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Warning! Physician Assistant Program?

With the fierce competition in the residency match this year, is it a good idea to enroll in a physician assistant program which only requires 2 years to complete for an IMG, and simulatneously apply for the match next year and if all goes well to just quit the PA program, and if we don't get matched we can benefit from the 1 year USCE and apply the next year?? How would program directors view this on the CV? Is this a bad idea?
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It's absolutely a good idea.

Program directors want to know that you are able to communicate well with the American patient and that you are doing well in an "American" medical environment and the PA program is an evidence for both.

So I highly recommend it and it's without doubt considered USCE
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Thanks Sabio,

Do you think the time wasted doing t he program will effect chances for the match?
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No it's not considered a wasted time.

Program directors will actually admire you for taking the extra step and going further in your determination.

I believe doing this program is even better than doing externships, research, or any other form of USCE.
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I looked at some of the websites of institutes which offer this facility and i noticed that the course has very high fees. I was thinking it would be more like working under a physician and ACTUALLY getting paid for it.

Is this how it is or is it any different?

Can someone provide more details regarding this?
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Objection!!

My answer is based on AMERICAN doctors who explained these issues:
USCE is what you do as a doctor or medical student in the speciality you are applying to.
In addition to that, MPH, Phd & PA require to register as a student & pay $$$.

Even I saw some people tried to study nursing thinking that it would be USCE...I can not tolerate this at all!! I respect nurses & nursing as a profession but I can not imagine "doctors" studying it in order to get very very very slim benefit as USCE !!!
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So, a Physician Assistant program will be better US experience than a Masters in PH? Or could they weigh similarly?

I ask because I have an inclination for Public Health and would like to incorporate that in my future medical career, too. But I want to have the best possible CV too.
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So, a Physician Assistant program will be better US experience than a Masters in PH? Or could they weigh similarly?

I ask because I have an inclination for Public Health and would like to incorporate that in my future medical career, too. But I want to have the best possible CV too.
MPH is definitely better than PA, in my opinion.
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