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  1. To all prePA applicants, I am a recent graduate from this program and just passed my boards! I am writing in here because I remember stalking and refreshing this website everyday/hour. By now, some of you have been accepted and congratulations! Others are still waiting and some may be denied. Whatever the case may be, I encourage you to continue to pursue your dreams no matter how hard it is to get it! Back in 2015, I posted in one of the forum threads about to give up on being a PA but people in here encouraged me to keep going trying. The only reason why I was going to give up was because I applied to PA school 7 times already. Yes. SEVEN times before I got in. I graduated with an undergrad GPA of 2.45. Yes. 2.45! But since then I've worked my butt off to achieve my dreams. So whatever your results may be, please know you are going into a great profession and persistence will pay off!! Also be patient with the school/faculty as interview process is a lot of work for them. I was the last person of my cohort to be accepted. I was accepted off the waitlist as the last person and was not accepted till the FIRST DAY OF ORIENTATION (meaning school technically already started). I walked into that classroom saying "hi everyone! I was just accepted 3 hours ago!". So my message here to you all is to keep trying and that rejections don't mean the end of the world! Good luck and congrats to those that have been accepted!
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  2. I know exactly how all of you expressing doubt feel, and I think it's important to note that the odds are in your favor. Over 2000 people applied this year to the program. Of that, I believe only 160 people were offered interviews. There are 44 seats in Oakland and 24 ? twenty something seats for Fresno. Right off the bat, assuming there are 24 seats in Fresno, that's 68 seats total. They said after each interview, 10 to 12 of their TOP candidates are offered seats immediately. Let's say they only offer 10 top candidates seats per interview, so that's their top 18.7% of interviewees who have already been offered seats. Once interviews have concluded, they probably combine ranked lists or go ahead and rank people, and then begin offering the remainder 38 seats to people. If my assumed number of seats is correct, that's 42.5% of those who interview being offered a seat by this point. You have to keep in mind that not everyone is going to accept the seat offered to them, so that 42.5% is going to increase to hopefully at least 50%. I know programs who open additional interview dates just because they exhaust their wait list - not to say that SMU will, but that I know it's happened in great programs that I've applied to this cycle. IF THEY INTERVIEWED YOU THEY WANT YOU ! Unless your personality isn't a fit, which is totally fine - there are other programs out there! These numbers made me feel so much better when I was waiting for my acceptance Side note: @william208 thank you so much for sharing your story!!! I know we don't know each other, but I am so proud of you. You're going to do so many wonderful things.
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  3. more and more hiring decisions today are made by 22 yr old HR "professionals" who know nothing about health care. If you knew nothing at all about PAs and NPs would you not assume that a "practitioner" is a better provider than an "assistant" and an entry level doctoral degree is more impressive than an entry level MS and therefore every NP> every PA? PAs all over the country are losing jobs to NPs because of this. I have personally lost several jobs to NPs less qualified than I am over this. The last AAPA survey found something like 45% of PAs personally were aware of a situation in which a PA had lost a job to an NP for reasons other than experience. Patients also do not know the difference, An HMO near me offers new patients the opportunity to panel with a PA or an NP. once again, if you did not know the difference, you would assume a doctoral-level practitioner is better than a ms level assistant. When I was in PA school in the early 90s, the conventional wisdom was that there would be a name/title change within a decade. We will see in May what the AAPA marketing survey organization feels is an appropriate name for the profession then we must make it happen. Our name drags us down. Anyone who does not believe it needs to talk to PAs working in the trenches, not a select few specialty and surgical PAs who say "life is great , doctors love me!" The loudest voices against name/title change tend to work in very narrow fields like addiction med and specific surgical sub-specialties, where PAs are fortunate to have carved out an NP-free niche. The tide is turning at the AAPA. Progressive candidates are finally kicking out the old guard. They are going kicking and screaming and I for one and am happy to see them go. Name change and OTP will happen. A few states are already taking the lead on OTP. many states are addressing it this year. One of my mentor's takes on this: https://www.mdedge.com/clinicianreviews/article/72120/pa-name-game lots of smart folks have signed on to a name change: Physician Associate: A Change Whose Time Has Come Final Statement of 100 PA Leaders* June 2010 Our profession’s original name was physician associate. Physicians demanded that “associate” be changed on the grounds that it did not properly describe the desired scope of PA practice. Forty years later we have outgrown the "assistant" title. It no longer accurately represents the profession. It is inaccurate and confuses consumers. The title is misleading and carries negative connotations which we can and should avoid. As we move into a new model of healthcare delivery it is of the utmost importance that our profession’s name accurately describes our role. We, the undersigned physician