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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

    IPAP Experience

    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.
  16. Unfortunately, none of us can tell you what's going on behind the scenes, since we're not back there either. However, I have to suspect that it's something about the interview. You said yourself that you look good on paper, and you're getting the initial invite. So...what's going on when you get there? Are you maybe too practiced? Have you tried videotaping a practice interview and reviewing it to see what you're doing without being aware of it? That might be helpful. You could also have others review it to point out what you're missing. (If anything. You could be doing fantastic and just have a pool of very qualified applicants.)
  17. I was deployed as a young woman, and am currently at home while my husband is being a soldier elsewhere. Yes, being apart is difficult for a variety of reasons; I get it. But if I were asked to write about something hard in my life, I wouldn't talk about my husband being gone. I'm going to be blunt, but please know I intend this in the least mean way possible. There are two parts of this premise that bother me. First, it seems a bit... attention grabby. I'm sure that's not what you're doing, but that's how I see it. Military story? Check! People like military stories! But he's the one gone, not you. How are you the star of that story? What are you really going to write about? "I bravely carried on my day without him"? Unless you are pretty dependent, I imagine you actually are getting through the day-to-day just fine. Second, I think it shows your young age. He's your boyfriend, which is a bit different than a husband you have 3 kids with. I'm not trying to imply your love is any less real or strong, but that, depending on how you write it, it could come across as kind of weak. Again, just my opinion. If this is what you feel is the most difficult thing you've faced, go for it. Either way, good luck!
  18. Hi! I was pregnant nearly the entirety of my on-campus didactic year. (Oct-late June) Some thoughts: you can't know how the pregnancy will go. I didn't have any real issues, but I was flat-out exhausted the first trimester. As a result, I ended up missing more days than I would have liked. I was up front with my program and told them immediately and they all seemed pretty supportive. They told me I could do things several ways. I could delay my clinicals if necessary and graduate later, or continue as scheduled. I delivered just before the summer quarter ended and the rest was online for everyone anyway, so I didn't miss anything. I'm on schedule to graduate with my classmates. (Yay!) Talk with your program to see what the options are. Will they let you defer for a year? Do you even want to defer? Also, remember, you could deliver much before or after your due date. What is your program's plan for you if you have to leave the quarter/semester early? you need the strongest support system you can find. I am supremely lucky in that my husband elected to stay home with baby when we moved back home for the clinical year. My mother also moved in with us, so I know my kiddo is well-cared for. I rarely have to get up in the middle of the night and they allow me study time. This is huge. If you are going to be the one up all night and taking care of baby during the evenings and weekends, you really need to consider if you'll have anything left over for school. you also need a decent plan and some back ups. I wanted to EBF for the first year. Well, I was in clinicals after ~3 months in another city so that didn't work out. So I pumped, which worked out well for a while. Though my preceptor had originally been supportive, I could tell she wasn't really thrilled with me having to be gone every 2-4 hours. lastly, and this might seem a little superficial, but I wasn't able to do as many activities with my classmates as I might have done non-pregnant. Favorite class activities included drinking and hiking, neither of which I wanted to do. My classmates are all very nice people and were supportive, but I do feel that I missed out on some bonding. That's all I can think of for now. Please let me know if you have any specific question I might be able to address. Congrats! I don't know if this is your first child or not, but babies are pretty special. While I definitely wish the timing would have been better, I love my lil munchkin so much.
  19. I think it also depends where you go to school. I chose a school in a major city and had to pay those costs. My local PA school would have had a much cheaper cost-of-living. That said, we're pretty frugal and we have some income so I won't be anywhere near $80K in debt when I graduate. (I don't think I'll even cross $50K.)
  20. In the current Seattle class, we have people from Maine and Arizona...definitely outside the WWAMI region. As 2018 is years away and anything could happen, I'm not sure that would even be relevant info to share.
  21. Does your program have a regional agreement? My school is part of the WWAMI* region; I attend school in Washington, but will return home for clinicals in my home state. A regional relationship is more likely if the surrounding states don't have (m)any med/PA programs. You could also call Augsburg and ask this specific question. Best to get the answer directly from the source. *Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho.
  22. I could help with that. :) You def need the A&P textbook. Several classmates used older editions which seemed to work just fine, but I liked having the online component since it had practice quizzes. Some of the real quizzes had questions from the practice ones, so there was some benefit. I don't recall what all came in the packet now, but I didn't use any of the other stuff. I think it was an atlas...and something else.
  23. Average is 31. Youngest is 26, but she is def the minority. Oldest is 52, I believe. Plenty of students around 40. :)
  24. I would also consider where the schools are located. I like my school, but am not a huge fan of the city it's located in (just because it's a huge metro and we're small town people). My husband and I both relocated for the didactic year, so it's definitely a huge part of our lives.
  25. Kind of a moot point, no? Each school has their own requirements and you either meet them or you don't. Our school says you need 80% to pass, so...80% it is. Would you want a provider who only knew 30% of the material? Question: is this for personal curiosity or some sort of essay?
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