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  1. Hey y'all so I am a sophomore in undergrad and in the process of just starting to get PCE, shadow, and volunteer hours and etc, but I am super stressed out because I am itching to start getting PCE hours except its so difficult while in school. I was thinking about becoming an EMT and working for 2 years after I graduate but I wasn't sure if being an EMT is considered PCE among most colleges, does anyone know? (I also tried to work as a caregiver over summer and that job isn't for me) Also, I'm trying to compile a list of PA schools to apply to, so if anyone has any recommendation
  2. **Job Opportunity near Phoenix, Arizona** The clinic I work with is looking for a Medical Assistant (Certification is preferred but it's okay if you do not have it). The clinic is called APEX Physicians. We specialize in infectious diseases and travel medicine. You get to work closely with the physicians and PA and its great medical experience! As of right now we are busy with a lot of COVID-19 patients and would love the help. If you are interested in the position please email: mdampem@apexphysiciansid.com In the email attach your resume/CV and the following quest
  3. I am trying to decide whether or not to get certified in this and get PCE from it. I want to know if most schools accept this or if they don’t really care for it. Any feedback helps!
  4. I am currently on deployment with AMR in New York. I was wondering how I should count those hours on my CASPA application?
  5. I worked as a PRN rehab technician for about 3 months (roughly 20 hours a week) before I became Full-Time (40 hours a week). How do I record this change in hours? Do I make two separate entries or average the hours per week? My hours for PRN also varied each week, with weeks working up to 30 hours and sometimes only 15 hours. Do I need to record this somehow? I also do not understand how PA schools validate that the numbers of hours stated are honest. Is there some sort of validation document needed from each employer from past jobs. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!
  6. Hi- I currently work as a Hospitalist PA at an academic medical center. Wondering what schedule other PAs have for Hospital Medicine PAs. The two most common schedules that I have discovered include: 1) 7 on, 7 off 2) 12 or 13 12 hour shifts/month Any other models? What are your PTO benefits? Thanks!
  7. Hey guys, I'm currently considering applying next year and was wondering if anyone could share their stats for getting into nova or any other school in florida, especially how many pce hours, since they don't seem to require it but I'm not sure how many most applicants have.
  8. Hi all, When I first started my job I was solely a research coordinator part time. Then they allowed me to scale back on research and start medical assisting too. How to I correctly input my hours if my hours changed from ~20 hours a week to ~12 in my position as a research coordinator?
  9. Hi all! I am really struggling narrowing down the list of schools I want to apply to. I have already weeded out those that don't offer a masters, those where I do not fit the pre-requisites, and those that are too rural. I am not picky on location, but I would like to be somewhere suburban or urban. I also would like to be somewhere that the clinical rotations are not a very far drive (I am having trouble figuring this out because it is not explicitly listed on most schools' websites). I am mostly struggling to eliminate schools because I am worried about not getting in. I graduate this semest
  10. Hello all! I am going to be applying for the PA class starting in 2019. Can anyone give me a ballpark answer on how much patient experience is needed? I have 520 hours patient contact and 160 PA shadow hours. The website only says 80 is competitive but I thought it must be much more than that!
  11. I’m currently attending a quarterly-based credit college and get 3 credits in some of my crucial prerequisite classes. All the pre-pa programs I’ve looked at say something along the lines of “Organic Chemistry - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours” but my college only gives 3 quarter hours for a class like this. I have no idea what I’m supposed to do. If my college gives 3 hours when I need 4, how do I get that additional hour? So confused!
  12. Hi all, I am crafting a letter to some schools to see if they would accept my role as a clinical systems educator as clinical hours. It is a fairly unique role with new EMRs coming out like our big Cerner implementation in Concord, New Hampshire. Do you think Clinical Education counts towards clinical hours? I highlighted where I discuss my job so no need to read through the whole thing. Dear (SCHOOL), My professional goal is to pursue a career as a surgical physician assistant and I am most interested in your program at Tufts. My request of you is to consider my current work as f
  13. Hello i don't post often but i wanted to ask civilians how your day works, Me: Just about to graduate. knows will be in family health, knows requirements of schedual My immediate future: Pass the pance, start my first job. Schedule: -First patient at 0730. Last morning pt at 1105. Last afternoon pt 1530. total pt 18/day. -I have one tech, likely a high school grad with some training but not used well. He will get vitals and do med rec but nothing else really. See first morning patient ~5-10 mins late. we often behind out of the gate -minimal charting in room, orde
  14. Hi all! I'm completing my CASPA application for the 2017-2018 cycle and was wondering when getting health care hours on a letterhead from a supervisor do they need to include anything other than the hours? Does it have to be brief with a few sentences stating I worked from these range of dates and made these many hours or a paragraph on what I did, how well I did it and then the hours? Thank you in advance!
