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RN to PA [Jan. 12th, 2007|09:58 pm]
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oh_so_lovely7
I was just wondering are there any PA's who were nurses? I was just wanting to know what the transition is like. I'm currently working toward my nursing degree but my ultimate goal is to be a PA with a specialty in neonatology. Are there any PA's who specialize in neonatology?
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Respiratory Therapy [Jan. 9th, 2007|05:24 am]
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french1016
Are there any RTs turned PAs out there? Just wanted to know how tough the transition was and aslo has anyone gone to school in California?
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(no subject) [Jan. 6th, 2007|05:45 pm]
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angrygeek
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!
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Taking some advice [Dec. 24th, 2006|06:40 am]
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french1016
Well I took the advice of someone in this community and started looking up every school ever. Looks like I will be applying to several when the time comes. Can't wait to get the process started. Thanks for the help. !!!
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Not Yet [Dec. 18th, 2006|05:03 pm]
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french1016
Ok I am not a PA yet, nor am I even accepted to a school. I am currently in the Army and am working on my BS in Respiratory Care. I found this community and was hoping someone would have some good advice on getting into a school. My GPA is steadily rising and I am already in contact with the local university. I thought about sending a recommendation a quarter until I graduate, you know the squeaky wheel gets the oil type thing. I don't know I mean I already have a lot of clinical and trauma experience as an RT but I don't know what to do.
So questions...
Do you like being a PA?
What was the hardest part of school?
What specialty did you choose?

Hope to hear from anyone soon.
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Anyone in Arizona? [Dec. 5th, 2006|01:46 pm]
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daisy_2801
I just found this community today. I'm wondering if any of the community members are currently working as a PA in Arizona or attended either of the PA programs in the Phoenix area. I am planning to start on my pre-reqs this spring and would love to be in contact with someone in the area who has been through the process. I have a bunch of questions to ask if anyone is willing to answer.
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GPA [Aug. 30th, 2006|06:44 pm]
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michellehaseena
What type of GPA are PA schools looking for?
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hello [May. 10th, 2006|10:41 am]
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pure_perception
hi everyone, i'm new. I'm researching the field for my sister and well, i was wondering if someone could give me a list of all the direct PA programs in the US? thanks
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medical experience [Apr. 25th, 2006|02:35 pm]
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azuresky48
hello, i am a bioengineering student who is planning on applying to the pa school in utah.
i was reading the application and requirements to apply and it says having medical experience is highly recommended. at least 3 years of paid medical experience. i am not certified in anything and although this is my third year in college, i am just applying to the major. i have some science background but i'm not qualified for the positions that i want or the internships i want.

i was hoping for some advice and tips to searching for undergrad placement in labs, or in the hospital, or other medical places.

thanks!
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(no subject) [Apr. 4th, 2006|04:20 pm]
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bellaangele
I was wondering if anyone in this community is attending University of Colorado for their CHA/PA Program?
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