Any UCSF Mepn Applicants? - page 18

Hi everyone-- Has anyone else out there applied to the UCSF MEPN program? They're supposed to send out letters this month (December) for the interview process. Has anyone gotten a letter yet? Will... Read More

  1. by   Karotte
    Oooh, that hot topic.

    There were a few people trying to get pregnant, and two student who were vocal about their pregnancies at the end of the year.

    Yes, there's a summer break after MEPN from June until the beginning of September. I think most pregnant MEPNS choose to take a year off to be full time moms. Trying to get jobs when pregnant can be difficult and there are often a lot of conflicting priorities.

    It seems like it's doable to make it through MEPN while pregnant, although it all depends. Hyperemesis gravidarum? It would be hard to keep up the pace if you're not feeling well..

    As you probably know, a lot of women can't perfectly time their pregnancies, even after "taking charge of their fertility" and measuring temps and cervical fluid. So, that makes scheduling a little tricky. I think it's also important to consider the challenges of being in the Master's portion with an infant at home...or while breastfeeding? childcare? all of that.

    Good luck with your planning!
  2. by   jaxnaud
    Hi- I haven't been through MEPN before (I'll see you in 10 days) but I have had two kids while working full time. it's tough for sure and from what I can tell, the 1st year of the MEPN program is going to be even more demanding. Of course- if you have your heart set on it, then anything is doable, but from a mom who has tried to do it all and marginally succeeded, sometimes I'd vote for the easy route.

    Will this be your first child?

    I'm interested in having my third but I'm planning on waiting and seeing how the second year is before I decide to go for it.

    Good luck.
  3. by   bambou
    Thanks for your replies...
    Last edit by bambou on Sep 3, '07
  4. by   jaxnaud
    Hi Bambou,

    If you'd like, you can email me directly at ksbarnes@alamedanet.net.

    As for the question on how old is too old... gosh, you'll hear a ton on this subject. If you're feeling like you're ready or you feel like you're getting too old, then maybe it is your body telling you something. I was 25 when I had my son, 29 when I had my daughter and even though it was just 4 years- I could feel the difference. Most of my friends had kids in their mid 30s and some much older. A lot of people will tell you that you can wait until you're 40 to have kids and you have no reason to rush- which may or may not be true. Fertility does start to decline at 28 but just how much varies from person to person. I'm sure you know all of this.

    With that said, pregnancies aren't always easy and certainly caring for a newborn isn't either. I met a girl with a newborn in one of my prereq classes and she ended up dropping it because she didn't feel like her mind was totally there... sleep deprivation is a powerful thing. I could imagine it would be tough in this program. You could luck out and have a baby that sleeps like an angel, maybe you have someone to help you out, and maybe it won't be a problem at all. My experience was that it was exhausting, emotional, and draining (and yes, wonderful too) and I felt lucky I had a job where I felt comfortable to go home when I was tired and zone out a bit when need be. But- if I did get pregnant during the program, I'm sure I'd survive. We're moms, we're tough :-)

    As far as the acute care step-out requirements... have you asked "what if I have a baby?" Certainly you will be entitled to some time off. Maybe having a baby sometime into that year would work out? You'd need to find out their expectations with that step out year... maybe you could postpone it a bit or extend it so you got your year in with a little baby time off in between.

    Okay- so here is some actual advice (the rest just being me sharing my thoughts)... if you are going to try and time it... as unromantic as it sounds, I would start charting temp, cervix, and mucous at least a few months in advance. Learn when your body is the most fertitle. i wouldn't just wing it (as fun as that is) if you're aiming for a specific date. And don't start charting the month you want to conceive. If you start charting early, you'll really improve your chances of getting pregnant when you want to. Even then, it can be tough. The younger you are though- the more likely it is to work out.

    Good luck.
  5. by   lovingpecola
    I can't speak to your question directly. I just want to offer encouragement and to say kudos to you for "taking charge of your fertility" and really thinking about all of this before you do it!

