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  1. Very well put Andersen. And btw ph_ whatever.....I didn't choose the wrong rating. I was a commissioned officer and aviator and was fortunate enough to accomplish two dreams (PA school being the second) and I've seen more combat then most of you "peace time" medics who have been PA's for 10 years acting like you just won a MOH. Spare me. . Additionally, I'm the #4 student in a class of about 40 at the 12th best PA school in the country so apparently some of the nurses and EMTs in my class just don't seem to be benefitting from all of this so valuable experience. Perhaps you shou
  2. @Joelseff: As a student with no HCE myself, I'm wondering why I always see you on here preaching pro HCE for PA programs? Do you happen to know what the number of MD/DO admitted students with HCE is? Extremely low. Since physicians are more or less the top of the "food chain" and are considered the authority on knowledge base and decision making- perhaps you can find a spot in your heart for those new to the field (PA's). Somehow the green med student finds a way to make an excellent provider and most PA's do as well. As a matter of fact, it makes more sense for PA's to have no HCE th
  3. @Joelseff: As a student with no HCE myself, I'm wondering why I always see you on here preaching pro HCE for PA programs? Do you happen to know what the number of MD/DO admitted students with HCE is? Extremely low. Since physicians are more or less the top of the "food chain" and are considered the authority on knowledge base and decision making- perhaps you can find a spot in your heart for those new to the field (PA's). Somehow the green med student finds a way to make an excellent provider and most PA's do as well. As a matter of fact, it makes more sense for PA's to have no HCE th
  4. Good stuff here guys. I'm the OP btw. This thread seems to have grown its own legs :). Anyhow, one more question for all of you. Are PA residencies more or less done with physician residents? Meaning, are our training programs arranged throgh Physician residency coordinators? Are we in the same room with physician residents/duties/training? How does this all work? Reason I'm asking is because I kind of know the Fellowship and Residency coordinator for a very promiment CT surgeon in my area. I believe they only train physician residents, but it would be nice if I could start working so
  5. Just out of curiosity, Febrifuge touched on it a bit, but what is it like to be a newbie PA and how do you get "broken in"? It does seem like it would be a stressful time. Can you all tell me what the process is like and the expectations that go along with? I know this will vary by practice and specialty, but any advice would really help.
  6. Just out of curiosity, Febrifuge touched on it a bit, but what is it like to be a newbie PA and how do you get "broken in"? It does seem like it would be a stressful time. Can you all tell me what the process is like and the expectations that go along with? I know this will vary by practice and specialty, but any advice would really help.
  7. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. It's nice to see the diverse opinions and levels of experience here. Thanks!
  8. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. It's nice to see the diverse opinions and levels of experience here. Thanks!
  9. Hello. I posted this question on a different forum and hadn't heard much. Just maybe a visibility thing. I was wondering what specialties (or fields) you need to complete a residency in, so that you can work or be hired. I will be a new grad following a year of rotations next year. Thus far, throughout my PA education, no one has addressed residencies or a need for them. I'm just curious what your take is on this. I'm an older student (former breadwinner of the family), and as you can imagine, my couple years off from the workforce has already put our family life in a pinch. I
  10. Hello. I posted this question on a different forum and hadn't heard much. Just maybe a visibility thing. I was wondering what specialties (or fields) you need to complete a residency in, so that you can work or be hired. I will be a new grad following a year of rotations next year. Thus far, throughout my PA education, no one has addressed residencies or a need for them. I'm just curious what your take is on this. I'm an older student (former breadwinner of the family), and as you can imagine, my couple years off from the workforce has already put our family life in a pinch. I
  11. Guys, I'm currently a student, start rotations next year. How important are residencies following graduation? Can you pursue a surgical position without one, say in ortho? I'm an older student with kids, and its already killing us to have me not work while in school. I can't imagine having to go an extra year of residency without earning. Any thoughts on this?
  12. Guys, I'm currently a student, start rotations next year. How important are residencies following graduation? Can you pursue a surgical position without one, say in ortho? I'm an older student with kids, and its already killing us to have me not work while in school. I can't imagine having to go an extra year of residency without earning. Any thoughts on this?
  13. That's all you man! Sounds like a great opportunity.
  14. That's all you man! Sounds like a great opportunity.
  15. Navy PA- Just out of curiosity, I read the instruction. It almost looks like you aren't eligible for AB if you take HPSP- or until you complete the time you owe through HPSP. See 1.a.(4). Or can you get both? Can you clarify here?
  16. @ Navy PA-C: Hey man. Thanks for responding. Yeah, I was an enlisted marine from 92-96 (reserve side), and then was commissioned line officer from 2000-2008. Believe me, I loved the officer side of the house. I also loved flying, but put it by the wayside. I'm older than most PA students. Missing the birth of my second son was a real bummer and we were deployed more than the standard 6 months. I flew P-3 Orions and was away quite a bit between surges and deployments. Then they IA's came :). Augmenting the army as a winged aviator to play Battaliion EWO. So, as a family unit, we d
  17. LesH, Do you know anything about additional funding or grants for those of us already in PA school? My GI Bill leaves me with my last year unfunded. I could really use the help. Any advice from anyone here would be great.
  18. To Penguins fans:smile:? Funny you should say that though. My wife is hoping to get a job near the Battle Creek area- she works in CPG. Any specific recommendations (geographic area- specialty, need, etc?) Thanks!
  19. Hi all. I'm currently a student in the Pittsburgh area. It seems with so many schools in Pennsylvania, and just casually looking at job boards, that there aren't exactly a ton of vacancies here for PA's. I was curious, what areas/states/cities seem to have the most opportunity for new and experienced PA's? Not just jobs, but salaries? In other words, I'm assuming an area with shortage of schools may also have a shortage of practicing PA's. I'm also wondering if these areas would command better salaries? UPMC pretty much owns everything here anyway, so I'm guessing even if
  20. Hi, I'd like to get the perspective and have a few questions for PA's working for the VA. Thanks!
  21. Just speaking about the east coast. Seems to be trending. Joel, I would also revisit being a niners fan :)
  22. Friction, I didn't read through all the posts, but do you currently have a bachelor's degree? If not, there are a LOT of schools that have a combined BS/MS in Physician Asst Studies (5 years long instead of a normal 4 yr degree). You would need to have a bachelor's degree anyway to apply to these post-bacc schools that are 2 year schools. It's much easier to be accepted into an entry level 5 year program than it is as a post-bacc 2 yr school anyway. Just a thought. You don't need HCE to start as a freshman in one of these programs. Hell, all you need are decent SAT scores. I was
  23. Well put Opsite. The point I was trying to make is that instead of worrying about prereqs to get into a post grad school and fighting more competition, Doc Brown doesn't seem to have many undergrad courses under his belt. I think it would be more prudent for him to save his GI Bill dollars and go right into an undergrad program (with a dual BS/MS). That way his school will make him take exactly what he needs and he won't have to worry about the CASPA deal and wondering if certain credits will be accepted, etc. D Brown, you will basically go to college,like you are now and finish as a
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