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  1. Hi! I will be going into my senior year of college in the fall as a Public Health major. It need some advice on becoming a PA.... The reason why I want to pursue a career as a PA is because of my experience with one. When I was 18 years old I was diagnosed with melanoma. My usual dermatologist was out one day and I saw the dermatology PA instead...she was even better than my usual doctor...so engaging and personable. Ever since she has sparked the idea in my head of becoming a PA... I am just really curious on current or past PA students experiences getting accepted into school. I currently have a 3.2 GPA (and hope it keeps going up). I have little to no direct patient care experience. I work in a nursing home in the dietary services...and have been a volunteer with the Melanoma Foundation of New England for 3 years. (Running events and speaking to colleges|high schools on melanoma) I need to take only 3 more prerequisites after I graduate with my bachelors degree... Basically...I need all the advice I can get! I have no guidance in this from professors at my school and want to know your experiences! When should I apply to school?? What should I do to get direct patient care experience? Is becoming a PCA at my nursing home too safe or do I need to become an EMT or phlebotomist?? I look forward to hearing from you!
  2. Hello all! New to the forums :) I've searched for this topic that I'm about to ask about and I didn't really see any concrete answers for my specific situation (though I think I may know the answer to this question already), but here goes: So my track for my undergrad degree is currently dietetics, but after some deep soul searching, I've realized that this track is not for me and I'll be switching it to allied health after this fall semester so I can begin doing pre-reqs for PA school. Because I was on the track for dietetics for the last 4 years or so, I have a combined total of a little over 2 years of working in hospitals as a dietary aide in two different major hospitals. I primarily work with patients on many different diets and I also some experience with tube feedings (very elementary experience, mind - like knowing which tube feeding does what and how many liters or can to send for a certain goal rate). The schools that I'm thinking to applying to after my undergrad do not require healthcare experience, but it is strongly preferred. If push came to shove, I could try to transfer out of the dietary within the next few months into phlebotomy for some hands-on HCE, but it would really suck if my dietary aide experience didn't matter at all. Do you think that will be the case when I apply to these programs? I'm not sorry for that experience - if anything, being a dietary aide is what led me to wanting to work in heathcare in the first place, but I still would like that it counted for SOMETHING. Thank you for any feedback!
  3. I start PA school this fall, and I am extremely excited. Extremely excited! In my program, after 4 semesters of preclinical studies, we will rotate through 7 clerkships, and finish with 2 elective rotations. I expect that during school, my experiences will shape my decisions-but I am unable to resist the urge to plan now. I look at these extra rotations as an opportunity to refine my top-choices for specialty, if I haven't already. Here are the 7: Family Medicine Clerkship Internal Medicine Clerkship General Surgery Clerkship Pediatric Clerkship Geriatric Clerkship Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship Emergency Medicine Clerkship Elective I Elective II My top goal after PA school is to join a DMAT team, and while I wouldn't entirely pick a specialty based on my extra-curricular career, it will be a consideration. From what I have gathered the specialties of emergency medicine, general surgery, family practice and critical care would all be advantageous. I am aware that needs would be team-dependent and assume that most teams are looking for experience(years), not fresh out of school. SO. Can anyone tell me what specialities have been or are attractive towards DMAT team management? Additionally with that specialty in mind, what would be a good elective to pursue? -Thanks ladies and gentlemen
  4. Good evening everyone, I am looking to shadow PAs in any specialty in the MD/DC area. I am a teacher, but could shadow on weekends or nights. If anyone has any contacts or suggestions for how to find PAs to shadow, please let me know. Thank you!
