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  1. Hello Everyone, Is anyone aware of any virtual shadowing opportunities through zoom or any other video platform during this COVID-19 Pandemic?
  2. Hello everyone! My name is Yanka, I am a rising junior, and I recently decided to pursue a career as a PA-C. I chose this career path because I can study for an additional two years and get out into the real world to practice, I also prefer to study the Medical Model, and the work/life balance is very ideal because I love spending time with my family. I was just wondering if there are any opportunities for online shadowing, or any PA-C’s in Massachusetts or Rhode Island offering opportunities to shadow. Please let me know. Stay safe! Yanka.
  3. I am looking for PA to shadowing in the Des Moines, Iowa area and the surrounding metro area. I have been looking for an opportunity for some time and hope to shadow PA's in many different areas of medicine. Currently I work as a CNA and can accommodate my schedule easily to allow whatever works for the PA's schedule in allowing me to shadow them. Please reply to this if you are able to allow a pre-PA student to shadow with you. Thank you very much.
  4. Hi! I’m finishing up my pre-requisites and I’m looking for a shadowing opportunity in the Lehigh Valley, PA. Is anyone aware of any?
  5. Hello everyone, I am a registered nurse based in Atlanta near the Sandy Springs area. I would love the opportunity to shadow a variety of physician assistants in the Atlanta area or within an hour of the Atlanta area. I am more than willing to volunteer and help out as much as I can. I am courteous, respectful, and professional. Please send me a message on here or reply in a post below and I will be sure to get back with you. Thank you so much, Curlsz
  6. To any helpful person out there, I am a first year international student at a liberal arts college in the US. Academically, I don't feel I lack anything at this school. The classes are very challenging, and I push myself to the limit to get A's in every single class. On the financial side of things, I got a 55-60% scholarship, and the rest of my tuition gets covered by my dad back home. With every iota of honesty, I have always wanted to work as a medical doctor. I am determined, self-driven, sometimes anxious about my efficiency, but always honest about my abilities and faults. The road to becoming a medical doctor in the US as an international student is not linear. In fact, all the research I have done into medical schools I would want to apply to in the US after completing my bachelor's degree show that international students with the best extracurricular activities profile and GPA will most likely have to go home and attend a medical school in their home country then write the USMLE STEPS 1 and 2 exams to even begin considering coming back to the US. Well folks, I have done my research into the life of a medical doctor in the US, and I have decided I do not want to go through the years of practice and training, just to realize that bureaucracy has limited very passionate physicians in the US to "sad and industrialized slaves." I am young and fortunately I still have my whole life ahead of me. So I did research into the world of mid-level health practicioners in the US, and amazingly I stumbled unto the profession of Physician Assistants. Because I excelled (through diligence, prayer, and never giving-up), I got A's in my General Chemistry and Biology sequences; I have almost gotten the position to shadow a Physician Assistant this summer! My sadness and hope stems from the fact that even with stellar academic records, diligent physician assistant shadowing, and lots of prayers I might not get accepted into a PA school after four years of undergraduate education. My ''cry'' for help is this: Is there anyone out there who knows of young international students in the US who passionately did everything legally possible- shadowing, good GPA, and completing pre-reqs- to enter PA school straight after four years of undergraduate education and got accepted? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I NEED HOPE IN THE FORM OF AN INFORMED REPLY FROM THE BRILLIANT AND GENEROUS PEOPLE ON THIS FORUM
  7. I am seeking a PA that is willing and eager to accept a shadow this summer. I attend University of South Alabama and am applying to PA schools this cycle (currently completing my CASPA application). I have many areas of interest, but especially rural/under-served primary care. Thank you in advance to anyone who may have a suggestion as to the best way to find a PA to shadow or that may know someone in this area. K. Stacey
  8. I was wondering if anybody had any advice on how to ask a PA to shadow them? Do you keep it simple or go into depth on why you want to shadow them...etc?? I have found a few on PAshadow online website but I was just wondering if anybody had any advice! Also, how long should you typically shadow someone for? Just to avoid "over staying your welcome". Thanks!
