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  1. I just discovered this thread today and it's been a really great read. I'm matriculating to AMC for its PA program in January - really excited, but also very, very nervous. I've spent the last few years working as an EMT and in the ER of a level 2 trauma hospital as an ER tech. I don't know if emergency medicine is where I want to end up yet, but it's definitely something I've considered because of my pre-PA experiences. If I decided to do emergency medicine, I figured I'd probably have to either do a fellowship or work in a less saturated location where I might have a shot at getting a job in a hospital ER or urgent care center for a few years' experience. You and the other residents seem to have had a great experience living in Albany and working with the AMC faculty, clinicians, and staff, which is reassuring. It sounds like a very supportive and organized atmosphere, which is what I'm hoping for in the AMC PA program. I'm from a rural/suburban area so I'm still a little iffy with moving to a city but I've had many positive experiences meeting and talking with Albany residents. But I'll admit, the thought of street parking or parallel parking in a city is significantly more terrifying to me than getting the chance to learn and practice a central line. Do you generally feel safe in Albany and in the capital district region - assuming one has common sense and knows to avoid certain areas after dark, etc.? How's the traffic there and dealing with the snow? If someone was seriously considering emergency medicine as a specialty, what do you recommend they do for elective rotations besides different ER settings? Something in the ICU, cardiology, pediatrics or surgery? Thank you for sharing your experiences!! Congratulations on making it through!
  2. You can draw blood in the ER as a tech sometimes.
  3. Somewhat depressing... starting PA school in 2016, graduating in 2018, and my masters degree might already be outdated... would it be better to just wait until all programs are at the doctorate level? :-/
  4. Have you started college yet? If not, are you 200% sure you want to be a PA?
  5. I think it depends mostly on *you* as an individual and how you like to learn. If you're considering surgery, I imagine it could be helpful. I had an anatomy lab in undergrad, with student dissections. It was really cool, but definitely time consuming. I think I'd prefer a cadaver lab experience where the dissections are done ahead of time, so more time can be spent exploring and learning from the 3D experience. I didn't find the actual "dissection" part particularly helpful to learn anatomy - I felt like it was a lot of grunt work. But it was awesome to see the differences between the textbook and "real" anatomy - like ridges in liver from ribs, or severe scoliosis and the impact it has on typical lung size. But to answer your question... as long as you have some exposure I think you'll be fine. Though, I'm not even in PA school yet so what do I know? :p
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