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  1. I've been working in Sports Med in CA for 2 years now, been a PA for 2.5 years, but I take trauma call, as the surgeon I work for does sports med/arthroplasty/trauma, we do everything but spine while on call. I take call q7weeks x 72hrs (Fri 8am-Mon 8am), no weekday call (our residents take call during the week), no phone calls while at home. - Do you get compensated for call? Yes. - If so, how much? split stipend with SP, we are paid 1099 by the hospital we are contracted with. This is the only 1099 portion of my job, its nice to make the extra money despite the tax liability. - Do you do hospital call or phone call? See above. - Do you get paid even if you do not go in? Yes, I get 1/2 surgeons stipend per day x 3 days per call weekend, if I come in or not. - Do you know of any resources or surveys that show PA call compensation? No. What I've found as a PA, is that you need to negotiate for what you want. Either your surgeon trains someone new, if asking you to work for free and you saying "no," is a deal breaker for him/her. Or, they compensate you. If you have to be sober, available and willing to drive to work at anytime, then you are at work. The thing you need to realize is this, surgeons do not work for free. Why should you? Ask up front; how much is the surgeons stipend paid for call? is the surgeon paid even if they come in or not? Ask for 50%, I don't think this is unreasonable, while on call I pick up the phone at anytime, lose sleep, round on patients on Sat/Sun morning, schedule pt to OR, admit, manage inpt, write consults/H&Ps, initiate consults for pt medical maximization and follow up, consent patients, show up earlier than my SP to ensure pt is positioned and we are draped on time, + 1st assist. My SP shows up, co-signs the consents, signs the pt, and does surgery, and then takes off. Don't forget, your surgeon gets paid to be on call if he/she comes in or not, + gets paid for the surgery, and your 1st assist fee. No one should take call for free.
  2. I 1st assist one day a week and when on-call, so mostly in clinic. Interpretations that I provide for plain film XRs in office are billed for and count toward my receivables.
  3. CEP is one of the largest EM/UC groups in CA, I work UC per diem and 5 of my PA school classmates work for them FT, and they pay OT. Unless you work for a higher rate than we do and its calculated in as salary. Which isn't unheard of.
  4. Anyone else going to attend? Or, ever been?
  5. Yes, Monday OR 7-5pm, Clinic Tuesday-Thursday 8-5pm, Friday 8-1pm (last Friday of month, admin day). No weekends except for call 1 weekend every 7 weeks.
  6. 5 weeks PTO not including holidays, 1 week CME, 48 hours sick time.
  7. Never been to that one, but today is the last day of the iame MSK US skills course here in Park City UT. Pretty good course. I already do shoulder, knee other small joints non-us guided in an ortho & sports med practice, only at this course to be able to do SIJ and hip injections with accuracy. This course is very well taught. Not overwhelming and does a very good job of teaching recognition of most common pathology. Only thing that would make it better would be actually doing injections at this course, they have an advanced course which allows for cadaver injection workshop, but this should be enough to comfortably integrate US into practice.
  8. I've served the last 13 years in the Army, enlisted. I am considering putting on bars after I am licensed. PAs in the Army are highly deployable, and go to War like everyone else in uniform. We are all Soldiers/Officers first, the only difference is that their mission is to practice medicine during combat operation. Being a medical provider will not exempt you from combat. The training depends on the type of unit you are assigned to. If your unit is combat arms you will go where they go, if they are Airborne than so are their PAs, medics, administrative, generator operators, cooks, maintenance and logistics personnel. The only non-combatants I've ever met in the Army are Chaplains, and at times they are more exposed to combat than some combat arms Soldiers/Officers, and they do it all without a weapon. Firing a weapon is a basic task/expectation/requirement that comes with the uniform (only exemption mentioned above). 68W (combat medics) have 16 weeks of formal training beyond BCT, and are expected to do things that would get you sued in the real world, as the good Sir mentioned above. PAs are many times the only advanced medical provider on site, so their scope of practice can go from treating Soldier at sick call, trauma, training medics, and treating foreign nationals that have never seen a medical provider in a remote village that it takes a few hours to march to, each way, on foot. Thats the way it works, in the Army anyway. The mission comes first, above all else. SSG Rod.
  9. The program does not do rolling admissions. Applications are due on Jan 31st, and interviews are sent out after that. Good luck.
  10. There are certificate, associates, bachelors and masters programs. On average they are 26-27 months some programs are shorter, but all must cover the same mandatory material. PA education is standardized. All of the info is online, and good luck.
  11. MEDEX is an outstanding program. You would be lucky to have the privilege of attending. You can take the PANCE after successfully completing an accredited PA program, regardless of the degree that they confer.
  12. http://www.pac.ca.gov/about_us/diversion.shtml Not sure if this is what you mean?
