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  1. I am curious if there are any students that are in PA school currently who are married with children? Any advice, encouragement, etc? I apologize if there is already a thread on this topic. I could not find one. Wife has been extremely supportive through this whole journey.
  2. I need some advice in choosing a school. I have been fortunate enough to be accepted into two different programs. Let me start by saying that I am a non-traditional student. Where I go my husband and two kids will have to go too. The school I think may be better educationwise is not necessarily the one I think will be the best move for my family. School A: 1A. Has cadaver lab 2A. Has simulation lab 3A. Been around since 1992 4A. 99% 5 year first time PANCE pass rate 5A. 27 months-12 months didactic-15months clinicals 6A. Area with higher cost of living 7A. area with awful traffic 8A. tuition of $107,000 School B: 1B. Has no cadaver lab 2B. Has no simulation lab 3B. Been around since 2005 4B. 100% 5 year first time PANCE pass rate 5B. 27 months-15 months didactic-12 months clinicals 6B. Area with lower cost of living 7B. Husband really wants to move there 8B. Tuition of $73,000 9B. Student to faculty ratio is 6:1 Should I be worried that school B doesn't have a cadaver or simulation lab? It does have a 100% 5 year first time PANCE pass rate. I am leaning more towards school B because it is $34,000 less and reason 7B. I think if my husband and kids enjoy living there they will give me more time to study. If I were a traditional student and didn't already have debt and a family to consider I think I would choose school A but 100k+ in grad loans plus debt from undergrad is nothing to take lightly.
  3. Doctors Work Together on Plane to Help Passenger in DistressMaria Schamis Turner March 20, 2017Jeffrey Aycock, DMD, was on a plane in conversation with a fellow passenger when he heard a ruckus a few rows behind him. He didn't know what was happening, but the former paratrooper, who served as a dentist in Afghanistan, said that his first instinct was to see what he could do to help. Dr Jeffrey Aycock The commotion turned out to be a frightened woman calling for a doctor because her husband, 74-year-old retired Air Force Colonel Thomas McCay, appeared to be losing consciousness. The cry for help was answered by more than just Dr Aycock, who is chief resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch–Galveston. In fact, if you were looking for a doctor, the Southwest Airlines flight from Atlanta to Houston was the place to be. Dr Aycock's fellow passengers included a number of medical professionals returning home from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Meeting (AAAAI). Among those who came to the rescue were Lenora Noroski, MD, an allergist at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, who had been sitting next to Dr Aycock; Kristin Moore, MD, an allergist from the Texas Medical Center in Houston; and Andrew Grant, MD, program director of the allergy and immunology fellowship program at University of Texas Medical Branch–Galveston. Col. McCay was cold and clammy to the touch and sweating profusely. His heart rate was low, and he was clearly delirious. Dr David Corry "It's amazing how much you can learn with a simple touch," said David Corry, MD, chief of immunology, allergy, and rheumatology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who was asked to join his fellow physicians by Dr Noroski. Whatever was going on, it was obvious that Col. McCay was not getting enough blood to his brain. Dr Aycock managed to lay Col. McCay down across three seats, and the other doctors leapt into action. What happened next was a remarkable display of teamwork, Dr Corry told Medscape Medical News. "Everybody self-ordered to get done whatever could be done." Dr Moore and Dr Grant began to administer oxygen to the patient, Dr Aycock and Dr Corry, who has a background in pulmonary critical care, began to track the patient's heartbeat and blood pressure, and Dr Noroski worked to reassure the patient's wife. The airline crew also jumped in to help, relaying information to both the captain (in case an emergency landing was needed) and an on-call physician on the ground. Col. Thomas McCay "It was pretty weird," said Col. McCay, recalling that as he came to on the plane, someone popped an aspirin in his mouth and told him to chew. He could hear the group of doctors talking around him, and said he felt more embarrassed than scared. Although Col. McCay was obviously doing better, Dr Aycock stayed by his side as the plane descended into Houston, and the two of them bonded over their shared military background. "It was the perfect pairing," said Col. McCay, who reported that Dr Aycock has since called him at home to see how he is doing. Col. McCay told Medscape Medical News that he is currently feeling fine and has seen his doctor for follow-up tests. "We just want to thank everybody on the plane — the doctors, the crew, and our fellow passengers," he said. Obligated to Help "I really think that any physician who is in a situation like this is obligated to offer the care that they can," said Dr Grant. Dr Andrew Grant "We don't talk about this often, but a lot of physicians are frightened of becoming involved," he told Medscape Medical News. "But you do your best; that's about all a physician can ever do." Dr Grant said he was particularly impressed with Dr Aycock's performance on the flight. "He was the team leader," Dr Grant explained. "His professionalism and abilities were incredible." "I was just lucky to be part of a good team," said Dr Aycock. "It's wonderful to see people come together and work together." Medscape Medical News © 2017 WebMD, LLC Send comments and news tips to news@medscape.net. Cite this article: Doctors Work Together on Plane to Help Passenger in Distress. Medscape. Mar 20, 2017. Three MD's, a dentist.... and they laid him down, gave O2, ASA and reassurence..... EMEDPA would have done all that, and about 16 more things in the first 60 seconds.... Give me a well trained PA any day!!!
