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  1. Long story short, the hospital I work for in Virginia has decided to move towards only interviewing/hiring NPs. The rationale: NPs don't require supervision or co-signature. State law says PAs need 5% of their charts co-signed, hospital policy is 100% and have in turn used that policy to change the status quo. Cautionary tale comes in two forms, the first being the obvious that the time for a name change is upon us. As long as the name assistant is associated with our profession, this will continue to happen across the country. The second cautionary tale is the need for a pile of
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  2. We need OTP and name change SIMULTANEOUSLY. Both are holding us back. We are seen as inferior. I was humiliated in front of touring nurses today with the assumption that NP's are superior to PA's because they dont need to be supervised
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  3. Anything that doesn’t jive with evidence based medicine or chronic pain. Fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme disease, essential oils, 1000 “allergies”, etc? Can I just use reiki and crystals for that? “I know my blood pressure is 160/100 all the time, but I don’t like taking medicine, isn’t there something natural I could take?” I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I eat a vegetarian fresh diet with no salt. I’m thin. But, like what if I take some more vitamin C? I took the lisinopril for a few weeks and my blood pressure was better, but I just don’t want to take it.” “Are you having side effects
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  4. This is probably the most important point in this whole thread. Far too many PAs are content to gripe continuously about nothing getting done and complain about the leadership, but they make no effort to actually work with their professional organizations (either AAPA, your state CO or your specialty organization). The PAs running these organizations aren't appointed from Mount Olympus; they are other PAs who cared enough to volunteer their time and effort to try and make a difference, typically at personal expense. We would have a lot more lobbying power if more of us got involved in
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  5. I got the call of my lifetime! I GOT IN
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  6. I love being a PA. I didn’t want to be a nurse. I hate our title and stagnant leadership that sits by and does little no nothing to promote our profession. I work in primary care right now (trying to do ER, hopefully soon). I have little interaction with my SPs. Once I am in that room with my white coat on, Im the provider. I’m often called doctor. I always introduce myself as a PA. I had to fight for my job because “they only hire NPs because we have to supervise PAs and sign off on their charts.” I had to find the laws and correct them. I got my job. I have people ask me in th
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  7. 2016-2017 cycle. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  8. You're over thinking it. Thank you cards aren't necessary, and if the coordinator isn't emailing you back, just let it go. No, that would not be a reason for a program to not accept you. Just be patient and wait to hear from them.
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  9. They are still sending out interviews.I received one yesterday which I turned down since I got into my top choice school.
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  10. Loved the comments about the "Entitled Patient." I just retired from a Plastic Surgery Practice that focused mainly on Cosmetic reconstructions. I know all about entitled patients as they were the cause of many of my interventions with both physicians and nurses at my hospital. Good riddance to them.
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  11. I have an interview next week! When does this program start, in summer right? And does anyone know the total cost of tuition for the program? Trying to get a comparison, Thanks!
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  12. I agree with @rev ronin. I work as a lactation consultant. This is the first CASPA cycle for me. I applied to 3 schools, and interviewed at two. At both my interviews they were genuinely very interested in my work and had lots of questions about what I did. One of the interviewers said they had never seen this as PCE before and was telling me how valuable LC’s are and what a great skill it was to have, it made me much more relaxed. Bottom line is something different makes you stand out.
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  13. "I don't like taking pills..." "How many vitamin tablets do you take a day?" "XYZ" "They're pills." SK
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  14. We don't need to differentiate as far as the name goes. I mean does Doctor of Osteopathic (DO) and Medical Doctor (MD) make sense? They both do the same thing but has different name. They are both doctors, but still different. Do people really care? not really. But Physician "Assistant" needs to go. Medical Practitioner is the best name so far.
    1 point
  15. Hi everyone, I was at work so I missed the call I'm so excited to start this new chapter. If you don't make it at USC, you'll make it somewhere else. Trust the journey
    1 point
  16. My old job (current one, tomorrow is my wake up call! [emoji4]) didn't pay jack. My new job (Starting April 1st) will pay my AAPA, CAPA, DEA, State License, NCCPA etc and if I join a GI society. My CME will also be covered up to 2500 per year. Quite refreshing actually. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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  18. I am shaking so bad. After over 2 years of applying I GOT THIS AMAZING PHONE CALL
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  19. Received an interview invitation today for next week 3/14 in the morning! I'm so nervous! Let's hope for the best!
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  20. I had a few people that would always show up really early hoping I would see them sooner - only did if someone cancelled...had some that actually waited a couple hours to be seen on time. Small victories.
    1 point
  21. Congrats to everyone who is accepted! Please join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1965940873709969/
    1 point
  22. Yes, I interviewed today and they told us March 8 is the last date.
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  23. I was accepted off the waitlist yesterday! I have declined my spot due to already being accepted and committed to attending another program. Best of luck to those still on the waitlist!
