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  1. This will be my first year applying to PA school. I have letters from doctors and management, but I do not have a letter from a science faculty member. Would my medical assistant instructor suffice? Thank you!
  2. Hi, I am a dec 2018 grad board certified with a MA license, but having a lot of difficulty finding a job due to the "3-5 years experience" clause and the fact that many places are now giving priority to NP. A few months back family members had suggested I get a job as an MA but I dismissed the idea as I wanted to spend more time looking for a PA position and didn't think I would be hired as one without having completed a formal Medical Assisting program. Now over 6 months post graduation with no job offers and loan payments coming in, a few medical professionals have now mentioned the idea again. So before I start applying I wanted to see if any one has done this or knows if it is allowed? The other hurdle of course would be if the employer would hire knowing that I would be looking for a PA position... thoughts?
  3. I’ve recently been offered a position as a dialysis tech in an outpatient center. I shadowed the other day and the staff seamed friendly. My main duties would be weighing patients, cannulating them and setting up the machines, drawing labs, and monitoring their vitals throughout treatment. This all would be under the supervisions of an RN. I would work 8 and 10 hour shifts. I was hoping someone who has worked as a dialysis tech or knows someone who has could give me feedback about their experiences. I do already have 2 years experience volunteering as an EMT-A on a fairly busy service and plan on continuing to do so. I have also been invited to interview for a medical assistant position at an urgent care, but the interview is after the deadline to decide if I’m going to accept the dialysis position. The pros I see in working as a dialysis tech: Getting to know my patients and their cases. Experience in the chronic disease side of medicine. Cons: It’s could be repetitive work and I would really only learn about kidney disease.
  4. Hello I'm new to this website and forum but I have a plan to continue my education to become a Physician Assistant specializing in Dermatology. I wanted to hear from PAs or students who are in the minority specially the African/black community. I am a 24yr old Female, Jamaican-american. I plan on applying to a PA program here in Florida in the next 4 years, and was hoping to get some more information and advice please!! I will be attending an accelerated program (5-6months) to be a Medical Assistant (Sept.- Feb. 2020). After I am licensed in MA, I would like to reapply to UCF for my biomedical sciences degree. Where I can get in my hours for healthcare experience as an MA and finish my bachelors before applying to PA school. I have just a few concerns: 1. Is becoming a MA worth it before PA school? or worth the money to go to school for? I'm worried because most companies here are looking for bilingual MAs. I do want to learn another language preferably Spanish, but later on while I get my B.S in Biomed (Also I do not want to be CNA or RN). 2. Is a biomedical science degree more looked at to enter a PA program? Which degree/major is also acceptable if I decide not to go the science route but I make sure I take my required science classes? 3. As a minority do we have an advantage or disadvantage to enter a PA school? 4. Does anyone have experience as a PA student either at NOVA or Barry University? If so, how are the professors and the overall work load? 5. After becoming a PA, do we experience racism throughout the country in our profession? (Regardless if we do or not, no one is going to stop me from doing my job correctly, I will treat every race with respect. I would just like to know because I'm curious since again there is not many of us as PAs.) 6. How was the job search for you as a minority? How long did it take to land a job in your specialization? 7. Are there any forums or websites to find a black PA to shadow? or if anyone can refer me in central to south Florida locations? 8. I am highly interested in this career but want to know if this profession is worth committing to and seeking a job for in the years of 2024-2028? I know that's a stretch time but I like to be prepared lol Thank you for your time!!