  5. Hello everyone, I'm new to the PA forum. Haven't seen a thread yet for the upcoming application cycle, so I thought I'd go ahead and start one. I'm sure I can't be the only one in the process of narrowing down my list of schools for next year! Just curious to see where everyone else is applying and what your backgrounds are. I'm going to do my best to stay active in these forums, because I think I can learn a lot from everybody here. This is my first time applying, and I'm sure there are people here who are re-applicants and can offer advice to those of us who are new to the process. A little bit about me -- I'm a recent University of Arizona graduate (Bear Down Cats!). I studied healthcare management and I'm currently working as an ER scribe in a rural hospital, about an hour outside of Charleston, SC. I'm taking the GRE in January and I'm currently finishing the last of my science pre-requisites. Once I receive an acceptance to PA school (fingers crossed), I'm comissioning in the Navy as a medical officer and I'll serve for at least two years after graduation. Planning to specialize in surgery, likely trauma and/or orthopedics. Here's a list of schools I'm considering, in order of preference. I know it's quite a few -- most likely, I will not apply to all of them. Let me know if you are also applying to any of these schools and/or what you've heard about these programs! Duke University Chapman University - Orange County, CA University of Alabama - Birmingham Treveccca Nazarene University - Nashville A.T. Still University - Phoenix South College - Knoxville, TN MUSC - Charleston, SC University of South Alabama University of Utah University of Florida University of Charleston - West Virginia Sullivan University - Louisville, KY Idaho State University Monmouth University - West Long Branch, NJ Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ University of New England - Portland, ME Look forward to hearing more about everyone....and good luck to everyone applying in 2015!
  6. I usually print out the PowerPoints as an outline and take notes on the sides and then make flash cards for the microbes but I feel like I end up missing information! Not to mention that you can only put so much onto a flash card for a microbe! Help!! What study tips did you use for your microbiology course?! Please and thank you!! Melanie
  7. Hey, Sorry if this is a repost but I couldn't find anything on this forum about the actual interview process for ER Tech positions. I have an interview Friday morning at a big (>30 bed) Level 1 trauma center and I am pretty nervous about my chances to get the "emergency services technician" position. I have my EMT-B and have a little (read very little) experience volunteering in another hospital ER and some experience on a squad but not a ton outside of what I did through school to get my cert (maybe 36 total hours with local FD on 911 calls). I do however have about a year of experience working in a gastroenterology office as a procedural scheduler. My questions are: A) Do I really have a shot at this job without real street experience? I've been turned down from patient care tech positions at the same hospital recently due to not having a CNA...I'm not in any way associated with a nursing program which has been indicated is preferred... B)What sort of questions can I expect as part of the interview process? Anything besides the usual "tell me about yourself", "what's your greatest weakness" sort of stuff? C)Is there anything I can do as part of the interview to make myself stand out to the ED Director? Just talk about my patient centered philosophy? Even though it will be a paycut, I really want this job as I know it will give me a ton of valuable experience. I would honestly do it for free if I could maintain the same scope of practice and have the opportunity to learn and work alongside PAs/NPs/MDs/RNs etc and see their clinical decisions and interventions. Any advice or help would be appreciated.
  8. Hey all - I am a current 2nd year PA student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. I am interested in moving to Denver after I graduate. I am not in a position to do full clinical rotations in the Colorado area due to finances, but I am hopeful I can meet a surgeon or surgical PA in the Denver area that is willing to allow shadowing on one Friday or on a weekend each month. My interests thus far are in dermatology, cardiology, neurology and urology (all very different, I know...). My best friend lives in Denver and I plan to drive out to Denver and stay with her for several 3-day weekends during my next few semesters. My hope is to be able to shadow a physician or PA in the Denver area on Fridays/weekends while I'm visiting the area. If there is anyone willing to allow me to sit in on clinic days here and there, I would greatly appreciate it! Please contact if so. My phone number is 816-853-0388, and email is ag4h9@mail.umkc.edu. Thank you! Allison
  9. Hello Illinois! I am a second year PA student at Barry University in Miami, FL. I am very interested in finding a rotation in Chicago in Ob/Gyn, preferably in perinatology/maternal-fetal medicine for next year. Obstetrics and gynecology have always greatly interested me, but I eagerly welcome the opportunity to learn about high risk pregnancies. I am aware that some locations require a rotation in Ob/Gyn before working in a specialized field like perinatology, and I would be happy to first complete an OB rotation if needed. ​In regards to affiliation with Barry University, the clinical coordinator for my program and I are ready to speak to the medical education department of the appropriate hospital(s) to begin an affiliation agreement process. As of right now, my school has scheduled my out-of-state rotation for July 2015 (my last rotation). However, if these dates are inconvenient, I would be willing to accommodate my rotation schedule if necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need more information! I hope to have the chance to work with someone. Thank you in advance. :)
  10. Hey everyone. Just thought I would start a thread to open some communication and networking for people accepted to the Class of 2017! I'm really excited for the program to start and can't wait to meet everyone.
