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  1. Hi everyone, I recently had an interview with a PA school and found that the interviewer seemed to find clinical experience with a MD more valuable than clinical experience with a PA, and yes, this is actual paid hours, not just shadowing. Has anyone else experienced this? I am in total shock since I am applying to PA school rather than Medical school. I may be wrong but I thought that my experience working closely with a PA was a huge plus. How would I know that I wanted to go to PA school without that experience? Working with a PA has provided a huge insight on the role of a PA
  2. I just moved to NoCal (Silicon Valley) area due to my husband's new job. My attending in Florida contacted his friend at a major university here and got me my dream job. I have five years of pediatric surgery experience and have been told that I am expected to train the other NPs in the group (who all have less than or around one year of experience in the subspecialty). I am less than one week into my job and today I found out that one NP (who has just over one year of experience) is being paid slightly more than me. Apparently this institution counts nursing experience as part of their calcul
  3. Hello all, I am applying to PA school this cycle and I'm trying to decide how to best optimize my application. I have around 1800 hrs of clinical experience currently (medical scribe) and around 100 hrs of medical related volunteering (hospice). I was originally planning on sending in my application this month after finishing my last pre-req courses. I've already written all my short answer questions for the school specific supplemental apps and they are all written based on the experience I currently have. However, now I'm faced with a dilemma. I'm going to be starting a new position s
  4. Has anyone seen a preference of whether you receive your clinical experience from a private practice or a hospital setting?
  5. Hi, Through my experience of my week stay at a hospital (due to Lung Collapse, lung hemorrage, and now dealing with anemia) and my interactions and talks with nurses, PAs, medical technicians, etc. I wish to go into PA (physician assistant). However i am confused of the application process into becoming a Physician Assistant. I know it requires at least 2000 hours of Clinical Experience and one way to do that is to become a Radiologist Technician. But I am confused of this process as I have spoken to the Radiologist Technicians there and they only have a AS degree (in Radiological Sciences
  6. So I have a question, I have worked in medical for 11 years now, but only as clerical support. I've checked in, registered, and helped patients with their visits at their time of arrival. Departments range from ER, Day Surgery, Outpatient Radiology, Pain and Spine, Physical Therapy, Wound Care Center, Labor and Delivery, Inpatient Admission, GI Lab, and even a Pediatricians office. Only problem is they are not considered Clinical experience. I have shadowed PA's already and plan on doing extensive volunteer work, but as far as volunteer work goes I'm limited with patient care see it as I d
  7. Hello everyone, I was wondering if the ranking of the PA school you go to matters. US News has a ranking of PA schools - does anyone know whether this ranking system is a true reflection of the quality of education of the schools? Or of the quality of job offers you'd get after graduation? Thank you!
  8. Are there any other ways I can gain hands-on clinical experience without prior certification? Thank you in advance for your input!
  9. Hello, My name is Matthew Peterson and I am looking for some shadowing hours in the Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee WI area. Thank you! mtthwpeterson30@yahoo.com
  10. I'm having difficulties getting "direct patient" contact hours. I have tons of volunteer experiences and opportunities, but many schools only count clinical experience hours for hours which you get paid. I recently was hired as a caregiver for a Home Health Aide company. I am also CNA certified, but for this job it was not a requirement. Through this position I assist seniors with personal cares, transfers, ambulation, etc. much of the same things a CNA would do in a nursing home. Also depending on the client I also provide companionship and make meals. Would you consider this position as
  11. I just graduated from UC Davis and wanted to take a year off to get my health care experience but it's starting to seem like it will take forever to get training and then a job and fulfill my hours before applying. I'm trying not to get discouraged but I feel like I learned so much in undergrad and now I'm in slow mo waiting to move on to grad school with this whole hour requirement. But I REALLY want to be a PA so I'd like to get going on my hours - I just don't know what program I should choose (EMT, MA etc.) Any advice??
  12. Hello! As far as clinical experience goes, I know many schools don't require clinical experience but it is highly recommended. I am planning on getting a certification this summer to start logging hours. Does anyone have any advice on which would be best between an EMT, CNA, and Phlebotomist? Thanks!
  13. Hello everyone, I am new here. I am 28 years old and moving to Chicago area in the fall. I am in the middle of changing my career. I have a bachelors degree in aeronautical engineering with a GPA of 3.84 and a masters degree in math education with a GPA of 3.88. I taught middle school/high school math (pre-algebra to pre-calculus) for three years, but I want to give PA schools a shot now and I think I would really enjoy it because working in the medical field is what I have always wanted. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but I have read some review books (Princeton Review, Kaplan...) and found
  14. Hello, I am a pre-professional student at UCF, finishing up science pre-requisites before applying to PA school. (I have my bachelors in business.) I'm looking for a PA or two to shadow in the Orlando or south Florida/PSL area. My areas of interest are rather broad so I am open to all fields at the moment. I'm going through the process of becoming a volunteer at Florida Hospital and have an interview next week, though I'm not sure if I will have any patient care opportunities (depends on what openings they have). Without getting a license as a CNA or Med Assistant, I'm also open to
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