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  1. Hello, In my pre-pa club a member asked a question about surgery for PA’s. The question was “Is it true that in order to assist in surgery you need to do an extra year of schooling after your PA program? Do this require you to pay more for school? Is this included in your PA schooling years or would you need to reapply for that surgical year?” I thought it was an excellent set of questions, which I would like more answers for.
  2. Hi Everyone, I am so so grateful that I finally got in to my first choice PA school, but am not feeling very torn about my decision to attend. I just had my first child (found out I was pregnant right after applying) who will be three months old at program start. I have support from my husband and family, but I am so nervous about the experience negatively affecting my marriage and my mental health. Will I be able to manage studying and spending some time with my baby and husband? I really just want to start school already, but I'm starting to second guess myself that maybe I should defer for a year. I'm feeling sad about missing out so much of my daughter's early life, nervous I won't do well academically, and scared that I will be constantly stressed out. I'm looking for advice, encouragement, anything! Sorry for rambling....
  3. Hi there! My name is Hailey and I am a first-round applicant for PA school. I have gone to a handful of interviews, and have a few acceptances. I believe my personal statement was very strong, and I am wanting to help other prospective PA students get an acceptance on their first round also. I have quite a few friends already attending PA school, and those about to start. I have edited their personal statements as well. I am willing to edit your personal statement, have brainstorming phone calls and answer any questions about the PA admissions process in general. My services are FREE OF CHARGE. However, I do ask that if you feel you've benefited from my help that you give a small donation, whatever you can, via venmo to my PA school tuition fund. ~karma~ If you are interested, please email me at AcceptedPAstudent@gmail.com. I look forward to helping all you prospective students! Best, Hailey xox
  4. Hi everyone, I am having a bit of a dilemma! I am currently a student at a small community college in Maine. I started in 2015 and got my Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting a year ago this past May. I became certified through the AAMA and started working right away. I worked as a float in rheumatology, neurology, family practice, and OMT specialty. All very beneficial to gaining the knowledge I now have. I initially got my MA degree so I could start taking classes towards my bachelors degree and I would also have a job that would get my patient contact hours that I needed to apply to the PA program. I then realized that school was expensive and got the idea I should apply to nursing school since my school already offered the program and it is very affordable ($92 a credit hour- I am able to pay out of pocket!). I just completed my first year of the nursing program and have one year left before getting my RN degree. I like nursing and think that it takes a very special person to be a nurse- it is not easy! When I decided to go for nursing I let go of the PA dream and figured that I could take baby steps and get my NP degree. First my ADN, then BSN, and then NP. I was offered a paid summer nursing intern position at our local hospital. I have been working as a Tech in ER and floating around shadowing different nursing positions. They do this to help recruitment and allow students to see what they might like when they graduate. Often they offer students a per diem Tech position while they finish their last year of nursing school. I have gotten to work side by side with PAs, NPs, MDs, DOs, through this program and my MA work. I now still feel very passionately that I want to become a PA. I like the training that PA's get versus NP's, I do not like online course work that most NP programs offer. My learning style is more lecture, take notes, study those notes! After talking with a recent NP grad I was a little upset to learn they only practiced 2 hours of suturing in her program (her FNP program was live, not online). From what I have heard NP's don't cover a lot of technical training that a PA does. Ideally I would like to work in an acute care setting such as the ER as a midlevel. This leads me to another point, PAs have so much mobility they can go wherever whenever they wish. They don't have to specialize in certain age groups or settings. If I went to be an NP I definitely feel I would have to go to become an Acute Care NP. Down the road if I ever decided I wanted to go into a different specialty I would have to take a post masters certification. I also like that PA's get more experience in different areas during clinical. NP's do have a lot of experience as you must hold a valid RN license and have been an RN for a couple years, but they don't the same clinical experience that a PA does. The nursing model is good, but I don't love nursing everything is theory theory theory. I like the medical model- what it causing the problem and treat it! I feel as a PA you can still be holistic and treat the person as whole like NP schools emphasize. A conversation about diet and exercise with you patient is not going to hurt. Many people have told me that since I am going to be a nurse I should just go the NP route and as great as that could be it doesn't sound right. My opinion is that becoming a nurse will look good as patient experience coupled with my MA and Tech experience. I don't feel like I have wasted time and that I am learning A LOT! My next step is to figure out how to get a bachelors degree for PA school. Most pre-PA programs grant graduates with a biology degree. This is where I am torn- do I get my BSN online in a year or so or do I get a different degree. The online BSN program gives me a lot of versatility in work schedule as a nurse and then I will have to take my bio 1+2, chem 1+2, Organic chem, stats, and a few other pre-reqs for the PA program I am looking at. Or should I try and use both of my associate degrees towards a bachelors and see what degree I can get that would include the pre-reqs, basically skipping the BSN. I feel as though getting a BSN would be a waste of time, but I don't know if my previous classes will count towards any bachelors other than that. I guess then that there is always the question of not getting into PA school, at least I would still be an RN. I could then figure out where to go from there. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all. ? Best, Tyler P.
