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  1. Hi Everyone - Don't be alarmed. We start reviewing admissions files in August and the first set of interviews are normally around the middle of September.
  2. Sure, that's a good idea. It might also be a way to hook up clinically practicing PAs (who may have data but don't know what to do with it) with academic PAs (who can analyze data, but don't necessarily have access to it).
  3. This is a good book. Another good one is Teach Yourself How to Learn by McGuire. She talks about the importance of: 1. looking carefully at lecture objectives 2. multiple contacts with the material (pre-reading, paying attention in lecture, summarizing after lecture) 3. forcing yourself to recall the material (flashcards, self-quizzing, studying with a buddy) Counterintuitively, I have found one of the worst things you can do it re-read and re-read the text over and over again.
  4. It will depend on your personality - you'd probably need to be a little OCD to do only OR and enjoy it. I was in open heart a couple of years, and to be honest it got to be pretty boring. You'll be doing the same procedure, the same way, every day. You know what tomorrow looks like, and next week, and next year. The highlight of the month used to be someone getting shot or stabbed so we could have a little variety in our day.
  5. I had to laugh when I read you post. I was in almost the exact same boat 20 years ago. I was doing 12-14 hours days with an understaffed open heart group. When I told them I was leaving for an ER job, one of the docs asked what it would take to make me stay. I told him that I would be working approximately 100 less days a year in the ER with pretty much the same pay. They couldn't match that.
  6. That's an interesting idea - sort of an "end around." A start would be to incorporate a non-profit and use it to trademark the MCP name. Make it a membership-based non-profit organization, the chief membership requirement being that you have to be a licensed PA. It would draw disgruntled members from AAPA (and now PAFT) and many people might choose to be members of both. This does not have to be an "either/or." There's no reason you couldn't simultaneously be both a "physician's assistant" and an MCP.
  7. It looks like you have pretty solid experience in primary care so that is a big plus. If you have any teaching experience whatsoever - precepting, CPR class, etc - I would find a way to work that in. Look all over the website for both the program and school and try to get a sense of what they value. You will probably speak with folks outside the PA program that will ask about your "scholarly" goals. Do you want to work toward a doctoral degree? What research topics would interest you? Are there any skills/knowledge you possess that lend themselves to service on a committee? If you intend
  8. That might come back to bite them if they ever want to move to another school. You don't need to win a Nobel prize, but if you are serious about a career in academics you need at least a little service and scholarship.
  9. Most places it's utterly important. While it varies from institution to institution, tenure decisions might be made by committees composed of faculty from a wide variety of fields - math, English, philosophy, etc. These folks live in a "publish or perish" world and think everyone one else should, too. Most schools are also baffled about how to calculate workload for faculty in programs like PA where faculty spend hours in hands-on physical diagnosis labs. It just doesn't compute for administrators that came up through other academic fields. Last PAEA report looks like there's just
  10. That's probably better for you. Being off the tenure track generally means you won't have huge research expectations (unless it is something you really want to do).
  11. It would be a barrier to a full-time position at a lot of institutions, but I'd bet you might be able to help out as an adjunct if you are really interested.
  12. I think like a lot of positions, programs most appreciate flexibility. New faculty members will tend to start out teaching bread and butter courses like history taking and physical diagnosis, and also lecturing in upper level courses on topics that you have expertise or a special interest in. You also spend the first couple of years learning the ins and outs of student advising. It's also becoming increasingly important that you have some kind of scholarly agenda. You don't need to be able to cure cancer, but don't get caught flat-footed if they ask you what types of things you might be
  13. Yeah, if you are ever planning on having kids, you'll want an otoscope.
  14. As long as a program has some accreditation status from the ARC-PA at some point while you are enrolled, you will be eligible to take the PANCE. A program cannot seat a class without provisional status. A program that loses its accreditation cannot enroll new students but it is required to "teach out" the students already enrolled. These students can all sit for the PANCE.
  15. In general, people don't survive PA school by being a super-genius. They survive on planning, organization, setting priorities, and good time management. These are all learnable skills. Learning them early can make for a less painful transition to PA school.
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