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  1. I feel like I (we?) need an update. It's been over a year since OP posted. How are you feeling now? Did you get into a better spot? Also, thanks for everyone's suggestions. Reading 2 yrs of comments on a common but overwhelming issue was enlightening.
  2. IdahoPA

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    Going to drill 4 times a year is a lie. All of our PAs come to every monthly drill. Also, PAs go the entire deployment vs the MDs who rotated out every 3 months. I'll also add that the 3 people I've known who applied for IPAP have had major problems working with the liaison person. Apparently, in our state, she just doesn't do her job. I was told by all 3 that they put together a package but it never actually got sent. So...even if you do everything right, it doesn't mean IPAP will happen. Two went on to attend medical school and I can't recall what the 3rd did.
  3. I don't understand why you'd try to get into IPAP if your end goal was to be a physician, rather than a PA. Are you going active? I was a 68W in the Guard, but understand that positions can vary quite a bit depending where you end up. You should still get plenty of hands-on experience. I think the 68C course is LPN, right? I didn't do that but when I was in, it added a year to your AIT. (You went through 68W first, then continued one for another 12 months.) As an LPN, you'd also get plenty of experience. 18D is a Special Forces medic, so you'd have to go through that training, too. I'm female so I never even looked into it since it wasn't a viable option. I feel like you really need to talk to either your potential unit some more or someone at IPAP who can better answer these questions. I can't imagine you'd go from BT-->AIT--> IPAP given that there's an application process for IPAP and you're not going to have time to do it in your other training or the right contacts. You also don't go from enlisted to officer that way. All new officers have to take some sort of basic course.
  4. I did clinical rotations at one and worked as a PA at the other. If you ask, each will tell you they treat PAs better. I had positive experiences at both and pay seems comparable. Primary Health is another option for family med and urgent care. The VA med center sometimes has openings. Best of luck if you move. :)
  5. My school does a yearly primary care conference. I think the lectures are relevant, and I get to visit friends/places in my old city. Win-win! Vegas is...overrated, in my opinion.
  6. I think it matters how you take in information. OneNote would not have been a good tool for me since I have to hand write to retain anything. So...I have a gazillion binders and note cards. I did use a folder to bring lecture notes to class so I didn't have to lug the binder around. I didn't even bring a laptop to class. I think it was about 50/50 in my class.
  7. I think you could discuss your work with LGBT pts without directly stating your orientation. That way, it's about your work, nothing else.
  8. This is old, but to the next with the question: use your work address. It will be where people can see it and no way do you want your home address public. I moved to Oregon from another state and used my old address. (So my OR license had my home address from the old state. Wasn't too worried since I didn't live there anymore. When it was time to renew, I had them re-print it with my employer address.)
  9. It's been a few months since you've posted, so perhaps you've already re-taken and passed the PANCE. If so, congrats! If not, I had a suggestion. I second using the NCCPA Blueprint as a tool. I took it and wrote a definition, causes and/or types, symptoms/signs, diagnostics, and treatments for every single condition listed. Yes, this took foooorever, but it ensured I had a complete set of notes to work from. (Actually, we made them into note cards which took even longer!) If you're short on time, there are books that do this for you; you can even rent one on amazon.com for $20. The biggest thing that was helpful for me was reviewing the underlying pathophysiology. When you hear "pneumonia" for example, you should have a mental image of what's going on; this will help you remember symptoms and diagnostics. Having a thorough understanding of concepts will be more helpful than rote memorization with no real clue of what's going on. Anyhow, best of luck on your retry!
  10. You can find them on the NCCPA website for $35 each.
  11. It's not awful, but I'm going to be blunt. Reading only this and knowing nothing else about you, it comes across as someone who has sort of skated by in life, not motivated to excel. Then, you found out about the PA career and thought, "hey, it's a decent job and it's easier than med school!" Whether that's true or not isn't really relevant as that's how it reads to me. If you worked as both a MA and PT aide, you have some good experience. Build off that and tell me more about YOU. What did you learn in these positions that would make a good fit for the PA field? What qualities that you possess did you hone there? Also, you can't tell us you didn't do well in the 3rd paragraph because you didn't have an exact goal, then end your paper with how much you always embrace challenges. Lastly, the first two paragraphs of your paper are about other people, not you. If you really need to use that as an intro, find a way to condense it.
  12. I'm going to say two things: 1.) titles aren't capitalized in this usage: should be physician assistant (PA) 2.) I feel like your PCOS mention is a bit, um, weak. I have the same diagnosis, and though I was concerned about my ability to have kids in the future, my grades stayed fine. What really changed with the diagnosis that would have affected your ability to go to class and learn? I'm not thinking that much. I do like how you mention about learning life management; that's sounds good--and promising! You seem to make some good points, but they don't seem to be fleshed out entirely. If you're going to say, "I flourished in the opportunity to do X" you should give examples of how. Your last paragraph sounds more like a text book than your opinion. All of your readers know how complex the body is-- they've studied it for many years. Be more specific to you.
  13. I guess my overall critique is that, after reading it, I still don't know much about you. We're just gonna gloss over 6 schools and getting kicked out of one? How about we clarify that. I feel like you talked more about how others told you to change, than what you really did to make those changes. In that regard, this could have been any reapplicant's paper. Also, and I hate to sound rude here, but 22 credits with a 3.4 GPA isn't really that impressive, esp considering a background of sub-par performance. Lastly, I feel like you can't say this is your 10th year of pursuit without telling me a.) why it's taken 10 years to get here and b.) why you're ready now.
  14. This is a bit elementary, but you might take a moment to determine what kind of learner you are. Most classes do powerpoint/lecture, which aren't ideal for everyone. http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire Also, instead of trying to remember every single detail of something, try to understand the underlying concepts. I think this will prep you a little better in the long run. Lastly, I agree with all those calling BS on the very limited time. I was pregnant for my didactic year (don't do that) and all I wanted to do was sleep. I'm not a genius, and I passed all of my classes first try. My classmates found plenty of time to watch games, go on hikes, and drink. Just use your time wisely. Accept you won't possibly know everything and do the best you can.
  15. I've been a medic in a combat zone. The Army takes their PAs for the entire (year-long) deployment, but I don't know how the Navy works. I'm wondering what you're specifically asking. Do you want to know what your day looks like, where you live, that sort of thing? In our unit, the PAs lived next door and, in some cases, in the same CHUs as other officers. We had one O-3 RN (who acted as a PA) live with an E4 but they both seemed ok with it. Most in our our unit staffed the brigade clinic in shifts, working alongside medics and LPNs, doing the exact same job as the docs. In fact, I bet very few soldiers even knew who was who as far as official titles went. Pretty much every clinician is a "doc" to them. (Hell, all but the worst medics are considered such.) Some PAs were sent to the smaller FOBs and headed those clinics. In those cases, they were likely to be the only actual provider with the medics. PAs (and officers) don't do extra duties like gate guard or weapons guards or any of that. You do have to do the basic training that all seamen do. As a former soldier, I have little clue what that would specifically entail, but I'm sure they want you to maintain things like weapons qual and combat ops. Did that help? I guess the real differences might be that you could be doing all that on a ship. Being in a combat zone doesn't change what you're doing as much as you'd think. You might have more rules, like having to be in certain gear, and different missions, but as a PA, you pretty much act as a PA.
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