    LP
  6. by   doulalove
    Hi everyone!

    I hope all of you that started the program this year are doing wonderfully. I'm working on my application to begin next year, and I'm wondering if there are any others lurking around that are doing the same?
  7. by   Barium
    Quote from doulalove
    Hi everyone!

    I hope all of you that started the program this year are doing wonderfully. I'm working on my application to begin next year, and I'm wondering if there are any others lurking around that are doing the same?
    Hey, I am also trying to get ready to finish my application up in time to start in 2008. I am want to get into the Acute Care specialty. Can anyone who started this summer let me know how many Acute Care students were accepted? Also, how are you all enjoying the program so far?
  8. by   bambou
    Hi,
    We just had our meeting with our advisor and we are 6 in the acute care track (one in pediatric care and 5 in adult care).
    The program is great and eye-opening on many levels: complexity of the human body, death, work collaboration on the unit, communication...
    The program is extremely intense this first quarter: around 38 hours of class/week (3 days of school and 2 days of clinical), 1 to 3 exams a week.
    "A few advice for the next MEPN students: start doing community service 1 or 2 years before the application deadline, do a lot of research to know exactly where you are going (it will help the day of the interview), high GPA is better, my GRE scores were bad , learn a second language (Spanish highly recommended), get strong recommendation letters from people you know well (volunteer coordinator, nurse practitioner you volunteered with...), and most of all be confident."

    Good Luck!

    Quote from Barium
    Hey, I am also trying to get ready to finish my application up in time to start in 2008. I am want to get into the Acute Care specialty. Can anyone who started this summer let me know how many Acute Care students were accepted? Also, how are you all enjoying the program so far?
    Last edit by bambou on Feb 4, '08
  9. by   fluffsertbrabbpondy
    Quote from doulalove
    Hi everyone!

    I hope all of you that started the program this year are doing wonderfully. I'm working on my application to begin next year, and I'm wondering if there are any others lurking around that are doing the same?
    I too am in the same boat!

    I have been reading the thread from the 2007 class as well as the 2006 class and they trials and tribulations are quite interesting because the people on here seem to want it so bad.

    The main thing I have been looking for is anyone from the past classes who wishes to share their qualifications and I only have found a few. I think that is the largest unknow for those who are applying, we know our GPA and GRE's and something to comapre to is nice but at the same time there are those other factors out there such as the statement, the track/specialty you chose, languages, volunteer and professional experience, not to mention the interview itself for those lucky enough to make it there.

    That being said it is the start of a long road so hopefully all who want it bad enough and have worked for it will see the fruits of their labor....
    Last edit by fluffsertbrabbpondy on Aug 21, '07 : Reason: additional info
  10. by   MorePlease
    Quote from doulalove
    Hi everyone!

    I hope all of you that started the program this year are doing wonderfully. I'm working on my application to begin next year, and I'm wondering if there are any others lurking around that are doing the same?
    Good morning,

    I'm working on my application, too. Just need to finish my goal statement and bug some of my slacker references. I'm also taking Anatomy at Skyline this semester. How's everyone doing on their prerequisites?
  11. by   bambou
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    Last edit by bambou on Feb 4, '08
  12. by   doulalove
    Hi there,

    My prereqs are coming along. I finished stats during summer school, and am starting A&P today. I'm excited! I'm also taking prereqs for another school, so at this point, I've taken nutrition, stats, and chemistry. I'm almost ready to submit my application, just waiting on one more person to review my statement of purpose. I also have a couple references that still need to send in their letters. Good luck to all! I'm applying to the nurse-midwifery track.
  13. by   liz.c
    Hello! I too am applying to UCSF-MEPN for 2008. I have chosen FNP as my specialty but am having second thoughts. I haven't sent in my application yet. My background is in Psych, but I have a strong interest in working with underserved individuals in rural and urban areas. I would also like a well-rounded, more general background to best serve the needs of this population. I was wondering if this is the right choice based on my future career goals. Any advice/information would be greatly appreciated!

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