  11. I am a high school senior who is interested in studying to be a PA in college. I definitely want to pursue this career. I consider myself a good high school student. I have a 95 GPA and I am in the top 5% of my class. I am good at math and science. All these factors considered, I still have self doubt and feel extremely intimidated. Honestly, half of me thinks I will do fine and the other half thinks I will fail in college. I understand nothing worth while is easy in life. But is PA school really the grueling, hell on earth major some people make it out to be. Do you have to be a valedictorian genius to make it through the coursework. I am very nervous and do not want to fail. Can anyone talk about the overall difficulty of PA school? I know it is intense but I am questioning whether normal hard working person can make it or must you be a medical prodigy. Thank you in advance!
  12. I am currently a senior Psychology student who would like to get HCE at a local hospital and see if I would like to go the medical/PA route. I was wondering if anyone knew of any post-bacc programs (post-graduation) that can help people with insufficient classes to prepare for a PA school application? I graduate in 1 year and don't have enough time to complete the prerequisites. Thank you!
  13. Hi guys, I am currently a sophomore at rutgers university. I am applying to 1 accelerated program with Rutgers/UMDNJ this upcoming April. Can you please review my criteria in order to help me strengthen my application??? Please keep in mind that I am starting my sophomore year this September, so I have not had as much time as traditional applicants. Major: Public health (no minor required because it is a credit intensive major) cGPA: 3.95 (got 1 B+ in english) sGPA: 4.0 (took orgo at community college) I still have to take bio I/II/lab. Rutgers does not require any upper level bio prereqs to apply. Will finish Bio I by the time I apply. I will be able to apply while still having prereqs pending. HCE: -dental assistant/surgical assistant: 800 hours, paid -currently a Physical/Occupational therapist aide: 450 hours by the time I apply (paid) -Taking a CNA course currently, 40 hours of clinical experience (volunteer) - Senior Squad member- work along side EMT's and paramedics/respond to emergency calls- 350 hours by the time i apply (volunteer) TOTAL HCE HOURS: 1640 hours SHADOWING EXPERIENCE: - shadowed 5 different PA's (including an experience at Riker's Island and the Hospital for Special Surgery), in the specialities of cardio surgery, orthopedics, psych, bariatrics, and general surgery. - totals at 40 hours - accepted into a shadowing program during winter 2014- unknown amount of hours. School involvement: -AIMS: achievements in math and science- a program for freshman students with a strong interest in math and science- access to mentors/tutors/guest speakers/field trips/reserved seats in science and math courses - NSCS- honor society for top 10% of freshman and sophomore students - Sigma Delta Tau- social sorority - pledge class scholarship chair- ensure the pledge class maintains academics during the pledging process - Rutgers Blog writer- able to give advice and share my experiences using the Rutgers Blog as a medium - Allied Heath Professions Club - Eta Gamma Sigma- honor society for public health students LETTERS OF REC: at least 3 - Owner of dental practice where i worked - Physical Therapist where i currently work - A PA who has mentored me/set up shadowing experiences for me - My orgo professor - Possibly my frozen yogurt boss/owner (ive worked there for 4 years) Work NON HCE - frozen yogurt- past 4 years, train new people, open/close store, etc - RU disability services- scribe for disabled- take and upload notes from a variety of classes Volunteer non HCE - dance marathon for embrace the children- 35 hours - Prevent Child Abuse 5k race- 5 hours HOW CAN I STRENGTHEN MY CHANCES OF GETTING IN?!?!?!??!?! PLEASE OFFER ADVICE
  14. Looking for a bit of feedback on major choices. What did people do for their bachelors prior to applying for PA school? Bio, Chem, Nursing, etc? Am on a transfer system going to night classes at a Cali community college; currently working full time @ VA hospital (3+ years of trauma psych/clinical research work with veterans and AD, and ongoing). Planning to get EMT certified next spring and get some clinical experience on weekends as am hoping to focus on trauma/CC as a PA. Current major is nursing (bachelor program, not associates) but since my end goal is PA and Navy service am wondering if nursing is the best major to aim for - does it actually give me more flexibility, like it seems to, as opposed to straight Bio or a non-science B.A? Have until the end of the year to decide as then I need to decide which specific Bio/Chem classes to take. Current GPA is 4.0 but that's in community college classes so we'll see. Thanks for any feedback.
