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  1. Hi! I finished a draft of my personal statement and would be very appreciative if someone could critique it.
  2. Do all my prerequisite classes have to be 5 years or under? I might as well go back to school and get a bachelors again. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I would be willing to exchange statements for editing/critiquing or would like to send mine to someone open to helping me!
  4. Howdy everyone. I am so glad I have found this forum, it has proven to be immensely helpful. However, I am a bit discouraged. I am not a terribly gifted writer and am struggling to piece together a decent story for my personal statement. I will attach what I have written as a rough draft and would really love any and all criticism, guidance, and advice. I will certainly pay it forward once I get it finished. Do not be afraid to be overly critical, I assure I can handle it and welcome all comments. Also, I am appx. 1000 characters over so if you see places I can trim out I am all for it. Thank You in advance HERE GOES NOTHING I am used to seeing patients as numbers and raw data; rarely do they have faces, personality or emotions. I am used to seeing the diagnoses and making sure that they correlate with the values that I have measured in the lab. I am not used to seeing how these lab results or other news effects the patient. I have grown accustomed to viewing patients as a collection of this scientific system; composed of blood counts and chemistry panels that all add up to paint a clinical representation of a face that I would never see. All of this changed when I started shadowing a local physician assistant. After my first day with a physician assistant I became instantly aware that patients were far more complex and nuanced than the laboratory data that I had identified them with all of these years. Along with several clinical presentations I was able to see how a physician assistant at a little rural clinic could make a large impact on his patient’s lives. The PA was there not only to provide medical advice and medication, but to also care for these patients. I saw the PA of this rural clinic provide emotional support for a patient that was on the verge of giving up. She had been given a colostomy bag after a bowel resection that she badly wanted to be removed. However, as a consequence of her prolonged hospital stay the patient developed several large clots in her legs. The surgeon would not reverse the colostomy until the clots cleared up. The patient had been in and out of the clinic for several months and upon this visit it was clear that she was not eating or drinking to avoid having to empty her colostomy bag. It was disheartening to see this woman give up the fight for her own health. The physician assistant was dismayed, but he was not about to give up hope on his patient. After weekly visits with the patient, phone calls to the surgeon, and one after hours meeting with the GI doctor the physician assistant was able to come to an understanding with the surgeon and a plan was put in to place to reverse the colostomy. This was all initiated by the physician assistant. The patient would have had to wait for several more months, but the PA took it upon his shoulders to go above and beyond to advocate for his patient. He was there for her fighting for her health when she had no fight left. I watched, over the course of a couple of months, as the physician assistant empathized with the patient, urged the patient to eat, assured the patient that her condition would get better, and eventually celebrated with the patient when the hoped for outcome was achieved. This was a side of medicine that I was not used to seeing; it was so intimate, personal, and ultimately very rewarding for the physician assistant and the patient. CLUNKY TRANSITION/INTRO Being in a clinical lab for four years did teach me several things that will help me in my journey to becoming a physician assistant. As a clinical laboratory scientist I have experience interpreting laboratory results, I often communicate with a large healthcare team, and I have grown accustomed to the fast paced high pressure society that is present in the hospital setting. While working night shift in a level II trauma center stressful, fast paced shifts were not uncommon. In numerous trauma instances, I am not only the one collecting blood from trauma victims, from gunshot wounds to strokes, but I am also the one leading the charge back in the lab to ensure the urgent testing and ultimate delivery of blood products that could potentially save patient lives. One of the most critical cases I ever saw was a male in his mid-fifties. A fellow medical technologist and I were going about our nightly when the trauma was called. In that instant we dropped everything and sprang into action, operating so efficiently that the motions were effortless. I snapped off my lab coat, grabbed a phlebotomy tray, and was out the door on my way to the emergency department. Upon entering the patient’s room, I was somewhat taken aback at the rather calm demeanor of the man lying before me. He was conversing in calm, even tones with the physician regaling his daily duties as a small farmer. I was tempted to slow down and wait for a nurse to start an IV, but I had been taken by surprise too many times before. I introduced myself, performed the necessary double identification, and collected all of the blood that we would need back in the lab to work up whatever the physician needed. I returned to the lab just as my partner was answering the phone. The doctor had decided to initiate a massive transfusion protocol. It turns out that the patient had a dissecting aortic aneurysm and was on his way to the operating room. After eight hours of preparing upwards of 36 units of blood, 16 units of plasma, 3 platelets, and 2 units of cryoprecipitate the anesthesiologist finally ended the massive transfusion protocol. The patient was being taken to the unit, and thanks to the