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  1. 26 points
    Hey everyone, I created this list of schools for those of us who did poorly in college when we were kids and have desires to be PA's. The list consists of the following: School name, CGPA, SGPA, PrereqGPA, and HCE hours. I don't know if this is ALL of the schools, but it was all of the ones I could find and I looked at pretty much every PA program. I hope this helps some of you out in your application process. If any one knows of other schools you can comment below and I will add them. Best of luck to all. https://docs.google.com/document/d/10DB5YytgTE6oOarGVgJQ_1Mm8Jj6g5J8eS1-yRj1CA8/edit?usp=sharing
  2. 19 points
    If I had a dollar for every time I checked this forum, then I’d probably have my PA school tuition paid off by now.
  3. 18 points
    Just got accepted! Interviewed on 11/01. I'm gonna be PA!!
  4. 17 points
    I couldn’t help myself so I called them and they said we should hear something before 5pm. Also they said that if any of the 120 people decline their interviews they will invite more to make sure they interview a total of 120.
  5. 17 points
    Good luck everyone! I bet this will be the week and our wait will be over. No matter what happens, everyone who was awarded an interview has qualifications and skills that would be great attributes as a P.A., I wish there were as many spots as there are great candidates!
  6. 16 points
    ...No one knows. You're receiving moderately-educated guesses at best, and wild shots in the dark from internet strangers at worst. Even an adcom member can't give you a 100% reliable "chance" because each school is different. Your experiences, personal statement, school list, timing, and "fit" all play a role. Even then, adcoms make surprising decisions. It's not uncommon to be accepted to reach programs and rejected from "safety" schools. Instead of risking false confidence or misplaced defeat, ask yourself these questions instead: Are my GPAs, both science and cumulative, competitive compared to this school's accepted student profile? If not, is the reason compellingly discussed in my personal statement? Does my transcript show that I have grasped the fundamental knowledge to succeed with intense, graduate-level medical science coursework? If there are weak areas of knowledge on my transcript, have I put in the work to turn those weaknesses into strengths? Do I meet all the prerequisite requirements for each school on my list? If I have a questionable course, have I asked for clarification from the schools that require it? Is my PCE (hours and type) competitive compared to this school's accepted student profiles? If my GPAs are below the accepted average, does my PCE surpass the average? If my PCE is below the accepted average, does my GPA surpass it? Have I spent time making sure my experience descriptions are comprehensive and accurately convey what I've learned? Have I scored at least 300 on the GRE (if I'm choosing to take it)? Do my other activities show deeper layers of my personality and interests? Have I taken on increasing responsibility as I've grown? If I've stated an interest in a specific area (for example, underserved or rural care), do my experiences show my passion for that area is genuine? Have at least three people agreed to write me an excellent letter? Do my references meet each school's requirements? Does my personal narrative have an introduction that grabs the reader's interest? Do I "show" the qualities that will make me an outstanding PA, instead of just listing them? Do I show understanding of a PA's role? Does the conclusion convince the reader I'm ready for PA school? Have others read and enjoyed my narrative? Is it grammatically flawless? Do I have an overarching passion or theme that ties my application together? Are my future goals guided by my experiences? Am I a good "fit" at each school on my list? If an interviewer asks me why I applied to each school, what will I say? Do I have a game plan for applying? Have I set myself up for success by planning to apply early? Have I thought beyond the finish line of getting a seat to the logistics, pressures, and potential loneliness of devoting the next 2-3 years to school? Am I in a financial position to fund CASPA costs, interview expenses, seat deposits, and relocation expenses? Am I in a financial position to afford PA school? How is my credit score? Do I have significant undergrad loans, car payments, mortgage payments, or other financial constraints? Does my family truly understand the time investment of PA school? Will my partner move with me if I relocate, or will we have a long-distance relationship? Are we both on the same page about these plans? Can I confidently say I'm ready, not just for PA school, but for life as a PA? Gratuitous link to my blog: https://emttopac.wordpress.com
  7. 16 points
    yup, I have a lot of free time on my hands working solo night shifts.... anyway, some of these things have been listed here over the years, but thought I would put them all in one place 1. your first job is about leaning your trade, not about money 2. if you can afford to do a residency in your field of choice, do it! see #1 above 3. as a new grad you can have 2 of the following 3 if you are lucky; location, specialty, salary. choose wisely. 4. don't buy a $50,000 car right out of school. a good rule of thumb is take your yearly salary and divide it by 3. at most you should spend 30k on a car if you make 90k/yr assuming no alternative source of income and no other major debt. I have too many friends who have to work extra to make their $700/mo BMW payment. drive a safe and efficient car until you can afford your dream car. 5. don't buy a $500,000 house right out of school if you are single. take your yearly income and multiply by 3. this is a good price for a first house. 90k salary? 270k house. spouse/partner also makes 90k? you can double that. 6. living within your means(see #4 and 5 above) means you can work less, travel more, and take time to enjoy life. I spent too much of my 20s, 30s, and most of my 40s working 180-220 hrs/month. don't do that. now I work 168 hrs/month and have never been happier. I used to never have time to go out with friends. now I go out at least once/week, go to jazz clubs, etc. in 2017 I already have tix for sting, red hot chili peppers, U2, and foreigner concerts. I also now have time to do 2-3 international medical missions/year and taake time out with the family for spring break, cme conferences, etc 7. don't take the first job you are offered unless it's perfect. don't settle for mediocrity. 8. don't work in a field you detest just because it is a job. moving is better. you will be miserable doing surgery, urology, pain clinic, etc if you hate it 9. don't accept a "training salary" unless in a formal residency program. A formal residency program has off-service rotations and dedicated learning time. don't be fooled by training fellowships that are just low paid jobs in one dept in disguise. 10. don't accept a position that does not offer cme, retirement, malpractice, vacation, etc. you have earned a benefits package 11. don't work in a very narrow field right out of school unless it is your dream job and you never intend to leave the specialty. I know lots of folks stuck in jobs they hate who can't leave them. 12. if you are getting burned out consider the following: work fewer hrs/mo, see fewer pts/shift, switch specialty, switch location, find somewhere you are appreciated. I can't tell you how much better my mood is after transitioning from a high volume/low acuity facility(30 pts/12 hrs) where I was treated like an interchangeable worker bee to a low volume/high acuity(10 sick pts/24 hrs) facility where I am valued as an individual for my skill set and experience. 13. don't sign a lengthy contract or a non-compete clause. these are tools to keep clinicians in crappy jobs. If it's a good job, you will want to stay anyway. 14. don't take a job where your clinical supervisor is an RN or office manager. we are not medical assistants 15. don't refer to yourself as Dr Smith's PA. they don't own you. Say instead " I'm John Doe, one of the PAs here" or "I'm John Doe, I work with Dr Smith on the surgical service". language matters. don't let yourself be treated like an assistant. don't regularly take out trash, take your own vitals, room patients, etc unless the docs in the group do too. I can see this in a small office, but there is no excuse for it elsewhere. 16. don't work for free. if you are charting at home, make sure that you get paid for it. may add more later, but that's what I've got for now after a 24 hr shift. 17. don't take a job at far below market value just to be in a particular location. lots of new grads are taking jobs in NYC for example at 55-60k. As a young new grad this may seem like a lot of money if you have never had a real job before. it isn't when the national average is around 90k. know what you are worth. don't accept less. if enough of us do that the crappy job offers will go away.
