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  1. Hey guys, First off, congrats to those who got accepted and for those who didn't, don't get discouraged. I am in the class of 2019 and will soon be graduating. I was just wondering if anyone was interested in buying a copy of Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking Twelfth, North American Edition. It is one of the few required books you actually need. The book is in excellent condition. If I wasn't moving I would keep it, but I'm trying to move as little as possible. Message me if interested and we can work out a price. Amazon: Bates Physical Examination
  2. I am in the process of setting up my clinical electives with an ER focus when my clinical director asked me today if I would be interested in urgent care. Apparently, the big UC company in my area is looking for students to do a clinical rotation with them with the intention of training them and hiring them after graduation. From what I have heard, they are a good company and compensate their PAs very well. I have always leaned toward the ER because I like the fast pace, variety, and doing more procedures, but a good ER job for a new grad in my area is harder to come by. I know with most jobs
  3. Ok, that makes more sense. I still think the long-term ability to earn more money or even working fewer hours for roughly the same money would be worth it.
  4. Actually, if you do the math your second offer has the ability to make a WHOLE lot more money depending on how many extra shifts you can pick up. Offer 1: you said you will work 40-50 hours, but just for the math lets go with 40hrs. That is 2080 hrs for the year (40hrs x 52 weeks) at 104k, maybe 109k. Offer 2: you work 144 hrs a month (12 12hr shifts) so that is 1728 hrs a year, for argument's sake let's say you can pick up as many shifts as you want and you want to reach the 2080 hr mark. 2080-1728 = 352 hrs (an extra 2.4 shifts a month). And if you really get paid at $120/hr (which
  5. How do you feel about the amount of radiation you are exposed to as part of the job?
  6. Got some good news from MOAPA. Two new bills just got passed. S.B. 660 amends the definition of “mental health professional” to include psychiatric PAs, defined as licensed PAs with at least two years of experience practicing in psychiatry or PAs who have completed a postgraduate residency or fellowship for PAs in psychiatry. The new definition will apply to provisions of law covering alcohol and drug treatment as well as comprehensive psychiatric services. S.B. 660 was signed on June 1 and becomes effective on August 28. S.B. 718, which was signed on July 6 and became effective imme
  7. Completely agree with the free resources and you should always be reading/studying on your own, but that's hard to put on a resume and convince an employer you know what you are doing. Beyond learning the skills and necessary knowledge, I think a lot of students look at a program like this as a resume booster. Like it has been stated in many other posts, new grads need to separate themselves from other PAs and NPs, and the best way to do that is a residency (completely agree). But, a residency is not an option for everyone, and it is good to know that a program like this is not a viable altern
  8. Thanks for the heads up. As they say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. I hope this post can at least be a warning for other naive students.
  9. So apparently Nova Southeastern University is starting an online emergency medicine certificate program as an alternative to doing a residency. The program is 1 year long, and the inaugural class will start this Fall. It is 18 credits and tuition costs $10,800. One full weekend of onsite training is required. https://osteopathic.nova.edu/certificates/emergency-medicine-certificate.html What do you guys think? Obviously not as good as a real residency, but does it get a new grad significantly closer to an ER job? Is there a place for online "residencies"?
  10. I just found this fellowship and it looks pretty great if you are interested in psychiatry. https://medicine.missouri.edu/departments/psychiatry/fellowship-program/physician-assistant-fellowship
  11. Has anyone completed the EM fellowship at U of Missouri and are you willing to share your experiences?
  12. How has your doctorate advanced your career or what doors has it opened that wouldn't have been otherwise? As always, thank you for your advice.
  13. Labor stats for nurses - if those are averages, then ya some nurses are making way more than PAs and it looks like it's not only in CA https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm
  14. Like Reality Check said, they have the WHOLE nursing lobby. That is another 2.7 million (2,906,840 total from BLS) nurses that back their efforts. I completely agree that cooperation would help us, but how would it benefit the nurses? They already have better laws and, from the looks of it, better pay.
  15. It just bothers me if he is actually taking out radio adds to bash PAs. Can anyone in AZ confirm this? And if he is, do we just ignore it?
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