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  1. Hello, I am a currently a PA student graduating in August and sitting for my boards in September, based out of FL. No prior military experience and history as a licensed Florida EMT-B, ED tech, and over 1000 clinical hours as of now and GPA of 3.4. I am currently applying to the Navy for direct commission (DC) withing 6 months of graduation from school and was wondering if anyone has done DC to the navy (and if so what helped you be a good candidate), life as a navy PA-C, what to expect, specialties I can expect to be able to work in, and just any general info. I have a good recruiter but you never know and I hear a lot of good and bad.
  2. I just got my packed completed for the HSCP. Very excited and hoping to get selected. It took some time but it is finally done. My recruiter will be submitting the package on Monday. How many here are applying or are in the process of submitting their HSCP packet this year?
  3. Older student here. Current Junior in Physiology track, 4.0 GPA. 5+ years working as civilian in clinical psych research for DOD - 2.5 years working with AD 0311s & 3 working with vets in a VA psych Dept. 2 questions: - is it too early in my college track to be contacting recruiters for info? Interested in Navy PA primarily, open to AF/Army. - my spouse is active duty, E-8 (EOD) with 5 years remaining. Will being a military spouse/married to enlisted make it unlikely for me to be a competitive candidate? Thanks in advance for any info.
  4. So, you have been accepted to HSCP. Yay! Congrats! Go celebrate (reasonably of course). Then what to do, Here is what I have been learning over the course of 3 months of not getting paid. I fixed most of the issues now, so hoping to start getting paid the next pay period. Step 1. Get your Military ID made, ASAP. Step 2. Set up mypay account. It's a pain, however once you have your military ID, do yourself a favor and invest in a CAC card reader. You will be able to set up you mypay yourself. Step 3. Update Bank info on mypay. Very Important. (For some reason PSD still hasn't gotten any info about my bank account even after 2nd submission of my paperwork). Step 4. Hope and pray PSD gets these info including your BAH and start paying you.
  5. I will be attending bootcamp for the Navy in October 2018. I have a bachelors degree in sports medicine and will be going in as an E-3 for HM. I plan on attending C school for surgical technician so I can gain more experience before applying to PA school. I would like to know what is the minimum amount of time I am most likely to serve before I can be promoted to an E-5 and apply to IPAP or a civilian PA program. And does anyone have any tips on how I can expedite my journey to becoming a PA (perhaps, should I choose a different C-school)? Any info helps. Thanks!
  6. Hello everyone! Not sure if this is the right thread, so sorry in advance if it is not. I am applying to physician assistant school this cycle and am speaking with a recruiter on Monday for some information about the Navy. I have been interested in joining for awhile and especially to their HSCP. Am I too late to be meeting with a recruiter? I hear some applicants send out their packet when they apply to PA school? Or am I on the right track? For those who have applied, how do you think the process was? Were there minimum qualifications for you to be considered? Look forward to hearing back. Thanks!
  7. Good morning everyone, I am currently new here so pardon if this question has been asked or if I'm not in the proper thread. So lets get down to the root of my question. As stated above I spent 6 years in the Navy reserves as a Hospital Corpsman, and two years in the civilian side as a Pharmacy Tech. I am currently in my senior year finishing my undergrad with all my pre-reqs completed for PA school. I was just wondering if I don't get into the first cycle that if it would be a good idea to get my paramedic cert and then re-apply or if my being an HM is sufficient enough for myself to look good on an application? I want to keep working in the med field so I don't loose my skills but I really don't want to waste my time after I graduate with my BS. My GPA is average 3.0 . The main goal is to go to PA school and get back into the Navy as I miss it very much. Thank you for your help. Respectfully, Drew
  8. FYI for my prior service colleagues: I’m in the process of finalizing, but it appears you can use 100% Institution of Higher Learning GI Bill benefits (not the “apprenticeship” 80% and tapering pay) during residency. I’m choosing to use the Montgomery GI Bill since it gives more money than the BAH of post 9/11 for my area, and with no tuition it’s all money in my pocket. Really going to help make up for that income loss. Note: HPSP and those who direct commission with loan repayment cannot use the Montogomery GI Bill, only HSCP recipients who paid in. Another reason HSCP is better, in my opinion.
  9. 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.
