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  1. I have released a smartphone app designed to help read and interpret EKG's. The app can be useful for current students, new grads, and those with experience. The app requires the user to evaluate each component of the ekg, thereby minimizing missing important findings and also correlates abnormal findings to potential underlying disorders. The website is www.ekgddx.com. On iTunes, search "ekg ddx". On Google Play, "ekgddx". Thanks for considering.
  2. I'm currently a student majoring in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) and expecting a BS and graduating from an honors program in spring 2015. I'm planning on taking my ARDMS specialty exams in Echocardiography, Abdomen, and OB/GYN. I'm contemplating about transitioning from a BS in DMS to MS-PA and was wondering whether it would be a good idea and how I would go about my route. I'm not sure whether my courses for DMS (or if any courses from Allied Health program) would be considered towards my science GPA. The courses include multiple leveled courses in Abdominal Cross Section Sonography, Abdominal Sonography (1, 2, & 3) , Echocardiography (1, 2, & 3), OB/GYN(1, 2, & 3), Non-Invasive Vascular, Superficial Structures and Neurosonography, Sonographic Physics (1 & 2) along with 1,200+ hours during clinical rotation at non-invasive cardiology, pediatric echocardiography, OB/GYN/MFM, and general abdominal ultrasound clinical sites in the metropolitan area. I have not finished all my courses yet so my GPA could be lower or higher when I graduate, but I would like a opinion on the general overview. My science GPA (assuming they don't account for my DMS courses) is a meek 3.184 from Bio 1&2, Chem 1&2, A&P 1&2, and an Introductory to Physics course. I've taken organic chemistry, but withdrew from the class due to personal reasons. I plan to take microbiology since most PA schools require it. My non-science GPA (assuming they don't account for my DMS courses with my honors liberal courses Philosophy, Literature, History, Social Science, Psychology, Speech, math courses (Precalculus, and Calculus), and a statistics class) is a 3.37 Assuming the DMS courses count in my science GPA and not my non-science GPA, my science GPA would be 3.29. Assuming the DMS courses count in my non-science GPA, my non-science GPA would be 3.37. My overall GPA currently is a 3.35. I've done 1,200+ hours during my clinical rotations at hospitals and 800+ hours as a pharmacy technician at a retail pharmacy. I'm familiar with reading and performing echocardiograms, general abdomen and OB/GYN ultrasounds and reading CT scans, X-rays, and mammograms. I'm also familiar with drug names and purpose of them. I know that I have to receive my Bachelors prior to applying to the CASPA, but I would like to know any helpful advice prior to applying (I don't plan to apply soon, but it would be helpful to be completely prepared to submit my application) and opinion about whether it would be a good idea to transition from DMS to PA. Thanks a bunch!
  3. I have created a Cardiology Study Guide that exactly follows the PANCE Blueprint of Cardiology Study Disease processes, and Cardio Drugs ... I think it is a great study tool and I am glad to share it with you. Also, It's fine for you to pass it along and share it with anyone that it might help I have tried to post it with this message- unfortunately, it exceeds the attachment size limitation offered by this forum, so I'm unable to attach the document here directly, .. if you will email me, I will be happy to forward it to you. Feel free to email me at chasholloway1211@yahoo.com it's in a WORD document format, and I have reduced the size of the viewing pages ... all you need to do is adjust and increase the "Percentage" viewing size of the document in order to read the pages ... I hope that you find the information helpful. (btw, some people have emailed me and asked me if I am charging for my notes ... definitely not ... I'm just a regular PA. I wrote up some notes, and thought I would share them.)
  4. HI, I have a copy of the Fast and ECG book to sell. This book is incredibly helpful in learning ECGs for PA school and for PANCE review. DVD included, book in excellent condition.
  5. Can you provide an idea of the steps required to get there and the competitiveness? Is it fairly achievable? I am pre-PA. Cardiothoracic would be my ideal.
