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  1. Hello! I was wondering if anyone accepted into Boston University's program could share or message their application stats (gpa, HCE...), I want to know whether, if I were to apply in a later cycle I could be considered a competitive applicant. Thank you for reading this and thank you for your time, I appreciate it a lot! -Maylily7 P.S. I'll put my stats here if ya want to comment on my chances of acceptance: cGPA 3.7, sGPA 3.5, Dean's List 7/8 semesters (currently in my last semester), about 100 hours volunteering for my school's EMS. I don't have a lot of Patient care hours but I am hoping to take a gap year and work on that. I also hope to retake the GRE to improve my score as well. Again, thanks so much!
  2. Hi all, I am moving to Boston this summer, and I am on the job hunt. My significant other matched into residency, and we're so excited! However, I don't have a job lined up yet, and I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for places to look/contacts? There are so many opportunities, but I have not heard back from a single employer. I am more interested in Medicine subspecialties (I have 1.5 years experience as a Hospitalist PA). I am also open to Dermatology, Urgent Care, and some surgical specialties (plastics, maybe). We will be living in South End, but I am willing to commute. Hoping for any (and all) advice! Thank you!
  3. Hi everyone, I am looking for the opportunity to shadow a PA in Boston. There is only one very competitive shadowing program here so I was wondering if there are any PAs that would personally want a shadow-ee :) Thank you!
  4. Hi everyone, I am a pre-PA school who recently had an interview at MCPHS Boston PA Program. When I visited there for my interview, they said the result will come out in 2 to 3 weeks, but they did not specify how they would let us know. Does anybody know if they email us or call us whether we got rejected or accepted? Also, should I contact the school if I do not hear back after 3 weeks? Thanks!
  5. Hello- I will be moving to Boston, MA with my SO who will be a fellow at Brigham & Womens Hospital next June. I am currently practicing in Urgent Care in Pennsylvania. I have a little over 1 year experience with a company I love, this was my first job out after graduation. At the time of the official move in June 2017 I will have 2 year of UC experience. This being my first PA job, I have no experience with relocation (new state license, when to start searching for a job, headhunters, etc). I had planned to start looking in October - is this too soon? When should I get my MA state license? Thanks for any input!
  6. 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.
  7. Does anyone here know much about Tufts? I couldn't find it on the list of PA schools... Any current students? Do you enjoy the program? Pros/Cons? Like Boston? Would you do anything different if you could start over again? Thanks, just curious if any students in the program read this forum.
  8. Hi all!! I haven't seen a thread for this year's application cycle so I thought I would start one and say hello. I submitted my app late June.
  9. Just got invited for an interview at BU and noticed there wasn't already a thread for this admissions cycle, so I thought I'd start one. Anyone else applying/interviewing?
  10. So all of the forums I've found online on this topic are 5+ years old, and since I frequent the PA forums here I figured maybe it was worth a shot asking. Does anyone have any experience or know someone who took an EMT course in Boston? Any feedback you can provide on pros/cons, how the teaching was structured, and what sort of clinical or ambulance experience you got from it? Since Northeastern took away their program, and the program at MIT is only available to MIT students/employees, I've pretty much narrowed it down to Boston EMS vs. Boston University. Although I don't want price to become a factor (BU is $1250 vs. Boston EMS's $700), I'm having trouble distinguishing too many differences between these programs. And I've heard a few reviews that Boston EMS is a good program, but mostly from people who later got hired by them. Any insight, comparing the two? Or other programs in the MBTA-accessible Boston area I can look into for the Spring?
  11. I'm a first year PA student in DC and am looking to set up clinical rotations in both Boston, MA and Charlotte, NC in either Pediatrics, Women's Health/OBGYN, and/or Behavioral Medicine/Psych. Does anyone have any contacts or resources that may be helpful in setting these up? I'm not too sure where to start looking for possible preceptors. Any advice is appreciated!
  12. Hey everyone, new grad here, and of course, since it's my first time going through this, I'm looking for advice from those who know much more than I! I was offered a job in the Boston, MA metro area. Here are the details... just looking for general suggestions and/or thoughts in terms of whether this is a fair offer... Job: Inpatient cardiology consults Schedule: 4 ten hour shifts/week, no nights/weekends/holidays, no call Salary: $85,000/yr CME: $1500/year, no additional days off PTO: 20 days/year (earned time accrual, so with my 4 ten hour shifts it would probably be more like 16 days off... and that includes sick days, CME, vacation) Health Insurance, Dental and Vision: Start immediately, good plans & rates 403(b): employer match up to 5% of salary after 2 years of employment Licensure & AAPA membership fees: not innately covered, i can use CME to cover them if i'd prefer that. When I add them up (DEA, State License, AAPA, State society membership) it totals about $700/yr. Malpractice Insurance: Covered 100%, waiting to find out if they offer tail coverage Of note: I have worked in the cardiology department at this hospital, with these same exact physicians, for 2 years prior to PA school running stress tests. I also did my cardiology rotation during PA school with them. Clearly their interest in hiring me back is a nice thing. So even thought I'm a new grad, I am a new grad they are very familiar with, and a new grad who is pretty comfortable with certain aspects of cardiology (i.e. EKG's, common meds, etc.). Also of note: The 85k was their first offer, I tried to negotiate citing my experience there & in that specialty, and they still came back to me without changing the offer at all. I also asked for the 403(b) match to start immediately, since I have already put 2 years in, and only left to go to school and come right back at work at the same hospital. They told me that would not be possible.
