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  1. Planning to apply to Baylor, UT-San Antonio, and UTMB-Galveston by September. While I do not have direct patient care experience yet, I hope to be hired on for a position soon so I can put on the app that experience will be acquired before enrolled in PA school. I have two positions that I'm interviewing for next week: phlebotomist (3 months paid training included) or tissue recovery technician, which involves removing tissue from donors for transplantation. The hours for the technician position are ideal for my situation right now (nanny). Being a phlebotomist means I will have to drop everything I have going on. Will the technician position be considered novel in any way? Or even be considered direct patient care (this will be mostly with cadavers)? Or should I just go with the safe bet and throw away any semblance of a life I have before PA school?
  2. Hi everyone! I have a bachelors degree in Chemistry and more than three years experience as a pharmacy technician. I was originally going to apply to pharmacy school (hence why I started working at a retail pharmacy) but I realized that it wasn't the right profession for me. I got licensed, state certified and nationally certified. Now I'm working at a mental health facility in the pharmacy department and I like it much better. I get to communicate with the nurses and doctors over at the facility directly and we help each other with the patients (with records, insurance, getting their drugs, etc.) I know pharmacy is not direct health experience but it's helping pay the bills and my major student loans. I've been trying to find work with direct HCE but haven't had much luck trying to find something. On the side though I have shadowed doctors as well as PAs. I also did some medical assisting (although technically that wasn't the title of the position and I am not certified) at a radiation oncology office. I know everyone keeps saying EMT is a great profession and I've tried to find accelerated programs and such (just been having a hard time with money). I really wanna go back to school. I'm almost done with the pre-reqs (I have one more to go next fall) and taking the GREs this summer. I also know many doctors who can give me a good reference. Is there any advice one can give me? The PAs I've talked to graduated 5-10 years ago so I don't really know anyone who is currently at school or graduated that can share their experiences. Greatly appreciated!
  3. Hello, I am just beginning the process of pursuing PA school. My plan is to apply to the University of New England in April of 2019. I am a 41 year old professional with 20 years in IT. I work at a Surgical Center as the IT Support person. My plan is to start my sciences in Jan of 18 (I have 6 to complete) I am writing to ask, what would be the best route to get my 2000 clinical hours? I am looking at doing the CNA program here at my job. It is free, it is 11 weeks longs and I would get a job in the hospital, immediately. Working closely with doc's , nurses, on critical care units. I was considering becoming surgical tech but, that is a 1 year intense program and the direct patient care, is with a patient who is asleep, not awake. When looking at clinical hours, what is the best route to take? If I am going to take a 75% drop in pay for a year, I'd like to get into school. The PA program here is super competitive. There were 1200 applicants last year and only 50 seats. Thank you,
  4. Hi Guys, I currently work as a CT tech assistant at a level 1 trauma hospital in Wisconsin. My duties on each of my shifts include handling all of the patient duties when the CT techs are busy. I get the patients ready for the scan, flush and remove IVs, administer IV contrast, and transport patients to and from the ER, to name a few. I see and deal with stroke codes, level 1 traumas, inpatients, outpatients, and ICU patients. I cannot find a ton of information as to if my current job would count as a fine site to acquire direct patient care or not, and I am also unable to find any posts of individuals who have had a similar experience as mine. Thanks for the help!
  5. Are messaging apps the future of healthcare communications? We have an app that acts as the "central nervous system" of healthcare communications with a channel (similar to FB messenger) that connects doctors, PAs, patients, labs, etc. on one platform. We've seen amazing results with our users so far in the NYC area. Shoot me an email at a.sheehy@klara.com if you're interested in seeing a demo. PS. I'm not trying to sell anything I promise, it's free. Is HIPAA-complaint (essentially texting) something you would be interested in incorporating in your practice? What are some issues you currently face? Best. Alexis
  6. Hello all, Pre-PA student currently knocking out pre-reqs and looking forward to applying this coming spring (2015). I do part-time EMT work, but the bulk of my HCE hours will come from my full-time job at a treatment center dealing in addiction recovery and trauma. This is more of a mental health focus. I'd welcome thoughts and feedback on what weight different types of experience carry (emergency medicine versus mental health, etc.) as well as stories of success (or failure) in how you used your hours to best and most accurately present yourself to the interviewers and admissions folks. Thanks, and best of luck!
  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 guys, I matriculated into this program last May. We've completed the first summer semester so far, and I am currently in the Fall semester here at Tech. I applied to about 7 other schools, got 4 interviews and ended up in Midland, Texas. Not going to lie, but housing is kinda expensive, water sucks and I don't know where to recycle my glass cans.. but Iooking back, I wouldn't have it any other way. Although the school is segregated from the main campus, being in Midland really helped me concentrate. There are no distractions.. not much to do. There are about 2 starbucks here, and whenever you plan to study outside of your apartment, about a third of the class is at that SB right with you. But whenever our class finds a free weekend, we get together at bars, outdoor drive ins, indoor theatres, .. and you really learn to appreciate the little things. Professors are great. They really care and will spend their time to make sure you understand the information. Best thing about Tech is that the class (both the 2nd years and fellow classmates) will look out for you. It's like a little family we have here and although it's not at the greatest location, the program definitely doesn't lack the hospitality and support that I believe we all need to get through the rigorous didactic year. Here's our class video we put together: Enjoy!
  9. Smamsa

    Questions

    In the CAPSA application, where are we supposed to submit the letters of reccomendation? Also what do we put for health related training, is that shadowing hours? Or does shadowing hours go into volunteer and work hours? Also how do I send my official transcript?
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