  8. 16 points
    Reflections on seven years in PA practice Seven years ago last week, I started my first job in family medicine after graduating from Pacific University. In that time much has changed and much of what is in limbo or actively changing might seem daunting. There’s a lot of frank negativity going around, so I thought I’d take some time and reflect on the state of the PA profession and my part in it. The biggest disappointment in my PA career was how little my corporate background—13 years at Intel, in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility—actually mattered at Group Health. At Intel, I could count on shared values (avarice, mostly) to allow strong-willed people to work together for a common goal. Data became the common denominator, and the coin with which certain projects stood or fell. At Intel, there were two sorts of employees: those who made money, and those who helped the first group. I was in the second group, and was anticipating being treated as a revenue-generator in the healthcare world, where I had been overhead before. I was wrong. So for the past four years, I have been working in part-time and small-practice positions, avoiding in healthcare the things that I had learned to love in my IT career: data, metrics, deliverables, milestones. I have changed along the way as well, becoming less focused on keeping on time, and more desiring to do the right thing for each patient regardless of what the schedule says. I have saved lives. Not in a particularly abstract sense, nor as dramatically as ER PAs might, but I can name names of at least one person per year where I ordered the right test or intervention at the right time that prevented a bad outcome. I have lost patients: a mid 30’s woman dying of metastatic melanoma, a year and a bit after I’d done the biopsy and reassured her that it was probably nothing but pathology would tell us in a day or two. An older gentleman who accidentally died of carbon monoxide a month or two after he’d been pensioned off as disabled. I would not trade the pain of losing the people I couldn’t help for the sense of accomplishment in knowing that people are walking around today in part because I did my job right. I have had worker’s comp patients go back to work after a decade or more off the job; I have seen video evidence that others had been fraudulently exaggerating their symptoms. I wouldn’t trade the disappointment and betrayal of the latter for the pleasure of the former. I used to write purchase orders in the six-figure range and run enterprise-wide risk assessments running into the mid eight figures. Before that, I worked in a few religious ministry positions. Before that, I had a security clearance in the denouement after the fall of the Soviet Union. I have heard bigger, deeper, more monumental secrets uttered in the quiet of the exam room: shames shared in confidence that I will take to my grave, because that’s the promise I made. While much of medicine is repetitive, each new patient is a new opportunity to march off the map, to connect 1:1 with someone different than me for the purpose of understanding their problems so we can collaborate to solve them. Each new skill, each new job is a structured demand that I learn more about a new aspect of medicine, and each in itself is an awesome window into how complex we are as humans. I have the privilege of working with people of all different genetics, all possible identifiers, a myriad of backgrounds. Human diversity comes to see me, and in them I see more than I could if I spent all my time traveling the world. The biggest disappointment for me in PA practice was how difficult it is to find a good physician to work for. So much of medicine is now corporatized, where doctors are employees rather than decision makers, and thus PAs are shared resources rather than a trusted assistant to a true medical professional at the pinnacle of their practice. At the same time, the biggest surprise has been how my patients gravitate to me as a primary provider. While the medical profession and insurance companies may see us as lesser providers, the vast majority of patients do not. I have had hundreds more patients mention they preferred seeing a PA rather than a physician than ever wanted to see a real doctor than a PA (two so far in seven years of practice). I hear “You’re my doctor” weekly, no matter how many times I remind people that I am not a physician. Ultimately, it’s the medicine, the patients’ confidence, the trust, that make this the best career choice. I would absolutely do it again, despite my frustrations with the business of medicine.
  9. 16 points
    I'm hoping my story will resonate with some of you who are dealing with the possibility of reapplying next year. First of all, don't throw in the towel yet. There are most likely more invites to go out and some of those on the waitlist often get an opportunity to join the class. It ain't over! Secondly, if it ends up that you are not accepted into the cohort this year and you are truly passionate about becoming a PA, then there's no choice but to apply again next year. You will be the more wiser for going through this process already and you have a year to gain more experience, more maturity, more knowledge...it's not a loss. I wanted to become a PA to be in a profession where I am challenged every day, I am learning something every day, and I am able to share with others what I have learned. However, when I decided a PA career would hit all these marks, I was already almost 40 years old. I could have easily told myself how ridiculous it would be for me to go back to school part time for six years to get my BS degree while retaking A&P I and II because mine had expired AND take microbiology and organic chemistry. I could have easily said I am too old and this would be too hard. But I didn't. Because I know for certain that all I have right this moment is time. And if I spent one more year thinking about going back to school instead of doing it, now I am a year older. So I did it. I am 45 years old and will graduate from PA school at 47 years old starting my second career. I can honestly tell you whenever life has thrown a monkey wrench in MY plans for life, I have always looked back and realized it was to make me a better person or push me in a new direction. Once that happens to you often enough, you start learning to have faith in the path that life throws you in. Future colleagues, this is OUR path. It doesn't matter if it's this year or next year or the next. If you want it, it will happen. We are here to support each other no matter how long it takes to get us where we need to be. If you don't get in this year, meet with the school and have someone with experience take an objective look at your application. There is always room for improvement. Have faith that your time will come if you put in the work needed to get there. And if I can do anything to help you, I'm ready and willing. Best wishes, Vicky
  10. 15 points
    I'm a first year PA student at WesternU. I thought I would update you guys about this and calm most of you down. First off, we just went online this past Thursday. The faculty are working diligently to make sure that the first and second year students are well accounted for. They are trying as hard as they can to manage everything with this craziness. Most of us have NO idea when we are going to return. We are purely online now for the time being. Also, this week is spring break for the program so I am not sure if they are going to get back to you guys this week, but multiple people that have interviewed have told me that they should get back to you before the end of March so praying for you guys! As for the risk of a large class, hopefully the situation does die down before the new cohort begins in August. Even so, there are more than enough seats in the classroom to avoid close contact with each other. It isn't just WesternU that is at risk...as long as you sit close to anybody in a classroom, you are at fair risk. Wish you guys well and be safe! Good luck!
