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  1. it really depends on what state you're trying to become credentialed in. Don't rush it, take some time off after PA school to just enjoy life for a couple of weeks. You'll eventually get credentialed and start working and probably won't be able to have a vacation for a while. Just enjoy it and hang out with friends and family- you won't regret it
  2. I took it 2 weeks after graduation. Took 4-5 days off after graduation to basically lay on the beach all day, then studied for a few days prior to the test. You know more than you think you do and if you did well on your EOR exams and pay attention during your board review and review pance prep pearls on stuff you're unsure about you'll do fine. The practice tests offered by the NCCPA were pretty helpful too.
  3. That's what I've been saying all along. I think EMEDPA is right when he says it's because he's lazy. I'm not sure who the visits are actually being billed under since my signature and credentials are on the fee slip but the EMR is signed by him. Hopefully it's being billed under my credentials but I guess I should find out..
  4. What if the NP/PA seeing the patient doesn't actually sign their own name in the EMR? The office I just started at has everyone log in to the EMR under the physician's username so the note is signed in his name. My name (the PA) goes on the fee slip and my initials get typed on the bottom of my chart under my plan but it's not 'my signature'. Usually the provider is not on-site or in-state. Is this allowed? Not really sure how it works...
  5. Whatever is going to make you feel comfortable, you don't want a hairstyle that you'll have to fuss with throughout the day. I don't think hairstyle matters to much as long as it's not distracting!
  6. sounds like you already know the answer to this one...if it's more convenient and you feel like you'll have better exposure you should go the MA route. Especially if the pay is the same- I know everyone says experience matters more but you also need to support yourself while preparing to start school. Plus, some schools don't accept scribe hours as patient care experience, so while they'll count for health care experience they won't always count for the PCE.
  7. Do not wait until September to submit if your application is done now. The sooner you submit the better. You can always add extra info on later.
  8. Thanks everyone for the help! I will look into all of these things! camoman1234- the pay is full from day one, only the benefits kick in at a later date. I'll be in 'orientation' for the first 3 months and then will be on my own with another provider so there will always be someone else there with me. I was told the patients are very low acuity so hopefully this is true and allows for time for adjustment.
  9. I have an offer for an urgent care/family practice in CA that will be primarily focused on urgent care as the physician who owns the practice manages most of the family medicine patients. 4 10's a week with 1 saturday 8hr shift a month-make my own schedule with the other PA on staff 20-25 pts a day with small procedures, lacs, abscesses etc. dual coverage with either a physician or another PA for all shifts $60/hr with full benefits after 90 days and malpractice covered, no non-compete clause in contract CME's covered 14 days of vacation a year No retirement offered which isn't too big of a deal because I already have one set up privately and have been contributing over 10 years. Other than licensing reimbursement is there anything missing?
  10. There are some great opportunities near the Delaware/Maryland border willing to pay PAs quite a bit in the rural areas. Plus I think there’s no state taxes in Delaware if you live there. Worth a look
  11. So I'm finishing my last two rotations and graduate soon and I'm having a lot of anxiety about things I don't know and things I have to look up when treating patients. We aren't taught dosing in school so I always have to look up dosing on new medications which is fine but my current preceptor gives me a lot of grief for it. She's been practicing for a while and is intelligent and I have quite a while left to spend with her. Its making me very anxious whenever I tell her I need to look something up before prescribing or making a recommendation and she continually puts me on the spot with patients. I don't mind being put on the spot but its always regarding medications and dosing. All of this stress and the fact that I'm almost graduated is really making me anxious about practicing on my own. I just need someone to tell me this is normal and to stop stressing out! I've done very well in the program and gotten great grades on all exams and done very well on both PACKRAT tests I've taken so I know I'm on the right path.
  12. I personally had my EMT cert along with many of my classmates, we didn't have any MAs in my class. I can't speak from experience because I don't know anything about MA training but EMT training prepared me well in many aspects for PA school.
  13. I made a spreadsheet of all the schools I was interested in applying to based on location, average GPA, GRE requirements, healthcare hours needed, cadaver lab, class size, etc. LLook at things your're interested in areas you're interested in because you'll be there for 2-3 years
  14. There's a lot of info in other threads under pre-pa regarding requirements. The best way to know what will work is to figure out where you want to apply and ask them directly. Each school has required pre-rec classes and a certain amount of health care hours you'll need. Checking out individual school requirements is a good place to start.
  15. I'm a 2nd year PA student getting ready to begin my elective rotation in dermatology, something I never thought I would enjoy however have fallen in love with it. My only concern is how does this affect recertification if you're in such a specialized area of medicine? I've been warned that new grads shouldn't specialize right out of school as it hurts your chances as expanding your experience later on in practice if you switch specialties and can affect your recert. Is there any truth to this? Does anyone have advice that they would be willing to offer? I would greatly appreciate it!
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