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About AlmostDone2011

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  1. Ultimately I think the biggest difference is maturity. The more experienced people I think are the most focused and take rotations more seriously. There are people in my class with no experience and people with significant experience... Academically we are the same. Some of the people with significant experience are more comfortable talking to patients, the rooms, instruments, procedures... As for procedures... Your preceptors don't know your level of experience and even if you tell them they might not care. If you are comfortable right now drawing blood for example, don't do it for a year and a half and go back and do it and trust me its not like jumping back on bicycle. You have to do it to maintain your skills.
  2. I'm planning on going to the Las Vegas conference. However since my Bankroll is dwindling and I'm going to be just about to start an awesome rotation I didn't want to spend the whole week in vegas. Does anyone know when the best time to be at the conference is? As someone who is graduating in August do you think it is beneficial for finding a job?
  3. I bought it. I was just going to get the book but this app was only a few dollars more. Use after reading certain chapters. I've gone through review books for neuro for example and then I'll go through the neuro questions if I dont understand something i go back and read about it. Kindof a waste if you get it before PA school since you havent reviewed alot of the basics yet. I think it only helps if you have already studied all the information first and most beneficial after you are reviewing things again for block exams or pance/panre.
  4. I'm at philadelphia university and there are 10 cadavers per 50 students. The student do all the dissections from July to December.
  5. I am at the half way point of rotations and I'm actively research jobs and getting opinions about what some of my best options are. I did a great CT surgery rotation where I spent 75% of the time in the operating room and 25% in the CCU... I loved it. There were PAs who were mostly CCU or OR and some that were 50/50. I'm interested in being 50/50. I talked to many of them of how they got involved and most of them said they got into it after graduating and sortof fell into it. I felt there being a huge learning in both settings and for almost every job I have seen online they require 2-5 years experience in CT prior. I've certainly thought about residency in surgery but I'd like to explore options without being in a formal residency. Anyone have any suggestions for places positions that take new grads/teach, or do I need to take whatever surgery job I can get and work my way up from there? thank you
  6. my one elective was in Cardiothoracic. awesome rotation. It was half cardiac surgery and half CCU. Learn alot of cardiology and care of the cardiac/pulmonary patient in the unit. We were also in charge of ecmo patients. Great learning experience if youre planning on going into surgery, critical care, cardiology, etc. our 2nd elective is no longer available. It is now "long term care"...
  7. I had 45k in the bank before PA school that I saved from working and living at home and not driving a nice car or going on Vaca... Seeing that I'm looking at 8 months left I can honestly say that it has been nice to be pretty secure. With that said... I honestly wish i had bought a nice car or done a few more things before school... While in school my car broke down multiple times including once the first day of a rotation. Had I financed something new this would have never happened and I would have overall saved more and ultimately had less of a headache. I have to say I've had alot of unplanned expenses that I didnt have added into my excel budget I built before starting (about 5k the first year). Ultimately you find yourself going out more then you plan to and needing more things then planned. To give everyone an Idea, Of the 45k I will ultimately be at about $5000 by graduation but I've only taken out for the tuition.
  8. completely uneccessary to spend 900-1200 dollars... I think I may have spent 250 at amazon my first semester (then sold back a bunch)... There are some text that are useful but not neccessary.... some are just the same information presented differently.. check them out at the bookstore and see which ones work best for you...
  9. school is much easier then I thought, but I also work alot at it.
  10. not necessary, dont be that guy with the ipad in class
  11. shadowing for 2000-2500 hours?? really? What kind of Health care training?
  12. What kind of Grades are needed for Residency?
  13. Look at the rest of the school. Do they have other provisional programs? My dad went there 30 years ago. The school has certainly been around. I wouldnt suggest it as your first pick but as a last ditch school safety school go for it.
  14. People against the P. Associate change, with huge egos, and undying support for the profession... Assuming it takes a few years for their to be a transition in change, I'm going to go ahead and bet that many like mr. funk will be the first to promote the change by introducing themselves as physician associate to any of their patients (along with adding it into their "trimmings" )... while many others wont be making the change obvious as they will still continue introduce themselves as PA!
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