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  1. Our son is adopted from the state and therefore qualifies for Medicaid which we used until we could add him to our health insurance at work. The difference between a Medicaid office and one that does not accept Medicaid are vastly different. Not only are the patients different but so are the staff. Not sure which comes first, the irate patient or the short-tempered employee, I imagine the former. I've met plenty a medical provider go into these practices bright eyed and bushy tailed and not make it a year. It's tough working with the Medicaid population. I don't view them as victims nor
  2. What to expect before you go in to speak with a recruiter will be the truth, lies, misinformation, or a combination of all three. An honest recruiter will tell you what the others here said which is you will NEVER get a contract stating that you will not deploy. You WILL easily find recruiters who will tell you that you will not deploy but that will NEVER be in writing. Depending on where you live you can get a duty station close to home. I drilled with people who lived and worked out of state but would fly into MD to work at the then NNMC Bethesda but that was their choice. If you are
  3. The recruiter you contacted may not be a medical recruiter...then again they might be. Best to call around. You may be able to get a direct commission however perhaps not in your timeline.
  4. I know a clinician-scientist who taught at Emory. If he was still there I would cough up the extra $25k and recommend others do the same. Which is ironic because it was he who told me to find the cheaper school and just go there for both PA and MD. I would definitely contact a NOVA-Jax student and get the low down. One thing that irked me back when I did my research on Nova-Ft Lauderdale was the mandatory attendance. Not sure that's still in place but it was mandatory attendance as well as a mandatory dress code. That was a bit too much right there. Even though I would probably abide b
  5. Not sure if this frame of reference helps or not. Physician friend makes $3000/day working as locum tenems for one week every month. Same patient load you're describing, so he's at $21k/week or $252k for 12 weeks of work... Based on that they are getting you for a steal... New grad this would be a good deal for but with 17 years experience they are undervaluing you. Heck they know it because they offered the same to the other PAs with less experience.
  6. Not a PA. As someone who's hired professionals I would prefer to see a year versus seven months. It's the difference in them asking "Why'd they leave after six months?" versus "Why'd they leave after a year?...well at least they gave it a chance" Office politics are office politics and they don't go away no matter what profession you're in. If it's an office and there are people working there then office politics will be played. Watch The Office and start to recognize your office staff in the show's characters...makes the time go by AND sometimes gives you an edge on how to deal with them
  7. Out of curiousity how low is low? I was surprised there are so many PA schools in South Florida so I figured the area is saturated with new grads every year so it would bring the pay down. I was introduced to a new grad last year overjoyed at $50k...that's it...$50k and medical/dental... Didn't have the heart to tell her how bad that was and neither did anyone at the party. Now I'm curious if that's the norm for South Florida.
  8. The VA pays for PA school (tuition, books...) and provides a stipend and you agree to work for them for two years. Their pound of flesh is they guarantee you two year employment not WHERE you will work nor ANY specialty. This isn't medical school so there isn't a need for specialty. One can request a deferment to do a fellowship but that change much of where you're placed. So let's say I ask for a deferment to do an EM fellowship, then I come in and they put me in the VA in BFE doing IM...that's the way it goes. It's not a bad deal especially if you're going to an expensive school. Two y
  9. I don't see what the issues are with the OP's post. He posted that the study habits he used in undergrad didn't change when he went to PA school. The assumption seems to be that he's saying PA school is no more difficult than undergrad and others posted that may be the case for 10% of the students and such. Yet could it also be that as a nontraditional PA student he developed study habits and time-management during undergrad that were actually at the grad school level. He's a father of two and during undergrad he took a science heavy courseload and had a job. It doesn't read to me that he
  10. I have an automatic search for any PA jobs on USAJobs and this one came up. I apply this year but I'm always looking at PA jobs and trying to evaluate market saturation or lack thereof.
  11. Regarding Federal jobs, YES do not expect anything resembling a timely response. One does not apply for a Federal job and not have something else on the side. Few years ago I was unemployed and had been looking (not a PA) and the Federal process is looooong and very cumbersome. If you think civilian HR is bad then don't even bother with the Fed! I started in one agency and October of last year transferred to another. That wasn't any smoother and I'm already in the Federal government. Some agencies have their acts together but those are the exception. The civilian jobs I applied to I nev
  13. Lems Nine2Five or Primals. Not a PA but I'm on my feet all day. I stand at my desk and everywhere out of choice so I don't ever sit down. First week was horrible but after that my feet felt great along with all the muscles used. I'd love to wear my FiveFingers but not professional for anywhere except the gym. lol!
  14. I'm not a PA...yet Commute. You suffer for a year but if the guarantee is as you say then it'll pay for itself much more in the long run. Who knows you may also grow to love the "middle of nowhere" experience. The reason I believe as I do is that it appears you are talking about getting EM residency experience with a regular paycheck. In medicine experience is key and to get paid well for the privilege is gravy. Suck it up for a year and this experience will open up many more doors. I know plenty of people who have done similar and they are better off for it...then there are others l
  15. Experiences vary both for physicians with PAs as well as for students who become PAs. The learning curve for the younger PAs now is huge because many do not have the patient care experience. Some of those then fall into the algorithm model of care, which is more NP than PA, and its a recipe for disaster. So while there are great PAs there are PAs that are no better than MAs, just like there are MD/DO who are complete idiots and lazy. If a particular place is used to hiring PAs from a particular school and they continue to get the same quality of PA then whose fault is it for doing the same
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