  15. Hello all, Just wanted to take a poll of how many of you actually get "supervised" by your supervising physician? How many of you practice without physician in the office? Do your supervising physician signs of everything you do? My employer just hired a new MD from out of country and had a heated debate about role of PAs ( obviously he has no clue about what we do or can do). I work very independently and my supervising physician is sometimes at a different clinic. He maybe signs off 5% of my work. He is very confident in me, unlike this new M.D. Trying to educate him, but its so frustrating.... He thinks we need to be babysat and have all of our work signed by our supervising physician... Arrggghhhh!!!!! Thanks
  16. Hi, My name is Kristin. I'm currently working on my master in NYC and I'm in my clinical rotations year. I'm very eager to start a career in Dermatology but I am having a hard time finding a rotation in Dermatology. My school says they have very few Derm connections and that my chances of getting a rotation in this field are slim. Therefore, I have taken it into my own hands to reach to whom ever I can in order to find a Dermatology preceptor. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much! Kristin
  17. Hello, I'm new to the forum. This year is the big year for me. I plan on applying to programs this summer for matriculation next year. During my shadowing experiences I have found that the most valuable part of the shift is sitting down and asking the PA questions. Seeing them do the job is helpful, but it's awfully familiar to me as I am a float NA in a hospital and see PAs do their job on the regular. Lately I have been contacting a lot of local PAs and asking them any and all questions I can think up. Getting ahold of PAs is a difficult matter however. I hope that's where you come in. I have a few questions that I would like anyone with a spare moment to answer for me. I'm really just trying to get a better, more concrete understanding of the profession. So far, what I have heard from the PAs I've interviewed is extremely promising. Thank you for any help you can offer. Here are my questions. Why did you want to be a PA as oppose to any other health care professional? When treating a patient, is there ever a time when you say to yourself "Thank goodness I'm a PA because if I weren't, I wouldn't be able to provide this care"? Or in other words, is there ever a time in which you are grateful that you are not a Nurse, PT, or any other health professional with less involvement in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient because it would limit you in something you feel you need to do? And if so, what was the situation and what was the care? In contrast, As a PA, do you ever have the thought cross your mind while treating a patient "If only I was an MD, I would be able to provide a care that I can't right now as a PA" Or in other words, is there ever a time in which you feel limited in your ability to treat a patient as a mid-level provider? What is the best part of being a PA for you? (Something that doesn't coincide with other health care professionals) How would you distinguish your job/duties and skill set from a MD, DO, or NP? What do you feel are the important differences and similarities? How do you feel about their professions in general? And what do you think of their usefulness in various specialties and settings? Do they make your job easier/harder? What is your educational background? (Just in terms of undergraduate degree onward. High school isn't necessary) Why do you work in the specialty that you do? What is it about it that you love/like? Is it the specialty that is ideal for you? What was your professional program like (Med school, NP program, PA program...etc)? How difficult was the application process? Did you apply to many schools? Do you have any words of wisdom for someone who is planning to apply soon? How balanced do you feel your career is? (As far as it's effect on your life outside of work, the amount of time that is devoted to it, the amount of time you can spend with each patient... etc) Do you feel rushed or limited on time often? Or does everything feel pretty balanced? Are there times in which you don't know the answer to a patient's problem? What do you do in these situations? Who do you consult? Who do you bounce ideas off of? How do your patients typically respond to you not having an immediate answer? Did you have patient care experience prior to your current role? If so, what was it? How many hours (roughly) did you have? Was it helpful to you in your current role? And in what ways? Feel free to post or message me (Not sure if you can message people on this forum). Either way, I can post an email if people would like me to recieve their answers by email. Thanks again.
