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  1. Hello, I recently made a post yesterday and got some great feedback. You can read more about my background and thoughts there. Feel free to give more insight. I am reading all comments and using it sort of as a guidance in making a serious life decision. You can check it here: However for the professional PA's who are currently working, my main question for you today is: Are you satisfied as being a PA? What are some things that Physicians do that you can't in your specialties? Give me concrete examples! A lot of people say autonomy, wide scope of practice, vertical mobility,
  2. Should I go back to Medical school AFTER becoming a PA?Specialties interested in: Internal or Emergency MedicineHere are my personal thoughts:I don't like to disparage my profession, but the way we learned medicine was through memorization of algorithms and buzz words. We were not taught the basics of science from a molecular level working upwards. We basically skipped step 1 and went straight into step 2 clinical knowledge. Doctors can see and understand things we cannot. And make connections that we cannot. I think this is what I am craving for. To be that kind of an “expert.” To understand
  3. I have recently had a interesting discussion with a medical school Dean on the east coast that is interested in developing a bridge program. I would go for a program that had these attributes No MCAT required PA's with at least 5 maybe more experience A duration of no more than 2 years Step 1 to taken at end of 1st year Step 2 at end of 2nd year Ability to gain entry into all available residencies (I would imagine that the prior PA experience would give us a leg up) Isn't excessive in cost What in your opinion should this progra
  4. Hello, everyone. I know it may seem like this would be a bit of a biased place to ask for an opinion on this, but this forum seems really open-minded and overall really respectful with people asking these sort of questions compared to *cough* SDN *cough* other websites. I'm in a bit of a dilemma and I know ultimately this is only a choice I can make myself, but I'd like to get some opinions from others who are ahead of me on their medical journies as a little guidance. I'm 29 years old and a graduate of Arizona State University, where I majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psych
  5. Is it frowned upon in interviews to mention that you pursued getting into medical school but weren't able to get in. I graduated undergrad in 2012, and for about a year after graduating there is a gap of nothingness (well I was really studying for MCAT and shadowing doctors). So, if that gap is asked about in interviews, should I just be honest?
  6. Hi everyone! Your suggestions were really helpful last time, so I decided to post here again! I have been thinking about my plans after undergrad lately and I feel unsure about what I want to do. To be honest, I initially did not want to pursue the medical field because I thought it was not right for me. However, after taking some classes and volunteering at the hospital, I have found that I really enjoy it. I absolutely love the field of neuroscience/neurology and thought I should become a PA to work in that field. However, I have been discussing my plans lately with my classmates and the
  7. Thought I would share this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO6XEQIsCoM) here since I've seen lately an affluent number of students unable to make the choice between PA and MD and expect someone else to tell them what to do. Though we are here to help, to guide, and to clarify ultimately the choice is yours. I'm a PA student and I could not have been much happier with my choice. Having a lot of choices is indeed paralyzing but if you know what you prioritize in life the choice will be easier. What do you guys think?
  8. Hello, I am a physician with a medical degree from China. I went to one of the top 9 medical schools in China, which is considered 'Ivy League' in the U.S. Before I ramble about my situation, I will provide some background information. I was born in the U.S. I got an associate's degree in Chinese then went to a medical school in China. I did my internship in China due to the medical school I went to forcing me to do my internship in China. I took a practice version of the medical licensing exam in the U.S. and I failed. Could I take the P.A. test or could I just apply for P.A. jobs? Do I have
  9. Wow. It's been a while since I've been on these forums. Looks great! So, I decided to go to medical school. Is it possible to log CME credits for time spent in medical school? I have heard of this before but nothing concrete. If this is true, could someone direct me to where I could find more information? Thank you
  10. After much research, I'm interested in hearing opinions from practicing PAs about my idea for a change in medical education. I am just a pre-PA student, so there's a good chance of me being misinformed on this whole issue, but I'd love to hear others' thoughts and opinions. (Even if it's just to tell me just HOW misinformed I am. :) ) It seems to me that medical education is highly segregated when it comes to available educational paths. For example, a PA must "start over" if s/he wishes to become an MD. I've been thinking that a more efficient route would be the following: 1. Bachelor
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