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  1. I am a PA with 8 years experience in pediatrics (outpatient). I've been toying a little with the idea of going for the CAQ and was wondering if anyone who had gone through the process would be willing to share their experience? My husband is the primary breadwinner in our family and as such I'm sort of at the mercy of his career in terms of where we live, how often we move around, etc. I was thinking having the CAQ would be helpful when moving to a new state, trying to get a new job etc. My biggest question is in regards to the procedures/patient case requirement. Because I work in an outpatient clinic, we rarely perform procedures such IV medication administration, LPs and we certainly never perform central lines or intubate. Does this exclude me? How does this work- would I need to get experience in these areas before I can be considered for this qualification? Thanks. Any insight is much appreciated.
  2. From the perspective of a PA-S who is on the cusp of completing the journey through the bowels of hell known as "Didactic Year" and going into the Clinical Phase, I've heard a lot of pros and cons on CAQ's. Basically, I started this topic with the motivation to find out if there are any major differences in benefits other than just sharpening your knowledge in a particular area, such as pay increases, responsibility/ duty increases, increase in the amount of procedures you can perform, hospital/ practice privileges, job availability, etc. Any and all input is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  3. Current PA student here. Does anyone know of new emergency medicine residencies/fellowships for PA's that are starting in the next ~2 years? Preferably in the Southeast? Thanks!
  4. I'm considering taking the CAQ for Emergency Medicine. I've heard some places will give you a pay increase for obtaining the certificate. I'd like to pitch this idea to my powers that be, but I'd love to hear how other facilities approach it. Do you get a set amount more? A percentage? Just a pat on the back? Thanks in advance!
  5. I am registered to take the psych caq in September. I was just wondering if anyone who has taken the psych caq had any suggestions on what to study and/or what you studied to best prepare for the exam? Also, what did you find the most difficult about the psych caq? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)
  6. I am a second year Physician Assistant student currently on rotation and I am looking for any preceptors in the San Francisco area. Specifically, Kaiser in SF where agreements have already been established with my school. Preceptors can either be a MD, DO, PA, or NP. I am looking to secure rotations in Dermatology, Pediatrics, OBGYN, Pain Management/Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine or Psyc. Please let me know if there is someone out there that I can contact. My dream is to live in San Francisco and be a hardworking, future Physician Assistant for this city. I can provide a CV for you to view. Please let me know if you have any additional questions and I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time, Susan C Physician Assistant Student
  7. I am in the process of getting CAQ in psychiatry (exam results pending). Currently I am only responsible for seeing established patients, however my employer is under the impression that I will be able to do new psych evaluations once CAQ is received. Any thoughts or experience with change in responsibility when achieving CAQ??
  8. Just received this announcement of the arrival of the new "Specialty Exams" via NCCPA. Admittedly, I am a bit weary after just taking my 4th PANCE so the thought of jumping through yet another certification hoop just isn't very appealing to me in my current state of post PANRE burn out. This "unique distinction" of certificate added qualification (CAQ) certainly is masterfully stated but I'm wondering what tangible benefits this offers in the real world of practicing PAs? Your thoughts?
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