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3 Ways NP Programs Should Be More Like PA Programs

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants work in very similar settings and in many cases are even used interchangeably. In the emergency department where I work, for example, NPs and PAs are hired for the same positions without a preference among management for one over the other. Although these medical providers work alongside each other performing the same job responsibilities and with similar scopes of practice, there are a few ways the nurse practitioner and physician assistant education looks different. 

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Advice for Future Physician Assistants You Can't Afford to Ignore

By Physician Assistant In-Progress Meghan Kayan

In my past blog posts I’ve preached of the importance of doing your research in order to truly understand what you’re getting yourself into. Going into the physician assistant profession isn’t something that you just do. It takes a lot of work and dedication in order to become a certified PA. 

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The Black List: States with the Lowest Physician Assistant Salaries

When you're looking for a job as a physician assistant or evaluating a potential career change, salary is a major consideration. Will furthering your education be worth the cost? If you are relocating for a position, will you be able to afford to live in your new locale? Working through the dollars and cents of your next career move is a must. 

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Find Your Ideal Physician Assistant Program with Campus Tours

By Future Physician Assistant Meghan Kayan

As all students know, college searches can be an extremely stressful time. The idea of having to find a school that is the perfect fit for you before you even attend seems almost impossible. However, touring and researching is something that has helped most students (and myself), discover their dream school and some even discover a new home.

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Explore Your Career Options with Professional Conferences

By Aspiring Physician Assistant Meghan Kayan

Each year the American Association of Physician Assistants, or AAPA, hosts a five day long conference for certified PAs, current PA students, and people looking to learn more about what is going on in the physician assistant field. The conference is held each May and the location varies from year to year. This May 2015 I was lucky enough to attend the conference in San Francisco, California.

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Balancing College Life and a Future Healthcare Profession

By Aspiring Physician Assistant Meghan Kayan

It's no surprise that the curriculum for college students looking forward to post baccalaureate medical fields is strenuous. Admidst the stress of wanting to get into a good school and trying to make Dean's list every semester, extracurricular activities and social lives can get put on the back-burner and sometimes completely forgotten. However, as a rising "super senior" I'm here to warn undergrads that a better balance may be in order. 

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Sun, Fun and...Direct Patient Care Hours

By MidlevelU Intern and Aspiring Physician Assistant Meghan Kayan

As we near mid-April, with each passing day the end of the semester is approaching more quickly than any student would like to realize. The relief that classes will be ending and the stress of homework and exams may be paused temporarily, but another obstacle must be tackled-what do I do with my free time over the summer?

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Student Loan Repayment Programs for Physician Assistants

If you've recently graduated from a physician assistant program- congratulations! You've got a bright future ahead of you in regards to your career. Now, about that debt... The excitement you feel about finally finishing your PA program is probably tempered by anxiety over the large sum of money you borrowed to finance your education and now must pay back. Overcoming student loan debt isn't easy, but fortunately there are a few (often lucrative) programs out there that can help. 

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5 Reasons You Were Rejected from Your PA Program (and How to Fix Them)

It's worse than getting picked last in gym class. It hurts more than getting the cold shoulder from your crush. It's getting that skinny envelope in the mail- the one containing a rejection letter from your physician assistant program of interest. If you've been rejected from a physician assistant program this year, there are a few things you can do to beef up your application for round two. The first step to take? Figure out where your initial application fell short. 

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Working for a Large Hospital System: Weighing the Pros and Cons

I've always fancied myself a small hospital or independent clinic kind of girl. My first nurse practitioner jobs were in walk-in and urgent care clinics where I interacted with the physician owners almost daily. Any question or concern I had went straight to the top of the administration chain. Or, rather, there was no chain. 

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18 NP Student Stereotypes: Which One are You?

It seems like no matter where and when you go to school and how old you are or how advanced your degree, somehow the students are all the same. There's always an over-sharer, a confrontationist, and a know-it-all. You know the type. 

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Prescribing Controlled Substances Responsibly: An Attorney's Advice

Do you ever wonder as you write a prescription how many controlled substances is too many? What number of prescriptions will cause you to be red flagged as an over prescriber? Whenever I write a prescription for a codeine-containing cough syrup or a narcotic pain killer, a little alarm bell sounds in my head. 

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