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  1. I found some old post about this topic but only a few people were involved and it was from quite a few years back. I thought I'd bring it up again for more clarification for all. Looking for suggestions on how to/ how you enter military experience into CASPA. What are your thoughts on dividing all of that up between medical and non-medical experience, training and schools, deployment vs. garrison, leadership roles, and awards? Did you add past certs that have since lapsed? Should it be broken down by each duty station or each title? Also, how did you quantify the number of hours and should it be one lump sum or divided up? Any thoughts would helpful.
  2. Good morning everyone, I am currently new here so pardon if this question has been asked or if I'm not in the proper thread. So lets get down to the root of my question. As stated above I spent 6 years in the Navy reserves as a Hospital Corpsman, and two years in the civilian side as a Pharmacy Tech. I am currently in my senior year finishing my undergrad with all my pre-reqs completed for PA school. I was just wondering if I don't get into the first cycle that if it would be a good idea to get my paramedic cert and then re-apply or if my being an HM is sufficient enough for myself to look good on an application? I want to keep working in the med field so I don't loose my skills but I really don't want to waste my time after I graduate with my BS. My GPA is average 3.0 . The main goal is to go to PA school and get back into the Navy as I miss it very much. Thank you for your help. Respectfully, Drew
  3. I am considering becoming a paramedic to get some clinical experience before becoming a physician assistant. Anyone else doing this? I am 26 years old and my main reason for thinking about going this route before PA School is because I just recently got out of the Navy where I was a Corpsman so I do have more than enough patient contact hours in many settings but am also married with kids. My wife is finishing up PT school so I do have to work a well paying job while she finishes up school. I am a RMA as well but they do not make that much and the job is really boring as far as what I am used to. I recently came across a school that has a Hybrid Paramedic program that I can do and work full time. So getting my Gi Bill housing money and working will help us survive until my wife finishes school. My next dilemma is that I have about 3 semesters left for my undergrad which I would have to put on old until I finished this Paramedic program and that would push my timeline back even further before I could apply and get accepted into a PA program which is my ultimate goal. So I guess my question is will this help me out in the long run with PA school as far as becoming a Paramedic. Sorry I wrote so much and all advice is welcomed.
  4. I am a GVSU student and will be done with my BS in Health Science with a focus on preventativie care and a minor in psychology in about a year! I'm hopping to graduate with a 3.5 ish (I had a 3.6 for 90+ credits and my GPA dropped to 0 when transferred) I'm SUPER worried about getting into GVSU's PA Program and am looking into joining the Navy with the hopes of getting into IPAP I will have all my pre reqs done for IPAP most likely even before I join the Navy? I'm 24 year old, female, with a husband and child and am ok with getting deployed and/or moving around! I'm also an NREMT-B - Questions... -possible officer programs for a BS degree holder - possibility of navy corpsman getting accepted to ipap - how long will it take for a corpsman to get into ipap -is ipap program accredited
  5. Hello everyone, and thank you for peeking in. I will start by saying that--in my opinion--I am not an ideal cadidate for PA school in terms of academics. I was a Hospital Corpsman for 5 years, deployed to Afghanistan, aquired my EMT, ACLS, and was a CPR instructor--however, all of these are expired now. I got out and went to school to become a Medical Lab Tech (MLT) and recieved my AAS. All together I have probably about 9,500 hours of direct patient contact, and about 2,000 of laboratory specific health experience. Right now, I am just finishing up my Bachelors of Science in Health sciences from NAU (Its online, but regionally accredited). My pre-reqs, were mainly completed for my pre-reqs in the MLT program at my CC. A&P I&II Chem (general) I&II MIcro BIO I Stats and Medical terminology (Taking this summer) I also have tons of cool BIO courses for the MLT program * All of these however are 200 level community college level classes. VIrology Immunology paristology serology clinical chemistry clinical microbiology urinalysis blood bank phlebotomy I have pretty a pretty good GPA, graduated with honors for my AAS and looking to do the same with my BS. Now, here is where I am not comfortable. First, I am not technically done with all my pre-reqs (Stats, and med term, as well as some upper level BIO classes that I will be taking for my last semester at NAU in the fall. I also dont have organic chemistry or biochemistry Second, I have nealry no meaningful volunteer work. I have not taken my GRE yet, and have not studied. CASPA opens April 27th, am I too late to begin studying and have a chance of an OK GRE? Let me know what you guys think, according to many of the PA programs I only qualify for about 10 programs nationwide due to lack of orgo/biochem, BIO II. Thanks -Greg
  6. Imagine you are a patient and arrive at the clinic. You are handed a piece of paper that describes two health care professionals that are available for you to pick from. Which PA would you choose? Physician Assistant: A Physician Assistant (PA) is a health care provider licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. PAs can examine a patient, order labs and radiology studies, interpret the studies, diagnose and treat patients and provide health education. PAs can not practice independently and can prescribe medications under a delegation act from a physician. Physician Associate: A Physician Associate (PA) is a health care provider licensed to practice medicine and works collaboratively with physicians and other health care professionals. PAs can examine a patient, order lab and radiology studies, interpret the studies, diagnose and treat patients and provide health education. PAs make autonomous treatment decisions and can prescribe medications in all settings. Which PA would you choose? Which way would you like PAs to be described in news article, in state laws, with state legislatures and at your employer's office?
