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  1. Check with each school before you put in the hours to see if they will accept home health care. Some schools will only accept it if the hours are as a CNA (as opposed to a PCA), and some will not accept home health care hours at all.
  2. Hey there. I'm only getting ready to start PA school this fall. So I have way less experience than you do in this area! But I just joined the AAPA recently, and I remembered seeing something on their site about contract negotiation, sample contracts, etc. They even have a person you can contact for individual help. Here's a copy/paste from the site: For individualized contract negotiation assistance and career advocacy, contact Jennifer Anne Hohman, AAPA’s director of professional advocacy: jhohman@aapa.org. And here's a link that has details on the services they offer: http://www.aa
  3. I think there are a couple folks on this forum who are operating a clinic of their own. I'm not sure of the details, because I merely glanced at that particular thread; I have no desire to be my own boss! I believe there is a sticky thread...and that it is a pain clinic. (?? Someone correct me here if I'm off-base.) If being in charge of your schedule is appealing and med school is not, I don't think being a PA has to be out of the question. There is a PA in our town who has his own office with no doc on site. Granted, the doc's name is on the marquee....but it is the PA whose name is in
  4. I got several hundred hours of HCE as a CNA working 2nd shift in an assisted living facility. It was hard work, because it was SUPPOSED to be an assisted living facility, but a lot of the residents really should have been in nursing homes. That means they were less mobile than the requirements to be in assisted living, but we didn't have the necessary lifts, etc., to help move them. I quit that job as soon as I got the hours I needed to round out my application, because -- even if your body mechanics are solid -- lifting people who weigh twice what you do does not do wonders for your back. I w
  5. TarheelGirl, I haven't checked this thread in awhile until just now. I hope this info will still be useful. At this point, I cannot remember all the questions I was asked. I remember a few: "Why PA school instead of med school?" "Why MU instead of your alma mater?" (I went to Duke for undergrad, and they have a PA school.) "Strengths/weaknesses?" While there are some questions that will be the same for all applicants, I would assume a good deal of questions are applicant-specific. So you may get some/all/none of these questions. Regardless of the questions you are asked, I cannot emphasize eno
  6. I apologize in advance if I posted this in the wrong category. I wasn't sure exactly where this thread might belong. I'm getting ready to start PA school this fall, and my husband and I currently have no children. Without having the first baby, I can't tell you whether we'll even have the second....let alone the third or fourth. Having said that, he is from a large family and would like several children. So I'm willing to at least entertain (and laugh at the insanity of) the possibility of having more than one or two kids. Stranger things have happened... But with all the changes swirl
  7. I have a friend who started PA school in the Fall of 2012. I will start in late August of 2013. She said it's really cost-effective (and a lot more portable, as you said, kds423!) to get an iPad and do ebooks. Is there really a point to having a physical copy of the textbooks? Also, have you found it to be substantially less expensive?
  8. Which Cecil's? I'm also trying to learn some stuff before school next year. I just looked up Cecil's on Amazon, and here are the 3 options that come up first and look the most relevant: 1) http://www.amazon.com/Andreoli-Carpenters-Cecil-Essentials-Medicine/dp/1416061096/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352911415&sr=1-1&keywords=Cecil%27s 2) http://www.amazon.com/Goldmans-Medicine-Expert-Consult-Premium/dp/1437727883/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352911415&sr=1-2&keywords=Cecil%27s 3) http://www.amazon.com/Cecil-Medicine-Expert-Consult-Online/dp/1416
  9. That has got to be nerve-wracking. I don't know that I'd be okay with not having other options (one big "plus" for me as to why I went the PA route!); I like having an out if I get buyer's remorse :-) When the Match rolls around, I hope you get your top pick and love it!! And kudos to you for all your hard work...my hat's off to you for sure.
  10. Primadonna -- I am almost completely committed to going the primary care route after having talked with several others. Not to diss specialties, but I really identify with what you (and many others) have said about a strong foundation being formed in primary care. I feel like it will provide the greatest exposure to the widest variety of patients and illnesses so that I'll have a good knowledge base. I want to be the best practitioner I can be, and from what I gather those first few years out of school are going to be key. I was just really worried about applying for something and then having
  11. Yay! I screamed out loud when I got the "accept" email. I hope you were similarly excited. I'm so happy for you!
  12. Thank you very much for that information. I "think" primary care is the route I want to go but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't open to other paths; I don't want to be close-minded and miss out on the area of medicine that is my true calling. I was so worried about even applying for it without being 100% sure it's what I want to do. What you said makes me feel better about applying for the grant with my mind not being completely made about where I'll end up. As for NHSC, I have been looking at that, too. However, I am completely set on staying in the Fayetteville area (parents are here -- v
  13. Oh, and I forgot to say something important: I will be staying in Fayetteville (branching out no more than a 45min drive) once I graduate.
  14. I received a response in 9 days. Heather, as for the interview itself...I don't know how to describe it other than to say the faculty members and students were incredibly kind and helpful. I have heard and read about a lot of programs that are out to "get" you in interviews. I didn't get that feeling at Methodist. Certainly, I was nervous, but that goes without saying. The interviewers didn't try to make things worse. From what I was asked, I think they are just trying to make sure you're aware of the nature of being a physician assistant, and they're trying to make sure you're prepared for th
  15. Hello! I would love some advice from practicing PAs on how to handle this situation: I was just accepted into my first-choice school (Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC near Ft. Bragg) and will start next Fall. In case it matters: I'm a 31-year-old female. I already owe about $26K for courses I took to complete prereqs. The PA program tuition + fees, supplies, etc. will run about $70K. By the time 6.8% interest kicks in, I figure I'll owe about $110K once school is over. My husband and I are both incredibly frugal, and even if I have to pay for school 100% using loans, we have a
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