  11. 15 points
    So here's the thing. What you will find is that a LOT of *older* PA's want to either keep Physician Assistant or at most move to Physician Associate. Why? Because that's the way it's always been and that's the way it was...Back in my day! A few thoughts for these folks... 1. You can't pay your way through college working at McDonalds during the summer anymore and college is a shit ton more then when we went.... 2. Most Millennials and gen z's do not feel entitled, they are just pissed off at what older generations are leaving them to deal with and rightfully so. 3. "Back in my day" ideas don't work anymore in the digital age...get over it and get the blank out of the way so that our kids and grandkids have the same shot at a decent life like the ones we had. 4. Doctors have sold out their stake in healthcare and could care less what happens to us. STOP TRYING TO PLEASE THEM! 5. Nurse Practitioners are destroying us legislatively, and they are JUST WARMING UP FOLKS. I get it, you guys will retire soon so what do you care? But there is an entire generation of PA's with $125k in school loan debt that need to work so please, think of them...for once in your Boomer life.... 6. GenX'ers like us need to speak up more and support the younger PA's...Boomers in general just don't have it in their DNA to do so. I will continue to say it I guess until Rev bans me, lol, but he hasn't yet so maybe I have hope....WE ARE NOT PHYSICIANS...WE ARE NOT ASSISTANTS AND WE SURE AS HELL ARE NOT ASSOCIATES.....WE PRACTICE MEDICINE, WE ARE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS...IF YOU NEED TO THROW IN "CARE" I AM FINE WITH THAT. MEDICAL CARE PRACTITIONERS (MCP'S) WOULD FURTHER OUR CAUSE MORE THEN ANY OTHER NAME WITH "PA" IN IT... And yes, I was yelling with all caps.
  12. 14 points
    I appreciate your attitude, I really do but.....it's exactly what they want you to think. When things are good...like your getting slammed 40 patients a day and they are racking in piles of sweaty money, do they just massively increase your salary because "all should share in the good bounty?" F no. But when times go bad, the corporate overlords will drop our ass in a New York second and cry at how bad they are hurting. My advice to them is to pick up a damn stethoscope and start humping.....like we have done for years.
  13. 14 points
    I’m going to fall back on my penchant for book quotes, this one from Fight Club: Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken. Chuck Palahniuk :
  14. 14 points
    My PA program was the Army. We were woke at 5:30 for PT. That was about as woke as we got.
  15. 14 points
    Relax, review your anatomy and physiology now, and have fun before school starts. When school starts, keep up in class, be collaborative and not competitive, bond with at least some of your classmates, treat school like a job, experiment with what study techniques work best for you (may not be the same in every class), set aside time for yourself every day, briefly celebrate after tests, exercise (even if only to take a walk), eat healthy (most of the time), have a good support structure for the tough times, and remember that many thousands of people have successfully navigated these waters. You can, too. And, surprisingly, you'll probably look back at it (most of it anyway) with fondness. Best wishes, newbie!
  16. 14 points
    Firm believer in medical practitioner. We practice medicine. Firefighters fight fire. Police police stuff. Truck drivers drive trucks. Pilots pilot things. We medicine stuff. "Hey there, I'm MediMike, medical practitioner with the pulmonary team" Straight forward. I'm not a physician so shouldn't have that in my name. I'm not an assistant so probably shouldn't have that in there either. And I dread the idea of explaining the word allopathy. Too many syllables.
  17. 13 points
    Why on earth would the NPs consent to something like that?
  18. 13 points
  19. 13 points
    Hey Yall! I just wanted to leave some hope and positivity here because I more than understand how stressful it is waiting! I was accepted into UTMB's program last Tuesday and I interviewed with the October 25th session and as far as I know I was the only one accepted two weeks after my session and not the direct week after like the others that got accepted from my session. So those from the November 1st session, don't lose hope yet and our facebook group only has about 50 students in it at the moment and some of those students are current students in the program right now. They could also be doing things different this year and be sending out mass acceptance emails after all of their sessions are done like most schools tend to do. So if most people are on the facebook page, they still have about 30-40 spots since they usually accept close to 90. Just wanted to give everyone that information and hopefully it provides some relief and hope to yall! Stay strong and positive
  20. 13 points
    @marikorising @Luna17 @rjnguyen @aubriejones @ccallen5 @LaurenKS This is not entirely to get your hopes up because I can not 100% definitely confirm this information, but it is information I would like to share to boost the postitivity on this page! Plus you all are such amazing applicants. This is just what I heard during my interview day, but again I can not 100% confirm. For every interview date, there is a morning and an afternoon interview session depending on how many applicants the admissions committee feels they would like to interview. This information opens up the pool for a lot more applicants to be interviewed each day if necessary. You also have to keep in mind that though you may think all the invites have been sent out for every day, there are so many applicants who are applying to so many programs and there is a great chance that by the time an interview date rolls around, people have decided to decline attending this interview and have been accepted else where. This will continue to open up spots for other applicants to interview. So you have to be positive! You may not have an invite today, but maybe next week someone drops out and you are next in line. You just never know and can never anticipate how these committees work behind the scenes. I have no doubt you all will make incredible providers no matter where fate decides you should gain your education! Best of luck to all of you! Just know, I'm right there with you still in the waiting game.
  21. 12 points
    I have been taking care of patients for 25 years. Navy Corpsman, Paramedic, EMPA-C, it's been a long road. Probably somewhere close to 100,000 patients I have cared for at this point. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR! ....none of this matters. I am not a "Doctor". I have seen over and over in my time, Physicians extend courtesy to your face, only to cut down your profession behind closed doors. Lament the creeping decay of medicine that PA's and NP's represent to them. I have seen MD's make many, many mistakes....I always see their colleagues make excuses for them, report how "it could have happened to anyone", circle their wagons around the fellow MD. By the same hand I have seen PA's make strikingly similar mistakes and the MD cadre throw the PA under and the entire profession UNDER THE BUS! The case taken to Peer Review...further illustration of the incompetence of an entire profession who "want to pretend to be doctors". The culture of medicine is sick. Very sick. It is corrosive. I see the MD as the primary cancer. The body of medicine is changing. The needs of 300 million Americans is changing. This is a need that the MD CANNOT fulfill alone. Yet their innate egotism and reflexive territorial pissing just keeps on. At the cost of the well being of some 300 million just so they can protect their threatened fiefdom. Case in point....this happened to me just last night. I am a solo provider in a critical access ER in New England. I have a male child with an incarcerated hernia. The child has many neurological issues complicating his care. The mother REFUSES to allow me to attempt to reduce this because it will require sedation, she wants him transferred to the larger regional hospital where he already has relationships with providers from multiple specialties. I explain to her that "time is tissue", she understands, she wants him transferred. I speak to the on call pediatric surgeon, she tells me she refuses to accept this patient without me attempting to reduce the hernia. I explain the complicating factors of this case and most importantly that the mother refuses treatment at a small outlying critical access ER. The surgeon refuses to accept. I call in anesthesia and our general surgeon, they evaluate. Their assessment....same....transfer the patient. So our surgeon talks to the pediatric surgeon and now.....well....since another MD saw the patient, she accepts. Total delay of care for this surgical case 2 hours because why? The pediatric surgeon did not think a PA competent to assess this case? Nothing changed between my call to her and our surgeon evaluating. Just that the gravitas of the request came from another MD. MD's are killing people with their egos. To say I am at the end of my rope with medicine is an understatement. I am done with clinical medicine and transitioning out, I can make no meaningful changes on this side of the table. I have recently enrolled in Healthcare MBA. Maybe my many years experience and an MBA can lead to an office in the C-suite of a hospital. Maybe I can make some changes from there. Time will tell. I do more teaching now at a local PA program. I enjoy it, I like to pass on to the students all the things I wish someone had taught me when I was a PA student. But the hardest thing for me is to look into their hopeful dewy-eyes and now what heart break they are in for. To know that they will never be respected by the medical establishment now matter how good they are. No matter how hard they study, they won't have the right credentials on their lab coat to be heard. Doctors elitism, egos and arrogance ARE the problem with medicine.
