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  1. PACShrink

    Have you considered Psychiatry???

    IMHO there is a great deal of potential in this specialty. This article is a few months old but the numbers are solid... https://www.managedcaremag.com/archives/2018/1/shrinking-psychiatrist-shortage According to this article ' Nationally about 1,800 PAs, or roughly 2% of the total number practicing, specialize in psychiatry'. Looking at Psychiatrist shortage ' From 2003 to 2013, the number of practicing psychiatrists declined by 0.2%, to 37,889 nationally by 2013. During the same decade, the number of adult primary care doctors increased by 9.5%, to 211,121 total, and by 14.2% to 862,444 among physicians overall'. ' By 2015, 60% were 55 years or older'. I know.... You are thinking that new grads need experience for this type of work. This is not true. The right personality and an opportunity are all you need.... That and a desire to work in mental health, I should say... Of course you can apply for a clerkship. I found 7 programs here: https://medicine.yale.edu/psychiatry/education/medstudents/pa.aspx https://medicine.uiowa.edu/psychiatry/education/fellowship-programs/physician-assistant-pa-psychiatry-fellowship https://www.houston.va.gov/Education/Physician_Assistant_Residency_Mental_Health/Physician_Assistant_Residency_Mental_Health.asp https://www.novanthealth.org/careers/psychiatric-fellowship.aspx https://www.carolinashealthcare.org/education/Center-for-Advanced-Practice/Fellowships/Behavioral-Health https://medicine.missouri.edu/departments/psychiatry/fellowship-program/physician-assistant-fellowship http://www.brookdalehospital.org/psychiatry-residency.html
  2. I graduated December 2017 and my specialty of choice is Psychiatry. However, the only Psych position that I found in my area was Locum Tenens for 6 months, outpatient. I can't move at this moment. Any advice? Should I start with this or wait for the right position? Loan repayment starts in May so I'm a little worried.
  3. I am trying to find an example of a PA that owned their own practice in Oregon? I already have 3 MDs willing to do the supervising requirements for me that will be in the same office, but they all just share space and legally own their own business. We would prefer I also own my own practice rather than being their employee if it's legally possible and not to much of a headache. I haven't heard back from the Oregon Medical Board.
  4. Hi Guys, I am going to keep this as short as possible. I am currently an undergraduate approaching my junior year. I have only a couple of pre-PA courses left and will be finished with my clinical hours by the end of this year. I am a psychology major with a minor in neuroscience. I would have a major in neuroscience or behavioral science if only my University offered it. However, I have adjusted accordingly by integrating many biological components within my academic resume. Background explanation completed. Long story short: I want to be a Clinical Psychologist (obviously this entails a Doctoral degree in psychology) and a licensed PA. My goal is to integrate the two if at all possible. I used to want to be a Psychiatrist (MD) until I saw the lack of patient-to-doctor time which doesn't allow for adequate analysis of psychiatric conditions, IMO. Having the depth of understanding of a Clinical Psychologist along with the ability to prescribe medications as a PA looks to be an ideal solution. But here come the questions: Is this realistic and feasible? I wouldn't want to be utilizing one without the other. Would there be hiring opportunities for what I am describing? Can you really integrate the two simultaneously? If so, how much freedom and solidarity would I have to practice? I don't mind long or straightforward answers. And I am willing to communicate any additional questions anyone may have. I appreciate you taking the time to read this.
  5. PACShrink

    Salary Negotiation

    Fellow Psychiatry PAs; I am rapidly approaching my 1 year mark with an outpatient psychiatry practice. I am looking for any input anyone has to offer WRT salary, bonus, contract terms etc. I graduated approximately 1 year ago and I have only had this one job since. I recently changed my schedule from 5 days a week at 8 Hours per to 4 days at 10 hours per. On average I see XX patients per week. Currently my salary is competitive and we do get some benefits. We get 15 vacation days for year 1 then 20 per year, 5 sick days, 6 federal holidays, 5 CME days and $3,000. There is a bonus structure, it is a % for collections over 200K. I am not certain what this will amount to as I have not seen what my collections are. I plan on asking for access to the billing data. The practice has 4 MDs 3 total PAs and around 15 LCSWs, Psychologists and LPCs. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  6. FixIt

