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  1. Has anyone here taken any pre-req classes online through Doane University? Wondering about biochem, but haven't found much about it online. Also wondering if Doane's course is doable course for someone who hasn't taken orgo since 2015.
  2. Who's been accepted to PA programs where the majority of pre req courses were taken online?
  3. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2529481 Comparing Use of Low-Value Health Care Services Among U.S. Advanced Practice Clinicians and Physicians ONLINE FIRSTJohn N. Mafi, MD, MPH; Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH; Roger B. Davis, ScD; and Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA, MSc [+] Article, Author, and Disclosure Information Ann Intern Med. Published online 21 June 2016 doi:10.7326/M15-2152 © 2016 American College of Physicians Background: Many physicians believe that advanced practice clinicians (APCs [nurse practitioners and physician assistants]) provide care of relatively lower value. Objective: To compare use of low-value services among U.S. APCs and physicians. Design: Service use after primary care visits was evaluated for 3 conditions after adjustment for patient and provider characteristics and year. Patients with guideline-based red flags were excluded and analyses stratified by office- versus hospital-based visits, acute versus nonacute presentations, and whether clinicians self-identified as the patient's primary care provider (PCP). Setting: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), 1997 to 2011. Patients: Patients presenting with upper respiratory infections (URIs), back pain, or headache. Measurements: Use of guideline-discordant antibiotics (for URIs), radiography (for URIs and back pain), computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (for headache and back pain), and referrals to other physicians (for all 3 conditions). Results: 12 170 physician and 473 APC office-based visits and 13 359 physician and 2947 APC hospital-based visits were identified. Although office-based clinicians saw similar patients, hospital-based APCs saw younger patients (mean age, 42.6 vs. 45.0 years; P < 0.001), and practiced in urban settings less frequently (49.7% vs. 81.7% of visits; P < 0.001) than hospital-based physicians. Unadjusted and adjusted results revealed that APCs ordered antibiotics, CT or MRI, radiography, and referrals as often as physicians in both settings. Stratification suggested that self-identified PCP APCs ordered more services than PCP physicians in the hospital-based setting. Limitation: NHAMCS reflects hospital-based APC care; NAMCS samples physician practices and likely underrepresents office-based APCs. Conclusion: APCs and physicians provided an equivalent amount of low-value health services, dispelling physicians' perceptions that APCs provide lower-value care than physicians for these common conditions. Primary Funding Source: U.S. Health Services and Research Administration, Ryoichi Sasakawa Fellowship Fund, and National Institutes of Health.
  4. Hi everyone, I'm currently in a non healthcare position and have been for years. That said, my heart has always been in medicine and I finally decided that if I have another 40 years of work left in me, it isn't too late to follow my passion. *Technically, it is for some schools, as certain classes are over 10 years old =P I plan to take an accelerated Gen Bio I and II at a community college this fall [to satisfy some pre-requisites]. Now, here's my dilemma. What should be my primary focus in Spring if I want to apply next Summer? Let's assume I have acquired 1,000 hours of experience by then and a decent GRE score. Should I retake Anat and Phys, as they are my oldest classes (2007/2008)? I got a B in both; however, I later took a 400 level Physiology class and earned an A. *Anat and Phys is also a pre-req at every program, so maybe it wouldn't hurt to obtain an A to prove I'm better than my freshman self? OR Should I retake an Orgo class and hope for an A (which, when averaged, should bring my Orgo up to a 3.0). OR Take other avenues I haven't considered. I REALLY want this, but I do feel the pressure of the clock ticking, given how many years I have been out of school and some of my grades. The passion is there, and after so many years building a professional work ethic, I can confidently say it has made me a better student. I just don't want to be ignored because of how I look on paper. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated and I thank anyone who took the time to read this.
  5. Hello everyone! New to the forum and glad to be here! I'm very interested in a career as a PA and I'm trying to figure out which path I should take. I am getting ready to transfer to the University of Washington with the intent of earning a BS in general biology in order to meet my pre-req requirements and hopefully then a) getting an entry level medical job or b) joining the Air Force and go for Pararescue, both in order to gain some experience and to have some funding before going to PA school. I'm wondering if this is a common path that I can be confident in and run with, or if I should reconsider my options and change my degree while it's still relatively early. I'm running short on time, so any input is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  6. I have applied, the application was completed in mid July. Anyone else? Has anyone gotten an interview or heard anything yet?
  7. Hey Pre-PA students, I am currently attending a four year university in North Carolina, majoring in Sport Management. After extensive shadowing with two different specialty PA's, I've decided that I want to pursue the career. However, I am in a unique situation because I am a rising senior with 8 classes left to take for my Sport Management degree and I am curious as to how to go about becoming a PA in the most cost effective and most direct way possible. I've read that the major isn't important as long as I'm successful in it (which I am). I'm just concerned about whether I should get my prereqs done while I am in my Sport Management program (currently have the non-science prerequisites for most programs done, but not any of the science ones yet) or should I wait until after I graduate to get the prerequisites finished at possibly a community college (if I am not looked down upon for completing them there). Also, most PA programs require direct patient health care experience and I currently have none of that as well. Should I look to get that done now or after I graduate? I've finally found my passion after years of searching and I really believe that I am capable of being successful as a Physician Assistant. If anyone has any advice that would benefit me in my situation, I would gladly appreciate to hear it! My estimated cumulative GPA will likely be a 3.4-3.6 by the time I graduate and this excludes any prerequisites I would need to take to for PA school. If there are any questions that need to be asked in order to give advice, please let me know! I hope to hear from you Pre-PA students soon! Thanks!