  5. Hi everybody, I am a current Pre-PA student and I have a couple of questions about online medical assistant courses. The course I am talking about in particular is U.S. Career Institute's Medical Assistant program. I came across this course and I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with this company, and if you have, how did you like it? This course is a lot cheaper than other courses in the area I live in (Bay Area), and seems like a good deal for the price. (My local CC is teaching a medical assistant course for over $2500 while this website charges about $1240 for the whole course plus textbooks) This program also has a 9.3 out of 10 star rating on Trustpilot, and everybody seems to be raving about it online. Another reason why I am interested in this program is because it has very flexible coursework which is great for my busy schedule. I would really appreciate it if somebody can advise me regarding this website, as I am still very new to the PA and medical world. Thank you in advance! ? Sameena
  6. I'm considering completing an online medical assisting certification course in order to start gaining more varied PCE as an MA. After reviewing posts here I found https://www.uscareerinstitute.edu/certificates/health-care-programs/medical-assistant which would essentially allow me to complete the certification course as quickly as time allows and prepare me for the CCMA exam. Does anyone have experience taking an online certification course to become an MA and have advice or input? I'm in California and have reviewed the state-specific requirements. I was also wondering whether anyone has been able to transfer their online course credits to count towards their cumulative GPA? My cGPA is on the lower end and this would be an amazing opportunity to improve it.
  7. My name is Gregory E. Gould D.O. and I have an internal medicine practice in Washington, Michigan. I would like to extend the opportunity to students or recent graduates looking for full-time or part-time employment as a medical assistant in my office. This presents itself as an amazing opportunity for you to get direct patient contact, work alongside a practicing physician assistant, and make some money. Our current need for this role in the office is immediate given that one of our medical assistance just left for pre-nursing college. Please feel free to text me or email me with your interest. My telephone number is 248-506-2258. Also, if you feel there is an individual that may be interested please feel free to forward this email to them. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you, Dr. Gould www.drgregorygould.com
  8. Hello all, I will be moving to Chicago at the end of May. I was wondering if anyone had any connections or knew of any job postings that would count towards HCE hours for school (MA, scribe, etc.). I currently work as a medical scribe, but if anyone knows maybe some MA jobs that don’t require experience and will train. Thanks!
  9. Hello! I'm planning on taking a 3 month EMT course this summer. I am already looking into different jobs that EMTs are capable of applying for just in case there are no EMT job opportunities near me when I am finished with the program. I had no idea how many different healthcare jobs people with an EMT certification could do. My question is this: which healthcare profession would look better on my PA application? 1. EMT 2. Patient Care Tech (there are awesome PCT jobs in different hospitals in oncology, etc. that I personally seem more interested in), 3. ER tech 4. Medical Assistant (Some clinics allow some EMT certification to work as a MA) I have read that a job in the hospital can be better because of the interactions with MDs, DOs, PAs, etc but I also know that some schools hold an EMT to a higher standard sometimes. Thanks in advance! :)
  10. Hi, I'm a pre-pa student but I'm working as a medical assistant part time but honestly it feels like full time.(I'm also a full-time student taking 5 classes this semester) I work at a facility that uses paper trail and EMR. So everything you write on paper you have to also input into the computer. Prior to this job I worked as an ophthalmic technician where we used ipads and computers pretty much and everything went 10 times smoother and faster. So working at this new facility I have to do so much extra work on the paper trail and then transfer everything to the computer so I work much longer hours trying to get a significant amount of charting done. So when I'm finally done and ask my manager if I can leave (This is usually around 6:00 pm) she will ask me to do other Medical assistants charting who work with completely different providers that I've worked with. This event now usually leads to me staying longer(which is usually around 7:30 pm mind you I arrive to work at 7:45 am or 8:00 am). I don't enjoy the set up of this office at all but as everyone knows April around the corner and I need a letter of recommendation from one of the providers that I work with. We get along very well and I'm very confident that she would write a nice letter for me when I need it. The big question is do you think it would be bad if i got the letter of recommendation and waited a month and quit? I just can't see myself working in this office very long. BTW I also noticed a lot of the staff (including providers) come and go.
