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  1. Hello, I am a future PA student and am curious about other opinions on this very important topic. With current and probable future healthcare reforms, what do you see as the benefits, repercussions, and changes on the PA job outlook? I ask this questions from a professional point of view and am not looking for arguments on political stands. Thanks for your input and I am curious to see your take on things. I will start with my own understanding. President Trump has been making changes to slowly weaken Obamacare as his health reform has not been approved. President trump would like to create a healthcare plan for the young and healthy that would be more affordable and less coverage. While this makes sense and many healthy individuals would save money, I see this reshaping healthcare. With more young and healthy having less coverage, I see ER visits and urgent care clinics drastically increasing as many will not have scheduled appointments for their various medical issues. This would cause an increase in demand for PAs in these settings. From what I have been reading, the premiums for those that stay on Obamacare would quickly increase, possibly making their healthcare un-affordable. President Trump has some "pre-existing conditions" that would keep individuals from the young and healthy plan such as pregnancy, abortion, and having had mental health counseling or treatment to name a few. I have also been reading that President Trump would like to extend the short term health plans from 90 days to up to a year. These plans would originally created to fill gaps in coverage, but allowing the increase to a year would have an even more immediate jump in premiums for those who remain on ACA as discussed before. These are all changes that have been occurring or are predicted to occur. Thank you for your input and please discuss any other changes that I did not mention.
  2. Hello, I am a future PA student and am curious about other opinions on this very important topic. With current and probable future healthcare reforms, what do you see as the benefits, repercussions, and changes on the PA job outlook? I ask this questions from a professional point of view and am not looking for arguments on political stands. Thanks for your input and I am curious to see your take on things. I will start with my own understanding. President Trump has been making changes to slowly weaken Obamacare as his health reform has not been approved. President trump would like to create a healthcare plan for the young and healthy that would be more affordable and less coverage. While this makes sense and many healthy individuals would save money, I see this reshaping healthcare. With more young and healthy having less coverage, I see ER visits and urgent care clinics drastically increasing as many will not have scheduled appointments for their various medical issues. This would cause an increase in demand for PAs in these settings. From what I have been reading, the premiums for those that stay on Obamacare would quickly increase, possibly making their healthcare un-affordable. President Trump has some "pre-existing conditions" that would keep individuals from the young and healthy plan such as pregnancy, abortion, and having had mental health counseling or treatment to name a few. I have also been reading that President Trump would like to extend the short term health plans from 90 days to up to a year. These plans would originally created to fill gaps in coverage, but allowing the increase to a year would have an even more immediate jump in premiums for those who remain on ACA as discussed before. These are all changes that have been occurring or are predicted to occur. Thank you for your input and please discuss any other changes that I did not mention.
  3. paigeymay

    healthcare reform

    Hello, I am a future PA student and am curious about other opinions on this very important topic. With current and probable future healthcare reforms, what do you see as the benefits, repercussions, and changes on the PA job outlook? I ask this questions from a professional point of view and am not looking for arguments on political stands. Thanks for your input and I am curious to see your take on things. I will start with my own understanding. President Trump has been making changes to slowly weaken Obamacare as his health reform has not been approved. President trump would like to create a healthcare plan for the young and healthy that would be more affordable and less coverage. While this makes sense and many healthy individuals would save money, I see this reshaping healthcare. With more young and healthy having less coverage, I see ER visits and urgent care clinics drastically increasing as many will not have scheduled appointments for their various medical issues. This would cause an increase in demand for PAs in these settings. From what I have been reading, the premiums for those that stay on Obamacare would quickly increase, possibly making their healthcare un-affordable. President Trump has some "pre-existing conditions" that would keep individuals from the young and healthy plan such as pregnancy, abortion, and having had mental health counseling or treatment to name a few. I have also been reading that President Trump would like to extend the short term health plans from 90 days to up to a year. These plans would originally created to fill gaps in coverage, but allowing the increase to a year would have an even more immediate jump in premiums for those who remain on ACA as discussed before. These are all changes that have been occurring or are predicted to occur. Thank you for your input and please discuss any other changes that I did not mention.
