It's my first post here. I was desperate enough to Google and somehow ended up here.
I am a US IMG, last year, good rank (and once was first of my year on IM rotation), Step 1 done...
I am looking for a US clinical experience (a hands on elective rotation). I like IM, with all passion, and almost all subspecialties (and especially ID). I don't mind any subspecialty really, they all excite me haha.
I literally tried everything... I always end up with either an observership (which is not really nicely considered for the match), or just getting ignored.
I emailed a lot of doctors and hospitals, it seems like there's no use.
I know companies like AMO and those exist, but many say they're shady, many say you don't really do anything, and most importantly they're expensive for very lowly ranked hospitals. I don't mind a place with no particular rank, but doesn't make sense to pay that much money for something that should be free.
I am ready to pay my own insurance.
I'm out of time as my elective is due in like 3 months (and I need paperwork and such...).
I'll pay with coffee, kindness, smart questions, daily compliments and especially hard work.
Even if it's just hope with no real confirmation, I can try sending an email of my info + CV + motivation letter... And we'll see what happens. My dream is to catch a residency in the US so I could help, with my passion, as much people as I can knowing I did my job in getting fit as a good physician.
UNM EMPA RESIDENCY:
The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine is excited to announce that we are accepting applicants now for our 2020-2021 class. Applications will close Jan 15th, 2020. Our class will start the last week of June, 2018 for an 18-month program for 2 residents. This year we have expanded our eligibility to applicants graduating an ARC-PA accredited program prior to May 31st, 2020. We strive to equip physician assistants with the clinical experiences and didactic teaching that will enable them to practice high-quality, evidence based emergency medicine. Our graduates will have comfort and competence in the care of critically ill patients, the broad scope of emergent presentations, and the skills necessary to be leaders in their profession.
Cirriculum (# of 4 week blocks)
Dedicated Orientation Block (1)
Adult ED, including dedicated longitudinal block in ED Resus Unit (8)
Community ED (1)
Peds ED (2)
Medical ICU (1)
Surgical ICU (1)
Combined US/Anesthesia (1)
$57,000 yearly salary
Access to health, vision, dental, disability insurance with employer matching
Contribution to retirement
Paid travel and registration SEMPA 360 conference
$500 per year CME allowance
ATLS, FCCS, and dedicated airway course in orientation
New Mexico's only level 1 trauma center, academic hospital and children's hospital
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Applications Open: October 1st, 2019
Applications Close: January 15th, 2020
I’ve recently been offered a position as a dialysis tech in an outpatient center. I shadowed the other day and the staff seamed friendly. My main duties would be weighing patients, cannulating them and setting up the machines, drawing labs, and monitoring their vitals throughout treatment. This all would be under the supervisions of an RN. I would work 8 and 10 hour shifts. I was hoping someone who has worked as a dialysis tech or knows someone who has could give me feedback about their experiences. I do already have 2 years experience volunteering as an EMT-A on a fairly busy service and plan on continuing to do so.
I have also been invited to interview for a medical assistant position at an urgent care, but the interview is after the deadline to decide if I’m going to accept the dialysis position.
The pros I see in working as a dialysis tech: Getting to know my patients and their cases. Experience in the chronic disease side of medicine.
Cons: It’s could be repetitive work and I would really only learn about kidney disease.
I am looking for realistic advice on becoming a surgical PA First Assist. I viewed similar topics within this forum but wanted a more personalized response. This will probably be a long post 😅.
Here is a little about my background; I’m a 27yr old currently holding only my GED with a certification as a NA. I’ve worked as a CNA for 3years with 2.5 years working on a post surgical unit at my current hospital. I am transferring to sterile processing next month where I plan to work as I attend a CST program.
I thought this would be a good field to work in since I will be working directly with the surgical instruments and preparing the kits and trays for each surgery throughout the day. I also plan to obtain my CRST ( certified registered sterile technician) by taking the exam after some more experience on my new job. I originally wanted to go to school to be an OR Nurse or go for my CRNA but after being allowed to observe a few surgeries at work realized I’d rather be more hands on during procedures. My end goal then became wanting to be a first assist. After speaking with a coworker currently waiting for admission to PA school about it, they suggested becoming a surgical PA. I’m already starting out so late in life... Is it a waste of time to go through the certification of becoming a Surgical Tech? Is it feasible to start a journey to PA so late? I want to be sure that surgery is for me and more than just an interest so figured being a Surgical Tech would help with my decision...I’ve already taken so many detours on the road to furthering my education. I don’t want to delay any further.
I have also looked into the RNFA route but prefer the flexibility when it comes to specialties being a PA.
All feedback is welcome. Sorry for the long post, and Thanks in advance!
Can anyone tell me hourly rates for ER locums work, particularly for an experienced PA? I have been ER PA for 21 years, negotiating locums 1099 agreement. Current W2 rate is $80/hr
Thx in advance for your reply