assistant leaders assert that the time to change the name of our profession has arrived. While we can debate much about a name change, we have all agreed to the below statements and thoughts. We also fully agree that the name change advocated below will advance the profession. We call on the leaders of the profession and all PAs to announce and start to implement this change as soon as possible. At a minimum poll the entire profession. We are leaders who believe it is increasingly unwise to wait longer to make this long-needed change. Collectively, the below-signed PAs have given much of their lives to the profession and are dedicated to its advancement. Why We Need a Change Our profession’s original name was physician associate. Physicians demanded that “associate” be changed on the grounds that it did not properly describe the desired scope of PA practice. Forty years later we have outgrown the “assistant” title. It no longer accurately represents the profession. It is inaccurate and confuses consumers. The title is misleading and carries negative connotations which we can and should avoid. As we move into a new model of healthcare delivery it is of the utmost importance that our profession’s name accurately describes our role. Why a Change Is Justified Why a Change Is Justified The PA role is truly one of partnership; of association and collegiality. We work as associates and have for many years. Our profession’s birth-name in 1965 was physician associate. “Physicians assistant” is a generic term. It can mean anything: a person in the office that bills patients, a records assistant, the person that sets up and cleans the exam room, all the way to a certified, licensed PA. The profession must move from this generic name to one that aptly and more accurately describes our function. In our society, “assistant” denotes a technical job, not a profession. PAs are held to the same legal and medical standards as physicians. The title is confusing and misleading to our patients and the public in general. Since the name practically guarantees that “physician assistants” will be confused with “medical assistants”, patients are at risk of thinking they are receiving substandard care or expect that after the “assistant” a physician will also be seeing them. Most times this does not happen, nor does the physician or the PA expect it to happen. It is time to have the name mirror the reality that exists. The internationalization of PAs is important to the profession. Having to explain that the common meaning of the name “assistant” under-represents our true practice is a barrier, in international forums, to full understanding. The above problems also may keep prospective applicants and others away from becoming PAs as they would not want to go through extensive schooling only to become someone’s assistant. Almost all professions at the level of training of a PA (pharmacy, PT, OT, NP) are or soon will be at the doctorate level. Our education and practice is professional, as should be our title. “Assistant” obscures the PA’s true role in the practice. Physicians who might otherwise consider a PA do not hire one as they feel they need someone more than just another “assistant”. All professions should be able to name their profession. “Physician Assistant” both demeans and misrepresents our profession. It is time to claim the name that is both appropriate and our birthright and discard the one that was forced upon us. The Process The profession, ideally through the AAPABoard or HOD, should immediately adopt a policy that states that “Hereafter the profession will work to be retitled “Physician Associate,” as it more accurately reflects the profession in the 21st century”. If the Board or House is reluctant to do this on their own, then the entire profession should be polled using the AAPA’s full database. This renaming can be done over a number of years, with the ability reserved to use either title in the interim if necessary, depending on state legislation, etc. The PA profession should advise organized medicine that this change is not an effort for independent practice but is a move to more accurately describe the scope and status of the profession and place it at a level where it belongs. It should also be explained that the name physician associate had been chosen for us by organized medicine to represent the PA profession 45 years ago. PAs should stress that after 45 years of delivering quality medical care across the entire spectrum of practice, we are choosing a more appropriate name and that we would expect nothing less than the full support of organized medicine, which will also benefit from the change. PA programs should include the name physician associate whenever possible—along with the title physician assistant if need be. “Physician Associate” allows us continued use of the initials “PA”, which are well-known to the public. “Associate” does not imply that PAs are equal to physicians. Associate professors are not full professors. Associate deans are not full deans. There are precedents for this. The profession should consider funding State-level efforts to effect this change. The argument that a change will open laws at the State level is a hollow one. This action can be introduced as a “cosmetic” name change amendment which will have no impact on PA practice law. If opposed, the profession can educate the legislature as to the source of the opposition, that we are asking for no increased privileges, and the current title is confusing consumers and others This name change should be done BEFOREthe profession embarks upon any large public relations campaign. We can effectively brand the profession through the use of the new name, avoiding any confusion of our status when compared with medical, podiatry, chiropractic and other assistants. Therefore, we the undersigned PAs declare that because of the above reasons and more, the PA profession