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  1. ddiaz4

    New ER PA, stressing out

    I just fell in love a little
  2. Updates: Everything I wanted was given to me and I sign his contract after two months of negotiation ! If you don't ask you'll never know . If they want you bad enough they will eventually concede to your wishes . I'm sure I got very lucky but I also realize this is in the middle of nowhere which is what I want but not what everyone else might want so there was some give-and-take here but for anyone in a similar situation please don't give up until you at least fight enough for yourself to ask for what you want!! Thank you so much to everyone who put their two cents in I love this community and how everyone Bands together to help out. You guys are the bees knees ! Best of luck to everyone looking for a job right now too!!
  3. Even I dont know. I was told to go ahead with the contract review so I can only assume that means if we can agree to wording then I have the job, so yes? I think with that clause gone it will protect me if they turn out to be a nightmare.... but I'm finding no one who wants to hire new grads at all in my home state and have received only two invitations to interview despite sending many applications in many different states. Im truly scared of not having a job six months out from graduating and dont want to screw myself out of this opportunity. thanks your your reply!!
  4. Ok! That was FUN! Beattie thank you for your guidance! I didnt see it before the actual interview, but very sound advice! The interview went well until the contract was brought up. Then it didn't necessarily go bad, but it got a little strange. The following message might involve reading waaay too much into things, bear with me. Interviewed with the practice owner and with another physician and the practice manager. Two physicians with very different personalities, one very laid back (owner), the other very delving questions... almost a bit good cop, bad cop but in a pleasant way. A few notable points: several locations at this clinic with new grads and the practice owner did not know name or location they were at.... however states that this is a very supported position and that intital training is three months and always available by phone... somewhere threads snake together interlacing in the delicate patterns that may or may not eventually unfold as a red flag... maybe. Smart people opine liberally por favor. Some conversations in regards to longevity: most PAs there have been there a 2+ years but a few cases were mentioned when I asked about a probationary period (there is none) and owner says that he's only had one case of someone being unamenable to teaching and then mentions one employee who left after three months because a long distance relationship wasnt working... how i itched to ask if he got 50k from true love, but tongue held. He then spins a short diatribe on how when you commit to a marriage you dont leave in three months you see it through despite mentoning several times ,unprovoked, during previous conversation people's right to leave if they found a different path.... wondering again if quitting midlevels was an easy 50k tee hee. Then the adorementioned owner closes the conversation with the contract. I have not even intimated anything other than having received it. No actual offer has been made but he discusses the non compete( super lenient in my opinion) and tells me there is a 25k fine if I steal patients... no problems there, I'm wholly disinterested in theiving of any kind. I respond with, I have read this information and that portion I have no problems with. I am having legal counsel review the document and pending this will submit proposed changes to you. At which time a few things are said that make me wonder: 1. "Dont let those lawyers take you for a spin. Go in with points you wish to discuss. Realize that most of this contract is boiler plate" this from "bad cop" which i thought was such great advice until the boiler plate commentary. But I was touched. 2. "We think the contract is perfect as is" hahahahaha ohhhhh i bet. 3. The real gut clencher: "Just remember involving lawyers often breaks deals instead if making them. Its good youre seeking counsel but keep that in mind" this from good cop, the owner. This is the red flag to menas it felt like a thinly veiled threat of sorts. Now, before i let my negativity bias the convo any further: this is a great opportunity in the middle of nowhere which is exactly what my country soul desires. It's 40 hours a week no call qoweekends and I get to do procedures which is my favorite thing in the world . No formal offer has been made . And if they are willing to drop this silly clause I will take this position in a heartbeat. But.... I realize that might be my new grad desperation also Rose coloring this. I can't thank you guys enough for all of the input so far ! Thanks for reading and for your kind support ! D
  5. Oh i will!! Juicy deets to follow my friends. Thank you again for your helpful comments everyone!
  6. Thank you so much! This eas my sense too, but I am an unrefined podunk soul, and confirmation that this is not the norm is helpful. i agree with you completely, this will be a nice practice interview if nothing more. I am excited about the chance, but not if its going to hurt me in unforeseen circumstances! also, i am feeling that this is not something to address at the interview itself but only on extension of an offer.... is that about right?
  7. Jajajaja! If they are willing to drop this entirely I might still do it, but if not running shoes firmly strapped on! Thank you!!
  8. Hello PA friends! I have an upcoming interview.... my very first one!!... and they were kind enough to send me the contract in advance. Reading through it I see an early termination clause in which I would be asked to pay FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS if I were to leave before the end of three years. I love longevity, but this is my first job out of PA school( and I don't graduate until December), and I don't have $50 much less $50,000. So that's a no. And there's not even a commensurate level of sign on bonuses (clearly no one is giving me 50k to sign on or any sign on bonus for that matter) and even if I figure that this is associated with the costs of having me as an employee like perhaps the total cost of three years worth of health insurance plus CME is 21k (no idea what it costs to add me to malpractice but I truly hope its not 29 Grand but who knows).... bottom line I don't know where this random 50k come from but still, no. Also, I have an illness that is currently controlled but that I worry about and so I really don't want to be bound to pay this especially if I can't work for some reason..... and of course I don't want to disclose this information and screw myself out of a job. But, can all this sad cluster be worked around? My gut reaction is: 1. go to this interview and see if it's even worth the fuss of steps below 2. get a lawyer to review this contract if the place seems on the up and up 3. reach out and see if they are willing to drop this clause. Are the steps above reasonable, is there another route you suggest, or is this whole thing just one huge red flashing sign screaming at me to not bother? Thanks in advance for your help!!
  9. Hello!! I am starting school in the fall and thinking way, way ahead as I am wont to do. I hear envisioning a goal helps you reach it, so here goes: I never, ever, ever want to work another day shift. Ever. Almost to the Taylor Swift level of never ever ever. However, I am pretty sure that this goal is in direct opposition to my absolute need to work in rural communities and my interest in addition medicine. Additionally, when I perform job searches in my area to see what is available, I see few night shift positions. These positions are mostly in emergency medicine, which I know too little about to say that's where I want to end up. I saw one critical care position that was night shift and I have shadowed a PA in critical care, and it was awesome! However, it can't all just be ER and critical care work, right? If you are a night shift PA, what areas do you work in? Thanks so much!! D
  10. I can't believe it. I received my acceptance letter today, interviewed 10/31. This is such a blessing!!!!
  11. Good luck to everyone who is interviewing and playing the waiting game!!!! Interviewing in St. Croix on 31OCT, and SO nervous/excited/humbled!!!! This is my life's dream!!
  12. ddiaz4

