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  1. Hey guys, I'm currently considering applying next year and was wondering if anyone could share their stats for getting into nova or any other school in florida, especially how many pce hours, since they don't seem to require it but I'm not sure how many most applicants have.
  2. Hello I'm new to this website and forum but I have a plan to continue my education to become a Physician Assistant specializing in Dermatology. I wanted to hear from PAs or students who are in the minority specially the African/black community. I am a 24yr old Female, Jamaican-american. I plan on applying to a PA program here in Florida in the next 4 years, and was hoping to get some more information and advice please!! I will be attending an accelerated program (5-6months) to be a Medical Assistant (Sept.- Feb. 2020). After I am licensed in MA, I would like to reapply to UCF for my biomedical sciences degree. Where I can get in my hours for healthcare experience as an MA and finish my bachelors before applying to PA school. I have just a few concerns: 1. Is becoming a MA worth it before PA school? or worth the money to go to school for? I'm worried because most companies here are looking for bilingual MAs. I do want to learn another language preferably Spanish, but later on while I get my B.S in Biomed (Also I do not want to be CNA or RN). 2. Is a biomedical science degree more looked at to enter a PA program? Which degree/major is also acceptable if I decide not to go the science route but I make sure I take my required science classes? 3. As a minority do we have an advantage or disadvantage to enter a PA school? 4. Does anyone have experience as a PA student either at NOVA or Barry University? If so, how are the professors and the overall work load? 5. After becoming a PA, do we experience racism throughout the country in our profession? (Regardless if we do or not, no one is going to stop me from doing my job correctly, I will treat every race with respect. I would just like to know because I'm curious since again there is not many of us as PAs.) 6. How was the job search for you as a minority? How long did it take to land a job in your specialization? 7. Are there any forums or websites to find a black PA to shadow? or if anyone can refer me in central to south Florida locations? 8. I am highly interested in this career but want to know if this profession is worth committing to and seeking a job for in the years of 2024-2028? I know that's a stretch time but I like to be prepared lol Thank you for your time!!
  3. Hi! Im a Biology student at FIU, currently taking my pre reqs for PA school. I am finding it quite difficult to find a PA willing to let me shadow them. I have emailed some. A couple responded stating that they weren't allowed to as they work in a private practice. I know a couple of NPs that will let me shadow them, but of course my school requires a LOR from a PA. Anyway, my email is dbrow251@fiu.edu! If you know anyone or are a PA willing to let me shadow them, don't be afraid to message me. I will of course provide a copy of my resume! Thank you!
  4. Hello All, Our Cardiothoracic Surgery Group at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida is looking to add another PA. We currently have 3 Surgeons and 4 PA's. Salary is based on experience. If you or anyone you know may be interested, feel free to shoot me an email. Thanks! Paolo Calizo, PA-C paopaocali@gmail.com
  5. Hello All, Our Cardiothoracic Surgery Group at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida is looking to add another PA. We currently have 3 Surgeons and 4 PA's. Salary is based on experience. If you or anyone you know may be interested, feel free to shoot me an email. Thanks! Paolo Calizo, PA-C paopaocali@gmail.com
  6. Hello everyone, I am a 3rd year neuroscience, with a minor in psychology, Pre-PA student hoping to shadow a PA in any specialty! I am willing to travel to any part in South Florida. My email is mtejo2016@fau.edu
  7. Hey everyone I just have a question about health care experience and which is best when applying to PA school. I go to Miami Dade College here in south florida, any PA's from my school that graduated will help. I am in my 2nd year of earning my bachelors in Health science with an option of physician assistant studies. I have two options which I feel I like and they Phlebotomist, and caregiver. Now I am not sure if caregiver is accepted for PA schools but I found it on the "inside pa training" website. I like caregiver because my family actually owns a nursing home and it would be great if I can get hours right at my house but I am not sure if that is also accepted for PA schools (getting hours at a family owned business I mean). I would have too check with them first but if they do agree that it is fine would being a caregiver be the best option for me? I was considering EMT but I do think the job is a little too managing for me at the moment. I also found CNA which is also something I could do in a nursing home.
  8. Hello! I am looking to shadow a PA in any specialty. I am a pre-PA student at the University of South Florida and am applying to PA school this cycle. Please pm me if you have any leads or if you would be willing to have me tag along. Thank you!
