physician assistant

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    MD & DO Accepted to 2 med schools...seeking advice about PA now

    I made this account recently pretty much just to get a feel for what the internet has to say about my situation. TLDR: i'm accepted to med school but struggling with the idea of work/life balance, passion, time commitment, etc. of medical school, considering PA school (change my mind). To give...
  2. akuko2

    APP procedures in Urology

    A recent episode of the AUA’s podcast Inside Tract (link below) mentions that APPs may be trained to perform cystoscopies, TRUS, prostate biopsies, and even vasectomies. Do you think that the expanded use of APPs in procedures would be a net benefit for urologist’s scope of practice and bottom...
  3. Zrb19

    Non-trad mom w/ intense analysis paralysis

    Im 23 and a grad with a B.S in pre med. I have a cGPA of 3.5 or 3.45 w/o grade replacement. My sGPA is 3.6 My GPA isn’t the best but I had to work full time throughout my undergrad Because I didn’t have help from my parents and didn’t want to rely too heavy on loans. At this point I thought I...
  4. dontknowanything

    Psych NP vs PA

    Hi! Currently trying to figure out which would be best. (I am in California). I've read that there are rarely PAs in psych...I am mainly leaning towards NP but I'd have to do either a MEPN or accelerated BSN...if anyone has any advice on any of these paths I'd appreciate it!
  5. PsychPop

    PA or MD Path? (My situation)

    Hi guys just posting to try and get some incite from anyone willing! Quick facts about me: 22 yrs old, white ,male, Psych major undergrad. So I am currently what my shadowed family medicine doc likes to call Pre-pre-med :laugh: as I have not yet taken any pre-med courses. I am going into my...
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    What are my chances? PA to MD/DO in Texas

    Hello fellow med school applicants! I am currently in my clinical year of PA school. It’s a nice profession and thought this would be my end goal. However, this journey has only furthered my passion in medicine and don’t want to stop here. I want to go to medical school to deepen my medical...
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    Dismissed from Dental School - future career options? Please help!

    I was a D2 student at a dental school on the east coast but was dismissed due to poor academic performance, due to a few medical issues I was facing (severe anxiety and panic attacks, a pre-existing metabolic disorder, and resurfacing of rape trauma due to a sexual assault case in my apartment...
  8. iluvmedicine2

    Help! How Can I Become a NP?

    Hello, I am interested in pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner. From the limited research I have done, it appears that I need a minimum of a MSN to become a nurse practitioner. However, I am not a RN. Instead, I have a B.S. in Biology and a Master of Public Health degree with certificates...
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    Potential DPT Earnings

    Hello members, I seem to be paralyzed in making my decision on pursuing PT... I went on a detour after I completed UG as a pre-PT; will turn 26 next month. I have an acceptance to a PT program starting Fall 2019. However, the debt-to-income ratio is driving me insane. I got my tuition down to...
  10. K

    MPH From MPH to PA

    Hi Guys, I have a question for those who are current MPH students. I did my bachelors in public health and I'm in an MPH program (where I'll be graduating in May 2019). I'm looking into PA programs after and haven't taken much of the pre-reqs necessary for PA programs. Any ideas on how to...
  11. K

    POSTBAC IRTA NIH 2019

    Hello everyone! Has anyone applied to the IRTA post bac at the NIH for this year? For former post bacs, how was you experience and what were some of the challenges you faced during your time there? I had an interview today for Bethesda, MD. Has anyone ever worked there? Please share your...
  12. C

    Chase the MD dream or go PA and never look back?

    Hello, all. I'm currently a 28-year-old paramedic with a BA in Psychology from a respected university. I originally wanted to be a psychologist, then a psychiatrist, and ultimately a doctor in general - regardless of the specialty. I'm about to start taking my prerequisites for med school/PA...
  13. Kevin.Mero

    Dual degree in pharmacy and physician assistant studies

    What do you think of the following? Is it a good move?? Two U.S. universities are offering novel pharmacy degree programs. The University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston, RI, and Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, are now offering a dual degree in pharmacy and physician assistant...
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    PA or MS before med school?

    Hello! I want to go to medical school, I'm not sure for what specialty or area yet, but this has been my goal for years. I am currently in my fourth year of undergrad. I wanted to go straight to medical school, but being a first generation college student and coming from a very low income...
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    DO and PA programs

    Hi Folks, I'm not here to ask pros/cons between DO vs PA (yes, theres tons of post on Med vs PA) So... I am looking to apply to BOTH DO & PA Programs. However, they both use the CAS Application Portal (AACOMAS CAS vs CASPA). I am wondering if programs can find out if I'm applying to the other...
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    PA student seeking advice

    Hi, everyone! First time posting here. I'm seeking advice on a big career switch I've recently been pondering (for the better part of most days, lately). I started PA school 3 months ago and am having some major doubts about the profession. Taking a step back, I'm 29 years old with an MPH...
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    Pre-dent changing to pre-PA

    Hi guys! I graduated in 2017 and on my track to dental school. I actually applied to dental school that year but got rejected to all because I took my DAT too late. However, later tht year I decided that dentistry isn't for me, plus I'm not ready to take on a huge debt afterwards (300-500k...
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    HCE for PA School

    Hi everyone! Does anyone know if Dental Assisting counts towards the Health Care Experience for PA schools?
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    Questioning whether or not medical school is the right choice for me

    I have been dealing with a tough decision. After graduating with my undergrad, I took a gap year to spend some time in a beautiful area loving life and to apply to focus on my MCAT and applying to medical school. I did well on my MCAT (512), and I have an sGPA of 4.0 and overall GPA of 3.9. I...
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    Dental Hygienist to Physician Assistant/Surgical Assistant

    Are there any Dental Hygienist who changed career paths and became a PA? Were there any additional requirements you needed to take? Does clinic hours for dental hygiene count toward the healthcare experience hours required for PA programs?
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    Need help/ guidance... PA trying for med school

    OK hi everyone. I've been a surgical PA for about 2 yrs, now thinking about med school. My course is a little different from the average 'PA going for MD' story as in that my PA program was integrated into my college years. Thus, whatever courses my college required me to take, I did. I do not...
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    Anesthesiologist Assistant or MD?

