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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 o
  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)
  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 the
  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
  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 Bioche
  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 tha
  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, Phy
  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 w
  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 sa
  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
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