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  1. Has anyone located statistics on salary differences between PA's who did a residency vs. those who haven't? I would like to write a my next blog post on this topic but I am having trouble finding information. Any help is welcomed.. even if you just list the advantages/disadvantages you experienced/observed with a residency. Thanks!!!!
  2. I am selling my hippo account! The videos were very helpful in preparing me for my pance. There are numerous areas that the lecturers cleared up for me and taught me new ways to remember things. Their diagrams, print out slides, mnemonics, and pictures are extremely helpful as well. I felt that this really prepared me the best out of the study tools I used. Message me if you are interested in purchasing. This account does not expire until April 2018
  3. Just wondering how many other schools do a Summative Week before graduation and how similar or different it is to ours at Penn State. I wrote a blog post describing my experience with Summative Week. Please feel free to share yours below.
  4. Hello all, I am a very motivated prospective Physician Assistant student looking to shadow a willing PA in order to further my understanding of the requirements to be a successful PA. Those who know me would describe me as a hard-worker, avid learner, and a medical professional who is great with patients. Currently, I'm a state licensed EMT, published author, and medical scribe (please see my attached resume). My diverse medical experience already includes: Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, and Orthopedics...However, any specialty would be wonderful and greatly appreciated! If interested, please shoot me a PM or email at ndiehl@jacksonville.edu. With gratitude, -Nathan Diehl Nathan Diehl EMT Resume.docx
  5. I am selling my hippo account! The videos were very helpful in preparing me for my pance. There are numerous areas that the lecturers cleared up for me and taught me new ways to remember things. Their diagrams, print out slides, mnemonics, and pictures are extremely helpful as well. I felt that this really prepared me the best out of the study tools I used. Message me if you are interested in purchasing. This account does not expire until April 2018
  6. Hi, I have 3 different opportunities and was wondering which one would look best and count for clinical hours for PA school. There is a position as a volunteer at a hospice, working as a medical scribe and working as a caregiver. Thanks for the advice!
  7. Anyone else receive an interview for June 21st?? I got a call today and was offered an interview for next week on June 7th, but I'm not prepared at all so I decided to go with the 21st! I have to plan travel as well since I'm coming from the DC area. Supplemental received 05/11 CASPA app sent in 05/15 Interview invite 05/31
  8. Hey there, I wanted to start a thread where students could chime in to share their experiences while on rotation. I will post one of mine below from my blog PAjourney.com. Feel free to add some of your own experiences in the comments section. Thanks! This is my experience on my Pediatrics rotation: PAJourney.com - Clinical Rotation 1: Pediatrics
  9. Hi guys. Got an offer as a new grad for internal medicine group practice in the northeast. $88K salary plus annual productivity bonus eligibility, 3 weeks paid vacation, 7 paid holidays, 3 days paid CME, $1,000 annual CME, paid malpractice with tail included, paid professional society membership, FT, 40-45 hours per week, pt care 4.5 days/week with 0.5 days per week admin time, 1-yr contract with 1-yr non-compete agreement. Includes insurance, 401K w company matching up to 4% after 1 yr. Any thoughts on this offer's quality would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  10. I need help with figuring out how to get my direct patient care hours for pa school. I don't know if I should get a certification to be an EMT since I've heard people talk about being a CNA. Also, people listed out options such as a physical therapist aide. I just finished getting a Bachelors in Biology and I'm confused on what to do to get my hours fast to go apply to pa school. What did you do to get your direct patient care hours.
  11. Hi, My name is Tori and I will soon be graduating from college with a major in Biology. I took all of the necessary classes to be a PA, my g.p.a is above 3.0(although not by a lot), and I have a little volunteer experience in the health field. Since I felt like I was likely not to qualify to get into PA school (although I'm still going to try), I decided to sign up for a one-year Masters of Biomedical Science program. Now, here's my dilemma, I can't decide whether it is worth it going to a MSBS program or if I should get more work experience. Do you think that going to this kind of program will be beneficial? I plan on working and going to school so either way I am going to get healthcare experience. This program also offers an externship in the spring where I would have to complete around 120 hours. I want the best chance at getting into PA school. Also, right now I am working as an Administrative Medical Assistant at a dermatology office. I was wondering if that work counts as direct patient care? A lot of people have told me that it does, but I want to hear that from a few people who have applied and gotten into PA schooling. Thank you, and please respond soon!
