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  1. I recently wrote a blog post describing a typical day for me in PA school. Hope you find it useful and that it gives you an honest understanding of what PA school is like. I did one post for didactic year and one for clinical year. Enjoy! Didactic Year Clinical Year
  2. Hi everyone, I am new to the forums. I am a PA with 1 year of experience. I just got an offer in a family practice in the North Texas area. After talking with the providers there, the supervising doctor seems to be very patient with the PAs and willing to teach. I feel this is a good place to grow. I was wondering if this is a fair offer. I feel the pay is a little low and benefits seem a little on the low side too. Salary: 90k annually, work 8-5 and 4 hours on a weekend every month. Assuming 8 hour work days and 4 every month, $42.29/hr. Bonus: Very vague bonus. At discretion. Call schedule: 1 night per week and 1weekend per 5.5 week. Vacation: 15 days pto, Most major holidays off. Health insurance100% paid for health insurance after 90 days. Does not state dental or vision. CME: $1000 + subscription to a review course. Dues, licenses and professional membership $1000 per year every 6 months. Performance eval at 6 months then annually, Malpractice paid, tail not mentioned. Parking is not mentioned which could be costly considering the parking garage is the only option. In summary Location could be closer to home but not a deal breaker by any means. Specialty is good. Supervising physician is good. Pay is lower than expected. I would appreciate any feedback. I think this place is a good fit, but I also would like to be compensated fairly. Thank you for all the feedback! My responses to the questions: Call is just answering service. I do not see patients in ER or hospital. I do have time set aside to chart and review labs as part of my work schedule. This is salary and is not hourly. I calculated the hourly rate.
  3. Hey there, I am a second year PA student and I have a blog PAjourney.com where I post advice for students looking to get into the profession. Recently I wrote a post that I hope will help new PA students survive didactic year. I thought it would also be great if other experienced PA students gave advice in the comments section on what helped them survive. Because lets face it, the one year of didactic learning we do is probably harder than any academic year in any other major/degree/profession in existence. Med students have a long road ahead of them, but no single year of their education even comes close to the challenge of didactic year for PA students. Please read my article below and add your own advice in the comments of this post! PAjourney: End of Didactic Year, Thoughts & Advice From the 1/2-way Mark
  4. This blog was recently promoted on our intranet and I've spent the last two days reading everything on it, alternately disgusted and amazed. Really well-written and understandable with great content from both the author, Dr. Bobbi Pritt, and knowledgeable readers. It's mostly case-based. Some of the cases have more background information than others. http://parasitewonders.blogspot.com/
  5. It's about to be a challenging journey full of ups and downs! I was in your shoes exactly 1 year ago when I finally got the courage together to apply for CASPA 2015-16. It was the first year with the new CASPA application page and the because of the HUGE volume of applicants, the website had crashed. I was already anxious enough talking myself into applying, and finding out that the year was so competitive that CASPA crashed added a new level to my worries. However, you push through and you get your 3 letters of recommendations. You take and submit your GRE scores. You get your official transcripts sent from all of the institutions you've ever attended. You write your personal narrative and dozens of supplemental essays, trying to figure out how you can reword the essays to reuse for each school. Then you painstakingly input each and every HCE, volunteer, community, work, research, grant experience you've had in the past few years. This is probably the part that took me the longest. My advice is to create an excel sheet for yourself to keep track and to get familiar with the specific way that CASPA wants you to input those experiences! Slowly, but surely, you start reaching the end -- it's almost time to submit! If you qualify, definitely consider the CASPA fee waivers. I had applied to a dozen schools and that was an expensive choice that I still think was worth it. While I was interviewing, there were people I met who applied to 4, to 20, to 1. Everyone has their own path and perspectives, and you should definitely do what feels right for you. Some schools have supplemental essays that cost money to apply to. For those schools, make sure you would definitely matriculate there if accepted before you submit on CASPA because there's no turning back. I had one school where I paid the CASPA fee before realizing that I didn't want to use the time and money (+$50) to submit 5 more supplemental essays for the program. When interview invites started coming, I was surprised to find that there was a huge range in program admission timelines. My earliest interview invite was for August 2015 and my latest interview invite was for March 2016. Seven months of stretched out interviews! And officially one year later -- literally April 27, 2016 -- I have finally chosen which program I will be matriculating into this year :) If you have any questions about any part of the CASPA application or interview process, please feel free to ask me. I would love to be a resource -- especially if you identify as a person of color, as LGBTQ, as disabled, as an activist, or come from a disadvantaged background! I'm on the other side of the CASPA/Pre-PA journey and I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE! If you have any questions at all, please find me at socialjusticepa.org and follow my journey at socialjusticepa.org/blog
  6. Does anyone know of a medicine website or blog that is geared towards teaching certain topics in medicine? Maybe even geared towards medical topics that PAs need to know and should know in order to get survive class exams as well as the PANCE/PANRE? Would people find that as helpful as I think it would?
