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  1. Just got an email for an interview !!! I could scream!! Now to study for an MMI interview style! Good luck to you all! Hopefully we will all be future classmates !!!! Xoxo
    8 points
  2. Physician Associate, provide associate care. Medical Care Practitioner provide medical care. Physician Associate is an associate of the physician Medical Care Practitioner is a Practitioner of Medicine Physician Associate opens a physician associate practice Medical Care Practitioner opens a Medical Care Practice Physician Associate has an Associate degree Medical Care Practitioner has a Medical degree Am I right?
    7 points
  3. PAssociate - fine, but why waste 2 years and a million dollars to come up with MCP title ?
    7 points
  4. REALLY disappointed in this.... unsure I will re-up my membership.... have to think about it total lack of vision for the future I could understand a position like 1) we support a name change 2) ideal is MCP 3) if MCP is not going to pass then support Associate But to jump in the Associate direction with out the above is disturbing....
    7 points
  5. Yay So happy to see interviews rolling out! I am also a current student! You guys got this! Be yourself, Breathe. Can’t wait to meet you guys!
    6 points
  6. Congrats to all as the interviews start rolling out! I know the current students are really excited to meet you all during the post-interview session
    6 points
  7. Eh, I have a conflict of interest. If they ever actually allowed free and open conversation on Huddle, we'd lose A LOT of traffic and influence here. The fact that they're a semi-censored house organ ensures we'll be here for a while.
    6 points
  8. I remember the excitement from last year! Best of luck for those anxiously waiting for emails. The waiting is SOOO hard. Hang in there, you've got this!! Just like @emilymuff said, we can't wait to meet you! ~ Chelsea
    5 points
  9. And this post wins the thread if there is such a thing. What really gets me is the old timers here (of which I am one of) saying how "different" the new AAPA leadership was going to be. How we as a profession had finally, "turned the corner" on our stupid name. Then we have a 1 million dollar project buy which supported EXACTLY WHAT MANY OF US HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR LITERALLY DECADES. Yet, our new leadership including PAFT go face first into the rear-end of every AAPA leadership group position for the last 20 years. Well done guys........well done.
    5 points
  10. Took a while for PAFT to gain respect and momentum; I didn't agree to run for office just to run for the hills because the situation I arrive to wasn't the one I anticipated. Besides, there will be plenty of time for my well-meaning attempts to help to make things even worse.
    5 points
  11. @lmnh123 If you're interested in critical care residencies, you should also check out the programs at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Montefiore in the Bronx, and St Luke's in Bethelehem, PA. They have been established 10+ years and are well-integrated in their institutions. I have heard only good things about all 3 programs from current and past residents. Hopkins also has an ER fellowship as well that is 18 months. I have interviewed at two of the above programs. I was very impressed with Hopkins and they certainly seem to live up to their name. Penn Medicine in Philadelphia also has
    4 points
  12. Seriously. They spent a million dollars on consulting to ignore it. The way this is headed, we would have done better to blow the money on a couple Superbowl commercials to promote the profession.
    4 points
  13. With that statement, PAFT just did itself in. Did they read the study results? I mean, it wasn't even close. EVERYONE but PA's found the name Assistant and Associate to be misleading at best. There is a REASON the consulting firm took our million and made the recommendation of MCP....because THAT is what the data bore out! For PAFT to put out that statement outright calling the study wrong? That was not a tepid recommendation for us to be Associates (ffs). That was a statement from people who had already made up their minds BEFORE the study. What a waste. I've said it a t
    4 points
  14. Pretty disgusting. PAFT was my next step. I don't understand how anyone can support a name which has even less to do with our profession than assistant. At least in some settings the PA actually DOES assist a physician, there is no setting where I am considered an associate. Save the $$$ until we have more progressive leadership to obtain a change which is necessary to progress our field.
    4 points
  15. I’ll probably pull my membership again if we spent a million dollars on title investigation that we ignore, plus this shady business along with it. I thought electing a proper AAPA leaders was a huge change. Didn’t realize there were so much left in HOD.
    4 points
  16. Huddle = alternative facts and fake news..... they censor so much it slants the whole thing.....
    4 points
  17. If it were my patient I'd explain the risks out weigh the benefits then work on a taper plan as opposed to cutting off abruptly.
    4 points
  18. Just wanted to let people know that I just emailed today asking about an update on my application after I submitted my supplication a little while ago and I was told that there were more interview dates! So good luck to all of us who are still waiting there is deff still hope!
