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  1. Hey everyone! I was recently accepted into a program for fall of 2020. BIOCHEM was not a prerequisite, but I have been currently retaking the class in case I had to re apply. My acceptance is conditional based on having an up to date physical and that is It (I already submitted the physical). My question is, is It worth finishing up this class strong? Or should I stop putting effort into the class and relax until my program starts? I’m not sure what to do & don’t want to waste time studying if I do not have to! Thanks !!
  2. Hi !! I am hoping to get into Touro's PA program in Henderson, Nevada - has anyone applied or gotten in? I would love any information on the interview process, stats and if you received an interview, were accepted or denied or anything at all you can offer!
  3. I've been looking for information on the Bayshore campus applications. Wondering if anyone has heard from them yet, been offered an interview or accepted. All I've gotten is that they are still reviewing applications.
  4. Hi! I am a soon-to-be grad and I just received an ED offer. I'd like to hear your thoughts. $65/hour base pay (128h/month min) with RVU additionally up to $20/hour. 1.5x base on holidays. 401k with 5% match. Partial health insurance coverage. 1500 CME Malpractice claims made with tail NO PTO (coming to terms that most don't offer this in EDs) The benefits leave a lot to be desired but the hourly seems decent for a new grad. What do you think? Thank you!
  5. Hey guys, i have been accepted to both programs and im having a hard time picking one of the two. Manhattan program is longer and it is near my house but bay shore is further and shorter. Could somebody who has a little more knowledge about either school tell me their opinion?
  6. Hey! I was recently accepted to the Winthrop PA program. I'm coming from relatively far away so I'm going to start looking for apartments in the Long Island area in towns nearby Mineola (between Mineola and Bay Shore). I don't know if anyone else is looking for a roommate but if so, message me if you'd like! I checked if there was an accepted students Facebook group for this kind of thing but I haven't seen it yet. Hopefully it gets posted soon. Can't wait to meet everyone!
  7. I decided to become a P.A a few years ago. I made the decision to become an LPN first, before going back to school and pursuing a dual B.S/MS PA program. I am 27 years old, I went to a four year CUNY college immediately out of High School majoring in Anthropology and World Religions. I was about 60 credits in and 20 years old when I left college to work full time to help my family out (dad left and was the primary financial provider, younger siblings in high school, my older stay at home mommy with no workforce experience court fees and second mortgage). My older sister was in her senior year and ready to graduate with her Bachelors in Science during this difficult time. It was a year later, after she had done some teaching for a year that she decided to become a P.A and pursued the difficult path. While admiring her dedication to the path and her graduating top of her class (Mercy College), I made my decision to eventually pursue the same path. It was when my older sister graduated and began her PA career (financially helping my mom and younger siblings) that I decided I was going to make the initial steps in the journey. I decided I was going to take it step by step up the ladder. My decision was to become an LPN first to gain direct health care experience and work while I am gaining my pre-reqs. I graduated from a 16 month LPN program here in NYC (Mildred Elley) last November. I am currently working as an LPN and want to enroll into Touro's dual BS/MS PA program after completing all required pre-req Science courses. The school in which I attended for my LPN made sure we took the College's courses of Biology, Psychology, A&P 1&2 and Pharmacology as pre-reqs to their LPN program. We also had to receive B's or above to continue as an LPN. Since I am, and will continue to work as an LPN while finishing my pre-reqs, I will have enough direct patient contact hours. I am able to shadow P.A's since my sister is one, and so are many of her colleagues. I am not sure, as of yet, if all or any of my credits will transfer from Mildred Elley to Touro. I hope to be in touch with an adviser this week. My questions to the good folk on the forum are: What is the process of being admitted to Touro as an Undergrad student? If any of you are current Dual BS/MS PA students at Touro, did you take your pre-reqs at Touro? If so, how was it applying to the Dual PA program? If for any reason I am rejected from the Dual BS/MS PA program, would I be able to apply again after a year? If I am rejected, could I just finish my Bachelors in Science at Touro, take the GRE, and just apply to another PA program? How bad would that look to prospective schools if another school had rejected an application to their PA program ( any personal stories relating to this would be awesome)? If I am for some reason absolutely rejected from all PA programs nationwide, what are some other options for someone with a Bachelors in Science from Touro (teaching...etc.)? Thank You
  8. Howdy folks Wanted to tap all of your brains and inquire about current practice, warnings, precautions and general issues with concussion and head injury. The ERs in my locale have shown a perpetual trend to give hydrocodone, flexeril, robaxin, fioricet, zofran, phenergan and other interesting drugs to folks RIGHT after being seen for concussion or head injury. The diagnoses in the ED chart include concussion, assault, contusion to face, head, neck strain, etc ad nauseum. Imaging is hit and miss. Still way too many head CTs being done - probably for the lawyers or just to get the patient out of the ED. Poor reasoning in my opinion. I may be severely old and out of date but I have some fair concerns about giving someone narcotics with a fresh head injury showing signs of headache, nausea, light sensitivity, poor balance, easy confusion on computative or memory testing. The providers are MD, DO, PA and NP alike. Concerns are multifocal. Most of the time these folks have no scheduled follow up when they leave the ER. The clinical notes show no discussion of masking symptoms, rebound headaches or altered mental status as side effects of narcotics. When I get them a few days or even a week later (insert deep sigh) then I have to work through their rebound and persistent headaches. So far, nothing bad has happened. So, let's talk. Is this an outdated issue and narcotics are ok or is there a problem here. I am completely interested in input from my colleagues.
