Jump to content

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'Paramedic'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Forums

  • Professional Physician Assistant
    • Professional PA General Discussion
    • Medical Billing & Coding
    • Specialties
    • Military
    • State Specific Discussion
    • Physician Assistant Residency
    • Physician Assistant Owned Practice
    • Contracts, Negotiations & Malpractice
    • Physician Assistant Doctorate
  • International Physician Assistant Forum
    • International Physician Assistant
    • International Physician Assistant Schools
  • Physician Assistant Student Forums
  • Pre-PA

Categories

  • PA Profession
  • Medical
  • PANCE/PANRE Review
  • Pre-PA
  • Other

Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

Joined

  • Start

    End


Group


Profession

Found 12 results

  1. Hello all, I'm brand new to this forum. I graduated with a degree in biology and a gpa of 3.52, and was planning to go to medical school the whole way through, while also thinking a lot about PA school. I was ready to apply to med school while I was finishing college, but decided to take some time away from the academic environment to make sure I really wanted to do med school. After almost a year of soul-searching, researching and deliberation (in addition to the last 4 years), I have finally decided that PA is a more appropriate career path for me. I had a great mcat score (93%) and I had all of the volunteer and leadership experience to make me a competitive applicant for med school. Now that I'm looking at PA schools, I need to get my direct patient care hours, take anatomy and physiology (I didn't do the whole series since medical schools don't require it), possibly take statistics, and possibly take the GRE. I have 400 hours of MA experience (not certified). I know the doctor personally and worked there for 4 months, I learned a lot but it was a very disorganized clinic. I have about 200 hours working as an EMT-B. I'm wondering if I should keep working as an EMT for a year and apply for the 2021 cycle once I take anatomy and physiology at my community college. I've looked at a lot of threads on the internet and from what I've found, paramedic is the best prep for being a PA; things like, "they were a head and shoulders above the rest of their class," and "they were very experienced with patient assessments and had great clinical presence." I've also heard that it's unnecessary and a distraction if your end goal is PA. I want to be a paramedic and get real experience doing more advanced patient assessments, but it would push PA school at least 2 years back since I'd want to work for at least a year to make it worth it. Being an EMT entails a lot of driving and sitting around the station, and when I do get patient contacts, I'm not in charge unless it's a stable (BLS) patient. Should I take the time to become a paramedic and get really good experience or should I get as many EMT hours as possible in a year and then apply? Also, do schools look at how many hours I've worked or do they need to know how much time I spent doing patient care, versus driving and sitting around the station, and how do I record that? My other main question is whether I should take the GRE or just rely on my MCAT score and not apply to "GRE required" schools. I live in CA and would like to stay in California, or at least in the west (CA, OR, WA, CO, AZ, NV, NM). This might be a question for a separate thread. I know this is a lot, but it's pretty much everything on my mind right now, please feel free to only answer a portion of it if you want. Thanks so much for the help!
  2. Hello! I graduated from MSU with a Human Biology Major in Winter 2015. It has been about 3 years since i have graduated. I studied the MCAT and took the test once and did not apply to any med school because of my MCAT score and GPA. i have a GPA 3.0 and not sure about my science gpa about 2.7-2.9 I just got married this summer and have been rethinking about med school and wanted to go to PA school instead It seems as competitive as med school but it is only 2 years of school. I don't have ANY direct paid health care experience only volunteering and haven't taken the GRE yet I am 25 years old and just need some help/guidance on the path. so my questions are: 1.) Should i go to graduate school for 2 years and get good grades to make up for my low GPA 2.) Should i just get as much PCE as i can? and then apply ? if so, which is better? CNA, MA, paramedic, EMT ? 3.) Lastly, should get certified to work as a CNA, MA, paramedic or EMT first, and then work while i go to grad school so i can get PCE and boost my GPA? i don't know where to start because I'm trying to find the most affordable and less time consuming way to be competitive to get into PA school Thank you
  3. I'm currently a reserve army medic going to school and working at a civilian hospital. I have the opportunity to become a flight medic but the training isn’t very practical for me right now since I am still trying to finish my bachelor's degree. Would being a flight medic over a standard army medic help me in the admissions process to PA school? Or would army medic be attractive enough? A little background, my other experience includes 6 months patient transporter, 2 years Cath Lab CNA, 2 years Blood Draw Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist, 6 years Army Reserve Medic Thank you for any advice!
  4. I'm currently a reserve army medic going to school and working at a civilian hospital. I have the opportunity to become a flight medic but the training isn’t very practical for me right now since I am still trying to finish my bachelor's degree. Would being a flight medic over a standard army medic help me in the admissions process to PA school? Or would army medic be attractive enough? A little background, my other experience includes 6 months patient transporter, 2 years Cath Lab CNA, 2 years Blood Draw Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist, 6 years Army Reserve Medic Thank you for any advice!
