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  1. Hey all, Currently a EM-PA resident at U of Iowa (click here for my ongoing thread on that) and doing a rotation at the state poison control center in Sioux City. Besides having a blast learning from the experts in the wild world of tox, the director and I have been talking about then possibly employing PAs in the poison control center as Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs). I just wanted to get a quick gauge of interest in this type of job. Basically, you function as a remote consultant to hospitals and the public that call in needing help with tox/overdose/envenomation cases, and get pretty specialized knowledge in toxicology that puts you light-years ahead of just about anyone else in the medical community. Currently there's not really a clinical aspect. The governing body, American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), has recently written new policy enabling PAs to become certified specialists (C-SPIs), along with RNs, PharmDs, and MD/DOs. The Iowa Poison Control Center currently employs PharmDs, a board-certified toxicologist (MD), and many RNs with this certification, and they're interested in broadening their approach to staffing. The general progression is you get hired, then work (supervised) for ~2 years as a SPI, and then become certified (C-SPI) which the center helps facilitate. I believe there's one further certification from the American Board of Applied Toxicology, after which you can call yourself a Clinical Toxicologist. Now, it may seem a little odd that there's one certification for different provider levels. But as the world of tox is pretty small, I don't think it made administrative sense to stratify certifications even more than they are. However, from what I've gathered, the compensation and benefits do track significantly with your background degree. Anyway, just trying to gauge interest in the idea. To be clear, this is not a job posting, and I don't have any details of what this kind of job pays. If you're really interested, PM me and I can point you in the right direction.
  2. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is proud to announce the newest addition to its medical education programs. The UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency is accepting applications for the 2018 application cycle. This 18 month post-graduate program is designed to prepare PAs to practice in a variety of emergency medicine environments. We will be accepting 2 residents in 2018. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2018. Rotations include: Trauma Critical Care Burn Orthopedics Dermatology Ophthalmology Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Toxicology Radiology Emergency Ultrasound Anesthesia EMS Resuscitation courses include: ACLS, ATLS, BLS, PALS 18-month stipend: $90,000 Full Benefits Paid attendance at SEMPA 360, SEMPA's annual conference Our state-of-the-art ED at Community Regional Medical Center serves as the only Level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Center for Central California, and handles an annual ED volume of over 110,000. For more information, please see the attached flyer. Website: http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/emergency-medicine-physician-assistant/ Email: em.pa.residency@fresno.ucsf.edu Residency Flyer.pdf
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