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What, in your experience, is more helpful for an end career goal in the ED/UC/FM: a specialized surgical position with outpt and inpt components or a medical position that is mainly inpt and a little bit of outpt and no procedures but is also specialized and caters to a subset of patients?

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5 hours ago, chitown said:

What, in your experience, is more helpful for an end career goal in the ED/UC/FM: a specialized surgical position with outpt and inpt components or a medical position that is mainly inpt and a little bit of outpt and no procedures but is also specialized and caters to a subset of patients?

I’m confused: you want to end your career in ED/UC/FM and want to know what position will be more helpful to reach that goal? 

In my experience (and this is totally anecdotal) but the surgical PAs who I’ve worked with in the ER are usually very uncomfortable with anything but the Softball appy/Chole, lacs and I&Ds. So far 3 of 3 have gone back to surgery. 

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I'm also a little confused. End-career goal, as in when you are nearing retirement, you'd like to finish out in ED/UC/FM? Or end-career goal as in you'd ultimately like to work long-term in ED/UC/FM?

Why not just start out with a position in ED/UC/FM?

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If you meant to say your goal of eventually landing an Ed/UC gig then I’d say probably medical. You see a lot of things in the ED and knowing what sick looks like and critical things to rule out helps tremendously in ED setting. Having a solid foundation will take you far. 

 

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