  9. One slot has unexpectedly opened up for the SEMPA Ultrasound Course being held February 22-23 in Jacksonville, FL, and we are offering it on a first come first served basis. To register, contact Mary Hines in the SEMPA Customer Care Center at 877.297.7594 extension 3169 with your credit card information. https://www.sempa.org/ultrasound-course/
  10. Attention Pre-PAs! Getting into PA school has become very competitive, and many school now have more than 20-25 applicants for each open seat. Here is a meeting you do not want to miss! The American Association of Surgical PAs will be hosting a Pre-PA Info/mentoring seminar, practice one on one interviews, and essay reviews in ORLANDO, FLORIDA JANUARY 19th, 2018 (Friday), starting at 1600! There will be a 3-4 hour coaching session and plenty of time after for practice interviews and essay reviews. At the end, receive via email a certificate of attendance from AASPA to dress up your CASPA application! Student will be able to meet PA leaders and admission committee members and learn first hand tips and tricks to become a successful PA Program applicant. Some of the topics to be covered include: -Overview of the PA Profession -How to get a shadow -PA Profession news that all applicants need to know -Essentials of Academic prerequisites -Health care/patient care prerequisites -How to deal with CASPA -PA-wanna-be essays -How to stand out as an applicant Attending this seminar attendees receive: Unique certificate of attendance suitable for listing on PA applications Copies of all PowerPoint slides and lecture materials One on one opportunities to speak with PAs serving on admission committees Unique tips, tricks, and advice you can't get from a book or a website. The event is hosted by AASPA and given by volunteer Surgical PAs, PA school faculty members, and admissions experts Register at AASPA.COM ($65) For any questions, please contact ceo@aaspa.com. AASPA Pre-PA Flyer-final.pdf
  11. Hey Pre-PAs! The American Association of Surgical PAs is doing an ultrasound workshop in Orlando on SATURDAY JANUARY 20 2018. We are looking for PA student and Pre-PAs to volunteer to be models for ultrasound/POCUS training. Shifts are from 1500 to 1800 and/or 1800-2100. Bathing suit and sports top for ladies. We will ultrasound abdomen, heart, lung,& DVT. This will look amazing on a CASPA application, you will receive a formal letter from AASPA certifiying your participation, you will be introduced to an exciting HOT medical field, have time to practice ultrasound yourself, and meet local PA faculty, students, and future preceptors, See the attached flyer, Email CEO@aaspa.com to volunteer or for more info PS- check out our amazing Pre-PA coaching seminar Friday Jan 19 2018 as well JERRY SIMONS PA-C POCUS JAN 2018.gif.pdf
  12. Why you should join FAPA by Nicole Schtupak-Zernitsky, FAPA South Regional Director: It’s a great idea for all Florida PAs to be members of our state academy, the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA). It allows for SO much: networking, information, mentoring, biannual conferences and being up to date with all the PA legislation, just to name a few. Dues go to help lobby for our profession, and protect it against non friendly PA legislation, and lobby to help pass laws that ensure we have the practicing rights we do. It’s also tax deductible! It does not go to pay salaries… I am on the board of directors as the South Regional Director, and everything I, and the other members of the board, do are all voluntary. We do what we do because we believe in and love our profession. If you love PAs, love your PA, want to protect the PA profession, be a PA, working hard to become a PA then support your state academy. It’s super important. I had no idea until I became a PA student, and even more so now that I’ve become one. You want to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to attain. And don’t think that for one second there aren’t non friendly legislation attempting to sneak into laws. It’s currently happening! It’s bc of the state academy and their political action committee that help to combat those groups. Non friendly legislation in one state opens the door for other states. We have to all band together in all of the ways we can. One way to help, is just as simple as becoming a member. Nicole’s background: ER PA, critical care flight PA, South Regional Director for FAPA, adjunct faculty at Barry University, and previously sat on the admissions committee for the PA program. Thank you for reading. Please share. Join today: http://www.fapaonline.org/default.asp?