  9. Hello :) I am curious to know what your daily/weekly schedule is like during first semester in terms of hours in class per day, average number of exams per week, number of classes taken at a time, etc. For example, do you have class from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday? How long is lunch break? Do you ever get off early for extra study time? Do you have exams every week and if so how many? Thanks so much!
  10. Don't see many cases that are "ER-interesting" in the headache clinic but here is one. My "riddles" are a quick and cheap case presentations. I will give some hints. You are allowed to ask yes or no questions and I will answer them truthfully and see who is the first one to figure this out. Christmas Eve I saw a 33 yo female with a long history of migraine but not too severe and a few times a month. In the past six weeks headaches became worse and finally daily. No other major complaints except for typical migraine (photo phobia, nausea). I was ready to call this typical status migraine until I examined her. She had two positive signs, one neurological and one not. After my exam I had a differential of two things. I guessed the more common one . . . however it turned out to be the other. I wish I had sent her directly to the ER but I started the work up for # 1 first. She ended up in the ER in 48 hours. It is NOT an infectious process. So, each person is allowed two Y/N questions and then a guess. The winner gets all the oxygen they can breath for free for one year.
  11. Anyone here used Interfolio for their LOR's? Found this on the CASPA website" CASPA can accept your reference letters from Interfolio. HOWEVER, each of these letters MUST be accompanied by the CASPA Reference Request Form, which is signed and filled out by both the applicant and the reference who writes the letter. Without this form, your PA programs will consider your letters to be invalid." If anyone here used interfolio for LOR's, were you able to upload the request for digitally to accompany the letter or did you have to send it in seperately?
  12. How long on average does the process take to get in after graduation? Do I pursue the NG before my first civilian employment or at the same time? Because I do know, or heard from others, that the average first time employment takes about 3-5 months because of the credentialing process etc. So, I was curious if during this big break, one can sign up for the NG near the end of graduation and do the required leadership training during the 3-5 month period.
  13. At the heart of fear over the July effect lies the assumption that more experience leads to better care and fewer errors. However, one article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2005 showed that quality of care in fact dropped in relation to the length of a practitioner’s experience. Medical errors, while frequently due to a lack of knowledge, occur mostly because of system-based issues — such as a computer system without adequate safety checks — as well as provider burnout. from http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/08/03/doctor-view-the-july-effect-may-opposite-what-you-think/z6xnZHLcATQIaBJFEhnv6K/story.html?s_campaign=8315 ‘July effect’ may be the opposite of what you think By Dr. Haider Javed Warraich | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT AUGUST 04, 2014 Share via e-mail TO ADD A MESSAGE YOUR E-MAIL PRINT REPRINTS ARTICLE COMMENTS ( 3 ) SUBSCRIBE ANTHONY RUSSO FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE Recently, as I was about to leave the hospital for the day, I got a page that the wife of a patient who had just been discharged was calling. I was concerned — the patient had been in the hospital with a severe infection — so I called her back right away. She was equal-measures angry and mortified. Her husband had a fever, and she was afraid he needed to come back to the hospital. As I tried to understand what was going on, she quickly interrupted, saying she wanted to speak to my attending doctor. “I know it’s July, I know what’s going on,” she said. She, of course, was referring to the infamous “July effect.” July represents the yearly introduction of medical students into residency programs, and the influx of new hands and minds into the hospital is thought to result in poor-quality care, hence the fear. Even though I reassured her that I was a senior resident weeks away from completing training, she told me she wouldn’t be comforted unless she spoke to someone superior. The idea of the “July effect” has now made its way into popular culture. All month, I read story after story warning patients and caregivers to avoid the hospital during July. Doctors too worry about July. When I got my schedule for this year, just knowing that I was going to be supervising day-zero interns made me shake beneath my scrubs. Yet this July, like every July before it, I reached month’s end with a sense of elation. Far from getting worse care, I feel that in many ways, patients may in fact receive