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  1. PAEA actually states that they are generally supportive of OTP, as it exists now. The original survey that conveyed negativity on the subject, which was conducted in 2017, was actually based on FPAR, although the results were unfortunately named and released as OTP. From PAEA's 2019 paper on the topic: "We emphasize that the survey was based on the then-current definition of FPAR, before the addition of the language affirming that PA-physician collaboration should be established at the practice level." You can't blame educators for being concerned about FPAR. It is terrifying as an educator that our brand new graduates could potentially graduate one day and be solely responsible for all aspects of patient care the next day. We can all remember how much we floundered right out of school. OTP softens the blow a little bit and makes it clear that since the collaboration is determined at the practice level, there is a cushion and time for that new PA to develop. My personal impression (I don't speak for PAEA or other educators) is that there are many layers of this. First, not all PA educators (or PAs for that matter) really know what OTP is. Second, many PA educators haven't clinically practiced in an environment in which they lose out on jobs to NPs who don't have to be supervised - some PA educators don't think this situation exists! I've seen this personally. Third, PA education will have to change in order to better prepare graduates, whether it's FPAR or OTP. It is VERY DIFFICULT to change PA curriculum. We have to prove to ARC-PA that we have longitudinal data supporting even small changes. This sounds simple but believe me, it is not. On top of that, you have to get faculty members on board with changes, and often that's the hardest part. My opinion (again, not speaking for any other educators) is that there should be some further compromise between FPAR and OTP to cover those issues with new graduates, with progression to FPAR with experience. I also think it's short-sighted not to educate students on OTP/FPAR (I'm still surprised at how many students don't know anything about these concepts) and to bury our heads in the sand like this doesn't exist. If the students don't get jobs, we eventually won't have jobs as educators. The bottom line is, PA practice needs to move to a place where these supervisory laws/regulations go away if the profession is going to survive. Therefore, PA education is going to have to adapt to that.
  2. PAs For Tomorrow Members: I'm asking for your vote for Director at Large! This is a crucial time in our profession. We must be proactive in promoting PAs, rather than reactive. The old, passive "educating others on what we do" no longer works! We have to do more. As a clinician, I am frustrated by losing out on opportunities due to barriers to practice. As an educator, I'm tired of seeing my students having trouble getting jobs, due in large part to similar barriers! I'm ready to work to break down these outdated and unnecessary regulations. I have experience in leadership dating back to my days as a student, including serving on the PAEA and SAAAPA BODs. I continue to serve in various capacities today. Please vote for me - voting period is April 1-14!
  3. Can you teach? I was at that point where I just couldn't be a PA anymore. Teaching got rid of everything I hated about being a PA.
  4. Left clinical practice 2 years ago for full time education. Zero regrets. Saved my sanity. Education is stressful, but it’s a different kind of stress and I actually feel like I am doing something that matters rather than catering to administrators. I have occasionally had the worry that something will happen and I’ll have to go back to clinical practice and I won’t be able to get a job because I’ve been out for a while, and then after about 10 seconds the feeling passes because I remember that I’d rather sell my house and my car and take a major pay cut and go do something completely unrelated than return to the clinic, and I am totally ok with that. I hear the “you’ll lose your clinical skills” argument often, and it’s interesting...I find myself now, after having to study a lot in order to teach over the past 2 years, learning more new things and reviewing old cases, thinking about things I could have done differently, and I wonder if I would actually be a BETTER clinician now....doesn’t matter, couldn’t pay me enough to go back. If the job you have allows you to meet your needs in all areas of your life, you’ve hit the jackpot. Those don’t come along often. As you said, that time is priceless. I’d have been super jealous of that job at that point in my career.
  5. I hated practicing. I love teaching and that's what I do full time.
  6. Have you looked into the Future Educator Fellowship through PAEA? Applications for the next cohort should open this summer. Great opportunity to learn and network with current educators.
  7. One complained that she didn't like my hair. In that area, if your hair isn't at least 2-3 different colors with at least 2-3 feet of height, you're basically the devil. I apparently failed that test. And yes, the idiot administrators made a big frickin deal about it. On her side, not mine.
  8. Well, @sas5814, I mean, it looks like you don’t have to worry, actually, since their press release just says “such as nurse practitioners”....in typical fashion, PAs aren’t even mentioned....
  9. Interesting....If you are applying to more than one school that requires it, does it charge you an additional fee for each or just one fee that covers all? How much is the fee?
  10. Woman presented to the ER stating she shoved an entire bar of soap in her vagina after a fight with her boyfriend. I was too scared to ask what the fight was about.
  11. Guy presented to the ER after a raccoon bite to the lip. Was bitten because he had attempted to give the raccoon mouth to mouth and CPR because he believed it to be dying.
  12. I would be willing to bet that this is a widespread problem that preceptors are struggling with. I know at my program, we struggle with this type of entitled/gimme attitude constantly. I started here in the middle of a class that had already developed this behavior, but for the class starting soon, I plan to address this behavior before it starts. I wish we had more preceptors like yourself...unfortunately, many of them either don’t care or don’t understand that we need the students to be held to a higher standard. Don’t lower your expectations and feel free to let the program know your concerns.
  13. Well, I can't be too mad at the guy. Although Mittman still probably would have won (especially given the margin of victory), Mr. Anderson's behavior between that article and the Huddle certainly didn't help his preferred candidate....and for that I thank him.
  14. So where’s Catherine the huddle police on this one? 10 hours and this post, a thinly veiled attack on someone who did nothing to provoke it other than win an election, is allowed to stay up.
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