  12. Recap on our third semester of PA school is now live on the blog! http://apthepa.blogspot.com/2017/05/third-semester-of-pa-school.html Thanks for reading :)
  13. Hi everyone! I recently had an interview for Phase II at FIU. :)
  14. Hi everyone! I am a current PA student here at Marist College and thought creating this forum would help provide some good insight for those of you who are thinking of applying. I'm hoping some of us current student can chime in and assist those of you that are going through the application/interview process. This is a wonderful program with AMAZING faculty. I wish you all the best!
  15. Just submitted my CASPA application! Now to work on the supplemental. Best of luck to everyone, can't wait to hear your updates.
  16. In order to renew a DEA license, do you have to be employed and use a supervising Dr. or can renew as one's self? Thanks
  17. This is a very rough draft. I would just like to know if I am on the right track. Any editing is greatly appreciated. Thanks! “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.”– Lewis Carol. I do not have a single, life changing moment that made me realize that I want to be a physician assistant. I do have many experiences that confirm the truth of Carol’s statement. Three of which are significant and led me to pursue a career as a physician assistant: Meeting Traci, the PA I met while observing an ACL reconstruction; Working with Ron, a patient I had as a physical therapy aide; and treating Charlie, the boy I spine boarded for a cervical injury. An opportunity as an athletic training student to observe an ACL and meniscus reconstruction was my first exposure to a PA. In the OR, the clank of the surgical tools, smell of the sanitary operating room mixed with my breath under the facemask, and banter of the medical team as they worked hooked me immediately. After an incision of the patient’s uninjured left knee to retrieve the patellar tendon graft, Dr. Smith said, “Traci, harvest the graft. Don’t make it too thick. The edges need to be as smooth as possible.” Traci carefully and confidently harvested the ACL graft from the patellar tendon. She worked with great precision as she molded it with a small pair of scissors. Occasionally, Traci consulted with Dr. Smith to make sure the size and shape of the graft were correct. That moment, that was it for me. I loved the independence she was given and the team based relationship between her and Dr. Smith. Before observing this surgery, I did not know much about Traci’s profession as a PA. Although half way through my undergraduate athletic training program, I began to explore the career of a physician assistant. The fact that PAs can specialize in many areas of medicine is appealing. Although I enjoy orthopedics, I am interested in other fields such as general surgery, pediatrics, and women’s health. (Need to expand on why I like this more than AT) My job as a physical therapy aide to assist patients with their exercises, educate on proper form, and apply modalities. Ron is mentally challenged and has severe loss of musculoskeletal motor control. He slowly scooted into the physical therapy clinic with his walker and two caretakers that Tuesday afternoon. He was wearing a bright red Red’s baseball t-shirt, a worn, blue baseball cap, athletic shorts, and black shoes, one of which had a heel lift. The endearing smile on his face and childish banter with the therapist and me lit up the room. Ron and I practiced activities I took for granted every day. Sitting in a chair from a standing position, and standing up again from a seated position, walking 10-15 feet with his walker, and standing without the walker. He would say over and over, “I did enough” when he was only half way through his repetitions. I could see the frustration in his big blue eyes; it was hard for Ron to stay focused. I promised Ron that if he did his absolute best and finished his exercises with me, we could watch baseball highlight reels during his rest periods. The sense of accomplishment Ron felt when he finished an exercise overwhelmed me with joy. I was proud of Ron for his diligence and hard work. Ron taught me the importance of listening, patience, compassion and understanding. Sincere connections with patients involve empathy and adjusting to individual patient