    1 point
  24. Please continue to share if you receive interview invitations. This waiting game is crazy!
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  25. Hi guys! I’m back! So we are still working on the Facebook page and trying to get it all cute and stuff buttttt if you have been accepted, you can email your acceptance letter and photo ID to jaleesa_watkins@yahoo.com and we can further take the steps to add you to the group so you can interact with your future classmates! The Facebook group was sooooo helpful for all of us while we were waiting to start. We will also have some of my class members on the group to answer questions and hopeful set up a live Q&A session weeks before your start date! Acceptances should be our next week sometim
    1 point
  26. Yay west coast! That was my focus too. Feel free to message me about AZ/NV/NM/OR/ID. I found out some things the hard way, like UNM only accepts ~5 out of state students a year
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  27. I've only held salaried positions. Military, residency, and my upcoming job at a CAH. The first 2 are obviously non-negotiable, but I have it spelled out at my new job that I will be required to work no more than 12-12 hour shifts in a 28 day period and no more than 3 shifts in a week with 4 hours per week of admin time. I have a float month that I will work 2 of in 10 months, that will randomize my schedule, but still no more than 12 in one month and no fewer than 6. Any shifts that I chose to work over 12 will be paid at $90/hr. Being a CAH that sees low volume-high acuity, I prefer this so
    1 point
  28. Wait, I’m confused. The point of this post is to discuss why PA’s aren’t assistants... instead it turned into a pissing match between ArmyPA and why surgical PAs are the true “assistant”. Whose team are you on? I’m sure there are a lot of PAs in UC or EM that need the guidance of the doc, just as there are a lot of surgical PAs who can practice autonomously until surgery is necessary; thus requiring input from the surgeon. If I were a patient, I would hope my surgeon would at least see me once before cutting me open. If you think practicing without autonomy = assisting, then there would b
    1 point
  29. I think I can speak for everyone and say that we all really appreciate you for taking the time to give us an insight into the interview process. Thank you so much for really going into detail of how the day played out!
    1 point
  30. Gawd I hope that don't try and dig up that old ghost, Physician Associate.... All to try and maintain some form of "PA" initials. Weak. I'm not a Physician and I am not an associate. I practice medicine. I am a practitioner of medicine. A Medical Practioner. MP.
    1 point
  31. ugh my favorite reply to this is that it is NOT an established Dx and that they really need to follow back up with the specialist that dx it - bye bye
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  32. I really liked the flow of your narrative. It's very engaging. With that said, here are some of my suggestions: ** "However, a majority of EMS calls are relatively straight-forward and non-critical." You were probably describing the area that you worked in or if it was for a transport company, but as someone who has experience in the field as both an EMT and paramedic, I was kinda insulted. It comes off as a generalization (my service area was the complete opposite), so honestly I would just take that sentence out. ** "...I was left with the burning question: what happens next
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  34. And pretty much waste a million dollars.
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  35. PA Students and those applying to PA school seem to be overwhelmingly in favor of a title change. If WPP recommends no title change, it will just kick the can down the road.
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  36. "My pain...it's like getting shot...in the head..." Me: "have you ever been shot in the head?" "Well, no. It's what I imagine getting shot would feel like". Me: "so, instead of MAKING shit up, take the worst pain you have ever felt. Then compare this to that. It's easy. Hell, just make up a number that's realistic, I just need it so I can bill you higher, and ain't no one is gonna believe ten out of ten, shot in the head pain while you sip your Starbucks". After a pause: "I'm going to write president trump" Me: "fine. Make sure you spell my name right- it's I-m-
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  37. Current PGY2 EM resident after working 3 years in military/FM. You got questions, I got answers. It depends on what you want out of being a PA. Wanna see urgent care and fast track work while making decent salary, residency probably isn't for you. Want to do full scope EM, work in a CAH, command higher negotiating power when applying for EM jobs? It's for you. Doing a real residency, not these 6 month training programs for private groups, is grueling work, but the results are excellent.
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  38. At this point late is all we have. A conscious decision was made years ago to tie ourselves firmly to the physicians because they would always control medicine and they would reward our loyalty. Things changed and we were very slow to change in response. Recriminations aside....we need to move forward as fast as we can and all of us need to stop bitching and start working on these issues. It makes me pull my hair when someone complains about a bunch of stuff and then says "someone should fix this." YOU....YOU should help fix it speaker! Death By A Thousand Cuts
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  39. This is pretty interesting actually, that video is the first I've heard directly from the firm that was hired to conduct the title change investigation. Here is a link for those who don't want to have to dig through their emails: https://www.aapa.org/title-change-investigation-resources/?utm_source=newscentraltopas&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tci Interestingly, you do NOT have to be an AAPA member to get the survey that the firm will be sending out in March about the title change. I encourage every PA on this forum that is interested in moving the profession forwa
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  40. Least favorite kind of patient? That's easy. The conscious ones.
    1 point
  41. Patients that try pulling a race card when they're not getting the care they demand exactly when they demand it when they show up in an ER with 3 not really sick grandkids because they "thought they needed a check up" on a busy holiday Friday night...
    1 point
  42. Hopeless, helpless patients with treatment resistant depression who keep shooting down their treatment options. These patients are so frustrating for me. I'd rather deal with borderline personality.
    1 point
  43. I was accepted off the alternate list!!
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  44. Read Marino and Read Owens cover to cover. Read Pulmcrit and Emcrit and listen to the podcasts. Attend the Difficult Airway Course. Attend an ultrasound course. The CHEST course in Chicago is excellent. Have an attending who likes to teach.
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  45. Interestingly enough, the EM group I work for considers Michigan more PA friendly than NP friendly. Don't know the details, but we staff small critical access hospitals with a doc doing 12 hours of day coverage with a PA or NP doing the overnight 12's with the doc on call.
    1 point
  46. PA programs should give a doctorate TODAY. we already have more academic credits to get a masters than many other professions do to get their doctorates. ...
    1 point
  47. I am only 7 months out of school but here is my two cents: up to date is great but wordy, I love Epocrates Essentials, Tarascon/Sanford on my iphone and mini ipad, and I carry a tote bag with me that contains Ferri's Best Test & Ferri's Fast Facts in Dermatology, among other resources. Unfortunately I travel between two or more clinics so it's hard to set up shop in one place so the tote is essential!
    1 point
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