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  1. Jeez. I am very sorry this has happened. First of all, moving forward, consider your former employer to be a hostile entity bent on destroying you. Any conversation with another employer begins with checking the box "no, you may not contact my former employer". If they persist, then explain that you left due to integrity issues, use those words and leave it at that. Try to get a signed letter or other documentation stating your dates of employment and nothing more. A prospective employer has a right to this, and will probably ask, and it's a fair question. A good way to
  2. No one leaves until I post a link to my own best story https://www.physicianassistantforum.com/topic/44702-my-doctor-is-a-very-aggressive-power-hugger/#comment-366047 ok carry on
  3. This was way funnier than originally intended. I've no fear whatsoever of verbally saying and then thoroughly documenting that a consult was refused. Let them explain the reason when a follow up is made. "Great. I'll document your refusal to accept. Is there someone else on your service who is accepting consults this evening? I can just use the call schedule if you like. " Call to Dr. Prick made at 20:14, consult refused. I can be passive aggressive and I will be gunning for you from that day forward.
  4. I tend to agree. When I happened upon a scribe, it took me about 30 seconds to realize that this is what I needed. I would have paid for this experience, and it worked. It was made very clear to me that I was a shoo-in for PA school based on my scribe experience. In fact, I hardly said anything at all in my interview as they went on and on about it. However, I will (and have been) the first to add that it doesn't stand alone. You also need quality, touch-the-patient HCE (I was an EMT but struggled to get a decent amount of hours). But as an adjunctive experience, it's a one-t
  5. Yikes, what a nightmare. I will say that surgeon was playing with fire, though. If they are bad enough to require open heart...look man, don't leave the hospital.
  6. Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2. I dunno about a Screener. It may be accepted but would not be at the top. If at all possible, get something with as much patient and medicine involvement as you can. If the EMT job market in your area does not suck horribly, you could do that, because that involves forming an independent diagnosis. ER tech is excellent, followed by the various patient care tech / MA jobs. Any of these would work. I would have worked the scribe job for free. Again if you can, consider the combo of scribe and a very hands on position like PCT or MA or EMT. Dea
  7. In a word, yes you might find it to be a better fit. PA is medicine hard and fast in school, and we get nearly everything relevant to practice in a small fraction of the time. But we have one single national board exam, and that's it. MD/DO programs are for people who are really good at studying basic sciences in considerable depth over several years and taking high-pressure exams that determine their fate. It wasn't for me, either. My feeling is that for PA, your BioMed Masters is overkill, and it isn't going to help your scores for MD school. Waste of money and time. Your GPA
  8. Most of the jobs that don't offer PTO are 10-13 shifts a month, or a comparable amount of hours per month to that (120 or so) , and usually shift work. And usually in a 24/7 operation like EM or ICU. Some people are critical of no PTO/CME time, but that's a lot of time off and it helps relieve a scheduling and paperwork nightmare so I sort of get both sides of that. The typical setup is to let them know which of the days you want shifts and when you don't. Any more shifts/hours than that, then no PTO is not a job you want, for sure. I turned down a job like this, paying huge bucks
  9. I agree strongly with mgriffiths and the LT. Get your (and your patients') expectations straightened out. The problem may be your attitude. Your heart is definitely in the right place and, by the way, I would be proud to be your co-worker or patient. But you are trying to do too much and fit a square peg into a round hole. I wouldn't start looking around yet unless this goes very badly for some reason.
  10. This happened once a week at county. We also had a lot of professional drinkers with BAC's in the 700's (the most I saw was 777). That takes years of concerted effort. That's a BAL of 0.70 where 0.08 is the legal limit. move the decimal 3 places. Most drug users like to be either "up" (coke, meth) or "down" (heroin, opioids). Some can ride both sides of that dragon.
  11. There are a lot more than two PA psych residencies/fellowships. The VA, Rutgers, Texas Tech... etc. By the time you are getting out of school there could be a couple dozen of them. https://www.google.com/search?q=psychiatric+physician+assistant+residency+fellowship&oq=ps&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j0l4.6882j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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