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  1. I'm just finishing the first quarter of the DMSc program at Lynchburg on the PA Educator track. This is a good fit for those of us in PA education - $25,000 total tuition, finish in one year (or add a couple of months if you want to dot he 2 electives at the end), 100% online and excellent faculty support. The first semester was manageable. Personally, I think faculty need the doctorate more than clinicians do.
  2. I looked into Nova Scotia and got no response at all. Finally, a secretary at the Nova Scotia Health System referred me to their nursing service My specialty is geriatric house calls, and we were ready to move to Cape Breton Island, where medical care is very scarce and the population is aging. You'd think they would have been more interested.
  3. Not every practice pays for call. Then again, not every practice requires PAs to be on call. Where I am now, we take call one weekday a week and one weekend (2 nights) a month. We are paid $30 for weekdays and $40 for weekends, regardless of how many times we are called. I had one blessed night with no calls at all, and as many as 20 calls in one night (ugh!). All things considered, I don't mind taking call.
  4. I expect with the Americans with Disabilities Act, provisions will be made for your arthritis while in PA school. Yes, avoid OR and ER as a career, but there are plenty of other choices. I have OA and have managed to work full time, 12 hour shifts in both a hospital and subacute rehab center. Getting knee replacement in 2 weeks and still working right up to the day before. Best of luck to you!
  5. Why would you waste time getting another BS degree, knowing you still have to get an MS in the future? Do you have money to waste? Also, consider your job prospects. An employer is more likely to hire a PA with a master's degree over one with a bachelor's. Your GPA could definitely be a problem. While they wouldn't hold it against you that you took some prerequisite courses now and did well in them, you still have to meet the program's minimum GPA for admission. Whatever you decide, best of luck to you.
  6. I graduated at age 56 and have worked in Oncology, Geriatrics and Rehab. Wouldn't trade it for the world!
  7. I graduated at age 56 and have worked in Oncology, Geriatrics and Rehab. Wouldn't trade it for the world!
  8. I've never used either of those. Have used Exam Master in the past, and have purchased it again this time around. UMDNJ has their Board Review Course ($700 if you attend in person) available online for under $300. Others have told me it's good. I'd be interested to hear what others think. Does anyone else wonder why we put ourselves through all this? Does repeating the PANRE improve our patient care skills, or just waste our precious time and money while making others richer? Do we have to constantly prove ourselves to the physicians we work for? Not according to any I've ever known
  9. I've never used either of those. Have used Exam Master in the past, and have purchased it again this time around. UMDNJ has their Board Review Course ($700 if you attend in person) available online for under $300. Others have told me it's good. I'd be interested to hear what others think. Does anyone else wonder why we put ourselves through all this? Does repeating the PANRE improve our patient care skills, or just waste our precious time and money while making others richer? Do we have to constantly prove ourselves to the physicians we work for? Not according to any I've ever known
  10. Congratulations on your graduation and your new job! Is the facility strictly long-term care, or do they have a subacute rehab function as well? This is quickly becoming the norm, as rehab pays much better than LTC. My position is very similar to Contrarian's, except that all of the patients I see are admitted under my Supervising Physician, who is the medical director of the facility. Most of the patients are here for rehab, and since we are located in a downtown metropolitan area, the feeder hospitals are such that we get some very acutely ill patients. I run a code about every we
  11. Also, if you choose the "Np/PA" option when you prescribe, you are automatically assumed to be an NP and your electronic signature is written that way. So you have to always add a "Comment" that your title is really PA-C. Very, very annoying.
  12. Update: Okay, I've been doing this for over a year now, and it is the ONLY thing I do. I'm in a practice with 2 docs and 2 PAs. We gather in the office in the morning to confer with each other, answer phone calls, review labs, etc. The support staff makes and confirms the appointments, gives us the charts and any special requests from the patients, and out we go. We have a program on our computer where we input the office address, our home address, and all the stops along the way, and it charts the best route. I did buy a Garmin Nuvi, and it was the BEST investment I ever made. It has sa
  13. To those of you doing this . . . How much did your car insurance increase when you started using your vehicle for work?
  14. Yes, since my last post, that issue has come up and I did get one. In fact, I had a patient with hypoxia and needed to be able to document his O2 sat in order to get him home oxygen supplies. I also neglected to mention a diagnostic kit. I like the little pocket-size ones to keep the weight down. I've also been campaigning for a Garmin or Tom Tom. I go into some rough Philly neighborhoods and the last thing I need is to get lost. Keep 'em coming!
  15. Actually, I think this is the perfect place to keep it. I've been doing this for a while now, so I'll just list what I've been taking and see if anyone has anything to add: Temp-a-dots Gloves Hand sanitizer BP cuff Stethoscope Diagnostic kit Patient charts Extra progress note forms Pens Penlight Tongue depressors Dressing changes, alcohol swabs, little individual packs of triple antibiotic ointment Prescription pad PDA if you're e-prescribing, using reference programs or EMR Tuning forks and hammer Pocket eye chart Cell phone A nice, plastic pencil-box type thingy that is p
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