    Explain bad grades in personal essay?

    I keep reading that briefly touching upon the subject in a concise yet upbeat manner is the way to go. Saying something that ties your workload to the low grades and then highlighting how you made a comeback and improved shows that you are aware of the shortcomings and that you have worked to correct it. Best of luck!!!!
  13. ddiaz4

    Humble request for honest opinion

    That bad? I'm submitting it it tonight, any thoughts are welcome, even if they are negative!!
  14. Hi fellow PA forum members, I am Diana, an MPH student hoping to progress to be a PA after my masters program is done next summer. I write for pleasure, but this has been the most difficult 5000 characters of my life. Perhaps you can relate! When something is so deep seeded inside of you, words sometimes don't serve to adequately capture all the feeling there is, all the motivations behind the chase. Ha, if I could start an essay that way, right? Anyways, I am the Queen of Long Winded, yet Surprisingly Grammatically correct sentences. Any suggestions most welcome. Good luck to everyone in their applications!! Hope to see you in interviews soon! There is such immense pleasure in being able to see something, interpret it, and reproduce it. My tightly knit, highly opinionated, and deeply loved Cuban family wonders why I didn't become an artist. They see me, oft smeared in either clay, paint, or some combination of the two, laughing equally at either success or failure, as I step back from a project. Over many years of birthday parties at which I have painted faces or have done henna art, they say to me, "Why did you study science when you have such a gift for art?" I chuckle and jokingly agree I am the next Warhol knowing that, while there is palpable joy in every superhero mural I paint for my nephews and in the little faces that smile up at me in thanks of the "cool" design I have created on an arm, leg, or cheek, I hold a soul deep knowledge that my true art, true calling, lies elsewhere. As my artistic skills began their rounds at family birthday parties for my oldest nephew, now 11 years old, my rounds in healthcare also commenced. Through a high school work study program at a local chiropractor's office I absorbed all the knowledge I could as I applied various forms of therapy on patients and alleviated strained muscles with mechanical massage, eventually entrusted by the doctor to instruct patients in their at-home care. There I first discovered my ease at the bedside and also the first revelation that having the tools to diagnose and address a patient's problem at its root would bring greater fulfillment to me than focusing solely on bedside care. In subsequent positions within different indications, including optometry, psychiatry, pulmonology, and most recently, an experience in global health with HIV/AIDS prevention in pediatric populations in the Dominican Republic, I have found an endless fount of joy in patient care and advocacy. Though my positions are limited in scope and effect on patient outcomes, finding ways to assist people, be it via a simplified explanation of a Punnett square to a cystic fibrosis patient thinking about conception, explaining to an adolescent why sharing food with a person infected with HIV will not harm them, or distracting a fasting patient hours overdue for a test, brings a fulfillment to me no measure of brush strokes can replicate. As I continue my graduate education in Public Health, I am driven by an intense desire to further amplify my direct impact on the wellbeing and clinical outcomes of those I am fortunate enough to serve. In pursuing the calling to be a Physician Assistant (PA), I hope to become an instrument to empower those I serve and work with to seek knowledge and health in a manner that improves their quality of life and that of others. The importance of primary care is personal for me, as facing undiagnosed health issues during my college years impacted my life personally and academically. A lack of consistent primary care while experiencing these health issues lengthened time to diagnosis and needlessly increased the impact on my quality of life. This experience engenders a deep, personal motivation to do all I can to make sure this does not occur for someone within my power to help. In immersing myself in collaboration with the South Georgia Farm Worker Project (SGFWP) and in the months spent in communities along the north coast of the Dominican Republic for DREAM Project, I have been a part of making primary care accessible to populations of great need. For the migrant workers in South Georgia, the healthcare provided by the SGFWP is often the only time in a year that workers can access healthcare. In the Dominican Republic, working alongside DREAM Project and Peace Corps volunteers, people welcomed me into their homes, trusting me with the safety of their children and allowing me the privilege to answer their questions and give them information with direct impact on their health. These experiences have fueled my desire to continue to work with the underserved both at home and abroad, using my experience, passion, and faith to positively impact those around me. My graduate training and many years of experience integrating seamlessly into several healthcare teams provides the resolute knowledge that as a PA I can make a substantial difference in the lives of my patients and fellow members in healthcare , while allowing my evolution into a leader for future members of the PA profession. My life, work, and educational and volunteer experiences have reinforced my strengths and helped me to recognize and overcome limitations, fueling my passion for understanding and helping others, and continually pushing me to elevate my knowledge as a means to help those around me. With these goals in mind, I continue what I know will be a life-long process of shaping myself, much like the clay thrown on the potter's wheel, working to create at the end of the process a competent clinician, patient advocate, and indispensable member of the healthcare team: a Physician Assistant.

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