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Article By Sara McCord of The Muse.
“Job searching can be an enigmatic process. For weeks leading up to your interview, you’re basically a private investigator. You research a company before you submit your application. You scope out your potential boss before the big day. You pay close attention to how the interviewer receives your answers—assessing whether or not you should change gears. Then you go home and reflect on the interview as you write a fabulous thank you note.
And then, you’re supposed to do absolutely nothing.
That’s right—the next step is patiently awaiting the hiring manager’s decision. And if you try to put your newly sharpened sleuthing skills to good use, well-meaning friends will advise you to “stop obsessing.” But that’s easier said than done.
Before you start (re)analyzing every potential omen, remember it’s easy to mistake even the most obvious signs.” Read more.
The following is from Jonathan Brach ’13:
“I am taking a free online course right now on population health with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, MA. This week, they have encouraged us to reach out to other health students to encourage them to join the “IHI Open School Improvement Change Agent Network (I-CAN).” The goal of the network is essentially to encourage the next generation of physicians and other healthcare professionals to put a greater focus on population health when treating patients.
IHI also has several awesome free online courses: http://app.ihi.org/lms/home.aspx
I’m happy to answer any questions Midd student have about I-CAN or the IHI too.”
If you have questions for Jonathan, he can be reached via email.
To follow up on our previous post about the rise of popularity of careers as a Physician Assistant, below is some helpful information from the AAPA website on prerequisites and gaining healthcare experience:
Application to PA school is highly competitive.
Look into PA programs you want to apply to as early as your freshman year in college.
You’ll typically need to complete at least two years of college coursework in basic and behavioral sciences before applying to a PA program, which is very similar to premedical studies.
The majority of PA programs have the following prerequisites:
Many PA programs also require prior healthcare experience with hands-on patient care.
You can get healthcare experience by being a (not an exhaustive list):
- Medical assistant
- Emergency medical technician (EMT)
- Medic or medical corpsman
- Peace Corps volunteer
- Lab assistant/phlebotomist
- Registered nurse
- Emergency room technician
- Surgical tech
- Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Most students have a bachelor’s degree and about three years of healthcare experience before entering a program.
Learn more about getting into a PA program:
- Full list of PA programs with requirements (healthcare experience hours, standardized exams, prerequisite coursework, GPA, etc.)
- 5 Tips for Getting Into PA School by Kimberly Mackey, MPAS, PA-C
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The pay of registered nurses — now the third-largest middle-income occupation and one that continues to be overwhelmingly female — has risen strongly along with the increasing demands of the job. The median salary of $61,000 a year in 2012 was 55 percent greater, adjusted for inflation, than it was three decades earlier.
How should physicians of the future eliminate health care disparities and deliver the best patient care? Some schools are beginning to address this weighty question by focusing on the unique needs of underserved populations, workforce diversity and population health.
Three of the 11 schools that received grants through the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative are building innovative education models that specifically address the unique needs of underserved populations.
Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School uses a unique focus, integrating population health into the curriculum of its newly developed Primary Care/Population Health Program. Completion in the program will give medical students a dual MD-MS degree and places importance on the delivery of balanced, innovative medical education that gives appropriate emphasis to both medical knowledge and understanding of population health.
“We believe there is an entirely new set of population health/population medicine knowledge, attitude and skills required by medical students to be able to function in the health care system of tomorrow,” said Jeffrey Borkan, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Brown.
“Population health will also allow a careful consideration of the special needs of each physician’s, and each practice’s, patient panel—how to collect and utilize data and institute system changes that benefit all,” Dr. Borkan said.
At the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, new curricula will place emphasis on rural and underserved populations. The school will continue its mission of training underrepresented minorities, focusing on team-based care and population health. Longitudinal education in quality improvement and population health will be added to the program’s core curriculum.
The University of California Davis School of Medicine is working to develop diverse, highly skilled physicians ready to meet the needs of underserved communities and populations. Collaborative strategies to address workforce gaps in the medical field are part of its model three-year education track, which places emphasis on addressing medically underserved populations, workforce diversity and workforce gaps.
Mark Henderson, MD, residency program director and associate dean for admissions and outreach at UC-Davis, said the Accelerating Change in Medical Education project at that school is specifically choosing students from economically challenged backgrounds in the hopes that these students will work in underserved communities.
“Patients of color or patients from disadvantaged backgrounds feel more comfortable with physicians from their same background,” Dr. Henderson said. “And there’s evidence that physicians from underserved backgrounds are more likely to go work in underserved communities.”
The AMA Minority Affairs Section works to advance similar goals for improving the health of minority populations. The AMA’s Doctors Back to School program reflects the section’s commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and lays the groundwork for future medical students. Physicians and medical students visit schools in their communities, showing kids that more minority physicians are needed in the profession in order to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.
AMA MedEd Update, March 2014