  11. I'm planning on applying to PA school the next cycle. I realize that I don't have many direct patient hours so I wanted to become a medical assistant. I quickly learned that regardless of which path I choose, it takes about 8-12 months to even become certified and this doesn't even guarantee and job. How can I get around this? I'm currently a medical scribe and have been for a year and a half. The staff lets us do MA stuff but this is not what our job description states. Would this be a problem when they are looking at my application. My caspa GPA has not been verified but I currently have a 3.4 (3.54 if you count one repeated class which was worth 5 credits unfortunately) So I know the best way to increase my odds is by gaining experience. Would you recommend I just get more scribe hours in different specialties (which is a favorable option) I was also going to shadow atleast 6 PAs in different specialties about 10-15 hours each. Are there any programs that are about 1-3 months that I can do so I can gain that experience and not waste a whole another year?
  12. I am having trouble with starting my personal statement. People keep telling me to start it off with an experience or anecdote to draw the readers in..There is not just ONE experience that sparked my dream of working in the medical field. I feel as though the various experiences I have had collectively have drawn me into the medical field. Here are a few topics I was thinking of starting my personal statement with..Please give me any feedback! (I am interested in specializing in dermatology, but by no means am I committed to this specialty!!) 1.) I currently work as a medical assistant in dermatology..maybe I could talk about some of the experiences I have had doing this such as surgery, dealing with patients, etc... 2.) My personal history of malignant melanoma, and how that led me to volunteer for the melanoma foundation, become a public speaker and tell my story to educate/raise awareness to young adults/teens...now I work as a derm medical assistant 3.) (Completely unrelated to derm) Worked in a nursing home and happened to be at the right place at the right time when a resident was having a stroke...(this was an experience to remember, but not my topic of choice) I would then discuss shadowing PAs and MDs and why I want to be a PA....bla bla bla Please let me know what you think! I am lost right now! I appreciate your help!
  13. Hey there, I recently graduated with a bachelor's in biomedical science in May and am really trying figure out a plan during my time off before I get in to PA school. I am currently an EMT for a private company but the issue is the pay is not great ($11/hr) and my undergrad student loans are going to kick in soon. I would like to get a job in the hospital and work closer to PAs to create relationships. I have thought about medical assistant but it seems that most jobs require an MA certification. Any ideas? What are you guys doing to increase your patient care experience during gap years? Thanks!
  14. * DERMATOLOGY MEDICAL ASSISTANT - MIDTOWN WEST, NY* Welcoming, friendly and motivated individual for Medical Assistant position in our small, established Midtown West Dermatology practice. We are interested ONLY in applicants who planning a future career as a Physician Assistant - and want to gain experience in the medical field before applying to graduate school. This is a great way to gain experience, get shadowing hours & boost your CV before applying to these highly competitive fields! We would need a commitment or 1-2 years minimum. You would be working closely with Carrie Doolan, RPA-C (a licensed Dermatology PA) and Dr. Alan Glass, who have more than 20 years professional experience.APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS THE FOLLOWING: Reliability, honesty and compassion. Flexibility with schedule: (jobs are full time, 5 days a week including several evenings but NO weekends). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of EMR or at least tech savvy (this is a paperless office - iPad-based). Prior experience in Dermatology a plus RESPONSIBILITIES: Promoting a peaceful, professional atmosphere. Triaging patients and maintaining flow from waiting area to exam rooms. Respecting patient privacy and compliancy with HIPPA. Inspecting exam rooms before and after each patient and restocking supplies. Prepping and maintaining clean treatment rooms to OSHA standards. In depth knowledge of pre and post care treatment to educate patients, Assisting providers with medical, surgical and cosmetic procedures. Processing biopsies and cultures, logging data accordingly and interacting with laboratory. Performing inventory of supplies and equipment and communicating needs for ordering. Sterilizing equipment using autoclave. Cross training with front desk staff for emergency coverage. Willingness to learn common Dermatology language and treatments to effectively communicate with providers, patients and pharmacy staff. Attending mandatory monthly meetings and quarterly outings to provide feedback, make suggestions for improvements and promote a cohesive team environment. Salary $15/hour (35-40 hours a week) email resume to: Derm57@icloud.com or call 646-861-3234 for more details
