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  1. I am a recent new grad (17 months out) and I am looking at joining the National Guard or the Army Reserve to get a little help with my CRUSHING school loan debt. Anybody have any thoughts on pros and cons of one vs. the other? Likelihood of deployment of one vs. the other? I am older than the average new guy(40), and I have a wife and kids, so that's why I am considering one of the more "part-time" service options. Thanks.
  2. Former AD Army 92R, 68V....soon to be graduating from PA school in Dec 2017. I am interested in loan repayments and serving. I will be moving to Buffalo, NY in early 2018. Does anyone have any information on a number of slots, (if any assigned to BFLO or Rochester) where I would drill, or who I may be assigned to, deployment opportunities and or military training opportunities? I've spoken to an AMEDD recruiter, but he had limited information on these questions. I'm currently out of state and it's it's several hours away. I'd be interested in the Army, Navy, or Airforce, but I'm under the impression there's no financial benefit in the latter two. Any information would be helpful, and greatly appreciated. V.
  3. Hi all! I'm about to enlist in the National Guard in order to proceed to IPAP next fall. I'm currently an undergrad with one semester of school left and have fulfilled all requirements except 2 chemistry credits and shadowing hours and I just have a few questions. I've been told that PAs in the guard, after completing school, only have to drill 4 times a year, does anyone know if this is true? I'm also curious if anyone knows if, during the program, students stay on base or if they are paid BAH and if my significant other would be able to move with me? In addition, I currently only have a 3.1 GPA (hopefully 3.2 by the time of graduation), is this considered competitive? I considered retaking classes but an AMEDD recruiter told me they take all classes into consideration to make a GPA and not just my university GPA (my university replaces up to 3 letter grads in the GPA for retaken classes). Overall, if you don't know any answers to my questions but have some input about the IPAP, I'd love to hear it! I've been searching for first hand experiences to learn more about it but it's hard to find! Thank you in advance for your time!
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    What is IPAP like?

    Hello, I am looking to find out some more information on what IPAP was actually like for those whom recently have gone through it. I am putting my packet in this cycle and haven't been able to find very much information on how the program is ran itself. I am currently an SMP Cadet with 3 years as 11b for the National Guard and am trying to weigh a civilian school vs. IPAP Basically, what I am looking for is: What a typical day at IPAP was like? Where did you get to do your clinical rotations? Do you choose where to do clinical? Is there a lot of power point learning or is it problem based? Is it pretty laid back or is someone constantly jumping down your throat? Where you close with your fellow classmates? How is the technology (i.e. learning aids/simulations)? What was your favorite part? Was there any leave? (Exodus)? And finally... If I am an O-1 while I go through do I get paid as an O-1? (I am assuming yes and it may be a dumb question, but I am literally getting no answers from anyone!)
  5. Hello, Right now I am one year away from commissioning through ROTC (this is technically my senior year but I didn't join ROTC until my Sophomore year so I have to be a 5th year). I am also in the National Guard as an 11B (SMP CDT for 2 going on 3 years). Anyways, next semester I am going to be applying to PA schools around Michigan and I will also be throwing in my app towards IPAP. I am not worried about getting into PA school (except maybe IPAP because I don't have very much time in service,) because I have a solid GPA, been working as an EMT and good letters of rec. My problem comes in with not knowing what is going to happen if I get into a civilian School. I plan on staying in the Guard and to my knowledge they took away the HPSP for PA which means that I will have to choose another MOS to commission into even if I get into PA school? Which doesn't make sense to me because after I graduate PA school they would have to re-class me again for 65D? It seems like a waste of money on the Guards part to send me through one BOLC after graduation then send me to another one after PA school... Can any elaborate or shed some light? Thanks,
  6. My family is looking into options of a warmer climate than Maine and have become attracted to the Wilmington, NC area. Does any have any input on how this area is for family, working as a PA in regards to EM job options and salary? I've noticed some advertisements from ApolloMD, an organization we don't have in Maine, anyone have thoughts on this group? Overall take of being a PA in NC? Lastly, anyone have experience in NC as a PA in the National Guard--wondering how slotting looks for interstate transfers. Thanks!
  7. Curious about NHSC Loan Repayment or the NHSC Scholarship? In this blog posting, I've included the former as well as many other loan repayment options and scholarship options you might not know about. Take advantage of this information! You might be a current PA student, a practicing PA, or a pre-PA student considering repayment options for your loans. Make sure you know other resources out there before you make a decision! This information is just to get you started and is by no means all inclusive. I realize there may be many more options out there, but I did the best I could to get your mind thinking. Good luck fellow PA-S and PA-C! http://doseofpa.blogspot.com/2014/03/physician-assistant-school-scholarships.html
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