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  1. Hi! I am a second year pre-PA student. I am currently working as a PT aide for my patient care experience, and I really love it! The PTs I work with are great and I love the patients. Because of this I've recently considered switching to PT, and would want to do pediatric or neonatal PT. However, I greatly prefer the science of medicine over kinesiology/anatomy, which is primarily what PT focuses on. I have started shadowing a PA and I decided that outpatient is not really for me because I would like more hands-on experience. My ideal PA specialty is neonatal/working in the NICU or OBGYN, but I am not sure how many opportunities for PAs there are in those fields. I really love the medicine that comes with being a PA, but I also love the abundance of patient interaction and guaranteed hands on experience that comes with being a PT. I am just wondering what anyone's perspectives are on my situation.
  2. So, I'm a junior in college and I am REALLY REALLY interested in going into neonatology as a PA. After extensive searching, here's what I've come up with: PA's do not really work in the NICU. The ones that do are far and in between because the NICU is dominated by RNs and NNPs. Hospitals apparently don't want to train PAs to work in this setting? I really don't know. I've only found 2 residency programs for PAs interested in neonatology. However, when I asked other people, they tell me, "Sure, PAs can work anywhere where there is a residing doc." I am currently conflicted as to what to do. I know for a fact that I want to be a PA and I've already put way too much much time, effort and money into it to go back now, but all the sources are telling me that once I'm certified I won't be able to work in the specialty I love. I honestly don't know what to do..should I continue on the PA route and hope for the best, or go the NP route and know for certain that I'll be able to get a NICU job? I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their experience with me. I haven't found many people who have NICU experience and am really eager to learn how to get there. Do you think PAs in the NICU will become more common in the future? Should I stick it out and fight for a NICU job once I'm there? Thanks all!
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