  9. Hi Everyone, My name is Christina and I started this forum for people who have been accepted into Touro Manhattan Class of 2017, so we could all start getting in contact and ask each other questions. I also tried starting a Facebook group but a group cannot be created unless you have at a least one member and I don't know anyone else who is accepted yet so hopefully I get to know some of you so I can start the group! I am also looking into moving into the city and hope to find some roommates to move into the city with.
  10. From the AAPA Facebook page: "Working in Oz PAs can now work in Queensland, Australia. Last month, the Queensland Department of Health issued guidelines on "Physician Assistant (PA) Clinical Governance." This now means PAs can work throughout the health sector in this state. Thanks to PA Rod Hooker for bringing this to our attention." http://www.health.qld.gov.au/qhpolicy/docs/gdl/qh-gdl-397.pdf I'm an Aussie citizen and would love to work there one day (a while down the road...). Anyone know of good resources for employment opportunities/job boards for Oz?
  11. We had to answer four questions in our statement with a 1500 character limit that included punctuation. These were my four answers, each question will be read by a separate person on the selections committee. Discuss a personal experience that has shaped the person that you are. How has it changed you? Deciding to join the Army and become first an infantry medic and then progressing to become an Army Flight Paramedic has had the greatest impact on my life. Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity, and personal courage may only be words to some people. To me they represent the values that I lived for 24 years of military service and continue to live by today. I was fortunate in my career to have leaders that saw the potential I possessed mentally, and physically, I was constantly challenged to become better than I had been as a soldier, medic and eventually a leader. I was selected ahead of my peers to attend the Advanced Medical Non-Commissioned Officer Course, before being promoted to Sergeant. I rose to the challenge and I graduated in the top 10% of my class. I completed and became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic and Paramedic level provider ten years before the Army required Basic EMT certification for its medics. I completed Flight Medic School and was the distinguished honor graduate of my class. I also attended the Joint Enroute Care Course which is the Army equivalent of a critical care course for Flight Surgeons, Nurses, and Medics. My medical skills were honed during combat deployments treating patients as the primary medical provider on a medevac helicopter. I feel the Army has changed me in that I am driven to succeed and will always give 100% effort to accomplish everything I do. How do you resolve conflict at work, at school or at home? Provide an example to illustrate. One of my responsibilities as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer in the Army involved resolving conflict between subordinates, peers, and on a few occasions’ superiors. I strive to resolve conflicts so that both parties feel their needs have been met. To illustrate; while I was the Platoon Sergeant (Sgt.) in a Medevac Company one of my peers, the maintenance Platoon Sergeant came to me upset. The Sgt. was short 6 mechanics necessary to perform maintenance on the aircraft and was working until after ten at night. Almost half of my soldiers were mechanics that performed as aircraft crew chiefs (ACC). My peer felt that it was unfair that I had the resources that he felt he needed and wanted to have six of my ACC’s transferred to him until replacements arrived to fill his shortage. I felt that I needed all of my ACC’s , but I realized the distribution of work in its current state was unfair. I prioritized the maintenance needs of my Platoon which allowed me to provide additional staff for the maintenance platoon. The compromise allowed him the use of six of my ACC’s until he received replacements for his shortage and in return his platoon would assist mine in grounds maintenance. He received the extra help he needed and I received assistance for my responsibilities. This allowed both of us to achieve our common goal of supporting our mission. When conflict arises I try to collaborate with others to find our common goal for a win-win solution. Explain how you feel about the role of the Physician Assistant being a dependent practitioner? Performing as a dependent practitioner is a role I have performed as an Army medic and flight paramedic. A flight paramedic’s scope of practice is set by written protocols and supervised by a physician who is a Flight Surgeon and the medical director for the company. Being a new paramedic to the unit, the flight surgeon would be present at any medical evaluations I and other new paramedics went through so he knew we would be assets to the company.. Through collaboration and open communication I developed a bond of trust between the medical director and myself as he became more and more confident in my skills and knowledge. The director learned that I would always act in the best interest of my patients, and I would not jeopardize his trust in me, or my patient’s lives. Because of this I was allowed more and more autonomy and a wider scope of practice than most of my peers. I have discussed this with PA’s and learned the process is very similar for them when working for a new physician. While they do not have to undergo hands on evaluations by the physician, they are evaluated in the quality of patient care rendered, usually by record audits or observation during patient contacts.. To me this seems perfectly rational as a dependent practitioner; the physician must have complete confidence in my skills, knowledge, and integrity to be truthful with him in everything involved in caring for those that need help. Identify a weakness in your personality and explain how it might impact your learning and performance in the Physician Assistant Education Program? My personality is to be competitive with myself and to push myself which can be a weakness because I have to work to find a balance in life. As