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  1. Hi everyone, Wondering if any of you have any insight into the validity of being a Clinical Research Assistant. I started working at a diabetes research clinic this summer and was offered the chance to continue working there this school year. My question is, should I be looking for something more hands on for HCE later? I know it depends of the school and how you sell your job description. In general I help out with in-clinics that have human subjects. I can do intake, vitals, medial history, lab tests, non-venous boood draws, device insertion/removal, and I work closely with NPs and PAs. It might not be life or death, but I am in a position where I am responsible for looking out for adverse hypo/hyperglycemic reactions and other study-related risks. Any thoughts?
  2. Hi everyone! As part of my dissertation, I'm surveying healthcare professionals about their experiences and opinions on mobile device use for professional purposes. Our goal is to develop new digital support tools for healthcare professionals that actually help them in their everyday practice. I would very much appreciate your help! It will only take about 10 minutes to complete the anonymous survey. All responses will remain confidential and secure. Please click on this link to participate: https://mobiledeviceusehealthcare.questionpro.eu Thank you for your time and support!
  3. Be a part of a precision medicine research study! My name is Scott McGrath, and I'm a doctoral candidate for a degree in biomedical informatics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As part of my dissertation, I'm surveying healthcare providers about their experiences, knowledge, and confidence in interpreting genetic test results with patients. There are three main objectives: 1) To evaluate how different healthcare providers with different levels of education on genetic testing interpret genetic test results; 2) To determine the confidence and self-efficacy of healthcare providers as they interpret genetic test results with patients; 3) To capture healthcare providers’ opinions about, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer genetic tests (like 23andMe). My concern is that the burdens of helping patients understand the influx of genetic data will fall largely on the shoulders of primary care providers (internists, PAs, pediatricians, family practice, advance practice nurses, etc.) as there are relatively few certified genetic specialists (only ~1,500 clinical geneticist, and 4,244 genetic counselors). I want to better understand how prepared we are for this new kind of data set. To participate, you can take the survey below. It takes an average of 15-20 minutes to complete. I know your time is valuable, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at this email address (smcgrath@unomaha.edu) or (402) 577-0501. The poll is anonymous and IRB approved from UNMC (irbora@unmc.edu). I am 30 surveys away from hitting my sample size, so even just a couple of completed surveys is very helpful! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PMR2DBW Thank you in advance for your time!
  4. Be a part of a precision medicine research study! My name is Scott McGrath, and I'm a doctoral candidate for a degree in biomedical informatics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As part of my dissertation, I'm surveying healthcare providers about their experiences, knowledge, and confidence in interpreting genetic test results with patients. There are three main objectives: 1) To evaluate how different healthcare providers with different levels of education on genetic testing interpret genetic test results; 2) To determine the confidence and self-efficacy of healthcare providers as they interpret genetic test results with patients; 3) To capture healthcare providers’ opinions about, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer genetic tests (like 23andMe). My concern is that the burdens of helping patients understand the influx of genetic data will fall largely on the shoulders of primary care providers (internists, PAs, pediatricians, family practice, advance practice nurses, etc.) as there are relatively few certified genetic specialists (only ~1,500 clinical geneticist, and 4,244 genetic counselors). I want to better understand how prepared we are for this new kind of data set. To participate, you can take the survey below. It takes an average of 15-20 minutes to complete. I know your time is valuable, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at this email address (smcgrath@unomaha.edu) or (402) 577-0501. The poll is anonymous and IRB approved from UNMC (irbora@unmc.edu). I am 30 surveys away from hitting my sample size, so even just a couple of completed surveys is very helpful! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PMR2DBW Thank you in advance for your time!
  5. I discovered this site on Clinician1.com this morning and it is great. Osmosis.org Check it out??
  6. ATTENTION ALL CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE PA STUDENTS! We are conducting a survey as part of a Master’s Research Project investigating any potential impacts on health as a result of attending a PA training program. We are looking for current and prospective PA students to answer a few questions regarding their dietary, sleeping, and exercising habits. The survey is 14 questions and will take less than 5 minutes to complete. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to assist us in our research. Please follow the link provided below to access the survey. Access link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VJSZKNX 5 WEEKS LEFT until this survey will be closed. Please take about 5 minutes to complete this 14 question survey on the investigation on the health consequences of PA school.
