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JohnConner

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  1. $2000/yr and 1 week. Using a portion of it for a conference in Costa Rica in a few weeks.
  2. Solid advice. I throw some meat, potatoes and seasoning in and BAM I'm good to go for the new few days. If you need some ideas, just google "cheap crockpot meals". There's a ton on the web. My first semester I ate out wayyy too much but I've since toned that down with the crockpot. Also, you can't go wrong with PBJs. I probaly do a PBJ with some fruit and yogurt as least a couple of times a week. For breakfast, its usually a protein bar and my coffee. I have a keurig that really comes in handy for as well. At this point in my didactic year, I just see food as sustinace to get me through the day.
  3. Figure I'd post in here since I start PA school in a couple of weeks. Undergrad Ed School: The University of West Florida Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.1 (3.7 last 60 hrs) Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.4 Age at application time : 26 Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) Air Force medic-6000 hrs. Medical assistant-1000 hrs. Hospice patient care volunteer-40 hrs. Shadowing: 8 hrs. I shadowed for exactly one day as a formality to put on my application. Schools Applied: Touro Nevada USA Three of the NOVA programs Harding Barry U EVMS South College Application Submitted Date: 8/20/12 Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) Don't remember Interview Invites: South College, EVMS Denied: All but South College and EVMS Withdrew Application: EVMS-After I was accepted to South College Waitlisted: None Accepted: South College After interviewing and getting accepted to South College, I had no desire to attend the interview at EVMS. I knew South College was the place for me. It was a long hard road to pull my grades up from a 2.3 to a 3.1 but 100% worth it.
  4. Air Force (2007-2011) Aerospace Medical Service (4N0x1) Worked on L&D and CASF
  5. Per ECU: Patient Contact Hours "We require that applicants have at least 250 documented healthcare exposure hours. All hours must be completed by September 1. These hours can be obtained through paid, volunteer or shadowing experiences." If you obtain 150 more hrs as you plan, you would meet the requirement. This is their official requirement so I'm not what they actually prefer but with your GPA, ECU seems like a good place to apply with stellar grades/low HCE since they have pretty lenient minimum requirements for HCE.
  6. LESH, thank you for the links! I tried federal hiring sites and have come up empty handed so far. It looks like there are some great programs in the process of being implemented for veterans working towards becoming physician assistants.
  7. I honestly never thought of my gender as being a disadvantage in my situation but it is a possibility. I have tweaked my resume a little and did a better job of translating my military skills into civilian terms. The CNA route might be a good idea if I can knock out the training in a short amount of time. Thanks!
  8. To the 4N0x1 vets, I was wondering if you guys had any trouble finding a job on the outside once you got out? Currently I am going to school full time and completing pre-reqs for PA school but I'm getting very cash strapped since no one seems to be interested in hiring me. I have applied for medical assistant jobs, emt-b jobs and even physical therapy aide jobs. You'd think employers would love to hire someone with a military medical background but no dice. I know we don't get an official medical assistant certification, but as you know, we did much more in the military then we would be allowed to as a civilian. Honestly, I'm thinking about just finding a job as a server/bartender if I don't get any callbacks. However, I really don't want to lose the skills I learned in the military and have a significant lapse of time in my HCE when I apply to PA schools. If anyone has been in this position, would you be kind enough to share your experience and what you did to mitigate your situation? Sincerely, Matt
  9. To the 4N0x1 vets, I was wondering if you guys had any trouble finding a job on the outside once you got out? Currently I am going to school full time and completing pre-reqs for PA school but I'm getting very cash strapped since no one seems to be interested in hiring me. I have applied for medical assistant jobs, emt-b jobs and even physical therapy aide jobs. You'd think employers would love to hire someone with a military medical background but no dice. I know we don't get an official medical assistant certification, but as you know, we did much more in the military then we would be allowed to as a civilian. Honestly, I'm thinking about just finding a job as a server/bartender if I don't get any callbacks. However, I really don't want to lose the skills I learned in the military and have a significant lapse of time in my HCE when I apply to PA schools. If anyone has been in this position, would you be kind enough to share your experience and what you did to mitigate your situation? Sincerely, Matt
  10. www.tuiu.edu They offer A&P I and II with a lab. They also offer Microbiology with a lab. Also, other prereqs like stats, sociology and physcology. They are regionally accredited by wasc too.
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