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  1. I found some old post about this topic but only a few people were involved and it was from quite a few years back. I thought I'd bring it up again for more clarification for all. Looking for suggestions on how to/ how you enter military experience into CASPA. What are your thoughts on dividing all of that up between medical and non-medical experience, training and schools, deployment vs. garrison, leadership roles, and awards? Did you add past certs that have since lapsed? Should it be broken down by each duty station or each title? Also, how did you quantify the number of hours and should it be one lump sum or divided up? Any thoughts would helpful.
  2. I'm going to be applying to PA school soon, as well as a slot for the HPSP for the Air Force. I was wondering if there was a scholarship that goes through the Army or if its the same scholarship as the Air Force. I would love as much info as I can get.
  3. Good Evening All, I have been contemplating this for some time. LECOM has developed a 3 yr PA-->DO program. The pass rates and scores have been above the national average and the matches look pretty good. I am getting out of the Army soon. Ive been in for 8 yrs (only part as a PA) and will be 29-30 at the time of matriculation. The question: I am eligible for 36 months of Post-911 GI bill that will cover about 80-90% of the cost of school plus living expense (about 1300$ monthly) as well as books. This is a veteran right and requires no additional service. My loans after school would be roughly 25K or less (dependent on savings). I have no debt now. I might be eligible for a grant that would cover the rest and essentially get a free doctorate. I never worked in the civilian world as a PA and have been 99% autonomous since day 1 out of school. I deployed within a couple months of arriving to my first PA assignment. I was in a role 1 hours away from the nearest provider. I have only worked an odd mixture of primary care with emergency medicine. Hard to explain this odd niche we fill. Fellow Army PAs can attest. Will I be un-happy as a PA in the civ world? If you were in my shoes, what would you do? I have all the pre-req for the school and got a 4.0 in PA school. I was a human bio major with all the med-school pre-reqs. All I would have to do is submit a packet to the medical school and hopefully get accepted. No MCAT, no classes. The only specialities I would be interested in is E-Med, Anesthesiology or possibly internal medicine with the possibility to do a fellowship later on in critical care or infectious disease. These seem to be a mid-competitive specialty and should be pretty easy to match to. It seems like as a PA working E-Med, you will be doing the same work for a 1/3rd the pay and always having someone trying to critique your work. Also, I wouldnt mind working in academia when Im older and participating in case studies and research with some of the techniques, drugs and procedures I have seen and done by working alongside dozens of different NATO nations. I feel as a PA, my ideas may just get snuffed out. What kind of salary and benefits could one expect with 6yrs experience? Looking for E-Med, Traum Surg, Neruosurg. What will my scope of practice and daily hours look like? If PAs work significant less hours of work, I would be okay with the pay difference. Im assuming most work 40-50 alongside the docs. Thank you all for your time. I appreciate all responses. I enjoy what I do now and absolutely love medicine. I just dont want to roll around to 40 years old and look back at all those years and wished I would have just sucked it up for 3 years.
  4. I am a recent new grad (17 months out) and I am looking at joining the National Guard or the Army Reserve to get a little help with my CRUSHING school loan debt. Anybody have any thoughts on pros and cons of one vs. the other? Likelihood of deployment of one vs. the other? I am older than the average new guy(40), and I have a wife and kids, so that's why I am considering one of the more "part-time" service options. Thanks.
  5. I recently contacted an Army medical recruiter about direct commissioning as a PA after (civilian) school. I thought I'd share what they told me for those who are curious : I'm interested in hearing from anyone that direct commissioned (active duty Army), or is in the process of. Thanks!
  6. Former AD Army 92R, 68V....soon to be graduating from PA school in Dec 2017. I am interested in loan repayments and serving. I will be moving to Buffalo, NY in early 2018. Does anyone have any information on a number of slots, (if any assigned to BFLO or Rochester) where I would drill, or who I may be assigned to, deployment opportunities and or military training opportunities? I've spoken to an AMEDD recruiter, but he had limited information on these questions. I'm currently out of state and it's it's several hours away. I'd be interested in the Army, Navy, or Airforce, but I'm under the impression there's no financial benefit in the latter two. Any information would be helpful, and greatly appreciated. V.