  7. Hi everyone, first time poster here. Currently, I am an EMT on an ALS rig, shadowing a PA, volunteering as a standby event EMS for the racetrack, concerts, parades, and 49ers, and helping out with a mobile clinic to serve the homeless. I'll be traveling to Haiti this summer with Project Medishare. (other volunteer work but won't bore you all.) So my problem is, I am taking classes now and doing two full days of clinical research at UCSF and then working 12 hours on the ALS rig. While also doing the above mentioned volunteer hours every weekend (or late weekday nights). I am over extending myself. Would dropping the research at UCSF hurt my application? I believe research is more geared toward Med school...correct me if I'm wrong. I do enjoy the research (and thinks it does set me apart as an applicant)... but I love the patient contact with EMT and my volunteering opportunities. And want to maintain my good GPA. Anything helps.
  8. Hello PA Forum, I wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations for specific PA schools considering my following goals and statistics. I would like to apply this summer for 2019 matriculation. Goals: Ideally I would like to work as a PA in a hospital setting. While I don't quite know my exact area of interest, I prefer primary care, emergency, and internal medicine over surgery. Additionally, I have a strong interest in contributing to research. Statistics/Background: 3.5 cumulative GPA, 3.45 science GPA at a private academic university 159 Verbal (82%tile), 158 Quant (70%tile), 4.5 Writing (82%tile) 9100 hours in paid and volunteering positions in the medical field (almost all clinical research) of which ~2000hrs were direct patient contact. Multiple presentations, with a publication in progress. Lots of shadowing with multiple medical professionals, but getting more with PAs I meet all prerequisites for most schools, but note I took physio without the lab (although I took anatomy with lab), and I never took a medical terminology course Pretty diverse extra-circulars with leadership roles and teaching experiences Thank you for your insight! Best, -pleaseandthankyou
  9. Hey guys, I'm not planning on applying for a while as I am making sure I have my ducks in order. One question I can't seem to find an answer on CASPA's GPA FAQ is regarding research. At my school (Humboldt State University), all biology majors are required to take at least a semester of research as a letter grade. Throughout my major, I have accumulated 9-semester units as a letter grade [27 units total towards research] of research that being undergraduate research in chemistry and biology as well as a year internship at UCSF. These 9 units are a letter grade and on my transcript as CHEM 495 or BIOL 499 or BIOL 482. So my question is DO THESE COUNT TOWARDS MY CASPA sGPA?
  10. We are doing research on the learning styles of professional physician assistants. There's lots of information on meeting the needs of the physician population, but hardly any on physician assistants and other mid-levels. Looking to have 10-15 phone conversations with PAs who might collaborate with us. Give me a shout if you're interested. poterucha.jeanne@mayo.edu or @jpots
  11. Hi there! I am a Yale On-Campus PA program applicant and wanted to get some opinions on Yale's curriculum, specifically its research piece. How do current students and alumni feel about the research component? Was it beneficial? Did it increase opportunities and/or improve your clinical abilities? Thanks for your help!
  12. Hello everyone! Took a little forum hiatus to focus on being a working PA, but since I've been practicing for 8 months now and things are a little slow here at work I figured I'd contribute to our little online community... Finding pivotal research articles has always been a goal of mine since I started working, yeah know, to guide thinking and support the management. Plus well written articles are worth their weight in gold for historical, pathophysiologic, and thought provoking changes. I'm specifically looking for papers regarding studies about the PA profession and our impact on medical care. Here are some of mine... (Oh yeah, PA's harvesting lung lungs...) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=columbia+lung+transplant+physician+assistant (Oh my, PA's taking care of kids...) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27798540/ So what is your favorite PA article?
