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  1. I have had a lot of experience with PA's and considered being one for a short while. If you really want to do this you should understand that it is often times just as difficult if not more difficult to get into PA school than medical school. There is a surge of students who do not want to jump through all the hoops that are required for medical school and see PA school as an easier alternative. This is sadly not the case. At the school that I was looking at (OU) the requirements were essentially the same, and there were less PA spots. Also, as stated above, they really want you to have a ton of experience in the medical field. Also, PA's have limited abilities as practitioners. I would suggest that you look at becoming a nurse practitioner. It is, in my opinion much easier to become an NP over a PA. They have more autonomy and don't have to report directly to a physician. They can, in Oklahoma, operate their own clinic as I understand it also. To become a NP you need a BS in nursing, which is available at most colleges (many schools have an LPN to BSN in only a year so you can get it in about three years total!) After that, their are a lot of schools that offer distance NP programs (their is a big one in Texas) that you only have to attend a few days a week. I am not completely sure of all of the details and I know that they also like you to have considerable clinical experience, but you can work as a nurse through much of this process rather that living off of student loans...
  2. Cool..the sun even shines on a dogs ass every once in a great while..
  3. Hmm.. That is a tough one without the mass or volume of the gas. IF you assume 1mole and 22.4L you could get it with ease. PV=nRT 100*22.4=n*8.3145*273.15 (since STP = 100kpa and 273.15K) n=1.01 or about 1, thus there is one mole of gas. With this you can set up the other side of the equation 80*V=1*8.3145*T {80*V=8.3145*T} Since you know that the new density is 2 and the mass will stay the same you can get the Volume. 2=64/X X=32L Plug it back into the equation and you get 80*32=8.3145*T 2560=8.3145*T T=307.89584 Someone who was a little better at linear algebra than me could plug the original two equations into a matrix and tell you what the possible answers could be without assuming that it was ideal and that its volume was 22.4…. Come to think of it there must be the better way to do this. What is this for? GenChem or Physical chem.? Let me know what the answer is.
  4. While I agree with the above poster that the path of least resistance will not fully develop a student for the rigors of medical school, you should also realize that in general, medical schools don’t care about what you studied as an undergraduate. The unfortunate thing is that we live in a world governed by results, in college your results are your grades. Medical schools are substantially more interested in your test scores and your grades than whether or not you took advanced biomedical engineering as a freshman. You should pick the major that you enjoy. If you like psychology, pick psychology, if you like English…… study English. If you really want to be a doctor than you will have to take a set of courses (chem, bio, O-chem etc’) that are difficult and you will be expected to do well in them. While it is true that some courses will make medical school easier, biochemistry for example, medical schools care more about you overall abilities as a student. Make sure you can do well in those classes, study hard for the MCAT, and have fun at college. To get an interview at most schools you need solid grades, and a good MCAT score, the rest is up to you to impress the interviewers. So in short… Study the things that you are interested in, but understand that your grades and your MCAT scores will by the “bottom line”
  5. I have used one of these!!! There was one of these sitting around at the university that I work at. I have used it like a quick and dirty reflux tube, you can boil liquids at the bottom over a Bunsen, but there will be less vapor loss due to the shape. Also, you can pretty much just hold it in your hands without any tongs because of the excess surface area. Not a clue if that is what is was intended for…
  6. If you use the standard BMR equation for a woman.. BMR=}[(4.35*mass) + (4.7*height) - (4.7*age)] * activity} You can come up with the minimum caloric intake for a day.. Since you didn't include your grandmothers size, age, and mass, an assumption of a woman who is 80years old, 5ft 2in, and weighs 90lbs would net you a BMR of 1057.9kcals a day (calories) If you say that she was pretty much sedentary, the activity part of the equation would be about 1.1 to 1.2, yielding you a max of 1269.5cals a day. Neglecting all dietary needs that are not strictly calories (i.e., vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates etc') you can come up with her daily caloric need. For example... If she drank 4cups of tea a day@ 5cal each, consumed a total of 8oz of milk in a day at 150cal's, drank a nutritional supplement (I used Ensure for calorie content) at 355cal's, you would be left with about 525cal's, which is not nearly enough. However, the sugar that she would have consumed would have plenty of extra cal's. If you say each 15g of candy has 75cal's, (somewhat conservative I think) and she only needs 750 cal's more, that is only 150g a day, or three to four candy bars... These numbers are only for example of course, as there are other variables. But something to consider is that your physical activity is only about 20-25% of you caloric usage, just living takes about 70% and the digestion of food takes up some more, as does producing heat. In the end, someone who ate less would have less energy expended on digesting it. Not to mention that the older you get, the less food you need....
  7. Hi, new to the forum. I have a question for you pharmacological types out there… When you use the term “half-life”, as it relates to an organisms ability to remove a chemical, does the given half-life incorporate all of the secondary metabolites associated with the chemical? As an example, the given half-life of morphine is 2-3 hours. Morphine is metabolized mostly in the liver by glucuronidation to various other morphine analogues (M3G, M6G…) Does this half life value incorporate the time needed to remove these chemical as well? Also, how does HL (half-life) relate to physiological activity? The HL for some benzodiazepines is in excess of 100 hours, yet their effects wear off in only a few hours. So by taking more of the drug one begins to saturate their system with inactive analogues. What is this potency rate called if not half-life? thanks
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