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  1. Generally, I am a guy who supports individual freedom. However, this pandemic affects us all. If you don't want your covid vaccine, fine. But I don't want my activities restricted because of you. I want to be able to travel and go to restaurants and shows, etc. I want kids to go to school. I want small businesses to do well and our economy to improve. I want people to stop dying needlessly. I want normalcy back. The way to do that is herd immunity. If a "vaccine passport" helps us get there, so be it.
    4 points
  2. Sorry but this is a paper tiger and has nothing to do with the current efforts being made. While there are a few people who talk about independence. There is nothing in the title change or OTP that says or implies independence. I am really weary of this particular trope and mostly I see it from physicians as a tool to distract from the truth and inspire anger.
    4 points
  3. Being from SoCal, my heart literally dropped when I received my acceptance letter last month. If you talked to me last year, Western was 100% my first choice. It was an unexpected and extremely difficult decision but I've decided to give up my acceptance to go to another program. Both are amazing programs but I wanted to try something new and out of state! I'm so excited for the person who's going to join Western's PA class soon. Do us proud! Giving whoever you are a BIG HUG!!!
    3 points
  4. https://www.aapa.org/news-central/2021/04/wyoming-landmark-legislation-a-victory-for-pas-and-patients/?utm_source=medwatch&utm_campaign=news_central_article&utm_medium=email Wyoming Landmark Legislation a Victory for PAs and Patients Legislation Repeals Requirement for Specific Relationship with Physician to Practice April 5, 2021 Left to right: Josh Hannes Wyoming Hospital Association Vice President; Eric Boley President of the Wyoming Hospital Association; Jennifer Frary, PA-C, WAPA Vice President; Governor Mark Gordon; Julie Whitesell MPAS, PA-C, WAPA P
    2 points
  5. Why on earth do we need vaccine passports? We're immunizing millions of people per week. The issue isn't vaccine passports, it's vaccine refusal. We are already experiencing herd immunity! Not to the extent we'd like, since herd immunity is really a spectrum rather than a boolean, but the example of Israel shows that vaccines work to stop and/or slow Covid-19 by every reasonably objective measure. There's no reason to believe further vaccine uptake won't have appropriate squelching effects here. No person who is 1) well informed, and 2) not a psychopath will refuse all of the availabl
    2 points
  6. that bill is worth reading It should be the model of all states!!! Truly amazing
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  8. That can be a blessing or a curse. The only worse people than patients are hospital administrators.
    2 points
  9. It was definitely a tough decision, but I turned down my seat at the Glenside campus yesterday. Good luck to everybody still waiting!
    2 points
  10. My last day was Halloween ‘19 at age 60. I wanted to tell my last patient that day that they were the end of the road for me but like so many others, they wanted to argue about what they knew that they needed so I just stayed quiet. As far as retirement funding is concerned, I have been using a 457b plan through my last employer, retirement funds from my brief time with the VA, and a traditional IRA that I wanted to burn through since there was no other income from myself and thus it would lower the tax rate (worked out great this past year with taxes). I also used this to cover our dau
    2 points
  11. From an outsider perspective - why is any of this surprising to you? I suppose it's possible that your posting history here is simply an online persona to vent your frustrations, but I think it's more likely that you disparage your profession in many aspects of your life. I'm guessing your son has heard you complain about the state of PAs for long enough and has no desire to go down that road.
    2 points
  12. Let's not get slaughtered in the trenches while we take even more time to figure out what the best path up the hill might be. I think most PAs agree that it's time for a change. Any new title will seem weird until it gets used a lot. We spent the money and ended up with MCP, which seems as good as anything else. We practice medicine but we are not "physicians." We work with docs but we are not "assistants" or "associates." Getting both "physician" and "assistant" out of our name seem like good steps in gaining some independence and the right to set our own destiny. Up the hill, ladie
    2 points
  13. I'm really curious about what you think the slippery slope is here and what kind of government invasion you think this is. 'Vaccine Passports' aren't really a new thing. As noted above, most people are required to show proof of vaccination at some point or another in their lifetime. How often do we get TB tested? This goes all the way back to the late 1800s when people often had to show their smallpox scar to get access to trains or social gatherings. The International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis was created by the WHO in 1933. To go to college you have to have an official d
    1 point
  14. You could literally take this sentence and go in every direction possible. I suppose we ask you the same question, with lack of health concern for millions on the basis of your individual liberty and “health privacy”. Where is the line drawn?