should adopt the name “Physician Associate” and begin an educational campaign to other medical professionals and the public regarding Physician Associates. Victor H. Germino, PA. PA Class #1, 1965-67 Duke University Medical Center PA program. One of the founders of the PA profession. Robert M. Blumm, MA, PA-C, DFAAPA, Immediate past president APSPA, Past president AASPA, Immediate past presidentACC, Past president NYSSPA, Past AAPALiaison To ACS, ACC Liaison to ACS, Past Chair Surgical Congress AAPA, Editorial Board Advance for PAs, Clinician 1, Advanced Practice Jobs, past editorial board member Physician Assistant, Clinician News, Author, National Conference Speaker, Consultant, Paragon Award Winner Physician /PA Team, John Kirklin M.D. Award for Excellence in Surgery Robin Morgenstern, PA Past AAPASecretary, Past President Illinois Academy of PAs, past Director of the PA Program of Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Past Midwest Advertising manager Clinician Reviews Journal. Maryann Ramos, MPH, PA-C, Founding President NJSSPA, Secretary of the AAPAHouse of Delegates, Delegate or Alternate for many years; Current Member, Nominating Committee; Current Legislative Chair for Physician Assistants for Latino Health – Puerto Rico; Past President American Academy of Physician Assistants in Occupational Medicine; Established Liaison between occupational physicians and PAs and Affiliate PA Membership inACOEM; Awarded the Meritorious Civilian Performance Medal, US Army Medical Corps, 2008; Past Federal Civilian PA of the Year 2002(AAPA Veteran’s Caucus); Past PA of the Year (AAPA President’s Award 1980) Blaine Carmichael, MPAS, PA-C,DFAAPA, Co-Founder Association, Past president, Vice President and current Delegate at Large of Family Practice Physician Assistants, Founder Bexar County PA Society, Founder, Que Paso – What’s Happening PAs of San Antonio, Moderator of PRIMARY PA forum, Board Member, American College of Clinicians, Founding member of PA History, Texas PA of the year, 1990, has published widely and speaks at many national, state and local PA conferences Dave Mittman, PA. Past AAPA Director, Past President NY State Society of PAs, Co-Founder and creator Clinician Reviews Journal and Clinician 1. Co-Founder ACC. First PA in the USAF Reserves. Lifetime PA Achievement Award/President’s AwardNJSSPA and NYSSPA. Co-Author of first international article regarding PA practice in America published in the BMJ. AAPA National Public Education Award Winner-1983 Stephen Henry, PA-C, RNP, Co-Founder California Academy of PAs. Two times President of CAPA. Founding member of Veterans Caucus, Founding Member Occupational Medicine Caucus AAPA. Founding Member ACC. Years in HOD, Numerous committee Chairmanships. Harvey Fine, PA-C Founding President, California Academy of Physician Assistants. David M. Jones, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, Member, Past Governmental Affairs Council, AAPA Legislative Co-Chair for at least 10 years, Oregon Society of PAs (Chair for the 2009 session), Past President ofOSPA (twice), AAPA Co-Rural PA of the year 1988; second term as a member of the PA Committee, Oregon Medical Board Roy Cary, PA-C, DFAAPA Co-founder and past president of The American Academy of Physician Assistants in Legal Medicine. Co-founder in Cary & Associates, LLC and holds a position as Senior Partner. Mr. Cary is also a member of the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners. Retired Air Force Major. James R Piotrowski, PA-C, MS , DFAAPA , Co-founder Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants , Past president ofANSPA , Past Vice President and board member of FAPA , Co-founder of the FAPA-PAC , Past member Florida BOM PACommittee, Past Trustee of the AAPA PACand Chairman of the AAPA-PAC , Past PA member of the council of AANS and CNS, Past editor of the ANSPA ’s Journal. Lisa D’ Andrea Lenell, PA-C, MPAS. Internal Medicine PA, Adjunct Faculty Midwestern University, National Radio Host ReachMD XM160 Michael Halasy, MS, PA-C Health Policy Analyst/Researcher. Author of well known PA Blog Gary Falcetano, PA-C, Bariatric Medicine, Stockton NJ, Managing Director – Collaborative Clinical Communications,LLC. Captain (Ret.) US Army Reserve, Past Group Publisher Clinician Reviews / Emergency Medicine / Urgent Care, journals. Charles O’Leary, PA-C, Hominy Family Health Center [FQHC], 35-year practice same site; LTC [Retired] US Army/OKARNG [2 tours Afghanistan, awarded BSM/CMB]; past-OAPA Vice-President, Past OAPANewsletter Editor, 1992 Oklahoma Rural PA of Year, OU-Tulsa Medical College PA Preceptor, Past Hominy School Board President, Past Commander American Legion Post 142 Gerry Keenan PA-C, MMS, Emergency Medicine, AAPA Professional Practices Council, Charter member SEMPA. Charter member AFPPA. Charter member ACC. Bar Harbor, Maine Martin Morales, PA MHA. Director Physician Assistant Services, Long Island Jewish Medical Center / North Shore LIJHealth System. Stephen E. Lyons MS, PA-C, W .Cheyenne Clinic Coordinator, Take Care Robert Nelson, PA-C. Executive Director, Island Eye Surgicenter, LI, NY. Administrator a various surgicenters in NY metropolitan area, Author, Speaker, Director at Large-Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, Member Corporate Development Planning Committee OOSS, Consultant, Surgical PA 30 years. Eric Holden, PA-C, MPA, EMT-P ,DFAAPA. Practice in emergency medicine since 1987. Member of state, federal, and international disaster medical teams. Medical provider at level 1 and 2 trauma ctrs, HMOs, community E.D.s, Rural/under served E.D.s. Provides solo E.D. coverage. Author of multiple articles in peer reviewed medical journals. Rebecca Rosenberger, MMSc, PA-C, Current President AAPA- Allergy Asthma and Immunology j. Michael Jones, MPAS-C, Chair PA Section American Headache Society, Director Cascade Neurologic-Headache Clinic.. Pamela Burwell, MS, PA-C. Distinguished