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  1. Hey! Thought I would start a thread for this upcoming cycle. Submitted my application and verified yesterday so hoping to hear back soon. Good luck to everyone!
  2. Hello guys, I am starting a new topic for 2016-2017 applicants. Please share your updates and stats. Did anyone apply here yet?
  3. Hi, guys! I looked around and didn't see a new topic for this year's CASPA cycle for USC, so I started one here. I submitted my CASPA application on May 10th, received an email to do the supplemental application on May 11th, and submitted my supplemental application on May 11th. Now, I'm just waiting to hear back!
  4. Just wanted to make a thread for anybody applying to the USC School of Medicine PA Program (not MUSC). I was verified June 15th but have not heard anything from the school. The website says the supplemental application is supposed to be available in mid to late June. Has anybody heard anything?
  5. Does anyone know anything about the admission requirements for this program? Anyone else planning to apply?
  6. I was wondering if there are any shadowing opportunities in the Charleston area. Thank you for your time!
  7. I'm 25, and have two degrees - BS in science and an MHA, which I received in 2013. I figured I'd want to be on the business side of health care, which is why I pursued a graduate degree with that focus. I've just started a job working for one of the main hospitals in Charleston, and I'm about 50/50 on it. It's a crazy time and will likely get worse before it gets better. If I am 100% truthful, I have always had my doubts about my choice to pursue administration, from the moment I entered my bachelor's program (health management), all the way through grad school, and to now. I guess I always figured that along the way something would really fire within me and I'd be convinced I'd made the right choice. Can I do this job and any admin job in the future? Absolutely, I've got the education and know how. Do I really want to? That's what I know I'm saying no to. Working alongside clinical staff in previous jobs and currently has made my wonder if my drive in healthcare is really on that side, providing care to patients. I've done my research, and the values and mission of a Physician Assistant really jives with me, and there are so many specializations available. It seems like I'm doing things the opposite way, though. Most with dual PA and business degrees start with clinical and then get their non-clinical degree, whereas I am wondering how rare or impossible it is to start with a non-clinical masters and get accepted/complete a clinical degree like a Physician Assistant. I also wonder what my family and friends would think if I suddenly jumped ship after spending so much time and effort, and MONEY, down this other road. Someone please tell me if I am being stupid, or if there is hope, or something else. I am in Charleston and MUSC, where I work, has it's PA program, which I believe is the only PA school in South Carolina. I know there are no online PA school options, so I would have to do this full-time and figure out how to live/eat at the same time. I'd be taking out brand new loans, which would likely double the amount I have now left over from the BS and MHA education. I had my transcripts analyzed by the MUSC enrollment office and it looks like I would need: 4 credit hours microbiology with lab 3 credit hours organic or biochemistry What would be a good route to get these done? I asked and they said any accredited online or 2/4 year college, but I have no idea where to start. Do colleges let you take individual courses if you just need to get small pre-reqs done? Thanks Confused and Unsure in Charleston
  8. My PA program takes three years... http://www.capradio.org/articles/2014/07/28/uc-davis-is-trailblazer-in-three-year-medical-school-model/ A handful of UC Davis students are trailblazers in a new medical school model that has won the approval of Californian Governor Jerry Brown. Brown signed legislation that will allow doctors to practice with three years of medical school instead of four. It’s Ngabo Nzigira’s sixth week of medical school, and he’s already interacting with patients. “So we have the norco, you still taking that?" he asks. Nzigira is being trained by a doctor at Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento. Normally he wouldn’t be in a clinic until his third year. In this accelerated program, students can shave sixty thousand dollars off their medical school debt. But Nzigira had hesitations. “I thought, 'Oh man, you want me to put the intensity and stress that is medical school in four years, you want me to condense it down to three years. I’m not sure about that,'” he says. The UC Davis program is designed for students who know they want to be a primary care physician. It cuts out summer vacations and electives to get them into the field faster. “There’s a huge problem, a huge shortage of primary care physicians," says Dr. Tonya Fancher who directs the program. UC Davis says it’s meant to increase the supply of family doctors under the Affordable Care act. “It seems like students come into medical school and they’re passionate about patients, passionate about primary care, part of it is the debt that they accrue, and part of it is the models of primary care that they’re exposed to," says Fancher. One patient says he’s not concerned about shortened medical school - as long as students meet the same standards as other doctors.
  9. I am a dermatology PA in the process of re-signing a contract. I have been with a practice for almost 10 years and am now going part time. They want me to sign a non-compete that will prevent me from working locally in dermatology (not just as a PA but as a consultant, manager, employee, etc) for 2 years after the job ends. I told them I was not willing to sign that so they came back and added a clause that says if I am discharged involuntarily without cause, the noncompetitiion clause shall be null and void. My boss says they have to protect the practice. I also feel I have to protect myself. I have never signed a noncompete with them in 10 years. I fear I will be let go if I don't sign. If I do sign, I wouldn't be able to work in the only field I know if I were to leave the practice. Any advice on what to do?
  10. I am hoping to find a provider to shadow in South Carolina or southern North Carolina areas. Here is a little bit about my background... I'm a 24 year old Air Force medical technician. I've worked in primary care on base for 2 years in an LPN-type role, and I have recently started working in ambulance operations on base as an EMT-B. In the time that I have been stationed here I have completed the pre-PA coursework (for IPAP at least) and a BS in Liberal Arts. I am also enrolling in USC this Fall to pursue a second BS in Biology in order to delve a little deeper into the sciences. I plan on applying to the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (military PA school) at the beginning of next year. Even though I have healthcare experience, I do not have any substantial shadowing experience per se, except for on occasion when I would observe the providers I worked with perform exams, procedures, etc. I also have very limited experience outside of primary care--basically just the clinical rotations I did in trainnig years ago. I would be extremeley grateful to anyone who would be willing to offer me the opportunity to watch and learn from them. :) -Adrian
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