  22. 12 points
    If I had a dollar for every time I checked this forum, then I’d probably have my PA school tuition paid off by now.
  23. 12 points
    Hello!! I know a few students already addressed this; but as a recent Duke grad, I wanted to add my two cents. As far as students being frazzled - super accurate depending on the day (high stakes exams, etc). But I don't think frazzled is the same as miserable. And I think all PA students at every school experience the stress of the exams at some point during didactic year. Regarding the reputation for not being prepared for clinicals is just wrong. Every single site I was at said Duke students are the most prepared compared to other schools. And many say we stand out above med students. I think the reason for this is we have multiple opportunities to be in the hospital and with patients during the first year and many experiences with standardized patients. Also Duke does not accept simply the brightest of the bunch- the students are overwhelming full of rich clinical experiences and backgrounds prior to PA school. The nontraditional student high acceptance is real. And because of that, some of us may have had harder time in classroom than the 4.0 GPA 22 year old, but one nice thing about Duke is the immense resources - like tutors and meeting with study-skills specialists. And the flip side is that clinical year comes more naturally for us, since a lot of us have great experience. With all this being said, it is important to choose the school that is best for you. At the interview, you may or may not click with the school you thought was your number one. And if you get accepted to multiple schools, then trust your gut for the best fit over rankings or other reasons. Best of luck to all - enjoy the journey!
  24. 12 points
    Just got a phone call from Rutgers I got accepted!! Omg I thought I did so bad at my interview lol can’t believe it I’m so happy
  25. 12 points
  26. 12 points
    Hey! If anyone has any questions regarding PA school or their application please don't hesitate to let me know! I applied to 9 schools, got accepted to 1, waitlisted at 4 schools and denied to 4 schools. When I was applying there were not many resources to find other students who were accepted with low GPAs to see what they have done, so I just want to help out as much as possible. This is a very stressful part of an individual's life and having someone to relate to can definitely help out. If anyone feels uncomfortable commenting their questions on here or need a super fast response, feel free to message me on my instagram as well: Naisphan Right now, I'm a volunteer pre-pa mentor for two community colleges in my neighborhood. I don't want to make this a super long post but a quick overview of my statistics: cGPA: 3.1 sGPA: 3.01 Last 60 credit hours: 3.8 PCE: 2600 HCE: 1500 Shadowing Hours: 144 GRE: Did not take There is so so so much more than just the numbers. I really mean that. I have spoken with a whole bunch of PA admissions committee members directly at multiple schools about my application and also what they're looking for in potential applicants. I've also spoken to many students and pre-pa mentors as well to help me throughout the process. With my low GPA, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to make it into school but with the help of my mentors I was able to craft a great application. Don't be discouraged at all, there are so many things to do to make your application much better!!! It really is a holistic application and as long as you reach the minimums, anything is possible from there. Again, AMA either here or on my instagram page!!!
  27. 12 points
    Hi everyone, My name's Lisa, and I'm a current 1st year in Arcadia's PA program at the Delaware campus. Good luck to everyone applying! I know it's an incredibly stressful process, and there are so any things going on at once. If anyone has any questions about the Delaware campus, don't hesitate to ask. I will say that both campuses use the exact same curriculum, so I may be able to shed light on some topics for both campuses. Please reply to this message or direct message me so that I get a notification, I don't want to miss anyone's questions. Again, I wish everyone the best of luck!
  28. 11 points
    Seriously?!? You are gonna ask them about Stats. After a rejection?? Please private message people if you wanna talk about stats or start a different thread. This thread is for encouragement, info, and support. No stats. People get really crazy caring about stats and no it’s a whole lot of waste because NO single stat matters. Not trying to be rude but this thread isn’t for that. Thank you!
  29. 11 points
    Last night I was left pondering many of the threads on this board. Threads about PA's losing jobs to NP's or not being able to interview for "NP" only positions. Huge numbers of PA's being furloughed or simply flat out fired. We all know that NP's have been beating us like a cheap drum legislatively for years, and we also know that since CV-19 appeared they have stepped up their legislative game immensely. Meeting with the president!? Mercy. PA's have been left in the, "Hey governments! What about us!?" mode. Disturbing and somewhat pathetic. NP's at this time are done educating the public and legislators about who they are and what they do, they have moved on to passing autonomy laws while we keep screaming...what about us? Someone in this profession has to be the squeaky wheel. PA's, for as long as I have been one, have always been passively submissive. To the point of being codependent enablers of our abusers. Admins, docs, corporate overlords and even nurses. We as a field just seem to "want to fit in and get along". So what do I see happening in the next 12-18 months if we don't change immediately...? 1. NP's will get and retain full autonomy in California. This will decimate jobs for new and new'ish PA's trying to get their foot in the door there. 2. NP's in Florida will continue to win full autonomy victories pushing aside all requirements for supervision. PA's will be replaced. 3. Successful PA's will be those who already have long standing personal relationships with their job, a doc who will fight for them to stay on and those that are willing to take a pay cut. 4. Texas (TAPA)and a handful of other states will continue to fight against ANY full autonomy parity with NP's and will torpedo any national push to do so resulting in terminal stagnation. 5. New PA's will begin to look at starting a crossover bridge program that would allow them to leverage their PA degree into an NP degree. If NP's are paid enough, they will allow it. Similar to the PA-DO bridge. 6. PA schools will begin to close, starting with the private ungodly expensive ones ending with reduced class size for the good old state school PA programs. Leaving many PA students stuck with a "DeVry institute of Technology" worthless degree and thousands in debt. 7. When practices, hospital systems and large medical investor driven medical corporations start to bring back providers, it will be the perfect excuse and time to bring on only NP's citing their lack of required supervision as a main factor. All previous contracts will be null and void with CV-19 used as their perfect excuse. The one exception will be those PA's in sub-specialties like surgery that NP's do not have a foothold in.....yet. 8. Those of us closer to the end will retire while those PA's at the beginning and in the middle will struggle to find jobs, pay their school loan debt and start a life. 9. Administrators and Corporatists will use CV-19 as an excuse to justify a semi-permanent roll back of salary, benefits, CME money, licensure reimbursement and PTO amounts for those PA's they do hire. Take it or leave it will be the phrase of the day. A grim outlook I know, and I take no pleasure in this post. Can it be averted? No, but maybe blunted, delayed and slowly if we do everything right starting right now maybe we can claw back some of the ground we have lost. Recommendations: a. Every PA program must immediately start creating politically active PA students. Require a legislative class to be taught in every PA school on how to get involved in the upcoming fight for our professional lives. b. Require EVERY PA in this country to join a PA owned, PA ran, Political Action Committee with full PA ONLY lobbying efforts. No more "volunteer" crap. If you want to be a PA or stay a PA then you have to contribute. It's all hands on deck folks and a $100 per year due will not kill any of us but would raise upwards of 14 million per year to lobby with. c. Our PA only PAC will push for one thing in every state...A form of full measured Autonomy. No more supervising physician required if certain training parameters are met. Obviously some fields would be exempt i.e. a PA could not start performing surgery unaccompanied but she/he would not need a "supervising physician" to sign off on him or be registered with the state. d. PA's PAC would push for full Medicare and Insurance reimbursement. e. WE CHANGE OUR NAME IMMEDIATELY TO MEDICAL CARE PRACTITIONER! Arguably the most important change needed and we need it yesterday. f. Any state organizations (looking at you TAPA) that do not support this aggressive PRO-PA agenda will loose all funding and backing of the new SuperPac. Either lead....follow....or get the F out of the way state organizations. We are DONE apologizing as a Profession. The time for a seismic shift is now. Not tomorrow or next year....NOW. If we don't, I believe a great number of PA's waiting for that post furlough phone call to come back to work...will never get it. Their job will be filled by an NP or just eliminated altogether. Good luck to us all.