  18. I have a huge library of ebooks I purchased. I offering my a package of 5 (25$ each) -10 ebooks ($20 each). Trust me, you won't find a cheaper deal. Also, if you don't mind telling me if you are a medical student, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant student. Books: None of the books on Ebay or Amazon are cheaper than $40. Bates Guide to PE and History Clinical Radiology Made Ridiculously Simple (MedMaster Series) Clinician's Pocket Reference Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2013 Differential Diagnosis Mnemonics First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 2 CK 2ed 2010 First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2014 First.Aid.for.the.USMLE.Step.3.3rd.Ed First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK 7th Edition Goljan - Rapid Review Pathology Robbins Basic Pathology (9th Edition) Pocket Medicine 4th Edition Kaplan Notes for Step 2 CK: IM/ObGyn/Peds/Psch/QBook/Surgery Made Ridiculously Easy Books (all) Step-Up to USMLE Step 1 - Fourth Edition Step-up to Step 2 CK 3rd Edition Video Lectures: - All Dr. Najeeb lectures: $100 (regularly offered at $99/yr membership). www.drnajeeblectures.com - All FutureTeachingPhysicians lectures: $75 (regularly offered at $34/yr membership) http://www.ftplectures.com - Doctors in Training USMLE Step 2 Course: $75 http://www.doctorsintraining.com/ - USMLE Express Full Step 1 - $125 (regularly offered at minimum of $1000/yrs membership) http://www.kaptest.com/Medical-Licensing/Step1/s1-comprehensive.html?tb=live-prep - Kaplan Medical Step 3 - with Dr. Conrad Fischer - $100 - Kaplan USMLE Step 2 - Complete video lectures - $125 (regularly offered at minimum of $1000/yrs membership) http://www.kaptest.com/Medical-Licensing/Step2ck/s2ck-comprehensive.html Board Exam Practice: - Depending on what type of student are you: If you would like to pass the PANCE first time around, you buy this. If not, then you wait. I can get you this too.
