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  1. Physician Assistant FAQ! Some insight for pre-PAs! On career, lifestyle, school, studying, and more. Hope you like!
  2. I’m a prospective PA students currently attending school interviews. For interviews, I’m trying to come up with a substantive presentation for how I see my career playing out, but I’m a little fuzzy on what is available to PAs in the fields of expedition medicine, travel (international) medicine, and mountain medicine. I’ve read up a bit on various sites including Wilderness Medical Society (read up on their Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine), worldextrememedicine.com, adventuremedic.com, and opportunity-posting sites like medicalmissions.org. The problems I’ve been running into is that these sites are thorough in their descriptions of certs offered, but even international or expedition job posting sites are not clear about which opportunities are available to PA’s. As a result, I know how I can be certified, but I don’t know what I can do with it. PA’s in these fields- what have you done with your certs?
  3. Hey everyone, Happy 4th of July! So, I am currently majoring in Accounting (senior) and I'm seriously considering doing the pre-reqs to try to get into PA school. Here's my background: I'm a part time FF/EMT and am also a part time bookkeeper I've done some research on the topic and know how PAs can get into specialties, and I'd expect that after a number of years in the career that PAs would go into a more management intensive role, but nothing that I am seeing here on these forums shows the career progression that PAs are to expect/can achieve. Can someone help me out with understanding the timeline of the average PA career and what retirement packages are usually offered to PAs? Thanks A lot! Sam
  4. FYI https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/11-jobs-pay-100k/
  5. Good afternoon all! Prefacing my first post by thanking everyone for their contributions - this forum has provided me with excellent info on the PA profession. Now, a little bit about me: I graduated from University in May of 2015, and have been struggling with the decision of whether to go into clinical medicine or research since my freshman year. I dipped my toes into both realms throughout college, working as a research assistant for 2 years, and as an emergency room patient advocate for 3 years. My current job is split between both fields as well - I am a research coordinator but act as clinical support (taking vitals, monitoring patient progress, advising in care plans, etc.) when needed. I hoped that some exposure to both fields would pull me in one direction, but the scale has yet to tip, and my experiences have only fueled my passion for both fields almost equally. I've contemplated the M.D / Ph.D route a few times, but the time-commitment doesn't align with the goals I have for my personal life. I've been told to just get an M.D degree, since I'd be able to do both, but the docs that I work with seem to have trouble balancing both seeing patients and working on their research, and tend to shine in one area over the other. The M.D route additionally doesn't appeal to me for a variety of reasons, which I'm sure you've all heard, so I wont spend time explaining my pick of PA over MD, unless someone here thinks it might be relevant to providing advice, of course. I'd like to complete both degrees in order to work on clinical interventions as both a provider and a researcher, but don't know where to start. Does it make sense to go to school for one first over the other? I've heard of the of Wake Forest dual degree program, but don't want to just bank on that and not have a back-up plan. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you again!
  6. Apex Emergency Medical Group, Inc., a premier Southern California Emergency Medical Group, currently has three long-term contracts in Riverside and San Bernardino County, California. We are offering exceptionally rare, full-time opportunities to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to staff all of our Emergency Room contracts at Hemet Valley Medical Center, Menifee Valley Medical Center, and Victor Valley Medical Center, to provide Rapid Triage and Acute Care. Two of the hospitals are within minutes from beautiful Temecula Wine Country in sunny Southern California. Temecula has been voted one of five safest cities in the country with affordable housing and excellent schools. Furthermore, new contracts will start up in the near future within minutes from the pristine beaches of Orange County, California, Candidates must be licensed/certified as a Nurse Practitioner with a minimum of two years NP in acute setting or two years ER nursing, or a Physician Assistant with a minimum of two years ER or urgent care experience. Excellent hourly compensation will be based on experience. Compensation includes health insurance, 401K, paid malpractice with tail, paid vacation and sick time, Paid time off for continuing medical education (CME), and a generous CME stipend. In addition, Apex will reimburse employees for their California license and DEA renewal fees. Quarterly incentive bonuses will be based on productivity and are presently being developed at some of the Group's busier hospitals. Full-time and Per-Diem positions are available. Candidates must be credentialed to work at all of the Group's current sites. Also, some weekends and evening/night shifts are required. Apply to become a member of the Apex team, the "fastest" growing emergency medical group in Southern California, "Providing the Highest Level of Excellence in Emergency Medical Care." Required experience: Emergency Room or Urgent Care Experience: 2 years __________________________ Joseph Botto, MA Healthcare Recruiter KPC Global Management, LLC C: 714-614-2805 O: 951-537-6033 F: 951-537-6023 jbotto@globalmso.com www.thekpcgroup.com
  7. I am a student graduating in December and have begun the job search process. Many positions are available, but I'm finding they're either very rural, temp positions, float positions, or in a subspecialty that would be a poor fit for me after school. I am really interested in family practice or a surgical subspecialty. Today I applied for a job (my first time) that said they would consider new grads, but immediately received an email that I did not have enough experience. This is disheartening and I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps my expectations are too high. Granted, I have just begun the search and have plenty of time. I'm just curious about perspectives from everyone here. Please share as much as you feel comfortable, or PM me if you do not want this public. A few questions: How long did you search before finding positions you were interested in as a new grad? How many times had you been dismissed due to being new? Did you have to broaden your search and apply to positions that weren't necessarily ideal? Were you satisfied with your first position? If you could have a do-over from graduation, what would you have done differently. Thank you in advance. I will keep my chin up and keep applying.
