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  1. You made it through the first level review and are now in the second level review, AKA, the AdCom. One step closer...
  2. Hang in there everyone and good luck to all. The first interviews are usually held late August to early September, so invites will likely begin to go out in late July. The way I look at the reviews is the first level review is the filter for minimum requirements, completeness, etc. What those mínimums exactly are, I don’t know, but if you look at the class profiles you’ll get a clue. The second level review is the full review of your application by the AdCom. This goes on almost consistently beginning in the weeks after the next didactic class begins in July. This is a long and annoying process, but don’t let it get to you. Keep focused on your goal of becoming a PA, it’s well worth it. All the best! Checko
  3. I think it depends on the school. Where I interview, the prior application, letters, essay and all are included in the package. So, it might be worth changing it a bit so that it doesn’t look like a carbon copy of the prior essay.
  4. I admire you for trying to find a degree that is useful as a plan B. Just don't get too focused on the title of the degree and lose sight if the goal. This is what I'd do. Figure out what programs you want to apply to first. Take into account where you can live, costs, average GPA, etc. Then, look at their prerequisites. I'd suggest making a spreadsheet at this point listing what each requires. Once you have this listed, you can figure out what degree will allow you to finish the prereqs you need in the most efficient fashion. In reality, you can study whatever you want. IMO, being a paramedic is a darn good fallback, but you could study something like fire science or even healthcare administration (which would obviously take more time). What is important is that you have a bachelors degree in something (anything!), you have completed the required prerequisite courses, and you have a competitive science and cumulative GPA. As long as you keep your GPA up and can write and present yourself well in proper English, I don't think you're going to need to lean on your fallback too hard. Your medic experience will help you more than you think when it comes time to apply. All the best!
  5. I second above just so you keep your DEA on the up and up. As per transferring your DEA from another state, you can (and did). I simply changed my address from Maryland to Florida when I moved. You can do this through the DEA website and it is processed within a few days.
  6. I don't know of anyone's specific GPA. However, there were plenty of classmates that were struggling. We rallied around them and helped them as best we could. We all graduated.
  7. I know for a fact that there were plenty of students in my program who were on academic probation at one point or another. Guess what we all graduated. That said, we all put in an incredible amount of work and effort to make that happen. Reach out to your advisor, figure out how new ways to study, and refocus. Thousands have been in your shoes and are now PAs. This isn’t undergrad where dropping a course is an option. All the best!
  8. Just a thought, some (most?) schools project your hours assuming you continue working at the same rate until the time you begin their program. Thus, it might not even matter. However, waiting a couple weeks if you aren't sure isn't going to matter too much.
  9. You should get credit these days. Two of my classmates took the course while on rotation, not even as full PA-C, and they received the cert. I suppose it's a good idea to double check with the course provider...
  10. IMO Yes. It has been challenging for me to find a course that I can fit into my schedule and that is accepting outside students. While you might not use the skills every day (it's nothing ground breaking BTW), it will be easier to find a 1 day renewal in the future if you continue in EM.
  11. This. A trip to SEMPA to speak with recruiters directly is probably the best way to break into EM if you are flexible on location. Im working through the CAQ right now. I see it more of a personal challenge than anything else. I've learned a few things while studying and it might serve me in the future. Short of reimbursement from my employer, I don't see it affecting my day to day EM life very much. That being said, it is about experience and certs to make it through the recruiter filter. Many don't know much about medicine and "merit badges" sometimes go a long way to get their attention. Thus, why some, including myself, see the CAQ as valuable.
  12. The house bill passed. Does anyone know the status of the senate bill or does it go to the governor from here?
  13. I'm about 3.5 years into being a PA and I still have days where I feel like Im not up to the task. It's definitely gotten much better over the years, but it's still there. The point is that this is very common. I am a huge fan of talk therapy. Counseling is about learning how to deal with feelings in a productive way. I see it as brain training. I can't tell you how much it has helped me with issues like anxiety. PA school isn't exactly a stress free environment, so I'd take the opportunity now to start working on yourself. It will be a great help as you move forward into school and your future career.
  14. Yes #YourPACan The jobs pop up every now and then. https://www.news-line.com/featureone.lasso?-Search=Action&-token.profession=PA&-token.target=featureone&-Table=webinfo&-MaxRecords=50&-SkipRecords=0&-Database=press*&-KeyValue=209
  15. I'm a huge fan of education and gaining knowledge, but I caution you on overdoing it. If you have a job lined up that wants certain things, great. However, spending a bunch money on certs, just to get certs may not be the best way forward. When I started in EM, I was sent to the Advanced Bootcamp before starting and they did a fair amount of training in the first year. One of the challenges I had was that I learned a ton at the bootcamp, but I did not have they ability to apply it actively. I felt that had I had some experience under my belt, I would have been able to assimilate the information much better. I still learned a ton and it definitely helped, don't get me wrong. The point here is that other than the required tickets, BLS/ACLS/PALS and a bootcamp course, I think you're going to hit a deminishing return pretty quickly with the additional classes. I feel you on the residency challenge. My program also graduated just late enough to make many of them difficult if not impossible to make happen. However, there are some that start in the fall and I did interview at two (Albany and Hopkins). Life took me elsewhere and didn't get into either, but I was geographically constrained and those where the two I could make work. In the end, it has worked out well. Would a residency helped with my procedural skills, yes. However, had I ended up in the same region, it wouldn't have changed my day-to-day much. That being said, I'm still a huge fan of EM residencies in general. Just my two cents... I appreciate your enthusiasm, and have been exactly where you are right now. I wish you all the best!
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