surgeons and trauma team, he had survived the surgery and was in stable condition. It may sound terrible to admit this, but those were the nights that I loved. I was able to put all of my training to use. I was the one to collect the blood to perform the initial lab work up on the patient. I, along with my partner, successfully communicated with the trauma team to provide not only blood products, but valuable laboratory data to help guide the team at the patient’s bedside how to provide optimal care. This is the part of my job that I love and ultimately what draws me to the Physician Assistant profession. I love being able to gather all of the data that I assay in the lab to put together the clinical picture that will help drive the patient’s care. I want to be able to use the knowledge I already have regarding human physiology and laboratory testing to create personalized treatment plans for patients. I want to take my caring for patients to their bedside, I long for the interaction that I saw at that little rural clinic while shadowing a Physician Assistant. I want to be there for my community in a tangible way. I want to care for my community, and that is why I want to be a physician assistant.
  5. Hello all. This is my very first draft of my personal statement for PA school. I touched on a few things that are important to me, such as my mission trip, but I feel like it may have gotten jumbled. I really wanted to focus on my desire to help people before they develop chronic conditions. Please critique and let me know which parts I should stress more and which I could do without. Also, I'm still working on a stronger conclusion. Right now it's 4341 characters with spaces. Thank you. “Can I listen to your heart?” Kayla, the physician assistant (PA), asked the toddler crawling under the examination table. His mother had brought him to the emergency room (ER) for a fever and persistent cough. As a shadow, I was able to witness the patience that Kayla had for this restless child. She squatted to his level to make him feel comfortable and took the time to explain to his mother what she was looking for in terms of signs and symptoms of any serious illness. This pattern continued as she attended to patients with sprains, pregnancy complications, lacerations, etc. When she needed to examine an x-ray or test result, there was always the option to consult with the doctor for a second opinion. During my time as a shadow, I have met nurse practitioners, doctors, and other physician assistants who all work independently, yet as a team, to provide care for the ER patients. Mike, another PA I shadowed at that ER, has worked in several different specialties over the past 20 years, but enjoys emergency medicine because he can apply all of his skills. This ability to care for people in such a versatile, independent, caring manner is what attracted me to the PA profession. As a child, I actually wanted to become a veterinarian because I loved caring for my pets. Whenever my dog got sick, I always volunteered to give him his medicine. However, after my senior year of high school, I became part of a team to go on a short-term mission trip to the Dominican Republic. During this trip, we played with children in dirt streets, encouraged women in a jail, and sang with a youth group. Despite how I felt about animals, I could not forget the deep sense of fulfillment that comes with bringing a smile to a person’s face. From then on, I decided to modify my career goals from one that cares for pets to one that directly impacts a person’s life. During my undergraduate studies, I applied this goal as a math tutor. I enjoyed spending extra time with my students to ensure they were confident in their understanding of a certain topic. All of my students were unique; therefore I initially assessed them to determine what kind of problems they had and which approach I should take when explaining a topic. Until my last years of undergraduate studies, I did not know about the versatile profession of PAs. Prior to this discovery, my eagerness to help people and learn human biology led me to consider going to medical school. The more I researched, the more I learned about the similarities of PAs to doctors, particularly the ability to assess patients, prescribe medications, and even perform surgery. Once I recognized that PAs lack the stress of owning a practice, while gaining the flexibility to practice different specialties, I was swayed away from medical school and towards becoming a PA. In order to gain more exposure to the healthcare field, I became an emergency medical technician (EMT). Over the past year, I have gained valuable experience in assessing patients and learning about various medical conditions. I treat each of my patients with the utmost respect, knowing that I may be in any of their positions one day. Most of my patients are from convalescent homes in medically underserved areas and have a list of chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and renal disease. There are no definitive cures for these conditions, but there are preventions. A few years ago, both of my parents went through a detox program run by a PA at our local family and urgent care center. She ordered blood tests to determine their levels of cholesterol, vitamins, and nutrients and met with them regularly to help them through the program. As people become more concerned with their health, the need for health professionals to assess and treat them will escalate. As a tutor, I taught students about math concepts they did not understand. As a PA, I would like to teach patients about their health to help them thrive and live a sustaining life. Through tutoring, volunteering, and healthcare experience, I have learned compassion that I can apply to my future patients. The beauty of PAs is that I can specialize as I feel the desire to do so, while still being able to return to other fields. They are more affordable for the general population and more available for the increasing number of patients.
