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  1. 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?
  2. 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??
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. Hi guys! This is gonna be my first post here so I hope I'm doing this right. So I am an incoming college junior majoring in biology but I study in the Philippines. My cousin, who is currently undertaking PA school, introduced me to the PA profession and as I looked into it, the more I wanted to become one. The problem is I am not from the US nor do I have any type of permanent residency or citizenship. I really want to push for this dream but I am worried about several things. 1. I am not sure if there exist PA schools that accept foreign college graduates. 2. I don't know if the classes I am taking now can be credited by US PA schools. 3. With the lack of opportunities to shadow or volunteer in any way over here in my country, I won't be able to stand a chance against more involved applicants (especially considering the fact that most applications require letters of recommendation from people in the profession). I am open to applying to any school in any state because I'm truly interested in the profession. I still have some time to catch up on shadowing opportunities in the US this summer though so I haven't completely given up on my 3rd dilemma. But my main question is, do you think it is still possible for me to apply to a PA school and eventually practice? Sorry guys, I didn't know who else to ask but any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!
  11. Hey everybody, I am a 20 year old male Pre-PA student studying Biology currently. I have wanted to be a PA since I first learned about the profession when I was a freshman in high school. I am now a sophomore in college and am working at the local hospital (300+ beds) as a "float" CNA. I have about 900ish hours so far. I also have my EMT license and was blessed with a position in a rural ER just outside of town (15 beds) as an ER Tech, but have not been able to start that position yet due a rigorous and busy semester for me. I plan to start working there early this summer. My GPA is currently hovering around 3.4. I have been on multiple mission trips all over the world. Spain, Honduras, India, and many within America. Only 1 medical mission trip so far that was to India. So first of all, from what I have researched and read, I have pretty decent chances to get into PA school my first attempt if I apply broadly. Is this true? What do some experienced PA's have to say about my experience? So, now for the main reason for this post. After I graduate from PA school and get a couple years experience under my belt (hopefully in emergency or family medicine), I plan on doing international medical missions part time. Does anyone have any experience working as a PA in medical missions? I know it is difficult for PA's to gain credibility around the globe (hopefully it is getting better/easier), but do organizations allow PA's to provide care in other countries? Is it difficult for PA's to gain acceptance into these organizations? Or is it just doctors that are "allowed" to provide care in these third world countries I am hoping to help one day. Also, from what I understand, there are some PA programs that give preference to those students who show and really believe that they want to work in rural medicine. Would I be a good applicant for these schools? Also, are there any schools that have any inclination or experience with sending students or graduates on Medical Missions? I have read some threads on here about this subject, but I just want to know more about it and see what else people have to say about it because I know I can't be the only Pre-PA or even professional PA wondering about this. I know there were a lot of questions in this one thread, but don't think you have to answer all of them. I will be happy with any amount of feedback, whether good or bad. Thanks in advance for your input! I really do appreciate it.
  12. Hello, I am a Canadian living in the United States on an athletic work visa. This basically means the only job I can have is to play that sport; other than that, I can only volunteer. I have always wanted to work in the medical field, but sports has kept that as a 'plan B'. After a lot of research I decided that I want to work towards getting into PA school while still working for my team. The major problem I am having is that I cannot get proper hands-on healthcare experience because I am not yet a permanent resident. I understand for many schools this hands on experience is mandatory (80-2000 hours). I am currently volunteering several times a week at a hospital as a patient courier, I am a volunteer at a hospice, I am a volunteer at the Red Cross, I shadow a PA weekly, and I volunteer at many 'walk for the cure' events. However, I am worried that this volunteering is not QUALITY healthcare experience. Can anyone offer any ideas for me ? A volunteer opportunity that will provide great HCE that will also fulfill these requirements? At the moment this is what I have been thinking about doing .. -becoming an EMT and get HCE through the Red Cross -finding an opportunity to go oversees to provide care in less fortunate counties (any ideas on quality organizations to get in touch with?) PLEASE HELP THanks!!!!!!
