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  1. Also interested in this. Just got hired in a Cardiology practice and was wondering what the ins and outs of this subspecialty entail.
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-anderson/physician-assistants_b_5013750.html
  3. Get the Duben's book. Best EKG book you'll ever need. Easy to read and follow.
  4. However if you're into learning about how to communicate and seem more like able I would recommend Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People".
  5. I think you really underestimate your potential when it comes to dealing with patients. Just speak to them as you would prefer to be spoken to. Don't make each conversation about yourself and what you can do, but instead aim each convo centered around your patient (where they are from, what they like to do, throw in some tasteful humor here in there). Tact is not something you learn from a book but something you acquire over time through your own experiences and also by watching how other professionals communicate with their patients. You'll be great in time, just be patient! Amazing PAs are not created. They are made over time with hard, hard work.
  6. I'm wondering if they even deny folks who interviewed or if they just flat out place EVERYONE on a waiting list? For those of you who were in the 60s... do not fret for I am in the 70s!! I've also been accepted to 3 other schools. I wonder what they are looking for. Admissions is truly an enigma at UTMB it seems, which is fine. Very happy for all of those with good news. Will wait a bit and see what happens.
  7. Because there are vast amounts of PNs posted here and you are suspicious of plagiarism? I thought about that when posting mine, but ultimately I posted my narrative with the intent of providing an example of a narrative that helped land me an interview. People will do what people do, but I own my narrative.
  8. Hann, didn't even make the cut for an interview. Hope that helps!
  9. Just got my first rejection letter from UTHSC. BOOOOO!! Glad that's out of my system. I'm more than happy to be going somewhere else though!!! Good luck to the rest of y'all
  10. Got a letter in the mail today... accepted! @hebanks, I want to say there were around 30 people there the day that I interviewed which was Nov. 7th. Since today is the 21st it took 2 weeks to find out. My advice: Be yourself. Be friendly and courteous to everyone there. Obviously you are going to be prepared, just as anyone would prepare for an exam, etc., but I think it hurts if you over-prepare(other people might disagree, but I'm not other people). It might sound weird, but I actually enjoy interviewing at all of these places because you get to meet so many people from all over, who have cool stories to tell. Be sure to allow yourself to have a good time--professionally. As far as the essay goes, I guess I didn't think too much into it like some other folks may have. I wrote about a personal experience regarding a situation I was in and the lesson learned. I think I maybe spent 15 minutes brainstorming & writing. That was it. Oh yeah, when you are interviewing with the faculty be sure to remember to act like a normal human being. Don't be uptight or high-strung. You've earned your place to attend this school. At this point faculty are trying to see how your brain ticks in person, and also if you aren't a compete weirdo. One last thing... look sharp and dapper up! Hope this helps. I hope you get in! Good luck.
  11. I got my Waitlisted letter approx 2 weeks after I interviewed and then it was probably another 2 weeks when I got the call for acceptance. I got the call after the 2nd cohort interviewed though, so maybe that had something to do with it. Good luck!
  12. Accepted to one of my #1 choices! Thanks to everyone for all of their input. You guys rock.
  13. Hope this helps someone! Just got accepted to one of my #1 choices. ========= I rolled my cart of IV fluids down the halls of the hospital for the evening refills. It was my first week as a pharmacy technician, and I was anxious about my future after graduation. An alarm wailed as I stepped off the elevator, "Attention, Code Blue on ICU-3" I quickly wheeled my cart into the medication room and looked over a group of nurses, respiratory therapists and staff, searching for the source. Bryan, the on call Physician Assistant (PA), began orchestrating the staff seamlessly, ordering the removal of the patient's clothing, intubation, and appropriate IV fluids. After a few minutes, the 24-year-old patient was still. The patient's brother fled the room, dropping a book he had been reading at his brother's bedside. Upon leaving the floor after my refills, I caught a glance of the patient's brother in the hall with his face buried on Bryan's shoulder. Bryan stood there calmly, with one arm around the patient's brother and the other arm holding the dropped book. Moved, I reflected on the event for the duration of my shift. As a pharmacy technician, I contribute an important, but indirect role in providing care and the extent of my patient contact is limited. In the patient's room, however, I could see a face, body, and even his terrified mother. My contribution felt meager compared to that of the PA, and I realized at this time that I had more to offer. In fact, everything I have been dedicated to within the past few years has helped me become a stronger leader, student, and caregiver. During my time at Texas Tech University, I dedicated myself to various organizations that fostered my ability to lead. In the university marching band, I acted as drum major for two years. On a daily basis, I was expected to think critically while commanding over 350 students during rehearsals and performances. Many times in this position, I counseled students about their personal problems surrounding family and school. My term in student government allowed for a much larger spectrum of service, where I advocated for students and spearheaded an initiative that ensured prompt grade returns. With enough teamwork and perseverance, my committee and I influenced one of the colleges on campus to adjust their academic policies. Both of these roles enhanced my strong work ethic and communication skills, but more importantly, endowed me with a deeper sense of empathy and the desire to serve others. I wanted to become a stabilizing force for people as Bryan was for the patient's brother that night in the ICU. I researched what it means to be a PA and quickly discovered that I possessed many of the qualities an ideal PA has. Motivated by this, I began my prerequisites with a stronger resolve than ever and tutored my classmates in rigorous courses such as Physiology and Cellular Biology. Upon completion of several academic requirements, I proved to myself that I could master difficult coursework, enjoying the challenge it brought. This bolstered my confidence to continue my education as PA student, and encouraged me to translate the same passion I had for academics into a clinical setting. Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) and shadowing have broadened my horizons of patient care, and subsequently, have cemented my desire to become a PA. Getting my hands dirty and drilling the fundamentals as a CNA has helped me better understand the sometimes unpleasant nature of medicine. After completing CNA clinicals, I was better able to comprehend what life is like for people with severe disabilities. I am certain that this lesson will be essential in my future as a professional caregiver. While shadowing Christy, one of the PAs at a wound care clinic, I became humbled by how knowledgeable and understanding she was when solving her patient's problems. Not coincidentally, I noticed how both Christy and other PAs contribute investigative and practical services to the facilities in which they thrive. They are part of an unassuming profession that is transforming the delivery of quality healthcare. I hope to be a PA that can provide this type of care: A realistic practitioner who works within a team of professionals and someone who makes his patients feel at ease. Bryan's code blue ultimately failed to revive the patient. Although these types of losses are unfortunate, I am thankful for the perspective they give me. This event, along with many others, has given me the desire to never give up on what I hope to achieve in medicine. Throughout my self-discovery, the PA profession has emerged as the perfect fit for me because it operates on the core values I possess. It has pushed me to become more successful in my academics and exceedingly generous in compassion. I look forward to continuing serving others in a more refined manner, and am confident that PA school will supply me with the capacity to do so.
  14. Excited about the next chapter of my life!

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