TrekkieByDay Posted January 4, 2018 Share Posted January 4, 2018 I started off as a pre-med major, but didn't know that I had ADHD at the time. I was bored out of my skull, even w/a 3.8 GPA. I actually said, "I don't want to spend the rest of my life looking up noses and buttcracks" when I switched majors. Well, the Good Lord has a sense of humor, because after I got married, I had some sort of resistance to hormonal birth control and had four kids, all with their unique medical problems--as well as noses and buttcracks, lol. I've spent the last twelve years of my life learning more about medicine than I ever thought possible. I was published in a magazine and hired by an author to write about my experiences with my oldest daughter & husband's diagnoses. Every. Single. Day. I have someone write me on FB or Twitter about their own medical issues, because of the stories I've written. That Creative Writing degree was something special. (eye roll) So.... My local university and community College have a joint program for a PA and Masters of Public Health... (Gah, someone is messaging me about his symptoms RIGHT NOW asking if he should go in for XYZ evaluation!!!) ... And after mulling over this course of action for a couple of weeks, talking to my husband, my closest fitness, and finally my kids, I'm doing it. I'm not sure which allied program I want to use to get patient care hours, but I'm leaning towards surgical tech, since it has a good salary even if I can't get into the PA program the first time or two around. (I can't move, since my husband works w/the government, and those four kids of ours have been trucked all over the place with his PhD/postdoc stuff, which is finally over.) I'd like to work in emergency, pediatric, or mental health, I just know there's only two mental health residencies for PA's. However, the biggest obstacle to getting people mental health treatment is the patient seeing that their problems actually are mental health problems!! So maybe getting them to an evaluation will be enough. Anyway, here I go---thanks for having the forum, which I've been lurking over the past two days, more and more certain that this is the best path. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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