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  1. They likely have other candidates in consideration until a written offer is presented and signed. Verbal offer means squat, especially through a third party, and prior to a salary negotiation. A lot of ERs are staffed through ER staffing groups such as a locums companies, EmCare, TeamHealth, etc. This may likely lead to a job but I would have at least a plan B and C. If this plan A works out, you can gracefully withdraw consideration from B and C with no hard feelings.
  2. Update: It's Covid-19 24/7. The UC practice sees 120-160 patients per day, within 12 hours, between 2 providers. I'd say ~ 95% Covid testing for travel, work clearance or personal curiosity. There was no formal interview, but I asked enough questions during the EMR training where I felt comfortable pursuing and confirmed in subsequent shifts. It's easy money in an urban setting with local hospitals for transfers when in doubt or abnormal VS. The job and pay is refreshing in a climate of EM cuts and furloughs. Covid-19 money is somewhere and urgent care is a piece of it.
  3. Personally, if I was a stay-at-home parent with dependents, I would consider any option that pays rather than volunteering my valuable time (unless money ain't a thang). Each hour needs to be accounted for as a parent of young kids. Sure you've been out of practice for a while, but you've still exhibited baseline knowledge within a certain timeframe. I don't know what your area of practice was prior to your leave, but seems like you have a lead. Otherwise, life experiences are relevant to clinical knowledge so maybe pediatrics? I strongly recommend uptodate, if you can swing the price of subscription, in a slow-paced setting like primary care. Medscape is fine, too. I wouldn't recommend a fast paced setting like urgent care, ICU, EM, unless you're guaranteed hand-holding. If you have time to spare, PANCE prep courses or books will be beneficial, but they're really manufactured to help you pass a standardized exam. I'd also like to recommend wikem.org in an acute care setting. Source: EM PA, parent to an old toddler and a 6 month old
  4. I have too much pride to bow towards a nursing degree after what I went through getting into PA schools and getting through the stresses in emergency medicine as a new PA graduate. I can't erase those memories or have them transferred easily into another profession for purposes of getting off a sinking ship. We're currently the high-yield, ugly step-sibling of physicians and the higher-ups know our value. I certainly wouldn't want to carry the same moniker under nurses. I have two very young children to support + wife + four aging parents but I'd try hard to find another way before I go down this route.
  5. Hey community, I'm an ER PA and in talks with an urgent care center for employment at one of their facilities. I was actually cold called by them, asking if I was interesting in joining them as they're in need for additional staff because of suddenly increased volumes. As far as I'm aware, I was not specifically recommended to them. They pretty much told me the location, the offered rate and that was largely the extent of the conversation. I got more information about this urgent care in a follow-up call and everything seems like how a typical urgent care should be (MAs, RTs, x-rays, in house labs, common POC tests). They e-mailed me the contract which is very straightforward, and with a very competitive rate. I've only gone through hospital credential and not familiar with urgent care but shouldn't they want to know more about me before sending over a contract to sign or do I have this backwards? They only know I'm an ER PA. They didn't ask how long I've practiced, references, CV, certifications, malpractice history, etc. Is this standard with urgent cares?
  6. I agree.. This is all wishful thinking. Shortening medical school by half-maybe, but I wouldn't want to lose out on a whole year of structured learning as a resident.
  7. I'm completing my first year of employment as a PA in emergency medicine and I wouldn't feel comfortable being a solo provider. I probably wouldn't feel comfortable in family practice or urgent care either.
  8. my wife works big pharma and I've met a co-worker of her who's a PA. I think the PA had years of experience in a field which is specifically relevant to a drug they're working on
  9. Pravesh (intern) was also tasked with a menial task like calling insurance companies by his senior resident and said, "Can't you get a physician's assistant to do this?"
  10. Heart transplant scene in "The Resident". I've been auscultating over the wrong place this whole time!
  11. 7 months in as a new grad and every point rings true for me as wrll
  12. 3-5 years, IMO, isn't enough. At the bare minimum, it should equate to MD/DO residency hours. 80 hours/week x 3 years for residencies to a new grad PA working 40 hours/week should be 6 years minimum. Some ER residencies even push 4 years for DO's, which would make 8 PA years. You also need to consider that PA's in ER do more fast track than docs. I can see a PA with 20 years of experience not having intubated a patient or ran a code.
  13. I've been hired by CEP part time (as a W2) and I didn't have to pay any credentialing fees.
  14. i have the same exact frustrating problem and nobody ive asked in person had this issue. i usually just aim and only leave the tip of my index finger on the stethoscope as gently as possible without having it fall
  15. i don't have the patience you do, so kudos. i'd have ripped this family apart by now.
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