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  1. I had the same experience. Aside from watching one C-section, my OB/GYN was all GYN. I had no desire to go into OB, but I think I should have had the experience I deserved (and paid for).
  2. Mostly multiple choice or short answer.....except for muscle charts/brachial plexus recreations from memory
  3. Run into this all the time both from large corporate entities and small private practice. Majority do want that signed release. I just wish they understood that was an unnecessary delay in medical treatment.
  4. Well, that depends. Often med record release states a specific office the patient is granting release of records from. You could put a broad answer like "any treatment facility" and also the forms are often dated and you could put like "valid for 90 days". Keep in mind that often a release is not needed when requesting records in order to facilitate treatment. If you and the other office are both involved in the care of certain conditions, then a release isn't needed.
  5. PA "name" is the way to go. I think to completely omit your professional title can then be potentially misleading to patients. Yes, I have PA on my scrubs and name badge, but people don't always read and/or listen.
  6. kudos...people don't like change, but change happens. Well written post and I hope for a positive dialogue in return.
  7. When asked, I always respond with "I'm a PA" and then further define based on the confused look. When going into a room "Hi, I'm PA DizzyJon and I'll be taking care of you today" I explain what a PA is if asked and do not make a comparison to NPs unless the individual brings up NPs. I don't like saying "I'm one of the PAs" because I feel like what am I just letting them know I'm not the only one working here.
  8. I wish I could...in the last 3 years I've moved from Ohio to Hawaii to California and then back to Ohio just 3 months ago. Need to stay put for awhile.
  9. Locums right out of school is not the best job for most PAs, but can see how locums would probably be your only option for short term work before starting a residency.
  10. In my experience hospitals have a rigid salary structure. They have paid based on years of experience and little negotiation. If they do have a structure based on experience then see what the cut-offs are. If you are <12 months away from the next salary bump, then you could try to negotiate on that.
  11. Surgery is a great field and was an interest of mine in school. It would be one of the more dependent specialties. You willfrequently be working side-by-side the surgeon. However, outside of the OR you could see office follows up independently, rounding on pre/post-op patients (often then re-rounding with the surgeon later), and perhaps minor procedures (non OR) on your own. Number 1 pretty much sums up most PA vs NP arguments about why that are ahead of us. It's a shame, but I agree there are fewer and fewer PA leadership positions. It is my desire to become that "chief PA officer" and one of the reasons I got a doctorate. I've taken the chance and applied for many RN leadership positions (like ER director) in which I met all their desired qualification except not being an RN....of course I never received a call, but it was worth a shot.
  12. Yes really. Just check out their website and apply.
  13. I've personally not seen NPs beating out a PA for a position because of a doctorate. Of all the NPs I've worked with, I know of only one who even has a doctorate. PAs dominate certain specialties and NPs others. I don't see that changing. Autonomy isn't becoming slimmer at all. Just the opposite. We will gain independence eventually. it is just going to be a slower process for us. I sometimes think about the market getting oversaturated, but then also think about how an increase in demand can arise as we do gain more independence. There will always be areas with constant saturation because people want to live there. I haven't run into a lateral mobility issue yet. For me I'm ER. So, jumping into FP/IM/UC are pretty easy. Now if I wanted to go into surgery, I could have a tough time getting in not having any OR time since school. If the CAQ thing ever takes off, then maybe, but I haven't seen a CAQ requirement but maybe once in a job posting.
  14. Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital has lots of job openings if you are able to head north
  15. What area are you in?