  8. Hey everyone!! My name is Karen and I am an undergrad in UMCP. I am very interested in this PA program and I was wondering if those who got accepted can share with me how their pre-reqs were :) I would really appreciate it :)
  9. Hello Folks! I just found this forum a few days ago and am already learning SO much. Thank you all for your discussion and input! Here is a brief synopsis of my situation and question: SHORT BIO/STATS: HCE: 5 years Navy Corpsman (work under a PA and saw my own patients), 9 months Lab Assistant (Phleb, EKGs, ABGs) College: BA done in December and STARTING sciences in January 2013. I will be going full time and taking Bio, A&P I & II, Micro, inorganic chem I, intro to o-chem/biochem, Psych, and Lifespan Psych. undergrad cGPA: will be 3.0 post bach sGPA: I am extremely determined and think I can get over 3.5 in the above listed courses. If I do, my adjusted cGPA would be about 3.2-3.3 MY QUESTION: for the 2013-14 application cycle, when should I finalize my CASPA app? Should i turn it in early (may-june) with outstanding pre-reqs in progress knowing that those grades will not be verified and calculated by CASPA? Or should I wait until mid-august when all my course work in complete? I know that earlier is very beneficial, but I also know that much of the strength of my package will come from the strong science GPA that I will be earning this winter, spring, and summer qtrs. NOTE: due to course pre-reqs my A&P II class will not be until summer qtr, this is obviously a very important pre-req. PS: my top choice is MEDEX, second is Duke, and then whichever programs I think I will have the best shot at getting in to. Hope this is not too much info, thanks for the help!
  10. Greetings forum! I have a couple questions for everyone. I am 21 and I recently switched majors in hopes to become a PA student, and need all of the help I can get. I will be taking classes at Oakland Community College as well as Oakland University in hopes to major in Health Sciences and get accepted into PA school at Wayne State University. I am very lost on what I need to do from start-to-finish and some sort of direction would be great. I am a very checklist-goal oriented person, so direction is key for me. My main questions are; 1) What are the pre-reqs from either colleges that Wayne State looks at? 2) When and where should I be doing my patient hours? 3) Any literature I should be reading to prep myself? 4) Any tips on getting through from future/current PA students? 5) Is there a specific timeline that you follow from start-to-finish? Any help is appreciated! I am still very new to this and want the best for myself when pursuing this career. Thanks!
  11. [h=1]Omega-3 Fish Oil: Separating Fact From Fiction http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/762318?src=mp&spon=38[/h] Another dietary supplement is in the news recently, and it seems to be another flip-flop message where conventional wisdom is being overturned by randomized clinical trials. The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine [1] recently, a meta-analysis of 14 randomized trials conducted by the Korean Meta-analysis Study Group, reaching the conclusion that omega-3 supplements do not prevent cardiovascular disease. Several points should be kept in mind. First, all of these randomized trials were secondary prevention trials. These were high-risk participants. Also, many of these trials were short-term, with an average duration of only 2 years. Some of the trials were as short as 1 year. A wide range of doses was tested -- as little as 400 mg in some trials -- with an average dose of 1.7 g daily. [Editor's note: Dr. Manson made these observations in a commentary on the study, also published in Archives of Internal Medicine. [2]] But most important, because all of these trials were secondary-prevention high-risk studies, many of the participants were taking other medications, such as statins, aspirin, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, beta-blockers, and medications that may have interfered with the ability to detect a moderate benefit from omega-3s. This is why it is particularly important that randomized trials of omega-3s be done in primary-prevention trials, with average-risk populations. Such trials have not yet been published. Our research group is conducting a primary-prevention trial (the vitamin D and omega-3 trial) in a usual-risk population. While waiting for the results from these additional primary-prevention trials, what can clinicians do? It is still important to recommend regular consumption of fish for our patients. The American Heart Association recommends at least 2 servings per week of fish, and it is best to recommend the dark, fatty fish that are high in EPA/DHA such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines. A diet that is high in fish has been linked to a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease in many observational studies. Furthermore, the fish would replace less healthful sources of protein, such as red meat or processed meats high in saturated fats. For patients who don't eat fish (eg, vegetarians and vegans), it would be worthwhile to recommend increased intake of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) or plant-derived sources of omega-3, such as flaxseed, canola, and soybean oil. Overall we should still be recommending a diet that is high in fish. The omega-3s still have a role in the treatment of high triglyceride levels, including the prescription omega-3s. This specific issue was not addressed by these trials. At the present time, there isn't conclusive evidence that recommending fish oil supplements will prevent cardiovascular events. Stay tuned for additional research.
  12. Does being bilingual indicate fluency? Or just some proficiency in another language? I am able to speak and understand Arabic and Spanish well, however, I am not necessarily fluent. Some admins are saying that I can put trilingual on my applications and others are saying that I have to be fluent to put that down. It will really up my chances of getting into the PA programs I want if I can say that I am trilingual! I just want to make sure that I am not providing false information. Advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated
  13. My application is already submitted, but I was thinking today about something I wrote and have gotten myself worried! I am currently working as a CNA in surgery services at a nearby hospital. Although my scope of practice as a CNA does not technically include things like wound care and removing staples, I am often permitted to do such tasks (after being trained). I wanted to make the point in my personal statement that I am eager to take on more responsibilities and be able to provide more care for patients, and listed a few of the things that I have been trained to do on my unit. However, I am really worried that I did not make it clear enough that everything is supervised. I don't want admissions to think that I am irresponsible because I did things that are technically outside of my scope of practice! I would really appreciate any opinions... I hope this doesn't ruin my chances for getting into school :-/
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