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  1. I spend a lot of time studying and about 40 hours in lecture every week and find that living super close to school and buying some food that is easy to prep is important sometimes. There are weeks where I barely have more than a few minutes to make a meal so a PB&J that I can eat while I walk is a great option, and I take meals to class in Tupperware when I want to cook but don't have time to cook and eat. When I have time to cook/clean/get groceries I do, don't put that stuff off for when you feel like it because you may not have time before you run out of clean clothes or oatmeal. Try to stick with a schedule of when you will study, exercise, do chores, or have fun. If you schedule it, you'll stick with it better. That said, everyone is going to be different, and every program will be as well. You may have plenty of time to do the things you need to, or you may struggle with it more, but you will learn to adapt either way. If you are someone who needs 8 hours of sleep a night, like me, you will find a way to get it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  2. I received an e-mail response from the Executive Associate Dean of Academic Programs at UNC. She expressed understanding of the concerns and stated that because so few programs have a large representation of military medics they hope to address that issue in their program. "You can be reassured, though, that this will be a UNC program, not a military one, and that, though we hope to include 18D medics, that we will look at ALL applicants equally, and follow state guidelines including women and minorities." Based on this I would have to assume that the program mission may be slightly misrepresented in the articles we have found on this new program.
  3. I ordered an adult one from Steeles.com and it came with a free peds cuff. The price was very reasonable.
  4. I think that the stress of spending the next year wondering if you will get in is worse than the extra loan money, and I do understand fully that the loan money is pretty awful. Personally I would never have applied to a program that I wasn't willing to go to if it was the only place I was accepted. It sounds like you may have a better chance the next cycle but it's still only a chance. Spending the extra year in school learning to be a great PA is at least a better use of your time than spending it trying to be a great PA applicant, right?
  5. I e-mailed the program at UNC to find out if they will consider medic applicants besides 18D's, along with my concern that specifically women will be excluded. I was told they appreciate my concerns and that my e-mail was forwarded to the Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Allied Health, but that she was out of the office currently. I was expecting them to already have a response rather than needing to send the question up so maybe they haven't fully decided on this aspect yet.
  6. http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/combat.html Hopefully it will become open in the future but "Closed to Women" is currently listed as a restriction.
  7. It's hard to answer that since I don't know any women who have had the opportunity to try, but I don't think your ability to carry heavy loads a ridiculous distance has much to do with how good of a PA you will be, or how quickly you will learn. According to the Army the 18D MOS is still not open to women, so I'm a little confused by what you mean. Like I said, I would never argue that the 18D training is not superior to the 68W or that of a corspman (which should be pretty much identical to 68W because they both learn at Fort Sam together now). 18Ds are some really awesome and exceptional people. They also love to teach, which is why I had so many opportunities to learn from them, so I imagine they would help their classmates if there was a need to do so. If other medics end up not being qualified to make the cut I see no issue with an all 18D class and I have no doubt that they will be an amazing group of PAs. It shouldn't only be open to 18D's to apply is all I'm saying. Other medics should be considered, and maybe they will be when the program is formed. You have to consider ranges. Don't not apply to a program just because the average GPA is higher than yours. You might be surprised when you get that interview e-mail, like I was. Yale: [TABLE=class: lined, width: 1] [TR=bgcolor: transparent] [TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: left]Average GPA[/TD] [TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: left]3.70 (range 3.29 -3.99)[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: transparent] [TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: left]Average Science GPA[/TD] [TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: left]3.67 (range 3.17-3.99)[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Duke for middle 50 percent of class: Overall GPA: 3.3 – 3.7 Natural science GPA: 3.2 – 3.6
  8. As a former female military medic I will always have a problem with the gender discrimination I experienced in military life transitioning to discrimination in civilian life. Women still don't get enough respect and appreciation for their work in the military by anyone who doesn't see what they can do. I would never argue that I was trained nearly as well or as thoroughly as the 18D's, but I worked with several in Iraq on missions so I learned from/trained with them. I have no problem with the interview including skill assessment to see if other medics are up to speed and maybe no one else would be, but I can't watch a program be literally "for men only" and sit back and take it in silence. If women collectively spoke up more and believed that they should have more rights we'd probably have a few female 18D's by now and there would be no gender issue with the program concept. I understand that most classes these days have more women then men, but I don't know of any that exclude men to be able to claim fairness in this situation. It also might have something to do with the fact that a lot more women than men apply to PA programs. tain- Yale isn't as picky about GPA as you seem to think.
  9. I think that if they only accept 18D medics there is a huge problem because that MOS isn't open to women. I do think its great to open a program targeting military medics and corpsman, however, as the unemployment for veteran medics is excessively high compared to non-veterans and veterans from many other specialties. They leave service with amazing skills and can't use them because there is no civilian equivalent, so it's a wonderful idea that will benefit both the veteran medics and the community. I don't know that its best to exclude non-vets entirely but it seems to be better to require high quality training and experience then all the programs that don't require any HCE and just focus on GPA.
  10. I chose a program that includes clinical hours along with didactic year intentionally. I haven't started yet to tell you how helpful it is, but I believe it will be very beneficial for me. It's not supposed to be like shadowing. We are going to get real experience to help us learn how to be clinicians. We will perform a physical exam and then watch the doc/PA perform one and compare/ask questions from my understanding. I have lots of direct patient care experience from before undergrad, but it's been a while. After three years of mostly classroom activities and only some volunteer healthcare experience that was mostly not direct-patient care I feel rusty with patient encounters and would like to feel confident enough with the patients during my first clinical rotation to get the most out of my experience. I think the clinical hours the first year will help with that.
  11. Could having a lot of PAs becoming RNs and then NPs be used against the PA profession by making it seem that NPs are superior both in education and practice? I worry this could lead to phasing out the PA profession. I'm okay with an umbrella term to help unite the professions and open doors, as well as help patients understand the role, but I would prefer to not have to become an NP to practice and would still like to keep a PA title to help identify the education model. Maybe it could be something like Advanced Practitioner, PA and Advanced Practitioner, NP. I think any bridge program from PA to NP could be used against us if people wanted to use it that way and from reading through the threads it sounds like that might be the case. Rather than individuals just becoming NPs in order to gain privilege in their own practice it would be nice to see them working together to gain those privileges for all PAs, which seems to be happening slowly across the nation.
  12. If you feel like the PA education is superior then why would you ever choose to get what you see as an inferior education? Maybe as an NP you would get more respect, independence, and people would know that you practice medicine but if you think you would be a better clinician and benefit your patients more as a PA shouldn't that be more important?
  13. If you feel like the PA education is superior then why would you ever choose to get what you see as an inferior education? Maybe as an NP you would get more respect, independence, and people would know that you practice medicine but if you think you would be a better clinician and benefit your patients more as a PA shouldn't that be more important?
  14. That looks great except for the debt forgiveness cap being down to 45k for new borrowers "to incentivize students to make sound financial decisions."
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