  4. Hi everyone, first time poster here. Currently, I am an EMT on an ALS rig, shadowing a PA, volunteering as a standby event EMS for the racetrack, concerts, parades, and 49ers, and helping out with a mobile clinic to serve the homeless. I'll be traveling to Haiti this summer with Project Medishare. (other volunteer work but won't bore you all.) So my problem is, I am taking classes now and doing two full days of clinical research at UCSF and then working 12 hours on the ALS rig. While also doing the above mentioned volunteer hours every weekend (or late weekday nights). I am over extending myself. Would dropping the research at UCSF hurt my application? I believe research is more geared toward Med school...correct me if I'm wrong. I do enjoy the research (and thinks it does set me apart as an applicant)... but I love the patient contact with EMT and my volunteering opportunities. And want to maintain my good GPA. Anything helps.
  5. Hi everyone, prospective PA here. I'm wondering if there are any PAs here that have practiced in oncology or were/are hospitalists that work closely with cancer patients. I find cancer to be a fascinating field that earns the respect of the most empathetic healthcare professionals. The nurses on the oncology unit where I work are outstanding in terms of quality of care. I haven't seen many oncological PAs in the hospital - only MDs or DOs. I want to hear about your experiences and what you do on the daily. What are your struggles on the job? What do you love about your job? How is oncology practice different from other specialties? Thanks in advance :)
  6. Hi all! I'm completing my CASPA application for the 2017-2018 cycle and was wondering when getting health care hours on a letterhead from a supervisor do they need to include anything other than the hours? Does it have to be brief with a few sentences stating I worked from these range of dates and made these many hours or a paragraph on what I did, how well I did it and then the hours? Thank you in advance!
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  8. JohnnyLAX9

    Should I apply?

    I am really wrestling with if I even should apply to PA school. I am currently a senior at Boise State University and will graduate in the spring of 2017 with my Bachelors in Health Science however I have taken all of my pre reqs to make sure I qualify to apply to PA school. I recently took a job as the Community Health Coordinator at a local free and charitable clinic and have really been enjoying my job there. After I graduate I will be sticking around and working there for a couple of years before applying However, this seems to be more of a public health type position and have really enjoyed my work there. The more I learn about the field of Community Health the more I enjoy it. Right now I have a 3.3 cumulative GPA and will be taking the GRE this summer. I have a year experience working in the MRI department of a local hospital as the MRI tech assistant and then will have 3 years experience working as the Community Health Coordinator. I know that at some point in my career I would like to work in public health and work in community health, health policy, or community development. I have really learned a lot about how much social determinants of health, the built environment, and health delivery systems can affect patients health. I am trying to decide if I should apply to PA school and later on get my DrPH, or get PA-C/MPH now, or get a dual degree MPH and Master's in Community Regional Planning, or just get my MPH? I am really looking for any and all advice from others with more experience than myself.
  9. Hi all! I was just wondering if anyone knows if Cornell's program accepts ER scribing hours as direct patient contact? I couldn't find a list of what specifics they accept or not. Thanks!
  10. I'm not exactly sure how to label one of my health care experiences or if I should.. My dad was involved in a severe motor vehicle accident early last year and was in various hospitals for a number of months. He had a tracheotomy, pressure ulcers (from the coma he was in for approx. 2 mo - they could not turn him for fear of brain hemorrhaging due to pressure imbalance), and has a gastrostomy tube, as well as several other complications. During that time, especially since I spent days at a time with my dad at the hospital, I was allowed to perform CNA-type responsibilities (turning/re-positioning, taking vitals, bed-bathing, dressing, changing diaper after bowel movement, etc.), Respiratory therapy responsibilities (trach-care - cleaning outside the stoma and surrounding area, changing tubing and gauze, replacing inner cannula, etc.), and some Nursing responsibilities (wound care for stage 4 pressure ulcers that were approx. stage 2 at the time; helping with bolus tube feeding). Since my dad's come home, I've been able to expand on some capabilities as we stopped home care service. I have been able to administer medication and bolus tube feed. And since my dad is currently attending Out-patient Rehab, I assist him at home with his therapeutic agenda of everyday while helping with ADLs. I am not licensed or certified in anything other than CNA (which I only recently obtained). I also would like to note that as a result of having to take time to help take care of my dad, I will have less patient care hours (if they don't accept this experience) and will seem less competitive. How would I go about demonstrating these experiences? Or should I? I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions you may have!
