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  1. I so appreciate this thread! Just had a practice admin want me to "call to put the touchy feel goods to it and just ask if there were any questions left unanswered" regarding a negative patient review. Nope. Nope. NOPE. Complete nonsense. If I did something clinically that the patient had questions or concern about, that's one thing. My review was that the patient just didn't get a good vibe from me. Go figure.
  2. Oh, I see 15-20 patients daily in clinic, regularly perform multiple procedures and injections, am involved in Opioid Stewardship Committee for our hospital, Outpatient Joint Replacement program, give US guided joint injections (something not all my colleagues do at our practice) and am now giving Iovera (cryoneurolysis) treatments. So, in terms of making myself valuable, THAT I am doing.
  3. Sorry, for more clarity, I have 6+ years experience as a PA, 3 in family practice, have been at current position since late 2014. Former sports medicine experience as an athletic trainer pre-PA school, so this bleeds into ortho very well. I am employed by HCA. I have asked for a raise more than once, and another ortho practice sought me out last year and offered more $. I then took that offer to my practice manager and basically said "make me feel better about turning this offer down." (Unfortunately the offer with more $ had dismal benefits, and it wasn't something I actually wanted
  4. I would love to be involved. I've been wanting to break into writing for a while now, and would love to know more about this. How do I get in touch?
  5. I really think the market is saturated, especially for new grads. And pay is not great, from what I've seen. I've worked in Nashville since 2011, and the pay continues to be sub-par from what the AAPA salary report shows is even within the 50th percentile for pay. It's making me second guess staying here, especially given the CRAZY rise in cost of living. Hope you found something!
  6. Okay, I need some perspective here. I live in Nashville, TN and work in orthopedics (no surgery, mostly seeing patients in outpatient setting with some inpatient rounding, etc). I work a solid 45-50hr/wk with dismal support in terms of clinic staff and management's purely theoretical support. I am paid $47/hr SALARIED (so I get paid X amount Q2wks, so matter how many hours I work). Looking at the posts I see on facebook PA groups, $47/hr is crap pay for someone working in orthopedics. Is that real life? Or are the only people who care to comment on salary threads the ones who "won't get
  7. Agree with living within your means, etc. We do that anyway. What I agree with but also struggle to implement is the "don't take a job that doesn't pay ____" (fill in the blank). I live in middle Tennessee. There are at least 2 medical schools, 2 (soon to be 3) PA programs, and at least 4 NP programs all within a 45 minute drive of each other. The pay for EVERY job I have ever interviewed for has been sub-par in my opinion. And when I HAVE been offered a decent salary (once), there have been zero benefits included with said decent salary. How do you say "no, I'm not working for tha
  8. That is literally almost double what I was offered re: salary in my current orthopedic position. Sounds amazing. I'd snap that offer up in a heartbeat. $600/day is great as well.
  9. I don't have any additional info, but I'm also interested in this! I do all the joint injections for my SP during his clinic, and I'd love to be able to say "okay I actually generate more RVUs than my clinics/appointments show"
  10. Thanks for all the replies and advice. Quick update: I did the math and spoke to health insurance rep for the new gig. The profit I would make with the base salary bump would 100% be eaten up by what health insurance buy-in would be and if I wanted to continue to contribute to my 401K. The new gig does not pay a dime toward health insurance and doesn't even offer 401k options. Lame. So the only reason I would be leaving is for potential bonus and more vacay days, with a broader scope of ortho practice. I did discuss with my SP, and he totally understood. He said he expects people to want
  11. I'm in a little bit of a pickle, you guys. I currently practice in an orthopedic group doing mostly clinic work with the occasional call weekend and rounding when my SP is out. I get along great with my supervising surgeon, and he treats me and the rest of his staff very well. I don't feel that I have a lot of autonomy in my current position being that it is a sub-specialty (joint replacement) with very little management of things other than arthritis and perioperative patient optimization. I feel comfortable in my job and I know what to expect, but I definitely don't think I'm being use
  12. Thanks everybody! I did go meet with them and it went really well. Brand new building with room to grow. Also, they loved me. I even went in scrubs because it was the end of a work day for me, was last minute scheduled, and they totally didn't care. **Best interview attire EVER** They said they definitely want me to join their practice, and even mentioned that they could more than match my current pay. I haven't gotten anything in writing so I haven't committed to anything. I'm basically just waiting and relaxing, knowing I've got options. Either way, if I don't like what they are offering
  13. THANK YOU so much for your replies as well fflores98, dmdpac, and Boatswain2PA! It makes me feel much better about meeting with them. I am somewhat of a "people pleaser" in my non-professional life, and I'm trying to break myself of that in a big way. This is just me looking out for me and my family - no one else will do that anyway, right? Love this site and forum option for professional advice. Thanks again, guys. I'll let you know how it goes!
  14. Thank you for your input. I am leaning toward at least meeting with them to see what it's about. The WORST that could happen is I tell them "no thanks" in the end, right? I think I was just surprised that they contacted me without any prompting. Honored, to say the least, after being the one "job searching" in the past. This position is a much preferred position to be in, but still a little odd. I feel like I'm cheating on my current practice, that I love dearly. But geez, if they are going to offer 20k more a year or something crazy like that I feel like I would be doing myself a disserv
  15. I love about 90% of my job, don't hate coming into work everyday, and really like the people I work with. A few days ago a colleague of mine (classmate from PA school) who works in a suburb of the city where I live and work, called and basically asked if I wanted to come work for their practice who is expanding and adding new MD partners, subsequently looking to add another PA. It's sort of my dream job in terms of type of practice (general ortho/sports medicine with coverage of local athletic teams, lots of opportunity for OR time and different procedures, seemingly more autonomy than th
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