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  1. Hi, I am a dec 2018 grad board certified with a MA license, but having a lot of difficulty finding a job due to the "3-5 years experience" clause and the fact that many places are now giving priority to NP. A few months back family members had suggested I get a job as an MA but I dismissed the idea as I wanted to spend more time looking for a PA position and didn't think I would be hired as one without having completed a formal Medical Assisting program. Now over 6 months post graduation with no job offers and loan payments coming in, a few medical professionals have now mentioned the idea again. So before I start applying I wanted to see if any one has done this or knows if it is allowed? The other hurdle of course would be if the employer would hire knowing that I would be looking for a PA position... thoughts?
  2. Hi guys! I'm sharing some resume writing tips on the blog this week for new graduate PAs. I'm no professional by any means but since a lot of people on instagram asked how I made my resume, I'm simply sharing what all I included in mine. Be sure to check it out if you're interested! Thanks https://apthepa.blogspot.com/2019/01/physician-assistant-new-graduate-resume.html
  3. Last week I got my first official application decision of the cycle. Opening the email, I scanned the words frantically until I found the sentence I was fearing the most. It read, “I regret to inform you of the program’s decision not to pursue your application further.” These words translate much more simply to “rejection.” For a moment I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I knew that I would be receiving rejections throughout the cycle, but had hoped and prayed it wouldn’t be from this school. Not only was this program one of my top choices, but it is also the only school in my home city. The realization that I would not have the opportunity to interview hit me like a ton of bricks. With GPAs well above the program’s average and my state residency giving me a leg up over other applicants, I felt that I would likely secure an interview. I was wrong. After the news, I began to question my application strategy entirely. I chose to apply more intentionally to a handful of carefully selected programs landing on the lower side of things - 6. As the September 1st deadline for many programs was only a few days away I sent my GRE scores off to an additional school that I was going back and forth on, hoping that they would arrive on time. I was relieved to have everything complete with one other program, but I still questioned if 7 would be enough to land me an acceptance or even an interview. At this point I was doubting myself, my personal statement, my clinical experiences… everything. I wondered if there were red flags in my application or if I said the wrong things in the answers to the supplemental questions. I tried to stay optimistic, but I was disappointed and feeling insecure. My first rejection was certainly humbling, planting seeds of doubt that were becoming overwhelming. And then I saw it. I was eating my lunch and scanning my email when I suddenly read “Invitation to Interview” in the subject line of an email from my top choice. My heart started racing and my palms were sweating. After seeing the date provided, only 3.5 weeks away, I could barely focus enough to read about the interview details. I was ecstatic. Their initial email contained a typo and in a follow up email with a correction the admissions director revealed that I was the very first applicant to be offered an interview. I couldn’t believe it. This school was my reach, and I certainly wasn’t counting on being offered an interview, let alone the first one. I was over the moon. Here I am now, in the midst of the cycle with one interview scheduled and one rejection. Things are still up in the air, but I feel that I am at least back in the game. The ups and downs of this roller coaster ride will continue, and I couldn't be happier. Thus far, this process has been unpredictable. Although I have heard this repeated many times here by those wiser than myself, this experience has definitely shown me that there is no such thing as a sure thing when applying to PA school. Don’t be so quick to count yourself in, but also don’t count yourself out.
  4. Hello, I have committed to a PA school starting in January 2019. I was comfortable with my choice until the last few weeks I have been very concerned that I should reapply - even though it is 3 months into the application cycle- because the school I have accepted a position at is currently on probation status. The program did explain this at the interview, however now that I have had a few months to think about it I am growing nervous that I should wait and apply again to get into a fully accredited program. The program has hired consultants to improve on the issues that caused the accreditation problem. I am hoping it will be accredited, but truly it would not affect my class, rather the class after mine. If I can get any feedback whether the specific program/school you attend affects where you get a job or how others look at your application I would truly truly appreciate it. I am not sure if my hesitancy is valid or not. Thanks
  5. Hello! I'm currently a PA-S2 at a 33 month program and about to soon go on rotations. From the start, I knew I wanted to go into surgery, it was just deciding which subspecialty I wanted to go into. After doing a lot of research and searching through the forums, I have a couple of programs in mind that sound absolutely amazing, one of them being the Yale program. Does anyone who have gone through a surgical residency or know people who have any insight on what kind of applicants they are looking for? From what I've gathered from posts on ER residencies, ADCOMS look at: - GPA - LORs - General interest in the specialty: prior experience, rotations during clinical year - Personal Statement and the interview Is it fair to say it is similar to what surgical residency programs are looking for? Fortunately, my program is contracted with Norwalk Hospital at Yale where the residency is located and I am definitely will be rotating through there for my general surgery rotation in the coming months. Thanks again for all your advice! ?