  6. This is my second draft so far, and though it has improved from my first, I still feel like I may have been too vague. Please let me know what you think, and I will gladly do the same for you! Life is a collection of experiences. While some are merely prosaic pieces of today, others carry such significance that they shape our aspirations for the future. These events often influence us to take action, make a decision, complete a goal, or pursue a career. Within the past few years I have collected a variety of experiences, many of which have had lasting impacts on my future goals. Among the most influential of these experiences are those that have strengthened my desire to become a physician assistant (PA). One of my most valuable experiences occurred during my second month as a medical assistant in pediatric urgent care. I remember hearing the distinct sound of the chime on the front door, and looking up to find a panic-stricken woman holding her young son in her arms. The boy’s face was swollen beyond recognition, and he was grasping his throat. Recognizing these symptoms as an anaphylactic reaction, I quickly escorted the pair into an exam room and alerted my fellow staff members of the emergency. As my coworkers filed into the room, I assessed the patient's breathing, obtained his vital signs, and administered oxygen. I then assisted the team of doctors, PAs, and nurse practitioners as they worked to stabilize the boy’s condition. This experience was enlightening in that it allowed me to observe the roles of various healthcare providers in a high-stress situation. Amidst the crowd of seasoned professionals, I was most impressed by the significant role of the PA as an intermediary between the doctor and the patient. I watched while she held the boy’s hand as the doctor administered epinephrine, and listened as she reassured his mother. Through these small and simple actions, the PA illustrated her cooperative, complementary relationship with the doctor, as well as her compassionate, supportive one with the patient. Each time the boy smiled at her, it became more clear that his experience was enhanced by her presence. After witnessing this improvement of patient care first hand, I immediately imagined myself fulfilling the same role. Though my adolescent dream was to attend medical school, experiences like the one above have confirmed that the PA profession is more well-suited to my aspirations. As illustrated by this event, doctors are beginning to serve more of an administrative role in health care, while PAs have a greater opportunity to build positive relationships with patients. In my future career, I want to diagnose and treat patients with the freedom to spend a considerable amount of time interacting in a more personal way. I too want to improve the quality of patient’s experiences by making them smile, as the PA did for the boy and his mother. While I was initially attracted to its several advantages, such as flexibility in future specialties and the support of a supervising doctor, I now have a better understanding of the PA profession and its contribution to health care. With this understanding comes confidence that I am meant to be a PA. In the subsequent year since my first exposure to a medical emergency, I have continued to work alongside physicians and PAs in a variety of situations. With each new encounter, I reassuringly become more confident in my decision to become a PA as I strengthen my own analytical and interpersonal skills. Shadowing PAs in primary care and dermatology has allowed me to observe the processes of patient assessment, diagnosis, and post-treatment communication. These observations sharpened my own ability to think critically and maintain professional conduct, and the PAs set a positive example of how to practice with knowledge and humility. More recently, working as a medical assistant has further broadened my skillset. Working in pediatric urgent care has exposed me to the challenges of treating children during medical emergencies. Personally comforting young patients through pain and fear has reinforced the gentle, nurturing aspects of my personality. It has given me an appreciation for patience, sympathy and compassion as important aspects of quality patient care, and I expect this to translate well in my future relationships with patients. Working in a team dynamic has strengthened my ability to communicate and take direction while also making independent decisions. These traits are essential to the PA profession, as they are all key elements in the working relationship between patients, doctors, and PAs. Seeing evidence of these traits in myself gives me the ultimate assurance that I can effectively practice alongside a physician to provide optimal patient care. Within the past few years, my involvement in healthcare has given me some of my most valuable experiences. Though some seem but minor observations, all have contributed to my admiration for the PA profession. Most importantly, my experiences have intensified my dream to pursue this career, and continuously drive me to move forward in making it a reality.
