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    Univ. of Pittsburgh- Aug 2009. Anyone else?

    I concur regarding buses. I ride one every day. You should look at the bus routes before deciding on a place to live though. Some buses don't come as often. Last I heard, there is an iPhone application that can be downloaded for Typhon per Typhon rep.
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    Pocket Guides?

    Some of this will depend on your stage of training and your style of learning. Ezekiel's is excellent. I've also used Macksey's Nurse Anesthesia Pocket Guide. Some of my classmates use the handbook to Barash's Clinical Anesthesia. Epocrates for your handheld is free and a excellent reference.
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    Univ. of Pittsburgh- Aug 2009. Anyone else?

    I moved from Colorado and live in Highland Park, which is about 20 min north of the school by bus. PM me if you want to talk more about specific recommendations.
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    University of Pittsburgh's CRNA program...

    I went through the interview process a little over a year ago and was wait listed as well. The process is extensive and thorough with time for you to get to know the program through its faculty and current students as well. You will already be prepared clinically for the questions on the interviews, so don't stress about that. Try to really find out if the program will be a good fit for you. It is a great education and the faculty is supportive. They want everyone to succeed. Pitt grads have excellent reputation in the marketplace. Feel free to email as well with questions.
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    University of Pittsburgh's CRNA program...

    You can take classes beforehand if you wish but there are people who didn't take any classes before and they are doing fine. It'll just be a little busier if you don't. Everyone takes out the Stafford but beyond that is harder to get. The cost-of-attendance is set a bit low for Pitt, so you may have to go GradPlus or private. I live in Highland Park and so do many of my classmates. It's a nice area around Highland Park with easy access to buslines. Lots of students live in Shadyside as well, which is not as suburban but closer to the school. You still need to ride the bus though. The program is tough but really good. We are all learning lots and looking forward to using that info. The integrated format is great for keeping up with your study skills so that you don't forget how to do it when comps and boards come at the end of the program. The Burgh is much cloudier and flatter than Colorado. They use salt instead of sand here for the snow and the roads are designed very poorly. Be prepared to be lost a bunch before learning the roads. It happens to everyone. I miss the sunshine and skiing. Good thing the program is great. Send me a PM and I'll give you my private email.
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    CRNA school and physics content

    That depends on how deep you want to get into understanding things down to the molecular level. It helps to have some basic physics understanding when learning about the anesthesia machine and also the kinetics of volatile agents.
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    University of Pittsburgh's CRNA program...

    I just started Pitt's program and am from Colorado. What questions might you have?
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    Work contract before school

    Interesting... What can CRNAs do that AAs can't do?
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    Work contract before school

    Here's a bit more information: The facility that I am negotiating with does not currently have a CRNA program but is planning on hiring CRNAs and AAs. I have a good rapport with the anesthesiologists and have had very positive dialogues with several directors and the chairman. We haven't talked details about the contract or even if it's a possibility yet. The anesthesia group is affiliated with a medical school, which may allow me lateral movement to work with a variety of patients in different settings. Of course, I don't know that for certain. Then again, nothing is for certain until it is in writing. Now what do you all think?
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    Work contract before school

    Has any one gotten a contract with a group before even starting school? What are the pros and cons? There is a slight chance that I might be able to secure a job before I even start school and have the group pay the tuition. This seems financially advantageous but it will limit my choices of work to just one following graduation. Any thoughts?
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    Doctoral degree to become an NP???

    BBFRN, Shouldn't most of these courses be covered in a MSN already? I would think that an APN at the Master's level should already be able to utilize research, do research, and have some understanding of computers. Tthese courses would benefit someone in a PhD program but I think the problem is that many DNP programs claim to be more clinically focused. How do these courses contribute to actual clinical knowledge? Why not make the program more like a residency or fellowship with mostly clinical time at the bedside with conferences throughout the week, like real graduate medical education to give real physiologic or pharmacologic knowledge for patient care.
  12. I'm in Colorado as well and TX Weslyan's program is the only one that I found with clinicals in Denver. From what I've heard, there just isn't enough of a need for a CRNA program here because it is a highly attractive place to live and the supply of anesthesiologists and CRNAs are exceeding the demand at the moment. I hope that would change in the next few years.
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    How did you choose your school?

    I think there are lots of factors that you can consider in choosing a program. My ideal program would be one that doesn't require relocation, integrated curriculum, consolidated clinical sites, and in state tuition. I also live in a state that does not have a program, so all that kinda went out the door. I applied to three programs the first round and got accepted in to my first choice, which was a public school that was ranked well and had a very pleasant interview process. The program also has an excellent reputation nationally. To find that out, you can talk to people here or CRNAs that you know. You want to make sure that the graduates of whatever program you like has the reputation of being well prepared. You can also find out the board pass rates and dropout rates online for certain programs as well. I hope that helps.
  14. I believe Wayne State's program has a Post-Master's certificate in pediatric anesthesia for CRNAs. Same with Univ of Southern Cal.
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    PACU, ED, NICU applicants

    Hello...I have worked in a PACU and ED, so I understand a bit of the environment and exposure there but still take my reply with a grain of salt as I am not a SRNA. I think how you will do depends on you, as far as how motivated you are to learn. If you are in a PACU that recover sick pts, ie hearts, then I would imagine that you have a good understanding of hemodynamics and physiology. Several programs accept experience in a CVPACU as critical care experience. EDs vary quite a bit in terms of patient acuity. If you work in a Level I Trauma Ctr that gets all those cases you hear about on the news and you take care of those patients or that you hold a lot of ICU patients, then you can probably argue your experience. There are a few programs that will accept ED experience but not that many. By NICU, do you mean Neuro ICU or Neonatal ICU?
  16. For those of you who have either just graduated or have practiced for a few years, what were your thoughts on your training since your graduation. Hindsight is always 20/20, so I'm curious to hear what your think of your programs now that you are out and practicing. Do you feel that the training was enough? If not, what more would you add? What would you take out? I'll just go ahead and add that I'm already dreading the every present theory courses but that's another thread... There is lots of talk about DNP or DNAP degrees but lots of them with more theory and research added. If you were to design your own DNP program, what would you include, provided that you think you need more training? Thanks.