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  1. radioman

    Statistics on PA residency advantages??

    These were my sentiments as well. There is also no real consistency on accreditation of these residencies. I interviewed at a brand new one this year that told me the arc-PA wasn’t accrediting anymore residencies because they were too tied up with accreditation of new PA programs. I have no idea if this is true or just an excuse, but what stops a hospital from just calling something a residency to get cheap labor out of a few PAs if there’s no standardized process? I think there’s a long way to go before it’s considered a “must-do” thing for the profession.
  2. radioman

    Statistics on PA residency advantages??

    Do you mean like a long-term plan as in over the next 10-20 years or so? There are only 20 ish ER residencies currently taking 2-3 students each, seems like it would be difficult for an ER to get one residency trained PA, much less have all of them residency trained.
  3. radioman

    Failing Didactic Year Advice Needed!

    Agree with some of the others on the fact that you need to figure out your own learning style, the sooner the better. There were definitely those people in my program that made thousands and thousands of notecards. For tactile learners that helps a lot. Wasted a lot of time initially for me. Many people would listen to PANCE review podcasts on the way to and fro clinicals everyday. I couldn't remember anything I had just listened to by the time I got to my clinical site so I didn't waste any time with that and just listened to music. I'm very much visual so I spent the vast majority of my study time watching videos, making diagrams and charts, study guides, etc.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. radioman

    quoting "rules" in your note

    Just out of curiosity how much weight do these actually carry in the event of a misdiagnosis and some bad outcome assuming you calculated it correctly? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. It says either party may break the contract with 90 days written notice....nothing happens though.
  6. I have found a job I really want to take but the requirement is a 3 year contract. I don't prefer this but that is what they insist on. I am willing to consider the longer than normal term, but the contract doesn't specify any way in which salary will be adjusted over time. Basically, as it is written, I could be paid the starting wage the entire 3 year term of the contract. I spoke to them about my concerns and they stated there would be evaluations every 12-14 months to assess productivity and salary. However, I am reluctant to take their word for it. In this situation, what should I do regarding the salary? Obviously I want them to commit to the evaluations in the contract, but what if they just say my evaluation doesn't warrant a raise?? Any guidance from some of the more experienced PAs would be greatly appreciated!
  7. Newly minted PA-C here trying to find my first job and have not had any luck within an hour or so radius of where I live, the area is pretty well saturated. I'm going to start broadening my search out even further but wanted to hear how far some of the other PA's here to get to their job and how far was realistically possible?
  8. I'm taking my exam next week and have a few books from my clinical year that I'd like to sell for a marginal price to someone who could benefit from them. These are what I have: A Comprehensive Review For the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants Fifth Edition https://www.amazon.com/Comprehensive-Certification-Recertification-Examinations-Assistants/dp/145119109X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498933789&sr=8-1&keywords=a+comprehensive+review+for+the+certification+and+recertification Lange Q&A Physician Assistant Examination, Sixth Edition (No CD rom) https://www.amazon.com/Lange-Physician-Assistant-Examination-Sixth/dp/0071628282/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1498933820&sr=8-2&keywords=lange+q%26a+physician+assistant+examination Step-up to medicine, Third Edition https://www.amazon.com/Step-Up-Medicine-Steven-S-Agabegi/dp/1496306147/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498933024&sr=8-1&keywords=step+up+to+medicine Surgical Recall, Seventh Edition https://www.amazon.com/Surgical-Recall-Lorne-Blackbourne-FACS/dp/1451192916/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498933094&sr=8-1&keywords=surgical+recall Ideally if someone wanted all of them and I only had to make one trip to the post office, I could sell them all for $95 and I'll even pay the shipping. If I part them out, I'd like to get about half of whatever the going rate is on amazon and I'll negotiate the shipping costs with you. Feel free to PM me or reply here.
  9. Fellow X-ray/CT tech here...I did not waste time preparing for the GRE at all, got a 300 cumulative and I graduate from PA school this week. It's really just a check the box thing showing you took it. Unless you do horrifically bad on it, nobody probably will notice or care what you got, only that you did it.
  10. Remainder of my Rosh Review subscription for $50 which expires on 9/26/17...msg me if interested
  11. Thanks for sharing that Abe. There is no bonus structure within this job. There is also mandatory rotating weekend coverage which pays at a higher rate. However, since this has no effect on your 50 hour workweek (it's in addition to it) it's totally separate. By doing the math, at 25% more would put me around $110k just to be average pay for a new grad. I think they would totally scoff at this figure unfortunately. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I'm a new graduate and am evaluating my first offer and needing a little help understanding some of the details of an offer I'm evaluating. This is for a large surgery group that is growing and it's in the southeast but these details aren't super important to the questions I have. 1) The base salary is right at the average salary for the region for a new grad. However, the hours are 50 per week rather than 40. Am I correct in that I should probably break this down to what it comes in at hourly to see how I'm actually being compensated? I feel like this is considerably under the average pay for that many hours. 2.) There is profit sharing within the group. Does anyone have any experience with that? If so is it a considerable benefit or not? There's not many details about actual numbers. 3.) There is quite a lot of driving involved going to the different hospitals and surgery centers this group operates at. They do reimburse for mileage, pay the credentialing fees and all the other fees associated with that. However, there is no mention in the contract about where you might have to go because they said if they expand to other facilities then it could change. Currently everywhere is within an hour drive but hypothetically it seems there isn't any protection for me if they add somewhere 2 hours away and tell me I have to drive there 5 days a week. Any thoughts on this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Words of wisdom from a 2nd year student with 10 years of healthcare experience before PA school: If you care about any of those superficial things even close to as much as you care about #5, don't go into healthcare...there are enough greedy self-serving people in the field as it is...

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