  13. Clinical Research Internship Opportunity Attention all prospective PA students. Are you looking to satisfy the patient care experience requirement, receive a letter of recommendation and earn scholarships to help with PA school tuition? Our clinical research team at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center has four positions open for paid, direct patient care experience in OB/GYN and pediatrics. Actively recruiting trial indications: pre-term labor tocolytic, HPV-related cervical dysplasia treatment vaccine and RSV prophylactic vaccine in pregnancy. These spots are reserved for people that have completed their undergraduate studies and are interested in conducting clinical research trials for a minimum of one year. Full-time hours available, starting at $15.00/hr. Plus scholarships based on job performance (up to $5,000)! Essential Job Functions: Working closely with the Clinical Research Team, the Clinical Research Intern will work on assigned research projects. Tasks and responsibilities include: recruiting study participants; enrolling patients and obtaining informed consent; performing protocol procedures and patient assessments; developing and maintaining databases; conducting follow-up contact; and providing general assistance with project-related administrative tasks. Educational & Professional Skills: Candidates must be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies. Successful candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong telephone skills; and have basic computer skills (Word, Excel). While no research experience is necessary, as a comprehensive training will be given the first week, it is preferred. Medical assistants As a practicing PA in Women’s Health, I can ensure you this is an excellent opportunity to further prepare yourself for PA school! Kind regards, Kristin Batla PA-C, CCRC OB/GYN PA Fellowship Director and Clinical Research Director Arrowhead Regional Medical Center 400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton, CA 92324 BatlaK@armc.sbcounty.gov (909) 580-3474 and Guillermo Valenzuela MD Chairman, Women’s Health Dept
  14. How important is research experience in the application process?
  15. I've decided to change careers, and wanted to triple check and confirm something so I don't misrepresent anything on my future application. On CASPA there's PCE, HCE, Employment, Research, etc. I've worked for years in the pharmaceutical industry and have experience in clinical trials. Would this all be under HCE, or Research? I thought it would be under Employment, but that's for "paid work done outside of the health care field," and I would think pharmaceuticals would be in the health care field. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  16. Hi everyone! After reading every day for the last 2 years I finally decided to make an account and post. I am in a tough spot right now in terms of when to apply, or what my next step should be. I'll post my stats below. Undergrad Ed School: University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Natural Sciences (Graduating this Spring) Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.15 Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.05 Just a bit of a background on my low GPA...I sucked my freshman year. Absolutely lazy. But I've stepped it up since and have A/A-/B+ in the upper level courses (Ochem, A&P I & II, Patho, Micro, Nutrition, Med Term). Age at application time : 22 if I apply this coming cycle 1st GRE: 301 (4.5) 2nd GRE: Definitely taking after graduation Direct Patient Care : Nursing Assistant at a Assisted Living facility - 700 hours and counting I have volunteer experience in a special program that does involve patient contact. The University of Pittsburgh PA program accepts this as direct patient care. - 150 hours and counting Extracurricular/Research Activities:​ 3 years in non-clinical Obstetric research, abstract presentation at a professional health conference - working on my own paper now that I hope will get published, President of my school's PA program, multiple volunteer activities/events, regular hospital volunteer - 60 hours, 20 hours shadowing. My issue is that I don't know if I should even bother applying this cycle. My GPA is so low and the averages at some of these schools are much higher. Should I retake the basic pre-reqs or continue with upper level courses? Also I would like to switch up my patient care experience. The assisted living facility is nice, but very repetitive. I was considering clinical research that would involve some phlebotomy? Here's the job description to a job I'm considering applying to: ​"As part of the Obstetrical Specimen Collection Unit, this research assistant will be responsible for attending births in the labor suite and operating rooms, collecting and processing placental and cord blood samples, and drawing and processing maternal blood" Let me know what you all think! Thanks so much :)
  17. Good afternoon all! Prefacing my first post by thanking everyone for their contributions - this forum has provided me with excellent info on the PA profession. Now, a little bit about me: I graduated from University in May of 2015, and have been struggling with the decision of whether to go into clinical medicine or research since my freshman year. I dipped my toes into both realms throughout college, working as a research assistant for 2 years, and as an emergency room patient advocate for 3 years. My current job is split between both fields as well - I am a research coordinator but act as clinical support (taking vitals, monitoring patient progress, advising in care plans, etc.) when needed. I hoped that some exposure to both fields would pull me in one direction, but the scale has yet to tip, and my experiences have only fueled my passion for both fields almost equally. I've contemplated the M.D / Ph.D route a few times, but the time-commitment doesn't align with the goals I have for my personal life. I've been told to just get an M.D degree, since I'd be able to do both, but the docs that I work with seem to have trouble balancing both seeing patients and working on their research, and tend to shine in one area over the other. The M.D route additionally doesn't appeal to me for a variety of reasons, which I'm sure you've all heard, so I wont spend time explaining my pick of PA over MD, unless someone here thinks it might be relevant to providing advice, of course. I'd like to complete both degrees in order to work on clinical interventions as both a provider and a researcher, but don't know where to start. Does it make sense to go to school for one first over the other? I've heard of the of Wake Forest dual degree program, but don't want to just bank on that and not have a back-up plan. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you again!