needs. I will carry the lessons I learned from Ron into my career as a PA, just as I do now in my job as an athletic trainer. Pushed himself beyond his threshold During the third week of July this past summer, the entire hockey camp staff was standing on the ice over my shoulder as I held fully padded, little Charlie’s neck in cervical spinal immobilization. “Laney, what do you want to do? Should we call 911? Is he going to be OK?” I had seconds to make a decision that could alter the rest of Charlie’s life. I learned how to deal with spinal injuries in school, but had never done it in practice. I responded, “Yes, call a squad and tell them we have a cervical spine injury. It’s okay Charlie; you’re going to be fine, just lay still. I’m going to tell you a funny story about my dog, Digby.” That was it. I was not positive that Charlie had a cervical spine injury, but I was confident in my evaluation that he needed further care. Charlie laughed as I told him about puppy Digby’s fear of the plastic spoon. EMS and the other athletic trainer working hockey camp, Becca, showed up minutes later. When treating a possible spinal injury, the person immobilizing the neck takes the lead in the boarding process. This was my job in this situation. It is crucial to be able to lead and work with the medical team at hand to prevent further injury. “OK on 3 we are going to roll Charlie. Please slide the board under his back when we roll him. 1, 2, 3, roll. Great job. Those near Charlie’s legs can apply the securing straps while those of us near his upper body will apply the C-collar and chest straps. Excellent, thank you for your help.” I was extremely nervous during this entire experience, doubting myself every second, but it reassured me that I will succeed as a physician assistant. I overcame my nerves and used the knowledge in which I was confident would provide the best quality care for Charlie. As an athletic trainer, the nature of injury in sports has molded me into a quick thinker. I enjoy working with others to achieve the best possible outcome, which I believe will transition well into my career as a physician assistant. I’ve had many experiences throughout my various healthcare jobs that led to my decision to become a PA. Traci, Ron, and little Charlie stand out among my experiences. The independence and teamwork Traci displayed in the operating room caught my eye for the PA profession. Ron taught me that having patience and empathy is crucial in gaining patient trust. Overcoming the doubts I had in myself and leading a situation I had never led before, taught me that I have a qualities to be a successful physician assistant. Becoming a physician’s assistant provides the opportunity to put Lewis Carol’s wisdom into practice; connect on a personal level, capitalizing on the relationship to provide truly patient-focused health care.
  18. Hi all, I'm not sure if there is a thread about this topic elsewhere, however, I was unable to find one. I was hoping to get an option on doing a dual PA/MPH Program. Pretty much, I will be able to take 1-2 extra PH classes per semester with my normal PA schedule. However, I have up to 5 years to complete the MPH. Is there an advantage to having two masters in the field? Thank you in advance!
  19. I am a GVSU student and will be done with my BS in Health Science with a focus on preventativie care and a minor in psychology in about a year! I'm hopping to graduate with a 3.5 ish (I had a 3.6 for 90+ credits and my GPA dropped to 0 when transferred) I'm SUPER worried about getting into GVSU's PA Program and am looking into joining the Navy with the hopes of getting into IPAP I will have all my pre reqs done for IPAP most likely even before I join the Navy? I'm 24 year old, female, with a husband and child and am ok with getting deployed and/or moving around! I'm also an NREMT-B - Questions... -possible officer programs for a BS degree holder - possibility of navy corpsman getting accepted to ipap - how long will it take for a corpsman to get into ipap -is ipap program accredited
  20. I've heard rumors of there being fellowship/residency programs for PA's post-graduation....A PA that I work with said he has a friend going through one in TX. Wanted to know if anyone out there has heard of this and if it is true? Would love any insight.
