rev ronin

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  1. You're going to be running a marathon, emotionally, intellectually, and socially, for about 27 months. Are you ready to do that? If not, you need to shore up what's going to impair you. Studying to learn content is likely a waste of time and effort, but studying to get in the habit of studying is time well spent. Likewise, if you're going to spend time with loved ones before you slam the door in their faces, you need to have readied them for that eventuality. I handed in my laptop and employee ID the day before PA school orientation started. My family survived PA school intact. I saw my first patient 4 weeks after graduation--offer 8 weeks before graduation, credentialing, PANCE, DEA, and state license all done as fast as possible. I prefer my way.
  2. Remember, LOTS of successful PAs didn't get in their first time applying, your truly included. Sounds like you're hitting all the right areas for someone who got no interviews: GPA, HCE, LORs. Volunteering and shadowing I don't think are quite as important. Don't overlook mock interviewing! I probably could have gotten 1-2 more acceptances my second year if I'd interviewed better. When you DO get an interview, don't do anything less than your best possible, and that means practicing mock questions, however phrased, until you're blue in the face. Know the PA profession, why you don't want to be anything else, what you'll do if not admitted this cycle, why this particular school, and how to answer tough ethics questions awesomely.
  3. Pacific was module-based, so you were often doing 6-7 2-3 week modules a semester. I liked that better, because you ate, slept, and breathed e.g. nephrology for that entire time, from A&P, pathophys, pharmacology... everything about that system consumed you for the two or three weeks you were doing it. Still, yeah, it doesn't feel like much of a break to finish the module final exam on Friday, get the afternoon off, and hit the ground running on Monday. That's the hardest part: the stamina to keep doing it every. single. week.
  4. Asystole. Asystole is definitely too late.
  5. Moral of the story: Put call compensation in your contract, if you're in a specialty that takes call. Get it out up front, so that if they do WANT you to take call, there's a pre-agreed price tag, and them refusing to pay it is a state labor law violation.
  6. 1. A regionally accredited one. 2. One that allows you to include all outstanding PA prerequisites, including classes you've previously taken but need to take again due to elapsed time. 3. One that gives you net earning power: that will increase your earning power BEFORE PA school to the greatest extent, while costing the least in the process. 4. One where you can continue working for PCE and making money. Beyond that, it should all be personal preference.
  7. You have very little free time in PA school, but you will have some freedom in how you spend it. Many of my classmates took weekends off to hike or ski; I did most of my studying on weekends so I could spend time with my kids during the week. You have to prioritize for you... but realize if you do it badly, you could be harming your chances of success.
  8. We've been getting push back on PSG's rather than HST's for patients with high probability of obstructive sleep apnea, with a history consistent with restless legs and/or periodic limb movements. From my standpoint, that's not a big deal, because we're still filling our lab capacity, and we can treat people MUCH quicker with an HST. I haven't actually run the numbers (I try to stay out of it, but after a career at Intel, I can't NOT know these things) but I'm pretty certain that HST's are more profitable than PSG's as well.
  9. The challenge with statements like this is it's almost even odds whether the administrator in question is correct, or just making stuff up because they are either 1) lazy, or 2) don't feel like explaining.
  10. The RPSGTs read and score the studies but neither they nor I can get paid for doing so--just the board certified sleep doc, who does his reads remotely. So yes--all of that, plus new patient intake, education, iron studies for RLS/PLMD, and a few other things. We've gone from a HST mill to a full-service sleep center in less than a year, and hope to be adding pediatric polysomnography next year...
  11. Colin was advised, privately, to not promote his services. He is now disinvited from the site for lying about what he was told.
  12. I find it very emotionally positive: I see people get better every single day. Not always, but CPAP is a clearly beneficial therapy. It takes some art to tease out what's really going on with the patients sometimes, but by and large it's safe, effective, beneficial medicine. I sleep well each night--not just because I got a CPAP myself, but because it's everything I want in medicine: helping people live better, reasonable work/life balance, autonomy...
  13. I think you misspelled 'traditional'. A non-traditional PA student is one under 30; a traditional PA school student has been working as a nurse, paramedic, or corpsman for 5+ years. OP, in addition to last X schools (where X is 30, 45 or 60), you should also look to schools that prefer candidates with a lot of HCE hours. UW MEDEX comes to mind, but there are many scattered around the US--look for ones that still have a bachelor's option (don't take it, apply for masters' programs only), and/or describes their average student as having 4,000+ HCE hours. You don't have to compete with the kids who've done nothing but mind their GPAs. You do have to get over the hurdles, but once there you're going to be at a big advantage.
  14. What is a gap year? Sounds like a medical school thing. If you want to be a physician, take a gap year and apply to MD/DO school. If you want to be a PA, get your hands into direct patient care as an EMT, MA, or something else involving direct patient care. Also, get direct patient care--see if you actually want to be in direct patient care for an entire career of direct patient care. Did I mention direct patient care?