  10. If you are either a Navy PA HPSP award winner or a Air Force PA HPSP award winner could you please share some of your experiences on your 3 year active duty requirement after graduating PA school. Please answer some of the questions below or if you want to just share your experience that would be much appreciated. Thank You :) 1.) After graduating PA school how fast did you get deployed? 2) How SAFE are the clinics or stations where you were deployed to? 3) Have you ever experienced a combat situation? 4) Do you have any choice as to where you get stationed? 5) How many hours do you typically work each week? 6) What are some of the benefits? 7)How much autonomy do you have? 8) Overall what is the pros and cons of your job?
  11. Hey --- I'm looking at joining the Navy Reserve as a PA. I am aware of the requirements. I am also going in "expecting to be deployed" at some point, but I was curious if anyone has had experience as a reservist being called to active duty (and how long was deployment) as well as how likely is it to actually be deployed. I am currently a PA-C in internal medicine. I appreciate the help!
  12. 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?
  13. xTrymanx

    Navy PA FAQ

    Hi, I know I want to go into the medical field and being a PA has always been enticing to me. But it just lacked that adventure I was looking for! So then I thought about joining the navy as one and I have a few questions on it since I've heard recruiters aren't always honest. If I join the navy as a PA will I... be on a boat? See combat? Should I earn my degree before or while being in the navy? If I get my degree or finish it in the navy will my degree transfer to the real world? Is it a rewarding experience?
  14. I am a GVSU student and will be done with my BS in Health Science with a focus on preventativie care and a minor in psychology in about a year! I'm hopping to graduate with a 3.5 ish (I had a 3.6 for 90+ credits and my GPA dropped to 0 when transferred) I'm SUPER worried about getting into GVSU's PA Program and am looking into joining the Navy with the hopes of getting into IPAP I will have all my pre reqs done for IPAP most likely even before I join the Navy? I'm 24 year old, female, with a husband and child and am ok with getting deployed and/or moving around! I'm also an NREMT-B - Questions... -possible officer programs for a BS degree holder - possibility of navy corpsman getting accepted to ipap - how long will it take for a corpsman to get into ipap -is ipap program accredited
  15. I am interested in going to PA school and have done a little research on the Navy's program for those wanting to go to school as PA. I have read that those that have gone in end up getting deployed and mostly do primary care. I have been on the flip side of the military life with my Dad being in for 20+ years so I have moved quite a bit and also lived overseas. I have a BS in Kinesiology and a MS in Exercise Science and Wellness. I have spent a year working in PT clinics and also have worked with clinical populations mainly pulmonary and cardiac rehab settings. I am interested in specializing more so in cardiology, I just wanted to know if I should even bother looking into joining the Navy if I cannot specialize.
  16. Hey everyone, I'm about to submit my CASPA application in a few weeks for the 2016-17 cycle while also trying to get a head start on the Navy HSCP application. I was wondering if anyone could tell me a checklist of things I will have to have to complete my application (letters of rec?, personal statement?,etc.). I'm currently filling out my dd 2807 form and request for physical for MEPS. I know there are two interviews with navy officers (not quite sure if they are medical or not or what to expect from the interview for that matter). To those that have gone through the process what else is there for the application? Is there any particular part of the application that you would advise me to focus on to help my chances? Thanks in advance for any input, advice, good thoughts, or prayers! haha
  17. Hello everyone, and thank you for peeking in. I will start by saying that--in my opinion--I am not an ideal cadidate for PA school in terms of academics. I was a Hospital Corpsman for 5 years, deployed to Afghanistan, aquired my EMT, ACLS, and was a CPR instructor--however, all of these are expired now. I got out and went to school to become a Medical Lab Tech (MLT) and recieved my AAS. All together I have probably about 9,500 hours of direct patient contact, and about 2,000 of laboratory specific health experience. Right now, I am just finishing up my Bachelors of Science in Health sciences from NAU (Its online, but regionally accredited). My pre-reqs, were mainly completed for my pre-reqs in the MLT program at my CC. A&P I&II Chem (general) I&II MIcro BIO I Stats and Medical terminology (Taking this summer) I also have tons of cool BIO courses for the MLT program * All of these however are 200 level community college level classes. VIrology Immunology paristology serology clinical chemistry clinical microbiology urinalysis blood bank phlebotomy I have pretty a pretty good GPA, graduated with honors for my AAS and looking to do the same with my BS. Now, here is where I am not comfortable. First, I am not technically done with all my pre-reqs (Stats, and med term, as well as some upper level BIO classes that I will be taking for my last semester at NAU in the fall. I also dont have organic chemistry or biochemistry Second, I have nealry no meaningful volunteer work. I have not taken my GRE yet, and have not studied. CASPA opens April 27th, am I too late to begin studying and have a chance of an OK GRE? Let me know what you guys think, according to many of the PA programs I only qualify for about 10 programs nationwide due to lack of orgo/biochem, BIO II. Thanks -Greg
