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  1. Hi, I am new here and this is my first post. I am currently finishing a masters program in NYC to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC/LPC) but have lost passion for the discipline. In fact, my heart was never really in it and did it as a safety net. My true passion was always for medicine. I recently decided to follow through on this dream because I am miserable doing anything else. I have worked as a CNA in 2 hospitals for 1 year and fell in love with medicine. I miss working with the nurses, doctors, and medical staff and even patients families to help patients. My plan after graduating next fall with my MA degree in mental health is to become a volunteer EMT-B. After that, I want to fulfill the pre-reqs for PA school but I have no idea how I will afford it or how to do it. I have no pre-reqs except for stats and psychology. Thank you for any feedback. How do most post-bacc students afford pre-reqs? Is it okay to do pre-reqs at a community college? or should I do a post-bacc program? How do students afford a post-bacc pre-PA program? How long does it take to fulfill the pre-reqs? How expensive is it to fulfull the pre-reqs? What is the age cut off? I'll be in my 30s when I apply. Is that too late? Does mental health counseling/substance abuse counseling count as direct patient care hours?
  2. The Hospital Leader has published a new post: “Victorious Endurance: To Pass the Breaking Point and Not Break” by Leslie Flores Read it here: https://thehospitalleader.org/victorious-endurance-to-pass-the-breaking-point-and-not-break/
  3. IMHO there is a great deal of potential in this specialty. This article is a few months old but the numbers are solid... https://www.managedcaremag.com/archives/2018/1/shrinking-psychiatrist-shortage According to this article ' Nationally about 1,800 PAs, or roughly 2% of the total number practicing, specialize in psychiatry'. Looking at Psychiatrist shortage ' From 2003 to 2013, the number of practicing psychiatrists declined by 0.2%, to 37,889 nationally by 2013. During the same decade, the number of adult primary care doctors increased by 9.5%, to 211,121 total, and by 14.2% to 862,444 among physicians overall'. ' By 2015, 60% were 55 years or older'. I know.... You are thinking that new grads need experience for this type of work. This is not true. The right personality and an opportunity are all you need.... That and a desire to work in mental health, I should say... Of course you can apply for a clerkship. I found 7 programs here: https://medicine.yale.edu/psychiatry/education/medstudents/pa.aspx https://medicine.uiowa.edu/psychiatry/education/fellowship-programs/physician-assistant-pa-psychiatry-fellowship https://www.houston.va.gov/Education/Physician_Assistant_Residency_Mental_Health/Physician_Assistant_Residency_Mental_Health.asp https://www.novanthealth.org/careers/psychiatric-fellowship.aspx https://www.carolinashealthcare.org/education/Center-for-Advanced-Practice/Fellowships/Behavioral-Health https://medicine.missouri.edu/departments/psychiatry/fellowship-program/physician-assistant-fellowship http://www.brookdalehospital.org/psychiatry-residency.html
  4. Hello! I am looking for a preceptor in PA (prefer), MD or NY for my mental health rotation. It's the last one I need before I can graduate! Dates are 2/22/2020 to 3/24/20. My program offers $500 and tons of CME hours. Please let me know if you can help or know anyone who can. I can precept with anyone who works in mental health and writes scripts for psych needs. Feel free to DM me or email me at mjones73@bethelu.edu. Thank you!
  5. So, my licensure application has been set aside for evaluation. I have several misdemeanors on my record, all of which are over 13 year old, and none of which were violent or sexual or anything else really bad. There are, however, two drug paraphernalia charges. My question is this - what should I expect in the initial interview? Are they going to ask for all my mental health records? Has anyone else gone through anything like this before?
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