Fellow, AAPA . Founder and Director, Peacework Medical Projects. AAPAHumanitarian of the Year. Arizona PA of the Year Eleanor H. Abel, RPAC, MS, CRC Upstate Medical University, Syracuse. Director At Large, NYSSPA. Liaison and membership chair for NYRCA. Medical provider with 22 years of experience in Hematology/Oncology and previously employed in Surgery and also Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Specialize in pain management, advocacy for people with disabilities, Past coordinator and current assistant coordinator for the NYSSPA Public Education Committee Ronald H. Grubman, PA-C Founder, Conmed Inc., 1984. President and CEO for 23 years. Conmed acquired and currently a public company on the NYSE. Ken Harbert, Ph.D., CHES, PA-C,DFAAPA Dean, School of Physician Assistant Studies. South College, Knoxville, TN Eric Schuman, MPAS, PA-C. Adult & Pediatric Neurology Kaiser Permanente Portland, Oregon. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University Physician Assistant Program Charles A. Moxin, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Past President Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants, Past AAPA HOD delegate for Family Practice, Past Editorial Board member for Arthritis Practitioner, Author, National Conference Speaker, Pharmaceutical Advisory Board member Kenneth E. Korber, PA PhD(c Director of Strategic Development – CE Outcomes LLC, Curriculum Architect – First PA Postgraduate Fellowship in Cardiovascular Care, Clinical Associate University of Illinois College of Medicine, Past Member Board of Directors: Association of PAs in Cardiology, Member – Association of Postgraduate PA Programs, Founder – AAPAMedical Writers Special Interest Group; former Faculty – AAPA Chapter Lecture Series. Kenneth DeBarth, RPA-C, Past PresidentNYSSPA, Past NYSSPA Newsletter Editor, Past Secretary/Treasurer South Dakota Academy of PAs, founding editor SDAPAnewsletter, past chair AAPA Professional Practices and Relations Committee, former owner Heuvelton Medical Group, NY. Ryan O’Gowan, PA-C, FAPACVS. Acting Manager, NP/PA Critical Care Workgroup. Program Director Physician Assistant Residency In Critical Care Umass Memorial Healthcare Frank Rodino, PA, MHS, Past Public Education Chair AAPA, Past NYSSPAPresident. Currently President and CEOChurchill Communications: A Medical/Scientific Communications Company Thomas Roselle, PA-C, DFAAPA PastNYSSPA Consultant, PA Entrepreneur, Clinic Owner. Current Secretary, PAs in Otolaryngology Specialty Group. John Sallis, MBA, MMS, PA-C PA consultant -Negotiation management James Doody, PA-C Director of Pediatrics and Primary Care 1st Health Centers, Assistant Clinical Professor University of Colorado Health Science Center, former Director of Pediatrics Lake Grove School, Editorial Board Member Physician Assistant Magazine, Provider liason Medical Home Initiative for State of Colorado. Karen Fields, MSPAS, PA-C Founder of Medical Mentoring (medicalmentors. net); Cofounder PAWorld.net Richard Mayer, PA. Vice President Provider and Network Development. Lenox Hill Hospital, NY NY Sharon Bahrych, PA-C, MPH, listed in Marquis’s Who’s Who of American Women, published author of 60 lay and medical journal articles, state and national CMEpresenter,co-founder of APAO, clinical trials researcher with a NIH rated grant, currently working on a PhD. George Berry, MPAS, PA-C,DFAAPA. Pediatric Trauma Coordinator Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, Schneider Children’s Hospital North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Lisa F. Campo, MPAS, PA, DFAAPA Past President NYSSPA. Former Chief Delegate/ delegate AAPA HOD; former Committee member Wagner College PA Program Advisory and Admission Committees; President LCFC-LLC Consulting; Advanced Clinical Physician Associate the Mount Sinai Medical Center; practicing PA 30years. Kristina Marsack, PA-C, President, Association Plastic Surgery PAs, past-Treasurer, APSPA John W. Bullock, PA-C, DFAAPA. 2010AAPA Federal Service PA of the Year Award Winner. Past Chief Consultant to the US Air Force Surgeon General for Physician Assistants, Founding member and past Vice President of PAs in Orthopaedic Surgery. William Gentry, MPAS, PA-C Senior Physician Assistant-Neurology Audie L. Murphy Veterans Medical Center Harmony Johnson PA-C, MMS Current President, PAs for Global Health Chris Hanifin, PA-C. Immediate Past President, new Jersey State Society of PAs. Francis Crosby, Jr, PA-C, MPAS. Founding member, United Kingdom Association for Physician Assistants (UKAPA); Member of Pilot Program for PA utilization in UK; Advisor to University of Wolverhampton (UK) PA Training program;AAPA; Delegate or alternate for many years, Publications award winner, 1987; Fellow Member, Society of Air Force Physician Assistants; Past VP of SAFPA; Past Chair of Nomination Committee; Past Chair of Membership Committee; Past BOD member; Associate Member, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh; Retired from USAFas Lt Col; Former Commander, Medical Operations Squadron. David L. Patten, PA-C, COL, SP,TXARNG. Deputy Commander for Texas Medical Command Michael France, CCRC, MPAS, PA-C, Director of Clinical Research, Alamo Medical Research, MAJ USAF Retired Robert L. Hollingsworth, DHSc, MS, PA-C. Owner, Sole Provider Red Springs Family Medicine Clinic, N.C. Preceptor for the Physician Assistant Programs at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C, Duke University in Durham N.C. and East Carolina University, in Greenville, N.C. Active preceptor for several Nurse Practitioner Programs within the state. Former Instructor: Methodist College Physician Assistant Program James C. Allen, IV, MPAS, PA-C,DFAAPA; Director, Physician Assistant Clinical Training Programs, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston/Correctional Managed Care; Former Secretary Bexar County PA Society 2003-2005; Dual Certified Aerospace