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  1. BrainAndCo

    CME

    I respect that. We employed folks should be maxing out all of our benefits, CME allowance included Way to make yourself a better practitioner at the same time my friend
  2. BrainAndCo

    CME

    Nice work @PACShrink! I'm dying to know, what do you spend your CME money on then?
  3. As jjonesPA says, using multiple sources is probably the best way to go. I graduated in 2015 and have gone on to write for several PANCE preparation question banks. I can tell you some are easier on purpose and others try to be more challenging to better prepare you. My favorites (as both a question writer and learner) would be Board Vitals, Hippo, Rosh, and Kaplan.
  4. Burned out? Over stressed? This can have an impact on your memory and ability learn. I wouldn't recommend overhauling your studying strategy so close to the boards, but if you are familiar with the method-of-loci technique for memory, it's pretty effective. Here is an overview if you aren't familiar with it.Also doing tons of practice questions from several different sources will start to give you an idea of easy v hard questions and eventually you'll see every possible condition presented on the PANCE. Board Vitals is pretty good because their q banks range in difficulty but are all pretty much high yield. But like I said, use several different ones to get the most benefit.
  5. BrainAndCo

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    I'm using this one from Board Vitals at the moment, though they have cheaper options available, too. Oakstone also has good psych CME stuff. Good luck!
  6. I'm not sure exactly what the requirements are for it to meet your FL opioid CME requirements, but this one is 8.5 category 1 hours of opioid prescribing practices for $100.
  7. I run a quasi medical business along with my wife. I accidentally started doing medical writing as a freelancer shortly after becoming a PA and we have grown it into a more self-sustaining, CME-focused business. I'd be happy to connect and learn more about what you are doing! I'll withhold any self promotion here, too, but it's not hard to find me from my profile here and elsewhere on the internet. Feel free to message me or reply here. I think the more publicity that serious PA-run businesses get, the better we all look, but I certainly have a biased viewpoint!
  8. For anyone in Chicago, on March 5th, the Illinois Academy of PAs (IAPA) will be putting on a free educational dinner covering Health Considerations for the Congenital Hemophilia Population with Novo Nordisk. There will also be a presentation by IAPA leadership regarding updates to the PA practice act, so it'll be worth it for anyone to go, regardless of specialty. You do not need to be an IAPA member to attend. Please RSVP to Matthew Levy at mlvy@novonordisk.com because space is limited. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
  9. It's interesting that this forum always seems so pessimistic about this topic, but the truth is there are options out there that don't require a huge pay cut. Here is an article discussing non clinical side hustles, but it could just as well be applicable to full time careers, too https://modernmeded.com/non-clinical-side-hustles-part-ii/ Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  10. After working in neurosurgery for four years, I'm about to make the transition over to psychiatry. Not sure if this means I should be transitioning as a patient instead of clinician, or if I was silly not to do this sooner. My commute is unbeatable, my hours are substantially fewer, and my earning potential is much higher. Anyways, glad to see such engaged folks in this small community. Makes me feel even better about this move. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  11. Depends on what system or specialty. In neurosurgery, the AANS puts on an annual weekend course for PA's and NP's with lectures, a hands-on skills workshop, and a radiology section. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  12. Ha well glad I got you back on the bandwagon! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  13. I'm not affiliated with them in any way except I am a fan of the platform and regularly post interesting case-based learning scenarios there. I just posted one about paraspinal angiosarcoma and have others on TBI, neurosurgical instruments, lumbar spine surgery, and more. It's all free and there's some good clinical discussion there. It's also common for folks to remain anonymous there, too, but not always. For example, you can fairly easily track me down based on my profile info, ha. Would be interested to learn if others are on this platform too.
  14. I actually write for them! I'm a neurosurgery PA, so I typically stick to neuro-related items presented in a way that is useful for primary care clinicians. They are great to work with and I happen to think, at the very least, that my work is useful! They send me copies whenever anything I've submitted is published, and for the most part, the medical education component seems pretty good. However, I can't really speak more broadly because I've never used them to study for anything to this point, their being primary-care focused and all. Would love to hear what your think if you end up getting it!
  15. Surgblumm, BrainAndCo is the name for the free, clinician-facing medical writing part of Modern MedEd. I go by BrainAndCo here and places like Figure1 because I write a lot about, well brains and stuff. If you are interested, check out my latest case and see if it's worth following me there too! The next one I think will post tomorrow (usually Sundays once or twice a month). Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
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