  4. I'm a 42 y/o woman with two kids, ages 10 and 6, currently doing pre-req's for PA School. I can only do one at a time as I also have to work full-time and it will take a few more years. It's a grind, but I've been wanting to do this for years and am happy to finally be on the path. I have been in private practice doing manual therapy for the last 18 years, and very much want to shift to a career in medicine. I have a very supportive partner, however her job makes it impossible to handle the before and after school hours, and I wind up with very little time to study. Despite that I'm pulling A's in my classes so far, thank goodness. Here are my concerns: I'm worried about the hours required in PA school, (and I understand it's very demanding), given that I have no family to watch my kids after school, or get them to school, and will likely have to hire someone for this. We will be living on huge loans, and I'm not sure this is financially realistic. I'm also worried about disappearing from my kids lives for a few years, and need a good hit from you all whether this is the reality of school and how others have managed this issue with family. So, my questions, for those who have families, or for anyone who can weigh in on the realities of PA school: - My understanding is that class hours are around 36 per week. What are study hours on top of this? -What are hours during clinical rotations, as compared to this, and is there homework on top of that? -How do/did you balance school and family? Is it even possible, or should I expect to just not really be around for a few years? (Please no general replies about how difficult school is; I understand this am good with this. I need specifics about what it looks like alongside parenting.) Thank you!!!
  5. Hello! Well, I've been in search of advice and experience and am finding a little here and there on this subject but was hoping to get a little bit deeper and hopefully provide an easy search for someone in the future. A little bit of quick information from me; I am starting PA school in June of 2013 and have a young family (my wife and I have 3 kids - 5, almost 3, and about 8 months old). This was my second application cycle and I was accepted to several schools after not even getting an interview my first go around. What my hope for this thread is that people would post their experiences and advice with regards to what it is like to be in PA school when you have a family. Share what helped and encourage the rest of us that are embarking on the journey. Thanks so much.
  6. Hey all, I'm pre-PA at UW-Madison, and am one of those people how gets so much peace of mind knowing exactly what I want to do in the future. I've been trying to find the perfect specialty for myself according to some criteria and I'm wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction as to which specialty would suit me best: -interesting field, with lots of variety, and intellectually challenging -good hours (maybe 8-5, somewhere around that general area, not a crazy amount of call, etc.) -very good salary+benefits -hands on but also requires just as much thinking and decision making (using pharmacology, physiology, etc.) -most importantly would allow me to be able to love what I do, as well as to be the best possible father/husband I hope to be. I've looked a lot into CT/CV, and general surgery, ER medicine, and ortho, and all of those interest me a lot, it just seems like they wouldn't be so "family-friendly" as a career. Thoughts? Any advice is MUCH appreciated, thanks so much
  7. I really want to be a physician assistant and am currently going to school for it. I do not have kids now but would like to have kids when I'm 27-30. Family has always been an important aspect of my life. Would I have time to be in my children's lives as a PA? Would part-time still give me time with family as well as money to be sitting comfortably? (like 100k or close to a year).
  8. Hi everyone, I've been reading through the boards for a few days now and haven't heard much about family life as a PA in the military. I was hoping to hear some opinions on how life was in terms of family while working as a PA, I'm leaning towards Army but an very open to AF and Navy so I'm interested in hearing the differences in branches. Thanks everyone, -Shawn
  9. Hi all, Lately, my husband and I have been considering the whole issue of raising a family and also being a PA. I feel very strongly about staying home with children until they start school. Is this possible as a PA? I understand that a maternity leave is normal. My bigger question is, if you quit being a PA to be home with children for 6 or 8 years, will you be able to find work when returning? Will employers hire someone who has been out of it for that amount of time? I greatly appreciate any insight. Thank you so much! :)
  10. First thanks to everyone on this site for advice and expertise. When I graduated with my BA in communications I had a 2.31 GPA. A few years later I wanted to become a PA but thought I never stood a chance to get in. Last April I put all my cards on the table and put my heart and soul to giving it my all and at least make an attempt at my dream. I applied late during the 2011 cycle after completing my prerequisite to 8 schools and received 1 interview but was not selected. This year I applied early to 2 schools and I've been accepted! If I can do it from a 2.31 GPA you can too! Here are my stats: BA - 2.31 (122 units) MBA - 3.69 (45 units) Post Bach - 4.0 (44 units all science prerequisites) cGPA - 2.93 sGPA - 3.83 (D in Geology & C in Biology in 1999) Certificates Phlebotomy (2011) EMT-B (2012) 12 Lead EKG Tech (2012) CPR / SCUBA instructor (2009) ACLS / PALS / NRP (2012) Healthcare Experience ER Tech - 400 at time of application (1200 currently) Primary / Secondary Care instructor (BLS) 3 years part time Non Healthcare Experience 8 years Business Management 2 years customer service 2 years business consultant Volunteering 700 over 14 years
  11. I got an email, and now a letter, telling me that I have been accepted into the class of 2015 and will start the program this spring . My question is...what now? For those who have been accepted how are you preparing for the program? By this I mean: -Financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships? I was lucky enough to finance my undergrad education with scholarships and I am concerned and clueless about taking out student loans for the first time.) - Housing (I think I will most likely be at the Morehead Campus) -Study tools (what are you going to use to take notes, laptop, ipad, tablet PC, good old fashion notebook and pencil? I currently use the notebook method, but am considering saving up and spending money on a new-fangled electronic device. advice?) For those who are currently in the program, any advice on what I need to do to have all my ducks in a row before January? Like most of you it seems like I've spent so long focusing on getting INTO the program that I find myself asking "now what?"
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