Physiologist; US air Force Aerospace Physiologist of the Year 2003; Past President Towner-Shafer Society, US Air Force 1993-1994; Retired US Air Force Major Michelle Ederer, MA, RPA-C Past President, New York State Society of PAs. Cindy Burghardt, MS, PA-C, Nephrology PA for Renal Associates, San Antonio, Texas. Shepard B. Stone, P.A. Colonel, SP,CTARNG. Aeromedical Physician Assistant. Aviation Task Force- Currently deployed-KuwaitPhysician Associate-Yale Medical School Charlene Morris, DFAAPA, MPAS, PA-C, Past President AFPPA, CME Chair SPAP, Past AAPA Liaison to AAFP, Author/Lecturer. Jonathan E. Sobel, RPA-C,FAPACVS President-Association of PA’s in Cardiovascular Surgery Geoffrey Hoffa, PA-C, MHS Board Member of the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants. First PA Associate member American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Past Chair, Public Relations Committee ASAPA, Current member of theAAPA HOD. Robert M. Chavis, PA Commander / 05USPHS/Army, Past Chairman Academy ofUSPHS Physician Assistants, Past Medical Director USMAPS, Delegate UN World Indigenous People Conference, Wolfclan Chief Nottoway/Meherrin/Tuscarora Nations, Keith G. Plummer MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPADirector of Emergency Medicine, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Oklahoma Joseph A Hlavin PA-C, MS Neurosurgical PA. Former President, Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants (ANSPA), 1998 – 2000, 2006 – 2008 AANSNeurosurgeon Editorial Board, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 5/1/2008 – 4/30/2011.President, Brazos Valley Physician Assistant Association 1/2010 -12/2010 Francine Boullosa, PA-C. Past-president and past legislative co-chair Oregon Society of PAs1991-2 AAPA-Burroughs-Wellcome Health Policy Fellow. Richard M. Bishow, MPAS, PA-C, Lead Physician Assistant, Inova Fairfax Hospital Emergency Department, Distinguished Fellow, AAPA, Emergency Medicine clinician for 32 years, Associate Clinical Professor of Health Care Sciences, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Clinical Instructor of Health Care Sciences, Drexel University College of Health Profession, Paragon Award winner (1st Place) for publishing excellence. Michael A. Banuchi, PA-C, MPH: Founder/Owner, PhysicianAssistantForum.Com/PhysicianAssociate.Com, Board of Advisors for National Association of Physician Assistants. Dermatology, Boca Raton, FL. Edward Ranzenbach, PA-C, MPAS, FAPACVS, DFAAPA Fellow – Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS) Leadership FellowAPACVS Fellow American Association of Surgical PAs Fellow California Academy of PAs Director-at-Large APACVS Board of Directors. Member Fellow Membership Oversight Committee APACVS MemberCME Committee APACVS, Chair – 27th Annual APACVS Winter Educational Meeting Associate Member Society of Thoracic Surgeons Jose’ C. Mercado, MMS, PA-C President- SPAO-HNS. Adult & PediatricENT Disorders. Professor Steven J. Sager, MPAS, PA-C,DFAAPA Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Department Nova Southeastern University – Ft. Lauderdale Joel D. Bashore, PA-C, MPAS; LCDR,MSC, USN (Ret); PA/NP Education Coordinator, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Emergency Dept.; Past Vice-President Naval Association of Physician Assistants Kimberly J. T. Lakhan, MPAS, PA-C,DFAAPA Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery and APN/PA Council Chair SMDC Health Systems, Duluth, MN Distinguished Fellow AAPA, Fellow and Past Director-at-Large Minnesota Academy of PAs, Fellow SPAO-HNS Larry Collins, PA-C, DFAAPA, ATC . Instructor, Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, University of South Florida. USF Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute. United States Olympic Training Program including stints at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and at the 2008 Winter World University Games in Torino, Italy. Michael C. Doll, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FAPACVS. Chair of Quality Care Committee – AAPA. Past President –APACVS. Current Candidate for Director At Large – AAPA Director of Physician Assistants Cardiac Surgery Service Line Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA Thomas White, JD, MA, PA-C, Past President TAPA, NMAPA, PA Educator. Denni J. Woodmansee, PA-C. PA Advisor to the Under Secretary for Health U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs Lisa Lanning Lowther, MS, PA-C; Assistant Professor, Medical College of Georgia PA Program; Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine PA for 10 years. Carol S. James PA-C. Lead Physician Assistant. Department of Neurosurgery. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Richard C. Davis , P.A. Chief PA,RRMC. 35 years of PA practice. Salisbury, NC Matthew Andersen, PA-C, MPAS, FAPACVS Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle, WA Rudolph (Rudy) Balli, MPAS, PA-C ”Physician Associate” (University of Oklahoma), Captain, USAF, Retired. Audie L. Murphy Veteran’s Memorial Hospital Alex K. Harris, PhD, PA-C, Southern Cardiopulmonary Associates, PC, LaGrange, GA; ApolloMD Emergency Physicians, Atlanta Vee S. Yoong, PA-C, MS, Ph.D. Providence St. Peter Hospital. Emergency Medicine, Olympia, Washington. American Heart Association ACLS Regional Faculty/Course Director/Instructor. Advance Cardiac Life Support – (ACLS-EP) Instructor, Katrina Hurricane Relief Volunteer medical worker, American Red Cross, PA Consultant. Initial groundwork & program design for Pacific University Physician Assistant Program, Forest Grove, Oregon. Reginald L. Smith, PA-C, Past Vice-President and Past Director-at-Large Bexar County PA Society, San Antonio, Texas. David N. Pellin, PA-C, FAAPA; Past Clinical Director Indian Health Service, Wellpinit Service Unit, Spokane Reservation, 2007 – 2010; Clinical Preceptor, University of Washington School of Medicine MEDEX