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  1. @rev ronin and @EMEDPA coming in clutch once again! So grateful for both of your contributions to the forum! Hopefully we get the chance to meet at a conference (maybe AAPA? - if the military pays for me to go next year).
  2. National PA Week is OCT 6-12. So now we get two weeks of festivities/shenanigans!
  3. I graduated with $155k student loan debt from PA school and undergrad combined. May was 2 years since I graduated PA school, and I got my student loan debt down to $87k. I'm active duty Navy, so I get paid okay. I've been using Dave Ramsay's snowball method. Started with the smallest loan, and paid as much as I could each month to my loans. So far, so good. Still devising a plan to pay the rest off in the next 2-3 years.
  4. I'm not currently but am hopeful to in the future. I am active duty military (Navy), and they have an aerospace fellowship!
  5. I am active duty Navy, but I am also a Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner (SAMFE). It is the military equivalent of a SANE. I am actually the medical and program manager at my overseas MTF, and I oversee a team of 9 SAMFE providers (7 RNs, 1 NP and myself). I have seen some job posts for PAs with this background, and I don't see why you wouldn't legally be able to provide this service in the civilian world. My training was two weeks in San Antonio, TX. 1 week didactic, 1 week clinical. EDIT: I work in the ER, and don't have a collaborating physician on paper, and even so, there are no other ER providers who are on the team, so no need for me to have a CP who is also a SAMFE
  6. "COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE AND SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS: Current law authorizes physicians to enter into a collaborative practice agreement with 3 advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and 3 assistant physicians, and a supervising agreement with 3 licensed physician assistants. This act authorizes physicians to enter into a collaborative practice agreement or a supervising agreement with 6 APRNs, assistant physicians, licensed physician assistants, or any combination thereof." Copied from the "States" section of the website that PACali linked. It's a shame that the legislation still lists our collaboration with physician colleagues as "supervisory" but correctly calls it "collaboration" for NPs and these APs.
  7. I work in EM and what I use most frequently are EMRA abx guide, MD Calc, UTD, WikEM and OrthoBullets
  8. ' The terms “resident,” “residency,” “fellow,” and “fellowship” in a medical setting must be limited to postgraduate clinical training of medical school physician graduates within GME training programs.' The above is from the joint statement. Does this apply to other such non-physician residents and fellows (dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, etc.) who are pursuing clinical post-graduate training? Or just the ones that they're afraid might take the jobs they're "entitled" to?
  9. Wanted to share that I'm an author on a case report accepted for publication in Annals of Emergency Medicine! It is a case report with accompanied image findings in a patient I saw in the ED with a saddle and sub-massive PE. The report was written with two of my physician colleagues and the plain film shows all of the classic PE findings (Westermark sign, Fleischner sign, Knuckle sign and Hamptom's hump) in one film. It's seldom that some of these signs are seen, let alone all in the same film! Just excited and wanted to share. This is my first publication, and although it's not research, it is a cool case to learn from.
  10. Hey now, my bar is SILVER, sir! haha I love my corpsmen, couldn't do my job without them! But There are only Two PAs who work in the ED, and our other PA is EM residency trained and older than the docs...I'm young (27) and could easily be mistaken for a corpsman haha
  11. Context: I'm active duty in the Navy. I introduce myself as "Lieutenant JG vb315, one of the PAs here in the ED. I'm the medical provider taking care of you today, what brings you to the emergency department?" Works for me because I start with my rank which lets the patient know I'm a medical officer and not a corpsman haha. I still think a name change is needed. I too wish Clinical Officer would gain traction.
  12. I've never been employed at one, but I did my FM rotation at a place like this is Queens, NY. The patient population was from homeless and domestic violence shelters, and I loved it! They had in-house dental, therapy, social work, health educators - it was awesome to be able to set the patients up with all of those resources. The medical group was 3 docs, a PA and an NP. The PA had her own clinic at a satellite site and was there with a nurse and MA every Monday and Friday, so she had a great amount of autonomy (she previously worked in pediatrics for 4 years). Each provider had their own panel. From what I understood, the turnover wasn't high as the least tenured person had been there about a year and a half. There was a huge team environment which was nice. The census was high and charting ran late every so often, but I loved the rotation and even got a verbal job offer afterwards. This is a big(ger) system in NYC so I'm not sure if others are similar. I'm hoping to move to the city in the future, and this place is still on my list for potential employers. I hope this helped somewhat.
  13. Sounds like a great job! They definitely take advantage of the new grads who want to move to the city. Another one of my close friends from PA school took a job in Jersey City (or somewhere close) as a NICU PA and she started at 110k. I don't know the specifics of either of my friends' daily schedules, call, etc, and the salary figure isn't the end-all.
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