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  1. Hi all, I have been accepted into PA school and am starting to have second thoughts. The initial plan was to graduate and specialize in psychiatry. I have an interest in psychology and neurology. Becoming an MD is out of the question, as I can't move (military family). I have found one accredited Ph.D. distance program in Clinical Psychology. I have considered going that route but am scared I'll regret not going PA. This time last year, I was thrilled to get an interview. Is it normal to have cold feet? Has anyone else made a similar choice? Anyways, thanks for listening.
  2. I am looking for some insight from any PA practicing in outpatient psychiatry, especially is TN or VA I heard from a colleague that there has been some issue with reimbursement in the outpatient psychiatry realm that is specific to PA services I wondered if anyone currently practicing in this specialty or anyone with knowledge about the situation could weigh in. Are PAs reimbursed at the normal rate or at a decreased rate? Are there discrepancies between reimbursement for medicare/Medicaid and commercial insurers? Thank you all in advance!
  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
  4. Hi Guys, I am going to keep this as short as possible. I am currently an undergraduate approaching my junior year. I have only a couple of pre-PA courses left and will be finished with my clinical hours by the end of this year. I am a psychology major with a minor in neuroscience. I would have a major in neuroscience or behavioral science if only my University offered it. However, I have adjusted accordingly by integrating many biological components within my academic resume. Background explanation completed. Long story short: I want to be a Clinical Psychologist (obviously this e
  5. I have a friend who is a fellow new grad PA, and she is considering a 2-year residency program in psych. She has a passion for psychiatry and could see herself making big differences there, however she is worried that she may begin to forget general medicine if she only works in psych for 2 or 3 years. Her other passion is ortho surgery (and other general surgery). She has also considered pediatrics and inpatient neonatal as other close-2nd choices. So, I'm wondering if anyone has had to decide between two fairly distinct specialties or switched between the two, years down the road. In pa
  6. I graduated December 2017 and my specialty of choice is Psychiatry. However, the only Psych position that I found in my area was Locum Tenens for 6 months, outpatient. I can't move at this moment. Any advice? Should I start with this or wait for the right position? Loan repayment starts in May so I'm a little worried.
  7. I am trying to find an example of a PA that owned their own practice in Oregon? I already have 3 MDs willing to do the supervising requirements for me that will be in the same office, but they all just share space and legally own their own business. We would prefer I also own my own practice rather than being their employee if it's legally possible and not to much of a headache. I haven't heard back from the Oregon Medical Board.
  8. Fellow Psychiatry PAs; I am rapidly approaching my 1 year mark with an outpatient psychiatry practice. I am looking for any input anyone has to offer WRT salary, bonus, contract terms etc. I graduated approximately 1 year ago and I have only had this one job since. I recently changed my schedule from 5 days a week at 8 Hours per to 4 days at 10 hours per. On average I see XX patients per week. Currently my salary is competitive and we do get some benefits. We get 15 vacation days for year 1 then 20 per year, 5 sick days, 6 federal holidays, 5 CME days and $3,000. There is a bonus structur
  9. Wondering if anyone who has taken the PANCE thought the NCCPA practice exams were written like the PANCE questions or if those exams reflected your PANCE experience at all. I'm referencing the two exams you can purchase from the NCCPA. I am a little frustrated because I have been scoring 60's and 70's in my Kaplan QBank, which I am told is pretty good. I feel like I have been learning a lot and the review has been great with the Kaplan questions. I have also been going through the AAPA/PAEA review book and making notes on things I don't remember right away. However, I took the NCCPA practice e
  10. I'm a first year PA student in DC and am looking to set up clinical rotations in both Boston, MA and Charlotte, NC in either Pediatrics, Women's Health/OBGYN, and/or Behavioral Medicine/Psych. Does anyone have any contacts or resources that may be helpful in setting these up? I'm not too sure where to start looking for possible preceptors. Any advice is appreciated!
  11. I am registered to take the psych caq in September. I was just wondering if anyone who has taken the psych caq had any suggestions on what to study and/or what you studied to best prepare for the exam? Also, what did you find the most difficult about the psych caq? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)
  12. I am in the process of getting CAQ in psychiatry (exam results pending). Currently I am only responsible for seeing established patients, however my employer is under the impression that I will be able to do new psych evaluations once CAQ is received. Any thoughts or experience with change in responsibility when achieving CAQ??
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    Hi all! I have been given a form to fill out for a potential psych position. The position is outpt care in the los angeles area. The practice already utilizes midlevel providers, but I am a new graduate and not too sure what my "worth" really is. Ideally id like to make 100k or more. Anyone have any advice on the best answer to give when you asked what your expectations for compensation entail? Thanks :)
  14. Hi all, I have recently decided to pursue a career as a PA instead of going to medical school and becoming a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. For numerous reasons, I have decided it makes much more sense for me to become a PA. Obviously, my ideal is to become a psychiatric PA as my heart lies within mental health. I studied mental health in college and most of my clinical experience has been with adolescent psychiatric inpatients. To say I am in love with the field is an understatement. Not only have I been unable to find a psychiatric PA to shadow in the NY Metropolitan Area, I cannot s
  15. I would enjoy hearing from practicing psych PAs about any road bumps they have encountered with being paid as a PA vs Psych Advanced Nurse Practioner. I've recently looked for another position and find that 80-90 % of psych jobs want the psych ANP because "it's easier to bill for their services in mental health". Also, in Illinois, last year I was restricted from seeing Medicaid patients. I was told PAs are not eligable to bill in mental health...this was from the investigative arm of Illinois Medicaid, whereas the billing/payment arm had no problem with PA reimbursements. (this info was fro
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