Northwest, 2008 – Present University of Washington School of Medicine MEDEX Northwest, Cum Laude graduate, 2005 – 2007 Bob Sammartano, RPA-C Program Director Postgraduate Residency in Surgery for PAs Montefiore Medical Center President Elect AASPA. Chief Delegate for Surgery –AAPA HOD Lawrence Russell, P.A. Founding President, Society of Air Force PAs. Former Associate Chief of PAs, USAF. PA for 38 years. Ken Phillis MPAS PA-C. Past Board member, PAC member, and Legislative Affairs Committee of the Texas Academy of PAs Retired, United States Army. Glen E. Combs, MA, PA-C Former President of the AAPA. NCAPA Board Member-Chapter President. ’73 Graduate – AB College Cheryl E. Gregorio, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA; PAragon winner Federal Services PA of the Year and Veteran’s Caucus PA of the Year ; 28 years practice; Degree as a Physician Associate, OU. Jackson R. Dobbins, Colonel, USAF, Ret (2009) Med College of GA Class of ‘78 Fellowship, Montefiore Med Cntr, NYC– Emer Med /79-80. 1st AF PA on operational support flying status, AFSOC(Graduate of Flight Surgeon/APA School, Ft. Rucker 1997). 1st PA as Combined Special Operations Task Force Surgeon Operation DESERT THUNDER. 1st PA as Medical Group Commander inUSAF. Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (OIF),MSM x 6, JSCM, AFAM. AAPA, SAFPA, SOMA (Spec Ops Med Association), Montefiore Alumni Association Jo Ann Cutler Friedrich, P.A.-C Stanford University, 1976 – Author of The Pre-Menstrual Solution, Arrow Press, Inc. 1987 and Sleep Matters, Bright Books, 1995. Over 350 national and regional TV and radio programs, Published in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. Steven Engelberg, PA-C, PhD. University Medical Center, Las Vegas, NV Dept. of Emergency Medicine. VP / Founder National Association of Physician Assistants, Past President Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants. Assistant Professor, Touro University, NV Herve Poulard, PA-C Medical Attache’. US Embassy Santo Domingo Brian R. Bea, APA-C, MPAS. Aeromedical P.A. LTC, Oregon Army National Guard. 16 Years experience in Family and Emergency Medicine Terry Mathews, Lt Col, USAF, BSC, PA-C1. Pres-Elect, Society of AF PAs. 1998AMSUS PA Award winner 1998 SAFPAWheaton Award winner 2005 Air Mobility Command PA of Year Ellen Britt, PA, EdD. Online Marketing Expert and Consultant and Co-founder of MarketingQi.com. Ellen specialized in Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine for more that two decades and is a graduate of one of the first speciality PA training programs in the country, the Robert Wood Johnson Emergency Medicine Postgraduate Program at Maine Medical Center, Portland. She lives and works near Atlanta, Georgia. Jennifer Moore, PA-C Past AAPA Board Member. Past President NYSSPA. !975 Graduate of Stony Brook Physician Associate Program. Ed Friedmann, PA AAPA Past President. Past Chair, Iowa PA Regulatory Board. Federally Certified Rural Health Clinic PA for many years. Jefferey Nicholson, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA. President American Academy of PAs in Legal Medicine, Board Member, Wisconsin Academy of PAs, James Taft, MPAS, PA-C. JAAPA Board Member, CHSC Member and QCC Member George (Rick) Hillegas, PAC, MPH. Ist PA Class GW University. AAPA Health Policy Fellow 1992, Retired US Coast Guard PA. Bud Shelton, PA-C Past President North Carolina Academy of PAs. Graduate Duke University Physician Associate Program. 30 years Pulmonary Medicine, Ambulatory Surgery 15 years , Durham NC. Glen Sikes, PA-C SUNY Stony Brook, 1977 Former Director of Surgery, Lower Florida Keys Health System, Key West Florida. 33 years combined ER/OR experience. Presently in primary care in rural North Carolina. Ernest W. Edmonds, PA-C, MPAS. SAFPA President – 1983-84. SAFPA Secretary / Treasurer 1985 – 1993(?), Program Director,USAF PA Program 1988 – 1991. Clinic Director, VA Outpatient Clinic (Contract) 1995 – current
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  4. I haven’t heard since my interview in November! Lol. I know it’s hard, but like mentioned above, stay positive! I was told decisions are still being made. Just telling myself no news is good news.
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  5. I'm a WA PA living in Idaho. I sent emails to the legislators for the district I work in anyway...I figured it can't hurt.
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  6. I interviewed January 31. And no I was not waitlisted
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  7. It's an LA Times article. No mention of Physician Assistants.....anywhere. This ain't South Dakota, this is California. 40 million people. As Cal goes, so goes the nation is a real phenomenon. On the bright side, our name has Physician in it. That's got to means something right? (sigh). Change our name AAPA!!!!!!!!! Our house in on fire and our leadership is roasting wieners. And so it begins in the most populous state in the union. https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-future-health-workforce-commission-doctor-shortage-20190205-story.html California lawmakers will need to grant nurse practitioners across the state more autonomy, increase opportunities to study medicine and expand doctor training programs in order to avoid a looming healthcare crisis, according to a report released Monday by the California Future Health Workforce Commission. The report outlines a $3-billion plan for ensuring the state has enough doctors, nurses and home care workers to meet the needs of Californians at a time when Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to dramatically expand healthcare access for lower-income and immigrant communities. The commission, created by healthcare, education and business leaders and co-chaired by UC President Janet Napolitano, plans to pitch the proposal to Newsom and legislative leaders in the coming weeks.
