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charlottew last won the day on February 27 2016

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  1. Where I work anyone who works in any capacity in a building that contains patients, has to wear a surgical mask for their entire shift. Only to be removed for eating/drinking, preferably in a private space. We have been doing this since 3/25. I think it's a very very good idea, as asymptomatic transmission is a thing, as is community spread. We're protecting ourselves, from each other.
  2. The normal credentialing process at my hospital is 3 months long. Just today I learned that there is a 'disaster credentialing' provision, a number of people were credentialled in essentially 2 or 3 days. (they were already employed by the hospital, they are being repurposed to another area). Go figure.
  3. Hey, very interesting stuff. Thank you so much for posting! We are awaiting the deluge here, as I type. Good luck to all!
  4. > I'm sorry, but I just don't get all the fuss and bother about this. On an outpatient level, maybe not so much - for about 80% of the patients it's a manageable illness at home. On an inpatient level (maybe 20% of the patients), if the disease spreads quickly our hospital capacity may become overwhelmed (as has happened in Wuhan, Iran and now Italy - but oddly, not apparently in Japan or South Korea). This will lead to suffering and, in an extreme case, social unrest. But I agree, your average person should not panic about this. And for goodness sake, don't go out and buy up all the N95 masks!
  5. Welp, it's in my neighborhood, there's probably 3 positive cases (only one 'presumptive' right now) in my town, two of them in my elementary school district (so within a mile or so of my house). Past few days (I'm in the Boston area) I've been thinking it's more likely I would get it from my husband (biotech) than from my work, then whoomp there it is. (We're all feeling fine, by the way) Ironic. Fortunately these town cases seem to be mild (so far!). I guess I'll see the serious ones, at work! Stay safe out there everybody
  6. 1. That was REALLY long to read. When you start working as a PA, you will have to learn to express yourself more efficiently. 2. You applied to 15 schools and got into 1. Yup, applying to PA schools is competitive. The more expensive schools tend to be a little easier to get into, because fewer people want to pay so much tuition. 3. How badly do you want to be a PA? Is there another career (physical therapy? research?) that might entail less debt, that you would be happy with? 4. If you do go to PA school and get a job - if you live VERY FRUGALLY for a few years you will be able to make a good dent in that debt. 5. Due to your application/acceptance ratio above, waiting another cycle and re-applying to schools may not be a great strategy (unless you can significantly strengthen your application, in a year). Remember, by waiting you are giving up about $50k in salary (the difference in salary between PA and your current gig). I hope that helps. Good luck. And, this should really be posted to only once - spam posting is discouraged as a matter of netiquette. Most appropriate would be, pre-PA.
  7. I agree praxician has some potential, although initially acceptance will be difficult. On reflection, I think one of the reasons I liked it, is because it echoes 'physician'. Medical care practitioner is a non-starter. Too long, and too vague. The 'care' adds nothing to it, except legal coverage. I think 'physician associate' makes sense, although for the faction that does not want us forever bound to physicians, it of course is problematic.
  8. Yo, did you not see the part of the survey, where they talk about it being CONFIDENTIAL?
  9. LOL, one of them was close to that! IMO if it's more than two words it's a non-starter.
  10. I agree I was taken a bit aback by a couple of the suggestions - that is what I was alluding to when I said it seemed like WPP had put a lot of thought into the process. I think the name is holding our profession back to some extent - when people see 'assistant' in the name, they tend to think non-autonomous and dependent (which we are, but not as much as the name suggests - IMHO).
  11. I just completed it, it took about 20-30 minutes. The content is confidential, so I won't comment on specifics. I will say that it seems that WPP has been thinking in depth about the topic. And also, that the act of filling out the survey has shaped my thinking on the matter. Look for the survey in your mailboxes, soon! I am looking forward to seeing how this process unfolds.
  12. As for procedures, we do them in critical care (central lines, arterial lines, ultrasound peripherals, occasional LP; intubations/chest tubes/pigtails/PICCs are done by other services). For transplant patient however, the surgeon prefers that the ICU APP's/residents not do these - attending only. Point being, on a transplant service although you are taking care of very sick patients, there is a lot invested in each patient, with a large team, so your autonomy will probably be a bit limited. Even if you had done a residency, I don't think you would get a lot of procedures, on a transplant service.
  13. I don't work in transplant per se, but I take care of transplant (liver, mostly) in the ICU. I'm familiar with our transplant service (we do liver, kidney, sometimes pancreas - but not heart or lung). Transplant has a few NP's on service, no PA's. I believe they see patients in clinic, and also in the hospital post-op. They don't go to the OR at all. Liver transplant patients are some of the sickest patients in the hospital. Also post-op they are at risk of complications because of the immunosuppression (plus how sick/debilitated they were pre-transplant). So they can be challenging to take care of. Also it's a surgical service, so that means dealing with (transplant) surgeons. As for whether a residency is worthwhile, it's often very valuable experience, that you might not be able to get otherwise. It's certainly possible to get a job/have a career without a residency. But if you are really motivated to learn as much as you possibly can as a PA, a residency is a good option. They generally pay at least a living wage, (and loan payments are deferred I believe), so there aren't any 'extra loans' to worry about.
  14. Try Googling. I found some promising stuff without much difficulty. Also I presume you would be the first PA for this practice - because otherwise you can just use the other PA's agreement as your template.
  15. I have heard of critical care residencies that when you finish, if they offer you a job it is at pay of someone with three years experience. Just saying. I would push back a little. If you are willing to leave for somewhere else, you could probably get a better offer.
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