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  1. One of the MD's that I know is switching to this method after 25 years of practicing without it. He had 2 PA's on staff, so I'm assuiming those PA's will have to find other jobs? Do you think a lot of physicians are going to go this route with ACA more pronounced now? Will this overtax NP's and PA's in terms of patient load and quality of care if more physicians choose this path?
  2. Has anyone's SP switched to MDVIP? How did this impact you? How do you see this program impacting other Primary Care PA's and patients in the future? This article was published last year and goes into more detail --> http://www.newsreview.com/reno/doctor-wont-see-you/content?oid=12135639 Thoughts?
  3. I personally don't have an issue with getting the flu shot and have received it already. However, I have also seen quite a few people (more than 15 that I know of personally) leave the hospital and 2 were fired for refusing to get the flu shot. I am very certain of those 15 refusing to get the flu shot and left the hospital for that reason alone though. Five of those individuals were in my department and wrote emails to all of the staff explaining why they chose to leave the hospital (and it was refusing to get the flu shot). For the person that mentioned masks, that is not an option in our hospital. I was out on leave for several weeks during the time that the hosptial offers the vaccination and was told that I was absolutely NOT allowed to return to work unless I received my flu shot. Masks were not an option. I was just wondering if this sort of policy is enforced everywhere and how all of you feel about mandatory flu shots. Do you feel that healthcare workers should be forced to get a vaccine with the alternative being written up or terminated if they refuse?
  4. I just wanted to know how common this was for the employers that all of you work for. I work at a hospital and their policy is that all healthcare workers have to get the flu shot or they will be terminated. I have no problem getting the flu vaccine (I personally prefer the spray because I know someone who has shoulder problems now due to a nurse giving the injection too high, but I digress), but there are people voluntarily leaving their jobs (or getting terminated) because they refuse to get the flu shot. What are your thoughts on this?
  5. I"m not trying to start controversy on this forum but looking for genuine advice on what to do. Last year I was taking my pre-reqs for a PA program. During that time, I was attempting to rack up as many patient contact hours as possible, shadowing and interviewing PA's, MD's and NP's just to get a feel for each discipline. Sadly, several (not just a few) of these people said "DO NOT become a PA (and it wasn't isolated to this discipline but to their own as well MD and NP)". I often inquired as to the different reasons that I should not and it basically came down to a few things: 1) the "direction" healthcare is headed (more quantity vs. quality of care) 2) salaries to decrease in the future 3) debt that will not easily be paid off 4) criteria for entering these programs will be lowered because of the higher need for these disciplines (thus education that is not up to par) 5) one PA and MD said "people coming into healthcare think they are diagnosing patients when in reality they are being TOLD what to do and have to follow those orders vs. their own instinct" 6) another MD said his daughter wanted to go to school for PA or MD and he told her "absolutely not, you're better off going into some other field" 7) one PA said that their office was not making enough money and that the doctor would probably be leaving because after paying all of the expenses, liability, school loan debt and living expenses, they were only making about $50,000 a year. I was in TOTAL SHOCK with that one. and I could go on and on but because of this, I took a full time job this year and have kept a PRN position at the hospital. I would like to add that these are not the only disciplines to state their fear of the healthcare plan's full implementation. I work in the Rehab dept. with Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists and 90% of them say the same thing. RN's have echoed this sentiments as well. I only need a couple more classes to qualify for a few programs I'm interested in, however, I took a full time job this year (in a non-healthcare field) to save money and also to sit back and see if the climate of healthcare changes. When I hear professionals telling me (i.e. scaring me) with these "warnings", I fear the investment of a 2 year, $60,000-$80,000 program (depending on area and living expenses). I love anything that has to do with medicine. Heck at my current job, I sit during lunch and read this forum, MD forums, NP forums, medical journals, articles, watch YouTube surgeries. I LOVE it, but I'm scared because I just can't afford to take on all of this debt if I will end up screwed in the end (not making enough money, competing with many PA's for lower salary positions if it comes to that point, or not getting hired at all like a lot of new grad RN's are struggling with). I have a house, huge debt from undergrad and I just don't know what to do. I think to myself that I could be dealing with a "sample population" that is a small percentage that feels this way about healthcare. This forum is a platform for many voices across the country and I would love your thoughts about what these professionals have said, and your own thoughts on the matter (especially in regards to the healthcare climate and where you think it is heading). I appreciate any advice and thank you for taking the time to respond.