  15. I have had the same CNA job since the beginning of my senior year in high school and was wondering if it would be acceptable to list all of the hours I have accumulated since then for my healthcare experience or should I only include the hours I have worked since my first semester of college?
  16. Hello forum! Unfortunately, I recently decided that dental school was something I am not willing to do. It is a great career but the main reason I was doing it was because that would make my dad happy. Anyways we had a talk and he was content with my decision. Anyways a little background about me; I am senior undergraduate studying abroad until August 2017. I am intern at a hospital in Madrid working in a schizophrenia research project and part time surgical labatory with rodents. I decided I want to become a physician assistant for many reasons but mainly because it does not requi
  17. Hey! I am wondering if any of you guys have found ways to get experience in the OR as part of your HCE aside from becoming a certified surgical tech? I am planning to apply to PA school next cycle (to matriculate 2018) and I'm currently working as a certified medical assistant (after getting my B.S. in biotechnology), but I'd love to get a job in an OR. However, all the OR jobs I've found require at least the two year surgical tech degree and I definitely don't want to spend all the time and money becoming a surg tech when I'm planning to apply to PA school. Has anybody ever gotten to w
  18. Seen by a PA, presumed ingestion and missed meningitis. Reserving any judgements as details are unknown. Lawsuit filed by family. The husband of a Brooklyn woman who died of an untreated form of meningitis, slammed Coney Island Hospital with a lawsuit Thursday alleging that his wife was misdiagnosed as emotionally disturbed or suffering from an illegal drug reaction by "careless" and "negligent" medical staff. Grisel Soto, 47, spent her last hours alive strapped to a gurney and prescribed anti-psychotic medication, while the lethal infection raged in her brain. After she arr
  19. Hello, I am new to this forum and I am seeking some advice. I am currently going onto my 3rd year of undergrad and I plan to acquire healthcare hours after I graduate. This is were I am confused: it seems that most pre-PA hours are obtained by becoming a CNA, EMT, CMA, PCT, LVN etc. But every time I look up for one of these positions the usual requirements are a 2-year certification before you can start working. So do most people finish these 2-year certification AFTER they finish their bachelors? and then work for a couple more years before they apply to PA school? Bachelors -
  20. I am an anatomy teacher and also a coach. I frequently help the AT at my school tape ankles, figure out if students have pulled muscle, knee injuries, refer students to specialists if its serious, etc. If I put this down as assisting/shadowing can it count towards pre-pa hours? I know it can't hurt and I could still use it in my essay/personal experience but not sure if it can count towards hours as well? Thank you!
  21. I am at a loss for how to rack up the HCE hours for my PA application without a certification. I have heard many people say that it is just worth it to get certified, but if I don't have the money to spend how can I? I am looking for suggestions on how to enter the medical care world and interact with patients without obtaining a certification (i.e. EMT, CNA, etc. are out!). I am open to trying anything! Thank you
  22. Hello Everyone! I am graduating in May with a degree in Biological Sciences. I did not apply this cycle (14-15) for PA programs because I have not obtained any hours yet. I am planning on taking an advanced EMT class that will begin in May and will be ending in the beginning of July. I was wondering if it would be smart to apply to schools when CASPA reopens for the (15-16) cycle, because I will not have many hours logged but all I plan on doing after EMT classes is working on getting my hours and shadowing. Or wait all the way to the (16-17) cycle to when I will actually have hours logged.
  23. Hi all, Although Stanford mentions on their website that applications that don't meet this 3,000-hour requirement are considered "incomplete," does anyone know about or have experience with their flexibility? I'm a graduating senior in college and have worked part-time as an EMT, clinical research assistant, and have done several volunteering gigs involving hands-on care. Estimating what I think makes sense gives me ~1,500 hours. I've accepted a two-year teaching position with Teach For America after graduation and, during this time of working a full-part time job, will have to complet
  24. Hello, I am a business major (information systems) looking at a possible switch to PA. Here's a little background. I had the inkling that I wanted to be in the medical field after transferring to my university. It has actually always been in the back of my head but I pursued a degree in a hobby I enjoyed - computers. I was primarily focused on DO and/or Dental (did not shadow anyone at the time so wasn't sure). Being that both of those school require a bachelors degree, I found it faster and more economical to finish my business degree and then begin the path to getting into a medical/dent
  25. Hi everyone, I used to work in veterinary medicine, and recently I took 3 pre-req courses for PA. I am really interested in becoming a PA because it feels like the most important thing I can do. I like helping people with their health. However, I have a five year old son, and I worry that I won't be able to keep up with the workload of school. I've heard that UNT is school mostly M-F 8:00 - 5:00 with extra studying as well. How many hours per week do you typically study? Once you're out of school and practicing, what is realistic as far as your schedule? I always like to logically
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