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  1. Been there, but not in medicine at the time. From my experience, no one can really help, like giving you sealed orders with your next job inside. I say that married to a woman with a masters in counseling. I used to tease her to help me. Once you are way off track, all you feel is lost and in the wrong world. At least I knew I was in the right family and we weren’t starving. From there, I just tried stuff, taking the smallest steps possible to see how they made me feel and without putting my family on the street. I spent a day with people who had jobs I thought I’d be interested in. I too
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  2. Hello all and congrats to everyone who was invited to interview for MEDEX Seattle on Sept 26. I am looking forward to meeting you all on interview day. This is my second year applying and last year, some of us met up the night before just to talk and get to know each other. I found it helpful and I think we all went into the interviews a little more relaxed. Those of us who are local could answer questions about living in Seattle, for those who might be moving here soon. If you would like to meet up for happy hour on the 25th, there is a nice little place within walking distance of the hot
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  3. The dual program is great- the interview process is the same. However during your 1:1 you’ll have a public health professor also sitting in on your interview. They award ~6 seats to dual students. In regards to how it works you’ll do a year of public health courses fall, spring, and summer and have about a week off until pa starts.
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  4. Despite potential pitfalls, salary can be a sword that cuts both ways. If your office doesn’t work nights, weekends, holidays, after (say) 5PM, or have any mechanism in place for anyone to be on call, then sometimes you benefit from getting paid for more than you work. Call isn’t my thing. Not having it has driven that home for me. Don’t care how easy it is, or how rare it’s utilized, or even how much it pays (it’s never enough). The gigs that pay $48k per year are rare enough that I’ll never get them, and the lower they pay, the bigger the struggle to decide when the turning point is wh
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  5. I have had this happen, um... twice, maybe, in seven years of practice. They get to go talk to reception to get put on a physician's schedule at some future point, and I get the time back.
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  6. How would I answer that in a interview? I’ll let you figure out how you would handle it. How do I actually do it? It’s never happened, but I would tell them it’s a single coverage hospital. I’m it. If they would like someone else they can drive 30 minutes south.
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  7. I think they will be sending them out this week; most likely Tuesday or Wednesday.
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  8. If you want to learn more about cardiology and want to visit Napa, Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta puts on a cardiology conference in Napa in June every year. Really great topics.
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  9. Hi everyone!! I received an interview invite for 9/20. Look forward to meeting anyone who will be there!
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  10. Just received an interview invitation as well! October 1st for me. See you there FutureBostonPA88! I'm actually currently living in Boston haha. Good luck! Under Review July 20th.
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  11. I don’t think it’s a requirement since it’s their graduate day with all their programs. I live 90 mins away so I will probably attend it.
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  12. Contact APACVS as their general meeting most likely has a critical care section and all of their education, like SEMPA's is superior. I would also consider in the future being an associate member of the American college of surgeons. During my presidency of AASPA and my work as the AAPA Liaison to the ACC, I was able to get this benefit for PAs. when becoming a member, you attend their entire CME conference for fifty dollars. I don't know for sure if the price changed.
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  13. Try AASPA Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
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  14. Uhg the anticipation is killing me
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  15. Just received an interview invitation for September 13-14! I look forward to meeting everyone hope you guys got good news today too!
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  16. Time for an update. After SNICU I got super busy moonlighting and my ED schedule was all over the place. SNICU was a good experience. It’s a “open” unit and the SNICU team is separate from the primary team. So you essentially got to see how several different services manage different problems. Like doing multiple off service rotations in one. Learned so much about head bleeds, ventilators, multisystem trauma. Lots of lines to put in. It got to a point I moan and roll my eyes when I would have to do a arterial line. Personally I think these are incredibly easy, at least when using ultrasou
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  17. Had a new experience this morning. Narcotic OD biba, was stable and protecting airway so didnt narcan him until after we got head CT. Considered half-dose, but went full dose. He woke up pissed off and cursing at us as expected. But then he took out his keyring and frantically opened up his two pill-fobs searching for his next hit right in front of us! Fortunately they were both empty. Dont know what I would have done had he poured out a hit of fentanyl and snorted it in front of us.