  7. Our group has hired a few new hires but the established members disagree about how best to approach training the new people. In one camp, there's the "expose them to everything" group. The other camp is "make sure they learn how to do simple stuff." Either way, it's hard to design an orientation "program" for new hires. What would you include? How long do you orient your new PAs (specifically in emergency medicine)? How do you train them? Do you just scheduled them to work double coverage where they are not actually needed and can work at their own pace and then help them as they go? Do you do suture/abscess/other procedure labs? Do you have them read anything? Thoughts welcome.
  8. Ladies and Gentlemen: Several months ago, I put up my first draft narrative, and several people on here were kind enough to give me their input. I'm hoping to get more of the same. Thank you. While I knew that Physician Assistants (PAs) existed, I had never met or worked with one until after I had been in the Navy for several years. My Associate’s degree was earned with a lack-luster GPA way back when Braveheart won the Oscar for Best Picture. After this, I joined the military. It was during my eight years of service as a Navy Hospital Corpsman that I learned Corpsmen were the antecedents of Physician Assistants; the first class of Physician Assistants were made of my veteran predecessors from the Navy Hospital Corps. After being in a healthcare role as a Corpsman for several years, where I was responsible for the care of so many, I considered applying to be a PA in the early 2000s. However, lacking prerequisite courses, I felt a profound lack of self-esteem from the low grades I earned during my previous college coursework. Additionally I realized that my GI Bill financial aid would not be enough to cover all the costs, so I chose not to go for it. Instead, I became a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) after my honorable discharge. Then, as a CNA, I took a job working as a “tech” at an adult Emergency Department. Working in my role as a CNA was important in my journey to wanting to be a PA. Working at a Level I trauma center and teaching hospital opened my eyes in ways I hadn’t thought of. My previous patient population consisted of roughly 18-40 year old healthy persons with no extensive medical histories. This paled when compared to my new population containing: asthma, diabetes, multiple cardiac issues, polypharmacy, and drug abuse. I soon learned that I didn’t know how much I didn’t know. At the same time, I found myself drawn to care for those who might not otherwise have ready access to help. However, I soon grew disenfranchised as a CNA. The scope of practice was so much narrower than I was used to that I became frustrated and considered going back in the military. Instead, I looked again at going to school, but the same concerns as before reared themselves. Having worked closely with nursing staff, I saw what they did and, while I have the utmost respect for nursing’s role in healthcare, I felt it wasn’t for me. And, as a corollary, neither was the Nurse Practitioner field. So, after three years as a CNA and feeling no way to move “up”, I left healthcare to become a Deputy Sheriff. As a Deputy Sheriff I was, for the first time in over a decade, removed from healthcare. The ability to work independently in stressful environments while also being a part of a team, conducting investigations to try and muddle through obscured clues, interviewing often unwilling people to try and glean that nugget of truth: these were the aspects of law enforcement I liked. I earnestly feel that I did good for an underserved rural community, by helping to serve it. I’ve learned through trial and error that I prefer a job where I help others. But, that’s a broad category and sometimes the best way to know what you want is to give it up. I want to be in healthcare, and I want to be a healthcare provider. With a revised GI Bill that provides better funding, along with pushes at a national level for veterans to become PAs, I found it was financially possible to return to school. I have learned from my past, and have learned that entry into a career includes hard work to receive the education to get there. I have returned to school and my grades have significantly improved over my performance from almost 20 years ago. My self-doubt about being able to achieve this long dreamt of goal has been diminished. I have wanted to be a PA for many years. Having taken the plunge of leaving my job to go back to school full time has only solidified this goal. This is a career formed from a history of military healthcare experience. Where one can be a part of a team, be a medical provider, help serve an underserved community population and be challenged on a daily basis. It also allows for not only primary care, but for being one of the last “generalists” in healthcare who can go where he or she is needed. Or, one could also choose to specialize, with a Certification of Additional Qualifications (CAQ). There is a need for PAs that is stronger now than when I first looked at the field over ten years ago. It’s time to achieve this dream: It’s time to become a Physician Assistant.
