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  1. Can’t speak to critical care specifically, but I knew an ER doc at McKay who said their group only hires NPs. Other places (Logan, Orem) staff with PAs, and I’ve even seen some PAs solo covering the more rural Intermountain hospitals (Sanpete, Garfield). The cardiology clinic at IMC hires both PAs and NPs, and both rotate days covering the inpatient cards service too. LDS’s medical unit only uses physicians, but the cancer floor has a few PAs and NPs. I know a couple of primary care PAs who work for Intermountain, one of whom is the APP Director of Family Medicine.
  2. You’re right — whatever it says about me, it’s hard for me to be completely happy and enthusiastic about this. That’s probably secondary to how difficult it’s been to just get to this point in changing the title, so it feels like we’re stuck with the new title permanently. It would be a shame to “get it wrong.” That said, the questions asked helped me feel better about one of the options I’d discounted before. Also, there is a free-text box at the end for comments and suggestions for other titles. (feel free to edit if this is saying too much)
  3. I think they’ve staggered the emails. Mine came on Tuesday at 11 am from wppsurvey@aapa.org
  4. If you don’t me asking, how did you decide on 15%? Is that the minimum for your employer to put up their 6? Or was that under professional recommendation? Optimizing the damage of student loans and the good of saving is a bit of a mystery to me - where does one draw the line?
  5. No. Plenty of folks are hired right out of school into surgical positions. There are, however, several optional surgical residencies available to PA-Cs. They usually last a year and pay something in the neighborhood of $50,000. You may be able to defer student loan payments during residency. Residencies can be very intensive, and there’s no denying that the experience is incredibly valuable, especially for someone just starting out as a practitioner. PA residencies are available for a lot of other specialties, too, but seats are limited. There’s usually an application process requiring letters of recommendations and the like.
  6. Could be your personal statement, could be your interview skills, could be the quant GRE, could be some program-specific requirement where you don’t quite match up. Are those GPAs excluding your masters? I’ve heard some places won’t factor in graduate coursework in their calculations. The only thing you can really “do” right now is examine the way you interview. Everything else would just be improving your application for next cycle. To be quite honest though, I wouldn’t be surprised if you told us next week that you got in off a waitlist or were accepted right out at the next place you interview. You’ve got pretty good stats. Best of luck.
  7. Not sure how long of a beard you’re talkin. I clip mine to an 1/8 of an inch every week and got acceptances to 4 of the 5 interviews I attended, including a school with a strict no facial hair policy for its students. I don’t recall seeing anyone from ZZ Top (candidates or faculty) at any of the interviews, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there. A suit and tie are a must, unless your beard reaches your belt buckle, in which case no one will miss the tie.
  8. Right, you said post bacc. I guess my point is that every program requires a bachelors and several still invited me to interview knowing it was in the works.
  9. You can contact the schools to find out if they’re ok with it. I applied in May to programs that didn’t mind, finished my degree in August at the end of summer semester, and got interviews.
  10. I agree. I could live with Advanced Medical Clinician — it’s distinguishable from other professions and it emphasizes the medical model.
  11. Voceras are nice, but apparently they’re pretty pricey. And since this is the first I’m seeing the new pic, lookin good, @rev ronin
  12. Eh, it’s a Friday night - what can I say? H&H? Alert and oriented? Does he report dark or bright red stool? You guys don’t have much in the way of GI consult, right? Anybody that can scope nearby? How much O2 needed to get him to 90+?
  13. I recently met an enterprising young lass who claimed she could use all our old morphine that’s just sitting around as a reagent in a highly marketable product popular with people of all ages. Can you believe it? We’ve met several times now, and she’s even offered me part ownership in her business in exchange for my help! Now I know all of you naysayers will ask: she definitely has a medical license, ok? She just keeps forgetting it at her house. I tell ya, I never had that kind of gumption when I was her age. She’s a real American... um... female version of the word ‘hero’...
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