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Hello everyone! I am a newly engaged applicant who's been accepted to an inaugural program starting in January (fingers crossed nothing falls through) and am looking for advice from any PA-S or PA-C on whether to plan a wedding during didactic year to get married during clinicals or plan during clinicals and get married post graduation? I come from a cultural family so wedding's tend to be big and I am assuming planning will take at least a year or 6 months prior to the date. For what it's worth my program is set to graduate March 2023 and my fiancé is projecting 2022 to be the best for him, financially. Would love any insight from spouse PA's who had to make this decision or even attendees in rigorous programs.
I have been reading quite a few of the post grad PA residency/fellowship blogs and am blown away by the sheer amount of material and skills that new grad PAs are able to grasp and perform straight out of a PA residency. This got me thinking. What if the PA profession embraced required post grad PA residencies/fellowships? There are several benefits to doing something like this in my eyes. 1) PAs would hit the ground running--we would be incredibly capable straight out of the gate. 2) PAs would instantly have a major advantage over NPs, even if those NPs have had years of RN experience before they became an NP. 3) It would allow us to stand on something more than just our education when attempting to fight for any legislative hurdles. 4) We would be afforded more autonomy if #2 would work. 5) I think we would gain more respect from our MD/DO colleagues. 6) Possibly slow down over-saturation. Of course there would be some negative consequences to a mandatory post-grad residency. 1) Currently PAs who do a residency have a major advantage over new grads and even experienced PAs. This would go away if all new PAs completed a residency. 2) PA school would go from 2ish years to 3ish years. 3) Experienced PAs may see new PAs as a threat. 4) Finding enough hospital systems to embrace the idea of a PA residency and finding enough positions to accept all the PA spots after graduation. 5) loss of lateral mobility. I know this is pretty unrealistic right now, but I think PAs are going to have a hard time fighting for more autonomy if we do not change our current educational tract. More and more schools are accepting students with NO clinical experience what so ever. If this is the case, can we really fight for autonomy? That was a hallmark of the PA profession and a major selling point, but now that this is going away, I think a residency would be the solution to that problem. A good solution too, as residency PAs would be top notch straight out of school! Thoughts?
PAs For Tomorrow AAPA Candidate Endorsement Statement The 2017-18 AAPA voting polls have been open for a few days. Historically, membership participation in AAPA elections tends to be low. PAFT encourages all PAs to participate in the selection of our future national leaders. If you haven’t already cast your vote, take the time to review the candidate selections and thoughtfully consider who you believe is best equipped to further the mission of the PA profession. Recently, the PAFT Board of Directors submitted a series of questions to each candidate. After review of those that submitted responses to PAFT, board membership carefully considered which candidates best represent the future of our profession. Specifically, PAFT is interested in leaders who will progressively advocate for our professional future and who will work to remove barriers to PAs practicing to the fullest extent of their license. For the 2017 AAPA Elections, PAFT endorses the following candidates: President-Elect: Alan N. Bybee, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA, CPAAPA Jonathan E. Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA Director At Large: Dave Mittman, PA, DFAPPA Gerard Grega, PA-C, DFAAPA Diane Bruessow, PA-C, DFAAPA Communication to national leadership is best demonstrated by casting your vote. It remains one of the most important tasks you can do to advocate on behalf of the PA profession. The polls remain open until April 10, 2017 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada). Vote now by logging into your AAPA profile and selecting the general election link on the home page. Regards, PAFT Board of Directors