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  1. Got this in my email today. Someone feels the fire! Is it poor form if I post this on all of the school threads in the PA and Pre-PA sections, moderators? I mean, we're not getting the numbers from AAPA Huddle and definitely not getting a second of attention from NCCPA. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello, I hope this reaches you all in good health. I am making a personal request to gather your support in an ongoing effort to reduce legislative barriers for PAs in this country. Please consider signing the petition linked below and share this to everyone you know via email, text or social media: Remove archaic barriers to licensed non-physician health care providers providing acute and primary medical care What is this about? In response to the pandemic, PAs For Tomorrow, an advocacy group for PAs started this petition to bring attention to the White House the fact that PAs are able to function without need for chart co-signatures and direct supervision. There are over 140,000 PAs in the US and these requirements impede our ability to help in this crisis. Right now, some states have lifted these restrictions temporarily but if PAs are “good enough” to function independently in emergencies and in the military then why not make these changes permanent? In addition, the diagram below from Washington state’s medical commission compares PAs and our counterparts, the nurse practitioners who function similarly but independently. If we have more education and must adhere to stricter continued education requirements, then why must we be limited? Maine and North Dakota have adopted laws that modernize PA practice but we need you to urge the government to rid of these barriers for other states. Help us take care of you and your loved ones. We need 100,000 signatures by April 21, 2020. You will need to verify your email address after signing the petition. Please keep an eye out on your email. Thank you all and stay well!
  2. What else could we do to give this momentum? We need at least 3000 signatures a day...
  3. Do you have to create an account to sign this? I tried and nothing happened when I pressed the sign button. Do you get an email after?
  4. Have you tried the National Health Service Corps? https://connector.hrsa.gov/connector/search
  5. First we have the Doctor of PA Studies from MCPHS and now this... Doctor of Physician Assistant. Can we please get it together and agree on a name of our terminal degree? We're all over the place. Good grief.
  6. So... the bill becomes law on/after the 13th?? What a great way to end PA week!
  7. Yes, please join WAPA and get your colleagues to join too. Here's the latest email I got from their legislative committee chair: And follow up from the WAPA president:
  8. I've brought this up but my place of employment is run by idiots set on their archaic ways.
  9. I work in FM also for an FQHC in the PNW. Our raises are built into our contracts. Mine is 3 years with raises every year worth $5K. We're remunerated by base salary + RVU + incentive bonuses. On average, APPs here make $150K, there are the select few in the 200s. Definitely ask for a raise. Don't sell yourself short.
  10. PNW. Family medicine at an FQHC. $2500 is strictly CME money (but that is before tax so it's more like ~$1700). 40 CME hours separate from 21 days PTO. Employer covers DEA, licensing, professional memberships, etc.
  11. As you probably already know, the NHSC Loan Repayment Program is not a guaranteed benefit. You will have to apply for it once you're actually working in the practice and during the open application cycle which I believe is early in the year. Our site has a score of 17 and there are NPs here who tell me they didn't get their repayment approved. Don't know any PAs who applied nor am I aware if there is a difference in likelihood of receiving it based on the alphabet soup after your name. I'd recommend calling your prospective employer to ask how many of their APCs actually got it last year.
  12. Going through a transition period with my per diem gig (retail medicine) right now and my new CP, an FM MD who decided to go into admin d/t burnout and is licensed in both WA and OR, just told me that PAs need to do something about the current landscape or we will be finding ourselves out of a job due to the NPs, especially as they transition to DNPs. This is not a NP vs PA post but rather a question of where are we currently on OTP? Last I heard one of the Dakota's was successful in this endeavor. My state association in WA is trying again next time. Anyone else have any updates? The fact that other professions are noticing should be an eye opener that there is a hole on this boat and it needs fixing.
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