some of the best care during this maligned month. When medical students get their degrees and start working as interns in July, they make a big transition from being students to practitioners. Over the course of their internships, they gain a lot of medical know-how, yet what they truly master is the hospital machinery. They become better at using the computer system, they learn where all the restrooms are, they learn who to call to get stuff done. While they learn a whole lot more about clinical medicine, trainees also lose something equally important yet much less easily quantifiable. Fresh interns are fascinated by medicine and are interested in their patients in a way that hardened practitioners are not. Just a few weeks ago, I had a patient who had recently been enveloped in the throes of Huntington’s disease — a hereditary disease that results in early dementia and death. Almost like clockwork, as soon as he turned 56, much like other family members who had since passed away, he became severely delirious. He became paranoid to the extent that he stopped eating, thinking his food was poisoned. One of my interns, who was just days into her training, found a solution to his refusal to eat. The intern started to have lunch with the patient. She would divide his meal and have half herself and leave the rest for him. Perhaps this was not the most efficient thing to do, but there was something truly special about that interaction that couldn’t be tabulated. At the heart of fear over the July effect lies the assumption that more experience leads to better care and fewer errors. However, one article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2005 showed that quality of care in fact dropped in relation to the length of a practitioner’s experience. Medical errors, while frequently due to a lack of knowledge, occur mostly because of system-based issues — such as a computer system without adequate safety checks — as well as provider burnout. If anything, I find myself being much more vigilant in July when I am supervising new interns than I am at other times of the year. Newer interns are also more likely to run their decisions by their supervising resident or attending doctor than interns who feel more confident about their ability. The fact is, the July effect has only been demonstrated in a few studies, with a majority of studies showing no significant rise in mortality in July. Those who warn patients about the July effect perhaps don’t understand just how many people are involved in carrying out a simple task in the hospital. A single antibiotic order is vetted by a resident, approved by an infectious disease specialist, released by a pharmacist, and administered by a nurse. This diffusion of responsibility offsets any effect that a new intern might have in the grander scheme of things. Further diluting any possible July effect, residency classes actually now start working in mid-to-late June instead of July 1 and programs such as mine go the extra mile to ensure new interns are as oriented as possible. Residency training should be redesigned to train more efficient physicians who retain the curiosity and humanity so particular to medical students and fresh interns. At the end of a busy call night just a few days ago, I was trying to wrap up my day but I couldn’t find one of my interns. Was she still working on a note, or completing an admission order set, or being interrogated by a nurse for an error she had made? I walked down the empty hallway to find her leaning over the bedside of one of her patients. It was 11 p.m., and I was worried about trying to get the team home. But she seemed to be in no rush, as she held the patient’s hand and talked with her as the night ticked away. Dr. Haider Javed Warraich is a resident at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  14. Thought this was interesting...and awesome. PA is U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Medical Director Meet Kyle Wilkens, MS, PA-C, L-ATC PA Kyle Wilkens, a 2007 University of Utah PA program grad, has a vital role to play in the Sochi Olympics – he’s the medical director of the U.S. Skiing and Snowboarding Association (USSA). As such, he and USSA Chief Physician Richard Steadman, MD, manage the care of the U.S. athletes competing in skiing and snowboarding. USSA is part of Team USA. Wilkens oversees the health and well being of these athletes. Named USSA medical director in 2010, he works fulltime at USSA’s Utah-based Center of Excellence training center and manages the medical providers who travel the world with USSA athletes. Recently, you may have seen Wilkens quoted in stories about how the USSA, and Team USA, is breaking ground by being the first association to have a neurologist on staff to evaluate and treat concussions during the Winter Olympics.
  15. Howdy, Looking for Navy PA's with experience (preferably recent) serving with 2nd Marine Division. Getting assigned there after school & I have a few questions. Hit me up via PM, please. Thanks.
