Paramedic or P.A. school?

JPINFV

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You obviously haven't met very many PAs.
this is a popular topic because the original PAs were medics trained by physician to provide rural primary care. So no, they are not 2 completely different fields.
Barbers and surgeons are pretty much the same thing, right? After all, historically surgeons were barbers.
 

Ewok Jerky

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Barbers and surgeons are pretty much the same thing, right? After all, historically surgeons were barbers.
C'mon now, we are talking 40 years ago not 4000. They aren't "the same thing" but they aren't "2 completely different fields" either.
 

Ewok Jerky

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If you're looking at PAs in the sense of emergency medicine or critical care, sure, but you're ignored the possibility of an OB or family or sports medicine PA. You're right, I haven't met many PAs. But I do know that the profession is really seeing light now adays and the "original PAs" are finding competition it becomes more saturated with providers.
I have no idea what you were trying to say:cool:
Actually a CC or EM PA is more likely to have a physician looking over their shoulder than a PA working in primary care/ FM, OB, or ortho.
 

irishboxer384

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Barbers and surgeons are pretty much the same thing, right? After all, historically surgeons were barbers.
Id say there's more chance of a PA being allowed to do a job similar to a paramedic nowadays than letting a barber in the OR mate...
 

Brandon O

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Nooo idea what this thread is about anymore...
 

Remi

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As a ER P.A you will be doing the same motor skills as a Paramedic. A good Paramedic can diagnose just as well as a P.A can.
Paramedic = PA? These are some wild assed claims here.....

I disagree on both points you make here. I know several Paramedics who are brilliant.
So do I. I also know several PA's who are brilliant. What does that prove?

I saw a P.A fumble through clearing someone off a backboard and i cringed, you can have all the medical knowledge in the world,

Is this really the quality of evidence that you want to use to support your argument?

Have you really never seen a
paramedic fumble through anything?
 

wtferick

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currently an emt for an ift company for about a year, i love being on an ambulance. The ER setting to me seems stressful.

Like everyone else has said. work on an ambulance and see if you enjoy it.

Not everyone enjoys being in an ambulance and would rather work at a hospital, vise versa and so on.
 

Remi

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The best Physicians, PA's and Nurses I've come across have been medics and spent significant time on the truck. Just sayin...
That's because many of the physicians, PA's, and nurses you know just happen to have been medics and spent significant time on the truck. We call that "selection bias".

Plus, what qualifies one to determine "the best" physicians, PA's, and nurses? How can one judge a profession that they themselves are unqualified for?
 
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TattooedNay

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Never claimed to be accurate. It was just an opinion. Sorry. You're right, I'm wrong, you win the internet.
 
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