  11. I know this is not a good offer, but I want to know if it's worth neogtiating or too far off the mark. I graduated a year ago, but have not worked yet as a PA due some family issues. I wish this had not been the case but it is what is. Due to this, I am aware that I am undervaluing myself because I have not been in the clinical setting for a while. I had my first interview at a family practice in a small community in NE Pennsylvania. I really like the office and the community it serves. I think the position would be great for experience, but I don't know that they value the PA as they should. It's a Physician owned practice with one other Physician on staff and 2 PAs. The practice has been owned for <10 years. The buiding is owned by the managing physician and is leased out by a local hospital for specialists to have access to the area. The building is also a Quest draw site and has a radiology service and pharmacy on site. The physician states she has 18 people on staff. I received an offer at the interview for $70,000 (I had stated 80K and was told this was the top end for a new grad in the area, which I have seen in one survey somewhere, but that was the only one). It was also reinforced that as a new grad there is no profitability over the first year. (the physician's husband was in the interview because he is the IT guy/numbers guy/helps with management, etc.) Contract is for 3 years. Performance review after first 90days, but no mention of review or contract negotiation in the contract. 40hr/week. 1 saturday every 3-4 weeks with a comp day the week before. Would not work Sat until MD comfortable with me on my own. Call for one week a month for reassurance but they said you dont get a lot of calls. Not expected to take call immediately. I would have to use my own cell phone. Expected to be up to 20-25pts/day after ~3-6 months or when we both feel comfortable. No healthcare coverage. I negotiated to have them cover my premium. After reading the contract it states UP TO $300. I am paying for my own currently and have a high deductible. Was hoping to have a better situation with a job and something to offer the family. 10 PTO, 3 sick/personal days, 6 federal holidays. NO rollover. $800 for CME and no time off for CME. I negotiated 3 days. I have been involved in AAPA HOD and would like to continue this, but this makes it a little difficult. They stated they cover malpractice, but there is no mention in the contract. So I don't even know what or if it covers tail. 401K with matching after 1 year. I asked about professional/licensing/DEA fees and they stated that could be submitted and reimbursed, but again not in the contract, so I don't know to what amount. I know the things that are not in the contract need to be included. This was my first interview, first offer, first contract, so I did not cover all the questions I had up front as I was not prepared for the offer. I did not read the contract until I left. I do have 3 maybe 5 more interviews in the next 2 weeks. Any thoughts? Advice? Thank you!
  12. This is my first post here and I am hoping from some help from this awesome community. I graduated in 2013 with my B.S. in biology. Overal GPA about a 3.4 and Science GPA is a 2.9. I have taken plenty of upper level biology courses such as genetics, anatomy, cell biology, and micro biology. A's and B's. However, my chemistries are almost all C's. I believe thats what brought down my science GPA. I recently got my EMT-B certification and am looking for work. Recently got turned down from 10 PA schools I applied to and, needless to say, I'm feeling a bit lost. Realistically, can PA school still work for me? I know that if I can get an interview, i can get into PA school. The hard part is qualifying by the numbers. I am looking at online courses through University of New England to retake Gen chem I and II. Working part time and depending on my paents also takes a toll on me mentally. I had a good job that was unrelated to medicine, so I quit it to pursue health care opportunities. Is this a good way to go? Did anybody follow the same journey? Thank you, I really appreciate the help.
  13. I have an interview next week and i have been trying to keep up with all the healthcare news. There is so much going on right now with the change from assistant to associate, new policy in provider care, and new state laws. What information is key to know for an interview? more about that state in particular? Any help would be great.
