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  1. Which campus, help a brother out. I can still turn back. Weiler moses or Wakefield?
  2. A lot of trauma has gone non operative with the advent with IR and CT scans, I'm currently with a trauma service where I just do a lot of discharges, dressing changes and trauma codes. The residents have priority with the emergency surgeries. AnywayI have an interview with a Vascular surgeon who states that his practice will be 60:40 (Scut work such as floors/consults/preop/postop vs OR time) . I looked at SDN for Vascular vs Trauma lifestyle , from a physician standpoint they both kind of stink lifestyle wise, a lot of emergent cases without a lot of info. However I'm curious to hear PA's in the surgical theaters on this forum and how they like their respective position in vascular vs trauma. I heard a resident tell me he doesn't like Vascular because a lot are "walking zombies" with tons of medical problems , which I have seen from first hand experience. Just wanted to hear other perspectives to see if I should jump to Vascular. I live in a major city where academic affiliations are everywhere and a PA breathing 10 feet from the OR is a rarity , kind of forever subjected to scut, if you're not experienced already/done a residency. The new place looks promising, it's a community hospital with no residents, the attending states he's eager to teach.
  3. Agree^.I went into ortho then em/im , definitely easier to start broad first then find your niche, don't sell yourself short ,you might regret it down then line when you're trying to leave a specialty and go back into internal medicine.
  4. Just read this from the ACEP Facebook page :http://www.nbcnewyork.com/investigations/Urgent-Care-Center-New-Jersey-New-York-Connecticut-Physician-Assistant-Doctor-Regulation-283103481.html
  5. PASSED! My PANRE score was surprisingly higher than my PANCE score too!
  6. Yes if you're chief in one position and make the schedule to accommodate your 2nd job.
  7. ..when your attending copies your entire EMR progress/admission note ,passes it off as his own and doesn't sign your note (that he/she just copied)..
  8. I'm part time lurker and long time subscriber to the forum, I just recently took my PANRE (5th year) and I similarly share the horrendous feeling that others have experienced. For example there was a question regarding what's associated with Cor Pulmonale the choices were Obstructive Bronchitis /Emphysema and 2 other choices (something to that extent..)I guessed Emphysema. Now most of the listed PANCE/PANRE review books mentions" COPD" is associated with Cor Pulmonale , however in an USMLE 2 book it does takes it one step further to state Bronchitis>Emphysema can lead to Cor Pulmonale Frankly In my opinion that's a BAD question , since even the official AAPA review material don't cover that breadth of info. Furthermore I'm slightly upset since I poured a lot of time into studying. I have purchased a few of the recommended texts here and even subscribed to a PANCE/PANRE question bank. I answered well over 1000 questions , and studied for a good 2 months, went to the USMLE 2 secrets /First Aids Pearls text for last minute refreshers and I left that exam feeling like crap. I read the PANRE warning signs on this site months ago and took the Primary Care exam and I'm blown away by the esoteric vignettes they listed as questions. I really don't recall this experience taking the PANCE 5 years ago. The keyword association did really not work for my version of the test (Not one Koplik Spot/Auer Rod/Philadelphia Chromosome, Currant jelly stool/sputum, bilateral hilar adenopathy), and the classic pathognomonic signs were hardly listed . I don't know how they score this test and how much of the 240 questions were pretest questions but I left that exam room in shambles thinking the fool proof study formula that got me my PA-C a few years ago was hardly applicable this time around. I don't know my score yet, but the overwhelming consensus is that the PANRE changed around 2011-2012? Just looking for guidance, tips from those who did well or those that flunk but passed the 2nd /3rd/4th time around.
  9. I'm in a dream situation but I'm stuck and would like to consult the sages on this forum for their advice. After much deliberation and reading the pro's and con's of residencies programs. I applied to a critical care residency program earlier this year and even got past the interview component earlier this week. I was informed that they will not make their decision known until later this summer, HOWEVER as faith would have it ,a SICU position I applied for opened up and is highly considering me. My question is I was curious should I just take the job and have good faith I will learn on the job? or hold my breath for the residency program. BTW I'm 4 years out as a PA with exp. in internal medicine/emergency medicine. I don't want to sulk 10-20 years down the line that I didn't do the critical care residency, however 100% of the senior PA's I ask (all varied from either critical care/Surgery/SICU background had informed me just take the SICU job. One more thing, I need more procedures under my belt, and since I'm not familiar with PA's in the SICU setting. I wanted to know if newly hired SICU PA's whether or not it's an uphill struggle to get any procedures done or learn on the job. I know PA's from the older generation had 1:1 supervision with the intensivist and were spoon fed but it seems like that style of teaching has fallen out of favor.....which was why I thought about the residency route in the first place... I just need a wider array of responses and wanted to see if the folks her have any tips or suggestion for my dilemma ?
  10. With NY and its 20+ programs , the employers can afford to low ball. You don't want it ? Fine , somebody who is hungry , with loans and bills to pay will. There's also been quite a bit of hospital closings in our neck of the woods, so more experienced PA's are also looking for new positions. I plan to move out west and dream big in the next 5 years ,because I was reading somewhere in CA that they were paying 100K + benefits for a new grad, and that's when I realize I'm in the wrong place , so for the moment I'm just accruing experience and scouting at new places to settle in. Actually even if you were to move up north (Upstate NY) the prospect and salary is much higher , but speaking for NYC , the salary stinks.
  11. The salary is low, but the state of our economy is even lower. Imho its better than nothing. Count it as an experience and launching pad. There are a lot of hungry new grad PA's out there who would probably approach this with the same mentality . You said Veterans hospital right? They probably have a lot of perks with that low salary, most gov positions do...
  12. 1 month. class notes and kaplan book. Didnt bother with prep classes or paying extra. Passed on first try :)
  13. When you apply for these particular skill sets/procedures, are you electing yourself to perform it? or are you electing yourself to be supervised/taught how to do it ? This is not an Oregon specific question, just a personal one.
  14. When you apply for these particular skill sets/procedures, are you electing yourself to perform it? or are you electing yourself to be supervised/taught how to do it ? This is not an Oregon specific question, just a personal one.
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