  30. 11 points
    I think anyone who has been paying attention to South Korea vs our Administrations down played response would strongly disagree with your statement.
  31. 11 points
    Hello everyone, I want to share some online resources that I personally found useful during PA school. I didn't include Rosh/Osmosis/OnlineMedEd cause I feel like everyone is already aware of those. The vast majority of these are free and the ones that are not are usually very cheap. This list is obviously not inclusive of every resource available on the internet but it includes the things that I found most helpful. Unfortunately I don't have any apple/iphone suggestions as I do not use them. WINDOWS UTILITIES Flashpaste http://flashpaste.com/ Free trial, $20 This is a text expander. You can set up keyword shortcuts and templates that are very useful for writing SOAP notes. You can load a whole template for SOAP notes, or procedure notes or physical exams, etc and tie them to keywords. For example, when I type “.soap” the following text gets pasted into whatever program I’m using: ------- Note was created Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:50:32 AM ------- Case link: Age: Sex: Reason for presentation: SUBJECTIVE Pt is a *** y/o *** *** with a history of recent *** who presents with ***. Onset was ***, during ***. Pain is ***, localized to ***, radiates to ***, rated as ***/10. Sx/Sx are made worse by ***. Sx/Sx are made better by ***. Pt has/not experienced similar Sx/Sx in the past and it was 2/2 ***. Onset of Sx/Sx was associated with ***. There was no ***. PAST MEDICAL HISTORY: *** PAST HOSPITALIZATIONS: *** PAST SURGICAL HISTORY: *** IMMUNIZATIONS: Up to date. SOCIAL HISTORY: *** FAMILY HISTORY: *** HOME MEDICATIONS: *** ALLERGIES: *** REVIEW OF SYSTEMS: -fevers, -chills, -night sweats, -fatigue, -changes in weight, -vision changes, -ear pain, -nasal congestion, -sore throat, -cough, -CP, -palpitations, -DIB, -hemoptysis, -abd pain, -changes in appetite, -hematemesis, -hematochezia, -N/V/D, -urinary frequency/urgency/retention, -dysuria, -hematuria, -incontinence, -myalgia, -arthralgia, -rash, -bruising, -HA, -dizziness, -syncope, -SI/HI, -hallucination, -depression, -anxiety, -heat/cold intolerance, -polydypsia, -polyphagia, -polyuria, -excessive bruising/bleeding. OBJECTIVE VS: ***/***, HR: ***, RR: ***, T ***° C, ht *** cm, wt *** kg, BMI General: Pt is a *** y/o white *** WNWD NAD. Pt is alert and cooperative. Skin: Warm, dry, normal color. No rashes, cyanosis, peripheral cyanosis. HEENT: Head normocephalic, atraumatic. No sclerae icterus. Heart: RRR S1 S2 without clicks, rubs, gallops. Lungs: CTA bilat. Work of breathing is normal and unlabored. Abd: Soft, flat, nontender, nondistended without masses or organomegaly. Bowel sounds active x4. Extremities: Pt moves all extremities equally and with ease. Pulses 2+ bilaterally. No pedal edema. Neuro: CN II - XII grossly intact. Gait is normal. ASSESSMENT and PLAN *** Kcir Droffilc, PA-Student Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:50:32 AM Then I just edit the note as needed. It allows for a great deal of customization including text macros to input date, time, etc. Video Speed Manager (Chrome extension) https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/video-speed-manager/fkopaaikpmfhpmoobnmklgmcgmhgfkcd?hl=en-US Very useful if your program requires you to complete the 24 hours of videos for the MAT certification. This extension allows you to play the videos at double speed (or 1.5x, etc). 4K Video Downloader https://www.4kdownload.com/ Free with limitations, paid full version. This program allows you to download YouTube videos/playlists as video or audio files. Very useful to download media for those long commutes to clinicals. Android Apps WikEM https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=wikem.chris A wiki for emergency medicine QuickEM https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.BillDirkes.QuickEM Tools, calcs and references for emergency medicine IM Essentials https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.acponline.flashcards.ime Flashcards for IM MDCalc https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mdaware.mdcalc THE medical calculator app One Minute Ultrasound https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.undercoverdesigns.oneminuteultrasound.app Ultrasound tutorials UBC Radiology https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.TallinnIT.UBCRadiology Radiology tutorials Auscultation https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.medroid.ayman.ausculation Heart and lung sounds AHRQ ePSS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.ahrq.epss USPSTF preventive health recommendations Contraception https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.cdc.ondieh.nccdphp.contraception2Contraceptive recommendation with considerations for patient age, preferences and concurrent medical conditions Well Woman Visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.npwh.wellwoman Recommendations for well woman visits broken down by patient age Infectious Disease Compendium https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pusware.id_compendium A wonderful ID reference that breaks things down by bugs, drugs and conditions with commentary ABG Book https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=glass.round.blossom.abg A good breakdown of ABG interpretation Speechnotes https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.speechnotes.speechnotes A really good dictation app. Great for dictating SOAP notes during commute to and from clinical sites. Human Anatomy Atlas 2019 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visiblebody.atlas ($25ish but occasionally goes on sale. I got it for $4). PharmaFactz https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodbarber.pharmafactz Drug reference that focuses on learning drug mechanisms MobilePDR https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pdr.mobilepdr All the information you could want to know about drugs. Way more detailed than Epocrates but the app is clunkier than Epocrates. Radiology Assistant https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.radiologyassistant.android Radiology tutorials Lab test reference https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.laboratory.test.values Components of tests and what the results could mean Human Dx https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.humandx.cases A wonderful app to work on clinical problem solving. The Chief Complaint https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.escavo.thecc Algorithms for common chief complaints. Focuses on emergency medicine approach but still useful outside of the emergency room. Epocrates https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.epocrates The standard drug reference tool Medscape https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.medscape.android Drugs and diseases Thumbroll https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logicoy.lapz Step-by-step breakdown of common medical procedures with some other random tidbits (dissections and whatnot) YouTube Anatomy Adivine Anatomy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLrUCohlFyOiQzJ7TqnJxzQ Anatomy Zone https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR9m1bxGaw3Ubrap34U-yDA Clinical Anatomy Explained https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCff6W76rmtEP_kZHQpOCf3g Embryology