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  1. Thought I'd pass this along if anyone was on the fence about getting access to the monthly reviews and perspectives. Well worth it. https://www.hippoed.com/pc/rap/invite/giciclot
  2. Thought I'd pass this along if anyone was on the fence about getting access to the monthly reviews and perspectives. Well worth it. https://www.hippoed.com/pc/rap/invite/giciclot
  3. Hey everyone, I just wanted to pass along a really helpful resource I have been enjoying for the past few weeks. It’s from Hippo Ed, and it’s called Primary Care RAP (stands for reviews and perspectives). It does cost money, but I have been using for a few weeks and feel comfortable recommending it to you all, because I think it’s certainly worth the money. Every month they release around 3.5 hours of content, and you get access to all past 28 months worth of stuff. It’s usually 15-20 episodes about current literature, reviews of common things (this month’s first episode had a great review of the new GOLD guidelines for COPD), and lots of conversations with experts about primary care related things. Lots of written summaries as well. My last rotation was endocrinology, and there were a lot of episodes I benefited from. Even brought up some of the new literature with preceptors and was able to have a lot of good conversations about it. This is less PANCE study and more practice related. It’s accessible and enjoyable to listen to. The main players putting the content together are mostly from USC and their MD and PA programs. They’ve also done EMRAP, PediatricRAP, and UrgentCareRAP. I haven’t listened to those, though one of my last ED preceptors loves EMRAP. Normally 195/yr for PAs Students get it for 95$/yr Use the link below and get it for 70$!!!! 25$ off link —> https://www.hippoed.com/pc/rap/invite/giciclot More from their “about” page. Check it out and listen to some of their free episodes each month to see what you think! NWPA
  4. I was accepted to both Pacific and OHSU and ultimately chose OHSU. For me, one of the primary factors in my decision was the amount of travel in the second year at Pacific. Being married, I wasn't that interested in being out of the state so much. That being said, the previous comments about OHSU's clinical year aren't entirely accurate. There is only one rotation at the actual OHSU hospital. It's the inpatient rotation, and it's one of the most difficult and taxing ones of the year. Other than that, there are certainly a few options in the Portland area, but the majority of students spend the most amount of time outside of the Portland Metro area. Salem, Eugene, Bend, Prineville, Klamath Falls, Medford, the coast, and eastern Oregon are the primary places OHSU has sites. They are rural focused, because the program emphasizes the rural importance of PAs, and they also know the best sites are where a PA student won't be standing behind 2 residents and 3 med students. I would also say that there hasn't been a moment where I have felt overshadowed by any other program at OHSU. If anything, we are so highly respected by the lecturers that teach to both us and the med school, that our little crew of students has a large impact on the teaching body at OHSU. The small spoke on a large wheel is the same analogy I had in my mind before I interviewed here. I thought it would be fairly uppity and only for top of the class super brilliant folks. I had it backwards. The PA program is for the humble, the teammates, the collaborators, the hard workers. Very similar to Pacific actually. It was a hard decision choosing between the two, because I loved Pacific's program and felt like I'd be a good fit there. Pacific was slightly more expensive, the second year is all over the country, and I didn't want to live in Hillsboro if I didn't have to. Those were the main cons for me. Other than that every Pacific grad I've met and that has taught us has been wonderful and clearly educated by a great program. OHSU pays for housing the second year, it's cheaper, it's a leader in healthcare in the state and nation, the expertise and approachability of the lecturers and faculty are well respected in the country. My classmates are my family. I live in a great city. This program is 110% on my team and will do anything to support me as I go through this process. Without a doubt. (I have heard similar things about Pacific's program as well) As far as getting in to the programs: meet the minimum requirements plus more. Show that you are willing to work hard and do hard work. Be yourself. Be humble. Be respectful. Be ready and prepared. Those are the students that stand out. And at the end of the day, we'll all be PA-Cs! There is no perfect way to get there. There is just your own way.
  5. I took Organic Chemistry through UNE and it was quite challenging. It was the only option for me to get it done when I needed, and none of the local options had the schedule I could make. I pulled off a B+ and was actually quite proud of myself, because I nearly taught myself most of it. I would not reccomend it for anyone who has the option of taking it in an actual class!
  6. Hi nelsoncl7, I was accepted to three different schools in the past few months, and ER scribing was a part of my HCE. EMEDPA is right, some schools accept it, and some schools don't. However, I found that the answer isn't so black and white. While some schools DO accept scribing hours, it may rank a bit lower on the competitive scale vs. other means of direct patient care. I really enjoyed being a scribe, and I think it provides tremendous experience, knowledge and exposure to so many facets of the medical field. However, I felt that it was important for me to diversify my hours as well. I had already been involved in nursing/medical managing in the summer camp setting, ski patrol, and a bit of physical therapy aide work. Phlebotomy seemed to be a good route for me to continue putting myself in positions where I would have autonomous patient contact. As a scribe it is rare (and usually not a part of your duties) to be talking to the patient, touching them, or providing them any sort of care. These are the meat and potatoes kind of things that schools (even those that accept scribing hours) want to make sure you actually possess the skills to handle and excel at. Now, from my experience, it was important for me to use the space in CASPA to explain how I felt like being an ER scribe was excellent experience and DID in fact contain some patient contact. I tried to use every character available on that CASPA section to briefly and with great articulation explain each of my patient care jobs as a means of giving me further confirmation that I was developing the skills to be a great provider, and that I was also nurturing my drive to be a part of the medical team. At the end of the day it's up to the program to decide what kind of hours they prefer, but if you have the extra time, I would encourage you to do what you can to diversify your patient contact experience as much as you can. You'll only make yourself more open to other programs, and make yourself more competitive in the process. And as EMEDPA said, do a quick forum search for scribing and you'll find all sorts of opinions!
  7. Like a few have already posted, I also am documenting my time, thoughts, and experience through this process, and I'm using a blog to do it. A lot of my motivation is to provide any sort of help I can to those who might find insight from my experience, because I received a lot of great tips and thoughts from others. Also, I'm considering this my own way of processing and documenting this exciting time of life! I start school in June and will be writing every few days about various topics related to my journey. https://zarospajourney.wordpress.com/
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