  7. Hi all! I'm about to enlist in the National Guard in order to proceed to IPAP next fall. I'm currently an undergrad with one semester of school left and have fulfilled all requirements except 2 chemistry credits and shadowing hours and I just have a few questions. I've been told that PAs in the guard, after completing school, only have to drill 4 times a year, does anyone know if this is true? I'm also curious if anyone knows if, during the program, students stay on base or if they are paid BAH and if my significant other would be able to move with me? In addition, I currently only have a 3.1 GPA (hopefully 3.2 by the time of graduation), is this considered competitive? I considered retaking classes but an AMEDD recruiter told me they take all classes into consideration to make a GPA and not just my university GPA (my university replaces up to 3 letter grads in the GPA for retaken classes). Overall, if you don't know any answers to my questions but have some input about the IPAP, I'd love to hear it! I've been searching for first hand experiences to learn more about it but it's hard to find! Thank you in advance for your time!
  8. Hi All, I submitted by application for the Army HPLRP a couple months ago and was recently told by my recruiter that I have been activated off the order of merit. Are there any recent Army direct commissions out there (went to civilian PA school and then straight into active duty Army) that can shed some insight on their experience? Feel free to PM me or just talk amongst the forum for others to see.
  9. I'm trying to pursue a navy/marine physicians assistant career (Army PAs welcome to amswer too). I'd love to hear some of the stories that have accumulated from this job. What were your deployments like? What type of injuries were you treating? Did you ever see combat? Are you given a firearm?
  10. Alright, Hello, everyone! Let me start off by saying thank you for reading this post. I am currently an 11B stationed at Fort Drum, NY. I've been in for just over 2 years now. I have recently submitted a packet for OCS (already have my AS/BS degrees). I am looking around at my options as far as other specialties in the Army for after graduation from OCS. A PA position is intriguing to me given the opportunities to go to schools and have a solid base for once I get out of the Army 18 years down the road. I have no real training in the medical field besides the basic training they give you in the Army. What are my options? Any opinions from others who were in a similar situation as mine. I am not completely set on becoming a PA. I just want to keep all my options open when looking for my first real career.
  11. I am looking for preceptors in the Savannah, Ga/Fort Stewart area for my clinical rotations next year. My children and I live in NC right now while my husband is stationed in Savannah at HAAF. We really want to be together again so I am trying to find clinical rotations in the area. ANY help would be great! Looking for: Family Medicine, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Peds, OBGYN, and BH. PA-C, MD, DO, NP- all can be a preceptor :) Thank you!
  12. Hi guys, I'm hoping there may be some UNE applicants/students who can help me out. I'm an army medic, just leaving service, with a good bit of HCE and a burning desire to go the PA route. However, I have yet to start my bachelors at UNE. I've been told to go for any major that interests me, and complete prereqs on the side, but UNE's pre-PA track has me concerned. Do you think that majoring in something besides pre-PA, at a school with a pre-PA program, will greatly reduce my chances of being accepted to their PA program? I imagine that they have some quota of pre-PA students that they accept, all official policies aside, and worry that I may be at a distinct disadvantage in this case. Though PA school has been the dream for a long time, I don't really like the idea of a pre-PA bachelors. Would I be better off attending a different university for my bachelors, and then applying for UNE's PA program? Thanks and apologies if this has been hopelessly confusing.
  13. Hi guys, I'm hoping there may be some UNE applicants/students who can help me out. I'm an army medic, just leaving service, with a good bit of HCE and a burning desire to go the PA route. However, I have yet to start my bachelors at UNE. I've been told to go for any major that interests me, and complete prereqs on the side, but UNE's pre-PA track has me concerned. Do you think that majoring in something besides pre-PA, at a school with a pre-PA program, will greatly reduce my chances of being accepted to their PA program? I imagine that they have some quota of pre-PA students that they accept, all official policies aside, and worry that I may be at a distinct disadvantage in this case. Though PA school has been the dream for a long time, I don't really like the idea of a pre-PA bachelors. Would I be better off attending a different university for my bachelors, and then applying for UNE's PA program? Thanks and apologies if this has been hopelessly confusing.