  14. I am in the final stages of my CASPA application, and am about to begin the personal statement, which I have been dreading. I am generally a good writer, but I want to make sure that I do this well. I initially graduated from college planning on applying to veterinary school, so I have spent the last two years working as a veterinary technician. I've racked up over 1000 hours working as a vet tech, but along the way I decided that PA school was more along the lines of what I hope to do with my life. I have narrowed down the schools that I would like to apply to, including only the ones that accept the prerequisites that I have already taken, and that accept veterinary technician hours as healthcare experience. I am looking for advice on how to frame my unusual experience in a positive light -- as I have already have narrowed down my schools of application to the ones that accept my hours as direct patient care, I just want to be sure that they know that I have used those hours to reflect upon why I should become a PA. How can I make it clear that working as a vet tech has given me experience that will be valuable as a PA student? Does anyone have a success story as a former vet tech turned PA student? Some examples of my responsibilities as a vet tech include hands on experience with both the pet and the owner such as: -Maintaining proper and complete medical charts -Ensuring the safety of pets, clients and associates by utilizing safe restraining techniques -Performing fecal examinations, tonometry, venipuncture, catheter placement, radiographs, IV/SQ fluid administration, vaccinations, and physical examinations -Executing routine laboratory tests including IOF, CBC, electrolyte, urinalysis, and fecal tests -Educating pet owners on proper care of sick animals, including filling/administering prescription medications and instructing owners on usage Thank you in advance for your advice!
  15. Any comments would be greatly appreciated, applying this coming cycle! Picture this: a first post-operative visit, open reduction and internal fixation of a tibia/fibula fracture with the dressing being taken down, and then a four year old vomits on my shoes, and he wasn’t even the patient; the patient, shortly thereafter, became lightheaded and proceeded to pass out. Despite this less than appealing day in healthcare I still want to be a physician assistant (PA). I’ve witnessed medical tragedy, triumph, and mundane days in healthcare, and at the end of all of them I am yearning to become a PA. I come from a diverse medical family and have been exposed to medicine my entire life. My father, a 35-year veteran firefighter/paramedic, and my mom, sister, and grandmother, all registered nurses (RNs), helped expose me to healthcare. My mother is a RN, but also a first assist (FA) as well as a practice manager for a very successful plastic surgeon. From a young age I was not only submerged into the lifestyle of medicine, but also allowed the opportunity to observe, what I would later realize was the foundation of my medical career. At the age of 14, I witnessed my first surgery, which was a facelift and chin augmentation. After that first real exposure to medicine, I knew that medicine was my calling, and finding what avenue of medicine would be my mission. Upon entering college, I began to search for what part of medicine I was meant to achieve. I began my journey spending three years of my undergraduate career shadowing a well-respected general surgeon who specialized in surgical oncology at Tampa General Hospital. Throughout those years I was required to become certified in sterile technique allowing myself to not only observe, but occasionally assist, as well as help set up surgeries. Additionally I rounded with the surgeons, residents, PAs, and RNs; and began to learn more about what the job of a PA really involved. In watching all the parts of the medical team work together in an operative and post-operative manner only reinforced my appreciation of collaborative medicine. Outside of spending my days at Tampa General Hospital, I also began to volunteer regularly at Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa helping coordinate and plan events for the in-patient children and their families. I was in charge of weekly volunteer days with a medical organization at school spending time with the kids helping them and their families get any amenities they made need as well as assisting the medial staff in any way possible. I was able to allow the family sometime to themselves while I stayed with the kids, whether it was coloring, playing video games, making crafts or just conversing about their day. Additionally, my observations of the PA’s that were interacting with the patients expanded my understanding of the role and leadership a PA has in healthcare. While in my final year of undergraduate, which has continued through to present day, I was given the opportunity to work in a major, high volume, orthopaedic practice helping perform various tasks within a clinical setting. On a daily basis I am involved in the perioperative course of patient care, including some outpatient surgical procedures. I interact daily with medical doctors (MDs), PAs, nurse practitioners (NPs), and other members of the clinic staff in helping diagnose and treat patients. Some tasks included triaging the patient, to assisting in minor in-office procedures, to relaying information to the MDs, PAs, and NPs. My experience at this orthopaedic practice has allowed me to take part in a team-based approach to patient care. Medicine has always been a part of my life, and becoming a PA is my next step towards a fulfilling career in healthcare. Working alongside PA’s has taught me many valuable skills such as communication, teamwork, and attention to detail. I know my dedication, determination, and willingness to learn will provide me with the essential tools towards becoming a successful PA.
  16. Seeking volunteers to complete an ANONYMOUS online questionnaire about health care for a class project. This project is being conducted by graduate students at Yale University and will investigate various attitudes/opinions regarding health care. No personally identifying information will be collected. Please see: https://yalesurvey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3jWOtWqxiE7VRE9 Thank you!
  17. I am curious what is your typical (although I know there is nothing 'typical' when it comes to healthcare) work day/week look like as a PA?
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