  7. Hey guys new member to the forum but have always popped in as a guest to look up advice. Would like some advice on my PS. Any critique/advice is welcome, looking to submit sometime next week, oct/dec deadlines. I am worried i don't talk enough about my experiences and am coming off a little too cheesy.
  8. Hello all! I was hoping to get an opinion or two as to my efforts preparing for PA school application process. First off, I am a medical rep that was blessed to have hands on patient time as a rep in the realm of sleep disorders and another opportunity to work as a rep with chronic lung disorders and neurological disorders that lead to respiratory problems/ failure. I am currently a rep for a home health company where I have taken that knowledge I gained and designed specialty programs for COPD/ restrictive lung disease patients, trying to reduce hospital readmission rates, and neuromuscular patients. So far I have amassed over 350 hours of clinical shadowing in the fields of Orthopaedics and Neurology. This fall I will be an intern / volunteer that is allowed direct patient contact at a local hospital. It is a yearlong program where I am rotated every quarter into a different department. The departments they would like me to consider thus far are Acute care, ICU, PACU and Surgery. I will also have completed 60-100 hours in the community working with special needs children and wounded warriors. I have a BA in Business and am just shy of an AA in Biological Sciences. My shadowing is still ongoing until they become tired of me. ;) My concern is my undergrad GPA from 15 years ago.....Its right at a 3.0 but there are some nasty marks scattered here and there. Thankfully all my sciences had expired so I could retake them and currently have a 3.5 science GPA with 3 classes left. I'm hoping that an admissions panel will be able to discern that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life at the age of 18 while pursuing my undergrad. Thus, I had no passion for my studies and frankly worried more about the social aspects of college life than academic life but at 39 I finally realized what I wanted to do when I grew up and that ignited a passion within me. I know that is not a stellar GPA but was wondering if a panel may take other aspects into account like the fact that I am working a 45-50 hour a week job, taking 10 hours per semester while helping to raise two young daughters, one with special needs. On top of that, my wife is an NP in MedOnc and HemOnc, and due to the stress and demands of that field, has more than her fair share of MS exacerbations these days. :( At risk of sounding like a country song, I'm wondering if a panel will take into consideration that if I can pull a 3.5+ science GPA with all this going on imagine what I can achieve if I'm able to remove work from the equation and devote that time to a PA program. My fear is that my mediocre undergrad GPA will get my application immediately tossed into the garbage without a chance to explain! My family and I are prepared to move states in order for me to attend a program; whatever it takes. Will any of this help or be taken under consideration? I have not taken the GRE yet. Opinions, good or bad, are greatly appreciated. Suggestions as to how to continue to become a more competitive candidate are most valued as well. Thanks for reading my Novella!
