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  1. brooks23

    Derm offer--Advice needed

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. Not much experience, other than a dermatology rotation in school, and the derm I see in the er. I've voiced my concerns about running a clinic solo with my limited experience, and they've assured me that I wouldn't be cleared u til I'm found to be competent. They also have a system for consultations where every provider in the company has access and can respond with insights and advice. This would be a mix of medical and cosmetic derm. I would be doing excisions, biopsies, along with a variety of cosmetic procedures.
  2. brooks23

    Derm offer--Advice needed

    Hi everyone, I have been offered a job running a clinic and want to get some feedback on the offer. I have one year experience in a busy ER. I would be running the clinic by myself, and there would be a 2-4 month "mini fellowship" where I would be traveling to their different clinics for one-on-one training and examinations, etc. Here is the offer: Mon-Fri 8-5 Training Pay $75000 (pro-rated for the 2-4 month training) Base pay which starts immediately after training- $140k Bonus Structure paid quarterly: 20% of collections greater than $35k per quarter. (I wouldn't likely start hitting this bonus in the first year because this is a new clinic which needs to be built up) 15 days PTO plus holidays 5 days CME with no allowance 100% health coverage for me. I pay to add my family members. Potential for partnership down the road. I'd love some feedback, please! I am a little nervous to leave a stable position, but I know derm positions are hard to come by without experience. Thanks in advance
  3. Just my experience. I used didactic year for many of my recertification hours, and it counted. I called NREMT before logging the hours, and they said that it would suffice. They were truthfully a little confused about the situation, and didn't seem very confident in their answers, but they gave me a definite yes that the hours counted.
  4. Hi Everyone, I am a brand spanking new PA and was sent to bootcamp in Vegas this week. I understand that it qualifies as category 1 CME, but am unsure how many credits it qualifies for. The course was roughly 26-27 hours long. Has anyone been to this, or does anyone have any insight for me? I want to make sure I log the appropriate amount of credits. The certificate doesn't specify how many credits the course qualifies for. Thank you!
  5. brooks23

    California licensing question

    Thanks for the quick feedback everyone. So about this Schedule II course..Is that an online course? Or is that something I attend in person, and could potentially have covered by my employer?
  6. brooks23

    California licensing question

    Hey guys, I'm a new grad, and am scheduled to start my first job on May 1st. The first little while will just be orientation etc until I take the PANCE on May 16th. Can someone tell me what the timeline for licensing will be for me? Do I have to wait until I get my PANCE results before I can start the licensing process? Is it the same for DEA/NPI? Or can I start making headway before I take the test? All advice and help is appreciated!
  7. brooks23

    ADVICE NEEDED**********

    I had a similar situation (although I moved cross country to attend school). I was immediately accepted to my second choice school, but wait listed for my first choice. Fortunately I was accepted to my first choice ultimately. What I did (and I suggest doing) is pay the deposit to save your seat at Barry, and then wait to see if you get accepted to your first choice. It's a pain to pay the deposit, but it guarantees that you'll be going to PA school. In the long run, In the long run, it pays to have insurance. Waiting, in my humble opinion, is just so risky. You're young, and have lots of time to spare, but admission is becoming more and more competitive every year with the increasing exposure of the profession. Can you find out where you are on the wait list? What are the PANCE passing rates like at Barry? If they're decent, I'd still consider attending if you don't get accepted to your first choice.
  8. Agreed with UGoLong. Pathophysiology was my favorite, and in my opinion, the most beneficial for PA school. All the others you mentioned are great too. Virology is another good one, if it's offered.
  9. brooks23

    When to apply for first job?

    I am also scheduled to graduate in May, 2017, so I feel your situation. I've been applying to jobs for a while now (probably 3 months). Some may say that's a little aggressive, but I've gotten plenty of places who have been interested, and I just accepted my first job yesterday. I'll say this-for every 10 jobs you apply to (via Indeed, Monster, etc), you'll probably only get a bite from a recruiter for one of those jobs. It's definitely ok to start applying early, just be prepared to hear a lot of "you're too early." In my opinion, it's better to have a good job lined up; one that you've had plenty of time to search out and feel out without having to feel rushed close to graduation. Just my two cents! Good luck!
  10. brooks23

    Adventist Health in Central CA?

    I realize this post is ages old, but I was just offered a position with Adventist Health in Sonora, CA. I had a good opportunity to learn about them during my interview. Let me know if you still have questions.
  11. Quick update: Just wanted to let you know that after some negotiating, they upped the offer to $54/hr, and the sign on bonus to $10,000. I feel really good about the position and can't wait to get going. Thanks again, everyone for your comments!
  12. brooks23

    Yet another NEW GRAD derm offer-Need advice!!

    Update: I turned down the position three times. The first two times, he wanted me to tell him exactly what it would take to get me to commit to their clinic. I eventually laid everything out that I wanted and thought was fair, and he said that they weren't able to offer those things. Oh well! I just accepted another job in EM to gain some good experience. Maybe derm will be on the horizon some day! Thanks everyone, again.
  13. brooks23

    Yet another NEW GRAD derm offer-Need advice!!

    Thanks, everyone for your thoughts. You've confirmed what I already thought, so it's nice to get some validation. I'm going to counter his offer with what I believe is fair. I'll post again when I know what's going on.
  14. Hey all, I was just offered a derm position in central CA, and would love to get some feedback. I'll outline the contents of the offer: -$80,000 salary with 5% bonus on anything greater than $300,000. However, I won't see any of the bonus until after 1.5 years of working. The doc pays the bonus as a lump sum at the end of the calendar year. Since I won't be starting till May, I don't get any bonus until my first full year of working. -Benefits: I would get 50% health care coverage for myself, but no coverage for my wife and son. Malpractice with tail coverage is taken care of by the practice. -3 days for CME and $2000/year stipend for CME/travel expenses -All fees associated with practicing are covered by the clinic (DEA, licensing, etc) -PTO was not outlined in the contract -Schedule: Monday-Friday 8-5. The MAs do most of the charting to make pt interaction more efficient. -6 paid holidays -5 year contract since doc wants to ensure longevity with the practice. I understand his logic here, but the long contract still makes me nervous. The doc has stated that even though I am starting at a low compensation, after 1.5 years I will be up and running full-steam and will be much more beneficial to the practice. At this point, he's willing to renegotiate my salary. Do you think that is reasonable? I'm just nervous since the specifics of all of this seem vague and I'll be tied up for 5 years. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated! The doc has stated that even though I am starting at a low compensation, after 1.5 years I will be up and running full-steam and will be much more beneficial to the practice. At this point, he's willing to renegotiate my salary.
  15. Thanks for your thoughts. The job is in central CA, in a busy ER. Malpractice with tail is provided at no additional cost, and 401k is available with $1.20 matching for every $1.00 I would put in, up to 6% with 100% full vesting immediately.

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