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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 pr
  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
  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
  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.
  16. Heyoo, I'm now into my 5th month in emergency medicine fresh out of school and there's one thing (among many) that my brain's not quite clicking on. When is it appropriate to have a patient sign out AMA versus just documenting the pros and cons of certain testing/treatments and discharging them to home. If you have a patient on coumadin sustain minor head injury and they refuse a CT scan, would you sign this patient out AMA or just document that you had a discussion at length regarding the importance of imaging and potential consequences of not getting a CT (disability/death)?
  17. if you're limited geographically within NY state, I've heard of better wages in long island and upstate. If its distance from NYC, NJ also offers better wages.
  18. $35/h would not be where I draw the line unless you have absolutely no other job leads and are pressed for money, even as a new grad, independent of region and specialty. Didn't we pay others for experience throughout rotations in PA school?
  19. Plenty of my former classmates were from other states as well as previous graduates. We have a facebook page for alums who help each other out with connections throughout the country. If I were single, I would definitely welcome the opportunity to live in another state for a few years.
  20. I can't imagine why they would ask you to submit charges for professional fees unless they want to cover it.
  21. Solid advice. If you don't have a workplace yet, you can rent a nearby P.O. Box temporarily
  22. I completely agree with your logic of what a salary is actually worth with and without PTO. My point was simply that different areas of the country have certain trends of what is typically offered. Your example of EDs providing PTO is specific to your location, thus anecdotal and not applicable to everywhere in the country. Although OP's job doesn't offer PTO, I wouldn't necessarily advise that he "run from offer". Unless ED PA's throughout the country agree to strike over lack of PTO, this is not likely to change anytime soon. Some people still need jobs, income, experience, etc. If he works
  23. I loved Rosh Review and Pance Prep Pearls question book. These are the only 2 question banks I used. PPP is a bit tougher than PANCE. I thought Rosh Review was pretty on par. I ended up doing a lot better percentage-wise on the PANCE than either question banks. I think with a month left, though, I wouldn't try to switch anything up drastically. You've been approaching it the right way (do as many practice problems as possible). Keep doing what you're doing.
  24. Not even a little bit. Actually, "Fire Science" stands out and maybe it could be beneficial, depending on who reviews your application. You have a sick GPA and HCE so I think you'll be fine.
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