    I’m unsure if I’m posting this in the right place, so apologies in advance if I’m in the wrong area. I know everyone has a unique situation, so I wanted to explain mine briefly and ask opinions of others on if I should pursue a PA or MD route. When I say PA, I actually mean AA - Anesthesiology...
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    Anesthesiologist Assistant or MD?

    I’m unsure if I’m posting this in the right place, so apologies in advance if I’m in the wrong area. I know everyone has a unique situation, so I wanted to explain mine briefly and ask opinions of others on if I should pursue a PA or MD route. When I say PA, I actually mean AA - Anesthesiology...
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    NP or PA, working in Maternal Fetal?

    I am currently working on undergrad and interested in working in the maternal fetal medicine specialty, but unsure on which path to take, either nurse prac or physician assist. I prefer more of the autonomy I've heard that comes with NP but I've also heard that PAs are more accepted in surgical...
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    Falsification of document and PA school

    Hi everyone, I am a bio student graduating in May with my associate's degree. I have intent to get my bachelor's degree and my master's in physician assistant studies. My issue is, two years ago I had asked a student to cover and sign for me for animal care duty at my school. I was in a really...
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    Falsification of document and PA school

    Hi everyone, I am a bio student graduating in May with my associate's degree. I have intent to get my bachelor's degree and my master's in physician assistant studies. My issue is, two years ago I had asked a student to cover and sign for me for animal care duty at my school. I was in a really...
  28. Parawhata?

    Pre-PA Paramedic Degree?

    Greetings, I am currently an advanced EMT and I am working towards my paramedic AAS degree. I will finish in August. I now realize that I would like to be a PA. my question is in August after my associates should I do a bachelors in paramedic care degree? The paramedic care degree would only...
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    PA vs MD (or other) for a Mom!??

    Hi All! I have read *thousands* probably responses regarding PA versus MD. But I have some specific differences that may effect the answers and wanted some professional opinions! I am a 33 year old mom with a 9 year old son and recently married. Here’s my question - PA school? MD school...
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    Should I become a PA or NP?

    I am a current community college student and I thought about going to medical school but I really want to work in a family practice or be a hospitalist. I will transfer to a local four year university and major in Biology but I have though about just getting my ADN (Associates Degree In Nursing)...
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    PA Vs. NP Vs. M.D./D.O.

    I graduated high school not too long ago and I go to a community college. My CC has a really good nursing program but I also am really interested in becoming an X Ray Tech. I do want to be a provider someday but at the same time my parents want me to get out and start working a professional job...
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    PT, PA, or Med school?

    I am currently a senior in undergrad, and I have been pursuing physical therapy. I have been accepted into PT school for the following year, but I am starting to have doubts if this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have always loved health care, and I love trying to solve puzzles...
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    Looking to Shadow a PA in the DFW/Waco/Corsicana/Austin area?

    Hello! I am a junior biology student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. I have had a bit of a hard time finding PAs who would allow me to shadow them. I am willing to travel if need be. If anyone is open to this or has the information for someone else who may be, please let me know...
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    MD to PHysician assistant

    So I’m on my second year and I haven’t gotten any interviews in 245 IM programs and dozens of FM programs. I’m an American IMG who’s ECFMG certified. Step 1: 207 (I know) Step 2: 236 CS: passed second attempt (did not even practice patient notes thinking I’d have a lot more space to write)...
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    RD to PA

    Hi everyone! I've been a registered dietitian for about 1.5 years, working inpatient at a large pediatric academic hospital. I work closely with attendings, fellows, residents, and medical students via rounds. However, over the past 6 months or so, I've become very dissatisfied with my job and...
  36. swintos

    PA school HCE experience

    Okay, so here it is. I have close to 1600 hours working as a medical assistant in a pain management clinic. However, I wasn't a certified medical assistant. In Arkansas you can work without the certification. My first question is, do you think this will look less credible to a board if they see...
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    Too old to become a military doc?

    Hello everyone, I have been doing internet marketing, web design, and other gigs for the past ten years. However, I am very tired of working behind a PC all day. That is why I decided to go the PA or NP route. Over the past year of my clinical experience, I have come to love the health field so...
  38. O

    Dietitian to PA?

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if I could get some thoughts on my situation. A little background on myself... I'm 22 years old and almost done with my dietetic internship and Master's program. I finished my undergrad in 3 years with a 3.8 and have a 4.0 in grad school. My Master's thesis is...
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    Doubting Physical Therapy as a Career, PA?

    Hello everyone, Like many, I got injured early on while playing sports and went to see a Physical Therapist, I immediately fell in love with the profession at an early age. During this time, the profession was ranked as one of the “top 10 best careers out there”. This enforced my decision and...
  40. Windpt21

    Physical Therapist to PA or MD?

    Been practicing as a PT for 5 years, graduated with DPT in 2012, worked in skilled care, acute care, outpatient ortho and home health. At this point in my career I'm not truly happy and the autonomy and respect I thought I would have as a PT was a pipe dream. No patient's use direct access, few...