  18. (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
  19. Hey guys, Prior Service Army medic (68W) looking into the HSCP for the fiscal year of 2017. I was in the Army from 2007-2011, 2 tours to Iraq, and honorably discharged. I recently got accepted to a PA program and I would definitely like to go back into the military. I looked into the Army but apparently they don't offer anything like the Navy does. I've met with a recruiter and he explained the process, going through a background check (SF 86), going to MEPS for medical, conducting phone and personal interview, references, personal statement.. etc... My question would be toward those who had prior service in the military (particularly as medics) how was your experience through this process? Was you military service counted favorably such as deployments? training? Awards? What kind of questions are asked in these interviews? I'm trying to get a big picture of everything and try to see what my chances are in being commissioned. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
  20. Has anyone here completed the emergency medicine fellowship for Navy physician assistants at the Naval Hospital in San Diego? I'm very interested in this program and would love to hear from someone who has done it. Thanks! http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=78855
  21. Hello! I was interested in hearing from people who are considering, currently part of, or completed the Navy PA program. I like the idea that I would be able to receive help with student loans while still in school (versus the NHSC repayment program) and it seems that there are more options for working in specialty areas (versus just primary care a la NHSC) (nothing against primary care, I'm just drawn to the idea of having more choices). However, the commitment is longer (3 years)...and I did hear from someone that sometimes the commitment ends up being way more than 3 years. Also, is there a physical component to the officer school? Any and all input regarding this program would be awesome! Thanks!
  22. Just wondering if anyone could shed some light on what ODS is like. I've heard it isn't nearly as demanding as OCS, but other than that, not really sure what to expect. Would love to hear about other people's experience!
  23. I’m looking to change careers and would love to get your advice. Briefly about me: I’m a 30 year old architect who’s looking to change careers. After years of debating, I decided to enlist in the Navy for special forces Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), looking for a more interesting, physical challenge. I’ve earned my contract for the job and now I’m in a delayed entry program, which means I don’t plan to leave for a few months. I still had my doubts if I’m making the right choice (I can still back out if I want), so I met with a career counselor. My results came back with a 100% match for physician assistant and physical therapist. After my research, the flexibility, amount of education, lifestyle, and salary, PA seems like the better route. Before going to PA school, I would need to go back and take my remaining science classes, which may take a while. I’ve considered night classes, but I would still like to use military to pay for education (I currently have zero debt and it’d be nice to keep it that way). I found out that Air Force has a program called Pararescue, which focuses a lot around EMT. I’m thinking that could expose me to the medical field, while paying for undergrad, giving me a leg-up when applying for jobs, and fulfilling my desire to do something adventurous and fulfilling. Here's my idea: Enlist into the Air Force and work my way into the Pararescue program. After military training, I'm allowed to take college courses on my free time. Sign up to take the required remaining courses to become eligible for med-school. Serve my time in the special forces When completed, sign up for the officer program in military medical field, specializing in Physician Assistant. (I'm still finding out if having experience in Pararescue would qualify for substituting classes.) Receive a scholarship that will grant me 100% coverage of tuition, books, and a monthly $2,000 stipend. To my knowledge, military requires you to serve 1-year for every year of school you attend (or maybe it’s an additional year after 4?) Serve a few years in AF as a PA. Either stay in the AF for 20 years or leave after 2-3 years with no college debt. Work as a PA full-time, save responsibly, work for as long as I feel comfortable, and retire comfortably. If anyone has some experience with a similar route or just has advice, I’d love to hear it.
  24. For those of you who have experience writing this personal statement - how long was your essay? My statement is about 420 words and I'm concerned that this may not be sufficiently long enough since it only takes up about half of the allocated space on the application. Any tips? Thank you!
  25. 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!
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