  5. Hello, I am currently in the 3rd semester of my paramedic course, and a senior in college. I will be graduating in May 2018 with a BS is kinesiology, with an expected GPA of about 3.6, with a science GPA of about 3.35. I will also have completed my paramedic course, along with the national registration as well. By the time I apply in September, 2018, I will have just over 2000 as an EMT-B and EMT-P. I am a little concerned with the GPA's, as they are average, and it seems that all the schools average for acceptance are about 3.8 or higher. Do I have a chance of getting in?
  6. Hello everyone, I was hoping someone could shed some light on my situation. I am currently a paramedic, and have over 10,000 HCE. I was working as a firefighter recruit in the academy and unfortunately got injured twice. I was forced to resign and started working as a paramedic again. I love medicine and I have been working on my undergrad for the past 1.5 years. Currently a senior and all of my prereqs are finished (sgpa 3.7). I have an upward trend in my GPA, which was initially terrible (had bad GPA about 8 years ago when I was going through family issues and wasn't focused in school). I also am starting a pre pa club at my university, and will have a couple hundred hours of Volunteer work. My question is, If I apply to schools that allow me to apply pending my undergrad degree, how does CASPA calculate my GPA, considering I am not completely done and there are some missing credits which could potentially raise my cGPA. Thanks !!
  7. I am applying this cycle to multilple PA programs. I've looked at old threads and know this has been an issue for others in the past. I hold my NREMT-P cert which I cannot let go due to my DOD obligations. If I am accepted, my recert window will fall sometime during the clinical year. Has anyone's found success with their program or medical director to have the didactic year satisfy requirements?
  8. I am considering becoming a paramedic to get some clinical experience before becoming a physician assistant. Anyone else doing this? I am 26 years old and my main reason for thinking about going this route before PA School is because I just recently got out of the Navy where I was a Corpsman so I do have more than enough patient contact hours in many settings but am also married with kids. My wife is finishing up PT school so I do have to work a well paying job while she finishes up school. I am a RMA as well but they do not make that much and the job is really boring as far as what I am used to. I recently came across a school that has a Hybrid Paramedic program that I can do and work full time. So getting my Gi Bill housing money and working will help us survive until my wife finishes school. My next dilemma is that I have about 3 semesters left for my undergrad which I would have to put on old until I finished this Paramedic program and that would push my timeline back even further before I could apply and get accepted into a PA program which is my ultimate goal. So I guess my question is will this help me out in the long run with PA school as far as becoming a Paramedic. Sorry I wrote so much and all advice is welcomed.
  9. Love to hear some opinions on my personal essay. Im sure there are some grammatical errors as this is first draft. More interested in flow, content, readability, does opening hook you to read more? All advice and input is welcome. Thanks It’s 3 am I wake up to bright lights and a strangers loud voice. “Medical Emergency Engine 2” being a rookie it took me a bit to shake off the sluggish feeling before I realized the address was the a low income housing area common place for medical emergencies in our district. In my first 2 months we had 11 medical calls to this location alone, including 3 codes, 2 overdoses, and a plethora of events I never imagined witnessing. We all hop to our feet and fire up the Engine with the dispatch notes showing stomach pains and shortness of breath. We arrive to find a 41 year old female in the tripod position, extremely diaphoretic, chief complaint of tearing abdominal pain. The ambulance arrived soon after our SAMPLE history and vitals had been taken. Blood pressure 196 over 100, Pulse 122, pains radiating into lower back, history of smoking and COPD. We had just covered the Abdominal Emergency chapter in EMT class, it felt as though the text book jumped up and smacked me on the head falling open to the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm page. This was the exact signs and symptoms I had studied only days before. As soon as we got her situated on the cot I was placing the final strap under her arms when suddenly she let out an excruciating moan, her eyes went white and body limp. The paramedic asked me to check the carotid for a pulse, she had none. Time raced by as we all leapt into action dropping the gurney to the ground immediately beginning chest compressions and rotating controlling breathing. This cycle continued all the way to the hospital. I never found out the fate of our patient but I couldn’t help but wonder if she had proper preventative care. While working in EMS has numerous rewards I find myself continually yearning for more ways to affect positive change in the health and well being for the community as a proactive not reactive force in the medical field. I was first drawn to the medical field when my father endured a tough year. Early 2003 he had a triple bypass and aortic valve titanium replacement. As serious a situation this was I couldn't help but give him a hard time about sounding like the bionic man, heart clicking about. Right as he was beginning to become his old self a mass was found on a CT scan in his duodenum leading the local specialist to diagnose it as a rare disorder called Amyloidosis of which the outlook was grim. He was referred to the Mayo Clinic for a battery of test. I remember being so scared for my father and praying for healing. The doctor said that the three months between scans interestingly