  9. Hey Everyone, Thanks in advance for taking the time to help out. This is my very first draft/attempt and I mostly just want to get a sense of whether or not I am headed in the right direction. I know there are several problems (feel free to point them out!). It's short, and lacks some cohesion but like I said, am I heading down the right road or do I need to change gears entirely? Thanks Again! _____________________________________ When I looked down all I could see were dark clouds sweeping up the valley like a tsunami of cold rain and bad memories about to be made; bad news for two rock climbers a thousand feet off the ground in the Canadian Rockies. Decision time. Do we risk the weather and try to finish the last 500 feet to the summit or do we pack it in and rappel down 5 hours work climbing Ha Ling Peak with little chance of attempting the climb again. I was always told the best climbers are the ones who make it home. Realizing were now subject to the whims of the fickle spring weather in the Rockies, we headed down, all the while looking up. Several years later I found myself stuck on the side of a very different cliff with bad weather moving in fast. My wife, who was 6 months pregnant, had developed bilateral pulmonary emboli (PE). It was uncommon for me to find her with tears in her eyes but one Sunday night she woke me up and while struggling to breath, told me that she couldn’t lie down because her back hurt too much. Frightened and unsure what to do, I did my best to diagnose the problem. I had been trained as an EMT but that provided only a little help under such circumstances. I was suspicious that she had developed a pulmonary embolism but her legs showed no signs of deep vein thrombosis. We made the decision to visit the emergency department and after many hours and many tests, the diagnosis was confirmed and treatment began. It was exactly one week later that my wife called me from work with identical symptoms. At this point I had learned much more about PEs and according to the statistics, I became fairly certain I would soon have to say goodbye to my dear wife. I distinctly remember this terrible, wrenching feeling in my gut, the kind you get when your big brother punches you for being his little brother. Never in my life had I a wished that I could do more for a person than at that moment. It certainly wasn’t a light bulb moment. In fact, I had decided I wanted to be a Physician Assistant (PA) almost a year prior but while dodging traffic on the way to the ER, I realized that this need to help was a magnified version of what I had felt with all of my patients. Each interaction we have provides an opportunity for us to react and our reactions are predicated upon our desires. Getting caught on a cliff taught me that. My wife taught me how to react with kindness and a sincere desire to help those in need. I have been caught on the cliff many times. From developing a successful business only to leave it behind to pursue a career as PA to working closely with doctors and PAs to care for patients in the best way we could. I have worked in several therapeutic areas of healthcare and clinical research and all of these experiences have cultivated in me a need to care for people. To help those who need it. That feeling, that desire to help, to save, and to care for has stuck with me like the need to breathe. I never finished climbing Ha Ling Peak and finishing was probably never the point. Everyday there are limitless factors that are out of our control and I think our success in life is dependent on how we react and adapt to a change in our circumstance. We are shaped by moments, tiny portions of our everyday lives that form the majority of who we will become. I guess if you put these moments together you might call it experience. Whatever it’s called, my moments have fixed in my mind a determined resolution to become PA. _____________________________ dadruski 18NOV2014
  10. I considered a residency. But, then I had the opportunity to speak with HR departments in 3 different hospitals as to the benefits. Basically there's a pay scale for PA's. With no experience you start at the bottom of the scale. With a lot of experience or a residency under your belt, you start higher up on the scale. Regardless, the scale is only so large and therefore with a residency you hit the max cap quicker. Benefits??? You hit the cap in 2 years instead of 3 years. I'm not going to deny the fantastic, dedicated, individual experience one would receive in a residency, but if your goal is to use a residency to get ahead in the payroll side.....it's not worth the time or energy.