  16. But so far they haven't revoked my graduation. Holy cow..now onto the PANCE and a full time job.
  17. I noticed all the threads regarding people having troubles finding shadowing opportunities, so I thought I would recommend a solution. Take this as advice and not a fix all solution (although it did work for everyone else that tried it). For a mere $75 investment, you can get a 12 month affiliate membership to AAPA.org. With this membership, it allows access to the nationwide member directory. Do a search for the members with in a diameter (ex: 10 miles) from your zip. It will then pull up ALL the PAs who are members with AAPA for that area. It gets better! They also include the school they graduated, email address (important), current job, etc. From here, you can use this info to contact the PAs via email for shadowing opportunities. To put into perspective, I contacted approx 15 PAs who graduated from the two schools where I was applying to (ATSU and MWU in AZ). All of them repsonded and offered to help in one way or the other. About 4-5 said they couldn't have shadows due to company policy, but were more than happy to answer any questions I had. The others were all willing to allow shadows. I ended up shadowing 5 and 1 of those even offered to write me a letter of recommendation after we had spent so much time together. In addition, you can also add this membership to your application. Not sure it helps in any way, but it is still showing a monetary committment to becoming a PA. So, in my opinion, this was well worth the $75 dollar investment.
  18. Hello, I'm a second year college student and I'm very interested in learning more about the Physician Assistant field. I would like to speak with students who have already been accepted to get an idea of how the PA student lifestyle is, as well as advice for a Pre-PA student. As for shadowing, I would like to shadow someone, in any speciality, for however many hours/days as possible. If you're in the Raleigh/Durham/Cary, NC area, contact me and I'll greatly appreciate it! Thank you, Yasmin A.
  19. I'm looking for a PA to shadow in the general Seattle area. I'd prefer the Woodinville area or something in the north sound or eastside, but would be happy with anything in the general Puget Sound area. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  20. Hi, my name is Jenny and I currently have straight A's in all of my P.A. pre-req classes, and am down to finishing my final 5 classes which will be completed next fall. So far I have about 45 shadowing hours, but really want to get at least 80 prior to April 1st, when I will apply for my P.A. programs. If possible, I will have a lot of time in December to shadow, but can also make myself available once the spring semester begins as well. So far my shadowing has been in family practice, so I'd really like to mix it up and do some specialties so it is varied. I would greatly appreciate it!!! Kind Regards, Jenny:;-D:
  21. I am looking for PAs in the Chattanooga area to shadow starting at the beginning of January. I would love it to be a weekly thing, but I am pretty flexible as far as scheduling. Does anyone know of PAs I could contact who would be willing to be shadowed? Thanks!
  22. Hello, I graduated 2009 and decided I would apply to PA schools a few months back. I have research experience with the Department of Energy, school research experience, TA experience, I am a certified EMT, and I have prior shadowing experience. If anyone can help me find something I would be greatly appreciative. Thanks!
  23. Brief bio; Extremely Driven Senior in college. Volunteer in the ER at HHA for geriatric patient I have 0 shadowing hours and plan on applying in 2012. Also, I've spent the whole summer looking for a job that will give me PCE with no luck.If your able to help me out with a volunteer position or job, i'll be more than thankful. Thanks again
  24. I've searched this topic quite a bit and haven't had much success in finding info about it, so here goes: How can PAs work with DOs or work in DO practices? I'm sure this goes on, but is it catch as catch can? And what of shadowing opportunities? I feel like most PAs seem to gravitate toward MD practices vs. DO, or is that my perception? Any insight and/or resources would be helpful. Thanks!!
  25. I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia currently working at East Georgia Regional. I am very much interested in becoming a PA and I am looking for shadowing opportunities in the southeast region of the state [however I would be willing to drive to other parts of the Georgia]. If you are a PA who wouldn't mind me tagging along for a bit, please feel free to email (sara05@uga.edu) or call (912-682-4506) at your leisure. Thank you! Sara
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