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  2. I have to meet some of these DPT/DNP people you guys encounter who call themselves “doctor.” I have my doctorate in physical therapy and did my residency in orthopedics; I am proud of my credentials and I have never called myself that in a clinical setting. It’s frankly embarrassing. On a side note, I know a few PT-DO and PT-MDs who received a bachelor’s in PT back in the early 90s. I have gotten the impression that they’re threatened by the DPT; they’ll argue that the curriculum is the same when that couldn’t be further from the case. They’re still a PT but the training is not the same.
  3. Hi! I have my interview next week and was wondering if you could provide any insight. Did you like the school? Are you accepting your offer there? Was it an individual or group interview? Thanks!
  4. Geeze! That's a lotta arrests. Also a lot of neuroprognostication. Sounds like a sweet gig!
  5. I actually totally agree with the above. There may come a day when the need to prove yourself won't be there, but that will either come with a significant amount of time in the same area or some sort of "board" certification. Or med school. I know too many people from my class who passed the PANCE to be comfortable with just anyone treating patients.
  6. I will risk being shadow-banned by a certain moderator here (again) by giving a politically-incorrect answer (meaning one that people don't like, but that doesn't mean it's not true). It's all about standards. And if you talk standards, you HAVE to talk about MINIMUM standards. You can have certain credentials that prove you have met minimum standards of competence. Like Board Certified Emergency Physician (or Board Certified **insert specialty here**) means you are at the top of the game in Emergency Medicine (or other specialty), so it is reasonably safe for everyone to assume such a person is competent in their specialty. With that credential we know that the person graduated medical school and has (with rare grandfathering rules) completed an Emergency Medicine residency and passed Emergency Medicine boards. The MINIMUM standard for being a PA is passing a 26 month intense program of medical education and passing a test that virtually everyone passes. That is a big difference. Oh, and that experienced 20 year PA could have worked in urology for 19.5 of those 20 years, and now that he's in your ED doesn't really know how to manage an unstable arrhythmia. Likewise, that experienced 20 year PA who worked in the ED for 19.5 of those years wouldn't know how to reconstruct a bell-clapper deformity. The MINIMUM standard for being a NP is being a nurse who passes 24 months of part-time online classes, and shadowing a friend in clinic for 500 hours, then passing a written test. That is a HUGE difference. But, like it or not, those ARE the standards. So, if you are a physician/midlevel/APP/RN/RT/CNA/adminiscritter or ward clerk, how do you know if someone you just meet is competent in their job? If the MINIMUM for their credentialing means that they passed their specialty boards in medicine, you can assume they are indeed a specialist. If their MINIMUM standard is a 26 month program that lets them move between specialties...yeah, I'm not going to assume they are competent until they prove it. Will practice based OTP change this? nope. It's human, and protective, in nature. As we continue toward specialization (CAQ's) I think this will improve, but that will be a long road.
  7. Also, if you go to a civilian PA program and still want to serve in the NG, you can sign up for a 6 year hitch. They will pay $75k ($25k a year) towards your student loans for the first 3 years and then another $25k a year for the next 3 years. That's $150k! Most of the NG PAs I know went this route instead of IPAP.
  8. I would argue that it is far easier to get accepted into IPAP through the NG than it would be through the regular Army or even the reserves. The NG gets 30 seats a year divided over 3 classes (10 seats per class). They also designate alternates in case any of the selected don't get to go. For the class I was in, 26 people were boarded for 10 slots. Both alternates were picked up (one selectee failed the APFT upon arrival and was sent packing ). Those are great odds. I would always recommend people thinking about going this route to enlist as a 68W - medic. The biggest problems with applying through the NG are: 1) Your state has to fund it. If your state has enough PAs, they may not need to pay to send you. 2) If you enlist, you have to serve for around 3 years before you can apply (in general, you should be approaching SGT and have gone to BLC). The good news is that your basic an AIT apply towards this. 3) If you join now with the expectation of going in 3 years, you have no way of knowing what your state's training budget and needs will be at the time you would want to apply to IPAP. But while serving as enlisted, you can use the GI Bill, any bonus, and Tuition Assistance to finish your prerequisites... all while gaining excellent experience as a medic that will help you on not only your IPAP application, but any application to civilian schools and on your resume. 4) If you apply to IPAP and get accepted but your state does not want to fund it, you can do an Interstate Transfer to a state that needs a PA and agrees to pay for it. You will then owe that state 6 years of drilling. I would say it is still worth it. I would also emphasize that 6 years of drilling is a ridiculously easy payback for a masters and PA education. You get school completely paid for and get a decent salary while going. I came out of PA school with no debt and an increased savings account
  9. Yesterday
  10. Took a quick skim, it's frankly bland and won't separate you from other applicants; I don't get any indication of who you are as a person. Let me just dissect out this paragraph: My current position working as an STNA has further fueled my desire to become a PA. (First off, write out an abbreviation before using it) Because the facility that I work at combines skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and long term care, there is always a variety of providers coming in to examine the residents. Frequently, a PA comes to see the residents. I have seen firsthand how a successful PA is able to fill these residents and their families with a sense of calm, despite the fact that they may only have weeks or even days to live (How has this anything to do with your desire to be a PA? You just used two sentences to tell me nothing about you). Being a long term care STNA has been a rewarding experience and instilled in me a passion for geriatrics that I hope to incorporate into my future as a PA (You haven't told me anything that leads to be believe it was rewarding, all you did was tell me how you saw PAs talk calmly to patients...HOW was it rewarding - HOW did it instill a passion for geriatrics).
