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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 do this may be to type up a letter with these dates on it. Present this to them and tell them if someone signs this and prints their name, you will never contact them again for anything. If they refuse, which they might... Consider contacting an employment lawyer. You have been damaged unfairly and illegally, and it may well be worth a few hundred bucks for a threatening phone call, and an attempt to acquire the above letter. Even if you don't hire someone, make sure you grab a few business cards. You can slip one into any correspondence or any other meeting and say that your rights and damages have been explained to you, and if issues aren't resolved, there are other actions that can be taken. Absolutely true. Anyway, sorry again but you are going to be okay. I am in a similar situation, minus the confrontation. It sucks. Let us know how it turns out, okay? Good luck.
  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-two punch that cannot be beat. Others may disagree, but as we all know, those who disagree with me are wrong.
  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. Deadly combination.
  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 is about average for applicants so you are okay there. If I was you, and around 2010 I pretty much was, I'd consider something like this. Get yourself some part time HCE jobs - at least one where you touch patients. While you are doing that, take a couple of classes to bolster your GPA a little and show that you are still interested. Your local community college system should have something you haven't taken yet, even with a Bio degree. (Ev Bio? Genetics?) If you haven't taken A+P 1 and 2, you will need those - PA schools, unlike medical schools, require it. A scribe job is great - I did it - and a few schools (just a guess, maybe a third or less) do accept it, some enthusiastically. A fantastic one - two punch is a scribe job and a real touch the patient job. There are certified MA schools online that you can knock out in a couple of weeks. You can also find compressed EMT or CNA / LPN training, that by the way count toward your GPA. This is what I did, and it worked. My degree is in something unrelated to medicine so I had to take more classes, but it was a similar experience. Best of luck and let us know what happens.
  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 as a new grad, because 38-40 hours/week and no PTO or CME time ever. It was a slam dunk - no thanks. Bottom line is it depends on how many hours they want per month with no PTO, and if they will schedule you what you request.
  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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