    1 point
  8. Please support PA Bill SB 5411. I got this email from WAPA today: If you're unfamiliar with the bill, you can read it on WAPA.com. But here's an excerpt from the fact sheet on what it's about: • Modernize PA practice laws to improve access to quality care. • Reduce delays by eliminating Medical Commission review before PAs can get to work. • Assure medical standard of care by preserving Medical Commission regulation of PAs. • Allow multiple physicians on PA practice agreement which is kept by employer. • Eliminate physician delegation and supervision requirements, allowing PAs to work under their own licenses and accept liability for their own care (they all currently have medmal insurance). • Eliminate duplicate regulatory structures for PAs working with MDs and DOs. • Alleviate burden of remote site and ratio restrictions. Please contact your representatives now and spread the word to other PAs you know. 'Tis are exciting times, friends! Let's do this!
    1 point
  9. Has anyone been accepted to the Fresno campus as of yet?!
    1 point
  10. Received my invitation a couple of minutes ago for the 21st!!! Good luck people!
    1 point
  11. I have been following this thread closely as I have also been awaiting anxiously to hear back from MDC. I have just received an invitation to take the Phase II exam on Feb. 21. All the best to everyone and study hard! Hope to meet some of you there, and hopefully also in the next MDC PA class.
    1 point
  12. Here's their response: With regard to responding to the Commission about the report, as members of the committee that advised the Commission, we are working with all parties to talk about the report content. If one reads the entire report, PAs are mentioned many times and I promise, were well represented as the report was being developed over the past 2 years. As these things go, one can never be sure of the content until the material is published. Then one can really never guess what the media picks up from the report. Please know this is something we take very seriously and will continue to address. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
    1 point
  13. Get the Bachelor's in Health Management. You don't need a biology degree. Just make sure you earn As in your prerequisites to prove to admissions that you can handle difficult science courses
    1 point
  14. I recommend Option A because the tuition will be much less and you can live at home with a good support system. It's also a good way to make connections during your rotations since you do want to work in that state. Also, I prefer an August start date because you will get to enjoy the summer before beginning PA school. This is just my opinion. Good luck
    1 point
  15. Sorry to hear this news but Keep going! Don’t give up! The right door will open for you soon!
    1 point
  16. ahhh goodluck everyone! I hope they let people know today (Friday)! The school & faculty were awesome when I interviewed!
    1 point
  17. I received the rejection email yesterday, pretty bummed but I know I can improve myself for the next time around. Congrats to everyone that got in and are on the waitlist.
    1 point
  18. I'm really hoping this does pass. Since a year ago where I work, we only hire NPs. Also, a hospital system an hour away hasn't hired PAs for years and the other which I applied to for per diem work actually interviewed me then later told me "leadership has decided to put a hold on hiring PAs at this time." These are in rural communities too! We really need to come together.
    1 point
  19. My full time job is 1099. I would go back to W2 in a heartbeat if given the option. I am currently in about a 52% tax bracket as follows: 25% federal business tax 10% state tax 15% social security( 7.5% x 2- you pay both as 1099 , only 1 as W2) 1.6% foreign business tax. I do not live in the state in which I work. I have never made so much money, but I am taking home much less than before. Yes, I have an accountant. I have 3 other part time/per diem W2 jobs to pay the taxes on my 1099 income....
    1 point
  20. Yeah I interviewed on 1/26. I am a little bummed because at least two people who were in my interview group were already accepted. I haven’t heard anything and it just makes me feel like I might not have made the cut.
    1 point
  21. 1099 is the way to go with the new tax reforms. Call your accountant and ask how much you should be putting away for taxes based off your rate. You will clear 100% of your check depending on the state. Try to work in states with no income tax! Write off everything you can, + you can. Contribute to a SEP IRA, (much higher level) than a qualified retirement plan. Don't take anything less than 90/hr if doing EM/express care locum. ALWAYS request to talk to a PA on site before you take an assignment. Never talk to anyone in management working there, always talk to the norma staffing to get the scoop (work conditions, supportive staff, true annual volume etc...).
    1 point
  22. I interviewed in December, and I haven't heard anything either! Don't get discouraged!
    1 point
  23. Go to the one in an area where you want to work afterwards. You'll likely do more rotations there and if anything can lead to a job, it's rotations, not school name or 'rank/revere'.
    1 point
  24. Just my two cents because it seems like most are saying choose your "dream school" on the east coast. I am just giving the other side of the argument. Do you love this girl and want to marry her one day? If the answer is yes, then this is a no brainer. Stay on the west coast. This whole mentality that PA school absolutely consumes every aspect of your life is somewhat ridiculous. Yes, PA school is very tough and requires a lot of time and studying, but it is insane to be told that you will basically have to lock yourself away for two and a half years. It seems like you may be looking at your girlfriend as a distraction during PA school. The real distraction is being in a long distance relationship. In my opinion there are far more distractions that come with a long distance relationship. What about the feeling of withdrawal when you may not see her for 3 months at a time. That in its self can be distracting from studying. I am a current student on my second year of school. My experience thus far has been nothing but amazing. Yes it has been the most challenging year of my life but also the most rewarding. I have had moments of being completely overwhelmed and moments of pure bliss when a huge testing week is finally over and my classmates and I go out for celebratory drinks. Trust me you will want to share these moments with your significant other and when those moments come (the good and the bad) you will want her there to support you and to celebrate with you. In summary, about a third of my class is in a long distant relationships and 100% of them would do anything to live in the same city as their significant other. They would have loved to have had your decision. What good is being on the east coast at your "dream school" when your mind will likely be on the west coast.
