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  1. Good evening all, I will be interviewing at Albany Medical Center for their EM PA fellowship next month. I've spoken with several recent grads of the program, and was nothing but impressed by what they had to say. It seems like a really strong fellowship, with plenty of dedicated off-service rotations. They seem to have carved out a significant role for their PA fellows, and have experience utilizing them to the top of their license. I'd love to hear from some seasoned ER PAs, and especially from those who have completed a residency as to what important questions I should add into my mix. If you're familiar with the program or any graduates, what is your impression of it? I appreciate any and all input, thanks!
  2. I left a career in medical device sales to come to PA school. You know, those sales reps you see in the OR holding up the wallpaper, cheesing their fake smiles, "building rapport" (if I had a nickel for every time my manager spouted this off) with staff, manipulating personal relationships for financial gain? I was one of them. The money was great and was only going to get better. I applied to school because the job wasn't meaningful. If you have the itch to be a provider, I don't think it ever goes away. I plan on doing a residency in either EM or trauma/CC following graduation. On my trauma surg rotation right now and loving it. Do what makes you happy is a cliché that misses the point: happiness is a choice you make for yourself. Sales was a career, being a provider was a calling (bless up to my mom for helping me see the difference). I'll leave it at that
  3. Just got this email from SEMPA yesterday, has anyone heard anything about this? To summarize from below, it looks like a way to compare residencies through standardized mid-term and final exams. An attempt to quantify the benefits of residency maybe, but don't know how valuable it will actually be? Apologize for the length, but I wanted to include the full description for those who didn't receive the email. "The Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA), in conjunction with Rosh Review, is releasing a new product that gives EMPA program directors the tools and resources needed to assess trainee’s medical knowledge individually and in comparison with other emergency medicine physician assistant (EMPA) residents/fellows. The SEMPA/Rosh Review Postgraduate Assessment Program is a product that’s the result of the Postgraduate Education Committee’s endeavors to create a measurable means of identifying and documenting the value of postgraduate EMPA program training. This subscription-based product gives EMPA postgraduate programs access to an extensive question bank from which program directors can assess their trainees’ medical knowledge base and identify areas where there may be opportunities for improvement in subject matter instruction. As part of this assessment program, annual SEMPA/Rosh Review Mid-Program and Final Exams are available and allow programs a means of evaluating their own didactic education performance. In addition, it allows programs to see how their learners compare to those in other participating programs. Mid-Program and Final Exam data from each program are calculated by Rosh Review and the scores are reported to each program. The score report provides an overall score and systems based category score for each learner in the program as well as for the overall class. Each participating program also receives an anonymous (other program names not specifically provided with scores) program comparison report. This report includes individual and program high, low, and median results for your program compared to other participating programs. The scores are released to the program director’s dashboard at a date to be specified in the future on an annual basis."
  4. Do we need to currently have a doctorate to join the FB group? I'm interested in the DMS program and would like to learn more about it
  5. Ohio, it seems like you made the right decision based on your life outside of work. Fortunately, I have the flexibility (or at least it looks that way now!) to be able to dedicate the 12-18 months for a residency program. I appreciate your input, as it seems there is still significant value in a residency program even from someone with such extensive experience as yourself.
  6. Serenity, thank you for the time you took to write that post! It really reaffirmed what I have been thinking about residency and the opportunities they offer. If it helps, the new grad I spoke with doesn't work in EM, and tends to talk without fact-checking first. Hope he didn't get you too riled up! If there are other opinions on the matter I'd love to hear them, thanks again!
  7. Hello all, As a first year PA student, I've really enjoyed reading the threads on this forum, even if it takes my attention away from class sometimes. I'd like to get input from some EMPAs regarding a conversation I had with a recently graduated PA about residencies/fellowships. I've read a lot on this forum about them and I know the general consensus is they are highly recommended, which is why I have been strongly considering applying following graduation. In speaking with this new grad, he seemed to think that if you can get the job without the residency, there is no reason to do one. I tended to disagree- personally I don't have EMS/EMT experience, and I think the experience would really set me up better in the long run and make me more competitive for future positions. I'm not really concerned about the potential salary difference in the first year with resident vs. first year grad, as I think the experience will mean more down the line. His argument was that residents do essentially the same job for less money, and you're no better off applying for future jobs than someone who has worked independently for a year (assuming the residency is one year). He also mentioned that residents won't work more than a first year grad due to resident hours being "capped", which was something I had not seen in my research. I am of the opinion that a future employer will value the dedication shown by a PA who has completed a residency in the field, an opinion he did not share. I highly value your input as a community, please give feedback if you can! If this conversation has been had on another thread that I've missed, please let me know and I'll be happy to read up on it. Cheers!
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