  6. update: I did contact them again and actually did not get any reply. I can't believe some of the responses that many of you have posted. Scammers are everywhere and it is important to be aware of this. Thanks again to everyone that responded!
  7. I live in York, PA. Pay isn't great for a lot of fields around here. However I thought that was insulting for a PA as well and wanted some input. The ad was on craigslist so I'm not sure how seriously I should take it. However, I did get my job at the hospital through craigslist so who knows.
  8. The crazy thing is that I read in another post that taking $35/hr hurts the PA profession. Where as, in the area that I live in, $31/hr is pretty average for a PA. According to glassdoor, salary.com etc. and some PA's that I've spoken with that have given me a "general range". $55,000 to $61,000 is average in this area and it makes me wonder what is going on with the payscales of PA's. I've heard doctors say that their pay is going to go down, Physical and Occupational Therapists, as well as nurses that are saying the same thing. PA's in this area make the same salary as an RN (not NP they make more). If possible, could those who respond tell me what specialty they are in, how long they have been in the specialty, the area they are located and what salary range is acceptable? I know that's pretty personal but it also gives me insight as well. I don't want to be in a situation where I'm being undersold. Thanks in advance!
  9. "Physician's Assistant wanted for busy Orthopaedic Surgeon. Duties include surgical assisting medical rounds and office hours. NCCPA Board Certification required. Experience strongly preferred, but will train. Compensation: $11.70p/hr" This is a local ad and it annoys me a bit. First of all, Physician's not Physician Assistant? Furthermore, $11.70/ hr, this is a joke right? I called the number for the ad and it was the correct amount. Please tell me that I'm not busting my butt in school for this. I'm pretty sure I thought this is what Medical Assistants make. Can someone shed some light on this?
  10. I graduated in May 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business. My final GPA was 3.26. I started taking my science courses in that last semester. I took Chem and Microbiology and got a B in both (these were taken at a community college). I work as a Physical and Occupational Therapy aide to acquire my patient contact hours and have 377.75 so far (the programs I'm looking into require 500). I also have about 100 hours working with Autistic and Developmentally Disabled children at my other job. I still need to take 2 semesters Bio, 2 semesters Chem, A and P 1 & 2, and Biochemistry. I wish I would have known earlier on that I wanted to go into this field but it wasn't until I started to work at the hospital and saw that I didn't want to become an Occupational Therapist (the reason I got the aide job in the first place), that I shadowed PA's and decided I wanted to be a PA. The more I researched everything about it, the more it made sense that this is what I wanted to do. I've talked with several PA's and MD's and they feel that I'm making the right decision. So here is my problem: When I was in high school, I was taking all honors courses (even took 2 college courses) and my parents thought I was going to do really well when I went away to school. When I first went to college at 18, I dropped out after the first semester (because of major depression) and my grades were an F, D, and A. Then when I returned home, I took another stab at school the next semester and also got a C and F. Fast forward to age 24 and I entered community college again going part time and my GPA was more along the 3.6 area. Two years later at 26, I worked very part time and went back to school full time. When I transferred into my four year college, they didn't carry over my previous GPA and started me off at a blank slate. The very first semester I was at that college I had an awful professor for 2 classes out of the 4 I was taking and got C's in both (statistics and social psychology). I had not gotten any bad grades (besides when I was 18) and it was very disheartening. My GPA ended up being something around 2.6 or something like that for that semester. Every semester after I got A's and B's and finally brought it up to a 3.26. I know I am capable of a higher GPA but I just couldn't come back from that low GPA even with all of my high grades. My question is, once I have all of my hours, and I complete all of my pre-reqs, do you think that my 3.26 GPA is going to hurt me? I TRULY want to go to PA but I'm not sure if my GPA is going to cut it since the minimum is 3.0 and we all know that minimum GPA's don't really mean anything. Also, I've been taking my pre-reqs at a community college (because it is more cost effective and what I can afford), but I want to know if PA schools are going to put their noses up in the air at my courses since they aren't at a four year college. I'm 30 years old and need to know if I'm even considered a valid candidate at this point. I don't want to spend money taking all of the pre-reqs and incurring more debt on top of my undergrad loan, only to have to find another career at 32 or 33 with nothing to show for all of my hard work. What do you think about my stats? What do you feel are my chances of getting into PA school? Can anyone give me advice on what to do to be a better candidate? Or do you think I'm not even close to being considered? Please be honest with your answers and don't sugarcoat it. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer.
