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  1. Hello All, I am a new grad PA-C in Pennsylvania. Currently waiting to start my job in critical care medicine at a large academic medical center. I have worked in EMS for the last 9 years as an EMT-B with an ALS service. I have submitted an application through my regional EMS council to have my pre-hospital certification changed from EMT-B to PHPE (Pre-Hospital Physician Extender for those not familiar). The final step is to challenge the NREMT-P written exam. Has anyone else challenged this exam? How would you rate the difficulty given your education as a physician assistant? I'm not worried about taking this exam.... should I be?
  2. New thread for the 2019-2020 cycle! Best of luck to everyone!
  3. Hey guys, I figured I would start the thread for this year! I am excited to apply within the next week or so. Fingers crossed we get interviews this cycle!
  4. Greetings from Hershey, PA and thank you to all the applicants who already have their CASPA applications underway for our May 2018 start! I wanted to get the 2017-2018 cycle up and running for the program. As the Director of Admissions, I will be on here regularly enough, along with alumni and current students, to help field any questions and keep you informed about the admissions cycle at Penn State College of Medicine. We enroll 30 students each May into our 24-month master's program. The program is housed at the College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. We do not offer our program at any other campus or via an online option. Registration will be open online shortly for two upcoming Online Information Sessions at http://med.psu.edu/physician-assistant/recruitment-events - Learn about our program from any location, online and easy! I hope you will join me on one of these dates. I look forward to another exciting admissions cycle! Happy Applying! Caryn Stopper, M.Ed. Director of Admissions Penn State PA Program
  5. Didn't see a thread for this year yet so thought I would start one. Has anyone else heard anything? I was invited for an interview in August.
  6. Hello all, I will be graduating from a PA program in western Ohio in about a month. I'm relocating to Pittsburgh after taking boards, and I was hoping for some advice regarding job searching and best places to work. My research has shown that the local job market is pretty saturated and salaries are low, especially through UPMC. I was wondering if anyone familiar with the area has recommendations of outlying towns and hospitals that could provide better job opportunities. I welcome any advice from those of you familiar with the area. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hello everyone, I am starting a new thread here for the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Please share important updates pertaining to your admission or any questions here. I am wondering how many students have applied here? Good luck to all applicants.
  8. Has anyone else been accepted to the PA program at Mercyhurst? It's a new program so I did not see it listed under the "Physician Assistant Schools" subform.
  9. I received an interview invitation. Just thought I would create a page to reach out to others that may have already interviewed or will be interviewing!
  10. Hey Everyone, For those of you who have shadowed physician assistants already, how did you get the ball rolling? I'm currently typing up a letter of interest that I can personalize and leave when I approach places of interest. At the moment I'm considering going to Urgent Care or MedExpress facilities in hopes I can find some PAs there. I've also put out feelers to friends in the medical field in hopes they can point me in the correct direction. I've already contacted universities in New Jersey with PA Programs to find out if they have a program for alumni who are interested in having someone shadow and was told no, the information is not available to non students. This is understandable, but I am looking to change careers and believe it is vital for me to shadow now so I can figure out if I really want to go down that path. Any help, questions, or comments are welcomed. Looking in central/southern New Jersey as well as the Philadelphia, Pa area. Yes, I am on pashadowonline.com and every PA is at least an hour and a half-two hours away from where I live and they are not available on the weekends. My current job will only allow for nighttime and/or weekend shadowing. Thank you for your time! -H.Lilly
  11. Did not see this school on the list for pennsylvania. Probably because it is a new school about to start its second year. And I can proudly say that I will be matriculating in May 2015. For those of you who aren't familiar, Hershey Medical Center is a state of the art Magnet hospital in Hershey, PA. The college of medicine there is top knotch, and it has attained provisional accredidation for their PA program. I have no doubt that they will be upgraded to full accrediation. If you are interested, I am starting a blog about my experiences at Penn State. It is intended for interested pre-PA students. When I was first thinking about becoming a PA, I was helped by a fellow blogger, so I want to give back. Check it out: PAjourney.com
  12. Any one do contract work aside a full time gig? Wondering how you do your health insurance? As an independent contractor could you take your own plan and use the premium as a tax deduction?
  13. Hey everyone, so just to give you some context to my dilemma: I am currently about to graduate from a Canadian university with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Biology. My plan was to apply for a Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies (to which a Microbiology degree is considered an asset degree at my university), but my question is this - if I have managerial aspirations and wish to pursue management positions later on in my career (but do some rewarding clinical work and gain experience with the PA degree first), should I do PA school and THEN complete a Masters degree in Health Administration down the road for when/if managerial opportunities arise, or does that not make any sense? More importantly, do PAs often start doing clinical work and then move on to managerial roles, or do PAs usually prefer to stay/are stuck (I don't mean to sound rude) in their positions? Has anyone else walked down this road? Would love to get some insight on this. Could there even be a better way to go about all of this? Possibly even a more lucrative route given my current stage of education (B.Sc)? Thanks for helping a stressed out student!
  14. I wondered if there are any second year PA students out there in the Saint francis university PA program that could help with finding places to rent for first year students moving in. I thought maybe we could start a forum for 2nd year students that are leaving their rentals and could give some info on places to rent. It's hard to find places to rent. Thanks!
  15. I'm a recent graduate with a B.S. in Athletic Training and I am currently a Post Bacc Pre Med student in the Philadelphia area. After some research it seems that I have a low to okay (3.3-3.4) GPA and i feel that it is not the strongest part of my application. I feel that if interviewed I would be able to present myself much better than my GPA would reflect. I was informed from a professor that some schools tend to determine their application based mostly on you paper application and will write you off after looking at the numbers. Where others will base their decisons on interviews and other aspects of the application rather than just the numbers. Any suggestions on schools in Pennsylvania or the Philadelphia area that base their application on more than just the numbers would be great. Thanks MWS89
  16. Hi! I am a pre-pa student and I am looking for a PA to shadow for a few shifts this summer. I am extremely dedicated and have flexible scheduling. I would really appreciate an opportunity to follow a PA this summer. Thank You and please reply privately. Janie
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