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  1. I just called and was told the interview slots are full at this time, and that the only way that would change is if someone cancelled their interview and then they would send out an invite to someone on the wait list. Not great news but also good to be informed on the reality of the situation. Best of luck to everyone who is in the application process at other schools as well!
  2. wow have you heard anything else Kyle T? Are you going to wait it out or apply to other programs this cycle?
  3. I’m in the same boat as far as receiving an interview and then have it rescinded. Do you guys think they’ll delay the start date or that we should just rule out this program ? I was really excited about this one. I want to live in So Cal ; )
  4. Thanks everyone! I just think it is a much harder choice when you are super practical (like me), and come from a higher paying job vs most PA students that come from a med tech job etc. where it is a no-brainer financially. This will definitely be a lateral move for me financially--maybe even a step down once you consider the loss of potential income for 2 years. However, sometimes you have to suppress your practical side and say "life is short--I'm going to follow my passions"...and with that mantra I think it is clear that I need to go to school. Thanks for all the input!
  5. Greetings All-- Asking for some advice here: I'm a 27 yo female and have been accepted to PA school that starts the end of this summer. The program is pretty affordable: 45k and with cost of living I'll be looking at roughly 90k in debt for the 2 years. I also just got a promotion at my sales job this year where I will be making between 90-100k. If it were you, would you: A. go to PA school now since I've already gotten accepted and gone through the hell that is the CASPA application. PA is something I've always wanted to do, and I know would be more fulfilling than sales OR B. Work this sales job for a couple years, save up $$, and then reapply in a couple years and be able to pay for school up front instead of taking out loans Also, I'm single and mobile right now. Not sure if it's going to stay that way for the next 2 or 3 years. Any advice is appreciated from those out there living the PA life! Thanks!
  6. Thanks so much for all the replies everyone! Any and all insight is appreciated! Also, it does seem backwards that there's so much more money in sales than for the actual providers
  7. Thanks for this insight Bruce. You definitely make some good points. I may be mistaken to think that once I'm done with the 25 months of school, it's all downhill from there, but sounds like the first couple years of working are also stressful as you're acclimating to a new job and adjusting to a higher level of responsibility. Important things to consider.
  8. This is great insight rpackelly. I have wondered if being a PA would be worth the emotional stress that would come along with knowing if I make a mistake I could kill someone versus what I do now. What if you're having an off day, or didn't get enough sleep the night before, and you make a mistake at the expense of your patient? Human error is inevitable, and this thought does scare me. However, I know there are specialities like derm, etc. that are perhaps less life-threatening but also hard to get into. I'm shadowing a derm PA in the next couple weeks, so hopefully I can get some better insight into that speciality. To be transparent, I made $90k this past year at my sales job, so I'm not sure of the finances make sense once you factor in school + cost of living loans for 2 years, and loss of income during that time. My main motiavtors to go back to school are that the work would be fulfilling and interesting, and being able to work part time when I have children. However, your comment about part time being 40/hours a week once you factor in charting does concern me. What about doing virtual visits? Do any PAs work from home doing this? I would hope there would be options as medicine continues to advance. My goal is to have a flexible career I can continue after having a family. Thanks!
  9. Thank you for the replies! I'm going to shadow more ASAP to get a better idea of the reality of the profession. Any body else with comments/experience please weigh in!
  10. Greetings All, Hoping for a little insight here from those who are PAs and understand the opportunities available today and in the future. I currently work on the business side of healthcare: I'm in business development for the corporate health sector of a hospital system. It's actually a pretty cool job: I sell things like onsite clinics, bundled surgery packages, etc. to employers to aid them in lowering their health care costs. Also, the pay is great. I got into PA school to start in May, but I'm having a hard time with the idea of leaving my high salary to take out student loans (I have some savings but will still need some), to go back to school for 2 years. I have no debt right now and have been enjoying my life : ) My motivation would be that PA would be a more interesting and fulfilling career than sales, and that it would be something I could do part time when I'm a mom someday. However I've read a lot about burn out and with what the ACA has done to the healthcare industry, I'm wondering if I should stay on the business side of health care instead of going clinical. Anybody have any similar experiences or insight? Would appreciate any feedback! Thanks! Emily
  11. Hi everyone--i deferred from last year and will be attending this May! Can someone please message me the facebook group link?
  12. Thanks for the insight lchernof! So what specialty did you end up working in? What is your plan on entering the profession later down the road?
  13. For past students of this program: can you offer any idea of total cost of attending this program (including all fees)? Also, if anyone can give input on the cost of living in the area per year that would also be helpful as I'm trying to create a budget. Thank you!
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