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  1. When PAs speak of a glass ceiling I don't believe they mean in knowledge, I think they mean promotions into leadership positions and salary. There are PA's who research but it's not as common and MDs as you know. So let me ask you this, do you think you'd be happy with a purely clinical job? Because that is what most PAs do. If the answer is yes then go for PA. If you think you'd be dissatisfied not spending most of your time in research then I think you have your answer. I personally dont think the money should be a driving factor. You will live a comfortable life on a PA salary if you are r
  2. Most non-medical people are so frazzled in emergencies that they immediately accept anyone who looks calm and like they might have answers.
  3. I think comparing a PA to an attending is not looking at the whole story. You must also compare the PA to the medical student, the intern, the resident etc. There's a lot to be said about being a physician, but are you willing to go through medical school and a surgical residency? Is it worth the eighty hour weeks? Only you know the answer to that. For me it's a resounding hell no. Another thing to consider is practice environment. Maybe you'd get the professional respect you'd desire in a different specialty like FM, or a more rural setting where you are one of the few providers. It's quite
  4. I will go to paramedic school regardless. What I am trying to ascertain is if I should pursue PA afterwards (fulltime school/work at the same time) or go for the career department. I should have qualified that it does have to be either or, because the rotating shift of the career dept is not conducive to taking a bunch of science courses with labs (which I will need since I am not competitive currently for PA)
  5. Hello, I am a 25 year old full time EMT at a private company. I have 30 credits with a ton of W's and a 2.2 GPA. Due to my low amount of credits I know I can get it up, likely by completing an additional 120 credits. Luckily these were at a community college so I only owe roughly 9k so far. I was recently accepted into a free 24 month paramedic program. It is tuition free due to my work with the volunteer fire department. This program is ran by the career fire department, and the program director said if you pass the course and have no criminal background it is essentially an automatic in to
  6. I'm not a PA and cannot weigh in on this for you. But imo you have given out too specific of information and should consider editing your posts to protect your anonymity.
  7. Thank you Rev. Can you expand on what else adcoms would want to see? I'm confident I can get to atleast a 3.2, and I was planning on taking additional lab courses outside of the pre-reqs to illustrate my ability to succeed in science. Is there anything else I should be doing?
  8. I can definitely see how treating unstable patients in the field as a paramedic would given one a good foundation for EM. But I'm asking more if it's necessary for admissions given my situation. If I get into PA school I will gun for a residency. So I am less concerned about HCE (I already have over 2000 hours as an EMT) and more concerned about getting my foot in the door.
  9. Hello good people. I am currently a 25 year old EMT working fulltime and I want to go to PA school. I have about 36 credits and a 2.47 GPA with 12 W's. I know my transcript sucks! I was just a dumb kid; no death in the family or learning disability, I just had zero direction or discipline. Twice I got depressed about my grades and dropped out completely, hence all the Ws. I think I am quite intelligent, but when I was a teenager I was more concerned with partying and girls than school. But I am willing to put the work in and start from scratch. If I complete another 120 credits with good grad
  10. Do anesthesia assistants practice in your state? That might coincide with your interests more than practicing as a PA.
  11. I'm glad this is being discussed. The debt to income ratio is a serious problem once you start owing six figures to the banks before you bought a house. I am starting paramedic school with the intention of eventually going to PA school. My local fire department (which is at a critical shortage of paramedics) is starting medics at 50K a year with full benefits. The first promotion beyond that is almost $70k. This program only costs me $8,000. If I continue to PA school it's out of a passion for medicine, not for the money. Caveat emptor undergrads!
  12. The military is not for everyone. Religion aside many hold political beliefs that do not coincide with military service. As for the ad hominem attack I am "making things happen" by working full-time on an ambulance accumulating HCE and going to school full-time. Just because the military was the right choice for you doesn't make it the right choice for me. And you can call the cost of living rising faster than wages "making excuses" and I can call that a rather lazy straw man argument.
  13. The military comprises 1% of the population. A great option for those who qualify but not good for those who do have no interest in serving, are physically unfit, political/religious beliefs that do not allign etc. I'm a millennial living with my mom because I cannot afford to live alone, and I work fulltime as an EMT. I make $1200 a month after taxes and in my county you are lucky to find a one bedroom apartment for that much. I could move to a cheaper area and have a horrendous commute to school and have absolutely no financial security as I would live paycheck to paycheck. All Im saying is
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