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  1. Depends on the questions the Board asks. I think about 50% ask about academic or professional probation, dismissals from school, etc. Almost everyone without a felony or drug/alcohol conviction eventually gets licensed but it generally adds a couple of months to the process. In California some are awarded an initial probationary license. If the questions have to be answered “yes” it is helpful to get an attorney to help draft your reply, advise what paperwork regarding the problem must or should be included, etc. Keep this on file because it will be needed subsequently for privileging, etc. Some states are more lenient. The last time I saw a Michigan license application it did not mention professional school probation, etc. Since this would not show up on a criminal background check, that would not be a problem. States like Florida and California have pretty extensive questionnaires. Just go to the Board site in your state and download the application. The lawyer will say, be rigorously truthful in answering the questions, but do not volunteer information that is not asked.
  2. He has to be honest with the specific questions asked on the license applications. Some ask if you were ever put on probation or dismissed from the school. If they ask about probation at the school he has to answer affirmatively If they ask about criminal convictions it does not appear that he does have to admit the incident. If he was ever charged criminally or arrested and they ask that, he will have to answer specifically. If he cannot figure out what they are asking he should retain an attorney to ask and receive documentation in a document called an opinion letter from the attorney.
  3. Telepsych is going to be very big in the future. You might take a hit if you miss something and you have not seen/talked to the actual patient. A brief telepsych link up with the patient after you get the case presentation by the nurses would protect you from this, let you keep up your clinical interviewing skills, and provide an interesting segue to the future in terms of experience with tele-psych. Jails and prisons are big utilizers as well as rural hospitals. Eventually, as the laws progress, you could set up your own business with a collaborating shrink.
  4. Last post. Google civilian physician assistant Okinawa. You will see the site of Civpers at the US Naval Hospital main facility and hiring authority in Okinawa. They have a list of folks they hire including PAs. Good luck. This is one company hiring civilian PAs for the AFB. Keep checking Glassdoor and Indeed for same. https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=Physician+assistant&sc.keyword=Physician+assistant&locT=C&locId=2867531&jobType=
  5. Also, check all of the contracting agencies that supply medical personnel overseas. There are dozens. Also, if you get some experience, you can apply for government contract locums back in the US for briefer (1-2) stints. Network the hell out of any military or civilian US PAs or docs you meet working there, don’t be embarrassed.
  6. I was going to send the USA jobs url as well. As soon as you graduate, take the PANCE, and then get licensed in a state that is inexpensive and does not require you to have a job in order to get licensed. I am going to suggest Michigan but I am sure there are others. Then apply to USA jobs. When you get there, explore the medical treatment facilities to find service PAs. When you find them, ask if there are any areas of need or open slots or even per-diem locums at any clinics. Get to know the medical chain of command via the internet before you go. Hopefully your husband is an officer and he can make contacts as well. Consider one of the new DMSc programs (A.T. Still/Lynchburg). (Full disclosure, I work for ATSU) so it appears that you have been doing something if all else fails.
  7. They have applied to the Arc-PA to run their entire PA program to the DMSc level, in 36 months.
  8. Residency. There are one or two primary care residencies around (VA and another one in Virginia, I believe). I don’t think you would be happy in an Emergency Medicine residency nor does it sound like you have the personality for it, but you might try something in an Internal Medicine primary care or IM subspecialty where you can narrow down your field a bit and have longer appointments. College or University health is another possibility. It just sounds like you need more training at a slower pace then you have received previously.
  9. Some one said bat shit crazy and I agree.
  10. For example, Henry Ford Health System posted 10 new PA jobs in the last five days.
  11. where in michigan? You might be doing something very wrong because there are plenty of jobs downstate. All of the major hospitals and systems are hiring. In the rural areas it is spottier. You can usually pick two out of three.......location, specialty, or salary, but usually not three out of three straight out. Don’t be afraid to take a lesser salary to get started after this length of time because the longer you wait, the longer you will be in competition with newer grads. Be sure to get your license, DEA, certification, and ACLS etc done prior. Have an experienced PA review your application materials. Hard to be more specific without knowing more info.
  12. PA Faculty at UC Davis taught and precepted medical students and residents for years. It was originally a grant funded position through Song-Brown. I got the first position in 1980. Later FNP and PA faculty formally taught the MS1 H and P course. Just for laughs, but my first salary out of school for that job was around $21,000.
  13. OK last post on this. Health Professions Incentive pay for non physician health professionals is $15K a year and pay for certification is $6K, my informants tell me and they are usually reliable. So that is 21K above the usual pay rates in special pay. Even minimal housing pay in low cost areas for a single person is about $12K a year so you are talking about 33K a year over the tables for rank and time in service, some of it non taxable. There is loan repayment available as well for certain posts.
  14. The bonus for being a PA is called a health professions special pay and is granted to NCCPA certified PAs.
  15. You get a bonus for being a PA plus a housing allowance that is tax free in addition to your salary. Actually the compensation is relatively equivalent if you come in as O-3 (usual with a masters and one year of experience) and can be substantially better if you are living in a high cost area ($1500 a month). So that’s 18K a year for a single person, say in the Boston area; tax free, and more if you have dependents. So you end up getting about $36 K a year above the salary structure that is listed per rank and years of service. Don’t forget that they pay you more if you have a family and cover all of everyone’s medical and dental expense. You get paid more with each promotion and each year of service. All of the services pay medical personnel bonuses in addition to rank pay, otherwise they would have no doctors, nurses, dentists, etc. You can use the GI bill to get your doctoral degree and then be promoted further. I am not a recruiter but I have worked with literally over 100 PHS PAs during my time at NSU. They factor in retirement after 20 years at half salary, the chance to have matching funds put into a 401K type plan as well, and the ability to transfer to a comparable civilian job within or outside of government after retirement. If they stay in government, say the VA, they earn two pensions and get creditable years of service for salaries. Generally no one quits over salary in the PHS, they quit because they don’t like that the role can have collateral duties other than clinical, and that deployments may be mandatory and unforgiving of family circumstance.
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