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  1. @PAcandidate7002 Sorry, I no longer have access to my Rosh account.
  2. Hello again. So I ended up having the opportunity to decide between oncology and family practice, and I decided on the oncology offer (which I couldn't negotiate as a new grad) largely because the commute time to the family practice clinic would have been too much for me. I just wanted to share my offers for future new grads to compare. To answer a few other questions: This is the Pacific Southwest. I am not willing to relocate because I have the opportunity to live rent-free for a couple of years. I realize I am limiting my ideal job hunt by location. Oncology $100,000 salary 40 hours per week, Mon-Friday (No weekends, no on-call) Medical, Dental & Vision After 1 year, 401(k) is offered with 4% employer matching 6 Holidays 5 sick days 10 days vacation per year the first two years, increasing in subsequent years (20 days vacation in year #3 & year #4, etc) 3 CME days annually $500 CME annually Reimbursement for DEA & State License renewal fees, not initial Malpractice 6 month training period; there will always be 2-3 doctors/NPs/PAs on-site. Commute: 30-45 min one-way depending on location of the particular clinic I'm assigned to that day Family Practice Medical, Dental & Vision offered after 1 mo. $116,000 salary 40 hrs/week Mon-Fri On-Call (by phone; no need to go into clinic) 2 weekdays on-call per month from closing (5p) until clinic opens next day (8a) Weekend on-call per 2.5 months from Friday closing (5pm) until Monday opening (8a) On-call for one Holiday (each NP/PA is randomly assigned one Holiday for on-call per year). 401(k) w/ 3% match offered after 1 yr 7 Holidays (On-Call for one holiday) PTO: 13 days the first 3 years (includes CME/Sick/Vacation) No CME $$ Initial License & DEA reimbursement Malpractice Training: 2 weeks shadowing then gradual increase in pts; full schedule expected in 2 months Commute: 1+ hr one-way due to heavy traffic. I prefer working in family practice to reinforce my knowledge of general medicine as a new grad, but in the end I decided to go with the oncology offer because I think the 2+ hr daily commute (and to some extent the on-call) will drain my quality of life. Otherwise, the benefits & salary between the two offers seem comparable considering the on-call time and time lost in commuting. Considering the other offers I've received and ones I've heard of through my classmates, I think the oncology offer is fair. I think I'll enjoy working at the clinic, and if not, I don't think I'll have trouble switching to a different IM specialty after a year if I really want to. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts!
  3. 15 min away is pretty nice. But you can also always spend your time studying in a library or elsewhere on campus if being at home makes you too crazy. Just make home a place to eat/sleep/shower. ?
  4. My gut reaction is to say go with the cheaper school and save money because (1) if you're taking out loans for school, being in debt sucks in the long-run; (2) the program is only 2 years so unless the faculty seems unorganized or anything other than reasonably normal, I dont think "not connecting" on the initial meeting with them is a huge deal; (3) in the end both programs will make you a PA-C. That being said I sympathize with not wanting to live at home. Personally, living at home almost becomes a toxic environment for me so I was willing to pay rent near my school to save my mental health even though I could have reasonably commuted from home to save money.
  5. @Joelseff @jmj11, @MT2PA Thank you all for your input. Ideally, I would love to work inpatient in internal medicine or in a related specialty. However I've been job hunting for the past 2-3 months and it seems hard to come by an inpatient job that's open to new grads. I interviewed and was offered the oncology position today (I posted the details of the offer under Contracts, Negotiations & Malpractice). They treat all types of cancer 100% outpatient, although I have the option to round in hospitals in the future once I get more comfortable. It's a relief hearing your stories of switching specialties. I'm considering accepting this offer and reassessing after 1 yr if I want to stay or switch; heme was definitely my weaker subject in school so I can become stronger at that in the meantime... that's reasonable/doable, right? I guess my big fear as a new grad is getting stuck in a super specialized field coming out of PA school and completely forgetting all other medical knowledge before figuring out what exactly I enjoy.
  6. This is an 100% outpatient practice. They have multiple locations but I'll be working between two clinics in a major city with high COL. I interviewed with the director of Human Resources and I'm scheduled tomorrow for a tour of one of the clinics that I'll be assigned to. 40 hours per week, Mon-Friday (No weekends, no on-call) $100,000 salary Medical, Dental & Vision 401K* 6 Holidays 5 sick days with accrual to up to 2 weeks the first 2 years Reimbursement for DEA & State License renewal fees, not initial Malpractice* 3 CME days annually $500 CME annually 6 month training period; there will always be 2-3 doctors/NPs/PAs on-site. 18-20 patients per day (They assign 15 minute blocks for Follow Ups and 45 minutes blocks for New Consults) *I'm not sure whether malpractice includes tail coverage and whether 401k includes matching, but I'll be getting the official contract by the end of this week A couple concerns: Lower than average salary for my location. I'm thinking of countering with 105k. Average starting salary in my area is 110k but to be honest this is the best offer I've received. I know a few classmates who accepted an equivalent ~110k salary with small physician-owned practices but were lacking on benefits (e.g. no Medical/Dental/Vision, no 401k) As detailed in another post, I'm not sure if oncology is the specialty I want to stay in (although I want to stay in the general internal medicine field). However this is the best best offer I've received after looking for the past 2-3 months. I know that's not a relatively long time for a job hunt and I am okay with searching a bit longer for a better offer in a more generalized field; I'm just not sure if it will come at this point. Any thoughts appreciated.