  9. Hello all, Just wanted to take a poll of how many of you actually get "supervised" by your supervising physician? How many of you practice without physician in the office? Do your supervising physician signs of everything you do? My employer just hired a new MD from out of country and had a heated debate about role of PAs ( obviously he has no clue about what we do or can do). I work very independently and my supervising physician is sometimes at a different clinic. He maybe signs off 5% of my work. He is very confident in me, unlike this new M.D. Trying to educate him, but its so frustrating.... He thinks we need to be babysat and have all of our work signed by our supervising physician... Arrggghhhh!!!!! Thanks
  10. Hey Folks, I am new to the forum and planning on applying next fall. I am wondering if any current students, alumni, or other knowing folks might be able to take a look at my bio/stats and let me know if you feel that I am a good fit for MEDEX, and if any might have suggestions as to other programs that you think I might fit in well with. SHORT BIO/STATS: I am from eastern Washington, 25, married and have two kiddos. I have over 930 hours volunteering as a youth pastor and later leading a college ministry and campus outreach program. HCE: 5 years Navy Corpsman (work under a PA for 3 years and saw my own patients / anesthesia technician the other 2 years), 9 months Lab Assistant (Phleb, EKGs, ABGs) College: BA done in December (General Studies in Ministry and Healthcare) and STARTING sciences in January 2013 through August. I will be going full time and taking Bio, A&P I & II, Micro, inorganic chem I, intro to o-chem/biochem, Psych, and Lifespan Psych. undergrad cGPA: will be 3.0 post bach sGPA: I am extremely determined and think I can get over 3.5 in the above listed courses. If I do, my adjusted cGPA would be about 3.2-3.3. Thanks!! PS: I would LOVE to grab coffee or just chat with a current MEDEX student or Alumni if you are in the Seattle area! PM me if you have a few spare moments to coach a future PA :-)!
  11. How many Veterans out there have or plan on applying to PA school this cycle (2011/2012)?
  12. We're trying to get an idea as to how many veterans in general are applying to PA school this cycle. Please take a second and go to this thread to vote! http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/forums/showthread.php/33183-Poll-For-All-Veterans! Thanks for your time!
  13. Hi All, With respect to the rash that I have been discussing on this forum, the one that has not yet been definitively identified, due to the extreme restrictions with respect to posting images on this forum, I've had to crop and re-crop the image, which has caused it become very blurry. If there are any dermatology PAs who would like to assist me further, I can send them a much better defined image of the rash if I send it to your personal e-mail address. If any dermatology PAs would therefore like to further assist me in identifying this very itchy rash, please send a message to my personal e-mail address at mea505@cox.net. I will then forward a much better defined rash to your e-mail address. I would appreciate any replies and assistance. Thanks,
  14. Hey all, I'm looking to shadow a PA somewhere in Norther California. I've worked with PA's before in the military, but would like to see how they operate in the civilian sector. So far, my "cold calls" are turning up empty. Not sure if places are afraid of the liability? I'm located in the Sacramento Area and am willing to commute if need be. Thank you! Chris
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