  7. Hey everyone, I thought it would be useful to list some of the blogs & websites that helped me get into PA school. There are a lot of writers out there with great advice and experience that you can learn from. They were so useful to me when I was applying that I started my own blog as a way of giving back. It is listed down below with the others. Please feel free to share other blogs/websites that have helped you on your journey! My blog: pajourney.com (Advice for Pre-PAs updated every two weeks. As I begin school this May I will also write journal entries of my experiences) Trust Me I'm a PA Student: http://doseofpa.blogspot.com/ (A wealth of great information and advice on this blog! One of my favorites!) The Physician Assistant Life: http://www.thepalife.com/ (Advice and tools to help you succeed. Great site!) DJ & the PA Journey: http://djthepa.blogspot.com/ (Journal of DJ's experiences in school. Fun to read. Gives you a sense of what it is like to become a PA) PA Focus: http://pafocus.org/ (Website that will keep you in the loop about what is going on in the world of PAs) Those are my favorite websites. Please list your favorites!! Reading these is so useful, especially if you have not yet been accepted or are not sure if this is the path for you.
  8. One of the most important things you can accomplish in your personal statement is to demonstrate that you know the specific roles of a PA and why you want to become one. I recently wrote a blog entry on this topic that you should check out! Garunteed to help you write your personal statement. http://pajourney.com/2015/01/07/why-do-you-want-to-become-a-physician-assistant/
  9. Blog: During this inaugural semester, students and faculty have worked together through various challenges with the common goal of fostering academic, professional, and personal growth. Academically, the past four months have been grueling, yet exciting. Professionally, we have been challenged to think with wisdom and empathy. Personally, our energy and brain-power have been tested, but we have all succeeded. With only two weeks until finals, we are the closest group of 24 strangers there ever was, and we’re better for our experiences. Sincerely, CH Update (6/11/2014) Gardner-Webb University has finally announced that they have officially purchased Crawley Medical Center with the intent of turning it into a allied health sciences building: Websites: http://gardnerwebbpa.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/gardnerwebbpaprogram Pictures: http://photos.gardner-webb.edu/2014/2014-General/PA-Classroom-2014/ Please Fill Free To Ask Any Questions (this thread will be used to serve as link for current students to future students)
  10. Hello all, I'm a UT Southwestern student and I just created a blog for current PA students and pre-PA students as well as current practicing PA's. Feel free to follow my blog and update yourselves on current topics that are informative and vital to our understanding as PA's. Please feel free to comment and forward my articles as well! http://doseofpa.blogspot.com Thanks! Paul
  11. Hi, I'm a current UT Southwestern PA student. I recently created a blog for pre-physcian assistant students with the purpose to inform students of important topics useful for interviews and in general for their own future practice. New Certification Process for PAs, PAEA Program DirectoryThese are just a few topics on my blog. Feel free to visit the link below, follow my blog, comment on articles with questions, or like specific articles. Any feedback would help! I'll be posting topics soon with resources that many students may be unaware about or providing reviews on resources that you have to pay for to use, such as the PAEA Program Directory, which I already have an article about. http://doseofpa.blogspot.com
  12. Getting ready to apply this year and it just occurred to me.....Is my hair cut inappropriate for the PA profession?? I currently shave my head...I use a 1 guard so it is VERY short. I have done this almost all my life and have never considered changing it. Does this "Skin Head" appearance discredit my professionalism with regards to the profession?
  13. Hey everyone, I've been blogging for a little over a year now and realized I never posted about it here. So, if you would like, check out my blog. Mostly interviews with PA-Cs and PA-Ss (there's a page that sorts them by program) with a few random posts with my thoughts. Mostly programs and people from Texas, with a few exceptions. Enjoy! http://prephysicianassistantblog.blogspot.com PS - Any PAs out there who would ike to/be open to interviewing with me, PM me please!
  14. I have been offered a full time job with 100% paid PA program tuition by my former employer, a large healthcare system where I worked for 17 years. Our family relocated 4 years ago to a different state. If I were to take this wonderful opportunity, I would need to drive 3 hours one way on Sunday evenings, stay for the week, and drive 3 hours home on Friday evenings. We have children ages 8 and 10, and it would be a difficult thing as a family to decide if they should come with me, stay here with their dad, and of course, the ultimate question, is it really worth the sacrifice to break the family apart - at what cost does career come before, or after, family. In the western part of the state I live in, North Dakota, there is a huge population boom due to the wonderful oil jobs. Five small towns, two of them with hospitals and three of them with clinics, cannot keep up with the demand of services for healthcare. They are desparate for nurses, techs and at present, they are desparately recruiting for family practice physicians. I have proposed to them, hiring PAs, like myself, with a similar deal-they pay my PA program tuition. The incentive for me going to Western ND, as opposed to my former employer's offer, is that there are daily flights to these tiny towns from the city I live in. In the proposal, I included the need to fly me in and out on a daily basis so I can be home with my family in the evening. I suggested they consider doing this for several of their open positions (nurses, techs, etc.) Do any of you reading this have other ideas or things you would suggest I consider if I am given the opportunity to further negotiate? Thank you.
  15. Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I am recording my whole process of getting accepted to PA school, and my experiences throughout school. From getting patient care experience, pre-reqs, to recently getting accepted into PA school I will put it all down. I am trying to include any tips and tricks that I feel worked for me so that others can benefit from them. I will answer any questions and give my advice to those who are still working on getting into PA school. (Any little advice helps along the way). http://djthepa.blogspot.com/ I am planning on recording through PA school, so those who will get accepted can have info on what its like to start the program, and what to expect. Please feel free to leave feedback and comments! THANK YOU, and good luck!! -DJ
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