  6. Hi all... I am looking for some advice on my resume and cover letter to send to a place that I would love to work but doesn't have very many postings for PAs. Just to give a little background on my situation, I have been working in pediatric interventional cardiology for 2 years now, which was my first position out of school. Since it is a specialty that is not very used to PAs/NPs, I have sort of had to fight my way in to let people know what I can and can't do as a PA. For the most part I love what I do (pre-cath H+P/orders, performing and assisting the cath procedure, and post-cath reports/dictation/orders/discharge), but my supervising physician and support staff (tech+nurses) still, at times, see me as just another staff member in the lab that can help with inventory issues, setting up the table, scheduling patients, putting away inventory, etc. Part of the reason they expect some of these duties from me is that the first NP in the lab was hired as the cath lab manager - this was supposed to be temporary until his credentialling went through but it eventually became permanent, so he really only did the H+P and orders and was otherwise functioning as an RN... then I came along. We worked together for awhile and I took over 90% of the midlevel duties while he continued to do the manager stuff but he left this past summer and I have tried to put my foot down about a lot of things, but a lot of it won't get done unless I involve myself, which worries me for patient safety. I don't think I will ever be able to fully break them of seeing me that way (no matter how hard I try), so I think it's time to move on to less dysfunctional staff. I LOVE pediatric cardiology and really want to try and find a way to stay in this specialty so my plan is to do some "cold calling", or rather "cold emailing" with phone call follow-up to explain what it is I can do and what I am interested in. There is one hospital in particular that I would love, so I know it's a long-shot but they don't have this subspecialty everywhere so I gotta try. Since PAs are much more established in CT surgery on the adult side of things, I figured I would try my hand at a surgical position, while also expressing that I would be happy to work in peds cardio in any capacity to stay in the specialty. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone would be willing to look at my cover letter and/or CV? If so, please comment or send me a message and I'll pass it along! Also, if anyone has any advice on cold calling places, I would love to hear your thoughts/experiences/advice.
  7. So I'm a new grad (5 months since graduating). I've been working at a cardiologists office for the past 4 months. I shadowed the other PAs for 3 months who were doing it and now I'm supervising (reading EKGs, administrating Lexiscan/Dobutamine, etc.) the nuclear stress tests. Obviously I'm working nuclear radiology technicians who have been doing this for years and there's always a doctor in the office. I'm ACLS trained but I've never put that training into use. My only thing is that I don't know if this is "kosher", so to speak. I don't know if there are any PAs that are on this site supervise nuclear stress testing, if so then it would be great to get some input. Or general input from any PAs would be great
  8. Had a cool ECG on my desk this am. Anyone care to take a stab at interpretation?
  9. Hey all - I am a current 2nd year PA student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. I am interested in moving to Denver after I graduate. I am not in a position to do full clinical rotations in the Colorado area due to finances, but I am hopeful I can meet a surgeon or surgical PA in the Denver area that is willing to allow shadowing on one Friday or on a weekend each month. My interests thus far are in dermatology, cardiology, neurology and urology (all very different, I know...). My best friend lives in Denver and I plan to drive out to Denver and stay with her for several 3-day weekends during my next few semesters. My hope is to be able to shadow a physician or PA in the Denver area on Fridays/weekends while I'm visiting the area. If there is anyone willing to allow me to sit in on clinic days here and there, I would greatly appreciate it! Please contact if so. My phone number is 816-853-0388, and email is ag4h9@mail.umkc.edu. Thank you! Allison
  10. Hey all - I am a current 2nd year PA student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. I am interested in moving to Denver after I graduate. I am not in a position to do full clinical rotations in the Colorado area due to finances, but I am hopeful I can meet a surgeon or surgical PA in the Denver area that is willing to allow shadowing on one Friday or on a weekend each month. My interests thus far are in dermatology, cardiology, neurology and urology (all very different, I know...). My best friend lives in Denver and I plan to drive out to Denver and stay with her for several 3-day weekends during my next few semesters. My hope is to be able to shadow a physician or PA in the Denver area on Fridays/weekends while I'm visiting the area. If there is anyone willing to allow me to sit in on clinic days here and there, I would greatly appreciate it! Please contact if so. My phone number is 816-853-0388, and email is ag4h9@mail.umkc.edu. Thank you! Allison
  11. I'm currently a PA working in EP (electrophysiology). I am in the process of obtaining privileges for elective DCCV (direct current cardioversion) and was wondering if any of my fellow PA's had similar privileges. These would be scheduled elective procedures (typically for atrial arrhythmias), and would be completed under conscious sedation by anesthesia. I am hoping to touch base with someone about how they went about obtaining privileges, and their hospital's protocal for midlevels and cardioversion. Thank you very much.
