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  2. But according to US Newsss... Surprisingly, we took over the NP spot from last year.
  3. I dunno if the link will work. According to the article we are ranked the #25 job now. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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  5. Is anyone else still waiting on their waitlist number? I haven't heard anything back since sending in the form that I'm still interested.
  6. Hey everyone! I recently started shadowing a PA and haven't really developed a close relationship with him due to time. I was planning on asking him for a LOR. Yet, I just realized that only 1-2 schools that I'm applying to require a letter specifically from a PA. In your opinion, is it worth it to have 3 great LORs, but sacrifice applying to those 1-2 schools? (vs. 2 great LORs/1 okay one). Would it be a good idea to just do all 4? Thanks in advance for any feedback!
  7. It is never, never too early to look around. And you certainly have reason to do so. Just don’t be blaming the SP in your interviews. Most people don’t want who they feel will be a problem child. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Any non-physician that calls themselves a doctor in a clinical settting is just insecure. It’s clearly become pervasive across many disciplines. I can only hope we don’t get to that point because then we’ve lost all integrity. Respect gets respect. Don’t try to be something you’re not.
  9. You may not be able to maintain your licensure if not working a predefined number of hours over a set interval. Depends on your particular state.
  10. @Orthohand do you get salary or hourly? And if hourly, do you get paid time and a half for over 40? My thing is that I’m okay with calls and all, but I’d prefer a more normal schedule. Working a lot of overtime and extra hours when I’m young and saving for a home, laying back a little when I decide to start a family. I know that would be hard with certain specialties though.
  11. Congrats! Make sure you join our fb page! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. We can't count on NP to help US out! That's crazy. We need to advocate for ourselves. NPs will say that they are "down" with us but don't be surprised if they take us "down!" happened at my place... Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  13. How much is your salary and bonus? If you don’t mind me asking. And that’s nice. I’ve never really looked into ortho much, but I’m starting to lately solely on the fact of the lifestyle. I’d rather make $80k a year and work 3-4 days with optional overtime than $100k a year and 60 hour weeks.
  14. I'm salary + bonus (collections percentage). We have fellows which means less work for me but also less money as I'm not first assist when they're there. Everything is very surgeon dependent, the surgeon I work with is fast and efficient and does a lot of stuff on his own.
  15. Appreciate everyone's advice! Scaling back and looking for part-time work might very well be an option. If I remain out of medicine for an extended period, then what can I do to ensure employers don't look at a significant gap too negatively (at least more than they already will)? CME and credentials will be maintained, but what else? Is there some threshold or length of time that would prevent me from ever returning? Also, what resources does everyone use to update their medical CVs/resumes? Does anyone have a specific template they've found that seems to work well?
  16. Wow! Just wow! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  17. I work in ortho surgery. 80/20 clinic/OR. Clinic days are 9-5, surgery days are unpredictable but it all elective cases so we try to schedule cases to be out at a reasonable hour but ORs don't usually follow schedules well. Call days muck everything up because we will have consults, rounding, and potential surgeries to try to fit in somewhere. General ortho (Not trauma) is generally good lifestyle depending on how much call you take.
  18. Our VA issue is that the surveys are mailed about randomly 2 MONTHS after the visit by a national office. TWO MONTHS after a visit - what do I remember? Well, the chronically angry remember a lot - all the time - in perpetuity. The questions are nebulous and don't really apply to actual medical practice. Since an overwhelming majority of VA patients have a controlled substance prescription - we have a lot of detailed discussions, regulations and needs to monitor medications and lower them a lot of the time based on national directives and plain old common sense. The VA has a checkered history for a lot of folks - and I work to overcome a lot of old bad karma. If you want to know how my patient felt about an appointment I had with them - ask them as they are leaving - not two months later. Then ask me how it went and compare notes.
  19. I like Diagnosaurus. I think I paid maybe $5, but you type in any sign, symptom or disease and it gives you an accurate differential diagnosis. Well worth the money IMO.
  20. @EMEDPA I know it's been a while but congratulations once more! I am interested in applying for the Lynchburg DMS program. I love school, if I'm taking courses, might as well make it count and be competitive. However, I am still paying off grad student loans and am not excited about the prospect of adding to it. Any tips on how to present this program as something my current employer would want to pay for? lol, I can see how they would be amenable to applying the $1500 yearly CME towards the tuition. I am a dermatology PA.
  21. It 8 months too early to leave this job? Would it be difficult to justify leaving to future employers?
  22. Yep, not to mention their 1st job the ask what's the minimum shifts they have to work. Lol. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  23. yup, does that mean that if you are a pa and a millennial you still have to live in your parent's basement? :)
  24. a 22 yr old who is tachycardic and tachypneic with chest pain will almost always get a dimer from me in the ER unless she has trauma/burns/shingles/etc. I don't know them so don't know if they are anxious because they can't breathe or anxious and having a panic attack. getting the dimer costs me nothing. tachycardia only in wells: 1.5 points Low risk group: 1.3% chance of PE in an ED population. Another study assigned scores ≤ 4 as “PE Unlikely” and had a 3% incidence of PE. tachycardia only in Geneva: 5 points Moderate risk group: ~20-30% incidence of PE from several studies. all of these ocp young females with tachycardia/tachypnea as you say are perc + and I don't want to be the guy who sent home a "classic presentation for PE" (as confirmed by the 3 well known ER docs they will get to testify against you). they almost all get dimers and when they are negative they go home. anything less in patients you don't know well and you are sending home folks with PEs every now and then. If you are the pcp and have known them their whole lives that is another story. I've seen lots of PEs over the years and some of them looked like panic attacks, others looked like pneumonia/tb, and others looked like ACS. If I can talk to the obviously anxious female who just broke up with her boyfriend and get her to chill without meds so her tachycardia and tachypnea resolve, I may not go through the workup. the rest of them get the full meal deal.
  25. A previous preceptor, PA school teacher, program director, counselor, SP you respect, classmates... My program had us pair up with an "upper classman" for a mentoring program. I still talk to mine five years later.
  26. The #1 most promising job for millenials make me feel worse about my profession [emoji54] Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  27. Submitted application 8/21 Interview notice received 3/19 Gpa: 3.79 Sgpa: 3.5 Hce: 6000 hours as medical assistant Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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