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    • Has anyone been aware of the PharmD/PA-C programs popping up. There’s one at MEDEX Northwest and a new one just open at University of Rhode Island this fall? Just wondering your thoughts? Is this an effort to get the PA-C to have a doctorate degree so to spesk? Is this the wave of the future?
    • I worked for the VA in both primary care and compensation and pension for about 6 years.  I recently "retired" from the VA but am continuing to do locums/contract work. As others have mentioned, although you have 30 minutes for established patient visits and 60 for new patients, you will use every minute for the tasks required.  The patients are generally complicated internal medicine patients, most of whom are requesting multiple referrals and meds.  You receive literally hundreds of "view alerts", which are electronic messages, on a daily basis.  There are also multiple "reminders", which are generally health maintenance check points, many of which can be done by nursing.  In my experience, you work non-stop all day.  It can be very intellectually rewarding.  The culture varies from location to location and administrator to administrator.  The location that I retired from was not supportive to PAs and many were leaving due to management disregard for the workforce.  Salary is lower than in the outside world, but at this point benefits are good.  As you know, this may change depending on the whims of the current administration.  
    • I was an ultrasonographer prior to PA school.   I worked as a sonographer during the didactic portion of my program, and performed ultrasound exams as a PA while working in Ob/Gyn and cardiology.  I have kept the certification.
    • A beautiful voice of reason Krisephillips. I had gel implanted into my knee by an orthopedic PA and he was chosen because the othopedist knew that he would take thhis task seriously while he left the office to do a total knee on another person which also made more cash. PAs can do anything that they are taught and are assigned. I have gown every years over the past forty years because I was entrusted with something new and I had the desire to excel. whether you are an PA or an NP, this is possible. shoot for the stars and you will hit the moon.
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