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  1. Hi! I am currently a first year PA student. Upon shadowing in surgical critical care, I fell in love with the field and want to invest my career in it. I plan on applying to PA residency programs specializing in surgical critical care after graduation from school (August 2022). I was hoping for advice on how I can begin to build my resume for applying to residency programs. Any help is greatly appreciated:)
  2. Hi, Trying to get some information regarding critical care PA compensation in order to present a reasonable salary and raise structure to our group with an increasing number of PAs. - Currently we work day shifts only, 8am-8pm - around 2 weekends per month, no extra pay - holidays as scheduled, no extra pay - Good health, dental, 401k - start at 1wk vacation per year, increases yearly by a week up to 4wks per year - 8 hours sick leave per month - $1000 CME, but no extra CME time off - they pay for all licensing, DEA, etc. We currently get paid per shift, our contract states 163 s
  3. If this has already been asked, I apologize. I could not find a thorough post. Any recommendations/advice/comments (good or bad) would be really appreciated! Does anyone have any advice on an ICU clinical rotation? Or advice on working as a PA in ICU/critical care? Any recommendation on books/resources to use as a student on rotation? Any current or previous ICU/critical care PA: is it difficult to find a job in ICU/critical care? Is a fellowship recommended or required?
  4. In this day of selivering bad news, I thought that this article that I saved from last year would be a great refresher. Food is food regardless of the source. The Rules for Delivering Bad News to Patients August 27, 2019 The Watercooler: Career Advice The Bookbag: Education The Rounds: Clinical Considerations General 0 Comments I've talked to some colleagues recently who've been a little down about their roles as nurse practitioners. Working in family practice, they have found themselves in the position o
  5. Hello All, I'm curious if anyone has recommendations for a question bank to help learn critical care medicine? I'm a relatively new PA (graduated in May 2018) and have been practicing in critical care for about a year now. I work in a 26 bed mixed ICU at a community hospital. I've been reading the Washington Manual of Critical Care, Marino's ICU Book, and Up-to-Date. I've also done the Critical Care board review course offered by the SCCM. I'd like to find a question bank that I can use to test my critical care knowledge as well as general adult medical knowledge. I used ROSH review
  6. This course is designed to be a "scan and surf" adventure with the education ending at 2 pm each day so participants have time to enjoy the location. With so much to do in Huntington Beach and the hotel offering a Beach Amenities Program, the SEMPA Ultrasound Course is the perfect balance of education and fun! The course will provide point-of-care ultrasound training to physician assistants working in emergency medicine. Didactic sessions will focus on concise, useful information, images, and video. Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills thr
  7. This topic has been touched on, but I was wondering if Critical Care PAs could weigh in for new grads on starting in the specialty versus practicing internal medicine first. Everyone comes into the field with different backgrounds and capabilities, so there is no "yes or no" answer, but opinions would be appreciated. I am considering applying for a CCM fellowship right out of school.
  8. 2019 SEMPA Emergency Procedures Course Oct 7-8, 2019 Jacksonville, Florida - 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits - All procedures performed on high fidelity simulators Airway management (direct laryngoscopy, video laryngoscopy, rescue devices) Lumbar puncture (with and without ultrasound guidance) Arthrocentesis (with and without ultrasound guidance) Intraosseous vascular access Central venous access (internal jugular, subclavian, femoral; with and without ultrasound guidance) Tube thoracostomy Needle decompression
  9. SEMPA Ultrasound Courses November 8-10, 2019 Huntington Beach, CA https://www.sempa.org/education/ultrasound-huntingtonbeach/ January 27-28, 2020 Jacksonville, FL https://www.sempa.org/education/ultrasound-jacksonville/ The SEMPA Ultrasound Courses will provide point-of-care ultrasound training to physician assistants working in emergency medicine. Didactic sessions will focus on concise, useful information, images, and video. Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills through hands-on teaching and practice on live models un
  10. I'm an ER tech (Starting PA school in August) at a large academic hospital where there is a Post Cardiac Arrest Service (PCAS) that receives post arrest transfers to the ER then ultimately ending up in the CCU. I met a PA who is starting on this service in the next couple months where I think he will split his time between the ICU coverage he does now and PCAS consults/research. He told me he will be the first PA that PCAS has had on and the position was sort of "created for him" through his prior work with the PCAS docs. Does anyone have any experience/knowledge of positions like this? I'm as
  11. Registration now open for SEMPA 360 being held April 14-18, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana! Come learn from the best educators in emergency medicine. Conference favorites include Kevin Klauer, Amy Keim, Haney Mallemat, Michael Winters, and Richard Cantor to name a few. The EM:RAP team will also be joining us again in New Orleans for a day of learning along with a special meet-and-greet to visit with some of your favorite EM:RAP stars! Over twenty workshops will give you the skills needed in emergency procedures, airway management, ultrasound, slit lamp, suturing, x-ray interpretation
  12. Hey everyone!! Hoping to get some insight on my offer for a position at a Level II trauma center in SoCal. I worked with this group of surgeons as a student so I know it would be an excellent learning environment and tons of good exposure. My time will be split weekly, working in trauma + gen surgery one week and strictly in ICU the next. Training will include running traumas, first assist, various procedures, ICU and vent management, etc. No surgery residents. They currently have 3 NPs and 1 PA and are looking to expand. Base salary at $110k. Hours/call: 40hr/week, leaving pr
