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  1. JWB77

    Ortho vs IR

    How do you feel about the amount of radiation you are exposed to as part of the job?
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    New PA Laws in Missouri

    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 immediately, makes changes related to PA supervision and practice, including:  Changing the physician to PA ratio from three PAs per physician to up to six combined PAs, NPs, and assistant physicians (APs);  Eliminating the statutory requirement that a PA practice within 50 miles of a supervising physician, instead allowing the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts to determine the geographic proximity requirement;  Adding certified community behavioral clinics and federally qualified health centers to a current exemption provided to rural health clinics which allows PAs practicing in these facilities to be subject to only the minimum federal supervision requirements;  Expanding prescriptive authority for PAs who have the federal waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for medication-assisted treatment of OUD by allowing them to prescribe this medication for up to 30 days at a time (formerly limited to a 5-day supply); and  Creating a new program for physicians, PAs, NPs, and APs who treat OUD (the Improved Access to Treatment for Opioid Addictions, or IATOA program) which is meant to increase the number of clinicians who receive the federal buprenorphine waiver and increase patient access to medication-assisted treatment. PAs participating in the IATOA program would be subject to fewer supervision requirements and be empowered to engage in community and law enforcement functions as appropriate. Still a little behind some other states, but we are making progress.
  3. 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 alternative.
  4. 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.
  5. 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"?
  6. 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
  7. Has anyone completed the EM fellowship at U of Missouri and are you willing to share your experiences?
  8. JWB77

    What PA Recruiters @ SEMPA said about the CAQ

    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.
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    Do RNs make more than PAs in Norcal?

    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
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Ya I saw that, super weird. I found another gem from his website... Mid-levels (who are certified as nurse practitioners) are a separate entity from nurses altogether. Although they may have once been nurses, they have abandoned that noble calling, yet they have not fully committed themselves to their patients by pursuing a medical degree of D.O. or M.D. Whatever issues a nurse practitioner may raise are null if there is an attempt to pit Doctors against nurses. The Hospitalist's Union wholeheartedly advocates for nurses alongside Doctors. Wow...
  13. Does anyone know anything about the "hospitalist's union" and Dr. Emami? He is based out of AZ, and sounds like he hates his job so he started a "union." I keep using quotes because his website is sketchy at best and I can't tell if this is actually a real thing. I bring this up because a poster on facebook (grain of salt taken) said "I heard the commercial for it (the hospitalist's union) this morning. Asking if doctors were 'tired of seeing midlevels harm patients'." The commercial apparently ran on KTAR in AZ. His website states, "The Hospitalist's Union views mid-levels (nurse practicioners [sic] and physician assistants) as illegitimate. They are a stop gap until more funding is allocated for training Doctors to meet all of the nation's medical needs." He goes on to complain about how we wear white coats, call ourselves doctors (looking at you, nurse practitioners), and want autonomous practice for "mid-levels" for which he will lobby against. So is this just one guys blowing smoke or is this a legitimate organization? And what should we do about it? http://www.hospitalistunion.org/ http://www.hospitalistunion.org/mid-levels/
  14. It seems like quite the coincidence that after AAPA James Anderson posted a topic on Huddle about bullying online and at the HOD... (https://huddle.aapa.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread?MessageKey=216f633e-0f29-40a2-8900-b160323a52d6&CommunityKey=e54b07fe-0e40-4c0c-a8e4-25d744d979b5&tab=digestviewer&UserKey=b2154136-e1ba-46d1-9d18-216fdaca024e&sKey=6c81afc09d3c4780914d#bm216f633e-0f29-40a2-8900-b160323a52d6) And now he writes an article that the majority of PAs disagree with and in the next publication there is an article on bullying (page 6) with the quote "We post things on social media sites condemning the opinion a colleague expresses." Hmmm, quite the coincidence. Disagreement is not bullying.
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    2018-2019 Cycle

    Hey guys, I am currently in the SLU PA class of 2019. I am on the forums quite a bit and am happy to answer any questions to the best of my ability. I know it's a long process so hang in there and good luck to everyone.

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