  8. Hi everyone, I'm a PhD student and for my thesis I'm researching PA professional roles in healthcare delivery. I would love to hear your insights about the profession, why you chose it, what you love most about your work with a brief online questionnaire. It should only take 10 minutes and would *really* help me out! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. My end goal is to promote the PA profession to the public, since there is such an unfortunate lack of knoweldge on PAs and what they do! Thanks for your help :) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FX67PDN Thanks for your help! Bridget
  9. certified diabetic educator (CDE) certification - lucrative or not? My manager approached me today to excitedly inform me that she suggested me when a diabetes rep came in and mentioned her company will provide free CDE training for a provider in our office. I do really like endocrinology but don't want to work in Endo due to the lower salaries (kind of burnt out right now on long hours and low compensation as it is in family med). I'm trying to read between the lines and see if this is something that would actually benefit me or only benefit the hospital and my workplace. I have a very busy patient schedule and family medicine and work long days and already feel quite underpaid. I like many aspects of family medicine but that one is not one of them. I guess I'm a little bit worried that if I do this training I will have an increased workload but really nothing financially to show for that. Has anyone out there done this? Worth it or not? I kind of feel like this would be something for a nurse and not something that will be financially beneficial for a physician assistant's career. Huge thanks in advance to anyone who can offer some advice or perspective on this.
  10. I start PA school this fall, and I am extremely excited. Extremely excited! In my program, after 4 semesters of preclinical studies, we will rotate through 7 clerkships, and finish with 2 elective rotations. I expect that during school, my experiences will shape my decisions-but I am unable to resist the urge to plan now. I look at these extra rotations as an opportunity to refine my top-choices for specialty, if I haven't already. Here are the 7: Family Medicine Clerkship Internal Medicine Clerkship General Surgery Clerkship Pediatric Clerkship Geriatric Clerkship Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship Emergency Medicine Clerkship Elective I Elective II My top goal after PA school is to join a DMAT team, and while I wouldn't entirely pick a specialty based on my extra-curricular career, it will be a consideration. From what I have gathered the specialties of emergency medicine, general surgery, family practice and critical care would all be advantageous. I am aware that needs would be team-dependent and assume that most teams are looking for experience(years), not fresh out of school. SO. Can anyone tell me what specialities have been or are attractive towards DMAT team management? Additionally with that specialty in mind, what would be a good elective to pursue? -Thanks ladies and gentlemen
  11. Received my B.A. in Psych back in 2010. I have always been interested in the health field and after being denied entrance to the Athletic Training program my freshman year, I changed major's and pursued something that I could use towards "any" career. My mother has always tried to push me toward a Nursing/PA degree but being as young as I was at the time, I thought my career path was better and lets just say, I wish I had listened to her. Here I am, 5 years later, as an admin, and I want a major career change and I want to pursue something I have always wanted but I need help as to how to get there. I already have a Bachelors degree but was not a focused student (my GPA is pretty ugly). How can I change my career/life around and become a PA without having to start all over and get yet another bachelors degree? I want real, honest answers as to how to approach this. Retake my pre-reqs to get the desired grades necessary to enter the program? Get an associates in Nursing or a Certified Medical assistant so I can get the on-hands patient care? Looking for how others approached this situation. I appreciate all of your help!
