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  1. Idk if this is what you have now, but the 3x12 schedule seems to be treating me well. Scheduling is pretty flexible at my place, I can spread the shifts out and have days off in between to go out during the week, or work consecutive days and have large chunks of days off to go on vacation, short road trips/day trips. My place requires us to work 2-3 weekend shifts so i do have some weekends off.
  2. Exactly... As you can clearly see, there are very good offers out there as well as many crappy ones... If you aren't happy where you are, do something about it...
  3. LOL... 75k PA jobs should NOT exist in 2018 anymore... The reason why they do is cause places like these lure in naive new grads who think 75k is great cause they are making more than all of their friends not in the medical field.
  4. Agree with above. As a new grad you are going to need some extra training/mentoring and not going to be bringing in as much revenue for the practice, so a lighter salary is understandable for the first few years. I would say in around 5 years experience in derm, you should be at or around 160k after bonuses/collections. I am not in derm so idk much about bonus structures, but definitely try and get some info on earning potential from the other PA.
  5. HCE and shadowing look good in my opinion. I would say focus on getting that GPA and GRE up.
  6. PACJD

    Want to quit PA school

    Hmm... seems like you have a lot going on over here. What I can tell you is this... Do you really want to become a PA? Is healthcare something that you actually enjoy? Do you like dealing with patients and learning about medical problems? To what extent of HCE do you have? How much shadowing have you done? You need to analyze if this field is something you want to actually get into, because it is not for everyone. And if you do not enjoy the healthcare field, I also would not recommend going for your RN or RT as well, because both careers also involve extensive training as well. You need to determine, why do you actually want to become a PA? Yes PA education is long, difficult, and stressful. Yes there will be times that you want to give up and cry. But if you want to become a PA, you will have to do whatever it takes to get through it. If you truly want to become a PA, you need to stick with it and change your study habits. You need to find things that help you retain information and do things differently that you normally wouldn't do. Reach out to friends, classmates, faculty, counselors for support. You claim that "you never had been an intense studier." Well hate to break it to you, but this is PA school now, not undergraduate education, and you will need to become an intense studier. Failing a few exams, especially at the beginning, should not make you feel bad. But this should be an eye-opener for you and motivate you to change your habits. YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR WAYS TO GET THROUGH SCHOOL. If you analyze your situation and think that you really are not interested in becoming a PA, you really are not interested in medicine or patient care, then look elsewhere. Again, I wouldn't recommend RT or RN. I also wouldn't recommend MBA as MBA programs are fairly difficult as well. Regardless of what you decide, you really need to understand that graduate school is very different from undergrad. You can't cruise through any program without studying hard.
  7. PACJD

    New grad job search

    If you are willing to travel an hour to manhattan you will have plentiful opportunities. I am a preceptor and many of my students who are new grads have been telling me about their job hunt and many of them have multiple offers in the city.
  8. Red flags all over this. Is all of this your wording or is it the wording of the employer? -Bonus "at discretion of CEO" --> so I am guessing you won't get a bonus -Malpractice insurance coverage "consistent with reasonable surgical physician assistant coverage." --> what is reasonable coverage in their minds? -Scheduled to work "up to 5 days a week" -Scheduled to work 5 days "plus more days as agreed by PA and physician as needed" --> so you could be working 5-7 days a wk? hmmm.... -Hours "may or may not extend past 10 hours per day" --> so you could work as little as 5 hours per day or as much as 20 hours -Workload "will not exceed past 80 hours a week" --> i would hope you aren't expected to work 80 hours per week, or 70, or 60 -Call is "rare" --> what is considered rare? once a month? No... Just no...
  9. I agree with above, long shifts and flexible scheduling definitely a major perk in my opinion. I love the fact that I only have to work 3 days a week, leaving me with 4 days to do as i please. In most instances, i can front load 3 days and backload 3 days to have 8 consecutive days off in between to take a vacation where ever i went. Don't even have to touch my PTO. I can say its not for everyone though. Working 12.5 hour shifts can get rough and tiring at times, but if you can do it and your job offers it, i say go for it. I would never be able to go back to the monotony of a 9-5 5 day/wk job.
  10. PACJD

    Family Practice Offer

    solid offer. The counter seems reasonable. Even if they reject the initial offer isn't bad for the midwest.
  11. I agree that it was kinda inconsiderate of them to schedule an interview without asking your availability or preference. In regards to having it at a restaurant, I personally wouldn't look too much into that. I had interviews at restaurants in the past and the docs and PAs really just wanted to get to know me on a personal level since we were going to be working closely together in an outpatient setting. Also the office was very cramped and there wasn't an ample area to conduct the interview comfortably. Yes, the restaurant that I had my interview at was also at a pretty pricey place, but the interviewers would like to make a good impression on you as much as you want to impress them. I agree with above, see if they would be willing to accommodate a date that actually works for you. Sometimes these are only "suggested" dates and a compromise can be made.
  12. Sorry i read your post incorrectly. I thought you were saying that some NP programs require 750 hours, and some PA programs require less than half of that. That would be absurd to be able to graduate with having only 375 clinical hours.
  13. LOL what?! 750 clinical hours?!!!! My program required at least 1750 clinical hours in order to graduate!
  14. I'd say go for the retail job. When I graduated I had a few months gap as well between passing pance and starting the position due to the crazy credentialing process. I worked as a waiter in a pretty busy restaurant and was able to get some cash to hold me through until I started. Was able to pay off my DEA fees (employer did not pay), renew ACLS/BLS, and take care of my car payments for a few months, as well as save up for buying gifts for family/friends for the holidays as well. Most importantly, it was something i could get in and make money right away. Ideally a clinical job would be the best option, but they usually have training periods as well and it would take time to get fully established. If you just want to make some quick cash, retail would be the best option. Also it would be a low stress position to give you time to prep for your PA position, spend time with family/friends, and give you time for yourself to relax.

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