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  1. Hi everyone, I wanted to start this thread early so we can share our experience! Goodluck!
  2. I'm attending Arizona State University online. I live in Georgia and I'm 24 years old. ASU is a quarter-based system, which means I get college credits on a quarterly basis instead of a semester basis. All PA and AA schools (I'm interested in both) require a certain amount of prerequisite hours, but at ASU, I would be about an hour or two short in a lot of them, like biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, etc. So, me getting a degree in biology from ASU is kind of pointless, because I'd have to take some additional prerequisite classes at my local college anyways. I should also mention I have a job (in aviation) that pays pretty well - about $60,000 a year. I am also in the process of getting my Surgical Technician certifications, but this will take a year or so. With this being said, I have two options: A: Get my Surgical Tech school done and take a really low course load at ASU for Biology to ensure I maintain as close to a 4.0 as possible. Get about 60 of 120 credits from ASU (amount needed to transfer), then transfer to the University of Georgia. Finish my degree in biology, but live off loans. Try to find a part-time CST job while in Athens to keep them as low as possible. Continue with a low class load to keep a good GPA. This way, I'm keeping my grades high, but still getting some crucial clinical experience. Eventually graduate from UGA, a highly respected school in Georgia, with a degree in Biology. Then apply to programs. Most will be far away, so if I get accepted into one of those, I'll also probably have to live off loans for the two years of AA or PA school. Lots of debt, but better undergrad, experience (in life and classwork), and higher caliber school. B: Buy a mobile home for a great price ($13k practically brand new) - a home right next to my parent's. In 3 years, it'll be paid off and cost me half as much as renting. Continue my degree at Arizona State University (online) in something like psychology, since my prerequisites won't count the same anyways. Minor in personal health. Get my Surgical Tech school done and work part-time while attending ASU. Finish my psychology degree, then take the right prerequisites at my local college. Don't live off any student loans until I get accepted into AA or PA school. Option A seems nice. I can go to UGA, graduate with a degree in Biology, have that prestigious college (at least for my state) attached to my degree, finish everything on a physical campus, have easier access to volunteering in research studies at the campus, have 100% of my focus on my school and GPA (this is important as grades don't come naturally to me), and pretty much devote my life to making sure my prerequisites and overall GPA are top notch. The bad - I'd live off loans and accumulate a lot more debt and UGA is harder (could be a good thing for preparation) in their expectations. A lot of good, but the two bad are related to more debt and harder to get a good GPA. Option B seems good too, but not as appealing. I'll undergrad in psychology and minor in personal health (biology/chem/etc not available). Take all the right prerequisites at a local college that should be easier to pass versus UGA's standards. Save money by working as a Surgical Tech and paying $500/mo in a mortgage payment versus $1,000/mo for an apartment. SORRY TO RAMBLE. What's your opinion?
  3. I am a student at the University of Georgia. I would like to shadow a PA to make sure this is the career I would like to pursue. If you would be willing to let me shadow or know someone who would, my email is eej83717@uga.edu Thank you!
  4. New Grad here looking for something in Metro Atlanta. Does anyone have any leads or connections or suggestions on where I should start looking? PM me please!
  5. Hi Everyone, I am looking for shadowing opportunities in the Gwinnett Co. area of GA. Specifically, in Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Snellville, Norcross, or even Suwanee. I work in a clinic full time right now, usually from 7am-3:30pm. I can volunteer with anything you need as well. Most of my experience is in physical therapy (outpatient) as a front office manager/pt tech. Thank you! Janessa
  6. Good Afternoon Everyone, I am looking forward to a great application cycle. My CASPA is verified and I am awaiting supp. app. Let's keep each other posted! Good Luck!
  7. Hello all, I am attempting to prophylactically treat any confusion that may arise due to GRU changing the name of the university again. As of today, GRU will now be called Augusta University. I hope this clears up any discrepancy that may arise. I cannot deny nor confirm this going down better with A1 sauce or any prior Australian influence, but it could be gold. Good day, HS
  8. NEED ADVICE as to if this is a fair offer!!!! Privately owned new Urgent Care facility losing a PA (due to long commute) 10 minutes from where I will be living in GA. Benefits were posted as "robust," but they don't seem so to me. Trying to get a feel for if this is still a good offer for a recent grad. I have already verbally expressed my desire to work here and am on the schedule in August, but I have yet to sign the contract because I have some hesitations. -$47.50/hr -12 hour shifts during weekdays, 9 hours on weekends with some weekend time required (no big deal to me). I choose how many shifts/month at start of job and set schedule with other PA. I'm already on the schedule for August and have requested 15 shifts/month. -Pt load ~28/12 hour shift -$1000 CME/year -NO coverage for medical license fees, DEA fees, or AAPA fees. I thought this was pretty standard. -50% health insurance for me/probably family as well as determined by Aetna; no mention of dental; -IRA -vague mention of productivity bonuses -NO PTO, sign on bonus, or relocation expenses -can terminate employment with 90 days notice -NO overtime... I'm really disappointed in the "robust" benefits as I am the primary provider for myself, my husband, and my soon to be baby. 50% of health insurance is the lowest I've heard of. I also thought providing license fees, and DEA fees was standard, and PTO typical. In addition, it was my understanding that it is illegal not to provide overtime to PAs (http://www.gfrlaw.com/pubs/GordonPubDetail.aspx?xpST=PubDetail&pub=177). I feel the pay is on par, but does not compensate for the lack of benefits. Am I being too picky?? I really like the position and am excited to work there, but I don't want to be undersold. Thanks in advance for responses!
