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  1. Hi all. In short, a medical situation has me mostly stuck around the house for the time being, and, to be honest, I was already very much burning out of clinical practice in my field. I've been scouring online for alternative/remote opportunities, but keep hitting brick walls. As I've been a decent editor/writer, that was my first avenue of inquiry. Medical and technical writing seems to be just what the doctor ordered, but thus far, every opportunity demands, at minimum, 3-5 years of "professional regulatory submission/writing experience," "Years of proven expertise in AMA and AP
  2. Hey all. I used to do cardiac stress testing, and I was wondering...was that job actually safe? I was doing standard Technetium 99 stress tests all day at that practice, which of course, involves standing next to and in front of patients injected with rest and stress doses of Tc99 for large periods of time. I did my best to keep distance, but as anyone in the field knows, there's a lot of time spent right next to the patient taking pressures, keeping them from falling, running the stress machine, putting electrodes on and off, etc. I could not find any data online, anywhere, about rad
  3. So I've recently developed tinnitus, and I'm really concerned that I may no longer be able to work in any field with pediatric patients (UC, Family, etc). When that febrile 4 month old comes in screaming their head off, it just seems like there is no earplug in the world that will block that 120db sound. And I can't exactly come in to work wearing giant aviation earmuffs to deal with Peds. Anyone have to deal with this? A search of "pediatrics" and "tinnitus" oddly came up with no hits, neither here or on other forums. Odd. Do I have to change specialties to one without peds? F
  4. It's even worse! I get a letter every 3 years from an agency claiming to be the DEA, demanding a sum of $1400 or threaten to remove my two state DEA registrations! Oh wait, that's the DEA. It's legally approved.
  5. I think the best one would be: PP - Physicianlike Practitioner It also correlates well to our relationship with some doctor organizations...pronounced: Pee-Pee Or maybe PN - Physicianlike Nonnurse - pronounced Pee-On... -------- In all seriousness, though, something that includes or reassigns the P.A. initials makes the most sense from a let's-get-real, streetwisestandpoint. We have spent decades telling people that there is a thing called "PA," and now we have to try to somehow deprogram all those people...changing just the correlating "expanded" version of the init
  6. The best ads, which I see CONSTANTLY, are something like this:
  7. Thank you, I guess that makes sense. With there was a good guidebook on these sorts of medico-legal vagaries for PAs. (Perhaps there is?)
  8. Thanks....sorry, would you be able to explain a bit more? Sorry, just never really learned the medico-legal rules well...I'd look them up, but no clue where to find this sort of question. Isn't the fact that I am a PA set up an expectation of a certain standard of care...and if I fail to act, even at the PCP's express instruction, or a the instruction of my SP (who I assume has a full MD scope of practice regardless of being employed as an "assessment" doc) isn't that a failure to act/dereliction/negligence? Thanks, sorry for what might seem to be simple questions...if you could poin
  9. That's ultimately the question. Like if I walk in there, and it's a situation that might need more emergent assessment, or needs a full workup, the visit just went from wellness assessment to full emergency room DDX...
  10. Thanks....yeah, it's the home version, I assume they have no other departments...that's my concern, is there a risk of a malpractice suit, if you are a PA but not acting (and not permitted by the company to act) in the scope of a PA...just as an "assessor"...i.e. the patient obviously needs X prescription, but you are told to leave it to the PCP that the patient will be told to follow up with... What might that risk be, I wonder, in light of my concerns about not performing with a full PA scope of practice, and possibly abandoning a patient who needs further care...not even sure who to
  11. You made the right move. Unquestionably. A few extra bucks are not worth a career lifetime of explaining things. And that's only if there isn't another lawsuite while oyu are working there. When I first graduated, I was offered a job at some...questionable place, processing no fault cases, for what was 2x the normal starting salary for PAs. Luckily, I followed my gut and said no. If it sounds way too good to be true...there's a reason. Don't even lose a minute's sleep over it...you would have been losing a lot more sleep for a lot longer if you had given in to the allure of
  12. Well....this is a comlex question. Complex because...we do not know you. Sometimes it's bum luck. Sometimes it's something about you, personally. Sometimes both. Sometimes neither. I struggled to find work after graduating. It took me about 6 months, and that job lasted for barely three...then I was back on the search again for about five months. Granted, this was when the economy hit bottom. It took me 5 years to get into the field I wanted. Part of it, for me, was lack of connections. I used to be shy, including in PA school, and finished rotations without as much as a busine
  13. I was offered a job for home assessments (I assume Mc/Mc type assessments) in NY for geriatric patients not seen in the past year. As I understand, this is for assessment only, no specific interventions. I was trying to figure out if this sort of thing is medico-legally risky (like if there is something that needs nonemergent but urgent treatment, but I am told or required to leave it to the PCP, is that abandonment/failure to act/etc.?) Any general thoughts from those who have done similar jobs? Thanks!
  14. I have not...but still, a lot of money, objectively. And especially for, again, questionable returns.
  15. I'm still waiting for the AAPA to confront the DEA about their outrageous registration fees. Until that happens, I can't think of anything the AAPA could do to benefit my life or practice. Oh, and lower their membership fees a bit. Not all of us work full time or in cheap-lifestyle markets. $295 a year for...not much of anything seems a bit steep.
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