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Ricki117

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  1. What do you consider a competitive/appropriate salary for a new graduate in neurosurgery in the Northeast?
  2. I did my CNA full time during days, which took about a month, but there was also a part time night class. I'm not sure how long it took to complete, but check around your area to see if anywhere offers night classes.
  3. I went to the open houses at my top 2 schools, and I like to think it helped me. When it was winding down, they said people can stick around to ask them individual questions if they have them- so a line formed to meet them. If you are seriously interested in a school, questions should come up from their presentation. Ask for more details in points they brought up. I introduced myself, told them I had already applied and chatted for a while. I had a few questions ready to ask them (real questions I wanted to know- about clinicals, abroad opportunities, interaction with patients the first year, and about the curriculum), but it ended up being a conversation more than anything. Although I had already thoroughly researched the programs, this helped me get a better feel for them; some people wait until the interview for this. Anyways, I received an interview at both programs shortly after. Coincidence, maybe. But I like to think putting a face to a name helps a little. When looking at 2 applications, otherwise equal, I would choose the one I had a positive interaction with a few weeks before. After introducing myself to one program director, he said "that name sounds familiar.." I had e-mailed him previously asking questions about prereq's, and he remember. At another program, the director picked me out and had remembered me from the open house. These people are usually pretty good at remembering faces/names. Open houses are your chance to interview them! Take advantage of this!
  4. I went to the open houses at my top 2 schools, and I like to think it helped me. When it was winding down, they said people can stick around to ask them individual questions if they have them- so a line formed to meet them. If you are seriously interested in a school, questions should come up from their presentation. Ask for more details in points they brought up. I introduced myself, told them I had already applied and chatted for a while. I had a few questions ready to ask them (real questions I wanted to know- about clinicals, abroad opportunities, interaction with patients the first year, and about the curriculum), but it ended up being a conversation more than anything. Although I had already thoroughly researched the programs, this helped me get a better feel for them; some people wait until the interview for this. Anyways, I received an interview at both programs shortly after. Coincidence, maybe. But I like to think putting a face to a name helps a little. When looking at 2 applications, otherwise equal, I would choose the one I had a positive interaction with a few weeks before. After introducing myself to one program director, he said "that name sounds familiar.." I had e-mailed him previously asking questions about prereq's, and he remember. At another program, the director picked me out and had remembered me from the open house. These people are usually pretty good at remembering faces/names. Open houses are your chance to interview them! Take advantage of this!
  5. sammedic i think that's a great idea too, I would join.
  6. I was in the same position as you. I graduated in May and had been working at a skilled nursing facility during my senior year. After graduation, I got a new CNA job at a hospital on a brain injury rehab unit because I was interested in neuro. If working another year at your same facility doesn't interest you, I suggest applying for full time CNA positions in an area of medicine you are more interested in! I began feeling the same way when all my friends were getting "real" jobs, but when you start getting interviews/acceptances you won't care about that. I just got accepted to my 1st choice and I couldn't he happier about my decisions! Enjoy your "time off"!
  7. I interviewed December 2nd/3rd and just got the letter today!
  8. I just got my acceptance today!!! I am SO excited!!!!
  9. I have shadowed in 3 different specialties, and found each one a different way: 1- I showed up at a primary care office (dressed nicely and with my resume) and asked the receptionist if they have any PAs willing to have prospective students shadow. I left my resume, and got a call back that day and set up times to shadow. 2- I have searched online for PAs in practices near me and called/e-mailed to see if I can shadow. I just told them that I am interested in the profession and would like to learn as much as possible before applying. I got through to an urgent care PA this way. I also spoke with many PAs that were not able to have me shadow but were very open to answer any of my questions about the profession and speak over the phone. Most PAs I have spoken to are eager to help prospective students! 3-I called the clinical coordinator at one of the schools I was applying to and asked said I was interesting in shadowing and asked it she had any suggestions about finding someone. She was nice enough to e-mail me a list of a few PAs that were willing to have me shadow! I also tried with another program, but no results, so its worth a shot! good luck!
  10. For those who have interviewed, did you wear a suit during both days?
  11. I just got an e-mail inviting me to an interview! Still have to schedule it, but I'm so excited!! :D Caspa was mailed end of Aug, supplement completed 9/17.
  12. Did you receive an e-mail saying your application was received/complete/under review or anything before the interview invite ?
  13. Thank you very much for your critiques and kind words, I appreciate it. :)
  14. I would appreciate any constructive criticism on this supplemental application essay. Thanks!! the topic is: please type a statement explaining what you have learned about yourself, serving others, and working as part of team based upon your hands-on patient care experience with patients and/or community service activities. (limit 1 page) In the elevator on the first day of my clinical, my instructor told me to be prepared to fall in love. As the elevator doors opened, the smell of urine seeped inside. I did not understand how anyone could love this. I was a new nursing assistant assigned to care for an Alzheimer's patient named Eira. It was my first experience with direct patient care, and it is a feeling I will never forget. My job became so meaningful when I saw how much Eira depended on me. It opened my eyes to what a job in healthcare was like. I continued to work with the elderly in a long-term care facility. It was a very fast paced work environment, which emphasized the importance of prioritizing tasks and working cooperatively with my co-workers. I loved interacting with the patients and making their day brighter. Although most residents were elderly, there were several middle-aged adults in the facility as well. I found it frustrating that there was no further medical treatment available to help them be more independent. It made me realize I want to continue my career in medicine so I can help delay, or possibly prevent patients from reaching these facilities. I want to help people retain their health as long as possible. I am currently working in a rehabilitation hospital, which is an even more rewarding experience. Many patients truly undergo a total transformation from admission to discharge. I cannot control the smile on my face when I see a patient take their first steps after being bedridden for weeks after an accident. I get the same feeling when I see patients regain their ability to speak, or to feed and bathe themselves. It takes the whole healthcare team to work together to achieve these goals. Our nursing team works with therapists, physicians, and the rest of the staff to help the patient. We all need to be on the same page and work collaboratively to create the most efficient working environment. I have grown tremendously since my first interactions with Eira. My instructor was right; I have fallen in love with helping the sick and injured. Working under the nursing model has allowed me to improve my bedside manner and learn how to build strong rapports with patients. It has also led me to decide that I am more passionate towards the medical model. I am always most eager to learn about the diagnosis and procedures my patients went through. When I see patients recovering from serious medical issues, it further motivates me to continue my education to allow myself to help patients in a more meaningful way.
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