a student I am devoted to reading ahead and completing assignments well before they are due. I tend to be very hard on myself when I score less than I feel I am capable of. As a soldier I often faced situations where it would have been easy to give up but this drive helped me succeed individually and more importantly as part of a team, I find that I can help others achieve their goals and they can help me see a bigger picture. While operating a medical clinic for Afghan children I faced a situation where it seemed we were unable to meet the demand with the resources we had. I didn’t want to stop for any break but realized that I also needed to be at my best in order to help others. My team and I were able to work together to see all of the patients while maintaining our quality of care and our own health. This trait will impact my performance because I will be 100% dedicated to the program and will be focused on learning as much as I can while working with others. I believe that I will contribute a breadth of experience and different perspective to the learning process that will help my fellow students and hope they can do the same for me. Thank you for any comments
  12. Any tips on things to add or change would be greatly appreciated! As you guys know, these can be tough to get out. My conclussion is week but I'm blanking on ways to wrap this up. “Welcome to Kyrgyzstan!” my taxi driver greeted me in Russian after I had loaded my luggage into the trunk of his decades-old Lada. Arriving well past midnight on Turkish Airlines flight 346, I caught a fleeting glimpse of the mountainous Central Asian country that was to become my home as an English teacher for the next year as we sped past shuttered bazaars and Soviet-era highrises. Although I had focused on how environmental toxicants affect human health while conducting laboratory research as an undergraduate Environmental Protection Agency Fellow, actually getting on the ground in developing countries--from the desolate mountain villages of Kyrgyzstan to the war torn streets of Tajikistan-- led me to begin reflecting on the health disparities underserved populations face not only overseas but also in our own country. While my grandmother’s positive experiences with an orthopedic physician assistant (PA) who had stopped by her house to check on her after her knee replacement surgery and whom she still claims is “better than a doctor” had initially made me consider pursuing my passion for the study of medicine in the service of others as a PA, it was not until I was lying in an understaffed medical clinic in India midway through my year teaching in Kyrgyzstan that my dedication to pursuing this calling was truly cemented. Suffering a Grade Three concussion after a car I had been riding in had spun out of control and crashed into a building, I had been taken to a free clinic in Delhi to get my head stitched back together. Medical waste spilled out of overflowing trash cans and seemingly hundreds of coughing, bleeding, and sick Indians lined the hallways as the understaffed team sought to treat everyone. Due to the shortage of doctors and nurses, I was in the hospital nearly 14 hours before a medical attendant could provide the needed stitches. My experience with a hospital in a country with high rates of poverty and infectious diseases solidified my commitment to serving others through a hands-on medical career as a PA. I arrived home to Texas and began fervently pursuing this goal. Working in the Providence Hospital Emergency Room (ER) has provided me with an up-close look at the healthcare challenges the disadvantaged in Central Texas face, complementing my firsthand knowledge of global medical issues. These challenges include everything from lack of insurance to substance abuse problems that cause permanent physical and mental damage. I have sat for several hours with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient who almost brought tears to my eyes while we waited for her test results and witnessed the emotional pain on a woman’s face when she was told an ectopic pregnancy would have to be surgically removed. In such cases I am struck by the indomitable spirit and inherent decency of people even in situations that are truly heartbreaking. The people I have met while volunteering in the ER inspire and challenge me to continue pursuing a calling to serve others through medicine. While frequently all I can offer is a much-too-small helping hand or comforting words, these are usually more greatly appreciated than I initially thought they would be. It is because of a burning desire to be able to do more for people such as these, a wish to practice medicine while also leading a fulfilling life dedicated jointly to my patients and my family, and many positive experiences shadowing PAs that I desire to become a one myself. The Kyrgyz taxi driver pulled up to the curve of the apartment building of the Russian family I would be living with for the next few months and I hopped out of the cab into the frigid night air. I was nervous, but excited. New adventures were on the horizon. While I did not know the sometimes seemingly indomitable challenges that awaited my life and work in Kyrgyzstan, I was ready to begin tackling them. Looking back at the year I spent in Central Asia, I now know we often grow the most in times of hardship. When I take my first step onto a medical college on my journey to become a PA, I will bring with me a commitment to service above self, academic excellence, and continued personal growth. Conclusion here...?
  13. Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone who is accepted to Touro NV class 2014 and is going to go to a different school could let us know! Just so we can get an idea for those of us on the waitlist. I spoke with Touro today and they said their is about 19 people on the waitlist. The next depo is May 1st so that is when they will have a better idea who is declining their spot and will start calling the waitlist. Thank you and good luck to all!!
  14. Do MDs have to take a general test before they can get their speciality credentials? I mean is their one test that all MDs take like our PANCE?
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