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  1. Work a per diem job. Im getting paid 150/hr per diem rate on the side. Pick up an extra few shifts a month and you have an extra 3-4K in your pocket to pay off loans.
  2. LOL no no no... I have students who just graduated this past year, accepting jobs in NY for 110K/year plus OT rate of 100+/hr. My buddy recently accepted a job at 150K/year with 3 years experiencing in NY. Some of these hospitals need to get with the times.
  3. One of my former students who just graduated would like some opinions on a position she was just offered: General Surgery Floor position (no OR) 12x 12-hour shifts per month, rotating days and nights (7a-7p or 7p-7a) 110k base salary Overtime shifts (shifts worked above the required 12/month) will be paid as followed: 100/hr for days, 120/hr for nights, 140/hr for weekends (day/night) 15 days PTO +8 holidays 401K with employer 5% contribution after 1 year CME 2 days + $1250 Licenses, credentialing, certifications NOT paid for by employer
  4. new grad salaries seem to be right around the 100k mark for new grads in most specialities.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. HCE and shadowing look good in my opinion. I would say focus on getting that GPA and GRE up.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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 wo
  13. 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/w
  14. solid offer. The counter seems reasonable. Even if they reject the initial offer isn't bad for the midwest.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. LOL what?! 750 clinical hours?!!!! My program required at least 1750 clinical hours in order to graduate!
  18. 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 wo
  19. I know name change has been discussed multiple times in the past with no real progress made. When I first entered practice 10 years ago there were talks of name change, with nothing to show for it. However, I do truly believe the time has come and its on its way. The difference between the past attempts and now is that there is actual movement and a legitimate plan in place, like the establishment of this advisory council. We can't truly know until it actually happens, but in my mind I think in about 3 years we will no longer have to dread having the "assistant" in our profession.
  20. Yea i didn't read that, a year since graduating is a long time. Not trying to sound critical, but was there a reason why you waited that long? Were you looking for jobs only in a specific area or speciality? Because having difficulty in finding a job after a year of looking seems a bit much. Just trying to understand better to offer help ?
  21. Agree. Large teaching hospitals usually have a set training for new grads and new hires, and even after the the training they will make sure you are comfortable and have the proper mentoring. If you really feel that anxious, instead of volunteering or shadowing to gain confidence, I would highly recommend looking into a reputable residency program. It will provide a structured, hands-on training and you will at least get paid a little.
  22. Yea I'm kinda confused, are you actually hired right now or are you shadowing and doing work for free? Does the physician know you are a new grad? Cause at my hospital PAs have a thorough 3-month training with other PAs before they work shifts on their own, and even then it takes months to feel somewhat comfortable. At the same time, it will feel intimidating at first and you do have to muster up some confidence in yourself. Just make sure to find the right balance of knowing things that you know vs. what you don't know to avoid putting the patient's health in jeopardy.
  23. LOL for real. Almost every negative thread started within the last 3 months was started by EMfuturePA. Don't get me wrong, its good to bring out certain topics to make others aware and to change the profession for the better, but if you are going to constantly trash PAs and NPs with falsified information, it might be better for you to not be involved in the profession at all.
  24. I worked with many perfusionists and became friends with a lot of them. The certification takes around a year to get, but they said it is extremely difficult to find a job and many places will only hire those with experience. There are usually only 3-4 per hospital in hospitals that do CABGs. They do get paid well, 90k-100k in my hospital, and I think the average is more around the realm of 110-120k. As stated above, the job is pretty routine once you know what you are doing, so it isn't too interesting. And the ones in my hospital would constantly get b*tched at by the CT surgeons and I
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