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  1. Hello, I recently made a post yesterday and got some great feedback. You can read more about my background and thoughts there. Feel free to give more insight. I am reading all comments and using it sort of as a guidance in making a serious life decision. You can check it here: However for the professional PA's who are currently working, my main question for you today is: Are you satisfied as being a PA? What are some things that Physicians do that you can't in your specialties? Give me concrete examples! A lot of people say autonomy, wide scope of practice, vertical mobility,
  2. Dear PA Student, My name is Dr. Leonard. I am a physician assistant and a PA educator. With the ongoing pandemic my concern for the future of the current PA students, especially those on clinical rotations, concerns me. This is why I am emailing students about PA Excel and their HELP line for PANCE review. I used this program 6 years ago and it has only gotten better! It is a PANCE review like no other. I do NOT work for PA Excel, although I may do some anatomy and physiology review for them in the future, but I love and believe in their product! But check them out for y
  3. Hi, I have two interviews this week, one with a private urgent care clinic and one with a hospitalist general IM program at a teaching hospital. I am looking for some good interview questions I may not have thought of yet. Here's what I have so far. 1. New position or taking over an old position 2. Shift model 3. Call time and holiday/OT pay 4. Average # of patients per day 5. What does the patient population look like 6. How many providers work per shift 7. Support team 8. PTO, CME, benefits, malpractice coverage 9. Lab services 10. EMR system 11. Orientation time Am I m
  4. Looking for recommendations for good prescribing software . I've seen Epocrates, Uptodate, Dynamed, these offer prescribing guidance and basic interactions A new one is LotsofMeds - this one checks full patient data against drugs, like a full spectrum interaction checker which has not been done before. It also has adverse effects comparisons which is very handy.
  5. Hi Future Colleagues! My name is Aaron Shaw. I graduated last year from the University of Toledo Medical Center PA School. I have been practicing Neurosurgery the past year in College Station, Texas. Over the past two years I have been writing a book for: Students going into PA school, Current PA students, MD Students, DO Students and NP Students. On February 15th, 2017 my book was published and it is on Amazon for sale! Honestly I wish I had a book like this before and during PA school as life would have been much easier. I used this book and purchased a few practice tests from the NCCPA be
  6. Does anyone know if the credits that you make studying Physician Assistant are transferable to the Physician career? I'm planning studying PA in UMass Dartmouth, Massachusetts but I would love being a doctor in the future. The problem is that I cannot move to Worcester, MA, where the medicine career is available. So I would like to know if in the future, if I have a chance can I transfer these credits and studying medicine? or do I have to start the physician career from zero? Thank you. I would like to read your opinions.
  7. Hey all, I'm pre-PA at UW-Madison, and am one of those people how gets so much peace of mind knowing exactly what I want to do in the future. I've been trying to find the perfect specialty for myself according to some criteria and I'm wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction as to which specialty would suit me best: -interesting field, with lots of variety, and intellectually challenging -good hours (maybe 8-5, somewhere around that general area, not a crazy amount of call, etc.) -very good salary+benefits -hands on but also requires just as much thinking and decision
  8. Good day to all of you working PAs. :) If I may ask for your opinion regarding a hot topic in medicine. Any specialty would be appreciated as I am interested in variety of things (despite doing my third year of school in Vascular surgery!) Thank you to everybody who responds!
  9. So I was wondering, but are there PAs that operates as a community leader? I usually see MD/DO/RNs working as a community leader in the position as a Health Officer and Medical Officer, but can PAs hold any positions such as Health Officer or Community Leader with such degrees as a MPH and/or DrPH....just curious.
  10. Hi all, I'm trying to compile a nice list of guidelines and recommendations used by PAs for clinical practice. I'm utilizing many of our lectures as a start as many of them list references to these sites. Some of these specialities I do not have lots of content or any at all. This list would be very useful to newly graduated PAs and PA students on rotation. Thanks - all who contribute will be cited as sources for the article. http://www.uptodate.com http://www.jointcommission.org/ Immunization and Pediatrics 2015 Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents - The American A
  11. Hi I have 800 words on my on my essay I was wondering if I could email someone and they can help me shred it down to 600 which is the CASPA app maximum
  12. 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 ye
  13. I've said before that insurance companies need much better education about PAs. Yesterday I had a conversation with a major insurer after they removed my listing from their directory. First they point out that they have removed all PA listings, but have left the NP listings. The reason? Because PAs are not providers. They assist providers. NPs are providers. They consider PT, Massage Therapist as providers too. Their directory is called the "Provider Directory." I've been fighting with these people for three years. This is a nationwide decision. I'm exhausted with these battles and will n
  14. In addition to 10 years as a PA in Emergency Medicine, I spent the 10 years prior to that working in both paid and volunteer EMS. While in PA school, I met many fellow students with similar backgrounds in EMS. Given such a combined history, many PA's would be a perfect fit in Flight Medicine. Not to be crass or conceited and no offense to paramedics and RN's, PA's with that combined background would be the perfect fit. The EMS background gives us the familiarity with EMS protocols and our training exceeds that of RN's and paramedics. However, I have not been able to find a flight medicine prog
  15. I just got a job as an anesthesia tech but I'm not sure that what I'm doing is very applicable to the PA profession and I'm worried its not preparing me enough. What health care job is best?
  16. I recently started full time at an opiate addiction center(methadone clinic) as my first job out the gate. It was literally all I could find except a horrible offer for interventional cardiology 65k salary which reeked of trap to me. I applied for an ER position at one of the larger facilities in my region as kind of a joke, however, I have been called and interviewed and am now meeting the head doctor next Thursday. Its really kind of my dream job in that I will be working 3 hospitals one primarily trauma, one primarily medical, and a women and children hospital in their ERs. It would be a 7
  17. Hi there everyone. I am from the Philippines and I want to become a physician assistant. Actually I have already a medical degree. I am already a doctor here in my country practicing for almost 4 years. I did the step 1 of MLE and passed it. (score not so high though). I was supposed to take the remaining steps but the first time I applied for visa as tourist, I got denied. Now I saw this Physician assistant thing and I thought that's just easy to apply. Do I still have to enroll? Is there a tuition fee? How much is the tuition fee? What are my advantages since I am already a doctor. Do I
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