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  1. Hey all, I am currently a 1st year graduate student for athletic training. I am looking into become a PA. Looking to withdraw from my program to pursue PA prerequisites but not sure if this was a good idea. Or if I should complete my program then complete prerequisites. Thanks!
  2. Hello, I am currently reapplying for the third time, and have a question regarding the updated description for health care experience under CASPA's experience section. I completed 1400+ hours of clinical experience as an Athletic Training student during my undergrad that required hands on work with athletes (patients) using skills learned within our program. A description provided by the school for these hours states: Clinical Practicum course hours are designed to assess student competency and proficiency in the psychomotor skills determined by the NATA Educational Council. The proficiencies address the areas of risk management and injury prevention, assessment and evaluation, acute care, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, general medical conditions and disabilities, psychosocial intervention/referral, health-care administration and professional development. I am planning to use this exact statement for the Description/Key Responsibilities portion of the experience document. In the past, individual programs have told me that these hours do in fact qualify as healthcare experience, even though it was completed during the educational portion of the program. I am curious if this is a sufficient description of my responsibilities, or if I should expand upon the exact skills or aspects I performed during my patient interactions. Thank you for any insight on this topic
  3. Hey! I am wondering if any of you guys have found ways to get experience in the OR as part of your HCE aside from becoming a certified surgical tech? I am planning to apply to PA school next cycle (to matriculate 2018) and I'm currently working as a certified medical assistant (after getting my B.S. in biotechnology), but I'd love to get a job in an OR. However, all the OR jobs I've found require at least the two year surgical tech degree and I definitely don't want to spend all the time and money becoming a surg tech when I'm planning to apply to PA school. Has anybody ever gotten to work in the OR without becoming a surgical tech?
  4. Hi, I am a student at The University of Florida in the athletic training program. I have become interested inthe PA field, and would like to go straight into a program once I graduate. I do not have any HCE, but I have shadowed a few PA's, have been involved in clubs and volunteering. My biggest question is: would the hours lyfrom me doing clinicals in my program count as HCE? I am directely involved in the care of the athletes I work with, so I assumed it would, but was not sure. Any insight is appreciated :).
  5. See below...I'm not wild about the phase in...so I have to take PANRE this year, and then again in 2018, AND THEN be phased in....WTF?? Also, I need more information on the PI-CME.....Not sure how they are defining this. 10-Year Certification Maintenance Cycle and New CME Requirements Coming Soon Beginning in 2014, certified physician assistants will transition to a 10-year certification maintenance cycle, a change from the current six-year certification maintenance and retesting requirement that has been in effect since recertification was first introduced in 1981. That change is accompanied by the institution of new, more specific continuing medical education (CME) requirements: 20 of the 50 Category I CME credits certified PAs are already required to obtain every two years must be earned through self-assessment CME or performance improvement CME (PI-CME). PAs who pass PANCE or PANRE in 2014 will be the first to move to the new certification maintenance process. Others will transition to the new 10-year cycle over the following five years as they recertify. These changes are the result of discussions that spanned eight years, as NCCPA leaders worked first to define the set of competencies critical for effective PA practice and then to determine how to effectively integrate appropriate competencies into the certification maintenance process. That effort included multiple discussions with leaders of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), a public comment period during which all certified PAs were invited to respond to potential changes, and a pilot study. "We know that the majority of medical boards have now implemented similar changes that licensing authorities feel will serve both the public and the medical profession. The NCCPA initiative is consistent with the medical community's movement toward this practice," said AAPA President Robert L. Wooten, PA-C. "I appreciate that NCCPA's leaders have taken their time with these discussions and have sought input from AAPA and others throughout their consideration of changes to the certification maintenance process." Later this spring, NCCPA will launch a new information-gathering system that will help measure the impact of these changes. Certified PAs will receive more information about the new "PA Professional Profile" in the coming weeks and will be prompted to complete it within the next couple of months to establish the baseline for later impact studies. Then they will be prompted to update it at least once during every two-year CME cycle. Watch a short video or read more about these changes online, read more in our Q&A, and read future NCCPA News messages for additional details as they become available. Certification Maintenance Fees With the new changes to the certification maintenance process, one thing that will not change is the $130 certification maintenance fee, which is one of the current requirements to maintain certification. We are pleased to be able to maintain the current fee for all PAs, even during a time when costs are increasing at a rapid pace. However, to maintain the current fee and streamline the process, NCCPA is phasing out the discount option. Less than half of certified PAs take advantage of the $50 discount by earning and logging their CME credits by June 30 of the certification expiration year. By eliminating the June 30 deadline, PAs will only have one deadline to remember for earning and logging their CME credits and paying the certification maintenance fee - December 31, their certification expiration date. Though there will no longer be a financial incentive to earn and log CME early, keep in mind that NCCPA begins updating PA certification records in September of the certification expiration year. So the sooner you complete all requirements, the sooner your certification record will be updated to the next cycle, and the sooner employers, state boards, and others can verify that you have completed all requirements. The discount structure is still in effect for the 2010-2012 and 2011-2013 CME cycles that are already in progress.
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