  13. I’ve been having some discussions about doing a CCM residency at my institution after completing my residency. Everyone seems interested in me doing it. A few things would have to be altered such as my current residency would have to be extended 4 months (for a total of 22 months) to coincide with the start of the fellowship, which they also seem interest in doing. In exchange I would also get more elective time. I’d prefer this over doing locums so it would be a simple transition, but isn’t necessary. The CCM residency is a year long and pays about 7-10k more than I make now (which isn’t much
  14. The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) - Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency is accepting applications for the 2019 application cycle. This 18-month postgraduate program, affiliated with the UCSF School of Medicine, is designed to prepare PAs to practice in a variety of emergency medicine environments. We will be accepting 2 residents in 2019. The class will start June 26, 2019 but we will be offering rolling admissions into the Fall for accepted applicants who have a later PA school graduation date. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2019. Rotations include:
  15. UNM EMPA RESIDENCY: The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine is excited to announce that we are accepting applicants now for our 2019-2020 class. Applications will close Feb 1st, 2019. Our class will start the last week of June, 2018 for an 18-month program for 2 residents. This year we have expanded our eligibility to applicants graduating an ARC-PA accredited program prior to May 31st, 2019. We strive to equip physician assistants with the clinical experiences and didactic teaching that will enable them to practice high-quality, evidence based em
  16. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is proud to announce the newest addition to its medical education programs. The UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency is accepting applications for the 2018 application cycle. This 18 month post-graduate program is designed to prepare PAs to practice in a variety of emergency medicine environments. We will be accepting 2 residents in 2018. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2018. Rotations include: Trauma Critical Care Burn Orthopedics Dermatology Ophthalmology Oral Ma
  17. I'm a relatively recent PA grad who is almost a year into my first position as a CC PA at a large tertiary care facility. In a perfect world, I would like to stay for at least two years to further refine my skills, expand my knowledge base, and show some maturity/stability to future employers. In my current position, I make more than the national average for new grads, have full benefits including 401k with match, malpractice with tail, ample CME/licensing, and find that my SPs are fantastic people and educators - this is what sold me on the position and makes it so attractive. Since being her
  18. SAVE THE DATE! SEMPA is once again holding its popular Ultrasound Course. Planning is still under way, but the course will be held February 22-23, 2018, at the University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research. The Ultrasound Course has sold out the past couple years so sign up now to be among the first to know when registration opens. https://www.sempa.org/ultrasound-course/
  19. Has anyone here used NEJM Knowledge Plus to get CME? What is the best CME sources for surgery/trauma/critical care that doesn't cost an arm and a leg plus my left kidney? Thanks
  20. Any help would be great! Looking to start a new position in the ICU. Currently with 2 years of experience (non ICU) and am trying to get an idea of salary range. Anyone have any applicable anecdotes/offers they've gotten? Thanks!
  21. Hello Everyone, I work as a critical care PA in Oregon and my group is looking to hire two experienced PAs or NPs to join our team of eight intensivists and two PAs/NPs. We cover medical ICU patients and also consult on cardiothoracic, trauma, and neuro critical care patients. The details are still in the preliminary stages but should be a full time swing or nocturnist position with an average of 80 hours per two week pay period. The PA/NP will work alongside a critical care physician. Duties will include procedures such as central line, arterial lines, chest tubes, etc. A competitive
  22. The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, is excited to announce that we are seeking applicants for the inaugural class of our Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency. This is an 18-mont program that will equip physician assistants with the clinical experiences and didactic teaching that will enable them to practice high-quality, evidence based emergency medicine. We are seeking applicants for two positions that will begin mid-June, 2016. It is our goal that our graduates have comfort and competence in the care of critically ill patients,
  23. I am looking for a good pediatric critical care reference text. I've heard that the big three are · Fuhrman and Zimmerman. Pediatric Critical Care. 4th Edition. 2011 · Shaffner and Nichols. Rogers' Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care. 5th Edition. 2015. · Wheeler, Wong, and Shanley. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence. 2007. My question is.. I have no way to go see any of these texts in person. Anyone have any good comparisons on the three texts? I would be learning more toward Roger's just because its the most current - howev
  24. Hello everyone, Just wanted to share that my hospital is looking for a full-time Critical Care PA. The position is with Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and our hospital is located in Medford Oregon. We are a team of Intensivists, one PA, and one NP. The schedule hasn't been fully sorted out, but should be either day or swing-shift. At present we are not looking for night-shift or to be on-call. I've been here for nearly 7 years (I'm the PA on the team). We cover the ICU and consult in the Coronary Care Unit and step-down ICU. We want someone who is proficient with placing central and
  25. Hello all! Few questions about becoming a Critical Care PA in Boston: -Should I start in CC as a new grad? -Should I start in internal medicine/FP and then switch after a few years? -Do you feel like you still have time to spend with you spouse/friends? -What is the job market like for CC PAs in the city of Boston (if you know)? Thanks! 2nd year PA student
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