mmdwyer Posted February 20, 2014 Share Posted February 20, 2014 Hi everyone, Of the PA programs I was accepted to, I've narrowed my choice down to two schools -- one is located in a large midwestern city and one is located in the New England area. I'll be 29 when I complete PA school and hope to come back to one of the major Midwestern cities when I finish school (most of my family is in this area). I liked both schools, but I had a particullarly good experience at the New England-area school. With that said, I'm having concerns that it may be difficult for me to find a good job in the midwest straight out of school when all of my rotations will have been in the northeast and New England area. As a side note, the schools are very similar in terms of length, cost ($10k difference), strength of relationships with clinical rotration sites, class size and established reputation (I wouldn't call either of them "top ten," but they're both located within D.O. schools and are 15+ year old programs with solid PANCE pass rates). For careers like law, I always hear "go to school in the area you want to practice!" But, since PAs take a national (not state-specific) exam, I'm not sure how much this matters for the PA profession. So, with all that said, I would love to hear from any recent PA graduates who tried to find their first job in a region other than where they graduated from PA school. I'd also love to hear thoughts and/or insights from any experienced PAs out there. Thank you in advance for any advice you can share! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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