  12. Seeking experienced surgical PA-C. These are full-time positions, excellent benefits, and relocation assistance available. • Baltimore, Glen Burnie, and Columbia MD • Westchester NY • Newton NJ • Raleigh and Columbia NC • Orange CA • Lakeland FL Surgical Physician Assistants (Operating Room) Positions Looking for a change Looking for work life balance Looking for a new opportunity As the Surgical First Assistant, you will partner with renowned surgical practices to optimize surgical performance and deliver exceptional patient care. In this role you will be responsible strictly to perform first assistants’ duties in the operating room; you will not partake in clinical duties, hospital rounding or any kind of pre-op or post-op work. Benefits • Competitive base salary; • Health and dental insurance, short and long term disability, life and accidental death, and dismemberment insurance; • 401(k) plan with company match; • Company paid malpractice insurance; • Yearly continuing medical education allowance; • Generous Paid Time off accrual program; • Reimbursement for state licensure fee; • Reimbursement of two national and/or state association dues related to the profession. Requirements • PA-C Valid State License • Minimum 2 years minimum recent surgical first assist experience • Proficient experience and skills assisting with at least half of the following fields: General, Vascular, Orthopedics, Cardio-Thoracic, OB/GYN, Urology. Neurology, ENT & Plastics/Reconstructive • Laparoscopic and Davinci Robotics experience a plus • Active/Current Hepatitis vaccination • BLS/ACLS Certification Intralign is a new kind of healthcare company that creates substantial and sustainable improvements for hospitals. We focus on the intra-operative space, where we help hospitals create efficiencies by making highly qualified clinical support staff available and by enhancing intra-operative processes through alignment of clinical and operational goals. This means that the hospital can reduce costs, increase throughput and enhance clinical quality. Jacqueline Yaro www.intralign.com 602.845.5566 Explore all of Intralign’s career opportunities at: www.intralign.com/careers
  13. Current & Future Physician Assistants! My name is Scott Aronian and I want to take a moment to tell you a little about Locum Tenens. Locum Tenens is best defined as Choice. You have the power and ability to choose the best path. Your able to pick your assignment, your schedule, your location, your housing most importantly your career! My job is to show all providers what’s out there in the physician assistants market and provide options for their careers below I have put some pointers about locum tenens for everyone to check out. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at any time. My Cell phone is 978-968-8577 and my work line is 978-712-3108. Thanks again, Scott Try out new practice settings: Locum tenens work can be a great way to see the inner workings of a small group practice, try out tele-medicine, experience a rural hospital or a community clinic without having to make a long-term commitment. See the country Ever dreamed of being a country Physician Assistant? Check out rural Wyoming. Been landlocked for decades? Try a coastal city. A locum tenens agency will help you get a license in a new state, so don't be afraid to make a cross-country move. After all, it's only temporary. It pays to go locum - Most locum tenens assignments pay rates that are competitive with permanent positions plus you get paid housing, transportation, a per diem and paid malpractice insurance coverage. To add in we pay direct deposit! Industry leading support: When you work with Barton Associates, you’re supported by a team of experienced locum tenens staffing experts, including recruiters, account managers, licensing and credentialing specialists, travel and accommodation specialists, and others committed to making your locum tenens experience a success. Barton Associates can also help you get your CV presentable. Malpractice Insurance provided: Barton Associates provides rated medical malpractice insurance for all of its locum tenens doctors while on assignment, free of charge. Barton is also able to assist you in enrollment in patient funds if required by the state in which you practice. Work where you want, when you want: Barton Associates is a leading national locum tenens firm with locum jobs available across the U.S. in a wide variety of medical specialties. Our extensive network of contacts and experienced staff gives our locum physicians the freedom to work when and where they want throughout the United States. My success comes from following my own recruiting guidelines: Always being Available Always following through with the plan Always matching providers with opportunities not just jobs. About Me: My Name is Scott Aronian and I grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts with 4 siblings, 2 brothers and one sister. I Graduated from Chelmsford High School in 2004 and from their I went off to college to Salem State University where i graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2009. During college I worked at the YMCA with the elementary school and continued to work their until i started at Barton Associates in November of 2009, I have enjoyed every minute of it. Scott Aronian | Senior Recruiter (O)978.712.3108 | 10 Dearborn rd Peabody, MA (F) 888.502.0719 | © 978-968-8577 saronian@bartonlocums.com
  14. Hi, Does anybody know much about this newer residency at Emory? I am really interested in going into critical care after graduation and think a residency or some kind of structured education could be of great benefit.
  15. I haven't seen a sticky anywhere on this topic, so please feel free to simply re-direct me if there is a thread with this information already. I am really wanting the best financial advice (or advice otherwise) you guys can offer for someone just entering the work force. It is daunting to go from exceptionally poor to making substantial money in the blink of an eye. Some topics I am hoping you can give advice about or direct me to more knowledge include: Retirement Investment (stocks, bonds, mortgages, property, etc...) Life Insurance / Disability Insurance Money Management (money markets, lifestyle, taxes, etc...) Loan Repayment (managing, re-financing, etc...) Saving Hiring people to help manage (financial advisors, etc...) Anything else you might stop right now and think "Wow, I wish I would had known more about that or I wish I would have started doing that 5-10-15 years ago" I feel like this forum has a lot of tremendous advice and this would be great for a lot of us newbies here if someone wouldn't mind filling in what they might know about any of these topics. Thanks!