  13. Dave asked me to post this here: Impossible For Some, Possible For Others I am fascinated by the different socialization process between many NPs and PAs. Not all of us, but many of us. I was at a PA conference speaking to a PA leader in a high position. This gentleman was a very nice fellow and clearly and honestly wanted to move the PA profession ahead but as we spoke I felt we were speaking different languages. As I would say something he would say, “That will never happen in my state”. Now let me tell you I have been a PA political being for almost 40 years. I was Vice-President of my PA class in 1973 and our program told us not to organize a student society. We took that threat on as a challenge. So here I am in this conversation and almost everything I say......partnership, working with NPs, increased autonomy, the word collaboration....all is met with the phrase “That will never happen in my state”. Now let me again make clear that this is not all PAs, nor all PA leaders. But it is too many. When I asked him why what I got was an answer that sounded something like “If we do these things, the medical society will destroy us”. I won’t say more about this discussion except to say I would like to think we parted as friends. I recognize fear is still a huge part of the PA landscape. No doubt some fear is needed by not just PA leaders but all leaders. We should not be the Thelma and Louise of PA leadership running through the AMA House of Delegates knocking down tables. Some amount of fear or worry is healthy but if not put in it’s proper perspective, it will eventually neuter the PA profession. If we worry about any other profession, TO THE DETRIMENT OF OUR OWN, we will destroy ourselves. It’s time we see that. I know I will be disagreed with, but we can take a lesson from many other healthcare professions. Pharmacy. Physical Therapy. Psychology. Audiology. I will choose our NP colleagues as they are closest to us. NPs almost never stifle or minimize their profession to the detriment of any other. That’s not to say they don’t compromise or settle, they do. And not to say they don’t make mistakes, they do. But they have a clear sense of what they bring to the picture and will not budge from saying it. I have had PA leaders say to me, “well that’s because they are under the nursing board”. True, no argument there, but the vast majority of NPs still need a physician to be able to work and even in the states where NPs are gaining full practice authority (independence) many will need to practice with a physician for a number of years before gaining full practice. At any time, physicians can stop hiring NPs........ but somehow NPs know they won’t. Some PA don’t. That’s the disconnect between us. We PAs still believe that “the man” can crush us. NPs have given that one up. Hospital systems won’t stop hiring NPs or PAs unless one is clearly better than the other. In the almost 50 years of existence of both professions they hire both interchangeably. So does the VA, so do 50% of private physicians. It tells me something. Neither of us is going away. And “they” won’t make us disappear because we want to be able to have less barriers and less regulation on our practice. Most of these regulations may have made sense 50 years ago, but no longer work for either profession. The NPs get that also. Where fear should come in for PAs is that it will soon be easier to just hire NPs as physicians will not want to be bothered with the burden of the rules and regs the PAs bring. The administrators will say why even worry our physicians? Hire NPs and make life simple. The physicians will say, I don’t want the hassles. If I was a PA leader that would be my major worry-not the medical society. Clearly us “non-physicians” have much to offer the citizens of America. The idea of full practice authority rings clearer for all of us in family practice, peeds and women’s health. PAs and NPs in those fields can do most of what physicians do and do it well. Let’s work together to be able to go to the areas of need and provide care, with the least amount of barriers we can. Let’s work together to fund residencies that give us the training hours in certain specialties that America needs. Let’s work together to make sure insurance companies recognize the value of our work. It is time for us to all say out loud that our professions are great and provide excellent care to our citizens and not look over our shoulder to see who is listening or reading our words. It’s time for us PAs to not live in a world where “That will never happen in my state” changes to “It’s only a matter of time”. Time to say “Anything is possible” and mean it. Dave
  14. After my first two+ years of PA practice (and steep learning curve!) I will be relocating from Southern California to Boston for my husband's job. We are not planning to make the move until spring of 2013, however I am already looking into licensing requirements and job options. With just the little bit of research that I have done so far, it seems that Massachusetts seems like a GREAT state for PA practice! If you are a PA with current or past work experience in the Boston area, I would love to connect with you to discuss what the PA-employment atmosphere is like. I have experience in Emergency Medicine and Gyn, however I would really like to use this move to switch my career trajectory into more of a primary care setting. Any thoughts on the larger practice groups (Harvard Vanguard, etc) as it seems that they have the bulk of job availabilities? Or even better...know of any primary care practices that are considering to add a PA? Any info appreciated -- on the thread or private message. Thanks in advance!
  15. This is the description while I was looking for HCE jobs in the area... "The Patient Safety Aide is a caregiver who is visually attentive to a patient at risk due to meeting the criteria and having an order for a 1:1 patient watch." Do you think this is adequate HCE experience?
  16. 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.
  17. Based on the locked thread I made a bunch of phonecalls. This is what I came up with: Tufts University will be starting to accept applications in the summer of 2012 for a class begining in 2013. This program will grant an MS. The curriculum is very early on in development. The gentleman I spoke with was actually very surprised I had even heard of it. No word yet on prereqs or CASPA as far as he knows. Tufts has a medical school and a DDM school as well, and have their own hospital (Tufts Medical Center, formerly New England Medical Center). Tufts is well known for their transplant and pediatric medicine (i take my son there). Not so much for Emed, though there are plenty of great ER's in the area. They make great utilization of PA's in the hospital. One of my friends (also pre-pa) has several friends who work there in CardioThoracic Surgery and they love it. I'm sure the rotations would be great. Tufts is a busy hospital located right in Bostons Chinatown. I hope this helps. Lewitt
  18. To Whom it May Concern, I am a pre-PA student living in Boston with a BA cum laude from Boston University and am looking to shadow any PA who would be gracious enough to let me follow him/her around. I am willing to travel to the Greater Boston area as long as the area is accessible by some form of public transportation since I do not have a car. I have cold called every hospital and clinic in the area and because of privacy issues have not had any luck with finding shadowing opportunities. Please message me with any opportunities! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Maria V.
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