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  1. Does anyone use any of these? I find it useful with my patients to have for 2 reasons: 1- It gives you a number for future reference, to use as a base line for tracking patient progress. 2- Something objective in the patient's own hand to scan into the record for future reference. If anyone is interested I have about 15 different ones I use. I also made short MACROS for pasting into the PE section when having the patient fill one out. Bonus: while the patient is filling out the assessment, I update the EMR, check the PMP and look at the intake documents. Tomorrow I am posting a dilemma that I have been struggling with.... Stay tuned and please comment.. Thanks.
  2. 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
  3. Hello. I am worried about my grades at the moment and wanted some insight. I have currently a overall GPA of 3.1 (45 total cred) but my biology major GPA is 2.6 (14 cred) I have quite a number of classes to take, I plan to do well in all of them. ---> I am worried about 4W's and 2 WN on my transcript, since PANCE application does not omit any grades at all. Reason why: I have been battling depression since I started college 3 years ago, if it was up to me I would take a year out of college and focus on volunteering and healthcare related work in order to give myself quality time to really recollect myself. I am living with my parents and have expressed that I wished to have treatment for depression, but sadly Asian parents are especially not understanding about mental health and completely disregarded my debilitating mental health. It is not good to have an interview and tell them I have depression. Therefore, my plans as of now: -move out, dorm, apply for student loans -get 2 part times, find a good psychiatrist -take a semester off from school and focus on work, volunteering, and healing Does this plan seem likely? in short, I really hope to God that I get better and have documented proof that I am healing. I hope to turn the W and WN's into better grades and prove that I am truly dedicated to being a PA. Replies are very much appreciated. Thank you :)
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