valuable and you don't want to waste it on unnecessary words. Just introduce it as Physician Assistant (PA) the first time and then use PA from then on out. Some would argue you don't even need to introduce what the term PA stands for as your audience will all be PA faculty but writing it as I outlined above is what most do. Best of luck.
  3. I think you answered your own question in my opinion. Let the program that recently accepted you know you want to gain clinical experience for the next year but look forward to applying again in the next admissions cycle. Of course a bird in hand is worth two in the bush and an acceptance this year doesn't guarantee acceptance next year but your stats look great pending your patient contact hours, LORs and personal statement. That said, internet strangers won't be able to weigh in much in terms of what is your best choice.
  4. Agree with Ral. Have a good explanation about why you're leaving for your interview and plan for a goal of being at the next gig for 2X the first so that you don't raise red flags of someone who jumps ship. If you find a great gig at the 9-10 month mark, don't pass it up simply because you haven't hit the full year mark for your first job. Beauty of job searching for the second gig is you can land interviews that aren't open to new grads. On top of that, you know the questions to ask and have a steady paycheck to be able to pass on poor offers.
  5. I'd set up an appt with your school's registrar. They'll be transfer credits, for CASPA you'd follow the same directions for CLEP courses on CASPA but you need your current school to accept the credits and have them on your college's transcript. Then through CASPA, you'd list them under your current school (University of XX instead of JST). No grade gets assigned.
  6. Long story short, the hospital I work for in Virginia has decided to move towards only interviewing/hiring NPs. The rationale: NPs don't require supervision or co-signature. State law says PAs need 5% of their charts co-signed, hospital policy is 100% and have in turn used that policy to change the status quo. Cautionary tale comes in two forms, the first being the obvious that the time for a name change is upon us. As long as the name assistant is associated with our profession, this will continue to happen across the country. The second cautionary tale is the need for a pile of 'F-U money' on hand. When I precept soon-to-be PA graduates, I tell them to tuck away $10,000 in a high yield savings account and never touch it. Start this with your very first paycheck. This is your "hell no, I'm not doing that" fund for piece of mind that you can leave any toxic position without worry because you'll likely be able to find another gig while you live off of that money. Fortunately I practice what I preach and had the flexibility to walk away without being forced to stay with a team heading in a direction I don’t agree with.
  7. It's been a few years since I applied so this might be dated info. I ended up transferring those military transcripts to my 4 year college. I went back and forth with CASPA and there was no way to upload it directly. Once my 4 yr college accepted the credits, it was on my official college transcript.
  8. The volunteering position likely won't have much teaching or support if it's as busy as other free clinics I've worked with earlier in my career. Paid urgent care or Primary Care work supplementing the vein job would be ideal for you. A lot of SPs will claim to teach, but when push comes to shove, they're about the bottom line of making money so you end up pigeon-holing yourself into doing what you initially are good at. This often means the pre/post-procedure patients as I mentioned above. Only you can answer if it'll be a good opportunity for you. Biggest pieces of advice I have: don't sign for any time obligation have a clear understanding of the pay structure once you're up and running have a clear understanding of procedure training. Becoming comfortable with the ultrasound and sterile technique takes time and you want to make sure that's known up front identify a calendar of learning objectives and set up monthly sit downs with the SP to ensure you're actually getting some teaching and not just doing the scut work keep looking for the next gig because this likely won't be your be-all/end-all Hope that helps.
  9. You're taking residency pay without getting the perks of a residency (formal teaching environment, networking opportunities, certificate of completion). You're going to end up doing underpaid scut work in a very niche sub-field. My PRN job is exactly what you're describing, vein procedures in an IR practice. Unless you demonstrate confidence and a level of comfort in the procedure suite (confidence that stems from prior work experience), you're not going to be given the green light to do the procedures. You'll end up doing pre-procedure/post-procedure follow up and possible Botox injections. As a new graduate who is already feeling shaky, having your skills atrophy will be a big disservice to you. As was mentioned in your previous posting, post-PA residency is your best bet. I'm not sure what you're home life situation is in terms of not being able to move, but a year residency is a drop in the bucket in terms of length of time for your overall PA career.
  10. Neurology - 10 months. Reasons for leaving: Combination of I didn't feel like I was making much of a difference with my patient's and a terrible supervising physician made for a rough combination. Left for UC and have been doing that for the last few years. Will likely split my time working UC and teaching in the upcoming few years.
  11. It's certainly creative, and you have a very interesting story for what attracted you to the PA field. As someone who reviews and grades admission essays, a poem is too far off of the beaten path in my opinion. My honest first thought if this were submitted to me for review would be "this person failed to read the actual essay prompt". There's a lot of room for creativity with the personal narrative, but it should really be in true essay form. That said, there's usually an interesting piece of literature or prose at the end of the JAAPA, the Journal of the Academy of PAs. You should consider submitting this once you've successfully interviewed (published as MaNamezJeff, PA-S) for that publication. All the best.
  12. Some really great remarks in the comment section of the piece by a gentleman with the UN Peter B (not being facetious). He is both a PA and a medical malpractice attorney. Well written, thought out responses to the PA bashing nonsense without getting into heated arguments about semantics. I truly hope he is involved with AAPA lobbying efforts, PAs For Tomorrow as well as discussions with government representatives because the profession needs more folks like Peter B sounding off loud and clear to the general public.
  13. Your pre-exam scores look good. It's most likely a combination of exam jitters and talking yourself out of right answers. Have you taken practice tests through NCCPA? You don't get feedback on the actual answers (at least you didn't when I used them to study years ago), but you can get breakdowns of various things like how well you score in each section as well as if you turned right answers into wrong ones. Biggest piece of advice I'd have for you is you need to change something based on how you've performed the last two go-rounds. When taking practice tests, you need to understand the how/why and not just what the right answer is. You need to study the differences between disease states or medications rather than the similarities. Familiarize yourself with how questions are written. Look at your past PANCE score breakdown Using https://www.nccpa.net/examscontentbporgans, create a list from most to least common organ system. Cards, GI, Pulm and MSK make up a whopping 48% of the exam. Master these sections Compare your PANCE score breakdown to your new list of organ systems and grind them out
  14. Send an email declining the offer. Yesterday isn't soon enough. Reasons are listed above but the big ones that stand out to me: Salary in an UC setting doesn't work to your benefit. Hourly is the way to be. Any extra time you spend seeing patients/charting is on the clock and paid in full 4 year contract?! Not a chance. A year at best and even then I'd be very hesitant Solo new-grad PA in UC. Bad news bears. You need support. You need direction/teaching. Patient's don't present like Up-To-Date tells us they do. Being solo in the UC setting as a new grad is a recipe for disaster Hasn't ever hired a PA before. My first gig out of PA school was joining a team that had never hired a PA before. I spent that first year trying to defend what I could do with my license. Was given lip service over the teaching, but that eventually fizzled out and my schedule got packed quickly Your goal is the ED, wait for a gig in the ED. Better yet, take the pay cut for a residency and don't look back.
  15. Maybe I missed something, but I don't see any nurses chiming in. I see a collection of board certified PAs pointing out what was perceived to be misinformation regarding imaging recommendations. You didn't specify your statement of 'Bread and butter of low back pain is to have x-rays, it is the initial study of choice and standard of care learned first day of medical training' didn't apply to "all back pain"'. An internet forum can only go off of what is posted. Rather than attacking your esteemed colleagues who simply posted to continue an educational conversation, you could have clarified your position for the sake of continuing the conversation.
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