enough showed a miraculous remission. The doctor had seen thousands of Primary type Amyloidosis being the leading specialist at the time, but had never seen one go into a state of remission as my fathers had. This impacted me deeply at that young age, creating a passion to serve in the medical field. When I first viewed the recommended hours of paid experience I thought it was another road block to overcome on my way to the PA program. If only I could slap some sense into my younger College freshman self. My attention turned to the Springfield Fire Department, knowing EMT was a part of their intensive training. It showed how much passion and love we can give our community, small things like gathering the patients belongings, helping rescuing a cat, yes I actually saved the stereotypical cat from a tree. Just getting into academy took 9 months of preparation, including written and physical testing, multiple rounds of interviews, in depth CIA level background checks. All leading up the most challenging accomplishment to date, Springfield Fire Academy. Mixing a pseudo military regiment of physical fitness, all day didactic classroom learning with practical skills thrown in intermittently. It was described to me as putting 5 years of on the job firemen training into a 8 month academy. This being interlaced with EMT class at nights from 6-10 and thriving online business taking up the rest of my free time that was not dedicated to studying. This prepared me to become a top student in overwhelmingly foreign material and study load I could not of imagined. Instilled was 5 core values of the Department, professionalism, integrity, compassion, service, and valor of which I will never forget for they provide a framework into every aspect of my life. I never imagined being in some of the situations EMS care provided, the thrill of diagnosing the next patient and meeting new people. I am passionate about the PA profession and plan to use this passion as my driving force to work hard before, during and after the PA program. My journey has built character, determination, team attitude, ethical fortitude, and above all else a desire to effect positive change in the under served community where I grew up. All I ask is for an opportunity to interview to show more of why I will be a top candidate not only for your PA program but also a fellow PA.
  10. Here's my hail mary, folks. Hey, guys, I'm Lauren. I'm 26, hailing from Rhode Island. I went to the University of RI for undergrad, BS in Kinesiology, Exercise science and through a series of unfortunate events including a few family deaths, a sexual assault, and the uncontrolled depression that went along with it, I did not do that great undergrad. Cum overall was 2.8/2.9. Being fair, I didn't know I want to try for PA school until senior year essentially and by then my life had exploded. So I took some time off. I went to India for a month, shadowing doctors and being in hospitals there and loved it. Previously I was an EMT Basic on my school's rescue with about 2600 hours. Because I had the degree in Kin, I got a job for a year as a Physical therapy aide, all hands on time. During that time, I enrolled in paramedic school and got my license. Because I tend to stay busy, I then took a job as an ED scribe which is what I have been doing for the last two years, full time scribe, per diem paramedic. I finally got the courage up to go back to school last summer and since then have been going through pre reqs, taking a few of them again. Bio 101- Not retaking C+ Bio 102- B Chem 1- D then B (retook recently) Chem 2- in process Anatomy, D then B (not so recently) Micro- B Exercise Phys (not a prereq)- B Statistics- A- Medical Terminology-A Biochem- need to take Organic- C+, so close to a B-, will retake I've had 400 hours of time shadowing PA's in various departments in a local hospital. i have a lot of PA contacts through my hospitals and am starting to accumulate letters from PA's and docs I'm going to go through and beast through my prereqs but I need advice. i'm trying to raise my GPA but I don't think the CASPA will be as forgiving. I've had a 3.7 since I've gotten out of college. If you took out the grades I have a few thousand hours of HCE from various sources, a lot of shadowing, good background with EMS and advanced licensure. Advice? Thanks, Lauren
  11. First of all, I want to say that I am very thrilled to have gotten into PA school. I can't wait till July when I start school. Now, I figured I come back to reality and really see how much I will owe. Yesterday I sat down and after punching in some numbers, I got a lot more than I expected. I got into a school in NYC (27 months). The tuition with fees, books, and supplies, the total was around 88k. As for the living expenses, with rent, utilities, transportation, and food, I figured $2000 per month (is this too little?). After 27 months, the total will be 142k!! Is this reasonable? I was expecting 100k total but I guess I was wrong. I have 25k from undergrad so with everything together, I will be in lots of debt. Is this the norm? For those of you in school, did you take out 100% of tuition and living expenses in loans? Help!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Hi all, I became an EMT when I was 16, and I am now a sophomore at my undergraduate college. Most of my EMS experience has been volunteer (aside from a few temporary paid opportunities). I was wondering how I should count my total hours of "prior healthcare experience..." As for my volunteer hours: Can I count the total number of hours I was on duty? Or can I only count the hours that I was actually interacting with PTs? For my paid hours: If I was paid for a certain number of hours as an EMT, can I count all of those hours towards the HCE requirement? Or only the hours that I had direct patient contact? Thanks for helping out guys! -Steve from NJ
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to the Physician Assistant Forum! This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn More