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  1. Hi everyone, I am currently in my 3rd year of a 5-year BS/MS physician assistant program. I am doing well in my classes (3.882 GPA) and have completed all of my patient care and shadowing hours required to move on to the professional phase of the program. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago I received a disorderly conduct violation (not a misdemeanor, not a felony, just a summary offense). I had a lapse in judgement and was under the influence of marijuana when a friend was pulled over in his car. The officer said that he would let me off with a summary offense for disorderly conduct instead of something worse, and wrote on the ticket that I was creating "a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose". The ticket does not mention anything about marijuana or what specifically I was doing. I know that this does have the possibility of showing up on my criminal record. I am wondering what the impact of something like this would have on my chances of getting through rotations and getting licensed. I was told that a criminal background check may show my charge (disorderly conduct summary offense) but wouldn't show what I did to get charged. If that is the case and I was asked to explain my charge, how would the board or an employer actually know if I was telling the truth about what I did to receive my ticket? Looking for any advice/help! Thanks!
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