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  1. lucy2018

    Duties on Rotations

    I have recently started a rotation at an ER. I am being asked to do lots of EKGs, transport patients to the floor, put them in gowns, getting blankets, helping them with bed pans and changing diapers. I'm not above these tasks, but I'm just not sure if this is the norm. I'm being assigned way more of these duties than getting to see patients or perform procedures. Has anyone else had a similar experience in an ER? TIA
  2. Hello, I am a future PA student and am curious about other opinions on this very important topic. With current and probable future healthcare reforms, what do you see as the benefits, repercussions, and changes on the PA job outlook? I ask this questions from a professional point of view and am not looking for arguments on political stands. Thanks for your input and I am curious to see your take on things. I will start with my own understanding. President Trump has been making changes to slowly weaken Obamacare as his health reform has not been approved. President trump would like to create a healthcare plan for the young and healthy that would be more affordable and less coverage. While this makes sense and many healthy individuals would save money, I see this reshaping healthcare. With more young and healthy having less coverage, I see ER visits and urgent care clinics drastically increasing as many will not have scheduled appointments for their various medical issues. This would cause an increase in demand for PAs in these settings. From what I have been reading, the premiums for those that stay on Obamacare would quickly increase, possibly making their healthcare un-affordable. President Trump has some "pre-existing conditions" that would keep individuals from the young and healthy plan such as pregnancy, abortion, and having had mental health counseling or treatment to name a few. I have also been reading that President Trump would like to extend the short term health plans from 90 days to up to a year. These plans would originally created to fill gaps in coverage, but allowing the increase to a year would have an even more immediate jump in premiums for those who remain on ACA as discussed before. These are all changes that have been occurring or are predicted to occur. Thank you for your input and please discuss any other changes that I did not mention.
  3. Hey, everyone, figured I'd start a new thread for this year's accepted students! My name is Diana, and I can't wait to meet everyone in August :)
  4. what pa program are you in and what's your profile like? I am still an undergrad student and I would want to be (extra) well-prepared for PA school. I have looked at multiple uni's programs, but since I'm in california, I'd like to stay local. I was looking at usc's. anybody in usc's program? gpa? GRE score? HRE? curious. thank you.
  5. Any PA students planning to attend the SEMPA 360 conference in San Diego this week? If so, we should meet up!
  6. EDITED: See below. In short, this could be titled "Student Needs Not So Many Clinical Hours, It Seems To Me Based on What I Know at This Point." I've agreed to take on an NP student for the fall semester. This person attends a state school somewhat nearby. Sometime between early September and early December, she needs 150 hours. Actually 100, since it sounds like the program person and the student have agreed she'll do 50 hours in the student clinic. Even with my part-time schedule, with 2 weenie 4-hour evening shifts per week and regular shifts every other weekend, I calculated we could do about 195 hours in that span of time. I know I'm a grumpy old man, but unless I find out she is also doing something else that feeds her DNP-level education at the same time (and by that, I don't mean working as an RN, sorry) I'm getting ready to get my frowny face on about this. I routinely did six-week rotations at 35-45 hours per week when I was in school, so 100 hours is less than 2 weeks worth of training, as far as I'm concerned. And it's not like my clinic is terribly busy, so at least some of those hours are going to be spent chatting about this and that, and not seeing patients at all. Curious, I looked up the DNP program in question: http://www.uwec.edu/academics/graduate-programs/dnp.cfm <EDIT: Later in the thread, this caused some trouble. Basically, it's more like 75-ish credit hours from BSN to DNP, and I haven't looked into how other programs in that university system compare, credit-wise. I really wish I had stuck to the 150-hour clinical thing, but if I deleted this now it would all look weird and make no sense.> Check out those Core Courses. Take a BSN, give him or her 30 hours (!) of classes, then set them loose for another 20 credits of clinicals, and hey presto, you have a clinician. One who, in Minnesota, doesn't even need physician oversight anymore. Damn, I had 22 credits per semester in summer, in my program. 26 to 28 credits per semester during didactic year. I've recently resolved to up my game in terms of precepting, so I'll do what I can to give this student a useful and interesting experience, but part of me thinks I will be grading very stringently and maybe even assigning a bunch of extra work, just because I'm amazed at how few credit hours - and how few clock hours - are involved at all steps of the process here. I'm also not crazy about how you can't use the Web to see what the required rotations are, how long they last, how many credits are awarded for each, etc. It's not just me, right? That's weird? Please tell me that's weird. For comparison, here's my school's page: http://www.rosalindfranklin.edu/Degreeprograms/PhysicianAssistant/Curriculum.aspx Aside from just venting, I'm also wondering about advice. Those of you who have precepted students for a while, do you have any techniques you like to use to make sure they're learning? I've had 4 or 5 NP or PA students over the past few years, but I'd like to kick it up a notch and get good. Since my schedule is so light, I feel like assigning homework and making them do little presentations is totally fair game. I'm still a fairly "cake" rotation, I have no doubt of that.
  7. I just finished precepting a student. She did fine, no major concerns. On the last day she said thank you and handed me a sealed envelope. Later, at home, I opened it and it was a nice little card -- with a $40 Amazon code. My organization's code of conduct says that gift cards are the same as cash, and I can't accept gifts from vendors, drug reps, patients, or "others." There's nothing specific to students. So, it was a lovely thought, and I believe the student meant well, but... awkward. Especially since the evaluation has yet to be completed. Feels kind of like the Vikings: 85-yard drive, fumble on the 3 yard line. Has anything like this happened to you? I have a pretty good idea about how to proceed (document document document, politely return it, don't make a big deal of it on the evaluation) so this is less for advice and more for discussion.
  8. maspiker

    Study Tools

    http://download.figure1.com/fall2015?m=mkspiker - this is a link for Figure1 http://www.uptodate.com/contents/search is also a pretty good tool, but you have to have a subscription OR your school may have one. Figure1 is a pretty good App for your phone. I use this to get some visuals for diseases and disease states that may not be so common in the clinics I live around! I'd suggest checking it out if you're interested in seeing some fun and interesting cases! Also, this is a great study tool that I use every now and then! Worth a try, love it or hate it!
  9. Hello, I am currently a first year PA student at Arcadia University in Philadelphia. Originally from Pittsburgh, I am interested in going home for a rotation or two at the end of my clinical year (~Dec-June, 2014). I am a very hard worker, would bring positive energy and am fascinated by all types of medicine. If you are interested in teaching, just let me know and we can see if it would work out. Thank you! -T.Y.
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