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Just curious if anyone has kept their certification after becoming a PA or current students still on the fence about doing the same. For those that are currently PA's, how's keeping your certification helped or hurt you? Are you planning to add the DCLS or other doctoral training in the future? This topic is very interesting to me, just entering PA school after being a MLS and I'm interested how those skills translate to direct patient care. Cheers!
The EMPA Fellowship at ARMC is currently accepting applications for its next class, which is set to begin in Nov of 2018. This Fellowship is housed at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center which is San Bernardino Counties Trauma and Burn Center located in the city of Colton, CA. The program includes clinical and didactic education that is designed to provide PAs who are new-grads or new to emergency medicine an efficient and supportive training experience that will enable top-of-scope practice in any emergency department. In addition to over 40 hours of online EM education, Fellows will attend 4-5 hours of weekly lecture that is specifically designed to build upon primary PA education. Fellows are also strongly encouraged and paid to participate in weekly EM physician resident lecture. Rotations include: Ortho Surgery (Trauma, SICU, Burn) Pediatrics Ob/Gyn Ultrasound Anesthesia Diabetic Youth Camp EMS The program now offers two options: 1. 14-month Traditional track ($55,000) Over 60 EMPAs have graduated from the Traditional track and report being very well prepared to practice in a wide variety of ED settings. 2. 20-month Doctorate of Medical Science track ($75,000 w/tuition paid) This is a new offering that builds on the Traditional track through a partnership with Lynchburg College in Virginia. The EMPA Fellowship is lengthened to enable time to complete the DMSc coursework, and the tuition is paid by the Fellowship. There are a select number of positions available for this option, and they will be filled competitively. There are currently 12 Fellows enrolled in the DMSc track. All Fellows are eligible for a full benefits package including Health, Vision, Dental, 401k. All lectures are CME certified providing more than 200 hours of CME. SEMPA and CAPA memberships are provided. EMPAFellowship.com Deadline for application is June 15, 2018 Please visit the website and select Apply Now to be contacted by our program recruiter and to learn more about the complete application process.
Those of you who have completed a doctorate program such as the ones offered by Nova Southeastern or ATSU... What are you doing now? Are you still practicing clinically? Have you gone into academia? Administration? Are you working for the government or an NGO? How are your new paychecks? What do you enjoy about your new career that you wouldn't have otherwise been able to achieve? Realizing that, as much as I love the OR, I won't be able to operate forever, I'm considering a couple of these programs in hopes of increasing my earnings potential and opening up a few different paths for the future. Your thoughts?