  11. recent thread, 3geronamoPA wrote (edited for brevity) .... and pursue issues that I want addressed then I'd be interested. We have a similar thing going on in the Army currently. We have a bunch of our senior people making decisions that will pull PAs out of clinical medicine and into administration for the purposes of career (rank) advancement. They never asked the lowly types that became PAs to take care of patients (God forbid) what they wanted. Now we have a mass exodus of PAs from the Army because they don't want to do Healthcare Administration for 3+ years. which got me to thinking... is an administrative tract for PAs a bad thing?? i would propose that THAT is what we want: -- a seat at the head table -- a voice in the organizations in which we work. -- an opportunity to influence PA working condidtions and the delivery of health care in general? -- a counterbalance to forces of evil ( apply whichever initials you desire there...r and n admin come to mind) I admire 3 geronimoPA's dedication to actually doing that for which he was trained: taking care of patients. he, and the apparent droves of fellow army PAs who are leaving due to this, are true trenchers (as am I). however, sometimes a trencher at the admin table aint a bad thing.. sometimes he can provide a cogent arguemnt to an issue being discussed. once, the EM reprepresentative to the department of orthopedics monthly meeting, when the chief of ortho was blasting the head of lab and admin about the turn around time it was taking for micro to complete hip replacement bone sa mples (gram stains etc), he lamented, that there is nothing more urgent for the lab to be doing than processing a sample from a patients open hip. I mentioned that maybe analysis of spinal fluid might be one example of such a circumstance.. trencher experience over admin experience.. the point is.. the more we become a part of the administration, the more admin will see us as actually having "skin in their game".. and (my argument) the more they will actually listen to and be concerned with our ideas. instead of merely considering us as meat moving fodder. so, i would like to open it up: (my position is in soft opposition to 3 geronimoPA's lament against administration for PAs (actually he seems to be against the decision having been made without PA input.. which sorts makes my case, doesn't it?) should we, as a profession, be advocating an administrative role for PAs within the local organizations that we work? Should we be pushing for this? in the army, it appears that this role will become a needed ticket punched for advancement. Should we be taking a position that PAs in the field become administraors? Should there be an "administrative PA" role? nationally? locally only? should our goal be that ONLY (former) trencher PAs be allowed to become an "Administrive PA (APA)"? to avoid hospital administrators from hijacking the positon.. just for your pondering.. davis
  12. Hello, this is my first draft of my personal statement! I would really appreciate any tips you have for me or any criticism. Please be hard on it and be honest! It is over 5000 characters but I have much editing to do and I'm sure I will be taking out quite a bit. Let me know how you think my flow is, I'm a little concerned that it doesn't flow well. Thank you so much for reading it and giving me your feedback! THANKS!!:=D: I loudly called his name over and over, but there was no response. I could see the shallow rise and fall of his chest, which generated a sensation of relief in me. I applied a painful stimulus, hoping that it would wake him, but there was still no response. I thought this was just a normal call, taking Henry, one of our usual patients to dialysis. But this was anything from normal behavior from Henry. I took his blood pressure once and then again to make sure I had heard it accurately. His blood pressure was 68/28, which for him or any other healthy individual, is far from normal. I continued taking vitals and performed a physical exam while my partner quickly ran to inform his nurse of his deteriorated state. She informed us that Hospice was on their way to ensure that he was comfortable for his passing. At this point there was nothing for us as EMTs to do. I stood there silently for a moment looking down at his frail and lifeless body, feeling completely helpless. I held his hand as I said goodbye and thanked him for the impact he had unknowingly made on me. Through Henry, I was able to see the direct effect that caring for patients with sincere compassion has on them. As an EMT transporting Henry weekly, I quickly learned that I had the ability to make his day a little better. During the ambulance ride I would hold his hand, listen to his stories, and as we laughed together I could see his spirit getting brighter. I realized how much he appreciated having someone treat him more as a person and as a friend, than as the patient in room 102B. My experiences with patients such as Henry have formed my belief that the knowledge and skills that I have acquired are useless unless I am able to use it to give back to others. I desire to pour my abilities into the service of people through being a physician assistant. For me, it was not one experience that catalyzed my decision to become a PA but numerous experiences each of which further solidified my belief that I am meant to be a PA. During my extensive time as a volunteer in two hospitals, I was fortunate enough to work in five different departments and converse with many employees of various professions. I casually questioned different medical professionals about his or her career, but one thing repeatedly stood out to me about the answers from the PAs. While it was reassuring to hear that the PAs loved their jobs, what truly captured