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  1. It seems as though you're adding a certain spin to my post that wasn't in there. My point was that I don't think that the Florida bill will happen right now in California, because I"m still not sure how it happened in Florida. If it's altruism, that's great. However, we can't really count on altruism being what drives OTP forward. I also agree with your overall point- the time is now to push for less restrictive PA practice laws. However, it's a good first step. Moving from supervision to collaboration is a good step, and having a practice level decision on the delegation of services is a modernization of largely archaic laws. I will be unhappy if this is the only OTP bill that is brought up or passes in California, but I also understand that it's a work in progress. It's up to us California PAs to make sure that we don't settle for a halfhearted attempt at OTP past this initial attempt.
  2. I'm happy to hear that PAs are included, but any thoughts on why Rep. Pigman would have added PAs onto the bill? It doesn't sound like FAPA was pushing at all for inclusion here. If I'm feeling optimistic, I'd love to believe that someone just believes in midlevel equality (which would be a great goal, IMO), but I feel like I'm missing something here.
  3. We do it pretty frequently. We use a local specialty pharmacy and have the syringes shipped to us. I verify labs before the MA injects the patient, it's usually less than a 10 minute visit. I try to have them come in for an official visit every other injection (at least q1yr) for review of labs and to check in.
  4. It's an interesting strategy. I'm a little unclear- how exactly did PAs get included onto this bill? It sounds like it was an eleventh hour add on to a NP independence bill. This almost goes against OTP, but also would greatly level the playing field between PAs and NPs in Florida. does FAPA have an opinion at all? I just submitted a petition from my SP in support of California's OTP bill, so I'm eagerly watching how both of these turn out.
  5. I'm eagerly following along! Just sent emails to my local reps and I've got the petition printed out for my SP to sign ASAP. We're a PA-heavy practice in the LA area, so I know that we're all big supporters here
  6. You wouldn't happen to have any suggestions for a specialty that would be a better fit, would you EMED? Jokes aside, I think that the fact that endo is part of internal medicine gives you more a wider background than you'd think. Also, it seems like most groups that do endo also have a primary care component to their patient population, so you get plenty of practice with the bread and butter diagnoses. As an endo PA, I agree that my main population is diabetes and thyroid patients. We also see a fair amount of reproductive topics (irregular periods, PCOS) and neurology that intersects endocrinology (pituitary adenomas, we even see some Sheehan's syndrome). It's a basic outpatient schedule- I'm currently seeing 10 patients per day and working up to a goal of 16 per day, with time for charting in the middle of the day. It's not the most adrenaline-inducing field, but I'm fine with that. I will admit freely that it's not for everyone- I do a TON of chronic disease medication management and motivational interviewing for diabetic patients. However, my SP is a really supportive teacher, and I like the idea of getting to know patients over time and seeing the results of all of my work play out. I do wish we had an excuse to rock scrubs every day though, business casual is not comfort forward...
  7. My Rosh score was definitely higher than my PANCE score (I think I was predicted to get a 600 and got a 500). I know that you're probably stressed and freaking out, but try to put things in perspective. Something like 95% of people who take the PANCE pass it on the first try, don't stress about it. I don't know you, you've got statistics on your side here.
  8. My girlfriend and I moved from California to Boston to go to PA school this year. Moving was rough, but we were able to make it work. If you're moving a bunch of stuff, look into getting a pod/upack portable container (from u-haul) for your stuff. It cost us $1500, but we literally packed all of our stuff into it and it was shipped to Boston for us to pick up and decorate our place. We got there two weeks before school started, for many of the same reasons that beattie228 mentioned- getting to know our local area was a big help once we were started with classes.
  9. ^^Exactly what UGoLong said. I had to pay multiple deposits due to the spacing of my acceptances (one came in a month after the other). It's not really fun to have to double deposit, but that's how it goes. My rule of thumb was that you always deposit at the first school that lets you in (if no other offers come in before their deposit deadline), and then compare each other offer that comes in to the school that you've already deposited at.
  10. Don't worry about one rejection. I got plenty of rejections when I applied last year, but the only letter that matters to me now is the one that let me off of the waitlist and into my program. Be confident in yourself and your application, and don't let one program's negative opinion of you throw you off. Just be gracious and stay optimistic about the other 17 applications that you have under review!
  11. See the italics for my thoughts after each paragraph. Your grammar is suspect at times, and you come across as offensive at times in your PS. I would honestly say that you need to start from scratch, focusing on your reasoning for going into the profession and your experience following PAs. You need to include some information about yourself that shows why you are interested in PA school, and how you set yourself apart from other applicants. I'm not getting the answers to either of those questions from your current PS.
  12. You spent way too much time on your intro here, and not enough time on the actual content required by the prompt. Your intro is a really common theme- "I like science. How will I apply my love of science?". You need to find a way to reduce your intro into one condensed paragraph that gives a little background, and then sets up a transition into why you want to be a PA. At this point, your intro is about 80% of the essay. You also go overboard looking to present stories to your reader. Your stories are interesting, but they don't do much besides waste characters. Find a way to get your point across without creating an anthology of your past experiences. What sets you apart? What do you know about PAs? Those questions remain largely unanswered in here, and need to be a main focus of your essay. Try to turn your intro into a theme in your life that you can expand on later on in your essay to answer the question as to why you want to be a PA.
  13. Your issue is a common one in the personal statement forum- you spend way too much time on your "flashbulb" story/intro and not nearly enough time on the content of your essay. You need to use a succinct intro to create a thesis, and then expand on that with real-life examples of how you would work in a PA program, why you want to be a PA, and what sets you apart. This essay just tells me that you misdiagnosed a subdural hematoma at one point, but not really much else.
  14. Just gave up my spot at the Philadelphia campus, hope that helps someone out!
  15. I recently went through the federal waiver process as a T1, and I can tell you that it's intensive from the patient's prospective. It's tough to get communication from the federal program, and questions are rarely answered in a timely basis. The requirements are very black and white, so it sounds like he wasn't doing his part. It's frusturating as a diabetic to have people like your patient disrespecting the process and making it tougher to get anything done. I obtained a waiver for insulin therapy last year. Its doable but not easy by any stretch. It's a long process, but it's nice in that it pushes a strict A1C guideline and follow-up schedule with both Endo and Ophthalmology (which is a good schedule for all diabetics to follow).
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