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  1. I am currently living and working as a PA in Florida. However, I have made the decision to move to another state for work. I am looking in various states right now and every time I send out my resume they ask if I have applied for my license in that state. Do you guys think I should start applying for a license in another state even though I am not sure as of right now which state I'm gonna finally end up in. Also, is it bad to have too many state licenses, if you are not practicing in those states? Thank you for any assistance.
  2. For the Loan Forgiveness, do you happen to know if the 120 payments have to made while working at the "non-profit" agency? I ask because I have been out of PA school for about 6 yrs now, meaning I have definitely made over 120 payments to my loans. However, I have only been working at my current job which would be considered a "non-profit" agency for the past year.
  3. I can only speak for myself. However, I spent my first 3 years out of PA school in Family Medicine after which I worked in Neurology for almost 2 years and have recently been working in Neurosurgery for the past several months. Each time the only amount of time that was needed before I went to the other specialty was a long weekend, and that was due to my preference of a little break. As we are currently trained as generalists we can switch specialties very easily it is all on what the employer wants. With regards to a residency, that would most likely improve your chances of getting into
  4. I am currently considering looking into working as locums PA. I have 5 yrs experience (3 in FM, 2 in Neurology in the last 7 months in Neurosurgery). I wasn't sure overall how things work with locums PA's and was hoping that someone could give me some insight. Also, I was wondering you could give me some names of some companies that work with PA's. Any information overall would be great.
  5. I am about to start studying for the PANRE myself and I was wondering what people thought about using UpToDate to help with studying in addition to the standard books and such? The reason I ask is because I remember that the data on the PANCE/PANRE is usually a few years behind and I wonder if UpToDate would just mess me up in the end? Thoughts?
  6. Hahahaha... nope Florida!
  7. I am about to start a new job in Neurosurgery and I haven't worked in surgery in over 5 years since PA school. Any recommendations on good shoes to buy for surgery? Please take into account that the hospital I am going to be working in requires the shoes be either Black, White or Brown only. Thanks.
  8. I am also entertaining a Neurosurgery offer and I was wondering about Productivity Bonus Structure. I have only ever working in FP and Neurology, never surgery or a surgical specialty. I was wondering if anyone could enlighten me on how Productivity Bonus Structures could work in a surgical subspecialty. Especially with biling being different and all. Thanks
  9. FYI: OPA-C do not have enabling legislature allowing them to practice in the state of Florida and cannot site for the NCCPA exam. I believe that there are actually only a handful of state that allow OPA-C's to practice. Be careful! If I am wrong about this please feel free to correct me.
  10. Does anyone know if you can get NHSC for something other than Primary Care? I am looking into a job in a "underserved population" in Neurosurgery and I was wondering if I would be eligible? Thanks
  11. Does anyone know if you can get NHSC for something other than Primary Care? I am looking into a job in a "underserved population" in Neurosurgery and I was wondering if I would be eligible? Thanks
  12. A shift is approximately 9-5ish. I forgot to mention that because of the working a number of days on up to 7-8 then with a number of days off, I would end up working 2 weekends a month (no differential). Their rationale for the less time off and CME is due to the extended periods of time that I will have off periodically throughout the week. My issue is that I am currently making the same base salary at my current Neurology job with better benefits. However, I am looking to move to a new city and that is where the new job is.
  13. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I am a PA in Florida that has been practicing for 4.5 years now. The first 3 in Family Medicine and the last 1.5 in Neurology (inpatient and outpatient). Here is the offer for a Neurology Hospitalist job in Florida: Salary: 85K first year, 87.5K second yr, 90.5K 3rd yr. 1K sign on bonus - day 1 CME: 1K/yr (starting year 2+) with no additional time for CME 401K, Malpractice, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Medical and Dental Covered 5 Sick days and 5 vacation days PA Dues covered by the company 1 major and 1 minor holiday 20 dayti
  14. Hate to bring up a dead thread. But, I am at a new job now and since they got rid of the requirement for co-signature in Florida I had a question. They are requiring that the physicians co-sign all of the charts of the patients that I see, no matter what. Are there any legal issues with this? Given that I did not discuss the case or review the case with the doc. Thanks for any help.
  15. Hate to bring up a dead thread. But, I am at a new job now and since they got rid of the requirement for co-signature in Florida I had a question. They are requiring that the physicians co-sign all of the charts of the patients that I see, no matter what. Are there any legal issues with this? Given that I did not discuss the case or review the case with the doc. Thanks for any help.
  16. So, I'd like to ask a question. I am actually interview with a Neurosurgeon this coming week and wondering what I should expect or hope for with regards to salary and benefits. Here is my background. 3 years family medicine right out of PA school 1.5 year Neurology (inpatient and outpatient) So, no overall surgery experience since PA school. Would I be looking at new grad salary range, or would my previous experience give me an added edge on the field and warrant a higher starting salary?
  17. So, I'd like to ask a question. I am actually interview with a Neurosurgeon this coming week and wondering what I should expect or hope for with regards to salary and benefits. Here is my background. 3 years family medicine right out of PA school 1.5 year Neurology (inpatient and outpatient) So, no overall surgery experience since PA school. Would I be looking at new grad salary range, or would my previous experience give me an added edge on the field and warrant a higher starting salary?
  18. I just asked two NPs that I work with and they state that test taking is usually optional. The only time it may be mandatory is if you fail to complete the required amount on CMEs for that recertification cycle. Otherwise recertification is only through CMEs.
  19. At my office we are called "Associate Providers". It refers to the PAs and NPs in our office.
  20. Since she left it has been hard to get our opinions and concerns to the physicians. Because we need to find time to meet with them, which is hard to do when you are trying to get 5 Associate Providers together with 6 Physicians. So, there has been anomosity growing between the APs and the MDs. The MDs have also made executive decisions about changing our schedules without talking to us. We tried having a middle person be the office manager, but it seemed that there was always a problem with the message being related to the MDs. Now, we have it set up that we meet with one of the MDs regul
  21. In the practice I currently work in there was a lead Associate Provider when I first started. She has since left and we no longer have a lead Associate Provider. She was an NP that had worked in Neurology and with the lead Doc for years. Supervisory role - Yes Scheduling authority - Yes Extra compensation for role as lead - Not sure Hiring/firing functions - Yes, she was one of the people that interviewed me for the job along with the practice manager and the lead MD Specific interaction with practice physicians (ie Lead PA acts as a liaison, etc) - She was our go to between th
  22. I was thinking along these lines too. It seems that FAPA (Florida Academy of Physician Assistants) is always trying to put something through legislation every single year. So why not just add into the legislation that is currently or planning on being done in each state the added phrase to the extent of "From now on for all legal and legislative purposes in the state of (blank) Physician Assistants will now be referred to as Physician Associates." Just a though.
  23. I love having a second set of eyes looking at my charts when I have questions about things, but for them to look over the charts for every cough and cold makes the SP's job that much harder. So, I would like it for my SP and I to sit down and discuss which charts he wants and I want him to sign off on.
  24. http://www.aapa.org/gandp/chart_cosignature.html
  25. Is anyone else as excited as I am that soon the old and outdated law requiring your SP to sign off on all of your charts may soon be gone as long as the Senate passes it? It is such a pain in the butt to put my huge stack of charts on my SP's desk every night to sign off on so that we are in compliance with the laws. Now, it will only be for things that we feel he needs to look over or sign! Next, we have to work on getting controlled substance privileges!
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