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  1. Ok, I understand what all of you are going thru but really? lol, you broke down the percentages. My advice, relax, have a beer, listen to some music and RELAX lol. Good luck to everybody. It's a difficult time and you'll get through it.
  2. 1st year all day every day, 2nd year all day every day lol. Seriously, the schedule will change from what is stated on the website so plan to be flexible. They are working PA's teaching so the schedule has to fit their schedules. The faculty will make every attempt but at the end of the day you have to realize you signed up for 2 years so plan accordingly. 1st year class time about 40+ hours per week M-F, study time 60-80 per week. 2nd year clinical rotations M-Th 8-10 hours per day or more but at the least 32 hours then Friday class time will vary according to the needs of the class. 2nd year if the clinic is open then your expected to be there. It's worth it though all the blood, sweat and tears, its still worth it.
  3. 1st year all day every day, 2nd year all day every day lol. Seriously, the schedule will change from what is stated on the website so plan to be flexible. They are working PA's teaching so the schedule has to fit their schedules. The faculty will make every attempt but at the end of the day you have to realize you signed up for 2 years so plan accordingly. 1st year class time about 40+ hours per week M-F, study time 60-80 per week. 2nd year clinical rotations M-Th 8-10 hours per day or more but at the least 32 hours then Friday class time will vary according to the needs of the class. 2nd year if the clinic is open then your expected to be there. It's worth it though all the blood, sweat and tears, its still worth it.
  4. Need any recent grads to show up? I'll be available Nov 3rd if you do just let me know.
  5. I don't really know of anyway to speed up the process or everybody would be trying to fast track their license app. Here in California it took 6 weeks to get mine but I was held up by the fact that I had 6 different state nursing license to verify and one of those took 5 weeks to mail the verification to Cali (but they cashed the check 3 days after I mailed it lol). You can call to see if there is anything lacking I guess, I emailed the board here after 4 weeks and got a response a couple days later.
  6. Whoever told you that concerning the nursing route was wrong. I was a nurse and when to PA school and I know several nurses that did the same. If it was a nursing program that told you that then how do the dissuade nurses from going to NP school? One thing you will learn is the academic world of nursing is not very fond of PA's, they would rather see nurses going into NP school as opposed to PA school. Nursing is a good route to PA school, along with Respiratory Therapy, Paramedic and Radiology tech (the last one I've only met one other person that chose this route). If I had to start all over my route would Paramedic, Nursing then Respiratory as my top 3 with the only reason choosing Paramedic over Nursing would be the wait list to get into a nursing program (I'm not sure if Paramedic school has the same). If your in an advance program (in high school I'm assuming) then start by getting the general ed classes out of the way until you figure out what major you want to pursue and you should be able to use "undecided" as your major for the time being to at least get signed up for classes. Hope this helps a little and good luck in your future PA-s endeavors.
  7. Having lived through the faculty getting their "corrective actions report" ready for the ARC-PA, I can attest to their drive to push this little program to succeed. One thing you will learn about the PD is he takes this program personal, it's not a job it's not a career, it's a passion for him. Took me 2 years to figure it out but I understand the meaning behind his 1st question to me in my interview "why should I let you in MY program". I wouldn't worry with accreditation, it will be there if you make it in and through, the faculty will make sure of that. If I had it to do all over I would not hesitate to go back to SJVC, it was my 1st choice 2 years ago and would be my 1st choice again if faced with it.
  8. I would like to ask one question that is off topic, I'm sure you passionate in your beliefs. You say your in PA school and yet you find the time to post A LOT of stuff on here, when I was in PA school my time on this board was maybe 1-2 times per month, maybe your just a better student than me but seems you have an awful lot of free time on your hands....just sayin.
  9. since you think those are such modest results and they are insignificant lets look at it from a dollars standpoint. PNA average length of stay 4.47 days, cost avg $16,959 per pt at 86 pts is $ 1,457,614 saved CAD avg LOS 4.6, avg cost $18,000 at 141 pts is $2,538,000 saved CVA avg LOS 6.7, avg cost $18,000 at 29pt is $435,000 saved CHF avg LOS 6.2, avg cost $22,076 at 72 pt is $1,589,472 saved Total saved from your less than 1% decrease is just over $6,000,000.00 That 0.3 percent your screaming about adds up pretty fast huh?
  10. Is it just me or doesn't the article you posted and claim that is shows the vac's don't work but the authors of the article state in their conclusion that the evidence does support the findings that increased vac's rate in elderly decrease risk: conclusions In the elderly, vaccination against influenza is associated with reductions in the risk of hospitalization for heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and pneumonia or influenza as well as the risk of death from all causes during influenza seasons. These findings highlight the benefits of vaccination and support efforts to increase the rates of vaccination among the elderly. You can cherry pick at the numbers but these folks : Kristin L. Nichol, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., James Nordin, M.D., M.P.H., John Mullooly, Ph.D., Richard Lask, M.D., Kelly Fillbrandt, B.S., and Marika Iwane, Ph.D. seem to think their evidence supports efforts to improved vaccination among elderly pts to decrease risk. Talk about whatever table or number or 1/2 percent of a donkey arse but this is their conclusion, the wrote it, they did the numbers and they decided this was the results. You can throw out big words all you want but the article supports vaccination. Period, end of the discussion.
  11. You have just proven yourself to be completely blind to the advances in medicine and I sincerely fear the damage you may cause to your future patients. Much of your rhetoric suggest that you are not a current PA student due to the lack of understanding in the overall approach to patient care. Preventative medicine is discussed at great length in PA school, diet, exercise and decreasing at risk behaviors (ie. smoking ETOH abuse, drug abuse) is at the basis of everything we are taught. Your lack of knowledge of this suggest that you are not as you portray yourself and therefore lose all credibility in my opinion. Oh, surgical intervention is curative for cancer when detected early, case in point, my mother diagnosed renal cell carcinoma, had nephrectomy, tumor was confined to the kidney and has been cancer free for 15 years. Seems curative to me, in her case.
  12. So 6 articles written by the same guy and over 10 years old is the basis for your argument? rBHG in Milk: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/OtherCarcinogens/AtHome/recombinant-bovine-growth-hormone Nuclear power plants: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110712093844.htm ( I understand this is discussing childhood cancers but I believe we can all agree that children are more sensitive to radiation effects) Nuclear power cont: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/nuclear-facilities (older study that disproves overall cancer risk) The Pill: Research has shown there is a slight increase in risk with oral contraceptive use but not as much risk as 1st degree relative history, early/late menarche, nulliparous and late 1st pregnancy >35yrs of age. All these put the pt at more risk than BC. Mammogram risk: http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q4720.html ; http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mammogram-guidelines/AN02052 cites study in Sweden of 1 million women who received mammogram screening was noticed 29% decrease in breast cancer related deaths. That's 290,000 women, pretty dang significant especially if one of those were your mom, wife, sister or daughter.
  13. ok once again because evidently you did not understand the previous 2 post. Everybody in the town i was working in of about 100,000 people with only one emergency room got flu vac's that year. They had such a big push in our town to encourage people to get the vac and we noticed a drop in patient census during flu season due to this increased in vaccination rates during this time period. Ok, let me restate that, our flu season census dropped because of the increased vaccination rates for the flu and h1n1 so we did not see the number of patients in the er c/o uri type symptoms or flu that year. In my own meager observation i would attribute this decrease in overall er visits being directly related to the improved compliance with vaccination recommendations.
  14. Evidently you have never worked in an ER during flu season, there is a reason they beef up staffing ratios during this time of year.
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