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    CaribPA is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Carribean med graduate-PA

    I'm a carribbean medical graduate, didn't match for a couple years and tired of trying and waiting, so now I'm in PA school. Is there anyone out there in my situation that was able to match in FM after working as an FM PA?

    I want to practice in FM, either as an MD or PA. I'm wondering if the experience as a PA in FM will help get in residency in FM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmobile View Post
    There are many FMG's who work as PA's in Texas. usually the reason is that they have not completed/passed USMLE. if I were them i would become a monk for several months, take a Kaplan review and PASS! Why waste time going to PA school? You will be the work-horse for a licensed MD who will be making 2-3X what you do. MD's prefer to hire PA's over FNP's because they know they cannot leave, start their own practice and compete with them.
    I found the link:

    Eligibility for Licensure as a PA

    Eligibility (Texas
    )

    • Successful completion of an educational program for physician assistants or surgeon assistants accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or by that committee's predecessor or successor entities
    • Passage of PANCE within 6 attempts
    • NCCPA Certification
    • Any health care licenses held not subject to any type of disciplinary action
    • Good moral and professional character
    • Mentally and physically able to function safely as a PA
    • Passage of the jurisprudence (JP) exam

    Eligibility for Licensure as a PA

    In order to get a PA license you have to pass the NCCPA certification, if you go to their website:
    NCCPA: PANCE

    It states, "**Even if you have earned a medical degree from another country, you must still graduate from an accredited PA program to take PANCE."

    Basically, that program of FMG's challenging the PA stopped years ago. there may still be folks practicing today that were part of that "old" program but from my research no one does it anymore.

    However, there is a pathway for the Orthopedic Physician Assistant if an FMG has five years in ortho.

    http://www.asopa.org/sections/certification.php

    There are only two states that license OPA's New York and Tennessee and they do not have prescriptive authority! Orthopedic Surgeons can hire OPA's in other states that don't have license if they are under direct supervision.

    The route you are describing sounds more like Physicians are hiring FMGs to be medical assistants or surgical assistants. These roles do not have the scope to diagnose and prescribe like a PA.
    Last edited by leadsled; 11-10-2012 at 07:12 AM.

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    No, not to my knowledge. They work as PA's, but do not call themselves so since they are not licensed. They are more likely interested in completing MD licensure than going back to school to do t same thing they are doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmobile View Post
    No, not to my knowledge. They work as PA's, but do not call themselves so since they are not licensed. They are more likely interested in completing MD licensure than going back to school to do t same thing they are doing.
    If they work as a PA but do not have nor use the title of "PA" because they are not licensed, then the best term is Medical Assistant or simply Assistant! If they call themselves "Doctor", then they are practicing medicine without a license! Ultimately, the supervising physician is 100% responsible for the actions of unlicensed persons he or she employs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadsled View Post
    If they work as a PA but do not have nor use the title of "PA" because they are not licensed, then the best term is Medical Assistant or simply Assistant! If they call themselves "Doctor", then they are practicing medicine without a license! Ultimately, the supervising physician is 100% responsible for the actions of unlicensed persons he or she employs!
    Yeah this sounds very sketchy!

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