I'm new to the forum but was hoping to request assistance in an important decision.
I applied to several programs in the current cycle and have received a few interview invitations and, more recently, my first two acceptances. I was offered a seat in the St. John's University (SJU) MSPAS class of 2023 and the Touro University California (TUC) MSPAS/MPH Class of 2023. I currently live in New York and it is generally more in line with my career goals (to practice in NY) to select SJU. However, I am also very interested in obtaining my MPH (which is why I applied to a school in California in the first place) as I hope to take on research initiatives in the future (both community and clinically based) and hopefully take on a more community and program leadership role several years down the road. Both programs seem very academically strong and have a focus on working with underserved communities (which I am oriented towards) so I am not worried about that when considering my options. The clear distinction is that TUC is in a much more rural environment than SJU but I don't feel this impacts my decision one way or another as I am very open to the new experience of living in a rural environment.
The areas where I am truly torn between, and what raise my dilemma, are:
Cost effectiveness of education & Time:
Upon comparing the costs of attending both universities for 3 years, SJU is only ~$15,000 cheaper. This makes TUC more cost effective/efficient in my eyes. I would of course be taking on a more busy schedule with TUC to obtain both degrees in 33 months, but I believe I am ready to do this.
Financially speaking, it seems that the cost of living for both schools and their associated regions would be more or less the same (which is overall not cheap).
I do, of course, realize that I can also always obtain my MPH further down the line and potentially have my employer pay for it so I would still save the aforementioned $15,000 if i select SJU. I would also save some associated costs of relocating to a different state and traveling between NY and CA during holidays/breaks over the 3 years.
Training in a different state:
To those who trained outside of the state which they intended/planned to practice, do you feel this has impacted your preparedness to practice in your desired state?
After taking a dive into the NY and CA PA laws, it seems there are not drastic differences between supervision laws of practicing PA's. Of course, this is while taking into consideration the new bill that will take effect in California starting Jan 2020, which removes several supervision criteria for PA's such as countersignature. Therefore, i would not be worried about training in California and then returning to New York as practice and supervision laws would be rather similar.
I don't feel that there is a "wrong" decision that I can make here and I am just trying to find what would best benefit my education while keeping my career goals in mind.
Please let me know if there are factors that I am failing to acknowledge. Any and all input is greatly appreciated.
Thank you all!
I am a graduate student in public health and have worked with providers to inform patient care plans as well as screen patients for adverse childhood experiences, resiliency, quality of life, etc... I have not been an EMT, CNA, Aid, or other roles that are usually seen with direct patient care experience for PA schools. I have already submitted my application, but after attending an information session I am nervous that schools will not count my public health hours as patient care (I made the mistake of listing them as health care experience and not patient care experience). Does anyone have any thoughts on this process? I have already reached out to one school directly and added the experiences as patient care experience in CASPA (it lets you do this even after submission, but I do not know what happens next). I do have a lot of healthcare experience and research experience. Have anyone else added experiences after they submitted? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to private message if that is better for you. Thanks so much! I really appreciate any support with this!
Interviewed July 12th, offered a seat on the 19th!
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