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  1. I am currently a PA student but I love to travel (current COVID19 situation aside). Are there any countries where American trained PAs can practice that are not US government owned? Is it difficult in general to get a PA job outside the US if you work for the US government? Of course, I want to work in the US for at least a few years to pay off student loans but I am interested in this as a future prospect. If anyone has done anything like this I'd really like to hear about your experience! Thanks!
  2. Hi everyone, Have you ever have doubts choosing the PA path, with the "what if I move to a country that doesn't recognize this profession"? In my case, I've been in the US for 13 years, married, with kids and my home country has never heard of PAs. I don't really have intentions of moving back, but there's always the what if? Not strong enough to change my mind, but kind of lurking there. Anyone with similar thoughts?
  3. I’m a prospective PA students currently attending school interviews. For interviews, I’m trying to come up with a substantive presentation for how I see my career playing out, but I’m a little fuzzy on what is available to PAs in the fields of expedition medicine, travel (international) medicine, and mountain medicine. I’ve read up a bit on various sites including Wilderness Medical Society (read up on their Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine), worldextrememedicine.com, adventuremedic.com, and opportunity-posting sites like medicalmissions.org. The problems I’ve been running into is that these sites are thorough in their descriptions of certs offered, but even international or expedition job posting sites are not clear about which opportunities are available to PA’s. As a result, I know how I can be certified, but I don’t know what I can do with it. PA’s in these fields- what have you done with your certs?
  4. Can PA's do a residency in another country? And would they be able to practice their certification in that country, should they decide to move to that country??
  5. Hey all -- New to the forum. I'm a post-BA student with a degree in Geography/Economics, where I focused on community development and the more sociological side of things... Years after my graduation, I decided to take the plunge into the medical field instead. I currently am an EMS worker with the goal to be involved with the Global Health field in the future (main interest in water/sanitation/infectious diseases, etc.).. Given the short background, my thought process is directed at doing a P.A. program with the hopes of being able to utilize that both domestically and abroad... SO -- I suppose my main questions are: 1.) Does this seem like a good approach, given my main interest being in global health? I'm currently 29 -- so to try and backtrack at this point and attempt to go to Med School seems like an idea I'm being nudged away from... especially from physicians I've met en route at hospitals and others that I know. Additionally -- I'm wondering if there are any sorts of databases that show P.A. programs with International Clinical Elective rotations? Going from site to site to try and find my best case scenario is becoming somewhat wasteful in terms of time utilization it seems. OR -- better yet, have you heard of any programs that seem to offer this opportunity and/or are the best types of programs for this interest? May seem like a pretty broad and rounded question, but thought maybe you all could offer some insight. Thanks a ton! Michael
  6. Hi all :) I'm currently about to attend PA School and the excitement I have is beyond words. However I have a bit of a problem I was hoping someone could help me with as it seems I can't find a concrete answer anywhere online. I live in the US and am a US citizen (have been all my life) however once I finish PA School, I will be moving to Dubai because that is where my Fiancé lives and works. It would be extremely difficult for him to come here and find a job, but over there he is doing very well. I was just wondering if anyone knew about the certified physician assistant job market in Dubai. Will I be able to find a job? Will I be getting a decent salary? (I'm aware it won't be as much as if I had experience.) Any information that anyone might have that relates to this would be DEEPLY appreciated Thank you so much in advance, Best, Mariam
  7. Has anyone here ever worked a position that was purely telemedicine (ie. completely remote/practicing from anywhere). I was wondering if any of these U.S. positions are feasible to do from overseas in locations where PAs have not been adopted into the healthcare system locally. Some of the job descriptions sound like they could potentially be done completely remotely. Curious if anyone has had experience with this and what it was like.
  8. Hi, I recently began researching into this but am I able to go to an international PA program and then work as a PA in the United States? Is there a specific test that I would need to take or are there any US accredited international schools that I can go to and then return to the US without taking the test? Please let me know!
  9. Sometime in the next year I will have an elective month in residency. I am very interested in doing an international rotation but only one PA resident in our program has done this so I don't have a lot of great ideas yet. I'm just reaching out to see if anyone has contacts or has had a good experience with a particular international organization. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  10. To any helpful person out there, I am a first year international student at a liberal arts college in the US. Academically, I don't feel I lack anything at this school. The classes are very challenging, and I push myself to the limit to get A's in every single class. On the financial side of things, I got a 55-60% scholarship, and the rest of my tuition gets covered by my dad back home. With every iota of honesty, I have always wanted to work as a medical doctor. I am determined, self-driven, sometimes anxious about my efficiency, but always honest about my abilities and faults. The road to becoming a medical doctor in the US as an international student is not linear. In fact, all the research I have done into medical schools I would want to apply to in the US after completing my bachelor's degree show that international students with the best extracurricular activities profile and GPA will most likely have to go home and attend a medical school in their home country then write the USMLE STEPS 1 and 2 exams to even begin considering coming back to the US. Well folks, I have done my research into the life of a medical doctor in the US, and I have decided I do not want to go through the years of practice and training, just to realize that bureaucracy has limited very passionate physicians in the US to "sad and industrialized slaves." I am young and fortunately I still have my whole life ahead of me. So I did research into the world of mid-level health practicioners in the US, and amazingly I stumbled unto the profession of Physician Assistants. Because I excelled (through diligence, prayer, and never giving-up), I got A's in my General Chemistry and Biology sequences; I have almost gotten the position to shadow a Physician Assistant this summer! My sadness and hope stems from the fact that even with stellar academic records, diligent physician assistant shadowing, and lots of prayers I might not get accepted into a PA school after four years of undergraduate education. My ''cry'' for help is this: Is there anyone out there who knows of young international students in the US who passionately did everything legally possible- shadowing, good GPA, and completing pre-reqs- to enter PA school straight after four years of undergraduate education and got accepted? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I NEED HOPE IN THE FORM OF AN INFORMED REPLY FROM THE BRILLIANT AND GENEROUS PEOPLE ON THIS FORUM
  11. Hi! I am considering moving out of the county temporarily for a few months and doing HCE in either Canada or maybe India. I already have about 1000 paid hours working in the US and plan to apply to PA school this year. The other components of my application are strong, although I am in the younger demographic of applicants. Do you think doing international healthcare work is a good idea before I apply to PA school? Do most schools consider it legitimate experience? Will it help or hurt my applications? My other consideration is working as a health educator in a pregnancy crisis center for minority communities in the U.S. I would really appreciate some constructive input! Thanks! P.S: please no random arguments or opinions about topics irrelevant to the actual question I asked, I would really appreciate it!
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