    1 point
  25. Received a rejection but it's all part of the process! Already planning on ways to tackle the next cycle and improve. It's all part of this PA journey. For those of you accepted, congratulations!! I'm excited for y'all! For those on the waitlist, I hope you hear something soon and the best of luck, and for those who also got rejected, every 'no' is a step closer to 'yes!' Cheers and good luck :)
    1 point
  26. My first thought was why a testing agency is doing this and not our national professional association.
    1 point
  27. 25 years now I have been watching the occasional "promoting of PA's". That's great, but if they are serious about a name change, why pump money into promoting the PA name now? You get my drift....? I don't think there are any plans to change our name to what it should be. Medical Practitioners. Hence, throw some money at promoting something most if not all of us are NOT....."Assistants". Uggh.
    1 point
  28. After 50+ years, we still have to explain who we are. We were doing this 30 years ago. If we had changed our name then, we would be so much better off.
    1 point
  29. Haven't heard anything. That seems to be a common theme for the university, unfortunately.
    1 point
  30. Honestly, I wish NPs and PAs would just team up. Compared to the nursing lobby and medical lobby, the PA lobby is a drop in the bucket. The nursing lobby, I'm sure, would be happy to get some extra $$$, and the PAs would actually have a powerful backing for a change.
    1 point
  31. Withdrew my acceptance today, I hope that helps someone else out! Good luck everyone!
    1 point
  32. What will be interesting to see is how hard the California Medical Association fights it. They are already firing warning shots as quoted in the article, but I believe they will loose. The nursing lobby in California has the full support of the political leadership and that matters a bunch. Newsom is going to move fast on this, I could see this being implemented by next year. It will then be a no brainer for other states to follow suit over the next 3-5 years. We MUST change our name, nation wide. This is not something that can be done quickly, so if we don't get moving on it now it will simply be too late. Gawd I wish people in this profession had a sense of urgency. One day they are going to wake up and be out of a job because why would you hire a PA over a fully autonomous NP? Yet with ASSISTANT still in our name we will never convince law makers to push our field forward with NP's. Frustrating beyond belief...
    1 point
  33. I gotta tell ya.... I'm getting tired of being victimized by organized medicine. I keep kicking TAPA around because they are an easy target but it really just comes back around to the physicians. We HAVE to get loose from supervision and get our own board.
    1 point
  34. ^^^^ This is 100% correct. It has always been this way in Texas. If this passes I will be out of a job. A provider who can not order and interpret X-Rays in Urgent Care is not a provider who will be working. Anyone know when this will be voted on?
    1 point
  35. There is a core problem that is the genesis of this and other issues previously such as practice ownership and anesthesia assistants. The Texas Medical Board is a branch office of the Texas Medical Association. TMA is not and never has been a friend of the profession. They are probably one of the most old school backwards boards in the country. I could make a strong argument they are an active nay proactive enemy of the profession. This is evidenced by many "rules" they pass and try to pass "in the interest of patient safety" that really just protects power and money of the physicians. Yet we continuously hear about maintaining our "relationship" with organized medicine.When TAPA finally has the common sense to realize they are actively working against us and stop worry about what is a dysfunctional parent-step child relationship we can get down to some bare knuckles work. It will be difficult and will take years but at least we will be working under conditions that reflect reality.We need OTP. We need our own board. Then none of these problems will be forced on us and we will be positioned to advance the profession.
    1 point
  36. I have had 9 positions in my 29 year career. I created 8 from scratch (had to convince someone why they needed a PA when they had never considered it). I got one job through an ad in the PA Journal. That job was a total disaster and I had to sue them in the end. So, my lesson, the best jobs are those that you create yourself. Ask a MD to go out to dinner. Convince them what you can do for their group. Then try to write your own ticket.
    1 point
  37. Accept the seat at the school you were accepted into
    1 point
  38. This is why independent PA boards and getting rid of delegated service agreements are important.
    1 point
  39. Alright the Facebook page for accepted students is up! Search for the group "UNMC PA Class of 2021." Send a request to join and I'll add you!
    1 point
  40. I'm a new grad, but in rotations I would just give a brief risk/benefit, and make note of the harmful effect on the microbiome, then give a time frame until abx were warranted.
    1 point
  41. I've used it throughout PA school. I always enjoy reading the posts. Definitely would recommend!
    1 point
  42. Just got an email saying I got past the initial review and that I meet the minimum requirements. Now it will be under review to determine if I get an interview. "We plan to conduct interviews during the Spring Semester. Interview offers will be made on a rolling basis. You will notified via email between January and April 2019 of your status in regards to an interview."
    1 point
  43. My recommendation for providing more information on writing intensive courses is to include documentation, whether it be a course syallbus or a letter from an institution official verifying that said course(s) is deemed writing intensive. It may satisfy a writing requirement to graduate. Generally, a course syllabus will give us the details we need if a transcript doesn't designate it a writing-intensive course. This documentation should be uploaded to your CASPA application specifically for Penn State in the "Program Documents" tab. It is the easiest way to get us this information. Please let me know if you have any other questions - Caryn Stopper Director of Admissions
    1 point
  44. Hello my brothers and sisters in arms. I am Dr. Frank Crosby, DrHSc, PA-C, Lt Col (Retired) USAF Graduated from the IPAP predecessor--Air Force/University of Oklahoma, 1982. Retired from AF in 2004 after 29 years and 22 as a PA. I am still affiliated with AF--Contracted to Cadet/Flight Medicine at the Air Force Academy and doing Occupational Medicine without Workman's comp. Retiring from clinical practice this summer, but will continue to serve as president of PAs for Tomorrow.
    1 point
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