  7. Hello, I'm a new grad and I'm not sure what my dream job is but its something related to internal medicine. During my job search I applied to a couple of oncology positions and now have an interview with an outpatient practice coming up. I don't know much about oncology but If I'm offered and accept the job, I'm worried about pigeonholing myself. I'd appreciate hearing input on whether or not oncology is a okay specialty for a new grad (i.e. does it still cover a lot of general medicine so that I won't have too much difficultly transitioning to another internal medicine specialty in a few years?). Thanks in advance.
  8. @NicoleTNY Thanks for sharing your experience. Congrats on landing the job you want - I hope to be in the same position soon! @PACJD I appreciate your reassurance. And thank you for that example!
  9. Wait am I reading this right? You've been showing up every day for 2 weeks and now he expects you to go see patients on your own... and you're not even hired or getting paid yet??
  10. Thanks for your input. My friend told me he was pimped during an interview (different clinic) so I thought it might be common. Also this hospital is associated with an academic medical institute so I expected their screening process to be tougher.
  11. Yeah, I really wonder how they scale the scores. The smarter people in my class (one of which I'm pretty sure has photographic memory) are scoring between 530-590. Makes me wonder what it takes to get beyond that. On a funnier note, when I told my Asian parents, "I passed!!" they were like, "Yay! What was your score?" Me: "4...447 out of 800. T_T"
  12. Hello, I'm just looking for reassurance and/or tips. I'm a new grad PA and I'm scheduled for an in-person interview for a internal medicine subspecialty position at a teaching hospital associated with an esteemed medical school (sorry for vagueness, trying to remain anonymous) . It's with two doctors who are the heads of the department and I'm extremely nervous and intimidated about meeting them given their background. I already had a phone interview with them where they asked me questions about my interests in the specialty and about my rotation relating to it, but I'm worried about more intense interview questions and possibly pimping when I meet them in person. Of course I'm going to study as much as I can about the specialty leading up to the interview, but when I was pimped during rotations sometimes I was so nervous I'd blank out. I had a couple of interviews at private practices and my experience felt more like they were trying to sell the position to me because they really wanted me instead of the other way around (I was offered the jobs but I turned them down). I felt more relaxed going into those because it felt less formal. Anyway, my question for those of you who are/have been interviewers at your workplace...what are you expectations for new grads - specifically their knowledge base - when they have very little experience to talk about? Or if you were a new grad with an interesting interview experience or if you have any tips or examples of interview questions, please share. Sorry if this sounds like rambling, I'm just a baseline nervous/anxious person in general so for interviews I freak out. And I really really want this particular job. Thank you.
  13. Alright, given there are 300 questions on the exam, I was curious about my actual number of questions correct so I tried to calculate it based my "% Items Correct". They break the exam topics down by ORGAN SYSTEMS (Cardiovascular, Derm, EENT, etc.) or TASKS (Applying Scientific Concepts, Clinical Intervention, Formulating Most Likely Diagnosis, etc.) If I calculate my # of questions correct based on the ORGAN SYSTEMS topics, it's 225.3/300 questions correct. If I calculate my # of questions correct based on TASKS topics, I got 223.68/300 questions correct. Not sure how accurately that calculation reflects my true # questions correct, but there you go. I attached my PANCE score breakdown for your and other anxious people's pleasure.
  14. Are you talking about the PANCE score or Rosh score? EDIT: If you're talking about Rosh, I completed all the topics except POPULATION/RESEARCH/ADMIN and PEDIATRICS; barely touched those. I also re-did my flagged questions for a few topics as well. I can't give you a specific number because I actually reset my Rosh account intending to sell it. Haha. If you're talking about PANCE, unfortunately, they don't tell you how many questions you get wrong. They just tell you your raw score and give a "% Items Correct" and your "Decile" for each category,.
  15. Hi, I recently passed. Packrat: 170 (taken ~1 month oops week after end of rotations and ~1 month prior to exam) Rosh: 67% = 603 Projected PANCE Score = 85% probability of passing PANCE Score: 447 (Minimum Passing Score 350)
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