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  1. A preceptor I have been longing to learn from is now only taking students who are bilingual (Spanish/English) [The rotation is in the Central Valley of CA, so it's not uncommon to expect this]. Do you have any recommendations on how to learn Medical Spanish quickly and sufficiently? Online resources? Apps? Books? I know this is something I need to do anyway if I plan on staying in CA (or the West Coast for that matter). How did you learn Spanish if it was not your first language (outside of an academic setting, preferably)?
  2. What do you think about purchasing the 12-month membership for the HIPPO PANCE review course online to do and review during clinical year? Do you think it will help me during rotations at all? My program may do its own version of a review course once we get near the exam date (9/2015), however, after doing the trial membership on HIPPO, I loved the way they present the info and am interested in using it as a supplement during the end of my didactic and during clinical year.Did the course help anyone with their exams during the clinical year? http://www.hippopa.com/
  3. For the new Cohort and those "on the fence" about acceptance: we just found out about a phenomenal PA who just received an offer to become faculty starting for the new cohort. This is also in addition to another Physician who will hopefully be accepting a faculty position for the new class. What this means for YOU is that: there shouldn't be any more scrambling for lectures or lack of lectures which means less "self teaching". Also, this should help alleviate much of the disorganization our class and the c/o 2014 has experienced! Great news for you guys!
  4. While I understand both of these arguments, I think you would both be doing yourselves a huge favor by asking current PA's what it was like at their program. I can guarantee you that they also struggled with a lot of "self-teaching" and having to sit with the material on their own (I surveyed many current PA's through this site and got an overwhelming "YES" to the self-studying at their individual programs). UCD has its deficits, certainly: lack of faculty is a huge problem right now since having moved to a Master's degree. If "self-teaching" is a problem and you have other options, then go so
  5. Can RCC grant a Master's Degree? I've often wondered that. If they can--then yep, guess they are an additional public school in CA. But, come 2015, if they can't grant the masters degree....see ya RCC.
  6. UC Davis is making a HUGE mistake with this increase in tuition. Being the only public school in CA plus their "attainability" with regard to cost, they had such an advantage over all of the other CA programs (and probably could have gained intensive national recognition because of it--thus, highly qualified students from ALL OVER!). Whatever. YOU ARE GOING TO BE A PA. DAMN IT. Do whatever it takes! I still pinch myself every day since we started. It's surreal people, but your dreams are coming true! I'd pay a million dollars (well, daddy government would pay and then I would use every fib
  7. This is blowing my mind. How can that be possible when our tuition is $31K/yr?????? I am seriously thinking this is a mistake....Ask. Look into this. Find out.
  8. Just to echo SacPrePA's advice; things I wish I had studied more seriously before starting the program: 1. Renal anatomy and physiology (especially RAAS) 2. Menstrual/Ovarian Cycle 3. Neuro: SNS, PNS 4. Gastric physiology 5. Endocrinology (thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, hypothalamus, etc + all of their hormones/actions) but mostly renal phys. I hate kidneys (kidnies? haha)
  9. For those of you who are nervous about admissions: While my class learned of our admission in late January, we had no idea when we would actually be starting. My lease in Fresno ended before I could find a place here, did a bit of couch hopping and finally got the date on when we would start (6/24). Took off to Hawaii with the bf spur of the moment, came back, found the very first apartment we looked at, put a down payment down and started 5 days later. It happens quick. Prepare yourself for that. But more importantly, the entire program goes by quickly. So when I say prepare yourselv
  10. I agree with the above: RELAX!!!! But, if you're like most of us with that Type A personality, you'll get bored with that well-deserved R&R and want to balance it out with something productive. Here are a couple topics I wish I had mastered before I started my program: Renal physiology Digestive physiology The menstrual cycle CNS/ANS Congratulations!!!
  11. I'm interested to know how other PA programs are getting their Master's Degree courses in? We were a last minute thought and shoved in with the School of Nursing to earn our Master's of Science in Health Services (not MSPAS), where we have to listen to various MS/PhD Rn's and physicians talk to us about nursing (most of the time, we had a great speaker come in and talk about the ACA--which most of us appreciated). However, we are required to write a thesis and attend these classes (our most recent one was "Health Status and Care Systems" with the RN students). Do other PA programs have similar
  12. Thank you for your reply, Paula. I think you have a very logical approach to this. Unfortunately, I don't see this concept evolving any time soon, but, nevertheless, I'd like to think my program is "trying"... PA's are NOT given the opportunity to get their NP.
  13. rpackelly--the communications department came to our class to tell us they were doing this--they want financial support from the alumns since there is literally ZERO scholarship assistance exclusive to the PA students (all the SON students get some kind of funding--if you're an RN...). Now, I made it VERY clear how I felt in the fact that PA's are getting left behind quite often in terms of acknowledgement in this program (many of my PA classmates have also voiced their opinion on this). We are shoved in with the MS nursing students and PhD nursing students and it really feels like that--"shov
  14. I'm a student in a program that teaches both NP's and PA's together in the same classroom. Essentially, the NP's in my program are being taught the medical model--which I personally think is great. It's been an incredible experience so far getting to learn from the RN's in my class. They are all brilliant and contribute so much to the complexity and critical thinking involved in our case studies and class discussion. We take the exact same courses; the only difference is that they can choose to achieve their NP cert or both their NP and PA certs by either completing the extra quarter of clinic
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