https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaPh84FBS68yPBkgqdmETFg Human Anatomy Education https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_jGNnK94Pbfp-LRK5w_diA The Noted Anatomist https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9lb3da4XAnN7v3ciTyquQ Stanford Anatomy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkuPqlqb_Dd1-g9SORrBF_g Physiology Armando Hasudungan https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCesNt4_Z-Pm41RzpAClfVcg Alila Medical Media https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTGKA9W0G0TL8Hm7Uf_u9A Dr. Najeeb https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPHpx55tgrbm8FrYYCflAHw Ninja Nerd Science https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6QYFutt9cluQ3uSM963_KQ Professor Fink https://www.youtube.com/user/professorfink/videos Radiology 123Radiology https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLD89ymWj8XmusKUuVGN0Mw CTisus https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCpN6avQww9BpF7WptqZ7vg Women’s Health Association of Professors of OBGYN https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB67eiHQzqqLUBHrDJzYdtQ UpToDate in OBGYN https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0M3GnNdMQ4jBkgLi8GgYKQ/videos Surgery Behind the Knife https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZkuV3bsUyp0q4mTFHFEoKg/videos First Assisting Techniques https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdfrLbGFNYnR92KWZCvA23A/videos Orthopedics Dr. Nabil Ebraheim https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOHfqHMhHvfQCYJDXfpSAiw Pharmacology Speed Pharmacology https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-i2EBYXH6-GAglvuDIaufQ Pharm203 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjMCFF9O02YXlJ1MYll3k0Q The Drug Classroom https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmnRJ-G1Qq2kdOzIe5fBBaQ Psychiatry Memorable Psychiatry and Neurology https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmPnj4g6i8cY6FVNDRB9q0Q Psychiatry Lectures https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVZhg8unEqo0XUm8cHAIwbA/videos Pediatrics Open Pediatrics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyQ4ieAnEwDQs9iZLwH9H8w PedsCases https://www.youtube.com/user/pedscases/videos History & Physical Exam Geeky Medics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkjnrEHQ8bQQmlfNdAQC_5w MDforAll https://www.youtube.com/user/mdofola/videos Medical Library (heart sounds) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG-iSMVtWbbwDDXgXXypARQ Stanford Medicine 25 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGxGC5RCVFOEebFfepv6frQ The OSCE Station https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOSCEstation/videos Emergency Medicine CoreEM https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-OUZUPyX0KiZAtPjUqUIxA EMRap https://www.youtube.com/user/EMRAPMEDICAL/videos SMACC https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSMACCchannel/videos The Center for Medical Education https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1BtR-QhDTo77VkxxsC9gDA Internal Medicine Crash! Medical Series https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyaG5WliXdoVSC-yh5iDk8Q CritIC https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1ZwMThl8SxIwzo_H2uohQ/videos Mas911 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5qUs5IG8APqWv_oXc2CymQ MDCram https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG-iSMVtWbbwDDXgXXypARQ Medicosis Perfectionalis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl-J-ovSJhA3or73Q2uVpow Osmosis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNI0qOojpkhsUtaQ4_2NUhQ Simply Finals https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW0ayR5y7E2C5N4U9FEFwEQ Strong Medicine https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFq5vPnNRNNNysLrktz4aSw University of Louisville IM Lectures https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbUJXnjWRGedNsMLqw-td9g General Medicine Topics Blood Bank Guy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvHzLtA0OyWNBfbOiYELl2Q Chief Fellow https://www.youtube.com/user/ICUFordFellows/videos DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education & Training https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb8PGmJ6SILfyOvOWJvHZIg DirtyUSMLE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZaDAUF7UEcRXIFvGZu3O9Q Med School Made Easy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC64IlFxAqtZlXqHaomlATsw Medicine Deconstructed https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe42DUxnwrIIpQ51s_W0kw/videos Medinaz https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa81ol3LHXziCot4uAGUXEQ Med Lectures Made Easy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5VZ5KJ3-QPIgGv4foz8VJg/videos MedMastery https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1a4RqaEpMsHja5dSlUE1mg Medzcool https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUqgkmGj16aRxmVlHnDdVbw MiniMedLessons https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpOaD44L6zU5qNrOagK02CQ/videos Rahul Patwari (clinical problem solving) https://www.youtube.com/user/oldblueday/videos USMLE Fast Track https://www.youtube.com/user/USMLEFastTrack/videos PODCASTS PANCE/testing specific Inside the Boards https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/insidetheboards-for-the-usmle-comlex-medical-school/id1135300063 PANCE review http://www.physicianassistantexamreview.com/category/podcasts/ Family Medicine American Family Physician Podcast http://podcast.aafp.org/ Women's Health Dr. Chapa's ObGyn Pearls https://anchor.fm/dr-hector-chapa Dr. Katie Smith: OBGYN and Faculty Development https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dr-katie-smith-obgyn-and-faculty-development/id1078489026 Psych/behavioral Concepts in Psychiatry https://conceptsinpsychiatry.com/ PsychED https://www.psychedpodcast.org/ Psychiatry & Psychotherapy https://psychiatrypodcast.com/ Speaking of Psychology https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/ Surgery Really Rural Surgery & Obstetrics https://podcast.rccbc.ca/ Surgery 101 https://surgery101.org/ Emergency Medicine Academic Life in EM https://www.aliem.com/ Blood Bank Guy Essentials https://www.bbguy.org/ EM Basic http://embasic.org/ EMCasts https://journals.lww.com/em-news/Pages/podcastepisodes.aspx?podcastid=6 EMCrit https://emcrit.org/category/emcrit/ Emergency Medicine Cases https://emergencymedicinecases.com/ ERCast http://ercast.libsyn.com/ FemInEM https://feminem.org/ Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine https://prehospitalmed.com/ Skeptics Guide to EM http://thesgem.com/ Infectious disease Emerging Infectious Diseases https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/emerging-infectious-diseases/id212828612 Persiflager's Infectious Disease Puscast http://edgydoc.com/puscast Internal Medicine Core IM https://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/category/core-im-podcast/ NEJM This Week https://www.nejm.org/multimedia/audio-summary The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast https://thecurbsiders.com/ Pediatrics Pedscases http://www.pedscases.com/ Peds in a Pod https://pedsinapod.podbean.com/ Peds Soup https://pedssoup.podbean.com/ Primary Care Perspectives https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/primary-care-perspectives-podcast-for-pediatricians/id1173973702 Critical care/hospital medicine Critical Care Reviews https://criticalcarereviews.com/ J