  18. Hello everyone, I'm a second year PA student about to start my emergency med rotation. I'm interested in doing research on an EM topic and submitting it for presentation at the SEMPA or AAPA conference, but I'm not sure how to go about doing this. I have limited research experience apart from being a lab tech for a geneticist, so I'm starting from scratch. But I'm motivated if given the guidance. I'd like to learn about what kinds of research students are able to do over the short (5-6 week) time span of a rotation, but can't find a way to filter those out in general academic search engines, etc. Any advice or guidance is much appreciated!
  19. Hi everyone, I'm a PhD student and for my thesis I'm researching PA professional roles in healthcare delivery. I would love to hear your insights about the profession, why you chose it, what you love most about your work with a brief online questionnaire. It should only take 10 minutes and would *really* help me out! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. My end goal is to promote the PA profession to the public, since there is such an unfortunate lack of knoweldge on PAs and what they do! Thanks for your help :) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FX67PDN Thanks for your help! Bridget
  20. Are PA students encouraged to do research or required to make presentations? By "presentation", I don't mean presenting a patient during clinicals. I mean standing in front of a class and presenting some disease or research topic. I heard this is often required in medical school, so now I'm wondering about PA school. Thanks
  21. My name is Dan and I am a graduate student at San Jose State University, pursuing a MS in Human Factors and Ergonomics. I am currently running an anonymous survey study assessing the impact of injection device usability on patient acceptance and usage of injectable medication (found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/37KK3WB). I am doing this to demonstrate to pharmaceutical companies just how important it is for patients that an injection device is usable and user friendly. I plan on publishing my results so that awareness of this issue endures, spreads, and hopefully influences the design choices companies make when creating these devices. Are you a Health Care Provider (Nurses, Pharmacists, PAs, Medical Assistants/Techs, CDEs, etc.) who trains any type of patient to use an injection device at home? I am interested in all forms of injection devices, including but not limited to: Prefilled Syringes, Syringe and vial combinations, Disposable Pens, Reusable pens, Disposable Auto-Injectors, Reusable Auto-Injectors, and Reconstitution kits If you ever trained a patient to perform an injection at home and afterwards discovered or experienced any of the following, please share your experiences with us through this survey. · Patient was too scared or intimidated by the device to perform the procedure. · Patient performed the procedure but with a lot of hesitation and difficulty, and may have made some mistakes. · Patient made a mistake and did not receive the full dose (they lost some or all of the medication). · Patient could not figure out how to use the device and returned it to their health care provider or pharmacist. · Patient called their health care provider or pharmacist for help in order to complete the procedure. · Patient asked for additional training from their health care provider or pharmacist. · Patient took the drug less often than they were supposed to, or stopped using it because of the difficulty they had in using the device and performing the procedure. · Patient asked their doctor to switch to a different device/drug because of the difficulty they had in using the device and performing the procedure. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and for every survey completed we will donate $1 to either the Red Cross or The Humane Society (your choice). I hope you can contribute to this effort and help uncover and solve the difficulties experienced by patients when delivering their own drug therapy with a new device. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/37KK3WB Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing about your experiences. It would be greatly appreciated if you would share this survey with any other qualifying people you know. Note: this survey is anonymous and no personal information is collected.
