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  1. I can attend Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course through our hospital offering. Anyone have thoughts on this course from EM perspective?
  2. Pulling this back to make a quick comment. For those thinking about boots on the ground as only 180 days, think of this: most deployments for units are really 9+ months, can you or your fellow soldiers do without you being there for the entire deployment? You know these guys and gals and if you leave after 6 months in country, that's crummy... kenyabill how goes the process for you?
  3. If you go IPAP you'll pick up your Master's degree and the Army will foot the bill. Make sure you speak to a medical recruiter--not every state has one but there is at least one in each region and these folks can fill you in. Have the local recruiter follow chain of command to find a healthcare recruiter if they don't know who it is.
  4. Not necessarily, you get no credit for years of practice in the new england region (Army), only credit for prior military. PA of 15 years=1LT Brand new PA=1LT Bachelor/Master PA=1LT There may be some slight variation throughout the country but overall you won't be ranked higher than a 1LT regardless of PA experience unless you are former military or have doctorate level degree--this coming from a regional medical specialist recruiter. Years of PA experience carried heavier weight in the past however since the addition of the doctorate program at Baylor, civilian experience is no longer a direct commission rank boost. This is being instituted on a national level however, you may find a few states that are lagging slightly behind.
  5. In our neck to the woods Army PAs direct commission as a 1LT. If you have prior military you can expect CPT. If you hold a doctorate MAJ (One of the reasons there is an army doctorate program is to make PAs more promotable). PA experience not counted initially but is when looking at promotions. PA students can direct commission holding a student slot as 2LT and when passing NCCPA are promoted to 1LT. New England region has never seen a medical provider direct commission as a MAJ unless a doctorate level degree. MD/DO will be CPT. Brought this question up to a fellow PA who in the Air Guard, he says the structure is the same I mention above.
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