  19. Hello, I've been tutoring PA students now for 3 years. I have also been tutoring PA grads trying to pass the PANCE and the PANRE. For those students who have taken the PANCE and been unsuccessful, we find what area they were weak in, and begin with review of subject material and then on to test bank questions. For students about to take it for the first time, we pinpoint areas that they are weaker in by reviewing grades from their schools. I also look at the schools themselves, as some schools have weaker clinical rotations than others. I also tutor students still In PA school. As far as fees, I have somewhat of a sliding scale in that I first talk to the student on the phone to find what that person's financial situations are. I am a retired M.D., having practiced ER Trauma in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and have taught at Med Schools , undergraduate schools, for 23 years. and am not doing this for money as much as the enjoyment teaching brings me. At Present I have 3 students from around the country. I use joinme.com on the internet. I have time for 1 more student. I live in the Boston/South Florida areas and you may call me to inquire if you wish. 617-816-8467 or email nowjohn2003@yahoo.com Feel free to visit my website at www.pancetutor.com Best Wishes, John
  20. I couldn't resist it. Right out of school, I was offered a great salary at a job I already knew. I went to work at the clinic I had worked at as a medical assistant before PA school where we did abortions and birth control. I got paid very well for it and did only that for 10 years. Now, I left because I had 2 kids and don't want the long commute anymore. How can I broaden my horizons now? I would be happy in virtually any other field -- primary care, derm, peds, urgent care, ortho, etc. I'm due to take PANRE in 2014 or 2015. So, I'm thinking I'll take some time to study hard for it to hopefully not just pass, but do well, so that I can show the category breakdown to potential employers and at least prove that I am book smart. Also thinking of taking another Spanish class to be able to add that as a job skill to make myself more marketable. Any other ideas?
  21. Hello!! A few of my classmates and I would love to volunteer in Central America this summer. By then we will be going into our 3rd semester, but we will still be PA-S. Does anyone know of any programs that are legit and worth our while? Thanks!
  22. I recently took the WAIS-IV IQ test and scored 108. I'm currently in community college pursuing an Associate of Arts transfer degree to UNC Charlotte here in Charlotte, NC. I keep doubting my ability and thinking that maybe a BSN degree is more up my alley because the science requirements aren't as stringent. So am I smart enough for a PA graduate degree, is there a chance I could get accepted into a program? My current GPA is 3.2 cumulative GPA (toward a BS in Exercise Science), and a science GPA of: 3.1. Thanks!
  23. Hey all, I am starting PA school as a member of the first class of students at the University of Missouri -Kansas City in Spring 2014. I am moving "mid-life" from the legal field to healthcare, but do have experience in emergency medicine (EMT) and inpatient mental health through the military, so I'm not completely removed from healthcare. I am exceptionally nervous about starting school and am trying to keep an open mind on what sort of specialty I'd like to go into. Anyone who is in PA school currently, residency/fellowship, or just graduating, please throw out opinions on any of the following: * words of wisdom * advice on school/residencies/etc. * starting salaries you are seeing * up-and-coming specialties to take note of * irritations or issues you have found along the way * your view on autonomy (for instance, in Missouri they just passed legislation that PAs are allowed ~95% autonomy, up from ~66%) * just all-in-all discussing your experience on your path to being a PA. I know, that was a lot of requests... As an aside, please do not troll my post and make rude and unnecessary comments or nit-pick my choice of profession. You'd be surprised at how often I see people doing that on here, and it makes very little sense as to why. Thanks to everyone!
  24. I have a question that can hopefully be answered by the gurus in this forum. I've searched the forums here (manually and automatically) and have searched around FAFSA's website and studentloans.gov; no luck. First, let me spin the threads of a story in the form of a time-line: -I will be graduating, probably in the Winter of 2012. At this time I will have open government-subsidized student loans. -I will be working to finish my required patient contact hours. This will last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on my ability to procure a job with patient contact hours while I am still in school and current application cycles. -With luck I will then be entering a PA program. Scenario 1: I can make at least minimum required payments while not attending school. Scenario 2: I know there is generally allowed deference period. I make us of this and pay as much as I am able. What limits will be placed on me and my access to government loan assistance in PA school, considering the fact that I will have to leave school for two years? (consider also that with a job as a CNA I might be hard pressed to pay the minimum amount.) Thanks for any and all help offered on the subject.
  25. I'm a pre-PA student and have contacted dozens of medical practices here in the McAllen, Texas, area to arrange job shadowing but with limited success. Please contact me if you know of any shadowing opportunities here or have any suggestions. I have a B.A. already and am completing my prerequisite courses this fall. I intend to apply to PA programs this fall. Thanks, Marc B. Geller logonaut <at> gmail <dot> com
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