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  1. I talked to them and clarified some questions that I had and it seems that call is not currently paid. Would anyone have any tips in figuring how to go about this? Is it best to just request paid call and figure out a number with them if they agree to pay?
  2. Thanks for the info. Just curious what year was that for you when you got the 88k offer? Perfect thank, will make sure that, that is paid with this contract then too.
  3. Thanks for the tips. IL (and the suburb of Chicago I live in) the COL is pretty much in the middle imo. The only reference for expected salary that I have is what I've seen from the AAPA report which says the orthopaedic surgery 0-1 years experience is $90k/year is the 50th percent tile. I think i will try to counter for a base salary which you stated. I also felt that CME did feel a little low, I was thinking of around $2.5k The doctor stated that he wants a new graduate over a experienced PA because he would like to teach someone and train them well, he expected me to spend 1-2 years of training to get to a level that he would want to see me at. He did seem like he is a very understanding and helpful doctor that would be there for me during my training. Another question if someone might be able to answer. Having call, it should generally be paid correct? and from my understanding is it usually a set cash amount, like xxx for weekdays and xxx for weekends? If someone might know a general amount that it could be? Thanks again
  4. Hey guys. I am a recent new graduate living in Illinois now. I have been looking for a job for about 2 months now, still waiting for my license and so forth. I have interview in a few places and just got my first offer. I've kind of researched and looked around what is good and such but I'm coming here for some more help if possible. This position is with a spine doctor who spends 50/50 in office and OR, which I will be doing along side with. looking for PA because of the high volume. He does have call, I am not sure if its paid or not, it's not in the contract. Salary: $90,000 10% bonus of PA surgical receipts (can someone explain/clarify?) dental, health, vision, life, disability, (nothing about malpractice, I will ask) 15 days vacation (paid or not???) 5 CME days per year, $1500 per year Allowance for dues, fees, memberships etc.... Any feedback/help will be great full. To me this may seem on the low end, but I know I am a new graduate with not much experience.
  5. Hey there everyone, if anyone can help me out while I try to figure all of this out by myself. I recently passed my PANCE on 1/22/2019, and I am applying for the licencing for IL, and I am as lost as I can be. I have had NCCPA release my PANCE score to the IFDPR. I have gone to their website and have gone to the online portal to fill out the application, and it is only a few yes/no questions, and they just had me include my past education. Is this really all it is to it? Do I not need to have my transcripts sent from my PA program? It did not say anywhere on the online application to do this, or much anything else. If someone could help me out, I just don't know the next steps really. Thank you.
  6. Took it on the 16th, now playing the waiting game. EDIT: Got my results on 1/22/2019. So 6 days after I took my test.
  7. Just took my first packrat too, ended up getting a 133 (no studying, just to see my baseline). Do we know national average? I've been trying to figure out, by googling, what this score means. I just have nothing to compare it too, to make any sense of it. Is there a website or does anyone here know what score of packrat means failure, close to failure, pass, etc... for the pance?
  8. Thanks for the updates guys. Im still here hoping to get a call, but it seems less and less likely.
  9. Gratz man! Make the choice that feels the best for you.
  10. Anyone from October 29th interview hear anything yet?
  11. Interviewed on the 8th and haven't heard anything yet. Fingers crossed though.
  12. I got an invite on the October 31st also, received an email a few days back!
  13. I continued to fix the errors, and edit some parts of the narrative to try give more detail about certain situations and came up with a "2nd" edit. I'm only going off of what I've read online on the do's and don'ts. Again any critique is helpful, thank you. My life has been molded and shaped by my family, friends, professors, and patients that has brought medicine to be my career. In 2000, when I was seven years old my family immigrated to America and moved into a family friends house to give at home healthcare to the individual. As my father looked for a job, my mother took care of her patient. She bathed, fed, and ambulated him. I myself could not help much because I was young. I remember always trying to do the small things to make him happy, like grabbing the newspaper on Sunday mornings because he was so eager to read it. From this point, my life was always surrounded by the healthcare field. My mother became a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and I remember looking at her school books when I was entering high school. The pictures of the human anatomy and the figures of many different human processes amazed me. During my high school years and my early college years, I was like many others - I had no definite plan set up for the rest of my life. In 2011 I started taking biology classes at a junior college because that was the subject that interested me the most. From these courses I thought I could figure out what I could do with my future. After taking my first intro to biology course, I knew that I wanted to learn more about the human body and I instantly signed up for human anatomy and physiology. From this point I knew I wanted to have a future in the healthcare field, but not exactly where. I talked to my mother and asked her about her being a CNA and what it was like. She told me that she loves what she does, that she loves how close she can come to her patients and form relationships (a few years later I will experience what she meant). She told me that she would not change what she does for anything. She told me however that she knows that I am hard driven, intelligent, compassionate, and loving person and that I could educate myself more and be something more. I started to think about nursing and took an Intro to Nursing course. I learned more about the healthcare field that I knew and about the nursing profession. The professor told personal stories of many patients that sincerely thanked her for teaching them to live better, healthier lives and being there for them not only medically but also emotionally. At this point I was setting my educational plan to become a registered nurse. I continued to talk to my past professor about the career. I brought up questions about the profession and the healthcare field because it new to me. My professor questioned if I was going for the right career. She told me that I should look into a physician assistant (PA) path. I had heard about this career but I have never researched much about it. As I researched, it seemed that becoming a PA was actually more of what I wanted to do. Both careers are rewarding but they are not the same. I was always