  5. Hey y'all! I've had several emails and messages from fellow PA students asking me how I decided on elective rotation. Since it is becoming a FAQ, I decided to share my thought process of picking my elective on my blog. Share it with your friends if you find it helpful and leave a comment if you have anything to add to it! http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2018/04/how-to-choose-your-elective-rotation.html Thanks for reading :)
  6. Head on over to the blog today if you would like read my two cents on how to be prepared for clinical rotations. Thanks for reading! :) http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2018/03/starting-clinical-rotations.html
  7. Hello All, Melissa Gutierrez MPAS PA-C I wrote today in my blog how to stand out in clinical rotations below is my thread and my link to my blog hope it helps. HOW TO STAND OUT IN ROTATIONS Popular topic on my thread is how to stand out in rotations, This can be for any medical professional or anyone doing hours of shadowing . I did extremely well in all my rotations and got positive feedback from all my preceptors . # 1 RULE is BE HUMBLE !!! Remember you are a GUEST When you are rotating in these clinics/ hospitals/ operation rooms. You are there to learn as much as yo ucan from the provider and staff. Coming in to a new place can be very scary , and you will be dealing with a lot of staff such as nurses , medical assistants, receptionist, administrators , doctors and mid levels. Do NOT come in with the attitude like you know everything and you are already a professional , come in with a positive attitude. I think what helped me is I always showed genuiene interest in learning how the clinic and staff worked and i was a team player. Yes I was studying to be a PA but If I saw nurse be behind , medical assistant need help etc I would always offer to help. So be a team player and be humble. #2 RULE is be happy ! I always made sure to show up ready to work . This included being a positive energy to work with. I always smiled and made sure to say good morning , good afternoon , hello ,etc. I always made sure to show a bit of my personality, part of being a good provider and colleague is being personable. I love what I do and i want to exude that energy. #3 be open to criticism YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS BE RIGHT , in fact most of the time you aren't right. One thing from being in clinical medicine is that it is very different than textbook medicine, once your out in clinic you will see things are done differently and each doctor and staff has thier own way of handling things. Be open to learn and be open when they correct your technique, treatment plans, patient education etc. #4 BE PREPARED to be PIMPED What do I mean by this , is that your preceptor will ask you questions throughout your rotation. They will put you in the spot in front of patients, in front of other doctors and staff, and any time they can. I myself had my fair share of preceptors who " pimped" me and it was brutal. My first rotation was psychiatry with an Amazing doctor and staff, Dr. Igoa. He was so brilliant to learn from but he was tough. He was the definition of pimping , he would ask you questions left and right, he would give you material to study and read and specifically tell you to be ready to answer his questiosn the next day. I was always so scared but I learned that i may not be right but I can at least try, throughout his rotation i started gaining confidence and trusting what I answered and if I was wrong I wanted to know why. At the end of his rotation he told me, " Melissa I would ask you things that quite frankly i didn't expect you to know the answers too, I want you to work on confidence and trusting your treatment plans and understanding why you chose them." So be prepared to be pimped ! Now there may be some preceptors that will pimp you to make you feel dumb-- sorry to say but it's the truth. Always handle it with grace. I remember havign a rotation like this, and If I would be made fun of for getting it wrong I always responded with, " Well I will make sure to review that and study it to not miss it again, or if they asked me something I didn't know the answer too , " I will look into that and have an answer for you tomorrow." I always made sure to be positive and show my ability to learn and handle thie field. #5 BE NICE with your patients and treat them like you would want your family to be treated If you treat your patients well and show them you care believe me that goes a long way. Be prepared to get resistance-- when some patients hear you are a student many of them don't want to be seen or examined by you, but good preceptors will stand up for you. If you show them you are there to learn and give them good quality care they will gain your trust. In my last rotation I was with the same clinic for 7 months -- so I got to know many of our patients to the point that many of them knew when I was graduating and urge me to return , it reassured me that I was doing something right . Providers will want to hire you when they see how easy you can engage with patients-- this helps their practice grow. # 6 Look the part ! always show up looking professional - no one care if you were up studying until 2 AM, didn't get any sleep and have exams coming up , Always show up with your scrubs/ professional clothes, white coat ironed and cleaned, stethoscope and any other medical equipment needed , note pad & pen. Look the part and be prepared for anything. I always carried my otoscope / opthalmoscope with me, had manual BP cuff in car along with extra scrubs , shoes ,white coat in case of any accident. # 7 go the extra mile Many preceptors will tell you " oh we are supposed to close at 5 but we usually work up till 8 pm, you can leave at 5 pm." I always stayed extra, I always offered to do more , Why ? Because you are onlu a student one , this is your opportunity to grow and learn . Make it known your interested , never ASK to leave early, never ASK if you can miss a day to study, never ASK if you can take a break. Mainly make it known that this is what you're passionate about and work your butt off while you're a student. There's always something you can be doing. If you see the clinic is super behind take initiative, offer to help. All of us have assets that we bring, for example I was a scribe before PA school , I used that as a strength, I was quick at charting and working on notes , Quicker than some preceptors because EMR systems are complicated so i always offerred to help and it went a long way Don't be afraid to stand out , this can land you a job and a forever home as a provider. It sure did for me.
  8. Sharing the link to my new blog post to give y'all a glimpse of how my psychiatry rotation is going! Thank you for reading :) http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2018/02/a-day-in-life-psychiatry.html
  9. Hi Im Melissa Gutierrez-Perez MPAS-PA-C. I have a blog and thought I would share today's topic on this thread. IF you like it follow my blog - melissa-gutierrez.simplesite.com STANDING OUT Hello all, another recent thread I've seen in my e-mails is people asking what helps their personal statement stand out. Honestly this is the only part of your application that shows your personality and a little about yourself, Everything else is grades, resumes , experience BUT what I believe will help you stand out -- a good personal statement. Often we all write about how passionate we are about helping people and how much we love medicine -- if you are going into this proffesion that is honeslty expected , truth is they want to know the WHY. WHAT in your life made you so passionate about medicine , WHY is this your calling ? I was trying to find my personal statement for PA school but I couldn't find it but I do remember my WHY and WHAt made me so passionate about this field . Thought I would share and hope it gives you some insight on what you can include in your personal statement. I always knew I wanted to do something in medicine when I was in High school , it wasn't until I was in Freshmen in college that I realized what a Physician Assistant was and suddenly I knew I found my niche. There was many things that aspired me to help others- #1 was the upbringing I had with my parents. We came from Monterrey , Nuevo Leon Mexico . My parents decided to come over here in order to work and be able to help take care of my dad's parents who were both starting to have some medical issues. At this young age I didn't understand the concept of being undocumented, I would go to elementary school and I seemed to be just like the other kids - I felt American. It wasn't until I was in high school that I realized I was not like everyone else. Not even like my own sister. She went to Driver's ED and got her license , would travel, and got to visit colleges. When I came to high school I couldn't get a license, work , or even think of going anywhere else for college. It hit me that my opportunities would be a little sparse, but my parents are the definition of Resilience. I knew that I wanted to go to college and study medicine , regardless of my immigration status. This resilience was the reason I had the drive and fire to enter this career. Reason # 2 was My Padrino ( Godfather) -- I've shared this on my blog before but I had a very unique and special relationship with my godfather. It's almost unexplainable unless you were around us. You would think I was his daughter. He himself was so passionate about medicine, he studied medicine in Mexico didn't finish his full career but I remember going to his house in Monterrey and seeing his medical bag -- with stethoscope, bandaids, tounge depressors, reflex hammers. I wanted to be like him. And he would tell me that I had the ability to help people . My padrino got very sick when I was in high school with liver cirrhosis -- I saw him deteriorate in front of my eyes , I saw someone that I loved slowly be taken away from me. He urgently needed a liver transplant which he received In 2011. I thought to myself YES ! He's going to be okay--- but he wasn't . He suffered from Cardiac arrest in October 2011. 