  12. Hey everyone, new grad here, and of course, since it's my first time going through this, I'm looking for advice from those who know much more than I! I was offered a job in the Boston, MA metro area. Here are the details... just looking for general suggestions and/or thoughts in terms of whether this is a fair offer... Job: Inpatient cardiology consults Schedule: 4 ten hour shifts/week, no nights/weekends/holidays, no call Salary: $85,000/yr CME: $1500/year, no additional days off PTO: 20 days/year (earned time accrual, so with my 4 ten hour shifts it would probably be more like 16 days off... and that includes sick days, CME, vacation) Health Insurance, Dental and Vision: Start immediately, good plans & rates 403(b): employer match up to 5% of salary after 2 years of employment Licensure & AAPA membership fees: not innately covered, i can use CME to cover them if i'd prefer that. When I add them up (DEA, State License, AAPA, State society membership) it totals about $700/yr. Malpractice Insurance: Covered 100%, waiting to find out if they offer tail coverage Of note: I have worked in the cardiology department at this hospital, with these same exact physicians, for 2 years prior to PA school running stress tests. I also did my cardiology rotation during PA school with them. Clearly their interest in hiring me back is a nice thing. So even thought I'm a new grad, I am a new grad they are very familiar with, and a new grad who is pretty comfortable with certain aspects of cardiology (i.e. EKG's, common meds, etc.). Also of note: The 85k was their first offer, I tried to negotiate citing my experience there & in that specialty, and they still came back to me without changing the offer at all. I also asked for the 403(b) match to start immediately, since I have already put 2 years in, and only left to go to school and come right back at work at the same hospital. They told me that would not be possible.
  13. Has anyone else heard of the The Heart Course? I am looking for a CME conference focusing on acute cardiovascular problems, and this one sounded interesting. It's out in Las Vegas in October and would love to know if anyone else is thinking about going or has attended a Heart Course conference before. Here is the link if anyone wants to take a look at the conference. https://theheartcourse.com/ . Thanks!
  14. Here are the details... Ortho spine. Job is with a private practice ortho group (20 docs) about 45 minutes from major midwest city. Base salary: $74,000 Health/Dental/Vision: Eligible after 90 days. High deductible plan ($3,300), paying about $35 out of pocket per pay (individual plan) 401k & Profit Sharing: 1 year waiting period... Will match 100% up to 3%, and 50% match on the next 2% Life Insurance: $20,000 term and accidental CME: $1500 and 5 days Vacation: 2 weeks plus 8-9 major holidays (no other personal sick days were included in info packet) Malpractice with tail/Licensing/DEA: Covered by employer Bonus: The specifics on paper are confusing, but during conversation the physician made a comment that it could be about $4000 extra a year (l was sort of expecting the "bonus" to make up for the low salary, so this was definitely a shock.) They are willing to give me 2 chances to pass my certification exam and are also willing to employ me (if needed) during the 3 month period as an athletic trainer (I've been certified for 10 years) at a rate of $25 an hour... Obviously if I pass my test on the first try this wouldn't make a difference. Odds and ends: Physician takes 10+ weeks of vacation a year and it was discussed that I would end up having a lot of that time off as well without having to use vacation days. I know that there will be a lot of 50-60 hour weeks because I did an elective rotation with this physician, but physician said those hours will equal out with the extra time off and days off here and there if we've been hitting it really hard. The doc knows I have another offer at $84,000, but still came in 10g's lower. The other offer is sports medicine, but I've had several people to tell me to RUN in the other direction from that group. I was really just hoping to use the sports med offer as a negotiating tool. I'm supposed to just call the doc over the weekend if I have any questions or if I want to negotiate. Any thoughts, suggestions, ways to approach a higher salary would be appreciated. I know the value in this position would be the good relationship I've had with the doc since my rotation, plus I know they're willing to train me... But I also know I can't work for pennies. THANKS!
