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  1. Perception matters, and professional titles connote perceptions. In this case, how the general public and policy makers perceive the realm of practice of PAs matters greatly. The term assistant has been utilized in various ways (i.e., articles/comment sections) to suppress the profession. Therefore, be away with the hinderance since doing so is a logical and prudent measure to ensure that the profession thrives.
  2. Is this "definition" still in effect (see below)? If so, then you could say that if you signed their form as written, it could be construed as fraud under Texas law since you do indeed practice medicine. You could then offer to help them rewrite their form. Their reaction(s) would be interesting anyway. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/OC/htm/OC.151.htm OCCUPATIONS CODE TITLE 3. HEALTH PROFESSIONS SUBTITLE B. PHYSICIANS CHAPTER 151. GENERAL PROVISIONS SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS (13) "Practicing medicine" means the diagnosis, treatment, or offer to treat a mental or physical disease or disorder or a physical deformity or injury by any system or method, or the attempt to effect cures of those conditions, by a person who: (A) publicly professes to be a physician or surgeon; or (B) directly or indirectly charges money or other compensation for those services.
  3. Due to budgetary concerns, some teams may be skimping on helmet reconditioning and recertification (best performed yearly). Older helmets, up to 10 years of age, are often found among high school teams, and this makes me cringe. The newer helmets generally have offer better protection. Researchers at Virginia Tech developed a 5 star rating system for helmets that you may find interesting: http://www.beam.vt.edu/helmet/helmets_football.php Also on the website are links to publications though some recent ones are not listed. Ill fitting helmets remain a hazard and may be seen flying off heads during a practice or game. Flag football will probably become the norm in the not to distant future, for youth and high school anyway.
  4. Other considerations include environmental exposures such as, ticks (Lyme disease), faulty combustion appliance (or clogged flue), new job with new exposures, renovations in the home, etc. Any sudden change in diet or liquid intake? Nitrates and nitrites are high in some veggies and fruits too, and juicing can amplify a headache effect in migraineurs. Higher nitric oxide levels are associated with migraine. Newly added medications or supplements? Low antioxidant levels? Is the headache worsened by lying down or standing - possible IIH? Intense sunbathing? Sleep apnea?
  5. Enthusiasm waning... http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local/lmu-adds-doctor-of-medical-science-program-293b4a59-a666-473c-e053-0100007f6fc7-365346471.html
  6. This was discussed on their local news this evening: http://www.local8now.com/news/headlines/Lincoln-Memorial-University-introduces-new-doctor-training-program-365337101.html It sounds quite interesting, rather like a bridge, producing doctors through an apprenticeship approach. Wow, maybe....????
  7. I have mentioned it before, as in real estate - location, location, location and with medical providers it is perception, perception, perception. It seems to come back to the PA title with reclaiming the title of Physician Associate. That's not all. The doctorate will become a must for the survival of the profession though not necessary for all to practice medicine. The elevation of the perception will lift the profession as a whole. PA to MD or DO bridge programs will continue to be a desirable option for many. The PA niche will remain as intended, producing a well-trained medical provider, in a timely fashion, able to practice medicine with collaboration. However, once seasoned, there must be a option of pursuing a doctorate and the elimination of physician collaboration or tethering. Consultation will always exist anyway. The general public will accept a residency style doctorate embellished with classroom time (books, case studies, ...), stout tests, and lectures, etc. along the way. The time is at hand to grow bold in advancing the profession or grow extinct in the manner by which the PA profession is historically known. Being progressive is better that lagging. Work it. A stitch in time saves nine...
  8. The general public will find an online PA program a tough pill to swallow.
  9. Essentially, I see such higher traffic comment sections as green pasture on which to piggyback on the NP press in a way that shines a bit of light on the PA profession. Often, commenters lump NPs and PAs together in their assessments and perceptions. However, many see it as an either / or issue - physicians or NPs - with no mention of PAs, which also makes mention of PAs all the more important. Voices of PAs can enlighten the general public as well as healthcare policy makers who read these articles and comments. It also provides a voice for those PAs who may wish to share their vision for the future of PAs - clinical doctorates or independence (or not…), etc. for those who desire such. It is about presence, which can lead to articles on PAs too.
  10. There is a comment section following the article, and PAs already mentioned numerous times in comments. Feeling particularly bold? Work it! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/26/health/rural-nebraska-offers-stark-view-of-nursing-autonomy-debate.html?ref=health
  11. Okay, donated to nymedic.org. I felt more comfortable with the paypal option.
  12. To jmj11: Please post the organization name and address so that I may send a donation. Thank you. If you go, Godspeed, and to all others here who join this effort too.
  13. What does the medical school of the future look like anyway? Interesting: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/strategic-focus/accelerating-change-in-medical-education.page http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/2015/2015-04-13-ama-initiative-reshape-medical-education.page http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2015/02/17/video-how-to-fix-medical-education/ As the World Health Organization calls for innovation in medical education (including recognizing prior relevant experience) an innovative and strong yet accelerated PA bridge/pathway to physician could be built to fly. With the appropriate hurdles and sound design, the naysayers' rebuttals will ring hollow.
  14. PA presence, take part in the discussion via the comment section if you wish: More about that doctor shortage…. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/03/05/more-about-that-doctor-shortage-er-poor-distribution-of-physicians/ This is essentially part two of an earlier article (link noted in first sentence of new article). Most of the comments regarding PAs (and NPs) were cordial, several not so much.
  15. An article in the NYT on October 8, 1972 is interesting as well (search - "physician's associate" by oldest date). Subscribers can search the archives and read the PDF. An excerpt: "According the American Medical Association's Council on Medical Education, 'the tasks of the physician's associate will include…performance of patient care tasks and performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as may be delegated by the physician,' and he must be capable, the council says, of 'independent performance of ..response to life-threatening emergency situations.'"
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