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  1. AlvernaHB, My advice is do not be afraid to ask for what you want. Be confident and know your worth. Do your research, know the averages in each negotiation category, and know what to ask for in your specialty/location. Also, you can think of creative ways to make the deal sweeter. For example: Let's say you are offered 1,000 CME and you ask for 2,000. If they don't give it to you, then you should ask them to pay 50% of any costs that exceed the 1,000. It's a compromise, essentially. So you can be creative in your negotiations. I also think you will have more power in negotiations if it's
  2. Thanks for all the input, guys! I really like the management of this practice because they are kind people and it appears they will value and treat me well here. I'm pretty thrilled with this offer. They're very family-oriented, so the office is closed for +20 holidays...I've never seen that before, but it's sweet!!! But I do agree that this is a great example to always negotiate your worth...the first offer is almost ALWAYS a low-ball offer
  3. Hey ya'll so I got the rheumatology gig negotiated: Low cost of living area *100k with NO training salary *40 hours/week *4 weeks PTO, unused days roll over to the next year, +20 paid holidays *1 week CME *$5,500 for CME, licensure, dues, etc. *Health insurance fully paid *Malpractice insurance fully paid: claims made with tail *Bonus per week in excess of 60 patients seen per 40 hour week (so that's if I see > 1.5 patients/hour) *401k with 6% match *5k relocation *NO non-compete clause Now what do you think of this offer? How achievable do you think that bonus str
  4. Internal medicine in a suburb of a major metro area *Has 8 MDs, 7 PAs, 2 clinics *3 year contract *Hours: 40 hours: M-F 9AM- 5PM. Every other Saturday from 7AM- 2PM, compensated with a 3 day weekend every other week. *Salary: $96,000 first year, $102,000 second year, $106,000 third year *Cannot officially start before licensure/credentialing are approved. Option to make $25/hr shadowing for 3 months while waiting *Training: 1 patient q30min for 4-6 weeks, then 1 patient q15min thereafter. These can be BP checks, med refills, and for complex patients one of the PAs told me she will di
  5. Update: I was able to negotiate and they got rid of the training salary :) Also going to offer a relocation allowance
  6. Yes please!! Feel free to PM me. If I can negotiate NM down to 40 hours per week, would it be a good offer?
  7. I was definitely planning on negotiating for more PTO. I know 2 days is ridiculous, even 2 weeks is subpar. I'm not sure what kind of insurance but I will ask. Thank you.
  8. Yes, I know that's not ideal and it does feel insulting, but I'm interested enough in these jobs to suck it up and do that if I have to. I can't see patients at all until I am licensed and registered with the insurance companies, etc. That process takes 3 months. Essentially, they are letting me start right away without licensure and will pay me half to just learn stuff without contributing to the practice at all. In fact, I would probably slow them down. If I had to wait for licensure, I would have to wait 3 months to start. 25$/hr is far better than $0/hr, right? I'm not so sure that's such
  9. Hello, I am a new graduate and I have two offers. Both have significant pros/cons, and I am having a hard time deciding which to take. I am single with no dependents. I would really appreciate anyone's wisdom, advice, opinion on any of this. #1: Rheumatology in a low cost of living city. This is private office practice with a single doctor who really wants to hire a PA to help with his patient load. The doctor is the most compassionate doctor I have ever met and would be a pleasure to work with and learn from. He said he would see all the new patients and I would see follow-up patients.
  10. Hello, what does anyone think of working in rhematology? Any rheumatology PAs out there? I have an offer in rheumatology and it sounds really interesting to me, but I am not sure if I would need a really strong backround in internal medicine first in order to be successful at it (I'm a new grad). Any thoughts, comments pertaining to specializing in rheumatology? Also, if I worked in rheumatology for a few years, would I be able to easily switch to primary care or another specialty? Or would I pidgeon hole myself? Thank you.