  6. I'm currently about to attend PA School and the excitement I have is beyond words. However I have a bit of a problem I was hoping someone could help me with as it seems I can't find a concrete answer anywhere online. I live in the US and am a US citizen (have been all my life) however once I finish PA School, I will be moving to Dubai because that is where my Fiancé lives and works. It would be extremely difficult for him to come here and find a job, but over there he is doing very well. I was just wondering if anyone knew about the certified physician assistant job market in Dubai. Will I be able to find a job? Will I be getting a decent salary? (I'm aware it won't be as much as if I had experience.) Any information that anyone might have that relates to this would be DEEPLY appreciated Thank you so much in advance, Best, Mariam
  7. Hello everyone! Not sure if this is the right thread, so sorry in advance if it is not. I am applying to physician assistant school this cycle and am speaking with a recruiter on Monday for some information about the Navy. I have been interested in joining for awhile and especially to their HSCP. Am I too late to be meeting with a recruiter? I hear some applicants send out their packet when they apply to PA school? Or am I on the right track? For those who have applied, how do you think the process was? Were there minimum qualifications for you to be considered? Look forward to hearing back. Thanks!
  8. 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.
  9. Good morning, Melissa MPAS-PA Taking boards in February, Have a blog that shares my daily experiences, tips, study habits, videos , etc. follow it : melissa-gutierrez.simplesite.com
  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. Hey Guys, I didn't see a thread for MBKU 2015 so I thought to start one. Best of luck to everyone applying!
  12. Hey everybody!! I am currently in my didactic year of PA school (YAY for almost being done with didactic!!). This summer, before I start my clinical rotations, I am going on a medical mission to Guatemala. We will be going to several rural villages and providing medical care, education, training and whatever else is needed!! If anybody is interested in this, just message me and I can give you more details about the Non-Profit I will be going with. If not, donations and/or sharing the link to my fundraising page would be VERY helpful!! Thank you!! www.gofundme.com/helpmeguatemala
  13. The CASPA 2015-2016 application cycle is opening on April 22, 2015. We are excited to show you the new application features and answer your questions about the new cycle. Schedule March 2: 5-6:30pm ET March 4: 7-8pm ET March 9: 5-6:30pm ET March 11: 7-8pm ET March 16: 5-6:30pm ET March 18: 7-8pm ET March 23: 5-6:30pm ET March 25: 7-8pm ET Register To join any session, all you have to do is register once and sign in to join any scheduled session. You do not have to register for individual sessions. Questions Email Danielle Di Silvestro, the Director of Applicant & Student Services at the Physician Assistant Education Association.
  14. CASPA 2015-2016 is coming soon! Are you prepared to apply? The CASPA application will be launching on a new platform on April 22, 2015. Make sure to join the weekly PA chat sessions for a demonstration of the new application platform and Q&A sessions with me, the Physician Assistant Education Association's Director of Applicant & Student Services - CASPA Manager. The sessions for February are below, March will be scheduled soon. February schedule February 5: 6-7:30pm ET February 9: 5-6:30pm ET February 16: 5-6:30pm ET February 19: 6-7:30pm ET February 23: 5-6:30pm ET February 26: 6-7:30pm ET How It Works Attend any scheduled session without registering multiple times. Complete one registration at http://bit.ly/CareerEcoRegistration by clicking on 'Register as a Student/Alumna', add the sessions you wish to attend to your calendar, and login to join! Email questions directly to Danielle Di Silvestro at danielle@PAEAonline.org.
  15. CASPA 2015-2016 is coming soon! Are you prepared to apply? The CASPA application will be launching on a new platform on April 22, 2015. Make sure to join the weekly PA chat sessions for a demonstration of the new application platform and Q&A sessions with me, the Physician Assistant Education Association's Director of Applicant & Student Services - CASPA Manager. The sessions for February are below, March will be scheduled soon. February schedule February 5: 6-7:30pm ET February 9: 5-6:30pm ET February 16: 5-6:30pm ET February 19: 6-7:30pm ET February 23: 5-6:30pm ET February 26: 6-7:30pm ET How It Works Attend any scheduled session without registering multiple times. Complete one registration at <a data-ipb="nomediaparse" data-cke-saved-href="http://bit.ly/CareerEcoRegistration%20by%20clicking%20on%20" href="http://bit.ly/CareerEcoRegistration%20by%20clicking%20on%20" register%20as%20a%20student="" alumna',%20add%20the%20sessions%20you%20wish%20to%20attend%20to%20your%20calendar,%20and%20login%20to%20join!%20email%20questions%20directly%20to%20danielle%20di%20silvestro%20at%20danielle@paeaonline.org.%c2%a0"="">http://bit.ly/CareerEcoRegistration. Click on 'Register as Student/Alumnus' and complete the information. Add the sessions to your calendar and join the chat! Email Danielle Di Silvestro with any questions at danielle@PAEAonline.org
