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  1. We have had students take courses online with the University of New England. They have said they were tough but they generally enjoyed them.
  2. I would not worry too much - burn surgery can be a pretty rough first surgery to see depending upon the extent of the injury. Most other surgeries the person is so heavily draped you might not even know there is a person under there.
  3. We do business casual as well. Students can make really bad decisions related to appropriate attire and we'd like to address them before they hit rotations.
  4. Every student who goes through a hard patch feels like they are the only student having a hard time. There are always others in the class that feel the same way, even if they hide it a little better. Many people who come to PA school have been very high performing students and have never really struggled before. I've long felt that students who struggle a little in school turn into really good clinicians. Learning to deal with adversity is a valuable skill, and it will serve you well in your career. If you need study skills help, read Teach Yourself How to Learn by McGuire.
  5. I kept up my NREMT through PA school. Not sure if this is still the case, but I was able to use most of my classes for recert hours.
  6. Anyone looking for wisdom coming out of any politician or political party these days is likely to be disappointed. Sadly it seems that that are trying to outdo one another in plumbing new depths of absurdity.
  7. This is certainly nothing new. I while back I met someone with a family member that processed claims in the insurance industry. They were basically told to deny every 10th claim without even looking at it. I imagine there is some percentage of these a practice writes off without a fight and it is free money for the insurance company. I'd imagine things are pretty much the same, except now it might be every 3rd claim.
  8. Back in the day, I got the Welch Allyn set with the metal handle. Buy once, cry once. It will last forever. You can literally drive nails with the handle (in sheetrock, anyway). Someday if you have kids you will use the otoscope a few times a year.
  9. That's a decent GPA. I would not worry too much. In keeping with the thread theme, people with really low GPAs need to recognize if a low GPA is your problem you need to address it directly. To borrow an analogy from academia, building your credentials for PA school is like making a three-legged stool. If your "GPA leg" is too short, and all you do it make the "experience leg" longer, the stool is still going to topple over. Focusing solely on building experience when your GPA is your primary problem is like buying hemorrhoid cream when you have a headache. It's nice to have, but it doesn't help where the problem is.
  10. Different strokes for different folks. Some of us have aspirations related adding value to people's lives beyond just moving meat. Did all of the mentors in your life get paid?
  11. I worked in an ER that used scribes. The vast majority of them were on the path of becoming some kind of healthcare provider. If the PAs and docs knew this, most of us would try to help them develop some clinical decision making skills and make sure they saw interesting stuff. I was in the habit of asking the scribes what they thought was going on, what they would do next. So in fact, anyone can come up with a differential diagnosis. There's a difference between generating "A" Ddx and generating "THE" Ddx (the one that eventually gets recorded in the documentation).
  12. If there exists such a cabal, I am deeply sorrowed to report that I have not derived any benefits from it. Nor have any faculty members I know. Maybe we missed the sign-up meeting. I do know I could be making a shizzle ton more money in clinical practice than I am making trying to train the next generation of PAs, so hopefully the cabal kicks things into overdrive soon.
  13. I don't think anyone is opposed to this - given your scenario, I think everyone would make the same decision. But again, admissions situation are never this cut and dry. More likely we are comparing: a 4.0 candidate with experience you'd regard as weak versus a medic that had to repeat multiple courses to clear the minimum acceptable pre-req GPA Experience is great because it can help provide evidence of intangibles, like a history of good people skills, flexibility, creativity and the ability to manage stressful situations. It can also develop some assessment and procedural skills, although these will be rudimentary compared to those needed in PA school. Most of these allied health experiences don't speak one iota toward a candidate's ability to handle the type of science courseload PA school will throw at them. Did you know that during the accreditation self-study process, PA programs have to explain to the ARC-PA every grade of "C" or lower that has occurred in the last three years?
  14. The explosion in programs is most likely due to the exposure our profession has gotten in the last decade. Pretty much every year we have made the "Top 10 Best Professions" in some big-name media outlet. Administrators read this stuff and all of a sudden they are putting a program together for provisional accreditation. I was at the PAEA conference last month, and ARC-PA spoke and rightly noted they don't have an ability to keep new programs from opening. As to what will happen in the future, I believe they used the term "natural selection." Programs will go out of business. Some of these will be newer programs, and some will be programs that have been long established. Believe it or not, degree creep might not originate from academia. PAEA didn't originate OTP - that primarily came out of AAPA. It seems like there is a boatload of PAs around looking for a fancy title. If it gets traction, universities will happily start to supply a route to a fancy title. No one is happy about costs. I have about as much control over rising tuition costs as you do over rising healthcare costs. The only thing that will stop spiraling costs is people deciding they are not going to pay it any more. I love being a PA but if I was young and knew what I know now I would seriously look into a building trade.
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