  15. Can anyone elaborate on the role of a Peds Hospitalist PA? What are their responsibilities? How is they pay and schedule? How many MDs do they typically work with? What is the typical pt population (diagnosis-wise)? Do they typically deal strictly with Gen Peds kids or pts from all specialties? I really love Peds Cardiology (there's something about those tiny HLHS kids that gets to me) but I don't really want to narrow my skills down so specifically in case I change my mind in 5 years. Plus I want to eventually work as a medical missionary so I want a broad base of knowledge, skills, and practice. Thanks!
  16. Hello all, Just wondering how many schools people have/plan to apply to. Initially I was thinking of applying to only 5-6 that I really want to attend AND that I match all the prereq's for. However, I just heard of someone that applied to ALL the programs in the country and only got accepted to 2-3 of them. That has made me a bit worried. What do you guys think? Thanks!
  17. Hello! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on internship opportunities in the Northern VA/DC area? If not PA specifically, then public health/health related internship opportunities? I've been searching around but haven't been so lucky at finding one. Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions! -Leila C.
  18. Hey all- I have been given a tentative offer in a pediatric cardiology practice in NV and would like to know what salary I should generally be looking for as a new grad. I can get general salary info for cardiology (adult/general), but not as specialized as peds. I would be the first PA in the practice and so coming to the table I will need some valuable salary information. Thoughts? Thanks!
  19. Hello! I would love some advice from practicing PAs on how to handle this situation: I was just accepted into my first-choice school (Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC near Ft. Bragg) and will start next Fall. In case it matters: I'm a 31-year-old female. I already owe about $26K for courses I took to complete prereqs. The PA program tuition + fees, supplies, etc. will run about $70K. By the time 6.8% interest kicks in, I figure I'll owe about $110K once school is over. My husband and I are both incredibly frugal, and even if I have to pay for school 100% using loans, we have a plan in which the loans would be paid off in 6 years. BUT..... There is a grant program that was awarded to Methodist in which they select 6 students to receive $44K ($22k for 2 years). The caveat is that each recipient must promise to work 5 years in primary care (family med, peds, or IM). My father-in-law is a primary care physician in Illinois and is a huge inspiration to me. I think I would enjoy primary care. BUT...I am also hugely interested in cardiology, and the ER seems appealing as well. And who knows? Once clinicals start, I may change my mind again. What I'd like to know is if it's worth it to commit myself to primary care before school even starts to get such generous financial assistance. I'm looking at the difference in owing $35K (if I'm one of the lucky 6 to receive the grant) vs. $110K (without the grant). I may be putting the cart before the horse a little bit here, because I don't even know that I would be one of the 6 to get the grant funds. I thought it would be good, though, to hear what people have to say before I submit an application when the time comes. I've done research on this forum about salaries in different specialties and different regions within the U.S., but there are so many variables here (picking a specialty before school starts, committing to said specialty for 5 yrs, salaries, loan payments, etc.). I decided I should just post something and hope for responses. I keep going back and forth on what to do. I am crossing my fingers that your experiences will highlight some factors I haven't considered that will help me make up my mind whether I should apply for the grant. Thank you very much for your time!
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