  11. Fellow rural EM folks--I have just (FINALLY) landed a solo coverage rural critical access gig that I thought I'd have to hold out for a few more years. I've been doing per diem shifts here for a while now but will be starting full time in July. I am super excited to finally have this opportunity. What courses have you felt were particularly helpful for this setting? (I've done ATLS, Bootcamp, Essentials, difficult airway). I have 5 years under my belt working a variety of high autonomy positions so have decent experience but limited solo coverage, so would like to expand my skill set. For context: It's a 5 bed ED in a critical access hospital, 24 hour shifts with hospitalist backup (around during the day/close to hospital but offsite at night). No surgical call on the weekends...(yikes)
  12. a few thoughts.... 1) Doctor is not a protected term - there are many doctors in the world 2) Physician is a protected word 3) AMA should start a campaign to encourage PHYSICIANS cause the Doctor horse has already left the barn..... I had to laugh my ars off when a new grad DPT tried to talk to be about a complex case and they introduced themselves as doctor..... yeah was pretty funny Anyways, back on topic I honestly hope they take all their licenses away, and charge them with crimes.... I also hope the ANA and the AAPA use info like this to throw back at AMA when they say we practice inferior medicine.....
  13. Figured I'd get this started! Does anyone have any up to date information regarding the probation status?
  14. No. IPAP is open to all MOS/job specialties.
  15. Did you do any rotations in california for your clinical year? Or did you stick with having all your rotations being done in Florida?
  16. PLEASE think long and hard about how you choose to describe yourself and your coworkers. you are NOT a midlevel providing midlevel care!! You are a PA and you provide the care the patient needs to the same level as the doc's. By using the term "midlevel" you are putting yourself down and elevating other providers - in fact you are saying that the doc's care is better....... I am only going to say this once......... any you need to listen very very carefully You are committing fraud - of the worst kind. you will most likely loose you license if this ever comes up to a BOM, PA board or other regulatory body. By logging into the doc's account and signing you are impersonating a physician which is beyond stupid. I would absolutely never ever do this EVER and I would likely report anyone that asked me to do this. This is fraud an is working around so many things like supervision, professional respect, professional responsibility, and legality. STOP THIS PRACTICE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really hope this is a troll posting..... cause if it is real it is truly bad.......
  17. You can find jobs in other states. Most of my graduating class left the area. Very few made connections on rotations that led to jobs (I think people overestimate this some). Go to the program you liked better.
  18. I think your priorities are a bit skewed (honestly I don't think rankings, technology, facilities matter much). I moved across the country for PA school and will be moving again to a different state after. Knowing what I know now here's where I would put my emphasis: PANCE rates, how long the program has been established, faulty support/student success (this can be VERY difficult to find out, but really try to talk to current or former students one on one and figure out what they liked/disliked about the program). A few things I wish I'd known going in: what qualifies as passing/failing and what systems are in place for remediation (this varies WIDELY by program) and how the curriculum is built (organ system vs traditional). I also wish I had known how many courses are taught by new vs seasoned professors (this has made a huge difference also). I obviously can't speak to job placement after school in a different state, but I spoke with PAs in my former state before I moved, and regularly checked job boards and there are plenty of jobs. Practicing PAs assured me there would be very little trouble getting a job in the area even without doing rotations there. Hope that helps some!
  19. I am trying to decide between two programs. Program A: I feel is a better fit for me. Better program overall- better PANCE rates, higher ranking, more volunteer/primary care clinic opportunites, felt comfortable with faculty and loved the facility, but not in the state I think i'd want to find a job in Program B: In the state I want to practice and live in, where my family is, decent program with decent PANCE rates, nice faculty, not a huge fan of the facility/technologies/curriculum.
  20. Hey All! I will be applying to PA school this application cycle and I am looking for people to read and offer advice/revision for my personal statement. I am trying to get as many eyes to read my personal statement as possible so I can create the best version. Also -- anyone else in my shoes wanting opinions/advice on their personal statements for PA school, feel free to email me or post your personal statement in this thread and I'd be glad to return the favor. I will not be offended by any criticism give. I would prefer honest feedback as my personal statement will hopefully increase my chances with getting into PA school. My stats are not the greatest so I am using my personal statement and patient care experience as leverage to increase the quality of my application. I am looking for feedback on the content, grammar, punctuation, etc of my personal statement. My email is cydni.martin@gmail.com for anyone wanting me to read their statement and give some advice. My personal statement is attached to this post. Thank you all in advance! Keep going! Youre almost there!.docx
  21. This. A trip to SEMPA to speak with recruiters directly is probably the best way to break into EM if you are flexible on location. Im working through the CAQ right now. I see it more of a personal challenge than anything else. I've learned a few things while studying and it might serve me in the future. Short of reimbursement from my employer, I don't see it affecting my day to day EM life very much. That being said, it is about experience and certs to make it through the recruiter filter. Many don't know much about medicine and "merit badges" sometimes go a long way to get their attention. Thus, why some, including myself, see the CAQ as valuable.
  22. Hi everyone, Here is my most recent draft of my PS. I'm a first time applicant applying this cycle and looking for as much help as possible with editing my PS! Any suggestions are welcome Personal statement rough draft 4_20.docx
  23. I hope its okay if I send you a very rough draft of my PS! Congrats on your acceptance
  24. I am interested. I have sent you an email. Thanks!
  25. As an employee your first responsibility is to yourself and your family. Your second responsibility is to give your employer good value for every $ they spend on you. From what you've said, you've taken care of #2. Now, you have a chance to do a much better job on #1. You should go for it. It's a major mistake to be more loyal to an employer than they are to you. I saw far too much of this in 29 years of corporate america before becoming a PA.
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