  13. Hey everybody!! I am currently in my didactic year of PA school (YAY for almost being done with didactic!!). This summer, before I start my clinical rotations, I am going on a medical mission to Guatemala. We will be going to several rural villages and providing medical care, education, training and whatever else is needed!! If anybody is interested in this, just message me and I can give you more details about the Non-Profit I will be going with. If not, donations and/or sharing the link to my fundraising page would be VERY helpful!! Thank you!! www.gofundme.com/helpmeguatemala
  14. I start PA school this fall, and I am extremely excited. Extremely excited! In my program, after 4 semesters of preclinical studies, we will rotate through 7 clerkships, and finish with 2 elective rotations. I expect that during school, my experiences will shape my decisions-but I am unable to resist the urge to plan now. I look at these extra rotations as an opportunity to refine my top-choices for specialty, if I haven't already. Here are the 7: Family Medicine Clerkship Internal Medicine Clerkship General Surgery Clerkship Pediatric Clerkship Geriatric Clerkship Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship Emergency Medicine Clerkship Elective I Elective II My top goal after PA school is to join a DMAT team, and while I wouldn't entirely pick a specialty based on my extra-curricular career, it will be a consideration. From what I have gathered the specialties of emergency medicine, general surgery, family practice and critical care would all be advantageous. I am aware that needs would be team-dependent and assume that most teams are looking for experience(years), not fresh out of school. SO. Can anyone tell me what specialities have been or are attractive towards DMAT team management? Additionally with that specialty in mind, what would be a good elective to pursue? -Thanks ladies and gentlemen
  15. Hey Guys! I am a PA student about to graduate this December. My husband is a Navy Doctor contemplating being stationed in Guam. I have no colleagues that have practiced internationally as a civilian PA and was curious how and who you would contact regarding jobs available in Guam for a PA. I am nervous about practicing overseas, but have no other option if my husband will be stationed there. I would love any information or contacts you may know of that I can get in touch with who have or are curently practicing in Guam or Internationally. Any feedback on experiences would be greatly appreciated. This will be my first job out of school, which is another reason I am nervous
  16. This post includes international resources for physician assistants including job resources, links to international PA programs, links to international PA organizations, and general guidance for a pre-PA, PA student, or current physician assistant seeking international opportunity. http://doseofpa.blogspot.com/2014/04/international-physician-assistants.html If you have any additions or notice anything that should be updated, please let me know. Thank you for reading.
  17. Hi all! I'm so glad I've found this form, gotten tons of info so far I've been researching PA schools, and from what I've seen, and whats been posted here, it seems as though most of them focus on family practice/ primary care, and want a student who wants to go into that field. What are the schools out there with different focuses? So far I've seen Cornell: Surgery UC Denver: Pediatrics I'm primarily interested in emergency medicine, pediatrics, or international medicine, but I figure if we can get a post together with schools specialties, it can help other students with different interests in mind
  18. I am constantly looking for ways to broaden by experience and knowledge. I have found my "niche" to work with closed populations - i.e. Dept of Corrections/Mining Camps/Oil Fields & Refineries/Seafood Processing as a solo provider. My ideal job would be: Rotational in nature - 4 weeks on 4 weeks off or less (won't rule out longer - would depend upon the position) Paid travel/housing/meals 10-12 hour shift - prefer nights to days Married status if possible - i.e. I could bring my wife if she wanted to. Areas of International Interest: Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, Argentina, Peru, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Carribean, South Africa, Botswana, Turkey, Dubai, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, the UK, Germany Areas of Domestic Interest: West Coast/South West - basically anywhere west of the Rocky Mountains. Current licensure in Alaska, California and Washington State. Position could be Locums - however most locums assignments I've seen have been in the 8-13 week time span. Scheduling to me is far more important than salary. That is not to say that salary is unimportant - it is. Ideas and/or contact links information would greatly be appreciated. Thanks - Bill
  19. Hi all, I'm looking for a clincal rotation in Africa that's preferrably rural or based on a traveling clinic system. I've been looking at a few opportunities in South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania but wanted to explore some more possibilities. My program is very open to me setting this up, but I need to find an individual or group that is a/has PAs and that would be willing to take a student. Thanks in advance!
  20. Hello, I have searched the forum quite a bit and haven't come across any international rotation threads since 2011, and none that were particularly helpful. Have any of you done an international rotation in a Spanish speaking country? I am hoping to organize one for next year (May 2014 - May 2015). Our program allows us to do international rotations, but we are required to submit information for review. I am looking for something 4 weeks in length, located in a Spanish speaking country. I am hoping that someone can provide a name, organization, or website that they are confident recommending to a fellow PA student so I can get started researching and getting all the details together. Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!
  21. Hi! A little about myself: I currently have a BA in Psychology with honors blah blah. I am working as a research assistant doing Epi research on cervical cancer in Kenya. I originally thought I was interested in conducting research and pursuing a PhD, but after multiple years working in research, I am beginning to realize that the field lacks some very important qualities that I would desire in a career. I am weighing my options and am considering both PA and MD. I believe the MD would be worth the sacrifice that I am aware it requires, but I want to explore my options to ensure I don’t pursue a career based on prestige, potentially endless opportunities for research, admin. potential etc. (MD) when a career as a PA may offer me all the things that I desire in a career. I want to know as much as possible before choosing my path ☺ Though I am decided on a care provision career, I am not sure I could give up research entirely. What are PA's options for working in research? Ideally, I would like to conduct research in Liberia, possibly as a Principal investigator. Would this be possible as a PA? Research is not my priority for my career, but I would like to have this option open if possible. Thanks for your feedback. *I have other questions but have elected to post them in individual threads*
  22. I was wondering if there are PA jobs in England and Italy. If so, what places? I'm going to PA school and I've always wanted to live somewhere cultural. If I stayed in the U.S., are there places like that?
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