  21. Anybody know anything more about this program? I had never heard of it until last week. Looks pretty good. http://www.ohio.edu/chsp/rcs/pa/
  22. I am a student in my didactic year of PA school and I am starting to plan ahead for my clinical year looking for a preceptor in Jackson, MS area or somewhere driving distance from there. If anyone knows of one or a good lead of how to find one, please let me know! Thanks so much! =)
  23. “Stacie, harvest the graft,” remarked Dr. Smith to the assisting physician assistant. “Don’t make it too thick. The edges need to be as smooth as possible.” Stacie carefully and confidently harvested the ACL graft. She worked with great precision as she molded it with a small pair of scissors. As she cut, Stacie consulted with Dr. Smith to make sure the size and shape of the graft were correct. What I observed in the OR fascinated me. Stacie, an integral part of the surgical team, possessed much more responsibility for the patient than I would ever be given as an athletic trainer. While she collaborated with Dr. Smith, she clearly also operated in an independent fashion reflective of supreme self-confidence. Although only a year away from earning my degree as an AT, I began to feel a small but gnawing sense of dissatisfaction with the limits of my career choice. Watching Stacie in action that day helped me identify that feeling. I wanted a healthcare career with that type of responsibility and challenge. Another event affirming my decision to become a PA resulted from my interaction with Charlie, an 8-year-old summer hockey camp participant. This emergency situation fully tested my ability to put my skills into practice. The entire hockey camp staff stood on the ice looking over my shoulder as I held little Charlie’s neck in cervical spinal immobilization. Tears streamed from his teammates’ eyes and distraught coaches pressured me to act. “Laney, what do you want to do? Should we call 911? Is he going to be OK?” Amidst the chaos, I knew that paralysis could result if I reacted incorrectly. As an athletic trainer, the nature of injury in sports helped mold me into a quick thinker. Although I learned how to deal with spinal injuries in school, this represented my first evaluation and treatment of a spinal injury in practice. With adrenaline pumping, I managed to respond calmly, “Yes, call a squad and tell them we have a cervical spine injury.” Charlie’s body trembled with fear; I needed to keep him stationary, “Charlie, you’re going to be fine, just lay still.” Wanting to comfort him and to assuage his fear, I told him a funny story about my dog. Although not positive that Charlie suffered from a cervical spine injury, I felt very confident in my evaluation that he needed further care. As I told him about puppy Digby’s fear of the plastic spoon, the distraction calmed him until EMS could get there. I then took the lead in the boarding process, coordinating the medical team to prevent further injury. We boarded Charlie successfully, and EMS took him to the hospital for a detailed examination. Although extremely nervous during this entire experience, I learned to trust myself and my training. I overcame my nerves and used my knowledge, confident I would provide the best quality care for Charlie. I relied on my training to assess the situation and to make a quick decision, remained calm under pressure, worked effectively with other healthcare members, took the lead to prevent further injury and provided comfort to a scared little boy. The many experiences throughout my various healthcare jobs led to my decision to pursue a career as a PA. The events surrounding Stacie and Charlie stood out among my experiences. The increased responsibility over that of an AT as well as the skills and teamwork Stacie displayed in the operating room, revealed the aspects of the PA profession that appeal to me. Overcoming the doubts I had in myself and playing an autonomous role in a coordinated care effort with Charlie, confirmed that I possess the qualities necessary to become a physician assistant. Becoming a PA will fulfill my desire to connect on a personal level, capitalizing on team-based efforts to provide truly patient-focused health care.
  24. I made a blog post covering this topic. TBL/PBL classes are so popular in programs right now that I think applying students should be more aware of what they are. If your program has these types of team-based classes, please leave a comment below and let us know how your program runs the class. http://pajourney.com/2016/09/12/what-are-tbl-and-pbl-and-why-do-so-many-pa-programs-have-them/
  25. Hi everyone, I'm in need of some advice. I'm a hospital physician assistant who gets paid for my 37.5 hours per week. I've been working at this hospital for 5 years, working four 10 hour shifts as well as providing on call coverage (over the phone, never have to come in to the hospital) for the neurology department at my hospital (which is actually an outpatient practice of 10 neurologists). The PAs cover 4 calls per month, each call is 14 hours of coverage. We cover inpatient as well as outpatient calls which can be anywhere from 15 to 40+ calls per night. We are not compensated for these extra hours that we spend speaking to the ER, RNs, outpatients, etc on the phone. Our base salary definitely does not cover these calls because our salary is under 90k in 2016 in NJ where the average is closer to 102k+ at this time. The calls have progressively been getting worse and because we don't get post-call days off, we have not been sleeping at night and then going in to work at the hospital for 10 hours. It is affecting our quality of life and so we finally set up an appointment to meet with the medical director. Does any one have experience with on call compensation similar to this? How much compensation should we ask for? Any advice is greatly appreciated!