Other than that, I don’t see how you use your degree for anything else. In this career quiz, there are 10 questions that will give you a pretty good perspective on whether the career of a Physician Assistant is right for you. This is how it is supposed to work. Typically, her supervising physician would say the same thing as Savanna does to any patients coming in. This sub is open to PAs, MD/DOs, NPs, Nurses, any other medical professional, or even the general public. Be social, chat, joke. I am 1.5 months into my first job. Comments are moderated before they are published. The policy is a four-tier policy based on exposure risk, with hospital and urgent care staff being at the top tiers and then outpatient being third and admin being fourth. PA school decreased the odds of harming patients, but a lot of us lose track that we're helping people. Founded in 2004 by Kevin Pho, MD, KevinMD.com is the web’s leading platform where physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, medical students, and patients share their insight and tell their stories. Genital shrinkage is real. But, as an applicant, my answer to why … It's not that I dont find the science interesting---that's what drew me to it, but the stress and debt kill any shred of joy there could be. Mostly what I have come across on this site is bitterness and burnout and anger. Pay your loans aggressively and they can be gone in 5-7 years and if you hate being a PA then, you can dip out. It is time we make Miranda rights for patients. I'll talk about the daily grind too - hopefully some of it will be interesting. I know a lot of nurses that hated nursing and that’s the route they went. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the physicianassistant community, Continue browsing in r/physicianassistant, This is a subreddit to share information about Physician Assistants (PAs). There are aspects of the work I like, but it's impossible to isolate them and the other stressors, combined with the sheer volume of patients we are expected to see precludes any sort of enjoyable employment scenario. When you factor in the personally fulfilling options of having a choice of locations and specialties, it becomes a more promising option. May 23, 2017. Post a comment, please. I hate medicine, to be honest. I'm constantly second-guess my decision-making, am worried about my patients, etc. In fact, one of the biggest compliments given to Savanna by her physician is she’s basically her. I honestly hate it all. I can handle the majority of cases on my own, including the complex ones, but I know when I need help, and I’m humble enough and trust my physician enough to seek guidance when I have those patients. Although I am still “green” in my career, I feel that there are a hundred reasons why being a Physician Assistant is the greatest. Hey fellow new grad! Very hard to land a gig like this. Being a PA is also about being in the right mindset for helping people. I applied for an MSL role early this year, didn’t get it. Post a comment, please. My classmates seem to either have hit the jackpot with low-stress jobs, or they're all full of shit and just not showing it. I always wind up reading the comments section, and it always leaves me feeling the same way with the same thought: “What has happened?”. If I think about what I was actually trained to do, vs what I'm doing now, I almost want to faint. I read almost everything that I come across. I am a physician who tested positive for COVID-19. I'm glad we're realistic about the way we are feeling. Element of surprise. How do you do that? We need to stop. I'm a very personable and affable individual as well. What has happened to us? Part of being a PA (Physician Assistant) is learning to live with the immense responsibility that comes with having the authority to make high-stakes decisions with our patients. I graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in Zoology. Numbers/time are money. I hate the stress involved. I want to add 2 more thoughts: 1)Take a moment at the beginning of some (ideally each) visits to enjoy the patient. ... On the other side of this question for some years now, I can now easily describe what I love about being a PA and why it was the right choice for me. Sometimes a PA is incorrectly called a physician's assistant, implying that they assist a doctor instead of being a primary care provider in their own right. Dear Pre-Med, This is why I love being a physician assistant: I was pre-med for three years and completed my prerequisites as an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle. Wes Johnson, PA-C For any of us who have known the lonely and cold road to burnout, this makes sense. Here’s why. Physician Some I agree with and some I don’t, but I like that part of the site too. A prison of my own making, no doubt. I haven't even started taking call yet. Medical students deserve the COVID vaccine in the first phase of distribution. One cannot be trained to do much of what a physician can do, and then do it well for 10, 20 or 30 years, and still be an “assistant,” still need “supervision,” which is a word that was picked for us by organized medicine. | Everyone worries when they’re home from work that they screwed up. Everyone doubts their decisions. Skip to main content. While working at the campus health center as a phlebotomist, I met a physician assistant. | June 13, 2016, I like to read. This entire them against me mentality has gotten us absolutely nowhere. I’ve also considered becoming a physician, but given my current age and stage in life, I do not want to spend the eight-plus years it would take to become a physician, complete a two-year fellowship, and then be swamped in debt for $300,000 or more. 7-year PA here. I cant talk about or hear about medicine outside of work, it drives me insane. This is one of the highest earning positions in the healthcare sector. Listening skills go hand-in-hand with being empathetic. What I never agree with is the comments section. The money is pretty good as a PA, but stress and debt make people miserable. If it isn’t, why are we even doing this? I want to be a physician assistant so that I can help in providing patient care for underserved areas where there is a deficit of primary care providers. Yikes. 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