  16. The American Association of Surgical PAs will offer a meeting designed for those interested in or actively apply to PA School. This seminar will include amazing insights on the profession, training, future as well as interview tips and a chance for one-on-one time with PAs who work on admissions committees. Bring a draft of your essay for review! AASPA is proud to be one of the first professional PA organizations to host a seminar specifically tailored to helping people realize their dreams of becoming a Physician Assistant. You will spend two hours with thought leaders in the PA profession learning specific information to strengthen your PA application and interview. We know what admission committees want to hear! You will meet PAs who are serving or who have served on PA Program admission committees from a variety of different programs. Attending an AASPA Pre-PA meeting looks amazing on a CASPA application, or drop a line during your interview. You will receive a great certificate to add to caspa or add to your application file! Here is the info: Date: Friday January 23, 2014, Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Location: Sheraton Suites Orlano AIrport hotel. FREE SHUTTLE FROM THE AIRPORT: http://www.starwoodh...propertyID=1317 ORLANDO,FL ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE Registration link: https://aaspa.com/forms/cme-prepa.asp?navid=5&loc=fl This amazing seminar will include: -Overview of the PA Profession -PA Profession news that all applicants need to know -Essentials of Academic prerequisites -Health care/patient care prerequisites -How to deal with CASPA -PA-wanna-be essays -How to stand out as an applicant -One on one and group Q & A session -and much more! Attending this seminar you will receive: Unique certificate of attendance suitable for listing on PA applications Copies of all PowerPoint slides and lecture materials One on one opportunities to speak with PAs serving on admission committees Unique tips, tricks, and advice you can't get from a book or a website. COST: $100 tuition (tax-deductable!) Discounts available for groups of 10 or more, email ceo@aaspa.com for info AASPA Pre-PA FLyer.pdf
  17. The redesigned PA Program Directory will help you find admissions information and search PA programs by select criteria. You can find the directory and start researching here: http://bit.ly/1uGzFGJ. Email danielle@PAEAonline.org with any questions.
  18. Join us for the October physician assistant virtual chat sessions and get your questions answered about the profession, admissions, and applying to PA school. Read more about the sessions and the October schedule here: http://bit.ly/OctoberPAChatSessions Register for the chat sessions here: http://bit.ly/1lW76E8 Email Danielle Di Silvestro with questions, danielle@PAEAonline.org.
  19. Join us for the October physician assistant virtual chat sessions and get your questions answered about the profession, admissions, and applying to PA school. Read more about the sessions and the October schedule here: http://bit.ly/OctoberPAChatSessions Register for the chat sessions here: http://bit.ly/1lW76E8 Email Danielle Di Silvestro with questions, danielle@PAEAonline.org.
  20. Join us for the October physician assistant virtual chat sessions and get your questions answered about the profession, admissions, and applying to PA school. Read more about the sessions and the October schedule here: http://bit.ly/OctoberPAChatSessions Register for the chat sessions here: http://bit.ly/1lW76E8 Email Danielle Di Silvestro with questions, danielle@PAEAonline.org.
  21. Join us for the October physician assistant virtual chat sessions and get your questions answered about the profession, admissions, and applying to PA school. Read more about the sessions and the October schedule here: http://bit.ly/OctoberPAChatSessions Register for the chat sessions here: http://bit.ly/1lW76E8 Email Danielle Di Silvestro with questions, danielle@PAEAonline.org.
  22. Every week, the Physician Assistant Education Association hosts chat sessions for students, pre-PA applicants, current applicants, advisors, parents, and more...anyone is welcome to attend these session. No need to register for individual sessions - you only have to register once and login to any scheduled chat session. In September, you can join general PA profession chat sessions, talk with current PA students, and a program director on ways to enhance your application profile. If nothing else, join to connect to the conversations and see what's happening in the PA community. To register: http://bit.ly/1lW76E8 and click on ' Register as a Student/Alumnus' With questions, contact Danielle Di Silvestro at danielle@PAEAonline.org.
  23. Every week, the Physician Assistant Education Association hosts chat sessions for students, pre-PA applicants, current applicants, advisors, parents, and more...anyone is welcome to attend these session. No need to register for individual sessions - you only have to register once and login to any scheduled chat session. In September, you can join general PA profession chat sessions, talk with current PA students, and a program director on ways to enhance your application profile. If nothing else, join to connect to the conversations and see what's happening in the PA community. To register: http://bit.ly/1lW76E8 and click on ' Register as a Student/Alumnus' With questions, contact Danielle Di Silvestro at danielle@PAEAonline.org.
  24. Good afternoon: If you have questions about physician assistant, you should consider joining us during our regularly scheduled weekly virtual chat sessions. Questions about CASPA? Admissions? Applying? Would you like to speak with a current PA student? Join us and get your questions answered and more. Registering is easy. Visit http://bit.ly/1lW76E8 and click on 'Register as a Student or Alumnus'. You ONLY have to register once and you can join any chat session - remember to add them to your calendar! Or you can read more at our blog: http://bit.ly/1p7SiNs You can email me directly with any questions at danielle@PAEAonline.org Danielle Di Silvestro Director, Applicant & Student Services Physician Assistant Education Association
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