  9. Thought this was interesting...and awesome. PA is U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Medical Director Meet Kyle Wilkens, MS, PA-C, L-ATC PA Kyle Wilkens, a 2007 University of Utah PA program grad, has a vital role to play in the Sochi Olympics – he’s the medical director of the U.S. Skiing and Snowboarding Association (USSA). As such, he and USSA Chief Physician Richard Steadman, MD, manage the care of the U.S. athletes competing in skiing and snowboarding. USSA is part of Team USA. Wilkens oversees the health and well being of these athletes. Named USSA medical director in 2010, he works fulltime at USSA’s Utah-based Center of Excellence training center and manages the medical providers who travel the world with USSA athletes. Recently, you may have seen Wilkens quoted in stories about how the USSA, and Team USA, is breaking ground by being the first association to have a neurologist on staff to evaluate and treat concussions during the Winter Olympics.
  10. So I'm not sure how you guys are able to check on patient's filled prescriptions, but at my ED we can look up Rx's filled (within the past year or so) on our EMR. However, this only works if people use insurance to fill the Rx. if people self-pay, it won't show up. So if people get narcotics filled and self pay it will not show up. theres a (sort of new) program called the "Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program" which is suppose to have a website that shows any and all narcotics filled in the state of georgia, for any patient. the website is http://www.hidinc.com/gapdmp/practitioner-pharmacist.html theoritically its a great idea, but the website is confusing and not very user friendly. I havent been able to sign up as a provider. Has anyone else had any luck with this website?
  11. I recently got a Neurosurgery offer with base salary of $106K at a private practice in the Atlanta, GA area. No production/incentive bonus or sign on bonus. They offer health insurance, CME, professional dues and such. Since it's only a 20 employee company there is no 401K but they are working on getting it. The office has it's own surgery center/MRI/xray where the surgeon operates and runs clinic (with one PA) 3 days/week. The surgeon operates at the hospital 2 days/week. There is no ER call for this job, only clinic call. My duties will include everything from being first assist to rounding on inpatients to running clinic. I have 4.5 years of experience working as a Neurosurgery PA and feel that this is a really low offer. However, according to the employer this is the "going rate in the Atlanta area". FYI: The surgeon has been practicing for over 25 years but just started his own practice 3 years ago. So per management "they are still building themselves and don't have a huge budget". I had a dinner interview with the surgeon and the office manager which went really well and I could see myself working here. I don't know too many Nsgy PAs in the area since I just moved from out of state so can't compare. I was able to connect with one Nsgy PA and according to him someone with my experience should make around $120K especially if there is no bonus structure. I have 2 interventional pain management offers for $120K plus bennies plus upto $10K production bonus/year and a great schedule M-F 8:30-4:30 but my heart really lies with Neurosurgery. At the same time I don't want to take something this low and just want an offer which is fair and reasonable for my experience. What do you guys think? Any input will be appreciated! BTW their initial offer was $100K and they came up $106K. Thanks!
  12. I'm wondering if anyone knows the specific answer to this in regards to the pre-reqs for SJVC...I'm a previous applicant from Bakersfield who has been working to improve my grades for the last couple years, and I'm hoping to apply again to this program for next cycle...but I've been having difficulties getting a spot in our local CC's anatomy and physio class... I've taken one half here at our CC, and due to there only being a few sections offered, I resorted to taking the other half at another community college out of town during a summer session, just to try and get it done before the application cycle... I know some schools don't accept this without permission, but I was wondering if anyone knew if this was acceptable for the pre-req requirements at San Joaquin.. if that's the case, I'm so afraid that it will take me forever to get into the other half of the A&P here in Bakersfield...I'm having trouble trying to take the complete one year series in succession... Thanks in advance to anyone who knows anything.
  13. I'm interested in forming an informal PANCE/PANRE Study Group to get together to discuss and prepare for the NCCPA Exam If there are any PA's of PA Students in the Atlanta / North GA area that are interested, please leave me a message here, or email me directly at chasholloway1211@yahoo.com ... Thanks
  14. I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia currently working at East Georgia Regional. I am very much interested in becoming a PA and I am looking for shadowing opportunities in the southeast region of the state [however I would be willing to drive to other parts of the Georgia]. If you are a PA who wouldn't mind me tagging along for a bit, please feel free to email (sara05@uga.edu) or call (912-682-4506) at your leisure. Thank you! Sara
  15. Im applying to PA school this year and seeking to shadow a PA in Atlanta, GA. If you know of any opportunities please pm me.
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