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  1. I graduated PA school last May and 6 months ago I started "my dream job" - Ortho surgery. I was told it was going to be working 40hrs/week, half clinic half surgery, no call.. it all sounded perfect. Now this is my current reality - I am pushing 6 months at this place, love the field and a couple of coworkers. However the doc that was supposed to be a "super nice teacher" is done with me it seems like. At the current time I am working about 10-12 hours every day and scheduled to start taking calls soon. This amount of time plus the calls arrangement is not what I was told this position would be like during interviewing. That being said, I realize that I am getting so much experience, and being a new grad I can use as much of it as I can get. The major problem is the doc I work closely with. He gets upset with me when I ask him questions or am unsure about something, he was really good about walking me through a lot of stuff for the first few weeks but very early on I was expected to be a fully functional partner. I entered this job with them knowing that I am a new grad. I lack so much experience and despite my success in school this isn't something I learned before or even something I can pick up from a book. There are so many cases and they all can be so vastly different, even if its all shoulders. In my mind I think that patient safety and well being comes first but the doc I work with has been upset for some time as he thinks I am slowing them down. Basically for the last month or so he has been avoiding me as much as she can. I try not to ask him questions and instead go to my other colleagues, but i feel like his attitude isn't fostering a professional relationship between us. I can see that he is not fully wrong in expecting more of me but I don't know why they hired a new grad knowing that it would be very difficult for me to work on par with him within just a few short months. Just a couple of days ago he sat me down to tell me he isn't sure if we are a good fit for each other and that we should both think about that as my 6 month performance evaluation is around the corner. I knew that he has been annoyed with me and mostly sees me as a "kid" but this really took me by surprise. Especially since I asked him no more than a month ago how I could improve or what I am not doing well... to which he responded - "you are doing great". So now I don't know if I will even have a job by the end of April. Has anyone had similar situations? Am I supposed to start applying for other jobs? Do you think that a 6 month employment period will look super bad to new potential employers? I've been thinking about what he said and have come up with a few things I want to talk to him about further. I plan to speak to him again this week and tell him what I plan on doing to better my work flow and increase my knowledge as well as ways in which our relationship could be smoother (aka better communication on his part) but even if he doesn't fire me I don't know how we can come back from this. Sorry for the long post but i just needed to vent a little bit. Thanks for your replies in advance!
  2. I will be starting my first job in Orthopaedics in a few weeks. I have been doing some of my own prep work these last couple of weeks, but do you have any suggestions of what should be sure to know before I start? I will be specializing in sports medicine. So far I have been reviewing anatomy, my Orthopaedic Surgery Pocketbook, some PANCE review book, and case studies.
  3. I am doing a lot of paperwork after being hired. This may be a stupid question, but when it asks for signatures, do I sign with "PA-C" or just my regular signature? I just graduated, am certified. One PA friend says yes, one friend says no. On every page there is a typed line of my name followed by "PA-C" so I am not sure if my signature with PA-C is necessary. What do you think?
  4. New grad and wanted to ask a few questions. Most things on contract seem great but I have a few questions: They are offering claims made coverage with full tail, is this equivalent to occurrence coverage? 90k salary, 3k sign on bonus, no production bonus. Should I be getting a production bonus? If so, what is a normal %? Minimal call Profit sharing plan after 1 year (25%?), 4 years I'm 100%. Is it reasonable to ask for student loan assistance? I am not in a rural city. Thank you!
  5. There seems to be a lot of links leading to an abundance of information. Do you recommend going through each subsection in blue links in addition to review the chapters emphasized?
  6. I am completing the last few steps of obtaining my state license and my state requires a state law exam. Not every state has a state licensing/law exam, so I was wondering how much you'd recommend studying for it. The guy from the licensing agency said that it was an open book 45 minute exam, but the study guide shows a lot of material. If you had to take a state licensing exam, how do you recommend to study?
  7. I had a phone interview with an clinic/hospital in the city that I am moving too. Since I live in a different part of the country, they are setting up another phone interview with me in a few days. During my first interview I was asked questions about how I handle stress, a time when I had to make a difficult choice, when I have encountered problems with co-workers and how I handled it, etc. My next phone interview is with the physicians of the clinic/hospital. What kind of topics or questions should I expect on my second phone interview? Also, this may be a stupid question but.. I will not be "quizzed", per say, on an interview, correct?
  8. I'm thinking about taking mine 2-3 weeks after I graduate. How long after you graduated did you wait to take your boards?
  9. I feel like it is not a wise thing to do. However, the city I am moving two only has about two main hospitals so all of the job openings on indeed come from the same place. I am open to different specialties, and I would like to apply to multiple fields. Is it wrong to apply to different specialties in the same hospital? And one more question: is it wrong to apply to jobs that say "no new grads"? Probably unlikely to actually get the job but I don't know if this hurts or not. Thank you!
  10. Do you suggest using a recruiter for someone who is applying for jobs in a state that I have no connections? It's a town of about 70k people so it is not large and idk if I will need the extra assistance or not. I have already given my resume to a recruiter and idk if it is too late to turn back now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I am in the process of applying for my first job. I put my resume in www.doccafe.com last week and I've had about 10 recruiters content me. I didn't do my research on what recruiters really did, but I thought it wouldn't hurt so I gave one my resume and she said she has me in a database and would start marketing me. My question is this: is using a recruiter a bad idea for new grad? I feel like indeed.com has a ton of job opportunities that I could apply for in the city I want to work in, so is using a recruiter even necessary? It sounds like a big con to using a recruiter would be that I the employer has to pay the recruiter 15-30% of what I would make in a year, in addition to my salary. But a pro would be that my resume would not just be stacked in a bunch of resumes that have been sent to the hospital/practice I applied for. Have any of you used a recruiter to find a job? What are your thoughts? Thank you!
  12. I am going to graduate PA School in May and am just starting to fill out resumes for jobs! I am interested in a certain specialty. If I am going to apply for a job in my favorite specialty, do I need a reference from a doc in that specific specialty or can I just use any preceptor? Does it matter which kind of doctor/PA preceptor gives the recommendation if it is a good recommendation?
  13. I am finishing up my last four rotations and will graduate in May 2017. I will graduate from Nebraska but am moving to Maine this summer. I have no connections to anyone in Maine, so I was wondering when would be a good time to start applying for a position that I could start in August/September? I have my resume written and have explored several job opportunities online that I might consider in Maine from websites like indeed.com. Is applying for a job now too soon? If so, when should I apply?
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