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  1. Hello, I am looking for some advice about my current unhappiness in my FM position. I work at a large health care organization. I’m still a newish grad, having been in practice for a bit over a year. I see 20 patients/day in a family medicine clinic. My schedule is mainly same day appointments. I basically function as an urgent care provider in an FM setting. I get my fair share of URI’s, kids with a temp of “99F,” but a good deal are shortness of breath, injury requiring x-ray, dizzy, chest pain, acute abdominal pain patients. These patients are often poorly controlled with their chronic health issues, since they never see their PCP’s and can just make a same day appointment. So I am also addressing chronic health issues, htn, A1c, depression, along with whatever issues the patient wants to bring up. I do try to draw boundaries about how many issues can be addressed. A lot are interpreter visits as well. I am feeling very burnt out and exhausted, to say the least. I’m looking for a new position currently, and wondering if I should just leave FM or if straight urgent care would be a better fit. I feel like the expectations of this job are unreasonable, but I also feel like a failure in some ways as this is my first job out of school. I would appreciate your advice. Thank you! HikerPA
  2. Hi, I am a new grad PA and received a FM offer earlier this week. The package is competitive, but there are some downsides to the position. After an initial period, I would be working between several clinics. Also, I would prefer an IM job, as I am not too keen on seeing pediatrics, but I could do it. I am in a major metro area, and can’t relocate at this time. The market here is tough for new grads. I have no other offers at this time, and only had several other phone interviews. I am conflicted if I should take this job to gain experience, and hope to move onto an IM position in the future (I am assuming this shouldn’t be too difficult?), or if I should keep looking? Thanks for your advice!
  3. Z-PAC...I took my exam on Friday 9/23 as well. I didn't hear anything today either. No email, nada! I am a bit disappointed. Just so you know you aren't alone...
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