  11. I'm doing my pre-requisites and currently work at a hospital. I feel that the PA profession is a perfect fit for me and that is why I am pursuing it. However, my B.S. background was a double major in Psych and Business Administration so there is a large part of me that wants to utilize these skills within the PA profession. I notice a lot of the management in our facility are nurses. I have yet to see one PA in the management capacity. I'm wondering if it's just my facility or if this is something that is generalized in facilities across America. I have been researching programs that offer PA/MBA, PA/MPH, PA/MHA and they seem to be far and few between. Why is this? What makes a NP more qualified to be in a management position than a PA? I've looked at the course load for several NP programs just to compare and none of them are business based. Most of the NP's at my hospital do not have MBA's or MPH's etc. (I've asked them). So, my question is, how often do PA's serve in this type of administration role? Is there advancement to that level, and if so, what is the path that needs to be taken to get there? Thank you in advance for your responses.
  12. Can someone tell me why PA's are not allowed to do the doctors without borders program? On the website it says: Do you recruit only doctors? MSF recruits doctors and other medical and non-medical staff. Examples include surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, mental health professionals, midwives, financial controllers, logisticians, and water-and-sanitation specialists. Does MSF recruit Physician Assistants? No. The traditional Physician Assistant role of primary health care provider is done by the national staff in the field. However, Physician Assistants with extensive international NGO experience can still be considered for coordinator level positions. Does anyone know why this is? I'm confused as to why NP's can do it but PA's can't. Have you ever tried to participate in this program and/or are there similar programs? I'm very interested in doing something like this but I'm upset with the fact that PA's are not able to participate. Thanks ahead of time :)
  13. jsfelder0417, I can understand the route you are taking for family. However, I'm not having children nor do I want children (we had that taken care of with vasectomy), and I'm kind of at a crossroads because, I've heard so many people say great things about both areas. Like you, I don't think it's a matter of me not being able to do med school, but that I want to start practicing medicine right away. I don't want to have to be in school for a long amount of time (I'm 30 and not getting any younger lol). This is a career change for me and I'm trying to do the right things to get to where I need to be. I'm still up in the air with what area I actually want to practice in (which is why you'll probably see a lot of postings about my various interests in specialties). I just wanted to hear some pros and cons of the actual process (what it's like to be in PA school, and then the pros and cons of what it's like to be a professional PA).
  14. Acebecker, I have done research on it but I'd like to see more responses. There are only so many opinions out there on PA vs. MD and I'd like to get a wider audience. Plus you can't generalize with sample populations, I just want varying opinions. Also, I tried to do a history search for other possible questions on this forum but I couldn't find any older postings on this topic. You wouldn't happen to have a link would you? I also hope I didn't offend anyone because I wasn't implying anything about MD being better than PA by what I saying, I was actually quoting people that have said that to me. One other question though is, do you think a lot of PA's might go the med route with the pending 3 year medical degree programs, when PA programs are 2-2.5 years and it would only be an additional 6 months to a year for med program?
  15. I was just curious why YOU chose the PA path. I noticed that a typical PA program is around 108 weeks long where as Medical school program is around 153 weeks. When there is such little difference between the schooling (I've heard you take courses with med students anyway at some schools), and there is only about 48 weeks more of schooling for med school, what made you decide to go the PA route instead? I've had people say to me, "why don't you just go to med school if you're going to invest that much time post bachelor's"? Or they say, "why would you want to be the assistant when you can be the doctor"? etc. etc. Have you ever had anyone say that to you before or after school and how do you respond? Also, what are some of the pros and cons of being a PA? Additionally, if you could give any advice to a future PA student, what would it be? Thanks again for answering my questions.
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