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  1. I'll be honest---I do not like being a PA or healthcare in general most days. A little background: I'm in my early 30's, been practicing for a little over 2 years. First gig was in Ortho Spine---hated it---current gig is in Occ Med and disability evals. It's tolerable but in no way do I love it, and many days I hate it. I did well in school, but there were no rotations that I really liked. That's when it first hit me that I may not enjoy medicine as much as I thought. What I LIKE about medicine: -Using my skills to help someone who TRULY needs it, i.e. injured or ill through no fault of their own. -Diagnostics and decision-making -The money What I DON'T like about medicine: -The patients: Malingerers, factitious pts, somatosizers, whiners, non-English speakers, drug seekers -The chaos of a walk-in clinic -Sick visits -Mundane tasks like physicals, charting, etc -Treating people who don't need or don't appreciate care -Insurance dictating my scope of care -The list goes on None of this is to whine---I made the choice to get into medicine and that's a choice I have to deal with. 110% my own doing and it makes no difference if I didn't know what I was getting into. Still my fault. Sure, I could change jobs, but at this point I'm not convinced the grass is going to be greener in another specialty or in another practice. I've considered nonclinical jobs, but those are easier said than done to come by. With the immensity of student debt I have I've essentially backed myself into a corner where I need to make $80k + a year just to stay afloat. So as much as I'd love to go be a park ranger, it's not financially feasible. I feel lucky to have good-paying, stable work in a respectable and competitive field; but I find myself living more and more for my days off and hating the time I'm actually at work. I really don't think I'm going to get any advice I haven't already heard or thought of on my own, I just want to know if there are other PAs out there who have been through this or feel this way, and how you are dealing with it.
  2. Hey everyone! I was recently accepted into a program for fall of 2020. BIOCHEM was not a prerequisite, but I have been currently retaking the class in case I had to re apply. My acceptance is conditional based on having an up to date physical and that is It (I already submitted the physical). My question is, is It worth finishing up this class strong? Or should I stop putting effort into the class and relax until my program starts? I’m not sure what to do & don’t want to waste time studying if I do not have to! Thanks !!
  3. I had to retake one class my freshman year, and I really do not want to waste a few sentences in my personal statement to speak about it. Although, I also understand it is best to address it somewhere. Is there another place on CASPA to discuss shortcomings on your application? I do not see a place, but I want to make sure I am not missing something.
  4. Hey everyone, I completed my undergrad this spring and took biochem and microbio in the summer which I received a C and a C+ (A- in the lab), respectively, which does not look on my application. I am contemplating taking pathophys and genetics or retake biochem and microbio online via UNE online. Has anyone taken these courses online at UNE? If so, how hard were they? How long did the courses take? Any insight would be helpful. I'm not really sure what I'd be getting myself into if I go in blind. Plus, the only online course I ever took was medical terminology at my university during undergrad. P.S. Should I retake biochem and microbio OR should I take pathophys and genetics? Does it matter? I want to prove that I can do well in upper level bio courses.
  5. Hi! I graduated from undergrad in May 2017. I was planning on applying to PA programs this upcoming cycle (spring 2018). Unfortunately, after calculating my gpa the way CASPA does it, my overall GPA is a 2.9. While this is extremely upsetting, I am determined to improve it. I would like to retake some of my core sciences like general bio or A&P but I am having a difficult time finding somewhere that will let me take the courses. Because I did not fail these courses the first time, my school of undergrad and my local CC will not allow me to retake these courses for a grade. Is there any way around this? I also was considering enrolling in a masters of medical science before PA school to improve my GPA but I also need a 3.0 to apply to that. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am trying my best to not get discouraged because PA is where my heart is. Thank you!
  6. I've been accepted to a great PA program which I will start in May. I know there is probably no way to totally prepare for school, and they will teach you everything you need to know, but I have great tuition benefits for undergraduate and graduate level classes at my current job and I can take classes for next to nothing. Any current students, if you could retake or wish you had a better background in any one subject before you started, what would it be?
  7. To all accepted, Congratulations! Join our FB Group when you get a chance! - Adventist University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Class of 2018 For housing purposes, getting to know each other, and preparing for the start of school in May! Can't wait to get to know everyone.
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