Hopkins Podcast https://podcasts.hopkinsmedicine.org/ PulmCast http://pulmcast.com/ SMACC https://intensivecarenetwork.com/media/podcasts/smacc-gold-podcasts/ Toxicology The Dantastic Mr. Tox and Howard https://emcrit.org/category/toxhound/ The Poison Review http://www.thepoisonreview.com/ Medical Entertainment/History/Random stuff Bedside Rounds http://bedside-rounds.org/ Dr Death https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2016/november/christopher-duntsch-dr-death/ Specialty Stories https://medicalschoolhq.net/specialty-stories-podcast/ Clinical Problem Solvers https://clinicalproblemsolving.com/ Crackdown https://crackdownpod.com/ The Nocturnists http://thenocturnists.com/ The Short Coat Podcast http://theshortcoat.com/ This Podcast will Kill you http://thispodcastwillkillyou.com/ Sawbones https://www.maximumfun.org/shows/sawbones Websites ANATOMY http://www.dartmouth.edu/~humananatomy/index.html https://videos.med.wisc.edu/events/65 http://teachmeanatomy.info/ https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/bluelink/curricula DERMATOLOGY https://www.dermnetnz.org/ DOCUMENTATION https://medicine.mc.vanderbilt.edu/coremedicine_writeupguidelines http://www.medfools.com/downloads.php https://www.soapnote.org/ EKGs http://hqmeded-ecg.blogspot.com/ http://ecg-interpretation.blogspot.com/ https://ecg.utah.edu/ https://ecg.bidmc.harvard.edu/maven/mavenmain.asp EMERGENCY MEDICINE http://www.crashedu.org/ems/ https://lifeinthefastlane.com/resources/jeff-manns-em-guidemaps/ http://www.emlitofnote.com/ http://emcrit.org/ http://www.michiganburn.org/index.shtml https://www.wikem.org/wiki/Main_Page PATIENT ASSESSMENT https://meded.ucsd.edu/clinicalmed/index.htm http://www.clinicalexam.com/pda/index.htm https://depts.washington.edu/physdx/index.html https://stanfordmedicine25.stanford.edu/the25.html PEDIATRICS https://www.openpediatrics.org/ http://www.pedscases.com/ PHYSIOLOGY Dr. Najeeb Lectures (life-time subscription regularly goes on sale for $10): https://www.drnajeeblectures.com/ Bioelectricity http://www.bem.fi/book/00/co.htm Cardiovascular Pharm: https://www.cvpharmacology.com/ Cardiovascular Phys: https://www.cvphysiology.com/ Deranged Phys: https://derangedphysiology.com/main/home Fluid Phys: http://www.anaesthesiamcq.com/FluidBook/index.php PROCEDURES https://lacerationrepair.com/ http://www.procedurettes.com/ OPTHALMOLOGY https://timroot.com/videos/# https://eyewiki.aao.org/Main_Page ORTHOPEDICS https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/ IMAGING https://radiopaedia.org/ http://www.ultrasoundpodcast.com/ https://www.ctisus.com/ https://www.med-ed.virginia.edu/courses/rad/cxr/ http://www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/meded/medicine/pulmonar/cxr/atlas/cxratlas_f.htm http://www.fsfbcider.org/site/e-tutorials/ INFECTIOUS DISEASE http://pusware.com/testpus/Table_of_Contents.html WOMEN’S HEALTH https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=96 https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0501/p1731.html http://atlasofpelvicsurgery.com/home.html http://www.ob-efm.com/ http://www.obgynstudent.com/ https://www.sexandu.ca/sos/ https://teachmeobgyn.com/ RANDOM https://www.howequipmentworks.com/ http://www.stomponstep1.com/ Bloodbank Guy: https://www.bbguy.org/ High-Quality Medical Education: https://hqmeded.com/
  32. 11 points
    I received my acceptance email today around 11am from the 11/1 interview!!! This is my first acceptance! To those still waiting - do not give up hope! I received over ten rejections before I received a single acceptance. I was very discouraged. It's a brutally tough process, but it only takes one school! We worked hard, and it will undoubtedly pay off. Good luck everyone!
  33. 11 points
    Hey i just want to say to all of you to keep on with your dream. I am the father of a daughter who is trying to get into PA school and I can see how very hard and competitive that it is. My heart goes out to all of you. You sound like amazing people and you would make great Physician Assistants. Stay strong and resilient. My daughter is still waiting to hear. She has gotten one firm interview and has been rejected by a number of schools and is in limbo with a few others. The process is hard and difficult but stay the course.
  34. 11 points
    cGPA: 3.19 sGPA: 3.00 GRE: 314 & 4.5 writing PCE: 1,500 hours Sharing my stats because they are far from the 3.8+ GPAs you always hear of in these types of forums. You could say I was taken off guard when I got my interview invitation! Hopefully this brings reassurance to others out there that some PA schools look at more than just grades and are looking for overall well-rounded candidates. Best of luck to everyone out there!
  35. 11 points
    I like being a PA. We seem well respected in the medical world, and the comments I've heard from other providers, including NP's and MD's/DO's seem to reflect that. We've developed a niche in the procedure and surgical world, as well as being highly valued in other fields for our high standards of education across the board, and for our adherence to the medical model. We also seem to manage a pretty high level of standardization of our education, rather than an education system that is variable in preparation, or in rotations. I see in the future less HCE prior to school, and more of us going into a short residency, which will further delineate us from our NP counterparts. I don't think the solution is piggybacking onto the NP lobby, but rather spearheading our own path, and further developing our own niche.
  36. 10 points
    Still have not heard anything yet on my end. Hopefully we will soon, the suspense is distracting me from work!
  37. 10 points
    I’ve heard from past years it’s around 4pm, but that hasn’t stopped me from refreshing this page and checking my email every two seconds.
  38. 10 points
    I disagree I just literally had a patient’s family who didn’t know what a PA was and thought I was the doctor’s little helper. We would be extremely naive to think COIVD19 is going to promote and save the entire PA profession. I actually think it is destroying and even exposing the weakness of our profession. Just ask those who got furlough. Even though you probably see most of the patients and working solo in your clinics, guess who is going to be the first one to leave? You and Me, the PAs! Majority of us are not practice owners or even partners. We are not in the C-suite, because we are assistants, dependent providers, mid-levels you name it. PAs are not getting hired by Telemedicine because of additionally administrative barriers. We still got a lot of work to do and title change is one of them and a very important one. Medical Care Practitioner (someone also had mention Advanced Medical Practitioner) is a better title. People will know and understand we practice medicine with these titles. Physician Associate will not allow us to grow into our fullest potential. We are not going to be sent back to square one because We are already at Square One compare to the NPs.
  39. 10 points
    I take this to show what we've known for decades. What most people consider medical "emergencies" aren't in fact medical emergencies, otherwise they'd still be coming in.
  40. 10 points
    Our governor said today, (my paraphrase), "We are grateful for those on the front lines during this pandemic, Doctors, nurses, and Physician Assistants." I agree, we loose these battles far too often, but it was nice to hear Inslee include us.