my attention was the undeniable passion behind each one of their answers. Their excitement about the profession was virtually tangible and this excitement carried over to me. I witnessed the relationship they had with their patients, the time they took to diagnose and educate them, and the devotion they had to providing compassionate care. Each time I talked to a PA, I realized that the passion that I observed in them was the same passion I found in myself. They had a love of medicine and a devotion to learning, two qualities I discovered in myself when I started college. But what was most inspiring to me was the evident heart of service they had toward their patients. Through my academic and volunteer experiences I have learned that I want to have a career of serving people with my proficiencies. While there are many professions that could fill that void, I am confident that being a PA will be most wholly satisfying to me. I admire that PAs do much of the same work as physicians yet have more life balance. I also enjoy that the PA profession is flexible and that a PA can switch to any specialty at any time. I am eager to experience as much in my life as possible and this option for flexibility will help satisfy my yearning for new knowledge. Lastly I appreciate the fact that I will be able to provide cost effective care that results in a high level of patient satisfaction. Physician assistants have improved access to healthcare for populations in rural, inner city and other medically underserved areas and this is an aspect of the profession I greatly respect. During my time shadowing PAs, I began to recognize the personality traits that each PA had in common. They all had excellent problem solving skills, a desire to help others, the ability to communicate effectively and were independent yet worked well in a team. I saw how a PA fits into the health care team as a whole and I admired the mutual trust and respect that the PA and supervising MD had for each other. During the past few years, there have been many changes in my life, but the one thing that has not wavered is my dream of becoming a physician assistant. I remained self-motivated throughout my college experience keeping my goal in mind in everything that I did. I made certain I was taking all the required classes and getting good grades while also volunteering, working part time and enjoying my time as a college student. All that I have experienced, both in and out of school, has formed me into the caring, hardworking, responsible and motivated person that I am today. Healthcare is about providing care and comfort to patients when they feel the most vulnerable. As a physician assistant I want to diagnose and treat patients in a compassionate manner, and in a way that I am able to brighten their day as I did for Henry. It was the day after I saw Henry that we received news that he had passed. For me, he is a reminder of the direct result that providing compassionate care can have on patients, and the importance of displaying this level of care on each and every patient. I feel capable and ready to face the challenges and joys that being a PA student will bring and I am confident that being a physician assistant is the career that will best suit me.
  13. The group I work for - yes I'm still there - is thinking (the docs all have to vote on this) to hire another PA. Finally! some help! I stayed because they agreed to expand my scope of practice and so I work primarily with 2 MDs in 2 locations. It's some back and forth but I don't mind and I welcome the change of scenery. They threw in a bunch more $$ so I'm sticking around. My main supervising physician wants to have a PA for both locations - so 2 in total. Right now I am working at both. He wants me to stay on his side and the new person to be trained for the other side. I prefer the idea that we hire another PA and get them cross trained to work in both places. Both see general neuro but movement disorders is mostly at one location and epilepsy is at the other. I like doing both. Too much of anything gets old and I've been there for over 5 years now. We had a meeting about this because both locations want me there more. Nice to be fought over, but I'm only in the office 3 days per week and short of cloning me we're going to have to hire someone else. I suggested we recruit for someone part time with the idea that the FTE could be increased as things grow and get busier. Our director says it's really hard to recruit for part time - that people want benefits etc. Really? I know I've looked at a number of jobs that I haven't even considered applying for because the position is advertised as full time. Isn't there a market for people like myself who have kids but want to work? Who would be ok with going without benefits or having part time benefits? Have benefits through spouse? Or maybe working for a per diem rate? I'd go insane if I was home with my kids all the time.... My concern is that a full time person won't have enough to do initially and there will be limited availability of precepting. The docs will all express concern about paying a full time salary for someone who isn't going to be productive for several months. It's happened already with another PA who was hired for one doc in particular. The PA was actually going to be let go because she wasn't meeting her revenue expectations. As it turned out the PA and MD wound up leaving the group so it all turned out but the whole experience is still fresh in everyone's memory. Of course I'll be the one who has to take on most of the responsibility for training a new person. Not sure how that's going to happen but we'll have to find a way. Anyway, any thoughts/insights would be much appreciated.
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