  22. My name is Dan and I am a graduate student at San Jose State University, pursuing a MS in Human Factors and Ergonomics. I am currently running an anonymous survey study assessing the impact of injection device usability on patient acceptance and usage of injectable medication (found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/37KK3WB). I am doing this to demonstrate to pharmaceutical companies just how important it is for patients that an injection device is usable and user friendly. I plan on publishing my results so that awareness of this issue endures, spreads, and hopefully influences the design choices companies make when creating these devices. Are you a Health Care Provider (Nurses, Pharmacists, PAs, Medical Assistants/Techs, CDEs, etc.) who trains any type of patient to use an injection device at home? I am interested in all forms of injection devices, including but not limited to: Prefilled Syringes, Syringe and vial combinations, Disposable Pens, Reusable pens, Disposable Auto-Injectors, Reusable Auto-Injectors, and Reconstitution kits If you ever trained a patient to perform an injection at home and afterwards discovered or experienced any of the following, please share your experiences with us through this survey. · Patient was too scared or intimidated by the device to perform the procedure. · Patient performed the procedure but with a lot of hesitation and difficulty, and may have made some mistakes. · Patient made a mistake and did not receive the full dose (they lost some or all of the medication). · Patient could not figure out how to use the device and returned it to their health care provider or pharmacist. · Patient called their health care provider or pharmacist for help in order to complete the procedure. · Patient asked for additional training from their health care provider or pharmacist. · Patient took the drug less often than they were supposed to, or stopped using it because of the difficulty they had in using the device and performing the procedure. · Patient asked their doctor to switch to a different device/drug because of the difficulty they had in using the device and performing the procedure. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and for every survey completed we will donate $1 to either the Red Cross or The Humane Society (your choice). We hope you can contribute to this effort and help us uncover and solve the difficulties experienced by patients when delivering their own drug therapy with a new device. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/37KK3WB Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing about your experiences. It would be greatly appreciated if you would share this survey with any other qualifying people you know. Note: this survey is anonymous and no personal information is collected.
  23. Hello!! I am torn on whether or not to list my wonderful MPH research experience on CASPA. CASPA clearly states that research done for credit should not be listed... so I am instructed not to list it. However, the grading system that is used for my thesis is S/US, which capsa doesn't recognize as for credit. Oh, bother. I think this question is really about what kind of research has been done outside of the auspices of academics, which this does not fall into. Any thoughts? Many thank yous in advance, and forgive if this question is more straightforward that I perceive it to be! D
  24. Looking for some HCE feedback. Been working @ VA for 3+ years, all PTSD research - first two years were as EMG startle tech (running emg testing 1on1, 12 patients a day) working on base with AD marines. Now last 8 months is PTSD screening (CAPS) appointments with veterans I screen for eligibilty and schedule myself. Appointments include 2x 1on1 sessions; I assess for validity and we discuss trauma, symptoms and other life stressors in depth, before they are randomized (if I deem eligible) to a treatment program. Usually 5+ hours 1on1 per patient. Also includes lab work, I don't draw blood (no phlebotomy training) but take patients to clinic and process samples after. Occasionally consult with supervising MD but mostly working solo. MD has no interactions with patients other than if I deem SI to be extreme. Patients vary, but majority have comorbid diagnoses - bipolar, major depression, BPD, schizophrenia, substance abuse etc. Planning to take EMT cert in Spring and hopefully work in the field part-time alongside school & VA position (study ends when I start my BS) for next 3 years. (Already have British college time which accounted for VA position but credits not accepted by CA schools due to how long ago it was/some not transferable) Question is, will any of my psych work count at all towards HCE? I'm aware research is one of those touchy areas. Thanks in advance for any info.
  25. Do any of you surgical PA's get paid in RVU's only? Can you tell me how this works? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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