  15. Hello, I hope this finds everyone well. I am now 38 and decided on a career change and thus have been taking prerequisites at a pretty decent community college in NYC, which I am almost done with. I have several issue at the moment: 1. Every time I look at the program of my choice website, a new prerequisite appears; last year they were different than this year so there are always classes I am missing and can not apply 2. I want to work with patients already and a phlebotomy program is opening up and thinking of registering but it is not cheap and do I really need it? 3. I have about 65 hrs of shadowing and the doctor trained me as a medical assistant: cleaning the room, taking temp, BP, simple eye chart exam, this is pediatrics 4. Feeling inert and stuck, just want to move forward already, still taking 2 chem classes 5. my gpa is 3.909 for about 60 creds (mostly pre-reqs, science + others ) but my bachelors in art gpa is only 3.3 Should I proceed and register for the phlebotomy course? I need something to happen. Getting a little depressed waiting for 3 years already with the fall semester still to go. Any advice? I feel that although my gp is high, the schools are so competitive and need to have some extra skills. So tired of waiting, getting old here:(
  16. Going through first year of PA school. Is there any resources out there with exam questions for the typical PA school curriculum. Sort of an online qbank for the subjects in school. AnP Biochem Microbio Clinical Lab ect ect. Thanks. Im looking specifically for the subjects not really interested in PANCE preparedness just yet. I realize it could be used for both but many do not break the questions out into subjects. Thanks PA rocksman
  17. Hi, I am new to this group but very excited to be a part of it! I am at the beginning stages of switching my career track from working in television to becoming a PA (big change I know!) I am going back to school in January to begin taking science pre-reqs as well as starting to apply for MA jobs. Does anyone have a good system in terms of logging HCE Hours? Thank you!
  18. So for bit of time, I worked (for free) at a pediatrician's office primarily doing triage. Basically performing and recording data for height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature then leading the patients to their respective rooms. My question is do I list this position as "volunteer medical assistant" or something else? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor "Medical assistants often take medical histories and record vital signs of patients" so that seems fine there. But the Bureau also says "Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training." While I did learn on the job, I don't won't to seem dishonest in saying that I was an MA of any sort because I have no official schooling or certification. Any ideas on how I should properly list myself? Thanks.
  19. I'm a little lost and am hoping you kind folks can assist me, i've searched for similar stickies to this topic, but I can't seem to find one with my particular circumstances. I'm a former Combat Medic with the United States Army but I left in 2005 to pursue a non-patient care career. After 8 years, I decided that I very much missed being in patient-care, and I can't believe I left it! Although my time as a Combat Medic more than fulfills most PA schools' hours of direct patient care pre-requisite, I would like to get back into patient care to brush up on my lapsed skills, enhance my application, be able to work with PAs/NPs/and MDs again, and possibly be able to solicit LoRs when the time is right. I'm wondering for my latter mentioned goals if it is best to do a nursing assistant certification, a medical assistant certification, or forge ahead with an EMT-Basic (or for an additional semester, an Intermediate)? Why are most schools insisting on PAID hours vs. VOLUNTEER hours? thank you kind folks for helping me out with this dilemma!
  20. Hello, My name is Matthew Peterson and I am looking for some shadowing hours in the Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee WI area. Thank you! mtthwpeterson30@yahoo.com
  21. So I'm all grown up, am about to graduate from PA school, and I've started interviewing for jobs. One summer during college, I lost my mind, decided I wanted to be in sales, and took a job as a sales intern for Philip Morris. Not only were they the only people who hired me, but they also paid unbelievably well. The summer was a diaster, I hated every minute of it, and a few weeks in, knew I was headed down a very wrong road. After that, I focused on science classes while I finished college and five years later I'm an almost PA. The company (a pulmonology practice!) is about to do a background check. Not sure what it includes. Question: Do I beat them to the punch and fess up now? Explain I have no ties? Could this be a deal breaker?
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