    1 point
  15. Everyone on this forum required a “vaccine passport” to attend PA school, PA rotations, and to even set foot in the hospital for clinical practice. In the hospital that typically includes influenza. This shouldn’t be a foreign concept to anyone here.
    1 point
  16. I literally delete emails and texts from Locum agencies 3-4x every day.
    1 point
  17. Just got an email today offering me a spot (I was on the waitlist)
    1 point
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  19. I was just accepted off the waitlist as well!! I will be accepting soon!! If anyone would like to connect, my instagram is @torigormann
    1 point
  20. Totally against it. If you want the vaccine, great. If you want to wait or opt out, great. Your choice and none of my business. Requiring a vaccine passport is such a slippery slope and I want much less government invasion in my life, not more.
    1 point
  21. I mean, we already have to have passports to travel, and many countries require other vaccinations. I don't think it is a big deal. Same thoughts for school and other things like that. Many vaccines are already required (i.e. MenB and MenA,C,Y in college), and if people choose not to be vaccinated then they should be willing to accept the outcome. I wonder if this will lead to people paying for phony vaccine passports like some do for exemption letters.
    1 point
  22. I think, at least for a while, it just makes sense. We may reach a point where we have a handle on this and they will become superfluous but it won't be for a while. I don't worry a lot about "big brother" type stuff. We are all so digitally connected one more thing really won't make much difference.
    1 point
  23. I don't know if I said this before but this is your future so it is very much your lane of traffic. My plan is to retire in 4 years, 10 months, 1 week and 4 days.... but who is counting? You and your classmates have years and years to look at and that is hopefully what all the work everyone is doing will secure.
    1 point
  24. heck I am thinking of moving.... so tired of all the crap just want to be like the old small town doc with a shingle hanging and a small office..... enough of the politics
    1 point
  25. My kid is thinking about speech language pathology at this point. If they wanted medicine, I would point them to MD/DO. PA is working for me now, but there were a lot of bad and ugly experiences along the way I wouldn't want them to have to deal with.
    1 point
  26. Excellent work. I have to admit more states have made OTP like changes in the last year or so than I could have imagined
    1 point
  27. Once worked with a peds NP who chose not to work as an NP because he made much more as a bedside nurse (trauma). Also have worked with several RNs with only ASN who make 100k+. I think it is great career, just not something I want to do. But if someone wants to do it, I think that's great.
    1 point
  28. Watch this Amazon Care commercial and count how many times they said the word care lol. Medical Care Practitioner makes sense to average people, there is no doubt about it. Meet_The_Team.mp4
    1 point
  29. I talk to PAs daily in practice and at first they are like, ew. When I dive in and start explaining and rationalizing they are all aboard. MCP makes sense. Bottom line.
    1 point
  30. Why did you respond to an 8 year old post?
    1 point
  31. I'm not going to lie FiremedicMike, there is some truth to your post.
    1 point
  32. This^^. I have worked in some kind of primary care most of my career. We have had a fairly large cadre of people who wanted us to just be referral mills and got really hot when I wouldn't. I think part of our responsibility is good stewardship of resources so everyone gets the most bang for the buck. Now that I work for the VA there simply aren't enough resources so managing them well is critical.
    1 point
  33. Anyone accepted know how many seats are left?
    1 point
  34. nope! at least not me. I don't think they've sent out any emails regarding waitlisting or rejection post interview.
    1 point
  35. I think your son's career plan sounds great. He can do a lot , make a lot of money, and use the BSN as a springboard for NP school, PA school, medical school, or whatever he wants, or just stay an RN. If only every 19 year old had it that together.
    1 point
  36. The forum tends to be a depressing read. Worse over the few years.
    1 point
  37. My state has had independent practice for NP since approximately 2013. There are jobs for PA's in surgery, some sub specialties, and occasionally, rarely, if urgent care cant find NP. I spoke with one of our hospital admin about a position in primary care a week or so ago. I mentioned a PA friend, 5+ years experience and provided a quick description of background who may be interested. Initially he said she sounds perfect, please have her contact us. I replied great, it has been tough because most of the positions have gone to NP. He then replied, oh yes, it is for NP, they are independent
    1 point
  38. 10 years from now when the door has closed on us and these boards are dead or a dead man walking, I am going to re-post some of my 2009 posts warning of this very thing. I have been a voice in the wilderness screaming that we are dying and yet...nothing. It is really tough to just sit here and watch it happen like a train wreck in slow motion.
