Friday, September 11, 2009

Applying for New York State PA license

Either you are just finished your education in Physician Assistant Studies or you are looking to practice in New York state for the first time, this guide will go through the steps needed to get your license.

By now you should be familiar with the website, where you applied for the NCCPA board exam and will be logging your CME's and other tasks. At the website, there is a link to at the top navigation bar for "resources." Once your at resources, click State Licensing Boards on the left navigation area.

This will bring up a page with list of all 50 states Licensing boards. Find and proceed to "New York Office of the Profession" link.
The first page you see will show the requirements for PA Licensing which includes good moral conduct, fulfillment of education and exam requirements, and over 21 yrs old.

Find the application forms link for Physician Assistant on the left side as shown in the picture.

Once you click on the application link, you will see form 1 for NY state licensure, which requires a check made payable to New York State Education Department.

In addition, you will need to have the application notarized by a Notary Public (most banks have one available for no charge call and ask).

You will also need a recent wallet sized picture that needs to be attached to the application.
If you had any other licenses/certification, you have to fill out form 3 and send it to those organization to have them.

**Make sure there are not mistakes, and everything is filled out completely. There are nightmare stories of how people have had their application delayed for months due to minor mistakes, and never finding out about it.

How to succeed in physician assistant PA school

By Kevin1533

Make sure you manage your time (Easier said than done)

Spend at least 1-2hr each night reviewing lightly the topics that were discussed in class. Then spend about 1hr reviewing tomorrows topic. It will allow you to get the most out of the lectures, and plus you can participate and look smart :)

Preparing for the exams.

The goal of every PA program is to have you pass the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certification Exam)provided by NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) after you graduate. Therefore, when they test your knowledge after each topic, they base their question on the NCCPA board exam. The best way to prepare yourself is to read board exam study guides and questions.

On the left side bar are some of the popular Physician Assistant board review books, you will end up buying when you begin preparing for your boards at the end of your 2nd and final year of PA school. Looking back I wish I had access to the books early as it would have definitely help me to focus on relevant material.

Practical Exams

The instructor will ask the student to perform specific physical exams from a specific topic such as abdominal exam or neurological exam. As you advance further in Physician Assistant school, these exam will be more scenario based as you are given a short description of a patient history and be asked to perform necessary exams to come to a diagnosis.

You will be required to get the "Bates" book on physical exam and history taking, which is the "bible" on this topic and all physician assistant and medical schools require students to purchase the book.

The book also comes with a CD with video instructions on each physical exam so that you can review the material that you might have forgotten from class or are unsure of.

Clinical Rotation

Don't freak out about these too much. As long as you know how to take a history and do a basic physical exam, your preceptor wont expect you to know it all, and be more than willing to teach.

If you want to really impress, read up on the rotation topic; if its family medicine read up common illness and the causes such as ear infections and common cold. Unless you are rotating in surgery, I don't think you will need an extra book.

For the surgery rotation, the must have book everyone will recommend is Surgical Recall, which is a question-answer quick review book on most commonly "pimped" questions during surgical morning rounds. If you review the material on a specific operation before scrubbing in, you can really impress the attending doctor and residents, who will likely be asking you questions related to the case.