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  1. Hi All! I am a graduate student in public health and have worked with providers to inform patient care plans as well as screen patients for adverse childhood experiences, resiliency, quality of life, etc... I have not been an EMT, CNA, Aid, or other roles that are usually seen with direct patient care experience for PA schools. I have already submitted my application, but after attending an information session I am nervous that schools will not count my public health hours as patient care (I made the mistake of listing them as health care experience and not patient care experience). Does anyone have any thoughts on this process? I have already reached out to one school directly and added the experiences as patient care experience in CASPA (it lets you do this even after submission, but I do not know what happens next). I do have a lot of healthcare experience and research experience. Have anyone else added experiences after they submitted? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to private message if that is better for you. Thanks so much! I really appreciate any support with this!
  2. Hey all, I'm having some trouble deciding between becoming an RN or becoming a PA. I know there are many differences between the two professions, but that only seems to make my decision harder. Recently I just got accepted into my schools nursing program, but I'm not sure if I want to go through with it. For a very long time now I have wanted to be a PA but pretty much ruled it out because I thought the path it took to get there would be too hard. I have never been a straight A student (A's and B's with a rare C), and I know GPA is a heavily weighted factor in even getting considered for a PA program, not to mention the work you have to do if you get accepted! I am a very tenacious person. I know getting to PA school would be a challenge, but with all that considered, PA school is always on my mind. I feel like the only reason I am currently going for nursing is because I'm scared I would not be able to get into PA school (and if I don't then I'm kind of stuck). If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it!
  3. I am really wrestling with if I even should apply to PA school. I am currently a senior at Boise State University and will graduate in the spring of 2017 with my Bachelors in Health Science however I have taken all of my pre reqs to make sure I qualify to apply to PA school. I recently took a job as the Community Health Coordinator at a local free and charitable clinic and have really been enjoying my job there. After I graduate I will be sticking around and working there for a couple of years before applying However, this seems to be more of a public health type position and have really enjoyed my work there. The more I learn about the field of Community Health the more I enjoy it. Right now I have a 3.3 cumulative GPA and will be taking the GRE this summer. I have a year experience working in the MRI department of a local hospital as the MRI tech assistant and then will have 3 years experience working as the Community Health Coordinator. I know that at some point in my career I would like to work in public health and work in community health, health policy, or community development. I have really learned a lot about how much social determinants of health, the built environment, and health delivery systems can affect patients health. I am trying to decide if I should apply to PA school and later on get my DrPH, or get PA-C/MPH now, or get a dual degree MPH and Master's in Community Regional Planning, or just get my MPH? I am really looking for any and all advice from others with more experience than myself.
  4. Hello. I had 4 interviews last cycle. I received 3 rejections and 1 alternate list. I am very thankful for being placed on alternate list, because it's not a straight no and I am still being considered. (Staying positive) The program did not mention how many candidates are placed on alternate list. It just says "small group." I will continue to apply for the next application cycle, but I was just wondering if anyone got accepted after placed on alternate list. The program starts in June, and it's already mid-April.
  5. Good evening all, I was just wondering but how would CASPA calculate science GPA with a MPH degree. I know that the course title Public Health is calculated as other science, but how would it go about applying to all the courses. Im just wondering if anybody had an experience in apply to CASPA following an MPH. PUBH 500 GR EPIDEMIOLOGY I A 4.000 16.00 PUBH 502 GR SOCL & BHVRL HLTH SCI B 4.000 12.00 PUBH 504 GR PBLC HLTH & HLTH DSPRTS A 3.000 12.00 PUBH 512 GR BIOL BASIS OF PUBLIC HEALTH A 1.000 4.00 PUBH 501 GR STAT MTHDS PUB HLTH I B 4.000 12.00 PUBH 503 GR PLCY & HLTH SERV PLN MGMT I A 4.000 16.00 PUBH 506 GR ENVIRON HEALTH SCIENCES B 4.000 12.00 PUBH 005 GR PUBLIC HEALTH GRADUATE COMP P 0.000 0.00 PUBH 518 GR INTERNSHIP II (MPH) S 3.000 0.00 PUBH 610 GR PBLC HLTH SYSTMS THINKING B 3.000 9.00 PUBH 618 GR CMNTY BASED PARTCPNT RSCH A 3.000 12.00 PUBH 623 GR COMMUNITY NEEDS SOLUTION A 3.000 12.00 PUBH 607 GR INTEGRATING EXPERIENCE B 3.000 9.00 PUBH 714 GR SPECIAL STUDIES B 3.000 9.00 PUBH 720 GR QUALITATIVE RSCH IN PUB HEALTH A 3.000 12.00 PUBH 743 GR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS II A 2.000 8.00
  6. I am currently employed at a general hospital as an Intake Coordinator for the Behavioral Health Area. My responsibilities include: -Taking report from ER social workers to assess the appropriateness of formal psychiatric evaluations. -Communicating clinical information with other hospital units and outside facilities to aid in patient transfers. -Explaining rights to patients placed on psych holds. -Inventorying patient belongings for safe keeping. -Serve as the initial point of contact for voluntary patients, including patients for our Acute Medical Detox unit. I am directly responsible for determining whether or not potential detox patients will meet criteria for inpatient hospitalization. I have also been trained in Case Management where I perform initial and concurrent review with insurance companies. Part of this entails direct communication with the patient and family to determine life stressors and other factors that may necessitate extended care or otherwise dictate what the discharge plans will be. While my job is not as "hands on" as a CNA/PCA/RN, I am definitely still directly involved in the coordination of patient care. Would this qualify as HCE/PCE in the eyes of an admissions coordinator? Ill be done with pre-reqs early next year and plan on having my CASPA submitted as soon as it opens in April. It will be easy for me to get a job as a CNA, but if that HAS to happen I will need to get started now to build up enough hours. Hopefully my current job will qualify because I get paid 2x as much as the nursing assistants do!!! Thanks! John