  41. 10 points
    this is advocacy!! MAPA Memo to Secretary Sudders Secretary Marylou Sudders Executive Office of Health & Human Services One Ashburton Place, 11th Floor Boston, MA 02108 RE: URGENT Request for Emergency Action to Remove State Requirement for Supervising Physician Dear Secretary Sudders, The COVID 19 pandemic has challenged the globe with its virulence and quick spread. The global community is facing the potential for significant challenges to their healthcare systems and this is only the beginning. At this time, we urge you make the below regulatory change to ensure that physician assistants have the ability to best respond during this time of national emergency. As you know well, Massachusetts has experienced a rapid uptick in cases over the past week and this is predicted to continue to climb significantly. As all hospitals and healthcare settings prepare for this onslaught of patients who need to be cared for with COVID 19 infections as well as others who need any type of urgent medical care, the ability to be nimble and allocate resources is imperative. The most valuable resource we have is our healthcare providers. We will need to have more providers than needed in daily operations to care for the newly sick, the recovering and the day-to-day care of chronically ill people. We will need to have replacements for providers who get sick themselves or are quarantined due to exposure. This is happening in increasing numbers every day at healthcare clinics and hospitals. There are over 4,000 Physician Assistants (PAs) working in Massachusetts with the majority in the hospital or healthcare system settings. These PAs are, and will be, a critical part of the team and contribution to keeping the healthcare system in Massachusetts working. However, the current requirement of having PA scope of practice defined by the requirement of a supervising physician severely limits the utilization of PAs efficiently during a healthcare crisis. In order to most effectively and quickly utilize the qualified healthcare providers we have, we must give hospitals and healthcare systems the ability to reallocate and deploy PAs to allow for maximum staffing when and where needed. An example of how this might work: Currently most hospitals are delaying or cancelling elective procedures. This, combined with decreased inpatient volume as non-urgent patients are discharged, frees up PAs from their specific department work (ex: surgical services). These experienced PAs could be reallocated to the inpatient medicine teams, procedural areas, emergency, urgent care, or other teams in need of staff due to increased volume from COVID or loss of providers from quarantine. These real-life situations are playing out in Massachusetts’ hospitals as plans are being developed for the unknown and for an undetermined amount of time. In the current state of PA practice, a hospital will need to find new supervising physicians for each PA it redeploys and have multiple documents signed and filed in order to comply with state law. This adds no value and squanders precious time. We need maximum flexibility in our healthcare teams to be successful in combating this pandemic. At this time, the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA), joins Rhode Island, Vermont, California, and other states, in proposing an emergency act that would temporarily remove the state requirement for having a supervising physician registered with the state that determines scope of practice. This change would allow healthcare teams to determine how to best utilize their staff when and where the demand is without the administrative burden to distract them and slow down care. All PAs work on teams side by side with physicians, NPs and other healthcare providers and this would remain the same. Proposed language: “During a state of emergency enacted by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a PA may perform medical services as defined by CMR section 263 within a healthcare team including a physician without the identification of a new supervising physician.” We respectfully urge you to make this requested emergency regulatory change in order to allow PAs to most effectively care for those across the Commonwealth during this emergency time period. We are available at any time to speak with you further about this. Sincerely, Josh Merson, MPAS, MS-HPEd, PA-C President, Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA) jrmerson@gmail.com Sarah Christie, MPAS, PA-C Legislative Chair, Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA) Slchristie1084@gmail.com; 1 (339) 221-0709 (cell) Jason Parente, MPAS, PA-C President-Elect, Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA) j.parente@northeastern.edu CC: The Honorable Charlie Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Massachusetts Board of Registration of Physician Assistants Catch up with MAPA on Social Media!
  42. 10 points
    There are some weird MFers on this site.
  43. 10 points
    Yes it is. My particular teeth-grinding posts are from older PAs (and I am one) who say "I got along just fine for 120 years on physician assistant. It never held me back." *facepalm* yes you also got along without many of the medical marvels we enjoy today. Thanks for laying the groundwork but its time for the people who have to live in this profession for the next 30 years or so to do what it takes to remain competative.
  44. 10 points
    Hey everyone, I interviewed on 10/7 and just wanted to post about my experience. Hopefully it’ll help some of you with interviews coming up. For candidate visit day, the dress code is “business attire.” I’d recommend attending the meet and greet the night before. It was really nice getting to meet current students and hearing about their experiences in a stress-free setting. I stayed at the Marriott and it was about a 5 minute walk to the building where the visit day is held. It was really convenient and great not to have to worry about parking or traffic. The interview is a group interview, about 10 people per group and two staff members. In addition to the prompt they email out a week before the visit day, you’ll each get turns answering additional questions. You’re given some time to brainstorm during. The questions that came up were pretty typical pa interview questions. The staff and students were all really welcoming and had positive, uplifting attitudes. It’s an amazing campus and program and the candidate visit day really emphasized all the special aspects of this program. Don’t forget that everyone’s on the same boat, everyone’s nervous and stressed, but just have fun and be yourself. Hope this helped
  45. 10 points
    Get 10 PAs in a room, you have at least 12 opinions.
  46. 10 points
    Hi everyone! I am a current first year PA student at the Miami campus. Last year I applied mid-July and interviewed in January. Feel free to message me if you have any questions about the program or the interview process. Don’t lose hope!
  47. 10 points
    Unfortunately patients are real people and things like climate change, race, sexual orientation, immigration do affect the medical issues we may encounter when providing their care. Do I think medical education should be entirely centered around these things? No. But I do think ignoring them in the society we have today is short-sited and narrow minded. If you don’t think climate change is going to affect people’s health I think you will be in for a rude awakening.
  48. 10 points
    Ultimately, this isn't our fight: it's board-certified MD/DOs taking on NPs. Neither one of them has any interest in advancing PA practice. But hey, if you can get AAEM or someone to run ads saying "If you MUST see a non-physician, see a PA who works on a team with board-certified physicians and is trained in the medical model" I'll eat my words.
  49. 10 points
    We're all reading too deep, because we are nervous and waiting. Though being a third wave invite might mean your app scored lower, we'd probably be surprised how many first wave invites didn't interview well. Your scores combined could definitely surpass the others. Anyone who does not get a seat from this interview, though, consider this: you have a huge leg up knowing what to expect on interview day next year. Do you know how many of us are reapplicants? I know students that applied three times and students who interviewed twice. Reapplying shows determination and adds points to your application. Improving your app right away also helps. It may take until September to speak to someone about your application, but you can improve your prereq GPA and last forty/qualifying GPA immediately. This was my experience. I was extremely disappointed last June when I did not even get an interview, but within a week I was back to the books and getting more As to knock off some old grades included in that last forty GPA. I improved my prereq and qualifying in seven months and put together my app in February. Failures are rewarding if you keep your mind open to the opportunities they create.
  50. 10 points
    Hey future class of 2022! Just wanted to let you know that the class of 2021 is holding a very informal get together for you guys during interview weekend. Details about location and time will be sent to your emails. It is not affiliated with the school or your interview. It is just something that we put together so you guys can talk to the current students and ask us questions about what it is like living here, being in PA school, etc. Meeting the upperclassman was actually the reason why I chose to attend EVMS in the first place, so I definitely recommend stopping by if you get a chance! It is also a good way to meet some of your possible future classmates! Hope to see you there! Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions.
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