  14. While training with my unit for an upcoming deployment, I was sent to the Combat Lifesaver Course (CLS) and certified as an additional duty during the. Basically the bridge between buddy-aid and the medics who arrive after help is called. How do I quantify this for CASPA experience entry?? My primary job was quite different, I was a convoy commander during the deployment. Each convoy had to contain at least 1 CLS qualified soldier in the case of IED/enemy contact. So, I was in "standby" status on every convoy. Any suggestions on how to add up that type of hours..? Fortunately, the only time I had to employ these skills was to eval soldiers suspected of heat exhaustion. Thanks!
  15. (Thank you EMEDPA) Any PA looking for a Southern California opportunity, please contact me ASAP at jbotto@globalmso.com Apex Emergency Medical Group, Inc., a premier Southern California Emergency Medical Group, currently has three long-term contracts in Riverside and San Bernardino County, California. We are offering exceptionally rare, full-time opportunities to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to staff all of our Emergency Room contracts at Hemet Valley Medical Center, Menifee Valley Medical Center, and Victor Valley Medical Center, to provide Rapid Triage and Acute Care. Two of the hospitals are within minutes from beautiful Temecula Wine Country in sunny Southern California. Temecula has been voted one of five safest cities in the country with affordable housing and excellent schools. Furthermore, new contracts will start up in the near future within minutes from the pristine beaches of Orange County, California, Candidates must be licensed/certified as a Nurse Practitioner with a minimum of two years NP in acute setting or two years ER nursing, or a Physician Assistant with a minimum of two years ER or urgent care experience. Excellent hourly compensation will be based on experience. Compensation includes health insurance, 401K, paid malpractice with tail, paid vacation and sick time, Paid time off for continuing medical education (CME), and a generous CME stipend. In addition, Apex will reimburse employees for their California license and DEA renewal fees. Quarterly incentive bonuses will be based on productivity and are presently being developed at some of the Group's busier hospitals. Full-time and Per-Diem positions are available. Candidates must be credentialed to work at all of the Group's current sites. Also, some weekends and evening/night shifts are required. Apply to become a member of the Apex team, the "fastest" growing emergency medical group in Southern California, "Providing the Highest Level of Excellence in Emergency Medical Care." Required experience: Emergency Room or Urgent Care Experience: 2 year Respectfully, __________________________ Joseph Botto, MA Healthcare Recruiter KPC Global Management, LLC C: 714-614-2805 O: 951-537-6033 F: 951-537-6023 jbotto@globalmso.com www.thekpcgroup.com
  16. I graduate PA school in August 2016 and have been considering joining a branch of the military as a PA. I am aware that there are (typically) 5 week programs combining both physical and academic aspects to prepare students for a life in the military as a Physician Assistant. Does anyone have any further experience/knowledge (ie: Air Force vs Army vs Navy, etc) and how competitive/selective these programs are. Thank you!
