I am curious if there are any students that are in PA school currently who are married with children? Any advice, encouragement, etc? I apologize if there is already a thread on this topic. I could not find one.
Wife has been extremely supportive through this whole journey.
I'm a 42 y/o woman with two kids, ages 10 and 6, currently doing pre-req's for PA School. I can only do one at a time as I also have to work full-time and it will take a few more years. It's a grind, but I've been wanting to do this for years and am happy to finally be on the path. I have been in private practice doing manual therapy for the last 18 years, and very much want to shift to a career in medicine. I have a very supportive partner, however her job makes it impossible to handle the before and after school hours, and I wind up with very little time to study. Despite that I'm pulling A's in my classes so far, thank goodness.
Here are my concerns: I'm worried about the hours required in PA school, (and I understand it's very demanding), given that I have no family to watch my kids after school, or get them to school, and will likely have to hire someone for this. We will be living on huge loans, and I'm not sure this is financially realistic. I'm also worried about disappearing from my kids lives for a few years, and need a good hit from you all whether this is the reality of school and how others have managed this issue with family. So, my questions, for those who have families, or for anyone who can weigh in on the realities of PA school:
- My understanding is that class hours are around 36 per week. What are study hours on top of this?
-What are hours during clinical rotations, as compared to this, and is there homework on top of that?
-How do/did you balance school and family? Is it even possible, or should I expect to just not really be around for a few years?
(Please no general replies about how difficult school is; I understand this am good with this. I need specifics about what it looks like alongside parenting.) Thank you!!!
I am racking my brain trying to devise a plan to get back to school. It is a weird predicament I am in it seems, but I can't imagine I am the only 40-something person with a Biology degree that wants to go back to school for a medical career. But here is the problem:
My degree (BSE in Biology) is 21 years old and therefore I have to retake the prereqs to get into a PA program. For the PA Program at UMKC it's 37 hours of prereqs in which I've had all but 9 hours. UMKC require they be 7 years old or less.
I have to be working towards a degree to receive financial aid. Taking prereqs is not working towards a degree.
I cannot work towards another Biology degree because to be admitted to do that, the new degree has to have 30 hours of classes I have not already taken.
Therefore I am not able to receive financial aid because my BSE in Biology was very thorough.
I have gained a lot of experience the last 21 years, but I have not amassed a fortune that could help me pay for school.
So the question is, how do people in my situation pay to retake their prereqs for a medical career? The PA programs don't accept my classes because they are too old (I don't blame them, I do need to brush up on my Biology and Chemistry) but I cannot come back to take them because I already have a degree and can't declare a different Biology major because I've had almost all those classes before, therefore I cannot receive financial aid.
Also, I have not decided on being a PA on a whim, I first decided in 1995 that I wanted to do it, but life took me on quite the journey to get to this spot.
Any ideas? Feel free to forward this to anyone you think could help.
Thanks so much!
I'm pre-PA at UW-Madison, and am one of those people how gets so much peace of mind knowing exactly what I want to do in the future. I've been trying to find the perfect specialty for myself according to some criteria and I'm wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction as to which specialty would suit me best:
-interesting field, with lots of variety, and intellectually challenging
-good hours (maybe 8-5, somewhere around that general area, not a crazy amount of call, etc.)
-very good salary+benefits
-hands on but also requires just as much thinking and decision making (using pharmacology, physiology, etc.)
-most importantly would allow me to be able to love what I do, as well as to be the best possible father/husband I hope to be.
I've looked a lot into CT/CV, and general surgery, ER medicine, and ortho, and all of those interest me a lot, it just seems like they wouldn't be so "family-friendly" as a career. Thoughts?
I really want to be a physician assistant and am currently going to school for it. I do not have kids now but would like to have kids when I'm 27-30. Family has always been an important aspect of my life. Would I have time to be in my children's lives as a PA?
Would part-time still give me time with family as well as money to be sitting comfortably? (like 100k or close to a year).