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  1. Thanks Cideous. Yes I did earn my spot and worked very hard to get it. People change, circumstances change, life happens. There is no way for a PA program to predict that. I know of someone who wanted to be a lawyer all her life, went to her dream school, in debt $200k and after practicing for a few years she realized it just wasn’t for her. Nothing wrong with that. Yes, someone else could have taken her spot but she earned it. All of us have earned it. Getting into PA school isn’t easy. Like the saying goes, you won’t know until you try it.
  2. I have considered peds. Kids are fun. I would not want to do internal med or endo, just not appealing to me. Call me negative Nancy but I feel like regardless of specialty or employer, my reasons for wanting to leave apply to all. It’s just healthcare and medicine. A tiny part of me it’s still not completely done which is why I’m still practicing but just not sure how much longer that will last. I’m not giving up hope though.
  3. Nothing concrete but narrowing my list down. I wish the answer was crystal clear but unfortunately it's not. I've been in the medical field in some way or another since I was 18yo and its all I know. This is a plus if I decide to continue in medicine but not good in trying to transition to something outside of medicine. The same cheesy answer as almost all PA prospects: I wanted to help others. I absolutely love those visits when I feel I've actually helped a patient however those are very scarce, even when working in family med.
  4. For almost all of 2019, I’ve contemplated leaving the PA profession and medicine. I’ve been a PA for 5 yrs and feel like I’m fortunate enough to have realized this early on in my career instead 15-20yrs into the profession. I’ve decided to share my thoughts, which also include similar sentiments I’ve come across from reading blogs and forum posts. For those of you feeling the same, know you are not alone. For those of you asking what my next step will be, I don’t know. But what I do know that I would hate to continue feeling this way for the next 30+ years of my career if I continue as a PA. Why I want to leave: -Constantly worried I’ll make a mistake (wrong dosage of a medication, abnormal lab report getting overlooked, etc.) and harm a patient. So much liability and stress is involved with the job. Our decisions affect whether a patient lives or dies and it’s so much to take in. - Working in a healthcare system expects superhuman performance from humans under tremendous stress. It often seems blind to humanness, both providers and patients. - Hospitals, administrators, employers, and patients all seem to have a more powerful voice in the field of medicine than providers. -The joy of medicine is being sucked out slowly by increased burdens of pressure to see more and do more, in turn earning more money for the organization and not to the benefit of the patient or provider. -Working at a pace that is superhuman, dealing with the tiniest of details that could kill someone if one mistake is made with the constant threat that if you are human and actually err, you will pay dearly for it. -The healthcare system sets unreasonable standards for production and expect us not to make any significant mistakes. On top of all that, expects us to make every patient happy under penalty of our job. -We see too many patients in very little time and the expectations are unreasonable. -Healthcare is dictated by algorithms and is unconcerned with the human dynamics and acuity of illness. -There is endless administrative paperwork and insurance requirements that make each visit less about the patient and more about getting items checked off the list. -It’s all about the money. Not for the people who provide the healthcare but for the investors, corporations, insurance companies, and hospital groups. -The average patient-doctor interaction provides just enough time to say a quick hello, get a run-down of symptoms, make a diagnosis, and prescribe a quick-fix drug to mask the condition. I would love hear your thoughts on this topic.
  5. Just curious how the DMSc degree will advance a PAs career? Pardon my ignorance but haven’t read too much about the degree and how it might be useful.
  6. Agree. I didn’t realize it until I started practicing.
  7. I totally understand how you are feeling. And feeling stuck is not a good feeling at all. It makes you feel hopeless. After 5 yrs of being a PA and one malpractice suit, I’ve become very disillusioned with healthcare and medicine. I’ve looked into changing jobs/specialty but the reality of it all is that our healthcare system is messed up...like bad(I’m in UC/FM). People say to “find your passion” and “do what you love” but sometimes it’s easier said than done. What has helped me is to research whats out there so I know I have options, healthcare related or not. You WILL be stuck if you make yourself stuck. Set aside 1-2 hrs on your weekend for personal development and check out what’s out there. My goal now is to work for myself and have my own business.
  8. If I have malpractice insurance provided by my employer and I get a personal malpractice policy, which policy takes the handle or pays out in case of a lawsuit? Do the attorneys for both policies work together? Currently looking into CM&F but they are pretty pricy. Almost 3k for 1M/3M policy.
  9. Thank you so much for your response. I was too afraid and embarrassed to even post but I felt like others should know some of us have been through the same and are here for support.
  10. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so sorry you had to go through it for so long! Thats insane. I can fully understand how emotionally exhausting it can be. How did you get past feeling like quitting medicine? That's all i think about is quitting. My confidence has been shot and I'm working on rebuilding it but its not easy.
  11. Unfortunately, it has happened to me. Very stressful process and still going through the motions. Not sure how this will play a part in credentialing or with malpractice premiums; just have to wait and see. I will say that Medical Malpractice Stress Syndrome is very real! Curious to know how others have coped. A PA support group for this would be awesome.
  12. Is it recommended to have both malpractice insurance through our employer AND personal liability insurance? If we have both, which would be used for the “medical disaster”?
  13. I’m almost 4 years in and I’m glad I’m realizing so early on that this isn’t “my calling” as I thought it was for so many years. The stress, the burn out, getting cursed out by patients because you didn’t prescribe the abx they desperately need for there cold, the risk of getting sued are not worth it. There are those days that I feel I’m making a difference and feel like this is worth it but those are VERY few. I’m on the look out for a non-clinical opportunity but find those are hard to come by. Continuing my search and hoping Lady Luck is on my side.
  14. I’m glad to see I’m not not the only one that feels this way. I thought I was being a a wuss for complaining and not seen more. Been looking already and most of the job postings start with “busy practice seeking...” and we all know what that means.
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