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  1. Just want to say to fellow new grads: this isn’t a blanket statement. If you’re willing to move, finding a job is easy. I had 2 offers in 2 different states (both in family med) MONTHS before I graduated. I accepted one and start in a couple weeks, no residency needed. If however, you want a specific area/specialty, yes, having a residency under your belt may make it easier. But I know how statements like this worried me prior to graduation, and it turned out not to be the case
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    Well that’s great. We made my start date based on the website info at the time I accepted the job (average time for processing approximately 45 days). It seems that info is out of date
  3. Just curious to hear from WA PAs: how long did it take to get your license? I’m a new grad and had all my documents in a couple weeks ago, and still haven’t heard anything. My new job is supposed to start in 3 weeks and I’m starting to get concerned, and getting anyone on the phone at the medical commission office seems to be impossible. Thanks!
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  5. I’m curious, how had you scored on PACKRAT and EOR exams prior to taking PANCE the first time?
  6. I know this is a topic that’s been covered in the past, but seeing as how PANCE has fully been revamped this year, and with the rumors that passing rates are way down (confirmed by my program), I’m curious to hear from those who have taken it this year. I know you can’t give anything away, but how did it compare to your PACKRAT scores? Did questions from Kaplan/ROSH/etc feel adequate? I’m trying to calm my own nerves down as I have just under 2 months until my test!
  7. 1. Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy 6th ed. (Paperback): very good condition $60 + shipping 2. Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary 32nd Ed.(Hardcover): Brand new $30 + shipping 3. Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests 5th ed.: brand new $15+ shipping 4. Moore Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th Ed. (Paperback): good quality $25 + shipping 5. Surgical Recall 8th ed: Excellent condition $25+ shipping DM me if interested!
  8. This is in WA Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks for the feedback! 4 per hour seems like a lot, but honestly this is the pace I’ve been seeing with my preceptors on my FM and IM rotations. Probably not a great indicator of the field in general, but it is what I’m used to. Also, the doc explained to me that the way they do appointments is 15 minutes for “regular or sick visits” visits and 30 minutes for “physicals or things that take longer”. So I see the 4 an hour as being open to 4 patient slots on my schedule per hour, not that I would always have that many.
  10. I'll be graduating in July. This is an offer I received for a private FP office in the PNW. It would be me and 1 doc. The position was previously filled by an NP, but the doc says he has worked with PAs (and new grad PAs) in the past. I'd appreciate any feedback! Salary: 90K to start (seeing 2-3 patients/hr). Will increase to 110K once up to 4 patient slots/hr Starting year 2, would switch to productivity based: "initial salary draw equivalent to $110,000.00 annually for the first $360,000.00 in collection receipts with a patient schedule of 4.5 days per week with 4 patient appointments per hour. Additional pay will be calculated at 33% of collections beyond the initial $360,000.00 or $30,000.00 monthly in collection receipts." Does this productivity pay seem feasible? I have no idea what the typical collection amounts are, so I would really appreciate feedback on this point! Benefits: Vacation: 10 days PTO to start. Was told this will go up in subsequent years, but I will ask for this in writing. 8 holidays. Sick leave: 6 days CME: $1000, 5 days. I plan on asking for $1500 Insurance: Full medical and dental for myself. I'm not married and have no kids, so at this point, I don't need the option for adding anyone onto the plan. Retirement: 401k plan available. Was also told there was a 3% safe harbor contribution after one year, but its not written in the contract. I plan on asking more about this. Schedule: I'd be working 4.5 days/week, with non-compensated phone call (was told by the doc that hardly anyone ever called) 2 weeknights. Fees paid: State license, DEA, malpractice (looks to be a claims-made policy). This line is in there after the section about tail coverage "EMPLOYER, at its option, may self-insure for all or any portion of the professional liability insurance coverage contemplated in this Agreement, including primary and prior acts (“tail”) coverage, anything to the contrary in this Agreement notwithstanding". Not sure what that means Thoughts? Concerns? I appreciate any feedback!
  11. I’m taking mine a week after graduation. I did well on PACKRAT a few months ago and have done well on my EOR’s, and my advisor and I feel comfortable with me taking it a week after I graduate. Any longer and I’d just be a ball of stress and anxiety. I’m ready to get it done
  12. Your school’s financial aid department should be able to help you with all of that. My school had a summer semester and the financial aid department told us what to do and when in order to get our money.
  13. I’ll be a 2019 PANCE taker as well, so I don’t know from any sort of experience, but I would worry too much about finding specifics to study that small section. Just continue to focus on the topics and study a broad range from Qbanks and I’m sure you’ll be fine. At least, that’s my plan
  14. I really appreciate everyone replying and offering their experiences. I’ll be actually interviewing with this practice next week (since they’re reimbursing my travel expenses, I have nothing to lose by going to interview). I hope that if they do offer me the position, I’m able to show them the salary report and negotiate a fair salary. I understand how busy and demanding rural primary care can be, but I’m up for the job. The call to work in a rural primary practice is why I’ve pursued being a PA. This position and the environment (good for teaching) and location really seems to be an answer to what I’ve been praying for (except for the salary obviously). I hope I can find a way to make it work, but if not, I’m ok with turning down an unfair offer
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