    NCCPA practice exams

    Wondering if anyone who has taken the PANCE thought the NCCPA practice exams were written like the PANCE questions or if those exams reflected your PANCE experience at all. I'm referencing the two exams you can purchase from the NCCPA. I am a little frustrated because I have been scoring 60's and 70's in my Kaplan QBank, which I am told is pretty good. I feel like I have been learning a lot and the review has been great with the Kaplan questions. I have also been going through the AAPA/PAEA review book and making notes on things I don't remember right away. However, I took the NCCPA practice exams and on the first one I scored in the low/mid "green" high proficiency block. The second exam I took was mostly in the green/high but also had a portion in the yellow borderline proficiency block. So needless to say that scares me. What should I think when comparing Kaplan Qbank questions to the NCCPA practice exams? I have also been listening to the review lectures a lot from UMDNJ review course and most of that is recognizable and makes sense to me. This pre-PANCE anxiety is really starting to get to me. I take the test in two days. **bangs head against wall** P.S. The Packrat I took in May this year scored a 152. This was 3 months before graduation and before I started all of this studying. Taking another Packrat tonight. Wish me luck....I used to have confidence. But after the NCCPA practice exam, I feel like this is me:
  7. I'm a first year PA student in DC and am looking to set up clinical rotations in both Boston, MA and Charlotte, NC in either Pediatrics, Women's Health/OBGYN, and/or Behavioral Medicine/Psych. Does anyone have any contacts or resources that may be helpful in setting these up? I'm not too sure where to start looking for possible preceptors. Any advice is appreciated!
  8. Adavis120

    Psychiatry CAQ

    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! :)
  9. PsychPA2010

    Psychiatry CAQ

    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??
  10. NYCPAC

    psych salary

    Hi all! I have been given a form to fill out for a potential psych position. The position is outpt care in the los angeles area. The practice already utilizes midlevel providers, but I am a new graduate and not too sure what my "worth" really is. Ideally id like to make 100k or more. Anyone have any advice on the best answer to give when you asked what your expectations for compensation entail? Thanks :)
  11. Hi all, I have recently decided to pursue a career as a PA instead of going to medical school and becoming a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. For numerous reasons, I have decided it makes much more sense for me to become a PA. Obviously, my ideal is to become a psychiatric PA as my heart lies within mental health. I studied mental health in college and most of my clinical experience has been with adolescent psychiatric inpatients. To say I am in love with the field is an understatement. Not only have I been unable to find a psychiatric PA to shadow in the NY Metropolitan Area, I cannot seem to find anyone to even speak to! Would anyone be willing to share with me their experience? Or know of any practices or individuals with whom I could shadow? Is finding a psychiatric PA in the Tri-State impossible? While I am excited about other specialties and being a PA regardless of psychiatry, it would mean a lot to me to know it is possible to be a psychiatric PA in the NY Metropolitan Area. (Both of the Psychiatry Attendings at the NYC hospital I work in and two psychiatrists I am close with do not know of any psychiatric PAs - crazy!) Maybe the Tri-State area just needs a bit more time to realize the benefits of employing psychiatric PAs! I really appreciate any contacts or advice you may have. Best, S
  12. I would enjoy hearing from practicing psych PAs about any road bumps they have encountered with being paid as a PA vs Psych Advanced Nurse Practioner. I've recently looked for another position and find that 80-90 % of psych jobs want the psych ANP because "it's easier to bill for their services in mental health". Also, in Illinois, last year I was restricted from seeing Medicaid patients. I was told PAs are not eligable to bill in mental health...this was from the investigative arm of Illinois Medicaid, whereas the billing/payment arm had no problem with PA reimbursements. (this info was from my SP) Fortunately I have found another psych position in another state. I did call AAPA about this, and they seem to be 'somewhat' aware of this problem, but have no direct information about cause nor correction. There are a fair number of psych jobs listed with the various recruiters that read " psych PA/NP", but upon closer examination the employer only accepts psych NPs. hope someone out there has some information. to me, it feels like PAs are effectively being shut out of mental health care.
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