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About wookie

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  1. I agree.. This is all wishful thinking. Shortening medical school by half-maybe, but I wouldn't want to lose out on a whole year of structured learning as a resident.
  2. I'm completing my first year of employment as a PA in emergency medicine and I wouldn't feel comfortable being a solo provider. I probably wouldn't feel comfortable in family practice or urgent care either.
  3. my wife works big pharma and I've met a co-worker of her who's a PA. I think the PA had years of experience in a field which is specifically relevant to a drug they're working on
  4. Pravesh (intern) was also tasked with a menial task like calling insurance companies by his senior resident and said, "Can't you get a physician's assistant to do this?"
  5. Heart transplant scene in "The Resident". I've been auscultating over the wrong place this whole time!
  6. 7 months in as a new grad and every point rings true for me as wrll
  7. 3-5 years, IMO, isn't enough. At the bare minimum, it should equate to MD/DO residency hours. 80 hours/week x 3 years for residencies to a new grad PA working 40 hours/week should be 6 years minimum. Some ER residencies even push 4 years for DO's, which would make 8 PA years. You also need to consider that PA's in ER do more fast track than docs. I can see a PA with 20 years of experience not having intubated a patient or ran a code.
  8. I've been hired by CEP part time (as a W2) and I didn't have to pay any credentialing fees.
  9. i have the same exact frustrating problem and nobody ive asked in person had this issue. i usually just aim and only leave the tip of my index finger on the stethoscope as gently as possible without having it fall
  10. i don't have the patience you do, so kudos. i'd have ripped this family apart by now.
  11. Heyoo, I'm now into my 5th month in emergency medicine fresh out of school and there's one thing (among many) that my brain's not quite clicking on. When is it appropriate to have a patient sign out AMA versus just documenting the pros and cons of certain testing/treatments and discharging them to home. If you have a patient on coumadin sustain minor head injury and they refuse a CT scan, would you sign this patient out AMA or just document that you had a discussion at length regarding the importance of imaging and potential consequences of not getting a CT (disability/death)?? What about an elderly patient with multiple comorbidities with classic presentation of MI who's refusing all testing? Thanks for any clarification
  12. if you're limited geographically within NY state, I've heard of better wages in long island and upstate. If its distance from NYC, NJ also offers better wages.
  13. $35/h would not be where I draw the line unless you have absolutely no other job leads and are pressed for money, even as a new grad, independent of region and specialty. Didn't we pay others for experience throughout rotations in PA school?
  14. Plenty of my former classmates were from other states as well as previous graduates. We have a facebook page for alums who help each other out with connections throughout the country. If I were single, I would definitely welcome the opportunity to live in another state for a few years.
  15. I can't imagine why they would ask you to submit charges for professional fees unless they want to cover it.
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