  13. Hello all, I am a very motivated prospective Physician Assistant student looking to shadow a willing PA in order to further my understanding of the requirements to be a successful PA. Those who know me would describe me as a hard-worker, avid learner, and a medical professional who is great with patients. Currently, I'm a state licensed EMT, published author, and medical scribe (please see my attached resume). My diverse medical experience already includes: Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, and Orthopedics...However, any specialty would be wonderful and greatly appreciated! If interested, please shoot me a PM or email at ndiehl@jacksonville.edu. With gratitude, -Nathan Diehl Nathan Diehl EMT Resume.docx
  14. If anyone is interested, I created a Florida Pre-PAs Facebook group! Description: This is a platform to connect all Florida pre-PA students to increase communication across the state by sharing relative news, networking and creative innovative ideas. Share the sunshine love. Here's the link, ! https://www.facebook.com/groups/FLPrePA/
  15. Want to see what it's like to be at Keiser University?? Then follow us on Social Media! Instagram: @ku_paprogram https://www.instagra...aprogram/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kuPAprogram/ (both are student run pages, feel free to DM and talk to current students!!)
  16. Exciting News! The American Association of Surgical PAs will be hosting a Pre-PA Information and mentoring session in ORLANDO FLORIDA JANUARY 20th, 2017. It will be held at the Doubletree MCO hotel. There will be a 2 and a half hour coaching session and plenty of time after for practice interviews and essay reviews. Plus, a certificate of attendance will be a great way to dress up your CASPA application! Getting into PA school has become very competitive, and many school now have more than 20-25 applicants for each open seat. Student will be able to meet PA leaders and admission committee members and learn first hand tips and tricks to become a successful PA Program applicant. Some of the topics to be covered include: -Learn about the amazing & rapidly growing PA career field. -Overview of the PA Profession -How to get a shadow -PA Profession news that all applicants need to know -Essentials of Academic prerequisites -Health care/patient care prerequisites -How to deal with CASPA -PA-wanna-be essays -How to stand out as an applicant Attending this seminar attendees receive: Unique certificate of attendance suitable for listing on PA applications Copies of all PowerPoint slides and lecture materials One on one opportunities to speak with PAs serving on admission committees Unique tips, tricks, and advice you can't get from a book or a website. The event is hosted by AASPA and given by Surgical PAs, PA school faculty members, and admissions experts Register at AASPA.COM ($65) For any questions, please contact ceo@aaspa.com.
  17. Has anyone applied to the Adventist University program in Orlando? Or any current students at Adventist? Any info you can provide?
  18. I have tried numerous times to upload a photo without success. All of you with photos would you share the secret? Even asked extremely computer savvy nephew and still no success. Thanks. Sorry if this is not the correct site to ask this.
  19. Hi! I'm having difficulty finding shadowing opportunities in the mid/south Florida area and I was wondering if any PAs would be willing to let me shadow in the Tampa/Bradenton/Clearwater/Lutz/St. Petersburg area. I'm currently not employed so I can shadow any day of the week, any time. Thank you
  20. Hello, I'm currently halfway through my first year in PA school in Georgia. I would love to have a clinical rotation back home in South Florida or maybe in Orlando Fl. I was advised to look for a Peds or Women's Health. I'd also be interested in Derm/Primary/ENT. (Derm and ENT being a possible elective rotation. I'm open to any other elective rotations too! Thank You
  21. I started practicing 2 years ago as a PA in an Ortho-Spine practice, my responsibilities including First assist 2.5 days/week, rounding, clinic 2.5 days/week, rare call, rare weekends, also administrative tasks such as compiling surgical outcomes, assisting the training of staff, implementing new policies and procedures with staff etc. I was't excited about my initial salary and benefits but I have really enjoyed the work. I have gotten significant raises over the past couple of years but during my last raise/review there were interesting comments about decreasing my rate of salary growth which i thought strange as I am still below what I assumed most other PA's in my field are making.. My major issue is this: I feel like i am always being told what other PA's in Florida make in my field and a lot of what i research seems different than what I am told. There have been a few threads from Spine PA's on the forum and I wanted to create a general discussion among other PA's in my field so we can communicate with each other about what the "going rate" is. I started at 80k, I am currently at 100k with guaranteed 5k annual bonus. I only get 10 days PTO, Holidays, and 5 CME days with professional fees paid. (no sick time) I am told Laser spine institute PA's make 95k, (What I have read online is 105k with 4 weeks PTO including CME) I am told other local practices which do similar work make between 115-120's with a few PA's in the area at 150k, and 1 up to 180k (which they feel is extreme) They did not comment on what the other benefits these PA's have as far as PTO and Bonus' I also work part time in the ED on my free weekends when I have available time where I am paid $60/hr. I calculate my current full time position makes $42 or less base on the hours I work per week. So Fellow PA's please help enlighten me on what our "going rate" is?
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