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  1. I must say I’ve learned many things in the past week. Will never work without a written legal document delineating my duties again.
  2. That’s really discouraging. It’s incredible that it’s even legal to force us to answer work calls on our personal phones when we’re off duty. I guess they know they have us cornered since changing jobs in this market would be tough to say the least. My company basically has a monopoly on healthcare here. I would definitely have to move in order to find a new job.
  3. This is a topic that’s been brought up in passing in the past with our physician leadership and my answer has always been that I will take call for additional pay. I was always told “physicians don’t get paid extra” and it’s “a service to our patients.” I’ve argued that physicians are getting paid for call since it was in their contact, it’s just not itemized as such. I work for such a massive organization (I’m talking one of the biggest) and I don’t even know the name of a person who has any real power. We were purchased a few years ago and are now for-profit. I can only talk with physician leadership who are basically just giving us the message but have no authority to change it. Outside of unionizing, it does seem like there is not choice but to bow down. Nurses are currently trying unionize in our organization but the PAs are not organized at all. I would support a union but I’m not well connected enough (rural medicine, lone PA) to really get that going within the organization.
  4. I work in primary care for a hospital system. When I was hired, on call duties were not in the job description. Now, two years later, I’m being told that all primary care APs in the region are going to be added to the telephone call schedule later this year. No additional compensation will be given. We are already being compensated below state average for the specialty, which I have been somewhat okay with before this due to not being required to take call. I’m being told that physicians do this as part of the job without additional pay also. However, call was in their contract when they were hired. Has anyone else experienced this and were you able to negotiate? If so, how?
  5. I'm irate and emotionally crushed. My employer just announced a 25% cut in our clinic time. PAs/NPs have to use their PTO to make up that 25% (10 hours/week). Clinicians who are hourly non-exempt, like RNs, will be paid 70% of their pay for any hours they are sent home to 40 hours and they will not have to use PTO. The physicians have contracts and will be paid their full salary and will not have to use PTO for the 10 hours per week they do not work. How is this okay? Anyone out there with advice?
  6. What a steal! I looked for used on half.com but didn't see anything cheap enough to not just buy it new. 25 dollars. :heheh: I am, however, enjoying the book. It's sort of like a sideshow with explanations.
  7. Thank you! The seller said the order would be "fulfilled by Amazon" so I thought it would be okay.
  8. Hi everyone! I just ordered a copy of Dubin's EKG book from a seller on Amazon and I noticed my copy was printed in Hong Kong. If anyone has their copy handy, will you look and see if yours is printed in Hong Kong as well? This seems really weird and I don't want to have a knock off of such an important book. Thanks!
  9. Are you saying physicians don't appreciate what PAs do? Most physicians I've encountered like PAs and appreciate how PAs fit into the practice of medicine. And the PAs I've met seem to have a good working relationship with their physicians.
  10. Touché. I guess I'm hoping that PAs will become more commonplace as healthcare continues to evolve and tat will educate the public for us. However, I'm just a student who reads a lot and I'll be the first to admit that I don't know enough about being a PA yet to be throwing my opinions around. I just enjoy engaging in the discussion. It's interesting that the AAPA wants nothing to do with PR. That makes it difficult for PAs to organize any kind of widespread public education effort.
  11. I definitely see the importance for PAs to distinguish themselves as professionals. Sorry if I came off as attacking anyone's ideas, as that was certainly not my intention. I just think adequate public awareness would make the title unecessary. PAs already conduct themselves with a level of professionalism that makes it clear that they are indeed professionals. They're so good at it that many unsuspecting patients think they are physicians. I think if PAs keep educating people they won't need awkward titles any more than lawyers, engineers or CEOs need to be addressed by their professional titles. Physicians are still called doctor because it's a relic from the middle ages when there were only 3 professions (law, medicine, theology) and they were all called doctors. It's funny though, in the part of the country I'm from, even people who understand the PA/physician difference often refer to both as "the doctor." Of course, I would never let a patient think I'm a medical doctor. But I think it's a matter of grammatical convenience for people to just lump all medical practitioners together as "doctors."
  12. I'm only a future PA student (starting in August) so I realize my opinion means very little anyone on this forum. I can't see how saying "I'm PA Smith" is any more informative to patients than saying "I'm John Smith, a PA at this clinic." It really seems to be an issue of public awareness and I understand many PAs are trying very hard to educate the public. Nurses can say "I'm John Smith, a nurse" and physicians can say "I'm John Smith, a physician" because those professions are in the general public's vocabulary. I think as PAs become more ubiquitous and people learn that PAs are highly competent practitioners of medicine, this title problem will matter less. Incidentally, I would support the name change as a PA because "physician assistant" is a misnomer. PAs don't exist to get the physician coffee. It would be nice (and clear up a lot of misunderstandings) if the name better reflected the job.
  13. I was also preparing to head to nursing school when I got my acceptance letter. Always have a plan B! :smile:
  14. I don't think you should give up. Is your prerequisite GPA around 2.9 also or are old undergrad grades bringing it down? Many programs require a minimum GPA to apply. Usually it's between 2.8 and 3.2, with 3.0 probably being the most common cut-off point. Programs also usually require at least a C in all prerequisites. 1000 hours of HCE will get you interviews at many schools if you meet the GPA requirements, so try to get it above a 3.0 and keep adding quality HCE. Keep trying!
  15. I know a few PAs who did this. One is almost 2 years into her service and highly recommends it. The other is a new grad (Dec '11) and she hasn't been able to find a job that meets NHSC requirements. I was very excited about NHSC but after hearing about PA #2's struggles, I'm going to be more hesitant about signing up for anything without a guranteed job.
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