2011 was a hard year for my family, we lost my grandma July 2011, My dad's brother August 2011 , and my godfather in october 2011. I experienced so much illness and loss -- and it hit me that this is exactly the career path I wanted. I wanted to be help my patients in their best and worse moments of their life. I wanted to help their families and their loved ones. My Padrino was my WHY . Still is till this day. I don't think I ever got to tell him how much he actually influenced me but I know he is looking down on me. Reason # 3 - I Am passionate about my community and helping improve it. I live in the Rio Grande Valley , A community that is largey undocumented and undeserved . There is a huge lack of patient education -- which Is a key indicator of why i think patients don't get better- they don't even understant their illness. I believe that if you take the time of day to explain to patients what's going on why their lifestyle modifications are so crucial to their health there's a huge improvement in patient compliance. Often in medicine , we are so RUSHED, have to get to next patient ,next surgery, next meeting but the patient in front of you deserve your full time and dedication. I'm so blessed to have been trained by Dr. Griego and his staff, their clinics are the definition of busy , BUT they take the time to educate their patients and explain everything to them. I made sure to explain in my personal statement that not only did i want to help others but in specifically the community in which I was receiving my training from. Reason # 4 - I have the drive of a lion. My family and I didn't have it the easiest, especially financially. My mom was undocumented as well, only my dad and sister were documented. My dad would work from Monterrey and my mom would take care of my sister and I . Eventually things in Mexico got pretty bad and his business over there started going down, this was a huge obstacle that we weren't expecting, We experienced a lot of difficulties in paying just simple things like water, electricity. I remember having to heat up water with boiler outside and my mom would have to rush it to restroom so i could attempt to shower. OR having to go to my boyfriends ( now husbands) house to shower and do homework afterschool . NEVER once did i feel defeated or emberassed of our difficulties , my parents handled this with class. During these times it just so happened that we also experiened our family losses that i mentioned above. At this point I did see my father break, he lost his mother and two brothers in a span of 4 months. I remember feeling defeated espeically with the loss of my godfather. BUT i couldn't break because He was breaking . The man who was holding everything down on his own was officially broken-- not only did he suffer loss and heartbreak but we were having a hard time keeping our home and paying our bills. I could tell it was stress that was finally crumbling him-- my mother never once brought him down, she was still grilling me to excel in school and sports. She was still focused on getting me to pass my SAT to get into college. That summer we officially moved out of OUR home , it was our home for almost 10-12 years. It was sad , we had so many first in this home and I knew my parents had a hard time because it was all their years of hardwork all GONE. We moved to a simpler and smaller home , one that we could afford. I had everything I needed a roof, food, car, water, a bed. At this point our next goal was to become legal US residents, this was our best opportunity to a better life. That's when I knew that more than anything I needed to bust my butt in order to give back to my parents for everything they sacrificed and given me. I set a goal for myself - I was going to get a 4.0 every semester - A goal that i almost met. The only semester I didn't reach this goal was my first, missed it by one class. I know that for many GPA wasn't the most important , but to me it was. I wasn't going to have the experience other had because I couldn't work to get medical experience or apply to programs or research things because i was undocumented , SO my graded needed to be perfect. We struggled a lot to figure out how to fix our legal status -- this was a fear of mine . All this hard work may mean nothing , what If i graduate but im undocumented ? I won't be able to apply to PA school , It would mean nothing. But my parents promised me that we would figure this out, and we did , 6 months before applying to PA school I became a US resident-- and from that moment on I knew nothing was going to stop me. Everything in my life shaped me to be who I am today. Which is why I say I have the drive of a lion-- because no matter how many times they say no I was going to fulfill this dream. I wanted them to get to know me through my personal statement, when I first applied I was waitlisted-- I was so sad . But I didn't give up I would go to campus weekly and talk to different professors and hope that if a position would open I would get in. I talked to One professor In June of 2015, I was in her office for an hour we went back and forth sharing our experiences. She went on to tell me I was 21 , young and didn't have that much experience they though I could use some more hands on and to just keep applying -- I remember telling her almost in tears , " I know that i may not have the resumes other people do but I can assure you no one has the passion and drive I do. I've been thrown curve balls throughout my life and I did it, graduated at 20 years old with honors with a Bachelor's in Biology and a minor in psychology. I can handle this program ." I almost was emberassed that I got so emotional but she went on to tell me .... look out in your e-mail you may be getting something. The next day I received an acceptance letter . Moral of the story is make sure they get to know you, make sure they read that statement and they remember you . STAND OUT !
  10. Good morning, I'm a recent graduate from University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley. Preparing for the PANCE .I have a blog that shares my daily experiences please follow -- melissa-gutierrez.simplesite.com new video up - youtube link on my blog.