  17. Here is my question: How much does your first job determine the future of your career? I am a student who has just completed interviews at a few highly reputable PA programs. While interviewing at these programs, many of the directors made the comment, "Don't just come here because our school has a big name. Where you graduated from only gets you your first job. The rest of your career depends on what you did at that first job and the most recent job after that." To me, that statement makes a lot of sense. I have talked to a handful of recruiters, Docs, PA's and PA educators about this and they have agreed. They have also added how important it is to find a first job that you not only can learn a lot from, but have ample opportunities for career growth. Some even went as far as to say that working in a rural clinic right out of school is a bad move, even if that is your ultimate goal, because of having fewer minds to learn from and less experience in "the extremes" when it comes to medical cases. They suggested working internal med at a bigger hospital, gaining experience and confidence in diagnostics/procedures, and then moving on to a rural clinic if thats where I still wanted to be. Honestly, I do not have a definitive specialty that I am set on, but, if I had to choose at this moment, family practice would be in the mix. With that being said, programs like NHSC or the Army/Navy/AF equivalents are EXTREMELY appealing when it comes to paying for my education (I will be going to a phenomenal school, but it is coming at a price!), but I would hate to place limitations on my future career opportunities by being placed in the middle of Alaska (Or on a ship, in an army base, etc, etc...) with a PCP that has little to offer when it comes to my growth as a clinician. I have no intentions of being a less-than-extraordinary PA, and would be willing to work off every penny of my expensive education if that meant I would be more competent and experienced when it is all said and done. Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
  18. Curious about NHSC Loan Repayment or the NHSC Scholarship? In this blog posting, I've included the former as well as many other loan repayment options and scholarship options you might not know about. Take advantage of this information! You might be a current PA student, a practicing PA, or a pre-PA student considering repayment options for your loans. Make sure you know other resources out there before you make a decision! This information is just to get you started and is by no means all inclusive. I realize there may be many more options out there, but I did the best I could to get your mind thinking. Good luck fellow PA-S and PA-C! http://doseofpa.blogspot.com/2014/03/physician-assistant-school-scholarships.html
  19. I am a junior in HS. I'm trying to plan out my future and a PA looks like the career i want to pursue. I want the experience of being in the military while doing something i love. Just curious, how can i become a PA in the Army or Navy? What steps did you take? Do you first have to get your education at a college then enlist or are there other options/routes? The only problem, for me, if i were to go to college first, is paying back loans/debt.(Yes i know their are scholarships and financial aid) Any other advice or tips is much appreciated P.S. I know that ROTC will pay for college in exchange for service, but the aspect of being a fresh faced officer with little experience in the military doesn't appeal to me. It seems that one would not have the same level of respect from his/her subordinates, especially Tops who have several years on their belts compared to a 23 yr old butter bar. Not to say it a bad thing, it just not for me...
  20. There was a thread on here before with some really great answers to explain the role of a PA to patients quickly and simply. I can't seem to find it. I would love it if someone could help me locate it! Thanks!
  21. I am a new PA (with 3 months family practice experience) and am seriously considering joining the military. I already serve a large (90%) of the marine population as a civilian PA. I am going to contact the recruiters, but was wondering if anyone in the military had any advice on which branch to pick... or how to start? Any inside advice? and Will they take me with so little experience, or should I ride out the contract that I have now with my employer, which ends in December? My girlfriend tells me not to join the marines or navy because of "sexual harassment" issues she's heard about from her female military friends. She's an army wife, so definitely biased. Also, from what I'm reading I'd give in as O-2? I dont know much about the military lingo. Thank you. :smile:
  22. Hello all, I would like some feedback from Athletic Trainers that are in PA school or are currently PAs. I have been a certified athletic trainer for the last 6 six working in the professional sports setting but recently I have been intrigued by the PA profession for various reasons. Any information would be helpful.. thanks!
  23. For those of you who have deployed, what are the the best military pre-deployment medical classes to attend as a PA and any recommendations for my medics? I've looked at ATRRS but would like to rank these so we can prioritize the funding. 3GeronimoPA--any words of wisdom from your recent return? Any resources you favor?
  24. I've been browsing old threads the past few days looking for some info on what a day in the life of an active duty Army PA might be like. Several members have posted similar threads and have received small tid bits of info from which I've put together a pretty disjointed picture of daily life. I'm very familiar with AF but from what Ive gathered, Army is a whole different beast. Some of what Im looking for from Current or Recent Army PA's: -What time does your day begin/end? -What do you do during the day? -Do you see many dependents or mostly AD? -Lots of training/experience? -Any problems with loan repayment/bonus? -Will you/have you re-upped? -Do you like it? I understand there will be crazy long days and nights ect...but Im mostly looking for what the average day is like for you. Any other info you would like to share would be appreciated. Feel free to PM me but I would prefer an open post so that others can share the wealth. About me: PA-C, MMS, Just over a year out of school. Currently working ER. would enter active duty O2-E4. Prior service AF medic 4yrs (4N051) 2 yrs Active Reserves. Thanks in advance for you time. Pablo.
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