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  18. Yes and no. You patient load is OK though maybe a bit heavy for your specialty. The rest is utter nonsense. You should have a nurse, MA, or office assistant rooming patients, documenting mammos etc. Not only is the practice wasting money by paying the high dollar help to do these things it is insulting to you as the PA. Does the surgeon do this? Does he/she have a nurse and/or a clerk? You don't need to answer. I already know. I'd approach this from 2 directions. I'd start with the amount of money being wasted while you do office chores when you could be seeing patients. The other is simp
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  19. Yes and the biggest problem in this scenario is your SP. If he/she blows in the wind like that based on who called last or made the most noise then that is a big problem. It needs to be worked out and your SP needs to put on his big boy panties and be the physician. If he wants to talk about team he needs a better understanding of what that means and undermining each other, with his tacit and explicit consent and participation, isn't it. DISCLAIMER: I am not a psych guy. The physician admitting a patient and then discharging the patient having never seen the patient seems like a perfect l
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  20. I totally agree, it does make it really hard if you count on your benefits. I know I am super fortunate that my spouse is military and we have Tricare. I really wish there were better options for everyone. I am 1099 for one position and W2 for the other, and I think the thing I enjoy the most is that I call the shots completely on my schedule and I don't feel like I am "owned" by any one employer. It has taken me 15 years to get to this place though.
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  21. Many of us have felt as you do, I have struggled with burnout for at least the last few years, if not more. A couple things that can help I think if you can manage to find this type of position and afford to take these measures. Cut back to part time Find a lower acuity clinical position Now I am working one day a week in clinic and doing insurance reviews from home. Unfortunately the insurance review position is dependent on the doc I am helping. I help him organize the reviews, I do not actually have the final say. This is not something that PAs can do on their ow
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  22. As mentioned this topic comes up routinely, the short answer is not much can be done with your degree outside of seeing patients. Physicians enjoy the laterality that comes with the 'MD'--authorship, consulting, pharm, business ventures. Not to say those are turn-key options but they are available. I know of at least 2 consulting firms that specialize in getting physicians non-medical jobs. I have looked into it and there are some non-clinical gigs out there for us---device rep for companies like Medtronic (highly competitive), teaching at CC or PA programs, and quasi-clinical jobs l
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  23. I'm 10-6 M-Th, 7:30-4 F during the school year. I get 30" M-Th, and 60" on F for lunch to go sit in my vehicle and catch a quick snooze, eat lunch, and listen to sports talk radio. Now I'm not getting the $130-140K (>$100K though) that others are but at my stage there is no need for that much (or the time requirement to obtain it). No call, weekends, or holidays and an auto week off built in week of 7/4 and two weeks during the Christmas holidays. All in a snot/cough, rash, UTI, school athletic PE clinic. During the teacher "off-season", we're M-Th 7:30-4:00 with plenty of time to
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  24. I would ask for higher base salary right off the top. 100k after 2 years and seeing consistently over 20 patients a day should be more at around 115-120k. If you had your productivity numbers you would know you are making them a good bit of money. Seems like most GI PAs in our area are around 120k. For weekend call I have seen all different set ups suggested, I recently interviewed for a GI position and for the weekends they offer a shift differential of $25 more per hour, this is on top of your base rate. They also give the PAs two days during the week after off so they are not working f
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  25. I know a CT PA making over 350k per year. He works like a dog though and I couldnt handle the load he carries on a daily basis.
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  26. Yes! My first EM job will definitely allow me to hit that number with a modicum of overtime and as time goes on, it will be even easier to hit. I've talked to plenty of my classmates who will be making well over 100K a year out of school, in many different markets and specialties, not just in EM.
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  27. You'd be surprised. There are PAs in the top 10% who are making 150-200K/year. Recently saw a Peds EM PA in NY who made 147K last year pretax.
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