  11. The practice has had PAs before. I asked one of the PAs to clarify, and she said I get 30 minutes for physicals, pap smears, new patients, and hospital follow-ups. There are also six 15-minute blocks on the schedule to allow for catching up on charting. So the maximum patient load per day is actually 28, but she said she has never seen more than 24 patients because there are always a few no-shows. The PA said a good portion of the appointments are just refills and lab follow-ups. She also said there are a good portion of complex patients as well and they discuss what they can in 15 minute
  12. So, I have a job offer, and I feel good about it except for one thing: the patient load. Here's the situation: This is an internal medicine practice located near a major metro area. The doctor is going to let me shadow/train for 3-4 months full-time until my credentialing becomes approved. Then, I will start seeing 1 patient every 30 minutes for 1 month. After that, I am supposed to see 1 patient every 15 minutes. The days are 8 hours, so that means I will be seeing 30-32 patients/day in internal medicine. However, I'm sure the long period of training will be very helpful in my transition.
  13. Hello. I am in a situation I never wanted to be in. I am a new grad and nearly a year out from graduation with only a month of experience as a PA. The job wasn't a good fit for me. My employer told me she'd train me but then put me with another new grad PA (in a very high risk field). But now I am having a very hard time getting any employer to give me a chance given my lack of experience. I've asked for feedback, and I was told someone with more experience edged me out. Other employers just never respond to me. I did get one offer, but it was a solo provider situation with many red flags and
  14. Haha. I agree, but is that a necessarily a bad thing? It seems like it's almost hard to avoid small private practices that do not involve a husband and wife or some kind of familial relation.
  15. The office manager owns it, her daughter works there. The doctor is married to the CEO of the urgent care. He doesn't own it though.
  16. It's an urgent care/primary care. I was told all the complaints are simple/straightforward. And if something more serious walks in, just send to the ED. ED is within 2 miles. I don't believe it is ACLS level. It is owned by the office manager, not the doctor.
  17. I told them I was concerned about the solo part and their response was that I'd have to operate solo in any job eventually. They didn't seem to understand the fact that I'd prefer another provider onsite. The doctor also said all the cases here are straightforward. So they made me feel like I was being silly.
  18. Why is it so hard to find good benefits? I've gotten some really terrible offers. It's like some employers don't know what is standard to offer a PA...even as a new grad, I'm pretty sure I'm worth more than this offer wants to give me.
  19. So this is an urgent care letter of offer in NoVA. They had me do a working interview, which is good. I liked the doctor, the office, and staff. I am a new grad and would be expected to operate solo after 2-4 weeks of onsite supervision by the doctor. *Full time = 32-40 hrs/week. They said it will be closer to 32 for the first few weeks or months and then increase as I get more comfortable. *Salary is $40/hour, will evaluate me after 6 months and possibly increase it. Quarterly performance bonuses. *Hours of operation are 9am-7pm M-F, Sat and Sun 10-3. I'd be expected to work 2-4 weeken
  20. Hi guys, thank you so much for all the comments/advice/ wisdom. The input really helped me. I talked with them last night, and they weren't willing to negotiate much with me, so I decided that I couldn't justify a cross-country move for this deal and so many "what ifs." I had to listen to my gut. I'm going to keep looking in NoVA/DC/MD.
  21. Thanks for your input! This is helpful. I actually asked about CME time off...and they said I'd qualify for CME time off in the second year. I still think that's odd. Wouldn't they want me to go to a conference and increase my knowledge?
  22. Yeah, that's what's scary-- the fact that it's so vague. I think they do consider these terms to be defined. They verbally explained the position and benefits to me and also prompted me to verbally accept the offer before they would give me a letter of offer. So, technically I have already verbally accepted the offer. But I haven't signed anything, so I am not legally bound in any way and can still turn this down. Is that strange that I needed to verbally accept before seeing what would be offered in writing? I've always been able to review a contract or letter of offer before accepting or dec
  23. When I said "aggressively," I just meant that I do follow up with a thank you letter and phone call within their specified time frame. Nothing unreasonable, IMO. Or maybe that's not aggressive enough. It's all relative. I've done so many interviews that I believe I've gotten good at them. I'm really personable, make a good first impression, appear confident, and always prepare well, so unless I am completely oblivious to something I'm doing or not doing, I don't think my interview skills are to blame. However, do you have any resources or recommendations that would help improve interview skill
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