  11. Answering one of the top FAQs on the blog in my new post! Please share if you find it helpful. :) http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2018/01/finding-balance-being-organized-in-pa.html Thanks for reading!
  12. New blog post about a typical day on my internal med rotation is up on the blog! http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2017/10/a-day-in-life-internal-medicine.html Thank you for reading :) if anyone has any questions please feel free to leave a comment or email me.
  13. Suppose this is for pre PA students as well as current PA students. Have y'all had to struggle with choosing between multiple acceptances? How did you choose? What were the things that you weighed the most heavily and are you pleased with your choice now? I know that once you pass the PANCE everyone is a PA but I am curious if there is a perceived difference between the quality of PA's based on their schools by future employers. My situation is that I currently have two acceptances, both start at the same time, both cost relatively the same and both are Provisionally Accredited. School A (University of the Cumberlands) is in rural Kentucky, has new facilities and has been around for three classes now. They just posted a 100% on the PANCE for their class and have a new director. The draw back is the rural setting, the lack of cadaver lab and the clinical coordinator being somewhat unreliable as current students have told me. School B (Milligan College) is in urban Tennessee, has a brand new program but dated facilities. The red flag here is I would be part of their Inaugural Class, meaning they have no PANCE score rates to base off of. A plus is that is located right next a Med school and they intend to share some facilities. Also they have a cadaver lab and I clicked with the clinical coordinator pretty well. I'm torn and what should be an exciting time or being blessed to be accepted is frankly more stressful because I can't choose and don't even know what I should be valuing heavily
  14. A little glimpse into my family medicine rotation is now up in on the blog! http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2017/09/life-in-family-medicine.html
  15. I'm a first year student at community college, where I plan to be for 2 years. Hopefully, I can transfer after that majoring in Psychology. As for my experience, I will earn some hours at a hospice this semester. I'll set up my classes for spring semester in a way that I can take an EMT class at an ROP too. While, I do this, I'll be working as a caregiver for a few days a week (maybe not even necessary). After my EMT certification, I find a job for that and continue working as I am getting my degree. I'll also apply for a health scholar summer program, where I'll be volunteering at a hospital in the summer all week. (I will not work all summer because of this) Will I be set? Advices?
  16. what pa program are you in and what's your profile like? I am still an undergrad student and I would want to be (extra) well-prepared for PA school. I have looked at multiple uni's programs, but since I'm in california, I'd like to stay local. I was looking at usc's. anybody in usc's program? gpa? GRE score? HRE? curious. thank you.
  17. I was asked many a times what apps I find useful in PA School, so I wrote a blog post about it last weekend! Hope this helps :) thanks for reading! http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2017/07/must-have-apps-for-pa-school.html
  18. Recap on our third semester of PA school is now live on the blog! http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2017/05/third-semester-of-pa-school.html Thanks for reading :)
  19. Having gone through three semesters of PA School finals now (only 1 more semester of didactic left!), I thought I'd shed some light on how I tackle and survive finals in PA school in my new blog post. Hope this is helpful. Good luck! :) http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2017/05/surviving-finals-week-in-pa-school.html#more
  20. A few things to keep in mind while preparing for your PA school interviews! http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2016/02/pa-school-interviews-things-to-keep-in.html https://www.facebook.com/apthepa/?fref=ts
  21. In my new post, I share what PAs are and what they do, along with how they are trained. Please read and share and help me spread awareness of our profession! Also, feel free to leave any comments to add to anything I may have missed. Thanks guys! :) http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2016/03/what-is-physician-assistant.html https://www.facebook.com/apthepa/?fref=ts
  22. Hello. I am selling these books. Please contact me at jbcaringpa@gmail.com and name me a price!! I'm moving so I want to get them off my hands asap :) 1). PA exam review by James Van Rhee (green book) 2). Lange Q&A (yellow book) 3). Swanson's Family Med Review 4). Kaplan PA exam review (all practice q's.. really good) 5). A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants: Published in Collaboration with AAPA and APAP. 6) My CME resources course binder.. includes everything!! Every blueprint subject on the PANCE plus pharmacology stuff. This is what I mainly used to study for the PANCE and I PASSED! I also made my own binder incorporating all the notes from the course and the Van Rhee book. I paid $700 something for this 5-day course. You can have both. 7). Step-Up to Surgery. Used this for my surgery rotation. :love:
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