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  1. How do you obtain Category 2 Journal Credits? I have to do journal reviews and present them 2x/year so I'm almost always looking at journal articles. How do I log that as CME credit? Does each hour I spend looking at journals count as one credit?
  2. Lucky for me my first license is in the good ol state of KY, no DEA privileges here This will be my first DEA number
  3. Awesome, thank you so much. Lucky for me, the new job covers those finances. WOO!
  4. Hey all! I just completed a residency program and accepted a full-time position. I am in the process of accepting a PRN position as well in a different state (neighboring states). I'm trying to figure out the process. Can I have two separate state licenses with two separate supervising physicians? It seems like that would be fine, but I cant find any information on this and I dont want to start the process and later find out I have to do something completely different. Does anyone have any information on practicing in two states at once? Thanks!
  5. Kentucky has its advantages and disadvantages like any other state. If you're willing to work rurally, you can find a great paying job with a ton of autonomy. If you want to stay and work in the city, you have to compete with the NP's who will usually beat you out on the job front. Reasons for this include: an extremely strong nursing board passing laws yearly, co-signature of charts (the law has changed to 10%, but not every university/hospital has adopted that rule), inability to write for schedule II's, and physicians can only supervise 2 (just changed to 4) PA's at one time. Just two years ago the law changed that recent PA graduates didn't need 18 months of onsite supervision by their supervising physician. We have a long way to go in Kentucky to get PA's where the need to be, we just need to keep working at it. Thankfully, things are better than they were two years ago, and hopefully they will be better two years from now.
  6. I'm doing a NICU residency at the University of Kentucky. I started in November. From what I've seen, most/all level III/IV NICU's require prior experience. Also, there is a much higher want for NNP vs PA. I think that is mostly due to the lack of awareness that PA's are now stepping into the field and completing residencies that make them more than capable of taking care of neonates. And I also think that this is an HR issue more than anything (job title says NNP, so they only look at applications that say NNP). I didnt have NICU experience prior to becoming a PA, but I did do two months of rotations in the NICU during PA school. The residency is an amazing experience and allows you the chance to be hands on. You do all of your procedures (intubations, LPs, umbilical lines, ect) and handle all of the patient care. Its a great learning environment. All of the PA's I know working in the NICU completed a NICU residency. Hope this helps!
  7. I just saw this thread. I am currently a nicu resident in UK's PA residency program. Honestly, there is such a HUGE learning curve, that I can't imagine going into the nicu without this year residency under my belt and seeing patients on my own. I would hands down recommended a residency before joining a nicu team. Granted, the level of acuity also plays a huge role - a level III/IV varies vastly in care from a level I/II. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. It's an amazing field with a lot of autonomy and reward.
  8. I'm not sure anyone would use the residency to get ahead on the payscale. What would be the reasoning for that? You're already taking a half salary pay cut for a year. As a new PA with little medical experience (I was a CNA for two years), the main reason I am doing a residency is to increase my medical experience so that my application is more competitive than other new grads as well as those who have been practicing less than 3 years. Also, my specialty requires a residency if I want to compete for jobs with NNPs. If you're doing a residency for a pay increase then you're doing residency wrong.
  9. Hey all! I'm a recent UK graduate. Congratulations to all of you on your acceptances! I am staying in Lexington and will be completing the nicu residency program at UK. If any of you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Good luck to all of you!
  10. I took the 3-day CME for PANCE prep this past June in Orlando. LOVED IT. Its intense, 7am-5pm nonstop lectures but worth every second and penny. They give you 2 exams total, one each night and have scores available the next day. I took the PANCE about 3 weeks after the course. By taking those exams I saw my weak points and focused on those for studying the next three weeks. I passed with flying colors. THE CATCH: CHICAGO CME course is known for the money back guarantee if you don't pass the PANCE.The catch: on the two exams you do take you have to get a 60% on each AND you have to take the exam within 1mo of the course. I had friends who did the 5 day and loved that as well. For me the price was just too steep. I thought I learned reviewed all I needed and more in 3 days. And honestly, I don't think I could've focused for 2 more. GOOD LUCK!
  11. Thank you both! This is/was my second option. I've applied and interviewed for a residency but won't hear for another two weeks so I'm just trying to have something to fall back on if that doesn't work out. I thought it was pretty ridiculous but being a new grad wanted some input as well. I'll keep my eyes out for other job postings and be hopeful my residency comes through. Thanks again!
  12. Job is in IR. I'm a new grad and they wanted a new grad in their practice to train (which is what they have done is the past). Salary: $65k (I understand the low level because of the training necessary, but this is LOW to me. After 1 year I would hope I would be autonomous enough and able to bill appropriately and increase reimbursements and renegotiate) 3 weeks PTO 1 week CME, $3000 (if do online CME, money comes to you as a check) Health Insurance - $6/pay period from check Life Insurance - $50,000 - paid by employer Long Term Disability - paid by employer Malpractice coverage Cool thing is all PA's in the practice work together and form their own schedules. Thoughts?
  13. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Such a relief knowing this is normal. I have friends in my class that say they could go out and practice tomorrow if they were allowed and I'm over here in the corner like, uhh. So its so reassuring knowing this is normal. My books and I will continue to bond and my contact hours will grow - which I know will continue to help a lot as well. THANK YOU
  14. Hey all! I'm on my 5th clinical rotation (graduating in JULY!!) but I need to ask... how long until you REALLYYY feel comfortable? I love seeing patients, and I think I have a fairly good handle on knowing what the next step will be (labs/films/etc), but I'm really starting to struggle with actually treating someone. I feel like each rotation I go on there is a provider who does things their way, so when I leave and go to my next rotation, things there are handled completely different. Is this something I'm going to have to get used to during rotations - a "take it all in and decide for yourself" thing or is there any advice out there? I feel super confident going into my rotation, and then different providers like different things and I'm thrown off track again. It's really starting to make me feel like I'll never get a handle on this. PLEASE someone tell me this is normal?
  15. Can you pick up aneurysms on a general CT scan? I've noticed that's the go to in the ED and if it came back negative my thoughts would be they'd be sent home and told they were fine. Would CTs show and if not what's the protocol if you're still suspicious?
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