  7. I'm 38. Wet to college on and off for many years due to personal and family issues (two surgeries of my own, taking care of a very sick family member for ten years and having to work two jobs to support my parents, among other things). I also have lots of withdrawals in my history and one "F" in Physics, which I retook. I've always dreamt of becoming a physician, but due to my blemished academic history, it is obvious I'll never be accepted. I'm OK with this, and am now trying to decide among the following programs: 1) Bachelor of Nursing 2) Physician Assistant 3) Nurse Anesthetist I am three classes away from graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. This can be easily accomplished by the end of 2014. My GPA lies somewhere between 2.8 and 3.0. Here are my questions: 1) Should I graduate with a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts and then go for one of the degrees listed above? Or should try to get into nursing school now, before I graduate with my Bachelor's? I am afraid I will not qualify for financial aid for a second Bachelor's if I graduate now. 2) If I were lucky enough to get in, would I still be able to work? I am in a loosely-related healthcare field, and do three 13-hour shifts per week. 3) How long would this process take? I am trying to figure out what is the most realistic, cost-effective and efficient way to do it. I've always known I belonged in healthcare, and by now I am certain this is not going to change. I am poor, but healthy, unmarried, no children, bright and more than willing to go the extra mile. Any advice would be appreciated!
  8. I am confused on the CASPA section regarding listing duties from past work experience/medical experience/volunteer experience/etc. That section, I do believe, allows 40 words which is alot. Is this section supposed to be written in complete sentences or the typical fragmented style usually used on resumes? Anyone that could help!? Thanks!
  9. Hi Everyone, I have recently become interested in the Physician Assistant career. Here is some information about me. I have a BS in Biochemistry, minor in Psychology 3.78 GPA, higher science GPA (maybe 3.9). I graduated in 2007 and since that time I have been involved in research at a University and at the National Institutes of Health as a Research Assistant and Clinical Research Recruiter. I was also just offered a position as a Research Coordinator at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Thus, my experience has mostly been research and my interactions with subjects/patients has been research based not clinical. I am interested in getting some clinical experience and working toward my clinical hours for PA school (some schools require 1000-2000 hours). I do not have any EMT or CNA certifications at this time. I also need a steady income to support myself. I was thinking of taking the Research Coordinator position and doing some volunteering at a clinic for underserved populations in my area in the evenings and weekend. Do you think this would count as direct patient care hours? In addition, what are some jobs that one can obtain patient care hours with out a certification as a CNA/EMT? In addition, I think the Ambulance is volunteer in my community. Does that mean that I can become an EMT for free? Are volunteer EMTs volunteering after their job? Please let me know if you have any thoughts, etc. I would greatly appreciate any help. I am also very interested in the PA/MPH dual degree. Are there any experiences that you think could help one get into a degree like that? In addition, I am interested in the National Health Service Corps Scholarship and if you know anything about that I am greatly interested as well. Thank you for all your help. Veronica
  10. Hi there - I have an MPH and have worked in national and local-level public health for the past 5 years (including time in grad school) and am currently working as an epidemiologist overseas (with a CDC program). I have always been drawn to clinical care though, and am really drawn to type of care provided by a PA. I know that traditionally, clinical roles in public health, and especially epidemiology, have been filled by MD/MPHs (and sometimes RN/MPHs). I have experience in Infectious and Chronic Disease Epi, Public Health Research, and Disease Surveillance, and would love to bring a clinical perspective to these areas. However - I am worried that there may be some barriers to PA's obtaining positions in these roles. In other words, I'm wondering what opportunities there are in public health and epidemiology for a PA/MPH? Would love to hear real-life experiences of anyone, themselves or those they know. Thanks!
  11. CPA: Create, Promote, Allow... Many yrs ago, I was taught the if you Create a situation, Promote a situation , or Allow a situation... YOU are responsible for that situation and the outcome of it... As healthcare providers, are we "creating, promoting, or allowing" this situation to continue...? Un-vaccinated people are disease vectors of easily preventable illnesses and a PUBLIC threat. People refusing vaccination is harming the community through their action/inaction. In a medical practice, these folks expose the community at large (medical staff & other patients and general public) to the germs they are carrying/brewing. Herd-Immunity" is important...!!! Is small pox and Polio next... ?:sweat: Thoughts... Contrarian
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