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  1. Sorry SAS, I just saw this. It has been some time since I called. I just stated that I was a graduate and looking for a copy of my transcript. I don't remember facing any obstacles. Did you have any luck?
  2. I just called the "school house" in San Antonio and with a written release, they sent the paperwork.
  3. The amount of unemployment assistance you would receive in my state is based on your most recent quarterly earnings. I wonder if taking a cut in pay, then later getting furloughed, may affect the amount you are eligible to receive.
  4. entpac

    Military Recall

    Originals22, Thanks for the clarification and thanks for serving.
  5. entpac

    Military Recall

    cc 56 - I am sure I will stay busy at my current job in a major medical center. I am glad there was such a positive response to the call for help. We anticipate a surge of patients in the near future and are preparing to manage the situation as it presents. It struck me as odd to not see PA's listed in the DFAS newsletter since we bring so much experience.
  6. SAS - so glad to hear your wife is with you! Best wishes. I will be taking call if a resident ENT team goes down. I take my job for what it is. I would work using the one N 95 I have (for airway consults) and stay away from my family. Should this scenario come to pass, I will be living in a camper parked outside of my home.
  7. As a retired military PA with over 20 years of honorable service, I find it odd that the request for assistance from retired/ previous service members for COVID 19 response does not include PA's. Having served for months with a unit overseas, no physician in the immediate AO, I find it difficult to believe my skills are not valued now. Are any other retired military PAs sharing the same sentiment?
  8. I received a DFAS newsletter today. Army announced voluntary recall of retired providers today. NPs mentioned but not PAs. I am a retired Army PA with over 20 years active service and am disappointed in this decision. As an LPN prior to choosing the PA Career Path, I never saw this coming.
  9. I am salaried. Our physicians get RVU bonuses every year. PA's do not. I give a small gift to our MA's and nurses because they are hard workers and work on "overload" almost every day. We couldn't do what we do, as well as we do it, without them! Although it is costly, giving a small token of appreciation to the MA's and RN's is another way of acknowledging them. Giving gifts is a personal choice and some of the other PA's do not give gifts. If giving from the heart, give, but it is not an obligation.
  10. I wear a.mask if the patient is acutely ill and tell them "there's a virus going around." I wear one in the room if there is a heavy tobacco smoke smell too.
  11. They can be a trigger for an asthmatic, yet they are subject to exposure when they come to a clinic.
  12. We have several surgeons in our group. At state level I have one primary and all the others listed as alternates. This protects me if my SP decides to leave or if I have to go to the OR while on call at night or if a Resident is not available.
  13. We always read our own images, usually same day the imaging is done then later compare to the "final Radiology read." (It may take a couple of days for a Radiology read.) At times, we request the Radiologist consider an addendum to their report however that is not a frequent occurrence. We have an excellent Neuroradiologist on staff that we can query for any concerns.
  14. I took it for the last time in my career, 2017, after working many years in ENT. I took a general review course a year prior and used that to identify my weaknesses however with the NCCPA template could have done just as well. Although review courses really aren't my thing, HIPPO works well for a basic review and is user friendly. I had no problems passing the PANRE and did not even come close to the pass / fail mark. Best advice is to get a good night's sleep and go in there focused!
  15. Pri Med. This site has free CME that meets our state requirement for "Narcotics and Pain Management.". There are several other topics available.
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