    4 points
  19. I'm so impressed with the PA representation on EMRAP recently. This month there was a case presentation of a patient with mesenteric ischemia by PA David Lane in a CAQ in Iowa. Then on the recently added "PA Edition" they spoke with a PA who runs small EM group in Vermont and staffs 2 CAQs. In Jan they spoke with 2 EMPAs in NY that were asked to staff COVID ICUs during the height of the pandemic in NYC. All have been fantastic and really inspiring. If any of you are on these boards, just want to say thank you for being such great representatives of our profession and examples of what PAs
    3 points
  20. Under review 5/10, invite 5/13. Thank you, I have my phone as a backup if need be. Im glad I won't be the only one scribbling notes, probably watching the top of my head half the time lol.
    3 points
  21. Hey guys, I'm currently in the program. Yes the new incoming class size is decreased due to needing a better faculty:student ratio. This summer around June we will be getting off the probationary status, so no worries with that. If anyone has been accepted welcome and feel free to message me if u have any important questions.
    3 points
  22. A residency program is not going to fix this. We're hosed.
    3 points
  23. How could that be? NCCPA and PAEA says we are the No.1 Profession and everything is all good!?
    3 points
  24. I also received my acceptance call on 5/11!! I am so excited to meet my future classmates and to those who are still waiting, keep going! It is worth it! Final interview: 4/26
    3 points
  25. Teddy, this is for you. Enjoy your new Associate title. Here is your new name tag:
    3 points
  26. So I am around 6 years out of school. I make close to $150k/yr working 120 (12) hour shifts per year giving me an hourly income >$100/hr. I am published, active in research, maintain a fantastic work-life balance and practice full scope medicine. Through my 6 years I have taken multiple students and been involved in teaching at my local program. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. has obtained a successful job with goodworking conditions. I am sure there are regions of the country where many of these things aren't true, but there are plenty of areas where it is. The regions of
    3 points
  27. Why wasted 11 years, should've change last time when the 100 leaders sign the petition to change to associate.
    3 points
  28. Unfortunately 2 weeks would too late since the HOD meeting on title change is May 20 next Friday. I don't know if PAFT will offer testimony in favor of "ASSociate" but they most likely won't offer testimony pro "MCP". I signed up for the meeting but couldn't clear my schedule at work so I'm gonna be waiting for the results but man this makes me sick and I can't believe we did all this for a whole Lotta nuthin. If ASSociate is our new name... I'm gonna take my AAPA and PAFT and CAPA dues and my 401k all out and buy cardano with it and hope to retire in less than 5 years. PAs
    3 points
  29. Honestly I think PAFT should release the vote. Then move to censor those who voted against for something. Totally unacceptable that this happened with lame duck. Wow just wow.
    3 points
  30. That's an interesting idea - sort of an "end around." A start would be to incorporate a non-profit and use it to trademark the MCP name. Make it a membership-based non-profit organization, the chief membership requirement being that you have to be a licensed PA. It would draw disgruntled members from AAPA (and now PAFT) and many people might choose to be members of both. This does not have to be an "either/or." There's no reason you couldn't simultaneously be both a "physician's assistant" and an MCP.
    3 points
  31. I think if the vote of the board was mostly an even split, they should make their final decision based on the WPP's recommendation. Votes/surveys among members are important but I think the WPP report should add another 20% of votes towards MCP. If not, why even spent a million dollar for a branding company?
    3 points
  32. Yeah, I don't see me renewing memberships to any of the professional organizations for anything other than MCP. Feels like lighting my money on fire.
    3 points
  33. Good luck to everyone applying this cycle and congrats on completing the daunting task of the CASPA application!!
    3 points
  34. Over on Reddit someone just posted that they are bringing this to the floor to vote. They say because it was a tie and 27 did not vote. Maybe it's not dead yet!
    3 points
  35. I think being "the smartest guy in the room" is like a sex life: those who feel compelled to tell you about their status probably are insecure, mistaken, or lying.
    3 points
  36. That is an almost insulting bonus structure. They are making a lot of money. You should be looking at somewhere in the 15-20/rvu over base. Pcp docs typically bill 4500-4800 rvu per year (docs) and get 200k++. At 3600 you get zero bonus. If you see 4800 you would get 1200 rvu bonus =a whopping $4500. Chump change because they made a huge amount more then that off your efforts.