    1 point
  39. @AnaisI emailed them on 3/30 because I interviewed in January and hadn’t heard anything back yet and their reply was:
    1 point
  40. I am honored to be accepted as I was rejected last year, but I have decided to decline my seat to Western. I truly wish everyone the very best of luck
    1 point
  41. Glad the poster above has had a great 31 year career, but I don't think they're paying attention if they think we can do the same thing we've done the past 31 years to survive in the next 31 years. I'm sure they've learned a great deal about medicine in that time, but it seems they have no concept of how economics or markets work. PAs can argue with each other all they want about what they want to be. It doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is what the market demands. You can support your profession in adjusting to meet that demand or stand in the way of change and screw those who aren
    1 point
  42. This is sad, watching how nothing has changed in 10 years. Maybe NPs will have some pity on us new grads and let us join their ranks, and let those who wish to stay assistants fade away on their sinking ship. No other profession has done so much to undermine itself and been so scared to stand on its own feet
    1 point
  43. you didn't piss me off I feel bad for you that after 30 years of practice you have totally missed what is truly going on in out profession. we are held back every single day by our name, and you suggest 'midlevel' is fine. Do you have a different set of lower standards (mid versus high) then the doc's? do you hold yourself to the same standards as the docs? Do you realize PAs were left out of HiTech funds due to our name? Only our name...... I am sorry that you are not able to think outside your own bubble to realize where this amazing profession is headed if we do
    1 point
  44. This post will not age well as our profession continues going down the toilet. But you will be retired by them I suppose, so what do you care. Did you even read the million dollar name change results? Obviously you did not. Patients ARE confused still at what we do and why we are "Assistants". The results were the same with our doc and NP colleagues. Confusion. You can stay an assistant if you want, but the thousands of new PA's getting decimated in the job market by Nurse PRACTITIONERS will not look kindly on dinosaurs like you and others that refuse to change with the times. Why?
    1 point
  45. Hi All! I am interested in becoming a PA. I completed my bachelor's degree in commerce (marketing) and understand that I will have to take a few science courses to fulfill the course requirements to achieve an MPAS. I am looking at Masters degree programs because I do not want to do another bachelors. Consequently, in Canada that only leaves me with one school which is the University of Manitoba. I am looking at PA programs in the USA, however they are very expensive and I have already compiled a lot of debt from my undergraduate degree. Does anyone know of any PA schools that offer
    1 point
  46. I'm just a student, so apologies if I've stepped out of my lane. However, the more thought I give to MCP, it doesn't seem so bad. What comes to mind are other generic title acronyms like EMT: Emergency Medical Technician. That's a relatively generic name but implies the point "I am a technician that provides emergency medical care". No one second guesses what an EMT is anymore, even if 99% of EMTs do not actually provide emergency medical care. Now, with MCP: "I am a practitioner, who provides xyz medical care"... Medical care is generic as generic gets, but if you lead up to the "medical
    1 point
  47. Any Canadian PA students studying in the US who are willing to share the schools they considered/were admitted to in the US and any other experiences in school, life, and on the job? I'm a Canadian pre-PA who's interested in starting the process of becoming a practicing PA in the United States. I understand it's recently been made more difficult to get a green card to work permanently in the US, but the much larger job market and scope of practice still makes crossing the border an attractive option. The sheer size and number of schools in the US relative to Canada is pretty intimidating howev
    1 point
  48. Hi unfortunately I was rejected. I felt that WesternU was my best interview and my interviewer even told me “see you in august” at the very end of my interview. I felt very good after my interview. So once I got my rejection letter I was very surprised. Anyone know if WesternU provides feedback or counseling appointments for reapplicants? Also anyone else had a similar experience?
    0 points
  49. PA for 31 years here. I continue to be very opposed to name change. It has taken all of these years for people to know what a PA is. If you change the name, it will just confuse people. I am also opposed to "Advanced Practice Provider" which many people favor. PA or Midlevel is fine with me. I am fine with a lot of autonomy and a collaborative relationship with our MD supervisors, but am completely opposed to fully independent practice. If we wanted to be independent, we would have gone to medical school. I'm sure I will have a lot of people who do not agree with me, but the profession was cr
    0 points
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