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  1. Hello everyone! Haven't been on here in a while... I'm hoping those of you with your DEA license can give me some guidance please, esp. if in primary care, and better yet if you are in Florida. I took the updated course, as my employer has now agreed to reimburse for the license application. There were some points in the course (taken through FMA) that I didn't know if I entirely understand, regarding supervising physician. --> Are we supposed to have a supervising physician name printed on every controlled substance Rx? It sounded like that from the course, but I'm not sure if I misunderstood. I work with an NP who notes that she doesn't have a supervising physician name on any of her benzo Rxs (4), but only on the pain meds (2). However, as we all know, the rules vary from state to state between NPs and PAs... So for, lets say, ativan (sched 4) - 1) Would the printed Rx on control paper have to have both my name and the supervising physicians name? 2) On that same Rx, if it has to have SP name, does it also need to be signed by the SP? .... The whole point of my organization wanting me to get this DEA license is so that the SPs do not have to be bothered and pulled each time I see a patient who needs a renewal on those meds. So I'm just trying to figure out if it is even worth it to get it. While they are now reimbursing, it is first out of my pocket until reimbursed, and that large sum of money on a screen at checkout just makes me a little nervous, lol. Also, I don't want them to pay all of that when the purpose of them paying for it will not be fulfilled. Thanks in advance.
  2. No problem. Feel free to PM me anytime and I would be glad to try to answer any questions you may have.
  3. We need to be kinder and less judgemental of those who are interested in this profession. For multiple reasons. Our profession needs to be built up. We should not discourage those who have interest in it. There is power in numbers in a profession. One big difference between our profession and nurse partitioners is that they have that power in large numbers. Besides this, what good does it do to scoff when someone expresses an interest in our profession? You're just going to run off possibly very good candidates to build our profession. Besides this, it's just not nice (and makes us all look bad). We all know how competitive it is to get into PA school. It is not your place to judge someone who has a question about our profession nor is it wise to ridicule their questions. The admission board will thankfully do a good job of that. They will make sure that the candidate is fit for this profession. Did all of you know exactly what the difference was between the two professions when you started? If you did, if you knew someone a medicine or had parents in medicine, good for you. Many do not. Many want to help others, while bettering themselves, and haven't had enough background experience to know the fine detailed differences of the two. They will find out in time. Hopefully we can help expedite answering their questions in a safe and welcoming environment, encouraging our growth.
  4. Was just a question. Were not dangerous or controlled meds. I am talking about antibiotics. Yes maintained records (Fyi a text message or email stating all allergies and med history etc does count as written documentation). Yes discussed with supervising doc who firmly trusted my medical decision making. I was simply unsure if right now between last day in FP and upcoming start date in specialty if it was allowed. Apparently that was a 'stupid' question in your opinions. Thanks for making that clear guys. I'd hate to see how judgemental the respondents can be when a patient asks a question you don't approve of. FYI, this should not be a place for competitive and reprimanding responses. I would like to think we all got in this for helping others.
  5. Thanks a lot for the quick and very helpful responses. I will hear the rep out later this week but unless there is significant new information that is in favor of me doing this I will pass. Thanks again! :)
  6. certified diabetic educator (CDE) certification - lucrative or not? My manager approached me today to excitedly inform me that she suggested me when a diabetes rep came in and mentioned her company will provide free CDE training for a provider in our office. I do really like endocrinology but don't want to work in Endo due to the lower salaries (kind of burnt out right now on long hours and low compensation as it is in family med). I'm trying to read between the lines and see if this is something that would actually benefit me or only benefit the hospital and my workplace. I have a very busy patient schedule and family medicine and work long days and already feel quite underpaid. I like many aspects of family medicine but that one is not one of them. I guess I'm a little bit worried that if I do this training I will have an increased workload but really nothing financially to show for that. Has anyone out there done this? Worth it or not? I kind of feel like this would be something for a nurse and not something that will be financially beneficial for a physician assistant's career. Huge thanks in advance to anyone who can offer some advice or perspective on this.
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