more interested in medicine-based role and what to be more involved in medical diagnoses. I am interested in this role because I enjoy the aspects of problem solving, finding an answer based signs and not on questions. Becoming a PA will provide more of this for me. In 2013 I rearranged my educational plans to lead me to the PA path. With my career plan now set, I knew I needed experience in the healthcare field. In 2014 I shadowed a PA that worked in a hospital. I saw many new things that I could not have found online. I saw the interaction that a PA can have with their patients. My PA that I shadowed had a relationship to their patient like a registered nurse but the education of that of a doctor of medicine (MD). The PA had the perfect mixture of both and this is what I wanted for myself. I saw the relationship that the PA and MD had. They worked very well as a team, they trusted each other, and new each other’s strengths and weaknesses. After shadowing a PA I took CNA course in the summer of 2014, so I can start to experience healthcare hands on. Since becoming a CNA, I have set my foot in the door in the healthcare field and have formed strong relationships between my patients, coworkers, and nurses. With my experience, I know I want to continue my education and become a PA. My educational strength, strong worth ethic, compassionate personality, healthcare experience, and eagerness to continue learning have translated well into the healthcare field and will continue to do so. I will continue my strive to become a PA so I can have large flexible scope of practice, have a strong relationship with my patients that both my mother and I have experienced, have a strong medicine-based role in the medical team, and most important enjoy the career I have chosen so I can treat my patients with the best care possible. After completing PA school, I plan to work with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and work in areas that areas that have shortages of health professionals so I can provide healthcare for people most in need.
  14. Hi there, I'm new to the forums and was wondering if anyone would give me feedback about my personal statement. I have done some research as to what the personal statement should or should not include and I've tried to hit the marks. This is my first personal statement ever written so I have not had much experience in writing these kind. Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you =]. I will fix the grammar/spelling. I am just trying to get feedback on content before I go into much detail. My life has been molded and shaped by my family, friends, and professors that has brought healthcare to be my career. In 2000, when I was seven years old my family immigrated to America and moved into a family friends house to give at home healthcare to the individual. As my father looked for a job, my mother took care of her patient, and my brother and I roamed around the house, of course helping my mother with whatever she needed. As I continued to grow and educate myself my life continued to be surrounded with the healthcare field. My mother became a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and I remember looking at her school books when I was still in middle school. The pictures of the human anatomy and the figures of many different human processes amazed me. During my high school years and my early college years I was like many others I had no definite plan set up for the rest of my life. In 2011 I started taking biology classes at a junior college, because that was the subject that interested me the most. From these courses I thought I could figure out what I can do with my future. These classes caroused me towards the healthcare field. After taking my first intro to biology course I knew that I wanted to learn more about the human body and I instantly signed up for human anatomy and physiology. From this point I knew I wanted to have a future in the healthcare field, but not exactly where. I talked to my mother and asked her about her being a CNA and what is it like. She told me that she loves what she does, that she loves how close she can come to her patients and form relationships (a few years later I will experience what she meant). She told me that she would not change what she does for anything. She told me however that she knows that I am hard driven, intelligent, compassionate, and loving person and that I could educate myself more and be something more. This is when I thought about nursing and I took an intro to nursing course. I learned a lot more about the healthcare field that I knew and even more about the nursing profession. At this point I was setting my educational plan to become a registered nurse. I continued to talk to my past professor who was also a registered nurse about the career. I brought up questions about the profession and my professor questioned if I was going for the right career. My professor told that I should look into becoming a physician assistant (PA). I have heard about this career but I have never researched much about it. As I did more research, it seemed that becoming a PA was really more of what I wanted to do. Both careers are rewarding but they are not the same. I was always more interested in medicine-based role and what to be more involved in medical diagnoses; becoming a PA will provide more of this for me. In 2013 I rearranged my educational plans to lead me to the PA path. With my career plan now set, I knew I needed experience in the healthcare field. In 2014 I shadowed a PA that worked in a hospital. I saw many new things that I could not have found online. I saw the interaction that PAs have with their patients and the PA that I shadowed had a relationship to their patient like a registered nurse but the education of that of a doctor of medicine (MD). The PA had the perfect mixture of both and this put a big smile on my face. I saw the relationship that the PA and MD had. They worked very well as a team, they trusted each other, new each other’s strengths and weaknesses. After shadowing a PA I took CNA course in the summer of 2014, so I can start to experience healthcare hands on. Since becoming a CNA I have set my foot in the door in the healthcare field and have formed strong relationships between my patients, coworkers, and nurses. With my experience I know I want to continue my education and become a PA. My educational strength, strong worth ethic, compassionate personality, healthcare experience, and eagerness to continue learning have translated well into the healthcare field and will continue to do so. I will continue my strive to become a PA so I can have large flexible scope of practice, have a strong relationship with my patients that both my mother and I have experienced, have a strong medicine-based role in the medical team, and most important enjoy the career I have chosen so I can treat my patients with the best care possible. After completing PA school, I expect to work to start and support my family. I plan to work with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and work in areas that areas that have shortages of health professionals so I can provide healthcare for people that need it most.
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