    3 points
  37. Sorry, I had to...........................
    3 points
  38. This came up recently when we got a new patient to our clinic who was on nightly Zolpidem for years. He was 100 pounds overweight with OSA, diabetes, and uncontrolled HTN and couldn't tolerate a CPAP. He told me that is what he negotiated with his last provider because he had to have some sleep. I get his predicament. I just told him I couldn't negotiate malpractice or his suicide by medication. He would have to find someone else to do that for him. On the back end I imagine my situation if he woke up dead one morning and his grieving widow grabs the bottle of Zolpidem with my name
    3 points
  39. I stay in the Huddle because it is a good way of keeping up with what the insiders are up to. I have posts removed all the time over someone's interpretation of an "attack". Most of the mods are children of the "safe space" variety guided by old timers with an agenda. I assign the mods no malice. They are just doing what safe space kids do. I'd just like a couple of opportunities to demonstrate what a real attack or insult looks like so they have a point of comparison. I don't like the way parlimentary rules are used to beat down people that don't know them in depth. they get weaponized.
    3 points
  40. Patients who serial no show keep getting primo face to face spots on my schedule…. Can’t fire VA pts. With our limited face to face still - schedulers will put ANYTHING on F2F - tomorrow - “bump on head” - asking for nurse triage now - this could be a pimple, his mastoid that he just discovered, etc. Zero common sense or triage thoughts - meanwhile, we have much more complex folks who cannot get in to be seen. I think my next favorite is - “pt wants to discuss a medication” - help me out here - did he see the commercial at 3 am that says “ask your health care provider if Repatha is
    3 points
  41. Hey guys! I'm a first year PA student at UOP in my second trimester now. I remembering being on this forum applying just a year ago so I completely understand how everyone is feeling. Please let me know if there are any questions anybody has about the UOP program specifically or my journey through the application process or interviews. Super busy with school but I will certainly get to you or any questions as soon as I can. Feel free to directly message me. Good luck!
    3 points
  42. You're entering at a less than awesome time - the job market is still recovering from the pandemic. If I was in your shoes I would probably take the position (if you like the other clinicians). Your patients will have other medical conditions and you can keep your knowledge base up on your own. I'd consider it a trial job for a year or two - your first job doesn't have to be the love of your life.
    3 points
  43. Jim and I have been at each other for a while. He will be the first to tell you he is the smartest guy in the room, quote all his assorted and many accomplishments so you know if you disagree with him you are wrong and actually said to me (about himself) "I'm pretty impressive". He also told another old well experienced leader that he knows more about OTP than WPP the internationally renowned company we paid a million bucks to do research. So good luck. I have strong opinions but I don't take myself that seriously. I told him, flat out, that I aggravate him just because I think he is a bi
    3 points
  44. Scheduling the morning lightly, and loading the schedule at the end of the day. It seems every patient wants “the latest appointment possible.” Scheduling people who need X-rays at the end of the day - knowing it takes 2 hours to get an official read from radiology. Scheduling a patient who has seen several other clinicians in our office over many years... and suddenly today... they are going to see me??? Putting patients through to my direct voicemail. texting or calling me on my scheduled days off - with patient questions. (There are other people working who can
    2 points
  45. Does anyone know step by step what needs to be done to legally change our professional title? Is there any chance we could make it happen without the support of AAPA or PAFT? I know $$$$ is always a hurdle when it comes to trying to get legislation passed, but money aside, could individual state PA academies get a legal name change to pass at their state level? Or could those of us who support MCP faction off and get a name change passed at the national level? Extremely disappointed by AAPA’s and PAFT’s stance on this. Might as well have taken a million dollars and lit it on fire. I
    2 points
  46. As someone recently elected to the PAFT board but not yet formally taken office, I'd like to point out that there's a new set of directors already elected and taking office in under two weeks who had no input--good, bad, or indifferent--into this discussion. Speaking for myself, I think it kind of rude to be handed a live hand grenade as I'm assuming my duties.
    2 points
  47. I saw, or heard someone mention Physician Associate used to be PA title or was going to be in 1960”s, but physicians didn’t agree. I also thought physicians are still, based on the recent research, still very much against associate. There are businesses “Physician Associate”. Is this move just pretend to change, knowing physicians aren’t going to allow it to happen. Then they, HOD, AAPA, can throw up their hands and say, “ Oh well, we tried, not our fault, physician assistant is good, we’ve been fine for years, no problem” Med Techs successfully changed their title to Medical Laboratory Sci
    2 points
  48. Oh, to be sure, I absolutely taper when appropriate. But the problem changes: it's no longer "insomnia" it's "long term excessive use of insomnia medication" or from "low back pain" to "opioid dependence". The patient might not like how the problem changes, but when the problem changes--my call, not theirs--the treatment changes to match.
    2 points
  49. Ok, we will pin this thread and check it in 5 years after NP's take a 3rd victory lap around us (by taking full independence in Texas) and specifically new PA's, but hey....everything is great. I'm sure younger PA's struggling to find a job, any job, would agree with you. Or not.
    2 points
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