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  1. Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I am an upcoming PA student starting in May 2019 at USF's PA program in Tampa, Fl. I got my clinical experience first working as an EMT for an ambulance company, but later switching to being a medical assistant for a private practice dermatology experience in Plant City, FL (about 30 min from Tampa). I gained such valuable knowledge from both jobs! I currently still work for the derm practice, but will be leaving when I attend PA school. I just wanted to reach out to the pre-PA community because I'm sure there are a number of you who are looking to get clinical experience, and I wanted to see about giving the opportunity to someone who could gain valuable experience from this position. and FYI you do not need a medical license for this job, they do on the job training. I work here with the doctor as well as the PA. If you're interested, let me know and I'm happy to answer any questions and put you in contact with my office manager. :) Rachel
  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. Hi everyone, Just had a general question for those who are more knowledgeable in this matter than myself. I spoke to a friend in PA school who is currently doing their clinical rotations in a teaching hospital and often have to work an overnight 30 hour shift similar to residents at the hospital. I'm thinking of applying again, but wanted to get a straight answer on this before doing so. I ask because she stated that the medical students she works with are only allowed to work a maximum of 16 hour shifts per ACGME guidelines. So, it's actually a two part question. 1) Does anyone else have overnight call during their clinical rotations? If yes, how many hours straight are you scheduled for? 2) Does anyone know if PA clinical rotations fall under the ACGME guidelines for duty hours? If not ACGME, who regulates the number of hours you work? Any help or information is greatly appreciated, thank you.
  4. Are there any other ways I can gain hands-on clinical experience without prior certification? Thank you in advance for your input!
  5. I'm having difficulties getting "direct patient" contact hours. I have tons of volunteer experiences and opportunities, but many schools only count clinical experience hours for hours which you get paid. I recently was hired as a caregiver for a Home Health Aide company. I am also CNA certified, but for this job it was not a requirement. Through this position I assist seniors with personal cares, transfers, ambulation, etc. much of the same things a CNA would do in a nursing home. Also depending on the client I also provide companionship and make meals. Would you consider this position as clinical "direct patient" experience? Thanks!
  6. Hello, I'm trying to obtain what has now become the obnoxious clinical hours. I received my bachelor's of science degree in biology (all pre-med courses) in 2011 and I'm still trying to seek employment for the hours required. I have been a type 1 diabetic for almost 20 years and thoroughly wish that experience could land me a position to work in an medical office, if I was for nothing but to administer injections. Out of desperation, I joined a certified medical assisting program through my local community college since I saw on most PA school forms that this was a frequent route for clinicals. I will be finished with this program next Spring, but in the mean time I have still been seeking out potential positions for clinicals. Other than volunteering at the local hospital, are there any other suggestions for boosting my resume' and application? Any tips or advice are very much welcomed and appreciated.
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