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  1. Hi All, I am currently a PA who is in a fellowship for epidemiology which is about to end and I am trying to move back closer to Nevada where my family lives (we have a baby boy, now, and really want him to have grandparents around). I was wondering if anyone who lives in Las Vegas/Reno or SLC can share their thoughts on the job market, practice environment, and salaries in NV vs. UT? I have a strong background in public health and epidemiology/research, but I am thinking I might switch back to medicine for a while for the pay (my parents don't have enough money saved for retirement) and to keep my clinical skills fresh. I am interested in emergency medicine or any positions that might be well suited for someone with 2 years of Emed experience. Thanks for your consideration!
  2. Interesting comments on the ACA and the expansion of healthcare. Agree with SocialMedicine re: Hep C treatment, very exciting stuff. I'm surprised noone has mentioned antibiotic resistance yet. It was identified by the director of CDC as being one of the top health priorities in 2014: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/18/5-health-challenges-for-2014/
  3. I was able to do a lot of research while in PA school. What worked well for me was setting aside 1 day a week to continue working on my projects/papers (Thursday mornings). Granted, as finals and midterms neared, this would slow everything to a halt. But I was still able to keep in touch with my team and move things forward. As a bonus, much of what I have done I have been able to apply to my research-based classes in my PA program. For example, my evidence-based medicine class projects have been a breeze because of my own literature reviews. Although it adds another item to your notoriously busy schedule, it was also a welcome respite from the calamity of medicine. What's more is that since I knew my time was so limited, I was VERY productive during this time slot. I always looked forward to my Thursday morning "research" ritual in the library during my didactic year!
  4. Hey everyone, I am currently a 2nd year PA student who is interested in pursuing research in addition to practicing medicine. I graduate this Spring but I have no idea what I can reasonably expect as a new graduate. I was hoping someone with more experience could inform me what has worked for them and perhaps share with me any advice on how to approach finding a good home for a new graduate who likes to do research. I have considered academic hospital centers my area, but I am uncertain how I should approach my job hunt. Should I sell myself as a PA or a researcher? Or both? Which one is more important? How valuable would a person like me be to these institutions? What about salary, would I make less money if I were doing less research and more clinical work? A little background on myself, I am in the DC area and have several primary authorships to my name in medium impact journals all on antibiotic resistance. I’ve also won an award for my writing. I am interested in ID but finding the right work environment is more important to me than finding the exact field in which I have expertise. Pay isn't a high priority for me.The most important thing to me is having the right mentor/team that will allow me to learn medicine while also developing my own research projects. Ideally I would like to work 2-4 days in the wards/clinic and 1-2 days on research (35-45 hours/wk). Any guidance would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration!
  5. I agree with PAMAC. I think the extra cost of tuition would be worth the smaller class size, being close to the family, and the school being a better fit for you. These three things really do make or break your PA school experience, so School A would be worth it. What I wouldn't give to be 2 hours away from family!
  6. I agree with PAMAC. I think the extra cost of tuition would be worth the smaller class size, being close to the family, and the school being a better fit for you. These three things really do make or break your PA school experience, so School A would be worth it. What I wouldn't give to be 2 hours away from family!
  7. Sunday through Tuesday. You'll definitely want to go to the challenge bowl on Sunday night. Also, I believe Monday is the big day for students, there are always some excellent sessions for students. Also, if you're into research, Tuesday is when all the action is with the poster session. See you all in Toronto.
  8. Thanks. You are the reason why I write, haha. GWU is a great place for health policy, as you can imagine. Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise good luck on your school search.
  9. Thanks. You are the reason why I write, haha. GWU is a great place for health policy, as you can imagine. Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise good luck on your school search.
  10. In my opinion, the beauty of having an MPH and a PA degree is that you will have a little more flexibility with what you do than with a PA alone. While PAs have the horizontal flexibility that enables them to move from one specialty to another, a PA/MPH has an entire other dimension of career possibilities in the Public Health world. And the Public Health world, as it turns out, is HUGE. It's difficult to define because it's so broad; it encompasses anything from injury prevention, to environmental disasters, to disease outbreaks, to health promotion and education in a community, to dentistry, and so on and so forth. This is the reason why we have several tracks to choose from with our MPH (I am in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, for example). As a Public Health Professional with CLINICAL expertise, you are an extremely valuable commodity in the Public Health realm in terms of what clinicians do and how they think, and also in research, policy, and education. As a PA with PUBLIC HEALTH expertise you will be better equipped to impact the communities you serve on a larger scale in terms of health education, health promotion, health interventions, health policy changes, or epidemiology (population health studies). Here is a post I wrote last June about this topic: http://www.memothepa.com/2010/06/so-about-that-mph.html Also, I encourage you read this thread on MD/MPH, read the second post by Heal&Teach. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/archive/index.php/t-134791.html
  11. For anyone interested in the PA MPH program, I started a blog about my experiences as a PA MPH student (I am currently in my second semester). I really enjoyed reading PA student blogs when I was applying to PA schools I felt they gave a perspective into a program you really couldn't find elsewhere. However, I didn't find any pertaining to any PA MPH programs, so I started my own. Maybe you'll it useful if you're considering applying for, or accepting a spot in a dual degree program. The URL is included in my signature below.
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