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  1. SB PA students take cadaver anatomy with PTs and Respiratory care, and medical physio with Respiratory. They have clinical rotations with medical students.
  2. It will be interesting to follow where this goes (if anywhere)...not sure it will get much traction! (RT to PA here!)
  3. Welcome! I'm actually a surgical PA but do part time work with gut microbiome and dysbiosis....the amount of constipation and GU issues in the depressed and anxious is huge! Lot of great literature on gut microbiome and psych, gut brain connection, butterflies in the stomach, etc!!
  4. Another advantage of vaccine passports....we might be able to track COVID variants/resistant forms in those of us who are vaccinated....easier tracking! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4516275/pdf/pbio.1002198.pdf Imperfect Vaccination Can Enhance the Transmission of Highly Virulent Pathogens Andrew F. Read, Abstract Could some vaccines drive the evolution of more virulent pathogens? Conventional wisdom is that natural selection will remove highly lethal pathogens if host death greatly reduces transmission. Vaccines that keep hosts alive but still allow transmission could thus allow very virulent strains to circulate in a population. Here we show experimentally that immunization of chickens against Marek's disease virus enhances the fitness of more virulent strains, making it possible for hyperpathogenic strains to transmit. Immunity elicited by direct vaccination or by maternal vaccination prolongs host survival but does not prevent infection, viral replication or transmission, thus extending the infectious periods of strains otherwise too lethal to persist. Our data show that anti-disease vaccines that do not prevent transmission can create conditions that promote the emergence of pathogen strains that cause more severe disease in unvaccinated hosts.
  5. This is from NY State Dept of Health return to work for HCPs: o HCPs must be asymptomatic. o HCPs must have a negative test (PCR or antigen) to return to work after an exposure and subsequently be tested every 2-3 days after the first test until Day 10 after exposure. o HCPs must self-monitor for symptoms and conduct daily temperature checks through Day 14. o HCPs must quarantine when not at work consistent with the Department’s guidance on quarantine. o At any time, if the HCPs working under these conditions develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should immediately stop work and isolate at home. All staff with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should be immediately referred for diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2. https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/ctrldocs/alrtview/postings/HCP_Return_to_Work_Exposed_Update_1_7_2021_1610041940729_0.pdf
  6. Hi Pre-PAs! The AASPA board of directors will be hosting a Pre-PA seminar (usually held in person in Florida each January, now on Zoom!). Sign up for a mock interview or essay review. Earn a certificate from AASPA- looks great on CASPA! Check out AASPA.com for more great info. AASPA Pre-PA Flyer.pdf
  7. Good point! I had an electrician come and do a job that took about an hour, walked out w $180 cash! Thats living!
  8. Positions for speciality PAs continue to grow in many areas (Surgery, critical care), Primary care positions continue to shrink as NPs dominate the outpatient arena (agree w above). In addition to above NETWORKING is key: 1. Work w your state and speciality organization, volunteer for a committee, etc 2. Volunteer w a local PA program to teach or help w physical exam. This will get your name out there, build your resume, and possibly get you that position. Lastly, consider a residency!
  9. Some interesting literature on Ivermectin and COVID: Dec 2 2020: https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(20)32506-6/fulltext Ivermectin may be effective for the treatment of early-onset mild Covid-19 in adult patients. Early viral clearance of SARS-CoV-2 was observed in treated patients. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32251768/ We report here that Ivermectin, an FDA-approved anti-parasitic previously shown to have broad-spectrum anti-viral activity in vitro, is an inhibitor of the causative virus (SARS-CoV-2), with a single addition to Vero-hSLAM cells 2 h post infection with SARS-CoV-2 able to effect ~5000-fold reduction in viral RNA at 48 h. Ivermectin therefore warrants further investigation for possible benefits in humans.
  10. Great question and some even better replies!!! Like many at the start for me it was "all surgery all the time: working two surgical jobs, teaching surgery at 2 PA Programs, state and national board work and lecturers etc etc...until I had a similar conversation that started this thread with someone in the OR Lounge that convinced me to diversity: little league coach, run for the local school board, teach at community college, start trading stocks for income, etc etc .....now if someone sees me in the clinic to get their staples out they proclaim "Hey, I saw you coaching 3ed base!" So the answer is: Keep being amazing at your practice....but make sure you diversify!
  11. I've found in surgery I have a great deal of autonomy: -Seeing consults in the ED and booking them- surgeon meets the patient in Pre-op -Running the pre & post-op clinic while the surgeon is home or in the hospital -Post-op telemedicine, wound checks etc etc. -Deciding how to close up a midline laparotomy while the surgeon starts a case in the other room etc!
  12. This is next weekend! Hope to see all Tampa Pre-PAs there!
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