  13. SPC Tyson, The Army is a great place for life experience, and an even better place for HCE if you are AD or deployed. From what I've seen in the USAR: USAHs are all TDA, which means they have no equipment, and serve as augmentation for filling deployment rosters so they never deploy as a unit. You will do allot of sitting around. CSHs in the USAR spend lots of your time doing inventories on your “GO TO WAR” milvans (shipping containers) and equipment. I've never seen them deploy as a battalion, but rather in small detachments always attached to an AD CSH. Company, and detachment sized units are okay as long as they are MTOE units, but still count on lots of down time. Unless there is a military hospital close by, or you deploy you will likely be acquiring ZERO HCE while at home station during BTAs. You will have lots of mandatory training (non-medical), briefings, occasional UAs, and massive amounts of company business that will likely carry on from one BTA to the next. This will be nothing like being in an active duty unit that trains everyday of the year, and where everyone is full-time (you will see what I mean when you meet your AGR FT staff). Also consider that CONUS mobilizations and even deployments are getting harder and harder to come by. As combat operations slow down, the Army downsizes and the money tightens up the USAR will assume a garrison posture which will further limit your potential HCE. To answer your questions; I am decided to REFRAD in 2010, and have been in the USAR since then. I did not apply to IPAP, because my wife and I decided to both get out and complete our undergrad full-time. We are both PA-S now. I would suggest getting a hold of your nearest AMEDD recruiter to ask them what trends they have seen in IPAP selection. All I know is that you have to be squared away, and the board is very selective meaning that it is not easier to get into than any civilian program. You have to submit a packet that includes awards (which are hard to come by in the USAR), LOR from immediate supervisor/you commander (getting to know a CO isn’t easy when you’re a new Soldier that only sees them two days a month)/Army PA (preferred), evaluations (NCOERs/OERs) for NCO and Commissioned Officers, GT score >110, SAT score (within 5 years), Secret clearance, etc. Beware that your packet will look incredibly skimpy compared to most AD medics, and those that have been deployed or have been AD. Check your Inbox. - SSG Rod.
  14. Congratulations! I am happy to see that the process is moving along.
  15. Your cumulative and sci GPA are great. Your HCE is second to none. Depending on how you sell yourself in your app (personal statement, volunteer service, LORs that quantify your experience, and finally interviews), I would say you could be a competitor for most programs especially those that look highly on (real) experience. PM me if you need any guidance thru the application process, I'd be more than happy to help. Thank you for your service.
  16. Is everyones application status still "Under Review"? I just logged on to my NHSC account to check. No email, or credit check here.
  17. I am a first time applicant, and only applied to two programs (SJVC and Stanford/Foothill) last year. I was wait-listed at Stanford/Foothill and accepted to SJVC, neither use CASPA by the way. I submitted both of those applications with "Academic Renewal/Grade Forgiveness" from a community college where that I attended in 2003-04. Where I signed up for classes and could not continue attending due to personal reasons. I ended up with 6 F's there, and although they are still shown on my transcript, the classes are not calculated in my GPA. In 2010, when I got off of active duty I started college again. I completed my bachelors degree in 3 years, Fall 2010 to Spring 2013, I completed 127 units in that time frame with a 3.57 cumulative GPA, and I start my program next month. So to answer the OP's question; no there is not a list, but the programs that will consider applicants as a whole, instead of high GPAs and ZERO HCE are out there. You just have to work for it and make yourself a desirable applicant. Also, you have to be willing to move. Prove that your past grades do not reflect who you are, and that you can succeed in PA school.
  18. Need more information to help you out here battle. Are you still serving? AD, NG or USAR (Only way you will qualify for IPAP)? How much TIS do you have, deployments/mobilizations, total AD time? When you say Mental Health Tech, are you saying you were/are a 68X? Did you get the MOS back when we used to send 68X/P/V to cross train as medics first? Are you a commissioned officer? Since you did graduate 3 years ago, I have to ask. - SSG Rod.
  19. I have a B.A, but my program is an A.S. program, w/ MMSc option, and I spoke with a Navy BUMED recruiter this morning to see what the Navy is offering right now. In short, the BUMED recruiter I spoke to said that there is NOTHING being offered to PA students for the remainder of this fiscal year (until OCT 1st). We, the military, are winding down combat operations and accession incentives. The Army and Navy are both over-strenght PAs, and therefore have cut down on all the awesome incentives that were common during the peak of OIF/OEF. As far as the degree you will receive is concerned, the Air Force is the only branch in the military with a Master requirement for PAs. I am a 68W in the Army, currently in the USAR, and have 12 years time in service. I've spoken to Army AMEDD, Navy BUMED, and Air Force medical recruiters; all of them have pretty much told me the same thing. Complete PA school and apply for a direct commission once your licensed. I recommend that you contact a recruiter yourself to ensure that all of your questions are answered.
  20. See the link below. It provides a nice snapshot of the distribution of PAs throughout California. http://oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/HWC/FactSheets/PhysicianAssistant.pdf
  21. Really? Thats news to me.... Post this on the SJVC thread. I'd love to see what LesH has to say about this. http://www.PhysicianAssistantForum.Com/forums/forumdisplay.php/207-CALIFORNIA-San-Joaquin-Valley-College-Primary-Care-PA-Program Crazy how those not affiliated with the program get all of the important news first...
  22. ^in short; the scope of practice you describe comes off as undermining the importance of clinical training, it sounds illegal, and dangerous. No offense, but for a volunteer with that kind of scope, it sounds made up. As for advice, try to get some paid HCE, find a PA to shadow to see firsthand what a PA actually does, and finish all your prereqs with the best grades possible. I PM'd you. I am in your area until Aug (before school starts for me), if you want to chat let me know. Best of luck.
  23. Not sure what type of training you received, but I would be careful with strong statements like that. A combat medic or Navy corpsman might get away with saying something like that, because war-time medicine has a very special scope of practice, but a volunteer at a free clinic? I am curious if you have ever worked with a PA? My wife is in the middle of her 3rd semester at SMUs MPAS program, and many of her classmates (those that I know personally) have resumes that include paid HCE and volunteering. Also, keep in mind that their program director and all of their teaching staff (professors) that are practicing PAs work in our area. I am certain that they know the limitations of the volunteer-providers at your location.
  24. My list of the best pieces of advice that I received; 1) Know everything you can about the program you are interviewing for, and know yourself (your interviewers know your file). So, do not show up unprepared. 2) Know how you fit in with the programs mission statement, and culture. 3) Convey that you are "teachable." I learned #3 at an interview. Nothing worse than being/seeming cocky, know-it-all or unteachable.
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