  16. I am a physician looking for a mid-level partner in a new practice. I am NOT a recruiter or headhunter. Seeking a mid-level provider to assist in a new outpatient clinic evaluating patients for potential medical marijuana card recommendation. This is an outpatient practice currently being developed in Providence, RI. There is no call or night shifts. Monday to Friday 8a-5p. It would be fee basis per number of patients seen daily with transition to a generous salary. Patients would be seen every 30 minutes to an hour (depending on business) ideally, at a fee of $50/patient going to the mid-level provider. Realistically 10 patients a day initially with a goal of 20 patients a day once established. It's possible the week could be split among several providers depending on what works best for those that apply. Don't miss this opportunity to help others in an area that is often overlooked...alternative medicine. We will NOT be prescribing marijuana, soliciting marijuana or in direct contact with marijuana. We are simply recommending a patient for consideration of a medical marijuana card through the Rhode Island Department of Health. Visit their website to read more on this. http://www.health.ri.gov/healthcare/medicalmarijuana/for/providers/ Email if interested and we can discuss further.
  17. How often are the meetings? Are they monthly? What types of things you discuss? What are the consequences of skipping them? Are they useful? Do you hate them?
  18. Please take a look at my other post here: Contract And let me know if you have any ideas, thoughts, etc. Thank you! Ally
  19. Hi all. I just came across this forum and am excited to find such helpful resources. I have a question. I am graduating in August and taking the PANCE in the beginning of September. I have been applying for quite a few jobs here (Michigan) and only have had 2 offers for interviews. I was interviewed by an outpatient internal medicine practice a couple weeks ago, but they said they wanted someone with more experience (if that was the case, I'm not sure why they interviewed a new grad in the first place). And my second interview is coming up Monday at a big hospital. It is for thoracic surgery. A friend of mine just got hired there (nights) and said they told her they like new grads because they can mold them. But if I don't get that job, I am afraid I won't get a job. Plus, this interview is for days, which I'm sure is more competitive than nights since most people want days. I don't mean to feel so pessimistic, but I am starting to worry. How many places did you apply prior to getting an offer? I wish there were job openings in my rotations, but there are no openings for any of the rotations I did. I had great reviews from preceptors and some solid letters of rec. A friend told me not to be discouraged because she applied for 15 jobs and got 2 interviews, which she got both jobs (one hospitalist and one urgent care). Did it take anyone months after graduation to find a job? Thanks, Sheryl
  20. Nurse practitioner educational programs are starting to migrate from the master’s level to the doctoral level, leading to the “Doctor of Nurse Practitioner” degree. Right now, the DNP is officially geared toward nurse practitioners in “leadership roles,” but—reading between the lines—I believe the AACN credentialing body is likely seeking the DNP for the majority of future practitioners. See this info from the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/dnpfaq.htm Meanwhile, physician assistant programs remain at the M.S. or even B.S. levels. In the future, many NPs might be addressed as “Dr. So-and-So,” while PAs will be addressed as “hey you,” and be perceived as lower down the professional totem pole. I understand the DNP development is because, like everyone, NPs want to be perceived as professional as possible and have as much training as possible. But a major reason to grow the PA and NP professions—rather than to educate more MDs—is to add a LESS-expensive form of care to an elephant-sized health care system that is already straining the economy. If increasing numbers of NPs get doctorates, they will be saddled with enormous educational loans; this means their salaries will have to rise to pay for this debt. DNP salaries will soon rival that of MDs, but without medical school training. This translates into much higher health care costs, especially if trends continue and nurse practitioners grow hugely in number. If a large number of NPs embrace the DNP approach, this will drain health care dollars—and it will also put PAs in a precarious situation. My question is: will PAs be forced to likewise embrace doctoral programs? If PAs don’t embrace these programs, how will their roles change vis-à-vis the more highly-credentialed future DNPs? Or, if PAs do embrace PhD-level programs, then what will be the practical difference between a DPA (Doctorate of Physician Assistant) and an MD? One prediction I’ve personally come up with: once the DNP degree gains ground in five to 15 years, bridging programs may spring up like mad to convert PAs into MDs. This could cause the PA profession to actually shrink while the NP profession grows. Conversely, many RNs can’t afford a four to six year long DNP program costing 200k+, and so you might see a surprising number of experienced RNs flooding PA educational programs. I think the new DNP focus will have a HUGE impact on PAs. What do you think?
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