||[Jan. 6th, 2007|05:45 pm]
Physician Assistants of LJ
I’m looking for some information on the “previous medical experience” requirement/suggestion that tends to vary quite a bit between schools. I’m an advanced level EMT (about 500 hours between classroom and clinical education) and am coming up on 4 years volunteer EMS experience. I’m not finished with my B.S. degree as of yet. I will probably be applying to PA programs when I’m 25 y/o. At that time I’ll have 7 years experience in EMS and a few hundred hours of CEUs (not to mention all the time I spend reading various journals and books which I realize won’t count for anything acceptance-wise).|
Does anyone see an issue with not meeting the medical experience requirement? I realize my experience isn’t as a hospital-based provider. Even though emergency medicine is a specific field we do get experience dealing with patients with wide ranging diseases, chronic conditions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I know it’s often suggested to become an NA or hospital clerk but honestly I don’t have any interest in either and I couldn’t afford the pay cut.
My other question has to do with the general competition in the medical field in general to work in emergency medicine. Now yes, I realize every student from techs to nurses seems to at least initially think they want to work in EM. I’m no different in that respect, but I do have experience and education in the field as well as a deep passion for it. In the med school world my understanding is there are only so many spots for students to specialize in EM and secure an EM residency. It seems if they don’t it’s pretty much “tough luck” and “pick something else”. How does this work for PAs? If your education is focused on family practice for example is it a problem to transition?
Thanks for any and all comments and advice!